As much as we love to travel, not everyone is able to go for long holidays. Most of us work or study 5 days a week and only have the weekends to recharge for yet another hectic week. If you have a few days to spare from Singapore, a relaxing weekend getaway at Bintan Lagoon Resort is a good choice for couples or friends to unwind after a long week.
Thanks to the good people at Bintan Lagoon Resorts (BLR), I managed to arrange a 3D2N weekend getaway to Bintan. We took the ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Bintan’s Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal where we were greeted by the BLR’s staffs. A bus was provided to transfer BLR guests to the resort, which was great!
How to get to Bintan Lagoon Resort
There’s 2 ways to get to Bintan Lagoon Resort. The first way is via land transfer after arriving at Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal.
The second way is via direct ferry to Bintan Lagoon Resort. As Bintan Lagoon Resort is located rather far away from Bandar Bentan Telani ferry terminal, you can save the hassle of land transfer, or queueing up at long immigration lines and hop on their direct ferry service, arriving directly at BLR. However, their ferry terminal is closed during the monsoon season. So if you intend to get there directly by ferry, remember to check the availability first!
The fare for the direct ferry service is actually cheaper than the public ferry. So you get convenience even at a lower cost! Sadly, as I went there during their monsoon season, I didn’t manage to try it out.
Review of the room
Upon arriving, we were greeted by local song and dance performances as well as iced tea as refreshments. The room we got was a deluxe sea view room. I was pleasantly surprised at how spacious the room is but then again, never expect and you’ll always be pleasantly surprised.
There is an area for lounging and a small balcony should you wish to enjoy the sea breeze. There isn’t much of a view for my room (west wing) though. The toilet has a bathtub and is equipped with hair dryers and basic toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste (bring your own unless you like toothpastes without foam), earbuds, shampoo, soap, bath and hand towels. 10 brownie points for having a hairdryer in the toilet! Great for girls with long hair like me.
However, our toilet and room was rather poorly ventilated. The room constantly felt humid especially after someone has showered. Do ask for a room swop if yours is similar!
I had completely forgotten to bring my travel adapter but was pleasantly surprised (yet again) by the 3 pin plugs in the room. Singaporeans rejoice, one less load in your luggage!
Fruits, bottled water, electric kettle, instant coffee, tea, robes and a safe are also found in the room.
Notable things of the resort
I’m sure you can find their amenities and facilities on the BLR website, so I’ll cut the crap and talk about what I thought was superb and what I think can be improved on.
You must be thinking who gyms on a holiday but for all the fitness junkie who believes that having time to gym is a real treat, you’ll be happy to know that the gym. Is awesome.
It’s a pretty basic gym with treadmill, smith machine, elliptical, stationary bike, bench press, free weights and kettle bells. The facilities and machines in the gym are pretty well maintained. No idea if it’s because no one uses it or because it’s maintained regularly but compared to many gyms in Singapore, their equipment are all still in great condition. They have multiple screens above the treadmills, screening different channels to cater to different preferences. They also have a water dispenser with plastic cups provided so you don’t have to lug a bottle around! Super thoughtful!
For families with children, they have a children’s pool with slides at the leisure center, right outside the gym. Parents can frolick around in the pool or tan at the side while their children play in the shallow part of the pool. Floats are available for a small fee.
Arcade games/Batik Painting
If you’re bored of frolicking around in the pool you can get up and have a game of air hockey with your friends! They have foosball, pool table, air hockey as well as Batik Painting at the Leisure Center. A fee is required for Batik Painting but for Foosball, pool and air hockey, they’re free!
BLR is big on golf. BLR’s golf resort is renowned for their two exceptionally designed golf courses; Jack Nicklaus Sea View Golf Course and Ian Baker-Finch Woodlands Golf Course.
I am clueless about golf but I did get to try their putting ranges. If like me, you have no idea how to swing or even hold your club properly, you can first start by trying out your swing at their ranges.
However, if you feel like golf is not for you, you can try mini golf instead! I really wanted to try out mini golf but I had no time! Of course, for mini golf and golf, you will have to pay!
BLR has their own private beach. It’s the perfect white sandy beach with incredibly clean, soft sand and turquoise blue waters. They even have huts for people to have massages by the beach! There are not many beach chairs around though.
Getting around the resort
BLR is big. You can get around by getting a buggy to ferry you or rent a bicycle to cycle around. However, do remember to return it at the end of the day! Alternatively, you can walk. The beaches, leisure center, restaurants are all within walking distance.
Meals at the resort
Breakfast buffet was alright. It’s an international style buffet, with both Asian food (congee, nasi lemak, mee siam) as well as Western food (croissants, scones, danishes, pancakes). You can customize your own omelette by choosing your own ingredients. I had buffet breakfast for 2 days but there were little changes to the variety of food.
I had dinner at Nelayan restaurant on the first day. It’s a beautiful restaurant by the beach. They sell mainly western style food, with some Indonesian cuisines. The prices are normal Singaporean restaurant prices. (FYI, food and services within the resort is priced at around the same rates as in Singapore.) I waited around 30 – 40 mins for the food to arrive even though the restaurant was quite empty. The quality of food was not too bad but probably because I sat at the open air area beside the beach, where the sea breeze is incredibly strong, my food turned cold within minutes.
For best enjoyment of food, I suggest you sit indoors.
For best enjoyment of the ambience and to really soak in the “getaway” mood, I suggest you sit outdoors right by the beach.
It’s pity that when I got there it was already dark. Arrive earlier to catch the sunset while you bask in the golden hour and enjoy your dinner! I really enjoyed Nelaya Restaurant not for it’s food but more for the ambience. Superb for long, chill talks about anything and everything with your other half or your best friend!
The staffs at BLR are really friendly. They are all able to speak English fluently and are all very willing to help! Thumbs up!
In general, BLR is a great place to stay if you’re in search of a short fuss free and relaxing getaway from Singapore. The resort is huge and scarcely populated making it really refreshing in comparison to Singapore which is crowded anytime any day. The resort has everything, from massages, pools, white sandy beaches to mini golf or even sea sports. Most items/services within the resort are priced similarly to Singapore. It isn’t more expensive than it is here but being in Indonesia I was expecting it to be a least slightly cheaper. However, I believe other resorts in that area are the same.
So, if you’re planning on a getaway at BLR, bring more cash to pamper yourself or you can indulge in some of the free activities or facilities within the resort!
Note: Bintan no longer accepts Singapore dollars so remember to change some Rupiah.
(See also: Bintan – More than just beaches and resorts)
Travelling whenever and wherever she can, Jordyn is a free spirit who loves being on the move and uncovering hidden gems. When she’s not travelling, she’s probably drawing and making things. Oh, or eating.
She writes at The Drift Anchor.