Singapore offer many attractions within Island. But still many feel that they need to go beyond Island and try some new places. Which is good thing!. So there are many places around Singapore like Bintan, Batam, Pulao Ubin etc ..
I went to Bintan Island twice recently and the post is much awaited!. So I thought i will share some experience and information so that it helps my readers.
About Bintan Resorts Island
Bintan Resorts Island is just 45 mins away from Singapore via high speed ferry. The Island is part of Indonesia. There are many resorts in Bintan catering to different style and luxary needs!.So you going to a Island with just many resorts around.Bintan Offers good beaches with clear waters. So if you love to relax in a resort style and like to soak yourself in clear sea waters Bintan is the place. Also it offers various food options ..but all this is within the resorts!
Bintan Island is just 45 mins away by Binan Resort Ferries(BRF). You need to board this ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. You can checkout the schedule at Bintan Resort Ferry Schedule . The 2 way fare for Adult in Peak period is around SGD 59.20 and SGD 46.20 for child. There is a off-peak fare too which is around SGD 10 less. Ferry is comfortable and enjoyable journey by looking at passing cargo ships!
Booking Resorts at Bintan
This is the most important part of your Bintan Island Trip!. As there many resorts and all have different amenities, one needs to decide the type of vacation and budget and then book the resort. Remember not to go by wonderful photo's shown by the some of the resort brochures.
We stayed at the Villa in Bintan Lagoon Resort. It was excellent option as we had kids with us. If you are a family with kids or few singles together wants to enjoy Bintan Resorts, Villa option offers great facilities like Kitchen, private swimming pool,barbequeue, buggy to go around the resort etc.
Resort Recommendations for Family
Nirwana Resort Hotel
I have been to Nirwana Resorts Hotel. This is good place with moderate budget and still want to enjoy the Island. It offers rooms and suites. Food is good. Even Indian Food is offered here on request and I was surprised with the quality.
Website: Nirwana Gardens Resort
Regular Fare :
- SGD 220 for Superior Rooms
- SGD 270 for Delux Rooms
- SGD 500 for Suite
Internet Fare :
- SGD 145 for Superior Rooms
- SGD 185 for Delux Rooms
- SGD 300 for Suite
As per my observation around the world, there is not much difference in Superior and delux. So always go for superior rooms. If you still doubt that you are going to mix something exotic, go ahead and take a look at the delux room in the same hotel! Suites to be taken only when somebody else is paying for you ! or you are on honeymoon :)
There are other resorts offered by the same resort ..now this is confusing !. So go checkout the site yourself. These are some of the so called theme resorts like Banyu Biru Villas, Nirwana Beach club, Indra Maya Villa etc ..They all share the similar beach and clear water ..so take your guess!
Bintan Lagoon Resort
We stayed in one of the villas in this resort and it was good experience. This is again pretty similar to what Nirwana Resort Hotel Offers except the Villa stuff. The beach is near by and has good clean water. That was the best part I liked !
Website: Bintan Lagoon Resorts
- SGD 110 to 220 for Superior Rooms
- SGD 175 to 330 for Delux Rooms
- SGD 400 to 1078 foe Villas - Depending on no of bed rooms, private swimming pool, buggy etc etc.
There are again many offers to confuse, like if you have DBS, Amex card or package with lunch/dinner or breakfast free!
Food is expensive in both the resorts. You would need think as if you are dining in good restaurent in Singapore :)
Visa on Arrival fee is USD 10.00. Can be paid in Singapore Dollars too!
Bintan Island is a great place and you enjoy many things like Water Sports, Golf, Nature etc.
I hope you like this post and please leave your comments to share your experience with Bintan Island ..Well that said Bintan Island offers something else other than the resorts ..that is one of a kind Shopping experience ...which was what i was looking for too ..so will post about that in next post!