Chilling Out at Bintan Agro Beach Resort & Spa in Bintan Island, Indonesia
Have you ever felt the need to take a day or two to simply unwind and loosen up in the middle of your trip? Those days of exploring cities, walking hundreds of meters, rushing to catch buses and trains, and, at some point, getting starved on the road can sometimes drain our minds and bodies. Having experienced it myself for several times, I make it a point to include a day of total relaxation in my trip no matter how short or long it would be.
Spending a couple of days in the fast-paced city of Singapore left us in awe of its modernity and landscape. Though it also left us with sore legs, feet and backs after those hours of long walks. The desire to pause and take a break from the city’s happenings was already there. And so we booked a one night stay in a resort in Bintan Island, the largest in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago lying south of Singapore.
Bintan Island has been a favored nature and beach holiday destination of locals and tourists from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. The island also boasts historical and cultural attractions, relaxation and wellness interests, surfing opportunities, eco tours and adventure activities. In fact, there was a good deal of passengers aboard the ferry with us on their way to Bintan island.
Choosing where to stay isn’t a problem as there are several hotels and resorts located in Bintan island. It all boils down to your budget. Bintan Resorts serves as the chief tourist attraction in the island, offering a number of comfortable and luxurious accommodation for various preferences. It would have been nice to stay here, but given a restricted budget, we opted for a mid-range resort that offers quality and comfort close to luxury. And so we booked a night at Bintan Agro Beach Resort and Spa (check rates).
A guy holding the placard Bintan Agro Resort (reviews) welcomed us outside. We boarded an odd-looking blue vehicle that took us to the resort. It was a sleepy 60-minute ride to BIntan Agro Beach Resort coming from the Bandar Bentan Telani terminal. Rain poured half of the trip so I sort of prepared myself for disappointment. But then the universe decided to be good to us as the sky started to clear when we arrived.
Bintan Agro Resort & Spa (discounted rates) left a good first impression on us. Our spacious room was well-appointed and kept, equipped with essential amenities like cable television, chairs and table, desk and mini fridge. It even has a balcony that leads to the garden. Service was excellent, too. The resort also offers spa retreats, island hopping tours and other recreational activities.
One look at the surroundings and we knew it was a good place to put our feet up and just chill. The resort is nestled along a beachfront with clear turquoise waters. Scenic flora add more life to the place. Though I must admit, I’ve seen far more breathtaking beaches and landscapes in the Philippines. Still, each destination has its own beauty and vibe that deserve some appreciation.
We spent the whole afternoon strolling the place on two wheels and killing time in the resort’s inviting pool overlooking the ocean. It felt good to do nothing but relax. No long walks, no crowd, no rush. Sometimes a dose of tranquility is all we need to refuel our lives. I wouldn’t mind getting my fix every day.
How to get to Bintan Island:
One can visit Bintan island via boat, which is the most common way to do it, a private yacht and via plane. There are regular ferry trips between Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Tanjung Pinang. Ticket is around S$50-59 for return trip and S$40 for one-way.
Bintan Agro Beach Resort & Spa – Book Online via Agoda
Jl.Pantai Trikora Km.36, Teluk Bakau
Bintan Island 29153, Kepulauan Riau – Indonesia