Another fully integrated resort on the north coast of Bintan island is the sprawling Bintan Lagoon Resort. Covering a total area of over 300 hectares, Bintan Lagoon offers 470 luxurious suites and villas, two championship golf courses, a dedicated Convention Centre, an array of seasports and land-based activities for the whole family, a number of international restaurants, and to top it off, its own ferry service from Singapore with terminal in its own grounds with on-site immigration clearance. What more could one ask for a memorable holiday?
Guests will be kept active and entertained throughout the holiday with no less than 30 water sports and 20 land based activities such as tennis, soccer volley, archery, and a lot more.
At sea and on the beach are activities to choose, from banana boat, flying fish, snorkeling trips, to surfing, and an array of sea sports for the young and young at heart and a special area for kids.
For those who prefer serious golf, Bintan Lagoon has two superb 18 holes golf courses designed by world renowned Jack Nicklaus and Ian Baker-Finch.
While for companies who need to hold meetings, conventions or special events away from the from the hustle and bustle of the city, preferably on an island by a stretch of an open beach and a panoramic view on the ocean, then Bintan Lagoon offers a fantastic option. Opened in 2013, the purpose built Great Hall is a state-of-the-art three-storey Conference Centre covering a combined open space area of more than 20,000 square feet and an astounding column-free banquet hall holding up to 1300 guests for receptions. The Great Hall offers state of the art facilities for meetings and presentations.
There are also smaller rooms for breakout sessions or Directors meetings. Meetings can also be combined with outbound team building activities. The Resort offers an Adventure Training Center designed to foster leadership team building with professional facilitators.
Many international companies and organizations in Singapore have already taken advantage of these superb facilities, that offer beautiful and inspiring surroundings that promise conducive discussions combined with fun for company staff and their families.
As for catering and restaurants, there is no need to worry, there are a number of Indonesian and upmarket international restaurants spread across its vast premises to satisfy hungry and thirsty guests for casual meals or exclusive dining occasions.
And, if you are looking for true relaxation, indulge in a Relaxing Spa at the Taman Sari Spa that uses modern techniques with exclusive traditional therapies and massage, so that you will emerge completely reinvigorated.
The Bintan Lagoon Resort has been certified as green resort by US Green Building Council.
Bintan Lagoon has 12 restaurants and outlets spread throughout its vast premises. In the Main hotel site is the Kopi-O Coffee shop, which offers international cuisine, Indonesian food and Indian dishes. There is the Miyako Japanese Restaurant, the Orzo Restaurant, the Terrace and Silk, Bintan Resort’s first nightspot. Other outlets are at the pool, karaoke lounge, veranda, Water Edge, Jungle, Lagoon and of course also Haskel’s at the Golf Clubhouse.
For special beachside dining visit Rice Beachfront Bar and Dining which has a romantic view on the South China Sea while you enjoy delicious Indonesian seafood cuisine and other international prepared dishes.
The resort offers 470 well-appointed rooms, suites and villas. The 413 Deluxe guestrooms have been given a facelift that saw dramatic enhancements in the finishing of the spacious rooms (37 sq. metres excluding balcony) with design details such as a wave-inspired wall feature and cream shades with splashes of bright persimmon.
The suites have modern Indonesia designer teak furniture and an enhanced daybed. All guestrooms have a balcony facing either the resort’s 1.5km stretch of private beach or the lush green landscape of the woodlands.
While the Resort’s 57 villas, range from two to five-bedroom configurations in a more casual setting. Equipped with kitchenettes, barbecue areas, generous living areas and a personal buggy to get around, the self-catering villas are ideal for families, friends and corporate groups. For bigger groups, the 5-bedroom Angsoka Villas comes with aprivate pool.
One main attraction for tourists to Bintan are the island’s superb golf courses: wonderful facilities at reasonble prices. In Bintan Lagoon alone are two 18 hole golf courses : the Jack Nicklaus Sea View Course and the Ian Baker-Finch Woodlands Course.
The Jack Nicklaus par72 Course measures 6,443 meters with 5 different tee locations to sit golfers of all abilities.
Many of the tees are surrounded by steep slopes and mounds that create a stunning amphitheatre effect around many of the greens. Among the course highlights are: the elevated 8th hole tee at the 526-meter par 5 which is a favourite with many. Stretching downhill into the distance before rising to the green, it demands absolute precision from golfers who must negotiate their shots past bunkers, a lake and a solitary tall tree. The elevated 13th hole tee, presents golfers with an enticing vista of seaside villas and ocean.
While the Ian Baker-Finch par 72 Course is designed with the front nine holes snaking out from the resort and the back nine to the clubhouse. It measures 6.211 meters with 5 different tee locations to suit any golfer. The 12th hole, a par 3, has a stunning backdrop of the South China Sea. The 13th hole, par 4, has a unique feature of a spilt green, as one of the streams on the course runs through the middle. This makes it the most difficult and challenging hole on this course. The 18th hole: is tough hole characterized by large bunkers and rolling mounds.
There is a superbly appointed Clubhouse, a Golf Pro Shop, Club and Shoe Rentals, Carts and Caddies, and a 31 bay covered driving range and putting green.
But if you are thinking of spending more time at sea or by the beach with your family and friends then go boating, kayaking, snorkeling, water skiing, jet ski, or on land join the Adventure Trianing Center, play badminton, futsal, go-kart, ride the All-terrain vehicle, try archery and a host more activities. For kids are Walking water balls, Bungee bounce or even Kids Golf.
To see more of the countryside, try an Elephant ride, or ride a boat into the Sungei Sebung Mangrove forests and when you take the evening tour you may just be lucky to see the thousands of fireflies glittering among the trees. For the adventurous and the brave, try the Air Adventure Flying Club light aircraft at Lagoi Bay and see and shoot Bintan from the air. A once-in-a lifetime experience.
To see more of the local culture of the people of Bintan take the Tour to Trikora Beach to watch how people catch fish. There is also the Grotto of Santa Maria here with the Stations of the Cross and a small chapel. Or take the day tour to Tanjung Pinang and the Historic PenyengatIsland, once the joint-seat of the Johor-Riau Kingdom.
From Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, Bintan is served daily by Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air with Boeing 737-500 aircrafts and by Sriwijaya Air to the modern Raja Haji Fasibilillah Airport at Tanjung Pinang, capital of the province of Riau Islands. It takes 45 minutes by car from the airport at Kijang to reach Bintan Lagoon Resort. Although taxis are available, you can book at the Hotel to fetch you from the airport.
From Singapore, the Bintan Lagoon Ferry has two departures from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, namely at 09.00 and 16.00 hrs Singapore Time, , while departures from Bintan Lagoon are at 11.45 hrs (Fridays only), 13.00 hrs and 17.10 hrs West Indonesia Time. The journey from Singapore to Bintan Lagoon direct takes 75 minutes.
Please note that during the rainy season when there are strong winds and high waves this ferry will not operate.
You can, however, also take the Bintan Resorts ferry from the Tanah Merah Terminal in Singapore to the north Bintan ferry terminal of Bentan Telani , which is a short 45 minutes journey from Singapore. From here, a hotel coach will take you to the Bintan Lagoon.
When you wish to travel from Batam to Bintan, there are also regular ferries from Batam to the Ferry terminal at Tanjung Pinang.