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We needed a little sun and relaxation after all that shopping (errr, I mean trekking) so we arranged a 4 night stay on a little island a hop, skip and a jump from Singapore. I spent a considerable amount of time searching the web trying to find a place that met all my criteria (not too hard to get to from Singapore, boutique size, simple but upscale, beautiful beach, warm water, no motorized water sports i.e. jet skis, great food, good service, George Clooney at my beck and ...
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... kiss without being dead drunk. I was such a bad kisser, and I was thick-skinned enough to sluttily ask him to teach me how to kiss properly. His hand then gradually moved into my hair, and it was like any other movie, where the 2 characters sit in the far corner of a cosy coffee shop and kiss passionately without caring about anyone else. It was the only time he really touched me, and it was because I explicitly asked for it. I am now finding myself wondering what would happen if ...
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Honeymoon in Angsana Suite - WOW!
When we where out looking for a hotel to stay at on our honeymoon, we saw Angsanas High five-promotion. That made it possible for us to stay in their biggest suite (Angsana Suite) for 100US$/night, except weekends where we 'only' got 50% discount.
And let me say, WOW!!! What a bargain we made!!
The suite had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a living room with a kitchenette, a huge sundeck with Jacuzzi, outdoor shower and not to mention a view to die for!
We stayed 13 days (!!!) and there was not a moment when we felt bored. The hotel had daily activities for those who wanted to do stuff; we tried both Jet Ski, and snorkeling. We just loved the tranquility Bintan and Angsana provided and we truly enjoyed the silence.
As many others already said, fruit skewers at the pool, lots of complementary water in the suite, we got a daily newspaper, and it was always a joy to come to the room at night to smell the oil of the day. They also changed the incense-stick everyday. And the suite was in perfect shape when we came back from dinner, the towels where at the right place etc.
If you have the time, do try the spa. And have it outdoors. We went there several times, during both day and night, and it was just lovely hearing the sound of the ocean during the treatment. And the treatments where soooo nice!!!
I was a bit worried coming to Bintan due to so many warnings from people, claiming that it was impossible to stay at Bintan for so long (13 nights), not getting bored. Well, I guess that's possible for some people, but if you are looking for a place where you can relax with lots of good books and the company your traveling with, good food, and lovely weather, this is the place for you. We couldn't have made a better choice!
If you are looking for shopping, don't come here!!
A few tips for dinner:
1. It's an absolute must to try the Pantai Grill and Bar during Friday and Saturdays when they have their BBQ buffet. Sooo much food to choose from, and the desserts... MMMM!!
2. Saffron, at BanyanTree. We had a degustation-menu with 9 different courses which was incredible! For 42US$, that's a bargain!
3. If you like fish and shell food, do try Kelong Seafood. It's a very big restaurant out on the water, so there is no need of booking a table. And when you are there, go out to the reggae-bar and have a drink and enjoy the music. Gives me a big smile every time I think of the place :-)
We can truly recomend Angsana, we had the best honeymoon we could ever imagine!
Good for short quality getaway
Was looking for a short getaway and decided to revisit the Angsana Spa and Resort. Stayed at Angsana for 2N in mid Sept 2005 at the 2-bedroom suite on the fourth level . The room was situated right at the end of the building. Though it was rather tedious getting from the lobby to the room, the view was fantastic! Simply breathtaking... Woke up to the unobstructed sight of the South China Sea and the sound of crashing waves. The room was clean and they provided 6 bottles of complimentary mineral water a day. The nightly turndown services include burning of fragrant aroma oils and a small token (received wooden bookmarks, and cloth turtles on 2 separate nights) which was a nice touch.
The pool was small (relative to other beach resorts in the region) but to be fair, I never felt it was crowded at any time. Staff was attentive to details and offered guests fruit skewers (usually around 11am!) and ice water at the pool. That was refreshing.
The beach was wonderful..compared to other resorts on the island. No sandflies here probably because the sand has been treated. I was bitten quite badly before on previous trips staying at other resorts.
Definately clear water and a white sandy beach.
However, food wise, I think certain dishes were better than others. (I liked the Island Noodles and some other duck dish) Not many choices on where to eat so ended up eating at the Lotus Cafe most times. =)
After spending 5 days in Singapore we wanted a place to relax and unwind Angsana Resort and spa was the perfect place. On arrival we were upgraded from a deluxe room to deluxe suite which had a double balcony overlooking the pool and sea. Every night the oil burner in our room was lit with an explanation of the different oils used.and the room was kept spotless. The staff at this resort are the most friendly and professional I have ever come accross. nothing was too much trouble( and they were not doing it in the hope of getting a tip , like so many European hotel staff) We visited the sister hotel Banyon Tree but personaly didnt feel that it was as nice as the Angsana, far too secluded and impersonal for us, in fact quite a few of the guests came to our pool during the day. The pool is lovely with two towels placed on each sun lounger, water constantly being brought round together with iced melon balls all free of charge.
I used the spa on two occassions and the treatments ,although not as cheap as places like Thailand, was well worth the money. Again the staff were very professioinal and I felt 20 years younger!
I was concerned that my husband would find the resort too restrictive but although he doesnt play golf he walked round the beautiful golf course every day and was fascinated with the variety of wildlife mangaging to get a brilliant photo of an eagle. We even had a golf lesson each!
The food in the Lotus Grill was excellent in fact the Chilli Crab was better than the ones we had in Singapore and cheaper. We were dissappointed with the food at the beach restaurant but perhaps we just made the wrong choices!
This was an excellent 4 day break and I would recommend the Angsana Resort and Bintan Island to anyone wanting a relaxing get away
I went here with my boyfriend and we loved everything about this place. We actually reached the resort at night time, and even without sunlight, we could feel the atmosphere in the air. It was a gorgeous place. The hotel is superb and that includes all aspect of it - from the room, the pool, the layout, the location, the spa and the decor. I would have to simply applaud for their customer service. The only glitch to their perfect customer service is their front desk. It took us exactly half an hour before we are able to check in, or even to make some queries, it took us about 15 minutes before we were served. In addition to this, everything is charged in U.S dollars, thus, it becomes cumbersome for those who are not familiar with this currency- we had to use a calculator to make calculations for certain things. Despite all that, everyone else were friendly and helpful. This place is really worth all the money I'd paid.
A word of advice - Bintan is not and never a place for shopping. It is more for just lazing around and spending quality time with your loved ones.
Honeymoon was ok....
We just got back from our honeymoon on Bintan Island.
The resort was nice, but not nearly as flash as it looks on all the web sites, which we found very disappointing. When we booked we were promised a deluxe room, since we were honeymooners & had an extended stay, but when we arrived we were given a standard room which was very dark & quite old looking, we had to argue with the reception manager in order to get a deluxe room & the hotel was quite empty! We were also very surprised to find that all prices within the resort were in US dollars, not Singapore dollars or Rupiah. The deluxe room was comfortable, clean, but not as luxurious as we had expected for our honeymoon. Each room had a lovely smelling oil burner lit every night, which was a nice touch. We looked at upgrading to the suite rooms, but the only difference was that they had an extra sitting room, but weren't any nicer. The housekeeping was excellent & the staff very helpful & attentive. The actual resort was nice, the restaurant was lovely, with great food & service & we also enjoyed the buffet breakfast with all its choices. The pool areal was nice & relaxing, the resort is situated right on the beach, which was calm & beautifully blue. We visited Banyan Tree Resort which is right next door, now that is an amazing place to have stayed ...but unfortunately it was well over our budget! We did eat at the Tree Tops restaurant, which is part of Banyan Tree, it was very nice, with fantastic food.
Bintan is nice for a short holiday if your stopping over in Singapore, but there is not much to do on the island, apart from relax in the resort. We did visit a nearby elephant park where you could go riding, which was great, & there was also a local market, but it was pretty disappointing. On the up side I did have a full body massage at the resort, which was just amazing...the best money I have ever spent. They also have a lovely gift shop with all sorts of nice pampering spa items. Overall it was a nice holiday, with many lovely memories, but we wouldn't go to Bintan again unfortunately.
I did not want to leave the Angsana Resort Bintan
Do yourself a favour, run don't walk to the Angsana Resort and Spa Bintan...
I was in Singapore and decided to visit one of the neighbouring islands for my birthday. As Bintan was the nearest one, the next decision was where to stay. The Banyan Tree brand name could not be faulted but at the same time its exorbitant price could not be met so it was down to its sister property Angsana who incidentally had a "two nights for the price of one" special offer on at that time.
I was treated like royalty from the moment I arrived. To start with, I received a complimentary early check-in. I had mentioned during my reservation that I would be there on my birthday and was not only upgraded to a one-bedroom suite but also had a beautiful floral arrangement on my bed spelling the words "HAPPY BIRTHDAY". I also received a scrumptious birthday cake delivered to my room - I later found out the person behind all this was none other the Assistant Guest Relation Manager, Ms Angeline Wibowo.
Nothing was too much trouble for the entire staff at the Angsana, from the French hotel manager down to housekeeping - everyone was always ready with a cheery smile, would even occasionally call out to me from 3 storeys up "How are you today, Ms....?" and even initiate conversation with you in their limited English which was so endearing. They really have got the knack of making guests feel special down pat. I was even given a complimentary hospitality room for my late checkout. My last memory is of 6 or 7 members of staff waving goodbye to me .. I can't wait to go back...
Wonderful beach which was nice and quiet, great pool, fantastic staff, amazing food (you must have the beach BBQ) and beautiful spa treatments. Cannot fault this place and would recommend it to anyone - have never been so relaxed in my life. Oh and we got upgraded to a suite. Go!
Seriously Angsana is just perfect. My wife and I looked at all the options for travel to Bintan for a stopover and Angsana won out and thank god it did. It was relaxing, the staff are amazingly helpful and friendly, and the whole atmosphere just says "relax and chill out". The prices are a bit more than other places in bintan but still very very reasonable, minibar and things like that which are usually really expensvie were quite reasonable ($US3.50 for a beer). The bar has a happy hour every evening where you can have two cocktails (like daiquiris, bloody mary, etc) for a total of about $US9 or $US10. Really the only people I would caution are familys as it is not really geared to kids - familys should try one of the Nirwana Gardens resorts or maybe Club Med.
We stayed at a suite which was very large and commanded good views.
The pool was excellent and the spa treatment was a true enjoyment (Try the treatment for couples!).
The service was also very good and the food was nice too.
We also visited a restaurant in the Banyan Tree Resort nearby with free transport provided by the hotel.
The only problem was money as the price for accommodation, spa and food were pretty high.