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... He's taken? It's OK, I have better!). I found it. It came with a hefty price tag (Andy is still recovering from the final account reconciliation), but he still has the white sand between his toes to remind him of his tropical bliss (I plan to put a picture of him wallowing in the azure blue sea as his screen saver so he is reminded just how dam relaxed he was every day he is working to pay the Visa bill off :).
But first we had to get there. Bintan Island is ...
... villages which gives you a real insight into local communities and life of the plantation workers. The roads once again were full of danger warning signs for elephants and taipei’s which I always find a bit worrying although this time after ...
... a taste of things to come? We left the room briefly in search for a better wifi signal but it wasn't working, a common problem on this trip so we headed to the hotel bar. It was a dark and worrying bar, a few locals sat watching music videos that were so loud no one could speak, we left after one drink passing the private karaoke rooms, then returned to our room watched the film 'The Experiment' which was pretty ...
... there was not much to be done in Nagoya which made the choice of our luxury hotel even better.
The pool was a very welcome alternative to the heat of the city. As I am Basti's Pizza dude we decided to go for one together and in the case of Nagoya the choice was obvious. It had to be Bella Italia at the Harbour Mall. Good coincidence here was that we had to look for ferry tickets back to Singapore anyway at the Harbour.
... at the Harbour.
A short walk later we found the ticket offices and also the Pizzeria. The prices for the Pizza were close to Irish prices but once in a Holiday that would be ok. The Pizza was not bad but nothing special to be honest.
When we got back to the Hotel we decided to play a couple od rounds of pool in the Saloon-like Bar within the hotel. We were the only guests and the beer was frozen. It was still fun and on TV was the replay of England vs. Germany.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBanyan Tree Bintan
Ein toller Ort für ruhige Tage
Mit viel Luxus
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Historical Traveler Reviews Banyan Tree Bintan
My wife and I spent 6 nights in a sea front villa. The room was large and well equipped but was showing its age as was the bathroom.The balcony was large with a jacuzzi and good views over the bay and sea but again was showing its age with rotting wood and cracks in the jacuzzi.We had to go everywhere by a golfing buggy as we were so far away from the restaurants and it was far too hot to walk there.We were not prepared for the mostquitoes that were everywhere and consequently were eaten alive.We were not alone at night as there were several small lizards running around the walls all night squeeking to each other.Everything is priced in US dollars and was very expensive.On the plus side the breakfasts were good however the other meals were adequate but pricey.There is not a lot to see on the Island, the shopping areas can only be accessed by bus or taxi and once you got there they charged tourist prices.The staff were very efficient and friendly.The Banyan Tree is probably fine for a honeymoon couple stayin for 2 or 3 nights, anything longer is too much.On the beach at this time of year there are sandflies to contend with,again this is not mentioned in the brochure.
My partner and I LOVED this place. We have both lived in Asia for a while now and whilst a bit disappointed at the "Western prices" attached to the resort, were not surprised when you consider that the spa is not meant for Indonesian patrons but rather wealthy Western and Singaporeans. Compared to comparable establishments, we thought this was TREMENDOUS value for money!! (One trick- when you get off the ferry stop at one of the little vendors at the arrivals area and load up on can sodas and snacks. This is a little trick that works well throughout Asia!)
Not What I expected.....
Having arrived at the Banyan Tree Bintan I was expecting the best of everything. The lobby was filled with guests checking in and luggage was piled up on the side. We had to wait 30 min to go through all the processes. The Room - Villa on the Rocks was definately showing it's age with rotted wood and the jacuzi not very hot (mildly warm). Tons of bats at night by the room entrance. The beach was very ruff during this time of year and a red flag was posted every day so you couldn't swim. The pool was nice but no WOW factor was there. Everything you did had a charge attached to it. Nice to do once for a short visit.
Stayed here for 2 nights over a wkend in late November. It was monsoon season, so weather was not too nice. It didn't rain, but it was windy and a bit chilly.
The pampering starts the moment you arrive at the newly constructed jetty, sparing you the hassle of mixing with the locals (God forbid!). You are whisked away past a gated entrance into the Banyan Tree resort.
I stayed at the Banyan Tree expecting luxury, location and relaxation and must admit that it mostly met expectations.
The Banyan Tree, Bintan far exceeded our expectations. Getting to Bintan from Singapore was easy.
It's our 3rd time at the Banyan Tree and we stayed in the jacuzzi villa by the sea-again.
I had a 3 day 2 night trip to Banyan tree with my boyfriend and we could not fault the service or the facilities, we didn't leave the resort because it was so relaxing with lovely pools and sandy beach.
Banyan Tree has a great reputation and I must say the staff were all very friendly and helpful. The spa is excellent. Bintan is an island and all the luxury resorts are in a controlled tourism zone or some such. You pass through armed check points whenever you leave the zone.