Banyan Tree Bintan
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After Telunas we went back to Singapore for a night and then to Bintan. The journey to Bintan was really easy (getting back from Batam was a bit of a nightmare! We had to jump from boat to boat without falling in!!! I am glad to say neither of us did, but it was close!). The resort we stayed in was the best place I have ever stayed ever! The resort …
... has a really good book on her Kindle. During the day we had lots of nice chats to many of the Indonesian staff. Many of them work 6 or 7 days a week, live in a dormitory in the town (not on site), only go to their home every six months, and many are married with children. They are so friendly, polite, courteous, helpful, kind and considerate. Nothing is too much trouble for them and we think because we are ...
The boys went into kids club today - archery, trapeze, swimming, etc. Although Max only lasted 2 hours and then wanted out. So he came with me for the rest of the day whilst Soly stayed in kids club - and loved it. He made a bunch of friends and wants to go again tomorrow. We spent most of the day at the beach again today and tie-dyed t-shirts this afternoon. Tomorrow we're planning on going on a Mangrove ...
... huge waves. We arrived safely at the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. Sad but the short yet relaxing trip was over. Anyway, I just thought of the idea that it is easy to come back anytime. A short travel time to escape from the city is what made me impressed with Batam. The trip is budget-friendly, which is also one of the plus factors to go to Batam. I just spent around SGD 150.00 for that overnight stay including all other ...
... the busy city. Before sunset, we walked for a while along the shores to see what is around the resort. We have seen a small yacht harbor from the other side of the resort. We passed through another resort until we reached Turi Beach Resort again. A Saturday Night barbecue dinner was offered at the beachfront, with a live band performing. After dinner, they also offered some drinks at the Yacht Club Bar, which we did not ...
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Ein toller Ort für ruhige Tage
Mit viel Luxus
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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.