Nirwana Gardens - Nirwana Resort Hotel
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... after a one hour ferry ride from Singapore, explicitly highlighted our need for some rest and downtime, with all three of the children virtually sleep walking into the foyer area of the complex, before falling into a heavy sleep on the comfy couches right next to the performers dancing and playing traditional Indonesian music to welcome each new visitor. The kids have no recollection of this, nor of traveling by golf buggy to our villa in the complex and ...
... see if I can snap a picture worthy of Facebook and see that he has a singing bowl out and is showing them how it works. I’m not sure if he is needing to prove that it isn’t a banned item or if he is just entertaining them. I learn later it was the latter. In the end, they expedite us onto the next ferry, and amazingly, after all that, don’t confiscate the knife! This results in Andy voting on burying the knife on Nikoi (to be found years later as buried ...
... LAST passenger to get on the plane traveling from Chicago to Hong Kong. That's right - Dad's coming to visit. Heeeeeeeell yeeeeah! Dad's coming to visit!! The real reason why this is.. The best day ever P.S. As I wrote this, I was in prime post-run condition on the train. A.K.A. I stink The woman beside me was covering her nose while her eyes watered - hahaha. (Martha waves hand. "Hi, I'm Martha. Wanna be ...
On my own My grandmother once read my tea leaves out of a cup. You know the one where they swirl around the dregs of your tea and tip it over into a saucer, then they 'read' your fortune with the left over bits in the cup. She foretold me " I see a dog, you will always have a faithful friend and a protector". I have always had someone in my life that has been a protector and a friend. Some were lovers some were friend and some were mentors. I have never spent periods of time ...
... necks and arms. We didn't want to look like lobsters by the end of the day. The ground was very dry and apparently it hasn't rained in Singapore for about two months. We took a pathway through the main garden via the Ginger Garden to to Orchid Garden and went in. Three or so hours and many, many photos later we emerged very happily but feeling hungry and made our way to the restaurant in the Orchid Garden. We had enjoyable meals and chose fruit drinks which ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Nirwana Gardens - Nirwana Resort Hotel Lagoi
It was paradise.
It was paradise, our chalet was beachfront. The cove was sheltered and private. I understand that this was the first developement on the island hence its unique identidy. The nearby Nirwana development was sterile. You could be anywhere in the world. The Mayang Sari is the perfect getaway. The Great House is stunning, the spa facilities superb. The staff excellent. Go for it you will not regret it.
Great week at Nirwana (Timing is important though)
We stayed at Nirwana Resort for 5 nights and enjoyed it very much. The basic room is fine. The resort is only 3 stories high so the sea view room doesnt offer much more really.
The pool is lovely and big with very nice landscaping around it while the kids pool is nice too. The beach is just a stroll away.
Feb is low key season and we had the pool and resort mostly to ourselves. Service was great and the food ok.
Feb is also monsoon period so take note that the boat ride there from Singapore (1 hour) might be rough. Take something (sweets) along.
Great for the family.
Not for us.....
Myself and my husband just returned from Bintan, Mayang Sari. We were in Singapore and decided to do a weekend trip to Bintan. This is a chalet type resort. Though we had a sea-view room, it was ok. The rooms were not that nice, very limited restaurants. They also do a insect fuming thing in the middle of the night that totally scares you. No pool, but we could access the pools over at Nirwana Gardens Hotel, now this Hotel is nice and the pool was awesome, so I want recommend this place for young adults, but as for seniors, I think they would like Mayang Sari.
My husband and myself and 18 month old daughter have just come back from Bintan and what an amazing place. If you are looking for a nice relaxing holiday with nothing to do but sit on the beautiful beach, then this is it. The staff were so lovely and the rooms were perfect. You need to book the seaview rooms and they have magnificient ocean views and you step off your balcony, walk across some grass and you are on the beach. There is no shopping in Bintan but that gives you more time to relax.
Definitely a must.
We stayed in a Mayang Sari beachfront chalet and woke up every morning looking out at a picture postcard view. The food in all the different venues was terrific and the staff were lovely. The hotel pool is stunning and the beach bar end is very laid back. All in all the resort totally surpased expectations.
Relaxing at Nirwana Bintan
My husband and I stayed at nirwana Resort hotel in June of 2004 as part of a stopover on returning from a visit to the UK.
The Hotel is part of a much larger resort the Nirwana Gardens. The Nirwana resort is a good 3 star resort. We had previously stayed at 5 star resorts in Pattaya, Phuket - i.e. Laguna Beach Resort, Le Meridian and Phuket Arcadia and Bali. Although not of the a similar standard / quality of these resorts we were very pleasantly surprised with how much we enjoyed Bintan. We were upgraded to a suite which had a balcony and view of the ocean. The beaches in the hotel area were much better than we were led to believe. Better than many of the so called superior beaches on Phuket and Pattaya but with none of the hhassles / action you find in those areas. It is a great place for romantic and relaxing morning and sunset walks.
The Pool at the resort is excellent, very large and well maintained.
The food at the resort is just ok but expensive. Better restaurants run by the resort are a 10 minute walk or a short shuttle bus ride away.
The down side is that you cannot walk to alternatives to the resort eating places. There is a local tourist "village" that you can get to by shuttle bus. It has a couple of restaurants that sell basic asian fair at reasonable prices.
The opportunity for sight seeing on Bintan is farly limited to a mangrove tour, round island tour, golf and little else. The prices for all tours are expensive by Bali / Thailand standards
Major hint for those on a budget if you like a beer bring it with you - all of the locals did. Drinks are very expensive.Even at happy hour local beer was $4.00 us each.
Over all though we really enjoyed this place. It was very relaxing, no hassles from touts, hagglers etc. Do not go if you want the night life you get in Phuket / Bali. Recommended if you want a short break then it could be worth a visit.
Can be a touch impersonal
The Nirwana Gardens Group owns a few different hotels on the Indonesian island of Bintan. They are all different and built to appeal to various visitors. We stayed at the main place, Nirwana Gardens. It is a big tourist beach hotel. A little impersonal. We stayed in a suite room, which was quite nice. It was at the end of the resort and had a balcony overlooking the ocean.
They have a fantastic lagoon style pool. It's a lot of fun-especially for kids. The food at the resort was very disapointing. When i am at a beach resort, the last thing i want to eat is pizza, hamburgers and fried foods. There really weren't any light food. The spa was very nice.
The problem with Bintan is that it;s very close to singapore and the water/ocean is polluted by occasional globs of petrol/oil. Some days it's fine and the waters will be crystal clear and stunning-the next globs of oil are washing on the beach. This isn't just a problem for this hotel. I have talked to people, who stayed at Angsana and Banyan Tree and they had this problem. All resorts employ people to help clean your swimming suits, feet or hands of oil.
If you want the perfect beach, i would go to Langkawi-Malaysia, Thailand or Lombok, Indonesia. Bintan is a great place if you want a quiet getaway from Singapore(takes 45 mins by ferry)-but not worth it -if you have to fly hours to get here. There are so many better places in Indonesia.
First time on Bintan!
I stayed at this property for 2 days and had a very good time, I took the ferry from Singapore which took about 1hr at the most. The hotel itself is very clean with a great swimming pool and swim up bar. The beach is amazing, with hardly a sole on it. It s a very relaxed place with little or nothing happening at night, but if its peace and quiet your after then this could be worth a visit. My particilar room didnt have air-con, not a big deal i guess just worth pointing out if you cant manage without it! Food, drinks were also of a very good standard and the staff are indeed very friendly and welcoming.
This is a hotel better than what I expected. We even get an upgrade to a one bedroom suite! The room is amazing. The service is good but we have to wait for more than 3 hours to get our room when we arrived. We also requested for late checkout but couldn't get it and feeling quite disappointed because that is a slow weekday and I don't really think the room is occupied. The beach is nice there. Too bad not many choices on food, only 1 large rstaurant and a bar.
Big Resort... Poor Quality !
Nirwana Gardens is a big resort situated on the tropical island of Bintan, Indonesia. The natural surroundings are the most beautiful thing about the Nirwana Gardens: there are very big tropical gardens throughout the resort, and 4 beaches (2 of them not swimmable). The main beach is very big and nice, very white sand & turquoise sea!!! The most beautiful beach is the one in the "Mayang Sari" part of the resort, it's an incredible croissant-shaped bay with white/silver sand, definitely the number one beach in Bintan!!! The bad stuff about this resort is that everything is OVERPRICED and the quality of food/ service/ activities/ staff is VERY BAD... So, Nirwana Gardens is divided in 5 hotels, and quality differs A LOT from an hotel to another !!! It would be too long to explain all good/bad stuffs on these 5 hotels, so I'm just writing where it is OK to stay: "Banyu Biru" Villas are OK, situated on the main beach, they are recent constructions, nice furnishings, big villas for big families... "Indra Maya" is a 5-star hotel so it's definitely the best one, it's situated on a little mountain... "Nirwana Hotel" (the main one) is OK, but most rooms are small and don't have a balcony... Mayang Sari is NOT OK, don't stay there: very old rooms in little bungalows, full of spiders and ants, a lot of furnishings are broken, the bathrooms are VERY DIRTY, broken and old, it's a pity because the beach at Mayang Sari is the best one, but this hotel is horrendous. I'm not gonna make any comments about the "Mana Mana" hotel, because this is not an hotel, I don't know how to define it, but if you want to see the most dirty and old stuff in the world, just go to "Mana Mana"!!!