The Ultimate Guide To Bintan : Make Sure You Read It Before Visiting Bintan
1. Knowing Bintan at Its Heart
Currently, Bintan is well-known for its luxurious resorts and exotic shining beaches. But, do you know about the island’s profound history? Well, let us take you down on a memory lane.
Many centuries ago, Bintan was famous as a trading centre in Asia. Bintan was a site where traders from all over the world, particularly from China, the Middle East and India, gathered and did their businesses. Traders from Indonesia bought spices from other islands while foreign traders (such as the Chinese) came to Bintan to bring tea, porcelain and silk.
Due to its strategic location, Bintan became one of the most trading routes for local and foreign traders. This dated back in the 14th century where Bintan and Temasek (Singapore), as recorded in Chinese maritime records, were one of the islands in the Riau archipelago that was inhabited by Malay pirates.
It was not so long until foreign traders were stunned by Bintan’s charms. Lying close to the Equator, Bintan enjoys a tropical climate throughout the year. The perfect combination of warm turquoise waters of South China Sea and sparkling white beaches, Bintan is the ultimate dream for both traders and inhabitants.
Many traders eventually decided to settle in Bintan and married local people. That is how Riau and Bintan became home of Malay and sea nomads as well as migrants from China, India, and the Middle East. The history of BIntan is pretty much a product of cultural assimilation among these people. The significance of Bintan’s natural beauty and cultural diversity is the reason countless tourists are attracted to this heaven on Earth.
Bintan’s strategic location was initially disputed by many parties. Bintan once was a part of the “war triangle” among the Portuguese, the Johor Sultanate, and the Acehnese of northern Sumatra. Bintan witnessed many rulers grow and decline in power. Most of them were trying to achieve control of the region as Bintan was a crucial spot for traders.
Before gaining its independence, Bintan was occupied by Indonesia’s three colonizers: the British, the Dutch, and the Japanese. In the 18th century, Bintan was occupied by the English East India Company as a suitable port for maritime trading. In 1911, Bintan became a Dutch colony. When the Japanese entered the region in 1942, Bintan was occupied by them. It was not long until Bintan became part of the Riau province after Indonesia gained its independence in 1945.
Located only one hour ferry ride away from Singapore, the Indonesian government was very ambitious in turning Bintan into a major tourist destination in the western part of Indonesia. In the 1990s, cash flowed into Bintan which was very beneficial since Bintan needed foreign investment for their own economic development.
Since then, numerous resort developers and companies flooded onto the island which resulted in hundreds of luxurious resorts and recreational spots in the island. Though Bintan experienced ups and downs during its development, the hard work paid off. Bintan can now show off its international-standard high-end resorts and recreational area, one of which is the Crystal Lagoon, the largest man-made seawater in Asia.
Nowadays, Bintan’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Given its proximity to regional hubs such as Singapore, Jakarta, and Johor Bahru, it is not surprising that Bintan gains its popularity as a major international tourist destination in the flash of an eye. Tourists, either local or international, are drawn to the island’s natural beauty and cultural history and heritage.
2. Discover Bintan
Whether visiting one of the local beaches such as Trikora Beach or having a taste of exotic delicacy, there’s more to Bintan than what meets the eye.
If you are craving for a short getaway within Indonesia that offers scenic landscapes and great hospitality, Bintan is the right choice for you. Located in the northern part of Sumatra Island, a part of the Riau archipelago of Indonesia. Bintan is only an hour ferry ride away from Singapore Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.
Bintan is home to many world-class resorts, each with her own distinct character. People often flock to Bintan seeking leisure from hectic everyday life. But why spend the day floating away in the swimming pool of the resort of your choice when you can explore the beauty and adventures Bintan holds? We have several recommendations of things and activities to discover while visiting Bintan, home to a host of new experiences.
One particularly fascinating aspect of Bintan is its exotic beaches. There is a wide range of public beaches in Bintan, including Trikora Beach, White Sands Islands, Lagoi Beach, and Hamid Beach. Each offers its own unique characteristics and hypnotising charms. If you plan to go sunbathing under the merciless sun or snorkeling, Trikora would be the perfect choice as it is more popular with the locals. If you yearn for something a little more exclusive, enjoy the spotless trail of white sand at White Sands Island which is located just a 15-minute boat ride from Trikora. Take a long stroll along the shores or take a dip in the sparkling turquoise waters, enjoying this piece of paradise.
Essence of Flavor
It is not quite a vacation yet if you haven’t indulged yourself with local cuisines delicacy. In Bintan, you can find almost all variants of dishes, from Indonesian to Asian to European, depending on what your taste buds fancy. The signature food of Bintan is otak-otak, a grilled fish cake wrapped in banana leaf. The flavor comes from the combination between the spices used to grill the fish and the burnt banana leaves. Another must-try Bintan delicacy is Gonggong which is a boiled or steamed sea snail. The smooth texture of the flesh, dipped in sweet chilli, will overwhelm you. Prepare yourself for an authentic culinary experience.
Bintan offers more than just beaches and food. If you are into nature or an adrenaline junkie, Bintan has many outdoor activities that are both challenging and fun. Embark on an adventurous journey by hiking Mount Bintan where you will be greeted by diverse wildlife creatures and dense rainforests. You can also hope on a sampan with a visit to Bintan Mangrove, home to a wide variety of fauna such as snakes, crocodiles, monkeys, and otters. Bintan Mangrove offers night tours where you can dance amongst the tropical jungles and fireflies under the bright, twinkling stars.
Explore The Wonders Of Bintan
Indulge in the azure waters of Treasure Bay Bintan with a relaxing dip in the Crystal Lagoon, and bask in the wondrous glow of fireflies over twilight meanders through mangroves.
Stroll in the Eco Farm and learn how a wide variety of tropical crops like rice, peanuts, corn, papayas, bananas and dragon fruits are cultivated and reward yourself with a plate of “rojak”!
Experience a magnificent view of the South China Sea with a putt or two at Ria Bintan Golf Club, and tee off in the luxurious green expanse of one of Asia’s top golfing destinations.
Get your perfect Instagram moment in the desert landscape of Gurun Pasir Busung. Dreamy sand dunes and a pristine oasis await in this sandscape reminiscent of the Arabian desert.
Restore yourself with the surreal blue waters of Danau Biru, which adopted its hue from nearby mining activity. Amidst sandy shores, discover true tranquillity in this stunning retreat.
Let the worries of the world fall away, as you escape into this idyllic paradise of sand and sea. Pare away the complexities of our world, and submerge yourself into a utopia by the waves.
3. What to Eat When Visiting Bintan
What is the one thing you look for when visiting a new city or country? Well, some travel for the scenery, some to raid the shops and markets, others travel in pursuit of indulging in extraordinary cuisine in foreign lands.
Culinary tourism is consistently increasing in the past decade. Many people define cuisine to be some kind of artistic expression as well as a reflection of a city’s or a country’s culture and community values. It makes you appreciate more about the places you set foot in.
And Bintan is no exception. Other than being a nautical paradise, Bintan is also rich in culinary treasures. The culinary delights on Bintan Island are heavily influenced by Malay and Chinese culture and the area that’s surrounded by the sea.
Gonggong is probably the most famous Bintan dish. It is a type of sea snail that is found in the waters around Bintan and is commonly served as a menu in many restaurants on the island.
How to eat gonggong is very simple. Take a toothpick, remove the flesh from the shell, dip it in the chili sauce then eat. The taste and texture are somewhat similar to squid. This dish is very unique and a must try in Bintan. Gonggong is also believed to increase vitality for adult men.
Cuttlefish (sotong) are a type of squid that is flatter in shape. On Bintan Island, cuttlefish is processed as a base for otak-otak, a grilled fish cake made of ground fish meat mixed with spices and tapioca starch.
Otak-otak is a traditional snack that is widely found in Malaysia and Indonesia. If most otak-otak are white, it is different from the otak-otak sotong which are red. Red chilies are the main spices in making otak-otak sotong, making this Bintan’s specialty dish red in colour.
Asam Pedas Sembilang
Asam Pedas (sour and spicy) is a typical Malay menu. But this Bintan Island spicy sour dish is different from the others because the main ingredient used is Sembilang fish.
The serving of Asam Pedas Sembilang culinary menu is quite appetizing; the appearance of fish with a thick yellow sauce that is rich in spices, especially the sour and spicy taste which is quite indulgent on our taste buds. Asam Pedas Sembilang is high in iron and protein, making it very healthy and safe to be consumed by the whole family.
Tarempa noodles are one of the most famous noodle dishes from the Riau Islands. Precisely coming from Tarempa, Anambas Regency. This noodle is made with flour and eggs. Not much different in shape and taste compared to Tarempa noodles from the area of origin.
Tarempa noodles have a sweet and sour taste that is slightly spicy on the tongue. The sauce is light even though it is quite oily. The flavors blend perfectly with the texture of the noodles which are slightly chewy. Seafood topping consisting of squid or cuttlefish, shrimp, and fish balls makes the noodles even more delicious.
This peranakan dish is noodles made from sago flour, making it a little chewy. These sago noodles are placed on a piece of bowled leaf so the portions are very small - perfect for an appetizer or main course for breakfast.
The noodles are then poured into a thick sauce with a very delicious fish aroma and taste. The sauce itself is made from fish tamban (a kind of mackerel) mashed with ginger, curry, chilies, coriander, shallots, shrimp paste, and coconut milk.
From these five dishes, which one is your favourite?
4. Going on a Culinary Trip to Bintan
Culinary tourism has increased significantly in Indonesia. Restaurant and small business owners are starting to adapt to this trend by creating innovative dishes combined with engaging restaurant ambience. Indonesia, from Sabang to Merauke, is rich in culture and each region has its own special culinary dishes, including Bintan.
Bintan is not only home to magnificent, exotic beaches and high-end resorts, but also has various culinary dishes that will ignite your appetite. The island’s history and significance as a tourist destination leads to the creation of a vibrant food scene, ranging from seafood dishes to casual Indonesian cuisines.
Here we have several restaurant recommendations for if you are planning to take a culinary trip to Bintan.
Having a vacation to Bintan will be full of trying out various seafood dishes. And where else to eat all seafood other than at Kelong Seafood Restaurant?
The floating restaurant is named after the local fishermen’s stilt houses typical to the Riau Archipelago. It serves a fine combination of Chinese and Indonesian style dishes and lets you enjoy fresh selections of seafood caught fresh from the local waters. One of the must-try on the menu is Bintan’s famous gonggong (sea snail).
Offering a stunning sea view and ocean breeze, this restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner with your significant other.
This is a local food centre located only about a 10-minute drive from the main ferry terminal. Here, you will find authentic local and Indonesia dishes that are both delicious and unbelievably cheap! There are a variety of dishes to choose, but our favourite is the nasi padang from Lamak Basamo stall!
Planning on having a feast with friends? You all can enjoy their Mie Goreng or Nasi Campur that are loaded with tempe, veggies and rendang. You’ll go home with a full belly without putting a dent in your wallet.
Warung Yeah! is located near Plaza Lagoi and Lagoi Beach. It offers classic Indonesian comfort food, such as the famous nasi goreng (fried rice) and the country’s legendary instant noodle, Indomie. Warung Yeah! is the place where tourists go to hang out after spending the day at Lagoi Beach.
Try their signature Ayam Bakar (grilled chicken) or Tahu Telor, an Indonesian tofu egg omelette. To satisfy your thirst after laying on the beach under the shining sun, try their special Bintan Coco, a refreshing drink that comprises coconut water, creamy slices of coconut flesh, basil seeds and lots of brown sugar syrup.
This place is run by an Italian family that fell in love with the exotic charm of Bintan. They serve authentic Italian pizza dining experiences to their guests. The best thing about the pizza at Casa Italia Pizzeria is they are all served upon order so they are guaranteed to be fresh and hot and delicious to eat!
Not only that the pizza is authentic, it’s also very cheap! Each pizza only costs around $6 or around Rp88,000. You can choose the toppings from the large variety of flavours, including sausage, chicken, corn, and mushroom.
Your culinary trip in Bintan will not be complete without at least visiting The Compass Rose. Located inside Bintan’s most famous glamping resort, The ANMON Resort Bintan, The Compass Rose serves a feast of local and fusion Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.
All food at The Compass Rose is curated by experienced chefs so it’s no wonder why they are very tasteful. The place offers a warm yet exclusive ambience, perfect for those who yearn for intimacy dining experience with their loved ones. When visiting Bintan, make sure to visit The Compass Rose. It’s a sacred place to gather with friends, family, or colleagues. Worth it!
Here are some restaurant recommendations for you if you are having a hard time picking a place to eat. Combined with Bintan’s fresh beachy air and warm sun, you will be having the time of your life eating here.
5. The Best Historical Landmarks to Visit in Bintan
In the spirit of Indonesia’s Independence day this week, we will take you on a journey to explore the most famous historical landmarks in one of Indonesia’s most exotic islands: Bintan.
Located in such a strategic location, Bintan has a rich history and some are reflected through the island’s many historical sites. Riau itself has been home to Malay and Orang Laut people (sea nomads) for centuries. It also has been a haven for migrants from South China and Indochina.
Due to its strategic location, Bintan was crucial for the China-India maritime trading route, hence why many traders from all around the world came to the island and decided to settle. Bintan was a major trading center back then. Many historical landmarks in Bintan are symbols that pay homage to its history.
500 Lohan Temple
Its actual name is Vihara Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva and one of Bintan’s best hidden gems. The temple is located in Kijang, South Bintan, which only takes a short drive from Tanjung Pinang.
The main attraction at 500 Lohan Temple is the 500 life-sized Lohan or stone statues with complex physique and facial expressions. Each of the statues are unique and different from one another. Facing the 500 arhats are another three great bodhisattvas; Wen Shu Bodhisattva sitting on a lion, Puxian Bodhisattva sitting on an elephant and Guan Yin holding a willow.
500 Lohan Temple may not be easy to find, but you will not regret your visiting there. It’s definitely worth it.
Vihara Avalokitesvara Graha
This buddhist temple is the biggest temple in all of Southeast Asia. Located in Tanjung Pinang City, Vihara Avalokitesvara Graha is a historical evidence of the existence of the Chinese community in Tanjung Pinang for centuries.
The temple was built by the Chinese community to serve as a place to deepen religious knowledge and a place of study for monks, sangha, and teachers both from local and foreign countries such as China, Singapore and Malaysia.
Aside from functioning as a place of worship, this Vihara is also one of the most-visited destinations for tourists who come to Bintan. Apart from the magnificent buildings and landscaped gardens and parks, the statue of Goddess Kuan Yin inside the temple is also an attraction for tourists.
Banyan Tree Temple
Banyan Tree Temple is a Chinese shrine that functions as a place of worship for locals. The tree has been around for many hundred years, comes from a large banyan tree that grows around the temple. This uniqueness is what attracts tourists to come and see firsthand.
Based on the story written on the signpost, the tree has been around since 1811. Formerly, it was the residence of a Chinese captain, Chiao Ch'en. After the place was abandoned by the owner of the house, local residents took the initiative to make a house of worship considering that there are still many residents of Chinese descent.
Sultan of Riau Grand Mosque
Located in Penyengat, Tanjung Pinang, Sultan of Riau Grand Mosque has striking colours of royal yellow and green, making it the first thing that catches your eye once you approach Pulau Penyengat.
Known as the “Jewel of the Island”, the mosque has many unique features that attract many visitors to come. There are 13 domes and four minarets, making up to 17 which is the number of raka’ats (sections of prayer) a Muslim has to complete in one day.
6. Nature Attractions to Visit in Bintan
Bintan is not only about exotic beaches and high-end resorts or world-class golf courses, but there are more breathtaking natural sights all over the island worth exploring. Bintan, that’s only about one hour ferry ride away from Singapore, really is a one-stop-for-all tourist destination. No wonder why contractors choose this island to build resorts. It truly is a paradise on Earth.
If you prefer mountains over beaches, for example, here in this article we have five must-see nature attractions to visit in Bintan. What good anyway if you spend an entire weekend simply lounging by the beach?
Gurun Pasir Busung
Even though it seems impossible to find a desert in Indonesia’s tropical island, Bintan once again mesmerise us with its charming and unexpected beauty. Visiting Gurun Pasir Busung, hilly sand dunes located at Jalan Raya Busung near Tanjung Uban will make your jaw drop.
It exudes mysterious and picturesque vibes that will make feel as if you are in the middle of the Arabian nights. The sand dunes are a dreamy insta-worthy spot but the area somehow still remains untouched and charming. Bring your camera to Gurun Pasir Busung and immortalise your moment with loved ones.
Mount Bintan is arguably one of the most intriguing hidden treasures of the island. The mountain is 340 meters high. Hiking Mount Bintan is relatively easy as it has a well-marked trail that is readily accessible. It’s a great place to try out mountain climbing if you're looking for an adrenaline rush.
While hiking Mount Bintan, you will find yourself surrounded by a beautiful rainforest. You might spot some wild rare animals along the way such as monkeys, deers, tropical birds, and so on. There are also many seasonal tropical fruits you can find in the wild.
Danau Biru Kawal
Even though Bintan is full of crystal blue seawater, visiting Danau Biru will take your breath away. The lake has surreal blue waters that’s surrounded by white sandy dunes. The colour contrast is already mesmerising and stunning.
Even though Danau Biru might seem like a natural oasis, you may be surprised to learn that it was in fact created as a result of mining activity in the region. It was once just a large crater in an abandoned mining site that’s filled with rainwater overtime. The area is quite secluded so you might find it peaceful coming here.
Bintan’s Mangrove Forests
Bintan Mangrove is located at Sebong River, Lagoi. Embark on a back-to-nature adventure as you sway along the thick mangrove forests. Witness Bintan’s lush nature and vibrant green rainforest firsthand.
The river is home to a wide variety of indigenous flora and fauna as well as wildlife such as snakes, monkeys, kingfishers, and even otters. For an extraordinary experience, journey the forests at night as it feels more serene and peaceful and you get to see the water sparkles under the pale moonlight.
The Banyan Tree Temple
Prepare to be shocked when visiting The Banyan Tree Temple. It is a temple wrapped by the roots and branches of a massive Banyan tree that is said to be around 200 years old. There are many stories concerning the origins of the site that became the magnet for many visitors today.
It is located at Senggarang Village and now serves as a village shrine. Witness the power of Mother Nature at The Banyan Tree Temple that now makes an appealing photography subject.
7. Most Beautiful and Exotic Beaches in Bintan
Bintan is famous for its high-end luxurious resorts and world class golf courses, but did you know that Bintan is also home to many beautiful and exotic beaches?
Bintan is a beautiful island located as part of the Riau Archipelago in Indonesia. Its proximity to Singapore makes it famous among international tourists. Bintan is a great choice for an island getaway. Those who seek adventures in the water or fancy relaxing sunbathe on the sand, Bintan is the place to go.
Once you arrive at this exotic island, you will be surrounded by stunning white-sand beaches. Not only that, if you are more of a forest person, Bintan is full of tropical rainforests that store thrilling and exciting adventures.
However, in this article, we will give you a glimpse of Bintan’s best and most beautiful beaches. Get your sunscreen and diving gears ready as you are in on a brand new beach adventure.
Trikora Beach is arguably the most popular beach destination in Bintan among tourists. It is located in the Lagoi area on the island, about 45 kilometers east of the Tanjungpinang city. It is relatively easy to reach Trikora Beach as the road conditions are smooth, although there are no public transport routes to the beach.
Trikora Beach may be popular, but its unique charm and breathtaking view of crystal clear water and white sand can still offer visitors a sense of tranquility and peace. In the area, you can sunbathe, play sports (such as running or trekking), diving, or get to know the locals. Your choice.
White Sands Island
White Sands Island (or locally known as Pulau Beralas Pasir) is a private island, located just a 15-minute ferry ride from Trikora Beach. It gets its name from gleaming white sands and pristine seawater.
White Sands Island has several facilities, from free to paid, that visitors can enjoy. Free facilities such as beach volleyball, sunbathing, or relaxing by the pool. Meanwhile, paid ones include snorkeling, canoe-ing, diving, camping or renting a cottage with capacity for 4 people.
Lagoi Beach is located in North Bintan subdistrict. Its majestic beach view is similar to ones in Bali or Lombok. Tourists can enjoy outdoor activities such as sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, diving or simply walking along the coastline.
Tourists can also find local delicacies nearby that sell seafood and traditional Indonesian food. Live the beach life at Lagoi Beach. It will transport you to tropical paradise.
Looking for a tranquil beach in Bintan that is guaranteed to ease your mind? Then visit Hamid Beach located on the north-western coast of Bintan. Its clear waters and lush trees not only provide a magnificent tropical setting, but also a peace of mind.
Hamid Beach is relatively less crowded than other beaches in Bintan, so it’s perfect for a quiet getaway with your loved ones. Best time to visit? Just before sunset! You will enjoy a mesmerising sunset view on your visit.
Sekera Beach is less known but its shallow waters make it perfect for tourists who love to swim or kayak. Fancy a picnic for your family? Sekera Beach also provides benches, a playground for children and nearby restaurants. This beach also offers breathtaking sunset views for your Instagram backdrop.
8. Splashing’ Water at Crystal Lagoon
Travelling to Bintan will not be complete unless you visit Treasure Bay Bintan. It is an integrated tourism city on a massive 338-hectare land. This ambitious project is planned to hold many attractions for tourists. As we all know, Bintan quickly develops into the most important tourist destination in Indonesia due to its many exotic beaches and proximity to Singapore.
Treasure Bay Bintan is intended to have many ‘first in Asia’ projects, including the first largest man-made seawater lagoon named Crystal Lagoon. This artificial lagoon has an extensive range of recreational and sporting activities for its visitors. All people from all ages can enjoy many fun activities in the area.
What attracted tourists to Crystal Lagoon?
The 6.3 hectare area is filled with seawater which has gone through the filtering process which provides perfect water condition all year long. With a measurement of 800 meters from one end to another, the surface area of Crystal Lagoon is equivalent to 50 Olympic-size swimming pools. Wow!
Eco-friendly and Sustainable
Crystal Lagoon is made with eco-friendly technology that is sustainable and safe for the environment. The technology allows limited resources, such as water and energy, to be used efficiently. Crystal Lagoon’s state-of-the-art technology maintains its stunning turquoise waters all year long which offers an incredibly beautiful beach view for the visitors.
Various Fun Water Activities
Crystal Lagoon is the best place to be if you are planning to have so much fun water activities under the sun during your vacation. This recreational lagoon is specifically designed to accommodate numerous water activities such as kayaking, sailing, swimming, or snorkeling.
The options are unlimited. If you prefer a more adventurous ride, you should try Jetovator where the ride redirects water to propel you to the air. You can go kayaking in a kayak and paddle around the area. Prefer to relax or sunbathe? You can enjoy floating around on a floaty that comes in many shapes, such as unicorn, donut, duck, and many more.
Perfect for the Whole Family
If you are bringing children, there is a floating playground that offers endless adventures for the little ones. Don’t worry about their safety. There are experienced staff around that will make sure the children can play safely over the water. Not only that, the crystal turquoise water also makes the perfect backdrop for capturing special moments for your photobook or Instagram.
Affordable Entrance Fee
From the outside, Treasure Bay Bintan looks nothing special. It only looks like an ordinary building. Apparently, the building is the entrance and place to purchase tickets. To enter Treasure Bay Bintan, adult visitors must pay IDR 120,000 meanwhile tickets for children cost IDR 90,000. The rate includes deposits, drinks, and fees for using rides.
Surrounded by World Class Resorts
The area of Treasure Bay Bintan provides world-class accommodation for tourists. You can find anything here, including restaurants, high-end resorts, and many more. The area is also sometimes used to hold various events, so make sure you browse the internet first to know what’s currently going on in the area.
9. New Resort in Bintan You Don’t Want to Miss
Now, if you have been planning a short getaway with friends and family, resort in Bintan Island is waiting for you! We know that planning a vacation can be stressful. Don’t worry! We got it covered for you. We have picked a new resort in Bintan that will blow your mind away. Not only is it the best resort in Bintan to stay in, this new resort in Bintan is also located in the Treasure Bay area of Bintan, an emerging tourism hub.
Well, if it’s not the one and only, The ANMON Resort Bintan. This new resort in Bintan is a desert-themed glamping resort that features 100 deluxe teepee-style glamping tents equipped with private bathrooms and enclosed patios. Staying at ANMON makes you feel like you have been transported to an exotic island or desert.
With many resort choices in Bintan, The ANMON Resort Bintan is the forefront. The vibe is understated tropical style: the lobby doors opening onto the waiting room with deep sofas. It is a perfect first impression. Guests can relax and chill while waiting for their check-ins.
Its open and spacious buildings take advantage of natural light with a subtle colour scheme designed to reflect its surroundings — natural wood, pale white, beige and leafy green. It is no wonder that ANMON is one of the most Instagrammable resorts in Bintan. This new resort in Bintan caters to millennials’ aesthetic needs for their Instagram feeds.
The ANMON Resort Bintan is a kind of resort that has it all. Its signature restaurant, The Compass Rose, offers a variety of local and fusion Mediterranean-inspired cuisines. Guests can also enjoy spending the night drinking and dancing at TIPI Bar. The bar features a luscious selection of unique cocktails curated by their award-winning mixologist.
In the development of eco-tourism, The ANMON Resort Bintan is also making conscious efforts to ensure their high-end resort won’t just be a vacation of a lifetime, but also making positive contributions to the environment. The teepee tents in ANMON are equipped with sustainable bathroom amenities that are provided in recyclable bottles.
ANMON’s open concept dramatically cuts down the use of electricity, too. It can be tiring to wander the area by foot. To provide comfort for mobility, ANMON provides electric scooters called Telepod for their guests to wander around.
The ANMON Resort Bintan was designed to blend into the natural environment of Bintan and the developers did a good job in keeping the ecosystems intact. Crystal Lagoon, the biggest man-made seawater lagoon in Asia, is not so far from the area. Guests can even get to the area by walking! Talk about an all-in-one holiday package that you can get only at ANMON.
The new resort is the best resort in Bintan to spend the days with your loved ones, whether it be for a special occasion or just a weekend getaway. Let yourself get taken away by Bintan’s raw beauties. ANMON Resort in Bintan is a rare intimate encounter with Mother Nature at its finest.
10. Things To Do in Treasure Bay Bintan during your vacation at ANMON
Are you planning to go on vacation -or a staycation- after the pandemic ends?
If you are thinking of a short resort getaway, Bintan is ready to welcome you! There are so many resorts in Bintan, catering to all. Bintan is actually only one hour ferry ride from Singapore, making it a quick and easy getaway for those seeking to recharge.
Pulling into BIntan on your ferry, you will be taken away with Bintan’s enchanting natural beauty. Bintan is also known as home to many luxurious and beautiful resorts, world-class golf courses and thrilling adventures. One Of The Best Resorts in Bintan Island If you are looking for a new, unique vacation experience, you may consider ANMON, ready to welcome you with warm service and hospitality. Located strategically, only 5 minutes away from the Bintan-Singapore ferry pier, The ANMON Resort Bintan is without a doubt one of the best resorts in Bintan.
The ANMON Resort Bintan blends nature and adventure in its area. The resort is designed for the modern traveller in mind, with open spaces to wander about, and an enclosed patio if you’re seeking privacy. It also has a sunken lounge outdoor so visitors can make new friends and connect with one another!
ANMON, the new desert themed glamping resort in Bintan has its own communal restaurant, The Compass Rose, which offers delicious local and Mediterranean-inspired cuisines in their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Tipi Bar is also stocked with a wide selection of drinks, and also offers specially curated cocktails and mocktails.
You will never get bored staying at ANMON, the best resort in Bintan as it offers a host of day and night activities. If you are into water sports, you can try out the water-based activities, including Slip & Slide, Cable Tube, Wakeboarding and Lagoon Kayaking, which allows you to paddle in the Crystal lagoon, the largest man-made sea water lagoon in Asia.
If you mind getting a little dirty, try out riding the ATV through the dirt trail. At night, other than winding down at the Tipi Bar, you can enjoy a film screening at the outdoor cinema. Sounds romantic? You can even enjoy a tentside BBQ under the stars, with a private BBQ chef!
The new desert-themed glamping resort ANMON is located in Treasure Bay Bintan, with plenty of activities waiting for you to enjoy! Check out the list of activities below:
Things To Do
2-Wheeler Personal Transportation Zip Around Best Resort in Bintan
Zip around the Crystal Lagoon and the best resort in bintan on the coolest 2-wheeler, all it takes is a quick tutorial and you will be on your way.
ATV Off-Road Trail
It’s a fun filled experience unlike any other. Be adventurous, jump onto our ATVs and rough it out through a private jungle trail.
Adventure Mangrove Night Tour
Enjoy the dance of fireflies as they flicker away in the almost magical setting of the mangrove after dark. Highly recommended for the urbanites to experience one of nature’s wonder up close.
Bumper Boat at Best Resort In Bintan
Get ready for fun in the sun with a motorized bumper boat. The inflatable pool gear features motorized motion operated by a sleek black and yellow wheel. The water cannon onboard, with an easy-to- use foot pump, promises lots of squeals and thrills. The bumper boat is large and comfortable, easy to put together and easy to control, but hard to get out of once the fun has begun.
Chill Cove Wake Park at Best Resort In Bintan
Chill Cove Wake Park has two separate installations of System 2.0 wake park systems from Sesitec Gmbh. Patrons can wakeboard, waterski, kneeboard and much more. Corporate events, team building groups and school outings can also be catered with prior arrangements. Includes use of basic rental equipment, life vests & Helmets, Basic instructions. Maximum 6 riders per hour / wake park system, Maximum 3 falls per ride.
Classic Car Fun Ride at Best Resort In Bintan
Perfect for the family, enjoy a vintage Ford buggy ride around the Crystal Lagoon. You may choose to drop off at various points to take a walk before getting back on again.
Electric Scooter at Best Resort In Bintan
Cruise around Chill Cove on one of these snazzy electric scooters. They make the perfect props for those insta-worthy holiday shots.
Inflatable Kayak at Best Resort In Bintan
Ever wanted to try kayaking in a safe environment? Here at Crystal Lagoon, we have both the single and double kayaks available for any one who wants to try this sport without the influence of ocean waves and currents. It is definitely a must-try activity for those who are interested in trying a new water sport activity while paddling around the lagoon.
Jetovator at Best Resort In Bintan
One of the most exciting aerial water activities, the Jetovator is a water sports accessory that redirects water thrust to propel and elevate riders into mid-air. Fight your fear and enjoy the experience of flying above waters!
Mangrove Kayaking Tour
Together with our experienced guides, paddle in along the coast and enter the mangroves of Bintan. Appreciate the wonders of nature against a backdrop of endless greenery and learn about the amazing works of Earth's ecology. Eco-friendly kayaks, dewy fresh air and the cooing and buzzing of birds, this is definitely ultimate tranquility, with lots of fun!
Mangrove Pontoon Cruise
Explore the enchanting mangrove with a relaxing cruise on the specially built pontoon boat, with a maximum capacity of 26 passengers. Capture the wildlife (only with your camera, please!), bask in the tranquillity of the mangrove, cruise into the sunset with the love of your life. The possibilities are only limited to our imagination.
Mini Electric ATV at Best Resort In Bintan
Ignite the spark of adventure in your kids. Let them hop onto one and experience the thrill riding their own mini ATV along the Crystal Lagoon.
Jet Skiing is one of the most thrilling and popular activities that we offer. We recommend this activity for those who love to go fast and try a new activity. Don’t forget your sunblock!
Rodeo Bull at Best Resort In Bintan
Calling out to all the cowboys or cowgirls in Chill Cove! This is your chance to show your bravery through the tradition of bull riding. Fun yet challenging, it takes more than just luck to stay on top. Start honing your skills now to be Chill Cove’s top bull rider!
Sea Scooter at Best Resort In Bintan
With the touch of a button, you can glide effortlessly underwater. enjoy snorkeling in the lagoon at a whole new level. Snorkeling equipment included.
Slip & Slide at Best Resort In Bintan
Feel the thrill sliding down 7.5m, lifting into the air before plunging into the welcoming crystal blue water! For the lesser thrillseekers, there is also a 3m slide to choose from. Best of all, it's an unlimited ride for the day!
Stand-Up Paddle at Best Resort In Bintan
Stand up paddling is a safe water activity suitable for families of all ages. If you’re new to stand up paddling, you’ll be introduced to the skills you need to enjoy your experience. We’ll work on your technique and balance, and everything you need to know about the activity. Each board can hold up to two people at a time. Standing up and paddling while at the same time enjoying the view of the crystal lagoon will be the one of the best experiences you’ll ever have!
UTV Off-Road Trail (2-seater)
Take a ride on the wild side! Jump onto our UTVs, trek through our private jungle and experience the exhilaration of speed and the roar of the engine.
Water Sports Park at Best Resort In Bintan
Spanning an area of 40m x 30m, the structure holds up to 40 people at one time and serves as an obstacle course for sporting events, corporate team building or just a place for everyone, including kids, to hang out and some guaranteed splashing fun!
Water Tricycle at Best Resort In Bintan
Great for children and adults, the water tricycle is the perfect water activity for families to explore the entire Crystal Lagoon leisurely.
Water ZOVB at Best Resort In Bintan
Experience the excitement of walking on water in an inflatable clear ball, an activity that is sure to be a crowd-drawing feature.
Wishing Sky Lantern at Best Resort In Bintan
Pen down your wishes and let the sky lanterns bless you with good luck and float your worries away.
BonFire at Best Resort In Bintan
Gather around, strum the guitar and sing along to the evergreen campfire songs, the BonFire is a great activity for large family groups, group retreats and team building sessions. Food and beverages available upon request.
You can order all activities through the website.
Recharged and Relaxed
ANMON, being the best resort in Bintan, offers endless pleasure for those who seek both leisure and adventure. Imagine yourself spending the whole day around the area, enjoying the activities and creating happy memories.
When night calls, embrace the serenity of Mother Earth while also indulging yourself at the comfort of ANMON’s spacious teepee-style tents.
Each tent is accommodated with sustainable amenities combined with warm hospitality service. Free wifi is available in all areas so you won’t need to purchase a new sim-card to visit ANMON. A digital concierge service will provide 24-hour access to information and booking requests for accommodation and activities around ANMON.
The ANMON Resort Bintan will provide you a sense of tranquility and peace during your stay. Be prepared to go home with a recharged and relaxed state of mind!
11. Instagrammable Resort In Bintan
These days, one of the most important factors for people in picking a place to travel or visit is ‘Instagrammability’. The word itself sounds totally made up, but Instagram has really shaped the way people —especially millennials—travel, being one of the most necessary elements while planning their travels. People are now relying on Instagram to get inspiration so once they visit the place, they know from which angle their pictures should be taken.
Instagrammability relies heavily on the aesthetics, basically anything that looks good on the camera. And now, many resorts have picked up on the trend and as a result, there is a new wave of ‘Insta-friendly’ resorts all around the world. While ‘Instagrammable’ means different things to different people, one thing to be certain, the resort must be aesthetically pleasing on pictures so the visitors can later show off their travel photos on their Instagram accounts.
The resort owners use this trend to leverage and promote their resorts to a wider audience. Social media presence is no joke, after all. In this era where everything is digitalized, it is not difficult to curate one’s Instagram feed according to the taste of its targeted-customers that appeal to their sense of aesthetics.
In Indonesia, one of the most ‘Instagrammable’ places happens to be located only one hour ferry ride from Singapore. Sunny tropical weather, warm turquoise waters, white and soft sandy beaches, these are only a handful of what Bintan has to offer. Bintan is indeed one magical and enchanting island to visit.
If you are planning a vacation in Bintan and looking for an Instagrammable resort to stay, make sure you book your plan at The ANMON Resort Bintan. ANMON is a desert glamping resort adorned with white teepee-style tents. Even the entrance is breath-taking. You will be welcomed by the swaying palm trees and cactus dotted around the resort. While the receptionists check you in, you can lounge on one of these comfortable chairs while taking a few snaps, perhaps?
Upon reaching your teepee, you will be greeted with a soft, white, timber-dominated interior design. The bathroom is no exception, with timber finishings equipped with sustainable toiletries and amenities. There is even a skylight to allow natural light to enter, perfect for taking daytime photos. Seems like Each corner of the teepee is designed to specifically satisfy your Instagram needs!
Guests at ANMON can enjoy several things that are available on the location. In the mood for some cinema action? No worries! ANMON provides an outdoor cinema so you and your loved ones can enjoy a film or two - under the stars! Nom-nom time? Hop on to Tipi Bar with various drinks available, especially the specially curated signature cocktails and mocktails! Enjoy a wild night out with your friends. Get a little ‘crazy’ on your trip. If you prefer more casual activities, you can go lounging at the container pool or the sunken lounge, or spend the day with a relaxing massage at the spa tent.
Guests at ANMON will also be given complimentary access to wander around the Treasure Bay area. You can visit the Crystal Lagoon where waterports such as lagoon kayaking and wakeboarding are available. If you happen to look for a background for your self portraits, there are various murals on the location. The best of all? ANMON provides wifi for the guests in each of their tents and public areas, enabling immediate access to your social media accounts! Overall, the whole area is aesthetically-pleasing, perfect to capture for your Instagram feeds. Bring your camera and Instagram your heart out in this desert themed glamping resort!
12. Unwind Within Nature at the Glamping Resort
Resorts with teepee tent concepts are in trend lately. The millennials and the young at heart are attracted to this trend that offers a glamorous camping experience, or widely known as glamping.
Glamping is a perfect fusion where nature meets luxury. Imagine yourself spending the whole day wandering around a city then returning ‘home’ to sleep amidst the surrounding nature. Glamping provides an authentic wilderness experience without having to sacrifice an ounce of comfort. But rest-assured, with glamping, you will be accommodated with modern day amenities and pampered with service. Go camping in style, but without the dirt and the hassle.
Glamping is an extraordinary and pleasant way to connect with nature. Treat yourself by escaping superficial and frantic tourist activities and embracing the serenity of Mother Earth. It is a moment of immersing yourself in a secluded glamping tent.
Many glamping places come with teepee tents, a cone-shaped tent built using a canvas covering. Teepee tents, or popularly known as tipi tents, are small in weight and dirt-free, so you will have no worries in getting your hands filthy. The shape and design allow its occupant to be warm during winter and cool during summer. Modern tipis in glamping sites are equipped with lavish king or queen beds along with fully-functioning en-suite bathrooms and air conditioners. They are also adorned with stunning decor. Step outside of your tipis and you can go star-gazing right away, or you can simply stargaze through the skylight panels. Sleeping in tipis gives a sense of sleeping under the stars.
So, why glamping? Travellers will get the best of both worlds: a starred hotel essentials built in a peaceful outdoor setting. It is a perfect way of relaxation for outdoor enthusiasts. Waking up to the chirping birds outside the tents is not a bad way to start your day. Instead, it refreshens you up. At night, gaze at the twinkling stars and beaming moon. Rest in tranquility inside the private tents.
Now, Bintan has a glamping resort that offers luxury and comfort. Live your precious moments with your loved ones at ANMON, a desert glamping resort where you will be introduced to a nomadic life amidst the desert. ANMON offers Bintan glamping package where you can take your family, friends and the ones you hold dear to enjoy a stay inside one of its spacious teepee-style tents.
Elevate your camping experience in ANMON. Sure, green fields are an obvious choice to build a tent, but what if the tents are built on sand? Sit down outside the tent while enjoying the company of your loved ones, take a dip in the crystal lagoon at Treasure Bay Bintan ― which is accessible by foot ―, float away on colourful floaties, a vacation in Bintan is incomplete without a stay at ANMON. You can also enjoy a movie screening at the outdoor cinema. Guests are welcome to enjoy a tentside BBQ under the stars or join zumba and salsation sessions conducted by an in-house instructor. You will have endless choices of activities here. Staying at The ANMON Resort Bintan t is an exclusive getaway, perfect for people who adore the concept of nature and luxury in one package!
13. Trip to Bintan from Singapore
We all could use a little break right now, especially with all the craziness that has been going on for the past few months. Since the outbreak of the virus was declared pandemic, we all are required to stay and work from home. It sure can be stressful. So, why not mellow out and take a short vacation to the nearest luxury island from your home, instead?
If you happen to live in Singapore, kudos, you are at an advantage. You can travel to many Southeast Asian countries within hours. One of which is Bintan Island which happens to be located just outside of Singapore. A trip to Bintan takes less than an hour’s ferry ride from the southern coast of Singapore. There, many adventures await!
You will never get bored vacationing in Bintan. A day trip to Bintan holds many escapades, from lounging down at the beach or having thrilling ATV rides at Bintan’s finest jungles. Furthermore, Bintan not only offers its gorgeous and exotic natural sceneries, it is also home to dozens of luxury resorts and golf fields.
How do I get to Bintan Island?
Bintan is also very accessible for tourists from Singapore. From Singapore Changi Airport, you can take a taxi or MRT service (followed by a bus transfer) to get to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, which will then take you to Bandar Bentan Telani (BBT) Ferry Terminal in Bintan. The high-speed catamaran ferry ride will take you to Bintan in less than 60 minutes.
How much is ferry from singapore to bintan?
Ferry tickets can be booked online via Bintan Resort Ferries (BRF) at www.brf.com.sg or bought on-the-spot at the ferry terminal. The ticket prices vary depending on the ferry class you choose, from SGD 45.00 to 108.00 for adults and SGD 45.00 to 90.00 for children. The package to Bintan is easy and affordable, right?
Do you need a visa to go to bintan island?
To travel to Bintan, you are responsible to obtain a visa and passport with more than 6 months validity from the date of travel. Luckily, Indonesia now issues special Short-Stay Visa-Free facilities to nationalities of up to 169 countries, including Singapore! This special-issued Visa will now allow you to have a day trip to Bintan and valid for 30 days.
Cheap and Worth It
With all the convenience and benefits Bintan offers to its visitors, one question comes to mind: Is Bintan worth a visit? Famous for its luxury resorts, Bintan trip is known to be rather expensive. Perhaps its proximity to Singapore is the reason why prices are so high and incoherent with the rest of the country.
Accommodation-wise, hotels and activities in Bintan are quite pricey and comparable to Singapore. However, it all pays off with comfort and all the experience you will get from a Bintan trip. If you are looking for a laid-back, mellow vacationing such as spending most of your time at the hotel and occasionally leaving for a little adventure, Bintan is the place to be.
Bintan Island offers peacefulness that you cannot get anywhere else. Bintan’s sumptuous resorts and bungalows not only offer luxury but also the experience of being so removed from the superficial world. A trip to Bintan is the perfect and divine leisure to recharge and connect with Mother Nature as well as your loved ones.
Stay At ANMON Glamping Resort
Planning a short getaway to Bintan? How about staying at its new, desert-themed glamping resort in Bintan called ANMON? The Anmon Resort Bintan is a self-contained resort with en-suite bathroom and modern comfort in a teepee, a brand new staycation experience for those craving an outdoor retreat but is not willing to risk being dirty.
The ANMON Resort Bintan is a complete package for tourists. For those who are looking for farniente vacationing, ANMON is the perfect choice! ANMON’s signature and on-site restaurant, The Compass Rose, will satisfy your appetite with its fusion Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. At night, you can dance and drink at TIPI Bar that provides a delectable selection of unique cocktails, curated by their award-winning mixologist. In short, you will never forget your stay at ANMON, a paradise-like glamping resort in Bintan Island.
Video Trip To Bintan From Singapore
14. Trip to Bintan from Jakarta
Are you planning a short vacation but slow on a budget or not possible to travel overseas? Luckily, Bintan Island is waiting for you to visit!
If you are from Indonesia, you are in for a treat! Bintan Island is located in Riau Island. It is the perfect heavenly destination for those who seek a weekend or short getaway. Bintan Island is a world-class holiday destination. Known as home to a lot of luxury resorts and golf courses as well as its breathtaking coastal beauty, Bintan Island is worth exploring.
Bintan Island can be easily accessed both from Singapore or Jakarta. It takes only less than an hour ride away from Singapore by ferry. But, if you are coming from within the country, or Jakarta, here’s a little guide for you.
Domestic flights to Bintan Island are available from Jakarta. You can choose from various domestic airlines to get there. Take a flight to Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport in Kijang, Bintan Island from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng or Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta.
From the airport, you can transfer to any Bintan resorts for approximately one hour. Lucky for you, Bintan Island is not too large so travelling anywhere while still in the island will not take a long time. Every place is within one hour or two distance.
Now that you know how to get to this beautiful island, you are probably wondering where to stay. You are looking for a resort that is comfortable, chic, and in close proximity to many tourist attractions. The place that suits your mood and elevates your travel this time is The ANMON Resort Bintan.
Why ANMON? ANMON is a desert-theme glamping resort located in Jln. Raja Haji, Bintan. Escapism is in trend and ANMON is the perfect place to be. Jaded and weary from hectic everyday life? Find peace here at ANMON.
The ANMON Resort Bintan offers many experiences. First, you will stay in a resort that you have never been to before. In ANMON, you will be spoiled with luxury and modern comfort in their spacious teepee tents with en-suite bathroom and sustainable amenities.
ANMON features numerous experiences to guide you on your journey to self-fulfilment. Fancy a dip under the summer sun? Head over to the party pool and feel the warm water touch your skin. There is a large outdoor cinema screen nearby for your entertainment. Enjoy the screening of carefully selected movies with your loved ones during the night. You will not regret it.
Grab a bite at ANMON’s signature on-site restaurant, The Compass Rose, that serves a feast of local and fusion Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Or enter a realm of freedom and drink up at ANMON’s exotic desert-inspired cocktail bar, TIPI Bar. Enjoy a selection of unique and luscious cocktails served by award-winning mixologists.
If you come from Jakarta, after arriving at Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport, you can book complimentary transfer services from ANMON from the airport to the resort. Make sure you write the timing of your arrival to email@example.com beforehand. Kick back and relax, ANMON has it covered for their honoured visitors.
This time, ANMON has a special offer exclusive for Indonesia residents only. Spend your day or have a staycation with your loved one at ANMON for only 1,000,000 IDR per night. The offer also includes complimentary services, including entrance to Treasure Bay Crystal Lagoon, Rodeo Bull, Lagoon Kayak, Lagoon Floats, and Slip & Slide.
Head over to ANMON’s official website www.theanmon.com for more details and more promotions. What are you waiting for? Grab your bags and start vacationing!