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Bintan Island, Indonesia

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I'll start by saying my trip to Bintan was cut short by the terrorist attacks on Bali on Saturday October 12, 2002. I decided to leave Indonesia early in order to play it safe. Happily, however, I did get a chance to have some relaxing time on this pretty Indonesian island. My impressions of Bintan was that it is a relatively quiet place, slightly larger than Singapore. There are plenty of deserted beaches around to explore for shells or to just to relax on. The climate is tropical, hot, and humid so insect repellent and sunscreen is a good idea. The sea bordering the north coast of the island is beautiful with powdery sand beaches and great water for swimming or water sports depending on the area.

Favourite spots:
I must admit that I can only tell you about my favourite spot in the north of Bintan because that is where I ended up taking my relaxing beach holiday. So, I'd say my favourite place is any pretty beach along Bintan's northern coast.

What's really great:
I love the sea with a passion so I was in love with Bintan's waters. It's so nice to be able to swim in aquamarine coloured waters at a nice resort without tons of people around. I felt like the place was deserted much of the time. So relaxing and peaceful. Time slows down and the waters soothe the soul.

Sights:
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I really like sunrise and the sunrises in Bintan are worth getting up for. I got up before 6 am to take this photo of the sunrise through the morning mist. Enchanting.


Accommodations:
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I stayed at Bintan Lagoon Resort in northern Bintan. It's not a place for those who want backpacker's ambience or cheap prices. It is a place for those seeking privacy, peace, quiet, and beauty...at a price! Anyway, the resort is absolutely beautiful. The beach is a short stroll from the rooms and there are lovely views all around the resort. I had an incredible full-body traditional Indonesian massage in my room. I highly recommend it. (Tip: get the massage in your room and not in the hotel spa...it's half the price!)

Other recommendations:
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Because I left Indonesia sooner than I had planned due to the terrorist attacks in Bali, I didn't get to see the other things Bintan has to offer. I was going to go elephant trekking and snorkeling on the east coast at Trikora beach. I also had planned to see the southern city Tanjung Pinang to get a peek at the seedier side of Bintan that I'd read about. I would like to visit Bintan again if the current state of affairs in Indonesia settle down.

Restaurants:
Miyako Japanese restaurant at Bintan Lagoon Resort serves very good food but it's pricey.

Published on Tuesday October 15th, 2002


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Mon, Oct 27 2008 - 10:00 AM rating by tokyomike

I had a friend working at Bintan Resort for about 3 years, and she was always telling me to come and hang out there for staff rates. If I had a clone, I'd be instructing him to kick me in the ass now for not taking her up on the offer. It looks gorgeous (the site) and after reading your report, I know it's a place that I'm going to have to check out. Sounds like it has a high chill-out quotient! Thanks for posting!

Wed, Aug 25 2004 - 02:55 PM rating by nedkelly

Awesome report, Cant wait to get there.

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