Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bintan, a relaxing weekend getaway

Hello Bintan... again
Rewind. 8 months on and I am back in Bintan yet again. Due to the monsoon period (Oct – Dec), taking the ferry from Singapore to Bintan proves to be a challenge. Seas are rough and the ferry bobs up and down. Needless to say, the smell of puke permeates the air. This being a free trip (company retreat), the logistics were taken care of by the travel agency. However, staying @ Bintan Lagoon Resort (BLR) for 3D2N with meals will set you back S$500+ per pax for the deluxe sea facing room.

Compared with Nirwana Gardens (see previous entry), BLR is more commercialized and well maintained. The lobby is nicely refurbished and rooms have been recently renovated. But if you’re looking for some place more laid back, the other resorts will be a better choice.

Christmas dinner was pool-side with Christmas trees and snowman accompanying the plentiful BBQ buffet line. Teambuilding games were played and some proceeded for drinks at the club, while others headed to the exorbitant KTV at the Recreation Centre post dinner. DO NOT waste money at this KTV as the drinks are half diluted with water and the song list comes in a menu with font size so small it will cause your eyes to cramp. S$60 nett per hour for this crap (drinks not included).

Blue skies

Hotel: Bintan Lagoon Resort
Hotel Review: Rooms are clean with freshly-laundered towels and pillows. Bathroom is well stocked and clean. Cleanliness and service-wise, BLR gets an A*. The buffet breakfast spread is fantastic so eat more. The lunch spread… well that is pretty iffy.
Weather: Rained 2/3 days I was there. 24-29c
Transport: BLR provides pickup from the ferry terminal and can arrange for transportation anywhere on the island

The bedroom and the bathroom
Posted by fongie on 12/22/2009 04:17:00 PM in , , , ,


ahdawn said...

woah I love ur Blue skies photo!! And BLR looks so much better now after the facelift.. maybe time to check with my boss if we have budget to go there again.. wahaha!