“Do you want to go Bintan and do nothing???” isn’t an appealing line to convince anyone but it doesn’t take much to make me say ‘yes’ to a trip!
Spurred by the impromptu desire to get away, I booked this trip in less than an hour with 39 hours to go before departure.
Duration: 2D1N (13 – 14 Jan 2019)
Hotel: Bintan Spa Villa Beach Resort
Price: $104/night for Deluxe Apartment
(which is really just a room with 1 King size or 2 Twin Beds)
I chose this hotel because they had a complimentary shuttle service to and fro Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal only (1-hour ride) which saves you the trouble of haggling with local taxi drivers and worrying about being overcharged.
If you’re booking from an external provider (Agoda, Hotels.com, Expedia, etc), email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours in advance to arrange for the complimentary shuttle service. Do note that it’s only for Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal so don’t arrive at the wrong ferry terminal if not you’ll have to pay for a cab!
We had nothing planned for the night so we were kinda suckered into going for the Mangrove Firefly Tour (IDR374,000/pax; ~SGD37.40/pax). I wasn’t too keen cause I’ve been on a mangrove tour before, seen fireflies elsewhere and I wasn’t too excited about the price point but my friend had never seen fireflies before so we went. We were the only ones so it was like a private tour for us!
Dinner for 2: IDR917,400 (Inclusive of tax)
We ordered 5 dishes + 1 mint cooler + 2 glasses of wine for ~SGD91.74. 😯 Prices are about the same in Singapore so don’t expect a cheap meal here! Food was alright, ambience was great.
So that’s it! Although it was just 2D1N, it was good enough for a sun-kissed recharge. When I left I was already thinking of all the other friends I could come with — I really enjoyed doing nothing!
Total damage done: ~SGD396.14 for 2 pax (SGD198.07/pax)
Prices correct as at 14 Jan 2019;
exchange rate of IDR10,000 = SGD1 used for easier calculations
If you’re in need of a quick getaway from Singapore, I recommend Bintan Spa Villa Beach Resort. Albeit a little pricey (that’s usually the case for most resorts), it’s a great place do nothing, relax, recharge and just stare at the sea. You can choose to skip the paid activities and it’ll become an affordable trip.
If you go during weekdays, it’s even better cause there aren’t many tourists there. We only saw 4 – 5 families and it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. You can read my TripAdvisor review here for more info that I didn’t put here.
- Go on weekdays (if you can)
- Bring your own snacks/entertainment
I went back to Bintan again in March but this time to Club Med! (Couldn’t get enough of Bintan ever since this trip) It’ll be up in a bit but before that will be about my time in Japan.