Bintan has a huge range of resorts, from refined beachfront idylls with British colonial sensibilities to air-conditioned suites done glamping style, from architecturally jaw-dropping eco-sensitive private-island resorts made of bamboo to simple digs with a zip line and archery on site. The most polished properties and the majority worth visiting are within the Bintan Resorts development though there are more bare-bones alternatives all over the island. Little Steps has rounded up a guide to take you through the all-time favorites to new stunners too.
The new resort offers families 127 spacious terraces & villas, some of them with private pools & gardens, all of them providing you with serious eye candy (both indoors and outdoors; traditional-Asian- village-meets-modernity architecture + ocean & garden views), opportunities for both wild adventure & organized relaxation and everything in between. The Kakatu Kids Club offers a slew of island-inspired fun in the sun including treasure hunts and cooking classes for the youngest vacationers! They also have a dedicated kids pool, bicycles for rent, and lots of nature and water-based activities for all ages.
This family resort is just a 10-minute car ride from the ferry terminal in Bintan and offers villas for larger groups and resort rooms for single families. Choose from Nirwana Resort Hotel (rustic rooms by the beach), Mayang Sari Beach Resort (family chalets and lofts), the recently renovated Nirwana Beach Club (thatched roof style stays), Banyu Bira Villas (2 and 3-bedroom villas), and Indra Maya Pool Villas (private pools!). We love their kid-friendly pool overlooking the beach! There are lots to do here. The resort has a free bus shuttle service that can take you to an ATV adventure, rifle range, or jungle trekking within minutes. Or, simply relax by the pool, which overlooks a white sandy beach, where you can enjoy an hour-long seaside massage or a variety of water sports. For families who love diving, be sure to check out Max's Dive Centre. For kids 4+, they also have a Kid's Club that hosts loads of activities. Kids will also love their awesome turtle release program.
Nirwana Gardens, Jalan Panglima Pantar, Lagoi 29155, Indonesia, +62 770 692505, email@example.com, www.nirwanagardens.com
A family favorite offering beachfront suites and their popular family villas which come complete with kitchenettes (fab for wee-ones). There is plenty of fun here including a playground, daily activities, mini-golf, and watersports galore. You can book family packages or golf packages There's a great leisure center where the kids can spend the day, playing, making friends and learning new cool things. Check out the spa too if you're in need of a massage.
Bintan Lagoon, Jalan Indera Segara Site A12, Bintan Utara, Lagoi 29155, Indonesia, +62 770 691388, www.bintanlagoon.com
Sanchaya in Bintan certainly raised the bar on this popular island getaway. Your special treatment starts from the ferry terminal with a hotel guest only VIP Lounge, plus express immigration and customs clearance for a smooth, stress-free transition. With just 30 rooms, accommodation choices range from suites or villas with 1 to 4 bedrooms Each room has every creature comfort you can imagine including soft Egyptian cotton sheets, king size beds, walk-in closets, wine fridges with wine carefully selected by the in-house sommelier. Every room also comes with its own private outdoor space. There are complimentary yoga session on the beach, picnics on the Sanchaya yacht, and plenty of beach play. While there is not a kids club here, they take fabulous care of the little ones and all your amenities are covered from cots to highchairs.
The Sanchaya, Jalan Gurindam Duabelas, Plot 5 Lagoi Bay, P. Bintan, Kep. Riau 29155 Indonesia, +62 770 692200, www.thesanchaya.com
Who would have thought that camping in the great outdoors can be so luxurious? Comfy and well-equipped tents, crystal blue lagoon and a myriad of water sports activities, The Canopi Resort has it all and is the epitome of glamping – glamorous camping. And all within an hour’s ferry ride from Singapore? This is too good to be true. Just 5 minutes away from the Bintan jetty, the resort is made up of a cluster of safari tent-suites filled with modern-day spoils of air-conditioning, LCD television, hotel standard 4-post bed and the like. Next to the tent is a saltwater Crystal lagoon and private mangrove river for you to explore. Bathrooms are partially outdoors which gives it a camping feel to it. Each tent also has a private garden with a hammock for you to lull the day away. The range of activities available for the whole fam is extensive so you’d be sure that your kids will be wildly entertained. We love the family-friendly bumper boat ride, slides, and wakeboarding options.
The Canopi Resort, Jln. Raya Haji KM 01 Kawasan, Pariwisata, Teluk Sebong Lagoi, Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29152 Indonesia, +62 770 69 2252, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, http://thecanopi.com/
This family favorite was renovated last year making it a new experience for both new and returning visitors. Welcoming children of all ages, with childcare provided in a fun "camp" style. All of your meals and beverages are taken care of during your stay, including adult beverages! Club Med is a firm favorite among parents. With a kids club that has so many fab and fun activities, the kiddos won't want to leave. For mom and dad, relax by the pool with a cocktail, treat yourself to a treatment at their amazing spa, or have some fun yourself at their popular Trapeze School. There is also golf options around the corner offering yet another perk to staying here!
For environmental oriented fans seeking a bit of rustic adventure, this property is a great option. They have 2 luxury 4-room eco villas, 6 “classic LooLa” chalets, plus beautiful dormitory space for adventurous groups as big as 300+ people. Their properties are made from beautiful wood from renewable resources. This property is known for being a go-to for families looking for outdoor adventure fun. You will find activities such as rafting, hiking, wall climbing, kayaking, flying fox, and so much more! They also offer summer camps and family voluntourism options for helping the local community.
Angsana Bintan, Jalan Teluk Berembang, Laguna Bintan, Lagoi 29155, Indonesia, +62 770 693 111, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.angsana.com
New to Bintan, Cassia is part of the Banyan Tree family. This trendy property was designed by local artist, Adi Dharma, and families can expect a chic and funky vibe throughout the property. This resort is particularly exciting for those traveling with babies and toddlers as they offer 1- and 2- bedroom apartments making it an excellent option for making your own baby food and sterilizing bottles. They also have loft-style apartments complete with their own barbeque units. For families looking to cook their own food, this is a great option (Market 23 is right next door for all shopping needs too). You will also find complimentary yoga sessions, Xana Beach Club for happy hour fun, turtle release programs (a kid-favorite), and loads of water and nature activity options. This property also offers excellent golf options.
This property is located on a gorgeous beach and offers families a real "Indonesian" feel with their back-to-basic stay options. This is a one-star hotel option facing their own private white sand beach. Their jungle spa is located on stilts overlooking the sea making for a unique pampering session for mom and dad. The Waroeng Restaurant is a cluster of atap huts located in the coconut plantation and serves up delicious Indonesian dishes, cooked according to local home recipes. Their Beach Club is a renovated Bugis wooden house from the 70’s and offers sunsets, a sun deck, reggae bar, and plenty of sea sports activities. It's very basic but for those looking to get away from it all - this cheap option is a good one to consider in Bintan.
Mutiara Beach Resort, Jalan Trikora Km.55 @ "Blue Rock", Telok Dalam, Bintan, Indonesia, +62-821-7121 1988, www.mutiarabintan.com