Bintan, Treats in the forest - Tourism Indonesia


Sunday, November 4, 2007

Bintan, Treats in the forest

BINTAN is a small, lesser-known Indonesian island straddling the Malacca Strait and the South China Sea.
Its premier resort, Banyan Tree, is built on a hilly, beach-fringed promontory that overlooks both.

From our villa, perched high among the trees, mighty ships could be seen edging across the pewter sea while the skyscrapers of Singapore shimmered on the horizon like the Emerald City.

It didn't take long to discover that the best place to enjoy this exquisite view was from our private pool, a glass of something medicinal close at hand.

There are half a dozen resorts on Bintan, but Banyan Tree is the only five-star option, though this is soon to change.

The more affordable and family-oriented Angsana Resort and Spa, owned by the same outfit, is located next door and has access to the same 900m beach and many of the recreational activities.
Spending a few nights at Angsana before shifting to Banyan Tree might be a way to stretch your time on the island.

Banyan Tree is an extraordinary experience that's well worth the time and costs involved.

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