The Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world comprising 13,466 large and small tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches, many still uninhabited and a number even still unnamed. Straddling the equator, situated between the continents of Asia and Australia and between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans, it is as wide as the United States from San Francisco to New York, equaling the distance between London and Moscow. Indonesia has a total population of more than 215 million people from more than 200 ethnic groups. The national language is Bahasa Indonesia.
Among the most well known islands are Sumatra, Java, Bali, Kalimantan (formerly Borneo), Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), the Maluku Islands (or better known as Moluccas, the original Spice Islands) and Papua. Then, there is Bali “the world’s best island resort” with its enchanting culture, beaches, dynamic dances and music. But Indonesia still has many unexplored islands with grand mountain views, green rainforests to trek through, rolling waves to surf and deep blue pristine seas to dive in where one can swim with dugongs, dolphins and large mantarays.
Because of her location, and geology, Indonesia is blessed with the most diverse landscape, from fertile ricelands on Java and Bali to the luxuriant rainforests of Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi, to the savannah grasslands of the Nusatenggara islands to snow-capped peaks of West Papua.
Situated just a ferry ride away from Singapore or Johor Bahru in Malaysia, as well as its neighboring Batam Island, Bintan is the largest island in the Riau Islands province and one that offers the perfect getaway with its high-end resorts, world-class golf courses, and refreshing coastal atmosphere.
Tanjung Pinang at the south western coast of the island is the capital city of the Riau Islands Province. Aside from the center of activities of the local population, Tanjung Pinang also feature a number of historical heritage sites. This include Senggarang, the unique village on stilts and a large Buddhist temple near the airport known as the Maritria temple or Vihara Avalokitesvara. Just off the coast of the city, Penyengat Island was once the seat of the Johor-Riau kingdom and in the 19thcentury became the cultural capital of the Malay world. The restored Sultan’s palace here is an interesting blend of Javanese and Dutch architecture. Here one can also find the royal family’s’ tombs, fort, and the grand mosque of Mesjid Raya Sultan Riau Penyengat.
Bintan’s chief tourist attraction today, however, is Bintan Resorts, a spectacular beach holiday destination in the north of the island, covering 23,000 hectares along the entire sandy white coast facing the South China Sea. Bintan has now become a world class Sport-Tourism destination attracting thousands around the world to compete in its marathons, triathlons, extreme sports and golf challenges.
There are currently ten independently beach resorts, four designer golf courses, as well as a range of recreational facilities and attractions located within the fully integrated Bintan Resorts.
Bintan Lagoon Resort
An all-in-one island getaway for families and a perfect MICE retreat!
Sprawled over 300 hectares of beachfront gardens in the tropical paradise of Bintan, Bintan Lagoon Resort(BLR) is an all-in-one destination perfect for families, golfers and small groups. A smooth 75-minute ferry ride from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal takes guests directly to the Resort’s own terminal on the beach. Guests disembark and make their way to the lobby via a shuttle or a short walk.
The Resort boasts over 400 contemporary rooms, suites and villas to suit couples, families and groups. Each well-appointed room and suite features a furnished balcony, in-room amenities and modern conveniences. Ranging from two to five bedroom configurations with self-catering facilities and generous living areas, the villas include the convenience of a golf buggy for transport.
14 wining & dining options appeal to different palates. Enjoy fabulous buffets in the vibrant, colourful setting of Fiesta. Pick your own pizza and pasta at Mangia or Asian street fare at Chop Chop, Bintan’s Chinatown. Relive ‘kampong’ nostalgia, with satays freshly grilled over open flames in the outdoors at the Satay Club. There’s Miyako for Japanese cuisine. For coffee and snacks, head for Mojo Café in the lobby.
For stunning views of the South China Sea and golf courses, relax at the Terrace Sports Bar or Haskell’s Café in the Golf Club House respectively. Catch sunset and relish the famous Rijstaffel for dinner at Nelayan on the beach. Come dusk, guests can sing in the Karaoke Lounge or dance the night away at Silk, Bintan’s hottest night club.
Golf, ski, swim, bike, kids’ activities and more!
Tee off at one of two award-winning championship golf courses designed by professional golfers Ian Baker-Finch (Woodlands Course) and Jack Nicklaus (Sea View Course), set amongst lush landscapes overlooking the South China Sea.
For family activities, there are two large swimming pools and over 50 land and sea sports including the Nutty Bunch Club and the Jungle Gym for children. A host of activities and workshops is organized on long weekends and festive holidays. Or explore the island on a local tour.
Rejuvenate mind, body and soul at Kedaton Spa, or relax with an outdoor massage by the beach or a 24-hour in-room massage service.
Meet and Mingle
With its enormous function space both indoors and outdoors, BLR is perfect for MICE groups. Among the extensive MICE facilities are The Great Hall, an all- purpose built conference centre catering up to 1,300 guests and the Adventure Training Centre for team building activities. For a grand finale, plan on lighting up the sky with fireworks or a bonfire.
Bintan Resort Ferries
Bintan Resort Ferries Pte Ltd began operations in 1994 from then World Trade Centre (now known as Harbour Front). Operations shifted to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in late August 1995. Each trip to Bintan takes about an hour.
BRF operates four catamaran ferries. The first two – 262-seat Aria Bupala and a 286-seat Indera Bupala were built when the company first started operations and two new generation 42 meter ferries the Wan Seri Beni and Wan Sendari were added to the BRF Fleet in 2009. Built by Damen Shipyards, Netherlands, the newer vessels are able to operate at cruising speeds in excess of 37 knots and feature high tech navigation and engineering monitoring systems. In addition, the ferries also include hardware that improve the stability in choppy seas allowing a smoother ride for passengers. Each ferry has 300 seats, 57 of which are allocated to a premium “Emerald Class”. Passengers in the premium class can skip the queue for immigration clearance on arrival in Bintan, and let specially assigned staff take care of the process for them.
BRF will work hand in hand with Travel Agents, Resort Operators and Golf Resorts to improve services and increase visitorship to Bintan Resorts through the provision of flexible ferry schedules and travel promotions. BRF remains committed to providing a regular, safe, reliable and comfortable ferry service from Singapore to Bintan Resorts.