If you are looking for a convenient and quiet escape from Singapore in a nice natural environment, Bintan is an option. However, if you book Nirwana Beach Club, expect the barest of bare essentials. The bungalows are VERY rundown, dusty and quite frankly filthy throughout. The walls were covered in squashed bug guts and splashes, the fridge was rusted out and the TV didn't work. There's basically no amenities in the room and if you want hot water you need to walk to the restaurant and pay SG $1.00. I paid SG $130 a night to stay here and this type of stinginess is just laughable. I don't mind paying a reasonable price for a reasonable room. I reasonably price these bungalows at no more than SG $60 per night.
If your rate includes breakfast, it's not served in the restaurant and you need to walk to Nirwana Gardens next door. This is not a bad walk, except when it's raining and there's no umbrella's available.
The ocean looks nice, but it's plagued with drops of filthy black oil/tar. After you swim you need to take a filthy rag that they leave on the ground, douse it in gasoline and clean the black oil off your feet and body.
On the positive, it's a rustic, quiet and very natural setting with a lot of wildlife. Furthermore, the staff are very pleasant, relaxed and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the water's edge of Indonesia's Bintan island, Nirwana Beach Club welcomes you to the ultimate rustic beachfront hideaway. Indulge in a variety of water sports, nature and the timeless traditions of a village-style living. Feel your spirits lifted amidst the spacious thatched-roof chalets, sunny beaches and a blue ocean, savouring relaxation and a boundless choice of tropical activities. Nirwana Beach Club has 50 air-conditioned Cabana rooms which are nestled on a tropical beachfront of fine white sand, washed by clear turquoise waters. Wake up to fresh sea breeze and the lush beauty of a tropical beach. Each air-conditioned chalet is equipped with an attached bathroom with shower and a mini fridge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nirwana Gardens - Nirwana Beach Club Hotel Lagoi
- Nirwana Beach Hotel
- Nirwana Beach Club
- Nirwana Beach Lagoi
- Nirwana Gardens - Nirwana Beach Club Bintan Island/Lagoi