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“basic accommodation, great resort, breathtaking beach” 4 of 5 stars
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Nirwana Gardens - Nirwana Beach Club
3.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   Jalan Panglima Pantar | Bintan Resorts, Bintan Island, Lagoi, Riau Islands Province 29155, Indonesia   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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“basic accommodation, great resort, breathtaking beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

on a week long trip to Singapore I decided to do a one night stay at Nirwana Beach and was totally glad I did and this is a perfect place for such a short stop over. Transfer from the ferry terminal was swift, staff were friendly. Check in was a bit more robotic but efficient enough. The Beach Chalets were very very basic, a great size though in a wonderful location seconds from the most beautiful white sand beach with warm sea! shame they were a bit dusty and basic but for a one night stay totally adequate, air con and shower worked well, i even got towels and toiletries which for the price i paid was a bargain.
I wandered to Calypso bar to watch the sunset over the south china sea which was amazing, big shout out to Budi the ace barman who makes super cocktails! The buffet breakfast was great especially the omelette station and the infinity pool at the Hotel was the perfect place to spend a relaxing day before the ferry bk to Singapore the next day. all in all a brilliant bargain break, with recommended accommodation for budget travelers!

Room Tip: i think some may have been refurbished as photo on the website doesn't reflect the decor of mine...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Had a fantastic relaxing time at this amazing place. Prior to going I had read mixed reviews but the beach huts really were great, a little old but comfortable and the air con worked really well. The beach was incredibly clean and the staff were all very helpful and accommodating. I very much hope to return one day as it really was a little slice or paradise!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

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.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

I won't run down the resort amities. The issue and reason I have to give such a terrible review relative to my more than a dozen vacation trips to SE Asia is simple. You cannot leave the resort! It seems the whole north section of the island is controlled by one company. It's road access is gated off from the rest of Indonesia. If you want to spend 120 SGD for a cab you can get out. Barring this, you are stuck in their resort with with their stores with their prices all in SGD all at at least a 10x mark up over Indonesia. So don't come her thinking you have an inexpensive holiday. Though you are technically in Indonesia all prices are in SGD. A beer, 7-8 SGD. Simple dinner of curry and rice for a family of 4, $100 USD. Think you can rent a scooter and sight see? think again. Pop out to a local store to pick up water and supplies? Can't be done. It ruined what was to have been a very special trip. I strongly recommend if you want to visit Indonesia do it anywhere but her. If budget is not an issue just stay at a 4-5 star hotel in Singapore and save yourself the frustation.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Although this was a school trip back in Oct 2007, it was a good retreat for us Tourism Students. The management gave us a tour around the premise, explaining to us what specific functions do and how the management work. It was a learning journey for us, which is not something you get everyday.

The rooms were good, no trouble at all, we were busy enjoying ourselves, and we enjoyed the hospitality by the hotel, and the locals. (There's a shuttle bus that'll bring you to town for a little shopping).

This resort is a good getaway for all types of travels, be it for family, relax & unwind, budget etc. Good job to the staffs there! =D

Room Tip: Tip of the journey: Speak their language to get great bargains in town, or you'll be hacked to d...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gurgaon, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Beach Club at Nirvana Gardens has single story Huts set in a Tropical Forest Like Surroundings, has a pond with beautiful lotus flowers and golden Fish. Has just Basic Amenities in a small one room & a tiny attached Toilet with just a shower and an old Wash Basin with a loose hanging wall mirror . There is no telephone in the room , for any requirement , one has to walk down to the office hut .
La Luna Continental Restaurant & Bar is just 2 minutes walk from the Huts . Other Restaurants like Spice Kitchen , catering Indian Cuisine & more than one restaurants in the main Nirvana Resort Hotel are just 7 to 10 minutes walking distance . Facilities like Swimming Pool , water sports and other facilities are all easily accessible.In room massage services are available at no extra cost

Room Tip: Rooms facing Lotus Pond
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

The Nirwana Beach Club is good for budget travellers who aimed to stay out at the beach as long as possible or read a book outside at the patio in serene surroundings. Small chalet-like rooms at SGD128 a night is bare mininum - just two beds (comfy enough), one sofa, 2 shelves for cloths and a mini bar with two bottles of water. No phone, no mirror (only in bathroom), no dryer, no hot flask or free coffee/tea. The reception is not close to the chalets as well so make sure you have everything you need - there's no shop at venue either. Opted to stay here as I was just attending a beach wedding for a night. if I were to stay longer, would have opted for the fancier Mayang Sari or the Nirwana Resort Hotel which flanked the beach club and have more and better facilities. But then again, you can easier walk to the other two properties (if there's no rain) - all are under the Nirwana Gardens umbrella - via the beach or cement walkways. There are also resort buses every half hour or you can try your luck with any of staff on their buggys. Good thing about the beach club is that it shared the nice sandy beach housed in a cosy bay inlet with the Mayang Sari and you are allowed to use the pool at Nirwana Resort as well, not to mention dining at their restaurants (which some friends claimed are better as well). So you could opt to pay less and have the best of three worlds. In a nutshell, if you like roughing it out and hang out at a nice beach a lot, this place for you, If you like luxury and comforts, then it's not. For instance, the chalets are definitely not sound-proof, the lizards chucking didn't keep us up but our neighbours who spoke up to 5am at their next door patio did...

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jalan Panglima Pantar | Bintan Resorts, Bintan Island, Lagoi, Riau Islands Province 29155, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Riau Islands Province > Riau Archipelago > Bintan Island > Lagoi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Lagoi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Nirwana Gardens - Nirwana Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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. Guestrooms at Nirwana Beach Club come with modern Thai interiors and wooden flooring. Each well-appointed room is equipped with a refrigerator and TV. Hot shower facilities are in the private bathroom. *Nirwana Beach Club guests have access to all facilities and restaurants within Nirwana Gardens ... more   less 
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