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Telunas Beach Resort
Jalan Anggrek Luar #23 | Baloi Persero, Riau Islands Province 29442, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Sugi Island
Singapore, Singapore
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“Best R&R”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We booked for a 2 night stay over first week of June 2013. The email communications from the management (Lilis) was very responsive and helpful, providing proactive tips on routes, timings and such. We were received at the ferry terminal and transported to the resort without a worry by a 90 minute long boat journey. Welcome drinks and cold towels on arrival are much appreciated.

The resort itself is secluded, peaceful and quiet. Only 3 families (plus a school group) when we were there. No hustle and bustle. the only dilemma was when and how long to be at the beach. Quite a tranquil place. Nice strip of beach, pleasant in the afternoon. Nothing to do, except to relax. Heavenly! Have some sports by the beach like table tennis, volleyball, a surf board, can rent kayaks, footballs etc. We also had a bonfire and pizza by the beach for a bit extra.

Food was good. Nothing fancy, but satisfying. Rooms are clean and well maintained with clean bathrooms. Dining area has a nice view and good to hangout after food.

Special mention to our hosts Elsa & Dior for always being there with a smile. They make the difference!

It was a pleasurable visit overall and we do plan to be back...with friends.

Room Tip: Some tips for prospective travellers: - Check that they do not have any big school groups to coin...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Telunas Beach S, Guest Relations Manager at Telunas Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Hi Arun,

It was great to meet you this past week and it's a pleasure to see your quick write up of your Telunas experience. It's always a great encouragement to our team to see their names mentioned and read the specific things that guests enjoyed. We hope the memories of beachside relaxation keep you fueled for a while and that it's not long before we can meet your friends and see you again!

Brad Fleming for the Telunas team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Our fourth visit there within 3 years. What more can we said? Staff, rustic setup, food were excellent. We managed to catch total of 18 fishes in 2 days and had them for our meal. If you have not been, you are missing something.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Telunas Beach S, Public Relations Manager at Telunas Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Thanks for your faithful visits and sharing the news about Telunas with the world. It sounds like you had a prolific catch this time. We're looking forward to your fifth visit!

Brad Fleming for the Telunas team
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

This place is very different.....simple yet special in its own ways. I hope it stays this way....quiet!!! yet profitable for all its people:-)

The people are the best, its nature, environment, the rooms, the activities are very interesting.

The staff are friendly and always going the extra mile....helpful and sincere. Thank you Agus!:-). We hope to meet you again!!

On the down side, was disappointed with the water and the beach. Not the best for swimming. The sand was a bit disappointing but we will definitely go again !!

Indra, Audrey & Rolf

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Telunas Beach S, Public Relations Manager at Telunas Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Dear Indra, Audrey, and Rolf:

Thanks for your recent stay and taking the time to review our overwater establishment.

We do pride ourselves on creating an experience that is quite unlike the common mass beach resort. Our hope is that this is uniquely refreshing and we are pleased when we hear such feedback.

Our white-sand beach provides an ideal setting for sunbathing, lounging with a book, playing with the kids on the beach, or frolicking in the shallow waters. For those seeking world-class diving or snorkeling, the outer islands of Indonesia are more suitable. From late May to mid August breezes from the South bring rolling waves and less clear waters. With access by an easy boat transfer from Singapore, most guests discover utter relaxation and beachside fun.

Agus sends greetings and we all hope to see you soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

After 3 days and 2 nights at Telunas, all 19 of us made it back safely home and are busy back at work and school, nursing our tired bodies, minor cuts and bruises. But more importantly, every father and son had a most enjoyable and meaningful time together both personally together and in all the team activities. All these would not have been possible without Lilis and the staff of Telunas who helped to ensure the suites were well maintained with clean beds, the meeting room spacious and adequately equipped and yes, the good food (with the sambal chilli separated!) that we enjoyed over the last 3 days. There were also wonderful moments which was only made possible by Telunas such as the free birthday cakes for 3 of our fathers. The kids’ special moment for many had been the jetty jumps with their fathers (and those with their friends of course!)

Most of all, all the Telunas staff have been most attentive to our needs and responded well and truly, we want to thank them for a most wonderful time. We look forward to returning again with another group of fathers and sons in the near future. Thank you and God bless!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Telunas Beach S, Public Relations Manager at Telunas Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Thanks Boh for your great review of the Father-Son stay at Telunas. We're thrilled that everyone enjoyed their stay and that such great bonding and memories were created. Several of our team members have commented on how much they enjoyed your group. We hope work and school is not too shocking and look forward to seeing you again in the coming months.

Regards,
Brad Fleming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We - a family of threee - went to Telunas in March 2013 and enjoyed our stay tremendously.

The experience started at the Sekupang Ferry Terminal just after arrival from Singapore where our host Lilis picked us up and guided us to the local ferry to continue our journey to the resort. Admitedly, one has to be a bit adventurous when looking at the local ferry but we took it as an experience. The ferry took us to Moro Island from where Telunas' own long boat picked us up and took us to the resort.

The complete resort is built in local style (on stilts) and while it meets all basic needs it is not as luxurious as one may know it from other Indonesian locations such as Bali. This resort is the only one on the island means that it offers complete tranquility and relaxation.

We booked a water chalet which comes with a queen size bed and a bunk bed, a private balcony and a private bathroom/toilet, big enough to accomodate four persons.

In absence of any outside restaurants/eateries the resort provide three meals a day, all very tasty and deliciously cooked. You may hear/read about the banana crepes, these are indeed fabulous and certainly the signature dish!

Snacks, drinks and souveniers are sold at affordable prices from their own little convenience shop.

Landscape-wise the beach is stunning, big enough that no one is disturbed in his/her privacy. Though I am not into watersports, I believe some equipment can be rented from the resort if desired.

The whole staff is extremely polite, friendly and helpful and kids are very welcome which makes it a perfect place for families.

I understand that the owners is currently constructing a second resort on the island adjacent to Telunas Beach which will be more tailored to individual travelers and families while Telunas Beach is more for groups (indeed the place got very lively when a school class arrived on our last evening).

Given that there're so many beautiful places to explore in Southeast Asia we might not be back in teh immediate future but we will be back one day for sure (maybe when the new place is ready?).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Telunas Beach S, Public Relations Manager at Telunas Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 24, 2013
Thanks for your review that points out many specific aspects of the Telunas experience which should be helpful to future guests. As you note, apart from simply relaxing on the fine beach there are further ways to enjoy your stay such as renting a kayak and exploring the cove or taking a trek to a nearby waterfall. Telunas Beach Resort is built on stilts above the sea to mimic the local architecture. We've aimed to make the buildings simple and eco-friendly so the resort blurs into the environment. We've sought to then bring in surprising little comforts for a rustic resort so that guests truly enjoy their stay. We're glad you liked the place and we hope that your journeys bring you back to Telunas more quickly than anticipated. As you note, we do have a project in the works on Telunas island that we hope will delight our favorite families and couples even more fully. Sign up for our newsletter for future updates.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

I visited Telunas with a group of friends and lots of kids between us. We had a fantastic stay and loved every minute. The kids had lots of fun on the low ropes with Gideon and just loved jumping from the jetty into the sea. Its so free and easy there. The staff loved the kids and made a huge fuss of them at all times. The food was lovely and the kitchen very accommodating to our needs. We cant wait to go back.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Telunas Beach S, Public Relations Manager at Telunas Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Thanks for your visit and kind review. We're glad your whole family had a blast. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Brad Fleming for the Telunas team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

We stayed a week at Telunas Beach. It is a great place to relax with a beautiful private beach, preserved nature, tasty indonesian food, excellent service, comfortable private chalets. You can see and hear the waves through the chalet floor ! The 3 meals at 7am, 12am and 6pm are included as well as most activities : fishing from the deck, 21h lamp fishing, shrimping on the beach at night, low ropes in the jungle, jumping from the (high) deck, hammocks everywhere, sand castling for the kids and more. The kids loved to eat the fishes and shrimps they had caught.
The kayak (28 S$/h) and the pizza party on the beach were not included but were enjoyable and good value for money. The whole staff was really friendly and they cared about us. They were also good at taking care of the kids. The private chalets can be recommended for 2 adults + 2 kids as they are well designed and well ventilated. No mosquito found there for one week (beware of the jungle though).
The kids asked to come back during the stay and both my wife and 7 year old daughter were moved when leaving Sekupang ! Do not miss the books from the library to get to know the wild life there : barnacles, moon crab, hermit crabs, needle fishes, hornbills, various fishes. crabs, squids, snakes, monkeys, kingfishers and mangrove animals and plants. As advised by the hotel, make sure to bring proper beach shoes and sun protection. Covering clothes can be useful to protect from the sun.
We loved the place, the delicious food, the local english speaking staff, the rustic and authentic chalets and also the 90min boat ride to get there.
Many thanks to the Telunas staff. We are looking forward to coming back !

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Telunas Beach S, Public Relations Manager at Telunas Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 21, 2013
Thanks for posting. The details you mention will be very helpful to other future guests. I would like to point out that while there are many free activities, typically there is charge for shrimping.

It's great to see your clear love for Telunas. We're thrilled when our guests can walk away with such a positive experience and desire to return. We look forward to seeing you soon too!

Sampai jumpa!
Brad Fleming for the Telunas team
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Address: Jalan Anggrek Luar #23 | Baloi Persero, Riau Islands Province 29442, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Riau Islands Province > Riau Archipelago > Sugi Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Sugi Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 1.5 hrs from Batam (3+ from Singapore) but a world away, Telunas provides "rustic elegance" for individuals and groups seeking rest, relaxation, and fun. Leave stress behind and savor three included, local/internationally-influenced buffet meals. Built entirely above the water, enjoy Telunas’ stunning sea and jungle views and let sea breezes and lapping water ease you to sleep. Facilities: six private chalets, four deluxe rooms, one multi-family suite, five dorms, meeting room, lounge, dining room, private beach. ... more   less 
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