This is the place to come if you want to write a novel without interruption.
A beautiful, peaceful resort, close to nature and ideal for a simple, tranquil beach holiday.
We travelled from Tanah Merah, Singapore via ferry, and the hotel sent a car to collect us. It was around a 1 hour journey, and cost US$40 for six of us. The resort is off the beaten track, and small, which means you may be lucky enough to have the entire beach to yourself, as we did some days. The staff were wonderful - so attentive, friendly, and ready to please.
We absolutely loved our beach bungalows. We travelled as a family of six and decided to book three bungalows for comfort, although we could easily have accommodated three people in each. The bungalows were situated on the sand within feet of the sea. They are spacious and furnished in traditional Indonesian style. Our daughter loved the sequinned mosquito nets hanging over the bed - she said she felt like a princess sleeping in the bed!
We loved the veranda, with its incredible views of the never ending sea.
The rooms were equipped with everything we needed for the holiday - air con, electric fan, mini fridge, television and DVD player.
The restaurant and bar are also spacious and airy, featuring polished wood furnishings.
We were delighted to be offered complimentary drinks on arrival.
What's more, as some of us in our party were vegetarian, the manager organised local vegetarian delicacies to be prepared in the restaurant for us, and we were thrilled to be presented with a plate of complimentary and utterly delicious local snacks.
I would almost go so far as to describe Marjoly as a nature resort.
It's certainly not the place to go if you're looking for retail or nightclub therapy - exactly the opposite in fact. This is a place that forces you to unwind. Whilst we were there we saw an abundance of wildlife, including monkeys, starfish, and turtles. Even though there are no formal 'activities' for children, our 4 and 13 year olds had a whale of a time enjoying the wildlife, playing on the beach, swimming in the sea, and swinging in the hammocks. They barely touched the bag of toys we'd brought with us, and the TV was only turned on once in four days!
Things to be aware of are that for a few hours each day the tide goes out quite some distance. We used the opportunity to explore the exposed sea bed, with long afternoons spent swimming in the warm sea when it returned, but if you're expecting permanent sea for swimming in you may be disappointed.
Also bear in mind that as the beautiful bungalows are thatched you will have some dust and debris floating down from time to time. This is not a reflection of the housekeeping standards but rather the side effect of enjoying the 'natural' roof form. Also be aware that the structure of the wooden bungalows may mean that the odd insect can squeeze into your room. This wasn't a problem for us, especially as there was the generous insect net over the bed and a plug-in insect deterrent, but it's just something to be aware of.
Overall we had a dream trip here.
It is not as easy to reach Marjoly as it is the Bintan Resorts at the northern end of the island, as the journey is longer, but it wouldn't be possible to enjoy the exclusivity you have at Marjoly, and the simple unspoiled environment, at one of the bigger resorts.
We will definitely be coming back!
- Also Known As:
- Marjoly Beach Resort Bintan Island, Riau Islands
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marjoly beach is located in Bintan Island. It's viewed by beautiful beach. We can enjoy sun rising in the morning with fresh air and begin to gather our full spirit. Besides you can join us to learn diving with professional diving trainer from Russia and you will see different kinds of beautiful coral in this island. ... more less
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