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Nostalgia Yasin Bungalow
Reviewed January 22, 2011

WE LOVED IT HERE!

We read the reviews on trip advisor before we went and weren't expecting much. We were quite worried as we read that there was no electric sockets, not hot water and no flushing toilets. The photos looked good though so we stuck with our decision, and thank god we did.

It isn't anything super luxurious, and perhaps the smaller chalets didn't have as good facilities (we stayed in the floating bamboo house), but we enjoyed our stay. The accommodation was nothing special. We had an en-suite bathroom although the door was more a flimsy bit of folding plastic. It had a shower, toilet and sink. The toilet flushed (much to our delight!) but the shower was cold - not to bad after a warm day but we still didn't spend long under it. The bed is kind of cute - it is made out of bamboo and sheets were clean. The room had an amazing view of the sea, and a balcony with a phenomenal view of the sea, sunsets and sunrises. I was awake at 5am every day to catch a glimpse. They provide mosquito coils and a towel (from Gucci no less!). It was fairly insect free (Saw one lizard on the bathroom wall) but as it is open vents in the roof, there is little they can do to stop this, and it really didn't bother us. There were 2 lights (slightly dim) but functioned fine and UK style electricity sockets. Surprisingly they also had a TV and DVD player in the room. The rooms were very large and you were provided with a key to the front door which locked securely. There was a fan which did a decent job of keeping the temperature down.

The breakfast wasn't massive but it was included and filled a hole nicely. We found the bar amazing - cheap and lots of choice. They did delicious orange juice. They also did light food, which was again cheap and nice. The staff were lovely and very helpful. They spoke perfect English and always had a smile on their face. They helped us plan what we wanted to do each day, and booked everything for us. They also flagged down the buses for us and directed the driver to where we wanted to get off.

The hostel is a bargain. It is nice, clean and quiet. It is also a sister resort with two local hotels. One has a fantastic beach/sea and we enjoyed going there to read our book, eat food and have some drinks. It was modern and clean. They took us there via bus at set times. The other was larger, and had all the water sports, snorkelling, etc. It had a spa where we had a king and queen spa treatment (was sooooo nice!!!!) and 2 lovely restaurants. One is set out in to the sea on a jetty and has a phenomenal view of the sun setting over the mountains and sea. The portions are very large though so don't be afraid to go for a small. It is large and clean. You don't have much choice about eating at the 3 locations as these are the only restaurants in the area (apart from some small local cafe's that we didn't dare try). The gift shops were over priced but I brought a lovely shell necklace from the gift shop at the hostel.

The hostel beach isn't anything spectacular, but as the sister resorts are so close, it doesn't matter. They ride you up to the larger hotel whenever you ask on a small moped/side cart and drop you off wherever you want. You can hire a car for them to go on day trips.

The hostel is set about an hour away from the ferry terminal. We had a transfer bus pick us up which was on time and greeted us as soon as we were off the ferry. We organised this through the hostel. The only problem with being so far out is that there isn't much to do in the area. This is great if you want a quiet, relaxing break away from busy life but not so good if you want to do some sight seeing. It is possible to do it from the hostel, but you have to hire a car with the driver who will take you wherever, but it takes about 1 and a half hours to get anywhere interesting, and the same time to get back again (not including time looking around). We didn't mind this so much, but if you were there with a group of friends you would probably get bored (unless you had a good book to read).

It lives up to the name 'Nostalgia'. The area was quite poor, but not un-safe and we felt very grateful for our lives in Singapore when we got back to the modern hustle and bustle. Everyone was very friendly across Bintan, and always had a smile on their face.

It is so serene and peaceful. It was so relaxing and a great way to switch off for a few days. We sat on the balcony reading and watching the sunset/rises without seeing anyone about. No hostel computer - we really didn't mind but some may.

WE LOVED IT!!!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 15, 2010

Having stayed in a/c in all my travels, I figured why not try this place out for once? What an experience: walking on wooden planks to the bungalow, listening to the waves lapping below you as you sleep (however this kept me up!), no satellite tv, no internet, I must say it's a wonderful experience but not everyone may get used to it. Albeit, the rooms were cheap, food is basic but nice, staff were friendly and helpful, hey I even got to watch a football match with the resort staff! All in all no complaints but it may not be everyone's cup of tea!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2010

Stayed three nights in an over the water bungalow/hut for $36sgn/nt. The room was basic but certainly comfortable.

Good: The staff were very friendly. Food was decent and cheap although they raised the beer prices 30% the day I left (a case (24) of tins at the store is $40sgn). Quiet and relaxing. Able to use the facilities at Agro.

Bad: As others have said, the mosquitoes are bad. No beach.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled solo
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Thank drtravels
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Reviewed August 29, 2010

I learnt about the place by a friend and started reading the reviews - which are amazingly positiv. I always stayed at the northern part so far - the big resorts and did enjoy it. So it was time for a change and this nice little place with bungalows on stilts (and on land if you prefer that) was a great choice. I contacted the place via email and got timely response. Very friendly email conversation and confirmation that we can pay the whole amount at Yasin without any pre-payment. They confirmed the pickup and it went all smooth when we arrived.
We had booked the Deluxe version with DVD player which we did not need as the little balcony attached to the bungalow was fantastic to chill, read and just enjoy the view. Even when it rained we could still sit on the balcony without getting wet. Fantastic.
The food in the place is good and the view is unbeatable when you eat. They charge you Singapore prices but that is the same all over Bintan I think. So your fried rice ends up for 30000 IDR which is 5 SGD but then, the place is cheap in itsself. For our first breakfast they had given us toast bread which was not good anymore and when we asked for new bread they got us fresh one and two fresh juices as a compensation.
Besides the view and the quietness the room was clean. There is a ceiling fan and a standing fan which is sufficent. The mosquito repellent provided is needed. They did not eat us alive but there are mosquitos. Mind you so, there is no hot water available for bathing and the toilet bowl has no flush. there was also no wash basin in the (bath)room but for two nights, I can even live with that ;-)
When leaving they arranged with their neighbouring resort (Agro Beach) to bring all guests back to the Ferry in a big bus. The trip from Tanjung Pinang to Yasin takes about 45 to 60 minutes. you can go any time from Yasin to Agro Beach and use their pool or restaurants. We once tried the SunMoon Restaurant because of their fresh fish. It was ok, but pretty pricey.

Overall, I can recommend this place and will go there again for a relaxed weekend. As highlighted earlier by others. Bring books as there is nothing else to do then sleep, eat, relax and read! And DO NOT expect high class bungalows. They are basic but charming.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jessica-Singapore
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

A nice little hideout of a gem with cute beach water bungalows completing the look. I find that the highlight of the whole place was the little balcony (attached to the water bungalows) where one can listen to music, read books or simply look out to the sea and its blue waters. Granted, there is no hot water available for bathing and the toilet bowl has no flush. However, on the plus side, there was electricity available as well as 2 fans which kept the room in tip-top condition as far as ventilation was concerned.

Nostalgia Yasin Bungalows is a great place to chill out if the agenda is wanting to do NOTHING. Besides a nice looking cafe which serves delicious and reasonably-priced food and juices, there is basically nothing much to do. To enjoy any kind of water sports activities, one simply has to inform the staff about being transported to its sister resort (Agro Beach Resort) for free. Nevertheless, its a good-looking chill-out place for people like me whose agenda is to relax and enjoy the sea view.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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1  Thank DavidKwong
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Reviewed August 8, 2010

I had visited this place after a lot of searching on this site itself. And the experience was worth every penny. No doubt, it's a little far from the Bintan Resorts and while going to this place, all my friends were cursing me for choosing it. But once i was there, they all thanked me for giving them an experience of a lifetime. We had a lot of adventure sports and at a much lower price than Bintan Resorts. And I can never forget the Pomphret Barbeque I had which I shared with a stray cat by their beach.

DON'T FORGET THE MOSQUITO REPELLENT

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with friends
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4  Thank aayushrivastava
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Reviewed June 22, 2010

We planned a trip from Singapore to Bintan over a weekend and it was too last minute plan, so we ended up staying in this resort. This place was quiet beautiful with some excellent scenaries, good and friendly people to serve, clean place as well. We faced millions of mosquitoes Barbecued us in the evening. We rented a villa and it was very quite and scary during the night since it was little far from the reception and also had some problem with water flows in the toilets. Next day we went to the nearby Agro Bintan resorts which is just a 5mins drive from Nostalgia yasin, Agro resorts had a pool and good scenaries as well. We rented a speedboat for mangrove forest ride and our boat broke down in mid of our travel where we need to wait for 2hrs for another boat to rescue us. There is a sea food restaurant, which costs nominal. Spa was full and we did not get time to trail it. Overall its a good place for couples or friends to stay for 1-2 days if you want to spend cheap.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Vinsebby
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Address: Jl. Pantai Trikora Km. 38, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Riau Islands Province > Riau Archipelago > Bintan Regency > Bintan Island
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Ranked #10 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Bintan Island
Price Range: $0 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 100
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