We just came back from a 3day 2 N stay at the Angsana Resort with 7 adults , 1 toddler and 1 infant. We chose this based on earlier reviews of its cleanliness , friendly staff and reputable spa. Due to my 15month old boy, i needed a kitchenette/microwave to perpare his baby food and this is the only hotel that has one in thier suite compared to Nirwarna or bintan lagoon. The alternative would be the Villas at other resorts that comes with kitchen but we felt are a bit too far off site the hotel amenities.
The ferry trip was fine and the sea was not too choppy both ways except on the way back there was a japanese boy who looked seasick. But all of us were fine including my 2 kids. immigration was ok as well. Although a point of note is that there are some parts where the provided trolleys were not allowed, so if you are having heavy handcarried luggages, do get those with wheels so that you can pull along cos some fair bit of walking distance is required. There are a 4-5 steps up the ferry from the landing, so you may need to fold up your baby stroller and carry your babies from then.
Land transfer were swift and check in were fast. Staff, like previously mentioned were very friendly and helpful.
We had 2 Angsana suites( 2 bedrooms with jacuzzi and private garden) and we and the kids loved it! The place was extremely clean and well maintained even though it was bulit in 2000.
The Kitchenette comes with a micowave, usual bar fridge, some simple utensils( but strangely no knife?!?) , 1 frying pan and 1 small pot and dish washing liquid and sponge( nice touch!)- good enough for rewarming baby food and cooking his porridge.
The living room comes with the usual TV but to our surpise there was a VCD/DVD player. You can loan the DVD from the reception which we didin't need to .
The beds were comfortable but queen in size( we would prefer a king which they didn't have unlike nirwarna) We didn't find them too hard unilke some of the previous reviewers. Although some of my family found their pillows too soft, they used the nice sofa cushions instead. In fact the daybed/sofa are good enough to sleep on!
The pool was fantastic with a large section of shallow wading area for the kids. The best thing was the the Angsana suites were ground floor and you can access the pool from your private garden! Wonderful when you are handling 2 kids at the same time.The jacuzzi was fun for the kids especially in the morning where we found the general pool too cold for them and putting them in the jacuzzi was nice and warm!
Although the suites are ground floor,we didn't have problems with noise. The resort is not too crowded and generally quiet.
We tried the spa as well and chose to have the Angsana massage. Unlike the eariler reviewer who found them too polite, we found them respectful and discrete. They asked us permission before massaging the chest and the abdomen and you have a choice of refusal. As to not providing disposable undies, i think this is the Angsana practice...as previously when i was in Phuket, Thailand and tried the same spa, they also did not provide any as well.
Food wise , I think the restuarants are clean. We have buffet breakfast at the lotus cafe which is airy and bright. Spread was moderate but sufficient wide for us.
We had 2 buffet dinners at Lotus cafe and Pantai grill( they do buffet dinner on alternate nights for abt US$24)- good selection but i think the pantai was superior . You get to dine by the beach , BBQ buffet and nice indonesian singers serenading away!
The beach was fantastic , pristine fine white sand. We didn't get bitten by the sandfiles as we "religiously" applied our insect repellant that was provided for by the hotel!
Generally, it was a nice family holiday, relaxing with not much to worry about in terms of security and hygiene which is important when you have yound children. Of course with such standards, price is not cheap but i think it is worth it. Will come back again!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the beautiful white sands of Tanjong Said Bay and overlooking the South China Sea, Angsana Bintan in Indonesia is a heavenly retreat just 55 minutes away from Singapore via high-speed catamaran. Take in the tranquil island life as you are pampered by the finest in Asian hospitality amid the beauty of tropical flora. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Angsana Bintan Hotel Bintan
- Angsana Hotel Bintan
- Angsana Bintan Bintan Island, Riau Islands