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“Not bad for a weekend break, just don't expect 5-star luxury”

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Bintan Agro Beach Resort
Ranked #13 of 35 Hotels in Bintan Island
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Not bad for a weekend break, just don't expect 5-star luxury”
Reviewed September 23, 2009

Positives:
- The resort seems new and, especially by Indonesian standards, very well maintained. The room and the grounds were spotless, with nice springy bed (unlike the usual hard slabs in cheap Indon hotels) and a sea view from the balcony.
- The "Sun Moon" seafood restaurant is excellent and, while mildly expensive by Indonesian standards, much cheaper than Singapore (fish to order, two sides and drinks came to ~S$30 for two).
- Breakfast buffet was quite good if you like Indonesian/Chinese food, but if you insist on Western fare, you'd better like toast and eggs.
- Staff was very friendly and responsive, and no hounding for tips either.
- At high tide, the beach is quite nice, if small. At low tide it's not much to look at, but there are several beautiful coral islands a S$5/15-min boat ride away.
- Pools are on the small side, but there are two of them with two kiddie sections.

Negatives:
- Location is surprisingly inconvenient. From Singapore, taxi + ferry + waiting around for transfer + transfer can easily take 4-5 hours one-way; you could get to Bangkok or Bali in the same time.
- It's a large resort and fills up on weekends with families and banana-boating teens, so don't expect too much peace and quiet.
- No eating, entertainment or transport options in the vicinity, so without your own wheels you're pretty much stuck.

All in all, for S$120 a night with transfers and breakfast, it was worth the money. I wouldn't fly out from Europe to stay here, and staying more than 3 days here would be too much, but for a long weekend getaway from Singapore it pretty much hit the spot.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2009

Very nice package for our 3days and 2nights vacation! Very nice room in the 2rd floor with an ocean view. The food is perfect and so with the rest! Thank you!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2009

My wife and I booked (at the last minute without doing the required proper research) a 2N3D package there. With the waiting at the ferry, a 2 hr ride and the transit to the hotel, it took us about 5 hours to get there. The return was a bit faster (about 4-1/2 hr) but it is still a lot for such a short break.

As indicated by others, the rooms were not fantastic but clean and OK. The hotel staff was generally nice and helpful. The food was not great and the breakfast particularly poor. The restaurants could be nice if a bit of attention went into refurbishing them.

We could not do anything on the 1st day because rain kept pouring all day (we would have appreciated watching TV but there was no decent program available). The second day had some nice weather which allowed us to realize that there was not much to do, that is if you don't like the banana rides and other similar sea sports...and their concert of noisy outboard motors. The beach is essentially inexistent and the chairs installed along the sea so uncomfortable that, after less than one hour, we decided to pack up and return home early. The pool is very small and not quite a place we would enjoy either.

So, for us, it was our worst experience in the area and in 3 years. In all fairness, there was a number of people who appeared to be enjoying them selves.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2009

The place to be if want to avoid the tourist traps of the northern shore resorts.
Staff was very helpful in organizing trips around the island and we almost had the place to ourselves during the weekdays on the weekend the place was full of local holidaymakers and kitesurfers for Singapore and this gave a wonderful view watching 20 kites race out to sea and back again.
Breakfast buffet was plenty and divers and we all loved it. Lunch and diner was good and affordable too if you stay with the local food and avoid the attempts to eat western food.
Indonesia kitchen is wonderful and the resort should really consider doing more with that.
hotel has 2 pools one sunny next to the beach and another smaller one more in the shade between buildings.
Kids loved the water attractions and the fact that any special requests they had were granted when at all doable.

Thanks for the lovely time,

Willem and family

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed August 5, 2009

if you're reluctant to pay the inflated prices to be found within the Singapore-run Bintan Resorts section of Bintan island, this place is a good alternative. despite my bemusement when i arrived in the morning and saw a vast swampland where the sea should be (it was simply the low tide), this place has decent water and sand for beach enthusiasts. also available are boat rides to nearby small islands as well as the usual "banana boats" and other fun rides.

the hotel itself is average, nice furnishings and clean, but the hotel staff were rather odd. I went with two friends and thus we had ordered a rollaway cot; when we saw the room we realised that it hadn't been necessary as of the two beds already in the room, one was king-sized. we laughed about this, but decided to keep the cot anyway. however, over the next couple of days, one staffmember kept asking if he could take the cot away, despite us telling him repeatedly that 1. no, we are still using the cot and 2. we had already paid in full for the cot. he appeared quite anxious to take our cot -- i suspect they had overbooked on cots or something...

another thing -- the shower head was broken and had been mended with duct tape when we arrived, which was fine. however, when we checked out, the hotel attempted to charge us for damage to the shower head. fortunately, they quickly dropped it when we told them firmly that the shower head had already been bandaged up when we arrived. i *suspect* it might be an ongoing scam to try to bleed tourists of a bit more money...

however, despite these two things, the staff are overall very polite and friendly. i also greatly enjoyed the food at the sun moon kelong restaurant (the avocado shakes are to die for), as well as the spa services. overall, despite one or two hiccups, it was an enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2009

Our 3d/2n experience last December was not only memorable but it was a relaxing treat for all of us (my parents and my beau).

Only a few hours aways from Singapore, Bintan Island to start with is a great place to spend a calming time at the beach. The hotel provided a land transfer service from the Sri Bintan Purra Ferry Terminal to the resort. The trip was a bit long for some people who cannot find enjoyment while travelling. From the time we arrived at the resort, you will have a sense of tranquility as its nestled somewhere at the end of the island. You wont see a lot of people outside the villa nor neighbouring resorts. You can splurge on the white sand or take a dip in their swimming pool right after a snack, as its only a stones throw away from their restaurant. The room was very appealing. We had our own verranda overlooking at the sea. We had a great view in the morning and during sunset. And the most unique among all their amenities is The Sun Moon restaurant (a kelong restaurant above the sea). You will also appreciate the friendly crews in the hotel. The spa is exceptionally good for most of the spa resorts that we have tried.

Overall, I would recommend this resort who wants a lulling moment and just a romantic stroll along the beach. I have been recommending this resort to my friends and they weren't disappointed.

Just a piece of advice, you'd appreciate your vacation if you stay there at least 3d/2n. If you're planning to stay overnight, I dont think it would be satisfying as there's a long land travel involved. You'd be more stressed than relaxed.

Adieu!

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2009

It was a bit run down as far as luxury resorts go, and that is what they advertised !
The buffet food was simply awful AWFUL... and a la carte food was a RIP OFF. This is what spoiled the trip for us...when a resort tries to rip you off on food and drinks...I mean your on a fairly deserted area of Indonesia with few attractions around except the island resort and WHAM the food bill is more than the stay!!
The beach was really beautiful and they had loads of facilities at the beach. Everything else was really nice but the resort could have done with a bit of spit and polish....

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — expensive food
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Bintan Agro Beach Resort
Address: Jl. Pantai Trikora km. 36 | Teluk Bakau, Riau Islands Province 29153, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Riau Islands Province > Riau Archipelago > Bintan Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Bintan Island
#9 Spa Hotel in Bintan Island
#9 Luxury Hotel in Bintan Island
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Bintan Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Bintan Agro Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 113
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to the new plane of paradise at Bintan Agro Beach Resort.Located in the south-eastern coast of Bintan Island, come revel in the realm of sparkling beaches and picturesque shorelines that will help set your mood for the perfect getaway. Home to a spread of scenic floras, crystal white sands and clear turquoise waters, our resorts nestle along the beachfront-with a cosy touch of perennial decor, friendly services and warm hospitality that will ensure the ideal retreat you deserve. Seafood lovers can also replete with delectable savouries in alfresco dining style that sits above the calm, glistening waters-while you indulge in the panoramic view of a breathtaking seascape.And for those who wish to escape the hordes will consider their time well spent here. With our first-ever ocean side spa on the island, imagine retreating into a calm journey that will soothe your body and mind for the many adventures to come.Appealingly casual and laidback, we have an atmosphere that makes for the perfect vacation. Only at Bintan Agro Beach Resort, experience the perfect holiday destination that will leave you wanting for more.LocationThe island of Bintan is about 40 Km from Singapore. The travel time to Tanjung Pinang is about 1 hour 45 minutes by Sindo Ferry / Wavemaster Ferry and Bintan Agro Beach Resort is situated on the East coast of Bintan and is 45 minutes away from Sri Bintan Pura Ferry Terminal. The travel time to Bintan Resort is about 55 minutes by Bintan Resort Ferries (BRF)and Bintan Agro Beach Resort is 60 minutes away. ... more   less 
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