Bintan ….A short weekend gateway…

It’s been ages that I even took a short weekend break.A place which is far away from the buzzing town where the soft air hits your cheeks and your hair strands come close to your eyes… Such a place was not too far away from Singapore ..yeah. that’s where I live …

Bintan a small yet quiet island in Indonesia not too far away from Singapore.. 2 days are good enough to stay and explore the island. We went there on a Friday a perfect start to a weekend trip…

The ferry ride from Tanah Merah terminal is nearly 1 hour.. We reached the terminal  1 hour before the boarding as there are visa formalities to be completed. The ferry was extremely comfortable and didn’t feel like a long ride.

 

Way to the ferry (C) 2017 Anuradha Mahesh

We reached Bintan and as we completed the visa formalities and collected our luggage and headed outside the hotel pick up was already there. The land scape had completely changed… I felt closer to India… Coconut trees, bumpy roads and quieter…

We reached our hotel Grand Lagoi… The staff was warm and greeted us with a welcome drink…

 

Reception area of the hotel (C) 2017 Anuradha Mahesh

 

Overview of the hotel

The room we got had a beautiful view… The room was cosy. Neatly done and well maintained…  The hotel had a nice play area for kids and an entertainment room, table tennis court and cycles to take a small ride around the area

 

Play area for kids
View from the room balcony

The sunrise looks beautiful from the balcony.

The breakfast buffet was a good spread from Japanese to continental and pastries.

Pastries, Croissants, bread
Breakfast platter..Bread and croissants made of different flavours

Cakes, coconut cake Coconut cakes

Pastries and coconut cakes

 

There are a couple of things you can see in and around Bintan:

A fishing experience in the Lagoi Lake…30 minutes complimentary from the hotel.

 

Lake, fishing
Fishing area in lake lagoi

 

1-hour mangrove drive on a speed boat was worth seeing the preserved nature.

 

Mangrove , Bintan Mangrove
Bintan Mangrove Entrance

 

Family picture on speed boat

 

 

Mangrove snake
A surprise meet with guest “The Mangrove Snake”

Nice to see snake taking the sunbathJ right above the head. Thanks to the guide who spotted it

A lovely sunset at the beach.. pristine white sand beach… This makes a perfect weekend getaway…

 

sunset

Sunset, beach

Calm air, good food and put your feet up and relax…. and As I stood in my balcony I said to myself, I want to see more of this ….. I want to explore more

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