17 July 2013

Mini-break: Bintan Island...

Our little family of three spent the past weekend at Bintan Island and it was just so lovely.

Bintan Island is a very special place.  My big sister Bintan was born there + it is where my Mum and Dad's brave and scary refugee boat journey from Vietnam ended back in the late 70s.  However the Bintan Island today is a very different place to that which my parents first saw.  

Full of golf courses and luxury resorts and being only an hour ferry ride away from Singapore, it makes for a nice little escape destination.

We stayed at Bintan Lagoon which on the whole was very good:  

Pros -

  • It has a ferry terminal right on the resort's doorstep - which means no faffing around with transfers with a little baby. 
  • The rooms have been recently renovated so are nice and as it is an older resort the rooms are also   very spacious.   There was a big roomy daybed to lounge around on which was also the perfect corner for the little Miss to play and crawl on.   A bonus too was the balcony (which was great as we could go out there and read, chat etc) whilst the little one was napping in the room. 
  • Beautiful beach and great pool area - the little one loved her first experience in a swimming pool! 
  • Family friendly - lots of kids around and high chairs in all the restaurants
Cons - 
  • A BIG and probably only con was the food. It was pretty expensive for what it was and although not bad, it wasn't worth writing home about and nothing I would rave about.  
But all in all, a lovely way to spend a long weekend away. 



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