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Angsana Bintan 3.5

Bintan Island, Bintan Regency, Riau Archipelago

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Pros

  • Set along a beautiful and private white-sand beach 
  • 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore to nearby ferry terminal
  • Cheerful rooms have minibars, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and safes
  • Furnished outdoor spaces with views of the ocean, garden, or pool
  • Large ocean-view swimming pool, surrounded by loungers and umbrellas
  • All-day Lotus Cafe serves Asian, Indonesian, and international cuisine
  • Pantai Grill and Beach Bar hosts popular weekly barbecues 
  • Lobby Lounge, room service, and private dining options 
  • Ample activities and excursions, such as water sports and mangrove tours 
  • Kids’ Club with organized activities, and a game room
  • Spa offering massage treatments and sufficiently equipped gym
  • Function venues for up to 200 guests

Cons

  • At times, beach has tar from oil spills
  • Secluded setting with little in walking distance (pro for some)
  • Public areas are dated and showing signs of wear
  • Reports of mediocre food, particularly for the price
  • Wi-Fi can be spotty

Bottom Line

Set along a stretch of private beach an hour-long ferry and car ride from Singapore, the upper-middle-range Angsana Bintan offers 113 cheerful rooms and family-friendly activities. Unfortunately, at times the beach suffers from tar due to oil in the ocean. Most guests make use of the large ocean-view pool when that's the case. Also on-site are a kids' club, simple spa, excursions and water activities (fees), and sea turtle feeding. Public areas are dated, while rooms are a bit more contemporary and charming, with cheerful decor, kettles, minibars, robes, and outdoor spaces. An all-day cafe, beach club, and lobby lounge are available, but food is reportedly mediocre for the price. Couples willing to pay higher rates for a more romantic, modern property should consider the hotel's luxurious sister property Banyan Tree Bintan.

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Scene

Beachfront property with lackluster public areas and family-friendly vibe 

Angsana Bintan sits along a private beach that it shares with its more luxe sister property, Banyan Tree Bintan. Families and couples from Singapore often come here due to its easy ferry access, and the property has an array of features catered to those seeking peaceful relaxation or more active fun. Public areas here are dated and a bit bland -- think earth-tone decor -- though not unattractive, thanks to Indonesian accents and floor-to-ceiling windows that keep things bright. Well-manicured gardens wrap around a large pool, lily ponds, and four-story buildings with green roofs. The atmosphere is largely peaceful on-site, particularly as many guests opt to do excursions.

Location

Beachside setting on the northern coast of Bintan Island

The resort is set on a private beach on the northern coast of Bintan Island. While the resort is a short drive from the Bintan Island Elephant Park and Pasar Oleh Oleh Market, the only other restaurant options within walking distance are at the nearby Banyan Tree Bintan. Bintan Island can be reached via a 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, and it's a 10-minute drive from the ferry terminal to Angsana Bintan. Alternatively, travelers can fly into Tanjung Pinang, which is about 90 minutes by car from the property.

Rooms

Cheerful rooms with minibars, dated bathrooms, and outdoor spaces

There are 113 rooms and suites here, all outfitted in a cheerful design of orange accent walls, simple wood or more decorative white-painted furniture, tile floors, and seating areas with burnt-orange or gray linens. Some add a gallery wall of mirrors or tree branch art above beds. All have sliding glass doors opening to furnished balconies or terraces with view of either the sea, garden, or pool. Standard amenities include air-conditioning, fans, small flat-screen TVs, minibars, coffee- and tea-making facilities, safes, and free, but often spotty, Wi-Fi. Gray-tiled bathrooms with orange accent walls could use a refresh, but they're clean, equipped with shower/tub combos, as well as hairdryers, bathrobes, and slippers, plus an array of toiletries in cute orange patterned bags. 

Island Suites offer separate living and dining areas, microwaves, and two balconies, while the ground-floor Family Suites feature separate living and dining areas, two bedrooms, and wooden decks with hot tubs, loungers, and tables and chairs. 

Features

Large swimming pool, beach sometimes with tar, and range of activities and excursions

A big draw to Angsana Bintan is its private stretch of white sand, which is often lovely, but at other times can suffer from black tar due to oil spills in the ocean. When this happens, most guests make use of the large, ocean-view swimming pool, complete with decorative fountains, cushioned loungers, and umbrellas. For further relaxation, a simple but pleasant spa with blue and pink decor has treatment rooms for couples. A sufficiently equipped gym is in this area, and a rooftop recreation deck has foosball, table tennis, billiards, darts, and board games. 

Dining options are limited in the area, so most guests eat at the restaurants on-site or at the next-door Banyan Tree. The all-day option here is Lotus Cafe, which serves Southeast Asian, Indonesian, and international dishes, including daily buffet breakfasts with some a la carte choices. The split-level Veranda Lobby Lounge offers coffee, tea, and cocktails, while the appropriately named Pantai Grill and Beach Bar -- "pantai" means beach in Indonesian -- serves grilled seafood and meats for lunches and dinners right along the sandy coastline. The restaurant hosts popular weekly Saturday night barbecues with a live band. For something more private, the resort offers Destination Dining with options including eating on a traditional fishing boat, golf course, beach, and even a rock formation. Unfortunately, food receives mixed reviews, with many guests complaining of mediocre quality for its price.

The resort offers a range of activities including Bintan nature walks, mangrove tours, coral planting, yoga, guided bicycle tours, and quad biking, as well as water sports such as snorkeling and kayaking. A free kids’ club offers toys and organized activities such as castle building, treasure hunts, and t-shirt paining. 

For corporate events, the resort offers boardroom-style meeting facilities for up to 200 guests. 

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Address

Jalan Teluk Berembang, Laguna Bintan, Riau Islands Province 29155, Indonesia

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