LATEST Happenings at the BINTAN LAGOON RESORT

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You’d be surprised at the sheer amount of awesome holiday getaways that you can find in Southeast Asia when you just look. If you’re interested in alternative vacation spot answers to Phuket in Thailand or Bali in Indonesia, then maybe you can check out another part of that large archipelagic country in the island of Bintan. Nestled there along the northern beach of Pasir Panjang facing the South China Sea is the Bintan Lagoon Resort (BLR). With a luxury hotel, beautiful seashore, relaxing facilities and even two full golf courses, it’s a not-so-little slice of heaven on earth. The BLR is a great hideaway from the traffic, the crowds and the noise; yet still easily accessible so you won’t have to search long and hard to get there.

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Really, I’m not kidding. Getting to the Bintan Lagoon Resort is as easy as hopping onto one high-speed ferry ride and arriving right at their terminal dock. The kicker is that ferry doesn’t set off from Indonesia at all. Rather, you board it from Singapore, which happens to be only 75 minutes away by sea. So in a way, you just need to fly to Singapore, head for Tana Merah and take a ride on the Mosaic Lines, Bintan Lagoon Resort’s own dedicated ferry service for S$55 a head. Upon arrival a shuttle service will see you deposited right at the hotel.

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The main hotel of the Bintan Lagoon Resort boasts 470 accommodation spaces in all, ranging from deluxe rooms, suites and villas. Rooms have a regular and sea-view version, while the suites and villas each have four different themes. Creature comforts range from flat-screen TVs with cable channels, phones with IDD to Wi-Fi internet connection, air-conditioning to fully-furnished kitchens with refrigerators. Special options include being able to interconnect each Forest Suite to an adjacent Deluxe Sea-View Room, while the Dahlia and Angsoka Villas both have private pools. Guests have access to 24-hour in-room dining, ironing, massage and wakeup services.

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As for things to do round the Bintan Lagoon Resort, the main draw would be its two 18-hole golf courses. The Jack Nicklaus golf course offers magnificent views of the sea while the Ian Baker-Finch hews closer to the woods. Both however are blessed with spectacular holes, verdant fairways and greens, and quaint water hazards. They have a pro shop for gear, clubhouse with café, driving range and putting green, definitely the works. The BLR has its own golf club with membership packages for either individuals or corporations. They even have their own monthly medal competitions and play host to other tournaments of note.

Various other activities are also in store. Guests can travel on land by ATV or Ninebot scooter, and even take shots on the archery range. Water enthusiasts have kayaks, jet skis and pedal boats to choose from. For more kiddie-oriented there’s a general leisure center and jungle gym. Fitness buffs will appreciate the power gym facilities; it’s free. Special tour packages enable visitors to explore mangrove forests and encounter elephants. And when evening falls a private party venue can be had at the Silk Nightclub and KTV.

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Even the dining options are a wide variety. The main restaurant Nelayan specializes in Indonesian fare, but has also begun offering a throwback to the old colonial days of the Dutch East Indies with their new Rijstaffel (“Rice Table” in Dutch) group dinner. Go to Miyako if you fancy going Japanese, Fiesta for a more multinational menu, the new Chop Chop Chinese restaurant, and Italian cuisine at Mangia. Other places to sate your palate include the Mojo café, poolside restaurants Verandah and Ripples, athletic pit-stops at Haskell’s and Terrace, and finally a place to let it go vocally at the Karaoke Lounge.

The Bintan Lagoon Resort is proud of its Kedaton Spa with their specialists in a surprising list of massage and therapy methods. Get a rubdown in their spa building or out in the beach, and even in your room. Rounding things off are the resort’s event center the Great Hall, with space for 1,300 guests, and ten individual meeting chambers, perfect for small parties or massive delegations. Look no further than the Bintan Lagoon to host team-building activities, corporate conventions and even weddings.

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There’s really so much to see, do and experience at the Bintan Lagoon Resort that they’ve even made things easier to group these according to your needs. BLR offers different packages to suit vacationers, families, rejuvenation junkies, golfers, and couples. And there are certain events and activities there that you can join in without paying for anything! What else are you waiting for? Start planning your next holiday with the Bintan Lagoon Resort. Go to their website at www.bintanlagoon.com to find out more about their special offers and scheduled events and activities.

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