Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Kevin's Birthday Weekend

Last year, I made a checklist of "places to visit." To celebrate Kevin's Birthday this year, it was a toss between Bintan or Star Cruise Virgo. We thought that Bintan, given its proximity to Singapore is a great weekend getaway.

Bintan Island, Indonesia is located southeast of Singapore is a convenient 55-minute Ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry terminal.  There are networks of resorts along the Bintan Island coastline and we chosed to stay at Angsana Resort. They also have a sister resort: Banyan Tree located just beside Angsana but I thought it caters more to couples looking for a serene getaway paradise. Angsana Resort is more family oriented. It is also ideal for corporate events because they have plenty of hotel rooms.

 Here are snippets from our vacation...

We took the Emerald Class on our way to Bintan. Actually I booked late all I got were early morning seats at Emerald class. The upside is you can stay at the lounge with free drinks and wi-fi.

Upon arrival at the Bintan Ferry Terminal, we were escorted to the reception lounge of Angsana Resort while waiting for the car that will take us to the resort. Angsana/Banyan has the coziest lounge. Loved the interior design.

 We stayed at a 2 bedroom suite with a living and dining room. We were so amused that it seemed bigger than our condo in SG.

We loved the living room sofa which also doubles as a day bed. Kevin takes his afternoon nap in this day bed. Even their bathroom have great amenities that you can use for the duration of your stay.

This is the living room and the sofa / day bed.

It also has a terrace and sundeck that leads to the beachfront. There was a jacuzzi too but we never got to use it.

Birthday greetings welcomed Kevin! Very thoughtful of the staff!

 Kevin was also treated with a complimentary birthday cake and a champagne for us! It was delivered to our room during our first night at the resort.

Kyla and I decided to explore the resort...

View of Spacious Lotus Cafe

I fondly call this the Boat-Henge

While waiting for sundown, the kids stayed over at the Kids Club where kids can do art stuff, crafts and play indoor games.

With Ms Maria of the Kids Club taken before we left Angsana

We hit the beach and the pool soon after Mr. Sun was out :-)

Despite the heat, we decided to try the Pantai Grill for a seaside lunch with an awesome view of South China Sea. They had a BBQ Buffet Feast in the same area every Friday nights and the food is really good! Even the kids loved coming back for servings. A group of local musicians serenade the diners.

Pantai Grill by day.
By Friday night, this is transformed into BBQ feast with awesome buffet fare.

We also hopped by to Banyan Tree's Treetop Restaurant. It was interesting because you need a buggy ride within Banyan Tree. Treetops Cafe is very Asian and classy. Kevin loved his dinner of Salmon while Kyla is loyal to her pasta.
The relaxing ambience of Treetop makes a great backdrop.
I loooved the candle holder centerpiece!

This was our last breakfast before hitting home. We also had a last tour around the resort before taking off. The friendly staff bade us all goodbye and we felt at home in this place. They gave us souvenir photo card and a memento for Kyla from the Angsana Gallery!

The staff of Lotus Cafe were always very accomodating whenever we ask for steamed plain rice for Kevin.
Their buffet serves fried rice and Kevin looks for plain rice.

Trek to The Boulders at the Coastline

We truly appreciate the very friendly staff of Angsana resort. We were always greeted by everyone with a welcome smile and you will notice this throughout the entire resort.

Thank you Angsana Resort Bintan for fond memories !

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