Honeymoon in Beautiful Bintan
Just a hop and a skip from Singapore (actually it’s just an hour’s ferry ride away!), this tiny little slice of paradise is a best-kept secret, a relatively untouched Indonesian island offering an unsurpassed beach resort holiday.
It takes an hour to cross the Singapore Strait by ferry, lulled by jetlag and the shock of humidity.
Bintan Island is a world away from Singapore’s modern skyscrapers, designer stores and ultra-luxe hotels. Here, the pace is slow and relaxed, the scenery tropical and quite beautiful. And along its northern coast there are a number of beautiful resorts to choose from. Our home for the next few days was Club Med Bintan, a luxury resort that boasts a magnificent setting on its own golden stretch of beach, shaded by giant palm trees and nestling in a verdant garden.
The resort is a maze of interesting possibilities – everywhere you look there’s something to do, to see, to enjoy. You can learn how to fly on the trapeze which overlooks the beach, relax in a choice of two bars which are open from early till late, dine at a choice of two restaurants that offer an unbeatable selection of food, and enjoy varied nightly entertainment, from slick stage routines to dancing on the beach and circus trapeze acts. Let’s not forget numerous sports (golf, tennis, archery, gym sessions) and water sports (snorkeling, kayaking, waterskiing and more) plus a myriad kids’ activitiesso that parents have time to completely relax.
That’s part of Club Med’s magic – an all-inclusive environment where you have so much to do there’s barely enough time to do it all. Or you can choose to do nothing at all, which is a very popular pastime, lazing under a thatch umbrella gazing at the azure sea, or swimming in water so warm it’s like an enveloping bath – with little waves.
Club Med calls its resort a ‘village’ and the feeling of community and cameraderie is ever-present. You’re not alone here, unless you wish to be, never bored here though you can choose to do as little as possible for as long as possible. You’re part of a family of like-minded guests who are here to lap up the luxury and enjoy themselves like there’s no tomorrow. With a whole crew of friendly staff on hand to make sure you’re having the time of your life.
Club Med’s staff comes from all over the world – in fact, there were six South African staff members when we were there. The guest list is just as varied, which is why the menu in the main Waterfall Restaurant offers so many different cuisines at the buffet, from Chinese and Japanese to Indian and Western food stations. When one restaurant closes, the other opens… the Terrace Restaurant overlooking the beach has a menu of stunning dishes to choose from including American favourites like hot dogs or traditional Indonesian NasiGoreng.
A Club Med holiday in Bintaninvolves stepping into another world where fun and sun is the name of the game, instant gratification is the norm, and the charming island inhabitants along with the stunning scenery will take your breath away.
Having spent some time in Bali, which is a popular Indonesian holiday destination, the difference compared to Bintan is palpable. While Bali is like Mauritius – stunning but slick and sophisticated –Bintan has an innocence and rustic edge that pulls at your heartstrings.
Nubian Bride flew to and from Singapore on Singapore Airlines’ brand new A350-900, on Premier Economy one way, and Economy on the return trip. The plane flies to and from Singapore on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, but will eventually offer daily flights from Johannesburg and four weekly flights that continue to Cape Town.
Book your Easter holiday at Club Med
WHAT IT COSTS
Why not book 7 nights at Club Med Bintanover Easter?
Your holiday includes:
*Return flights Johannesburg/Singapore
* Standard Club room at Club Med for 7 nights
* Airport/ferry/resort transfers
* Departs 30 April 2017