This is our anniversary month hence I was ecstatic that we would be celebrating it in one of the swanky resorts in Bintan, Indonesia, The Angsana Hotel & Spa. If you’d check this in the website http://www.angsana.com, you’d understand why for a long time I had been fancying about it but had always been cast off due to never ending bookings. I had to book at least 2 months before, especially that the date I picked was a public holiday in SG.
Bintan Island is part of the Riau Archipelago (Indonesia), and is located less than 40 kilometers from Singapore, 45 minutes by ferry if you’re like me who can’t talk kilometers. It’s a favourite weekend retreat for people in SG as it’s only a short ferry ride from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. We booked our ticket online (around 25 SGD per pax). It’s recommended to book early, especially if you’re going during a holiday so you can still have a say on your preferred travel time.
As Bintan is already part of Indonesia, a passport is a must. This was one of those times we felt lucky we were carrying a Philippine passport coz then we didn’t have to go to that long queue at the immigration at the Bandar Bentan Telani terminal. There was this neat little lounge for all guests from Angsana where we waited for our car service going to the hotel. This we booked in advance, for 10 USD, which was an okay price for convenience, as there isn’t really much of a public transport in Bintan. You can also take a coaster or a cab, which is definitely cheaper. But it’s our first wedding anniversary, it’s not bad to wish to experience being “chauffeured” hehe.
When we got to the hotel, we were ushered into a receiving area where the extra friendly receptionist arranged for our check-in. They served this lemon grass juice as welcome drinks and some really wonderful local cookies. It may not be the classy dish whose name we cannot pronounce but it truly felt like a welcome! Just in that moment I was ready to give the hotel a 5-star rating for the warm hospitality. Don’t think I’m easily contented but you have to give credit to that excellent customer service!