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Alvinology goes to Bintan – Day 1 of 3

Alvinology goes to Bintan – Day 1 of 3
Ah... beach life

Ah… beach life

Rachel and I took a weekend getaway at Bintan last week. Burned out with our work and wedding preparations, this was a good way to recharge.

The booking was done via Bintan Holiday.com. Thanks Andri for the offer and the itinerary planned for us. This was the first trip to Bintan for both of us. We had a wonderful time there and really enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.

We visited two resorts during our 3D2N stay – Banyan Tree and Agro Beach Resort, staying a night at each resort. These were on the two extremes of the price scale for resorts in Bintan – with Banyan Tree on the luxurious end and Agro on the budget end.

On the first day, we caught a Bintan Resorts ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal at 11.10am and arrived at Bintan at 11.05am (Bintan time is one hour behind Singapore).The ferry ride was quite fast and comfortable. Both Rachel and I took a short nap while on the ferry and were surprised to find ourselves in Bintan already when we woke up.

Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal

Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal

Waiting to board our ferry

Waiting to board our ferry

On the pier to board our ferry

On the pier to board our ferry

Ferry interior

Ferry interior

There's a TV inside that keeps playing Mr Bean

There’s a TV inside that keeps playing Mr Bean

At the Bintan Resorts Ferry Terminal, a driver from Agro picked us up and drove us to Yasin. Agro Beach Resort is located at Trikora Beach, approximately one hour drive from Bintan Resorts where Banyan Tree and most of the other more luxurious resorts are located.

At Bintan Resorts Ferry Terminal

At Bintan Resorts Ferry Terminal

Shopping area at the ferry terminal

Shopping area at the ferry terminal

The driver from Yasin who picked us up at the terminal

The driver from Yasin who picked us up at the terminal

On the road

On the road

Going through the Agro beach brochure

Going through the Agro beach brochure

We stayed at Nostalgia Yasin at Agro Beach Resort on the first day. This was a quirky little hut on stilts, raised on the seashore – a kelong house in other words. The rooms and amenities are minimal, but sufficient. It’s good for those who are on a budget.

Nostalgia Yasin

Nostalgia Yasin

The little huts where Rachel and I stayed for the night

The little huts where Rachel and I stayed for the night

Walking on stilits to get to our hut

Walking on stilts to get to our hut

Another picture of the kelong houses and structure

Another picture of the kelong houses and structure

The huts from a distance

The huts from a distance

The interior of the Yasin hut

The interior of the Yasin hut

By the balcony

By the balcony

Neighbours can peek at each other

Neighbours can peek at each other

Rachel doing some quiet reading

Rachel doing some quiet reading

Although there’s nothing much to do at Yasin except a snooker table and to enjoy the sea view, there’s free tri-bike transportation from Yasin to the various other Agro-owned resorts where sea-sport activities, spa and massage facilities are available.

Pavilion to hang around

Pavilion to hang around

I can see the sea beneath our little hut

I can see the sea beneath our little hut

Snooker table

Snooker table

Beach chairs

Beach chairs

Upon reaching Yasin, Rachel and I promptly unpacked and busk in the sun by the balcony in our little hut for a while. We munched on some food we had brought along while enjoying the sea view…. gradually falling asleep.

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We woke up at around 4pm and took a tri-bike to the nearby Agro Resort for a Thai massage session at Oceanic Spa. The massage was done in a small pavilion by the sea. How cool is that?

On the tri-bike

On the tri-bike

Landscape that flies us by on the tri-bike

Landscape that flies us by on the tri-bike

This is what the tri-bike looks like

This is what the tri-bike looks like

Spotted this vintage car at Agro

Spotted this vintage car at Agro

Some of the sea sports amenities at Agro

Some of the sea sports amenities at Agro

The view was excellent and the massage was invigorating. Price was at around S$30+ per pax for an hour. Note that at most resorts in Bintan, Singapore dollars and US dollars are the preferred currency. However, at Agro, they accept Indonesian rupiah too, and at a better rate than for Singapore dollars.

The main building for Oceanic Spa

The main building for Oceanic Spa

The reception at Oceanic Spa

The reception at Oceanic Spa

Preparing for our massage

Preparing for our massage

Thai massage by the sea

Thai massage by the sea

Watched the resort staff kept the sea-sports facilities during our massage

Watched the resort staff kept the sea-sports facilities during our massage

The pavilion for massage

The pavilion for massage

After the massage, both Rachel and I were starving and headed to the nearby Sun Moon Restaurant for dinner. The kelong structured restaurant has a good sea view and practises an interesting discount system – 10% off for 2 to 4 hours advance reservation; 15% discount for 4 hours to 24 hours advance reservation; 20% discount for one day or more advance reservation.

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I ordered a fried rice dish while Rachel ordered chicken with rice. We also ordered a “Happy Soda” to share, intrigued by the name.The latter turned out to be a delightful find and we were addicted to this drink thereafter. It’s basically a mix of soda, rose syrup and condense milk, fancied by the locals.

Sun Moon restaurant

Sun Moon restaurant

The menu

The menu

Somebody made early reservation

Somebody made early reservation

Browsing through the menu

Browsing through the menu

Waiting for our meal

Waiting for our meal

Dinner is served

Dinner is served

Rachel's order

Rachel’s order

My order

My order

Happy Soda!

Happy Soda!

Another picture of the soda

Another picture of the soda

The waitress offered to take a picture for us

The waitress offered to take a picture for us

The service was excellent at the restaurant. The waitress serving us was very attentive and polite. The food was average, but the ambient and view more than make up for it.

Sun set

Sun set

Rachel standing on a rock

Rachel standing on a rock

Me, by the rocks

Me, by the rocks

restaurant view

restaurant view

Planks leading to the restaurant

Plank walkway leading to the restaurant

Me, on the walkway

Me, on the plank walkway

Parked small boats

Parked small boats

After dinner, we headed back to Yasin to laze and rest for the night. As I brought my laptop along, we were able to set up a make-shift outdoor “entertainment system” on the balcony. Under the moon and stars, Rachel and I watched a Bollywood DVD, Quick Gun Murugun, which we had bought the night before at Mustafa Centre.

Night time at Nostalgia Yasin

Night time at Nostalgia Yasin

Enjoying the sea breeze

Enjoying the sea breeze

Our own "outdoor cinema" by the sea

Our own “outdoor cinema” by the sea

Goodnight

Goodnight

Most of our time at Yasin was spent lazing around, soaking in the beach ambient while reading the books we brought along or just idle chatting. Time passed really slowly.

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With our busy schedules, both Rachel and I seldom have much alone time and Yasin was really a good place to just sit back and do nothing. If you are interested to visit Yasin, you can do the booking HERE. 🙂

This concluded our first day in Bintan. Stay tuned for my next update where we move to Banyan Tree Resort.

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