Alvinology goes to Bintan - Day 3 of 3 - Alvinology

Alvinology goes to Bintan – Day 3 of 3

Good morning Bintan
Good morning Bintan

On our last day in Bintan, we were very reluctant to leave Banyan Tree resort, having gotten accustomed to the relax lifestyle in our less than 24 hours stay.

We woke up at around 5.30am, catching the first ray of the morning sun from the open window directly in front of our bed.

Sleepy as we were, we dragged ourselves awake and started packing our stuff. We were to check out of our villa at 10am. Romi, our driver from Bintan Holiday.com was coming to pick us at the reception at 10.15am. He will then send us to the Bintan Resorts ferry terminal to catch our ferry at 11.35pm.

Found these fruits peppered on the front porch of the villa in the morning
Found these fruits peppered on the front porch of the villa in the morning

The cool thing about staying at Banyan Tree was that they really take care of everything for you right to the last detail. Usually, one would have to collect your ferry boarding pass at the terminal yourself, at least an hour earlier. At Banyan Tree, the staff will have the boarding pass collected for you a day prior and hand deliver it to you with a nice thank you letter, as well as an accompanying feedback form on your stay at Banyan Tree.

Personalised thank you letter
Personalised thank you letter
Our boarding passes
Our boarding passes

After we are all packed, we head off for our complimentary breakfast at Treetops restaurant via the buggy service. The breakfast starts at 7am. We were one of the first guests to arrive.

Staff use giant leaves to sweep the floor instead of brooms
Staff use giant leaves to sweep the floor instead of brooms
There's a pool just besides Treetops restaurant
There’s a pool just besides Treetops restaurant
Rachel, barely awake, by the pool
Rachel, barely awake, by the pool
Treetops restaurant
Treetops restaurant

Usually in Singapore, under the sweltering heat, we would opt to stay indoor at alfresco restaurants. At Treetops, the view was just too beautiful to give up. Rachel and I took a table at the edge of the railing, soaking in the sea breeze while enjoying the magnificent sunrise over our breakfast.

Where we sat
Where we sat
Me by the railing
Me by the railing
Rachel by the railing
Rachel by the railing
Another view of Treetops restaurant
Another view of Treetops restaurant
Morning sunrise
Morning sunrise
Glistering sea
Glistering sea
Another picture of the breath-taking view from the restaurant
Another picture of the breath-taking view from the restaurant
There'a reason why the restaurant is called Treetops
There’a reason why the restaurant is called Treetops

The International buffet offers a good variety of food to satisfy our palates. Rachel and I even poured a glass of sparkling Perrier with a tingle of orange juice each for a morning toast.

My a la carte omelette
My a la carte omelette
Rachel's a la carte poached egg
Rachel’s a la carte poached egg
Rachel's first plate for breakfast
Rachel’s first plate for breakfast
My first plate for breakfast
My first plate for breakfast
Rachel's second plate from the buffet line
Rachel’s second plate from the buffet line
Perrier toast
Perrier toast
Breakfast fruits
Breakfast fruits

We ate quite a bit, slowly savouring our food while enjoying the view. It has been a while since we have been this relaxed.

After breakfast, we headed to the beach again for one last swim. There weren’t much people around in the morning and we enjoyed a romantic stroll, picking up more hermit crabs along the way.

Relatively empty beach in the morning
Relatively empty beach in the morning
Me before going for a dip in the sea
Me before going for a dip in the sea
Star jump
Star jump
Resort staff raking the sand
Resort staff raking the sand
The crabs left some interesting patterns in the morning sand
The crabs left some interesting patterns in the morning sand
We found some live shell fish this time
We found some live shell fish this time
Found some round shell hermit crabs
Found some round shell hermit crabs
The shy creatures slowly peeking out
The shy creatures slowly peeking out
More of the usual hermit crabs
More of the usual hermit crabs
Found a crab shell
Found a crab shell

We then left the beach to head back to our villa for one final dip into the jacuzzi. All good things have to come to an end. Before we realise it, it was already 10am and it was time for us to leave Banyan Tree.

A last dip in the jacuzzi pool
A last dip in the jacuzzi pool
Sipping juice by the window
Sipping juice by the window
Bye bye villa
Bye bye villa
From the outside
From the outside
Reverse angle
Reverse angle
Buggy sending us back to the resort lobby
Buggy sending us back to the resort lobby
At the Banyan Tree lobby, waiting for our driver
At the Banyan Tree lobby, waiting for our driver

Our driver came at 10.15am sharp and fetched us to the ferry terminal promptly.

There, we quietly went through the routine to clear the Indonesian custom and board the ferry back to Singapore. Rachel and I wished we had spend another night at Banyan Tree. We are likely to be visiting the resort again after our traditional wedding in June this year. 🙂

Waiting for our ferry at the Bintan Resorts ferry terminal
Waiting for our ferry at the Bintan Resorts ferry terminal
Alighting from our ferry, back to Singapore
Alighting from our ferry, back to Singapore

This concluded our Bintan trip. To book a holiday at Banyan Tree Bintan, you can visit HERE.

My previous Bintan blog entries:

Day 1 – Nostalgia Yasin, Agro Beach Resort

Day 2 – Yasin, Banyan Tree Resort

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