Among the countless islands in Indonesia, many of which boast breathtaking natural scenery, Bintan in Riau Islands is one of the most favourite holiday destinations. The island is only a short ferry ride away from metropolitan cities like Singapore and Johor Bahru, Malaysia, but it possesses precious tranquillity that is ideal for a much-needed getaway. The Lagoi neighbourhood of Bintan, in particular, hosts the Bintan Resorts complex, a place of manicured lawns and luxury accommodation.
The latest addition to the neighbourhood is the inspiring Cassia Bintan with its apartment-concept accommodation that provides travellers with a home away from home. Built and managed by Banyan Tree Group, which has established Banyan Tree Bintan and Angsana Bintan in the precious Lagoi location, Cassia Bintan breathes fresh air into the island’s tourism. Where Banyan Tree Bintan is a mesmerizingly intimate honeymoon destination and Angsana Bintan is a bespoke family-friendly hotel, Cassia Bintan has a younger approach with a contemporary touch.
Coming in to the reception area, you immediately know that you will have a fun and vibrant time at Cassia. Modern artworks created by talented local artist Adi Dharma adorn the lobby, portraying Indonesia’s unique culture and richness. On one side are the modern rooms and on the other is the beachfront swimming pool with quirky floaties to enjoy your splashing fun. Right next to the pool is XANA Beach Club, a place to kick back and lose track of time admiring the ocean view by day, and a club with sumptuous buffet and great music by night – and don’t forget to check the weekly theme parties too.
For the accommodation itself, you can choose one- or two-bedrooms, with a loft option for an extra cosy space to snuggle. Each room comes with a stylishly comfortable living room and a fully equipped kitchen, where you can whip up your own meals to your liking. The ingredients? Fret not, as the resort also has Market 23, a 24-hour mini market where you can get fresh ingredients and different kinds of drinks at your convenience. If you don’t feel like cooking, there are various dining destinations worth trying around the vicinity, including the unique offshore Kelong dining, as well as dinner on the rocks by the beach.
Cassia Bintan also offers different types of activities to try. The adventurous crowd can hop on a jetski or an all-terrain vehicle and roam around the landscape. If you’re more of the mellow type, check out Cassia Bintan’s endearing CSR programmes, like the Love Locks, where you can buy padlocks, painted and drawn by local kids, and lock your memory at the resort for a long time. The proceeds from selling the padlocks will be donated to a good cause. You can also learn about the in-house turtle conservation, and even feed the cute baby turtles too!
In a nutshell, Cassia Bintan is about personalised experiences. Whether you’re looking for pumping kind of fun, or a laid-back sanctuary, the resort is ready to help you with your needs.
Jalan Teluk Berembang,
Laguna Bintan Resort, Lagoi.
Bintan 29155, Indonesia
T: (+62) 770692959