Just a short boat ride from Singapore lies this sparsely populated island. It has a large Dutch influence as they ruled over the island for a long period. Its capital city is called Tanjung Pinang and this is worth exploring. There is a lot on offer when it comes to luxury hotels in Bintan, with the island having many upscale beachfront resorts.
There isn't a huge range of cheap hotels on the island with most Bintan hotels being luxury resorts, however there are some options for those on a budget. Hotel Panorama is a two star hotel offering casual and simple accommodation at affordable prices. Free wifi comes in the rooms and guests get tea and coffee making facilities too, as well as complimentary breakfast served in the laid-back restaurant. The hotel is in a great location and they provide a free shuttle to and from the ferry terminal. A fantastic option for those wanting cheap hotels without compromising on quality is the Pelangi Hotel and Resort. This three star hotel has a relaxed atmosphere and simple rooms with balconies for guests to unwind on. They have a seafood restaurant on-site and an outdoor pool. Ideally located not far from Trikora Beach, and also close to the ferry terminal.
Indulge in Bintan
The Sanchaya Bintan provides lavish suites and villas for those wanting supreme luxury. It is set in a grand colonial style building, not too far from the ferry terminal. For golf enthusiasts this hotel is ideally located, as it's only ten kilometres away from the eighteen hole golf course. All rooms have balconies or a terrace, and some have views over the ocean. Bintan Lagoon Resort is one of the five star hotels in Bintan. The elegant rooms come fully equipped with everything needed to enjoy a stay on the island, including flat-screen TVs, a mini bar, and balconies. A large free breakfast is provided, and with four restaurants and three bars to choose from, as well as two cafes and even a nightclub, guests will be spoilt for choice. Nirwana Resort Hotel is a friendly beachfront resort complete with bright and modern rooms, some of which have balconies and sea views. There is free breakfast included, and a casual open air restaurant to enjoy meals in.
What is There to Do?
There are many historical places, particularly in the capital city and near to many of the Bintan hotels, which are worth exploring. Tanjung Pinang City is the largest city of the Riau Islands and is also the capital. As it's a port town and a major trade centre there is huge ethnic diversity here. The Colonial Graveyard is in Tanjung Pinang which is mostly in ruins now, but is an interesting glimpse into the history of the island and the Europeans who colonised it. Banyan Tree Temple is a 100 hundred year old temple located in Singgarang town which is nice to explore. The island also has a wide choice of beautiful beaches to relax on after sightseeing.