We live for long weekends, and Bintan is just the spot for a quick getaway. We let you in on Bintan's luxe resorts and private island paradises we keep going back to.
Will we ever tire of resort life and divine private islands? Of course not. Whenever the urge hits for a weekend getaway from Singapore, you know Bintan is calling. Let’s be honest: most of us are there for chilling out by the pool and enjoying some serious spa time. But if you’re into golf, there’s a reason why the early Sunday morning ferries to Bintan are always loaded. There’s no shortage of resorts on Bintan and its nearby private islands. And we’ve narrowed it down to the ones we love most!
How to get to Bintan island
Ferries to Bintan depart from Tanah Merah terminal. It’s less modern than Harbourfront, but far less hectic and a much more pleasant experience. Book your ferry from Singapore to either Bandar Bentan Telani or Tanjung Pinang terminal. Check with your resort which ferry terminal is best positioned for a shorter land transfer. The difference in travel time can be quite significant!
The best resorts in Bintan for a weekend getaway
1. Cassia Bintan
The quaint and cosy apartment-style rooms at Cassia Bintan make for the perfect family stay. They almost look like chalets in Singapore, which is perfect if you’re bringing the little ones along. The two-bedroom apartment loft is good for a family of four with a backyard area for the kids to run around and play. Gathered a group of friends that love being outdoors? Head out for water sports activities at the resort. Alternatively, book ATV or island tours for some fun under the sun.
Cassia Bintan, Laguna Bintan Resorts, Jalan Teluk Berembang, Sebong Lagoi, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29155, Indonesia
2. Grand Lagoi Hotel
Mesmerising bay views await at Grand Lagoi Hotel. This is one of the best resorts in Bintan for a solo getaway or family holiday. Parents, if you need some me-time away from the kids, we got you. Pop them in the Sea Star Kids Club where they can participate in various activities. For you, head off on your own to the spa or the rooftop infinity pool for a swim. Fancy a bit of shopping before heading home? You’re in luck. This hotel is located right next to Plaza Lagoi, Bintan island’s contemporary two-storey shopping centre.
Grand Lagoi Hotel, Jalan Gurindam Duabelas Plot 27 & 29, Sebong Lagoi, Bintan Island, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29155, Indonesia
3. Club Med Bintan
We love a holistic adventure, and there’s no better place than Club Med Bintan. This private island paradise holds wellness at the core of its experience. Think elevated fitness routines, healthful meals, and fun sports and mindfulness activities. Did we mention it has amazing family programmes? Book the fireflies night tour and bring the kids along to get a glimpse of fireflies in action. Or take a pick and any of the activities available on the island like sailing, archery, and climbing.
Club Med Bintan, Jalan Perigi Raya Lot A11 Lagoi Bintan Utara, Sebong Lagoi, Teluk Sebong, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands 29154, Indonesia
4. The Sanchaya
We’re all about The Sanchaya, sweetie. From the enormous white pineapple to the heritage black and white estate vibes and floating red seeds that turn the main water feature into an intriguing art installation. This property is next level. Oh, and we do enjoy the VIP lounge at the ferry terminal. The Sanchaya is high on the chill-out factor, too. There are enticing bean bags for lounging, divine spa programmes, golf and gourmet experiences, and a white sand beach for soaking up the sun. But you know where you’ll find us: by that gorgeous pool sipping cocktails before heading back to reality.
The Sanchaya, Lagoi Bay, Bintan Regency, Bintan Island 29155, Indonesia
5. Cempedak Private Island
Hands down the most memorable experience we’ve had in this pocket of the world is Cempedak Private Island off Bintan. If sustainability is your thing, this eco-resort will blow you away. Co-founder Andrew Dixon has committed to a farm, composting and conservation program, and sustainable design to prove that luxury travel can be carried out responsibly. The lush bamboo-themed property and tranquil, clean waters make this one of the most peaceful spots you can escape to. Most importantly, the food and cocktails are amazing. Oh, and this may be music to your ears (no judgment): Cempedak is an adults-only resort. See its sister island Nikoi if you’re after a family escape.
Cempedak Private Island, Air Gelubi, Bintan Pesisir, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands, Indonesia
6. The Residence Bintan
Wrapped around the coastline, The Residence is positioned for the most spectacular sunsets. This is one sprawling property, so hop on one of the bikes by your villa and explore. If you’re going with the fam, the Kakatu Kids’ Club offers cool activities. While the kids get busy with cooking classes, and treasure hunts, you can spend some alone time at that spa. The masseuses deliver the most divine massages! We’re all about the food, so you’ll want this hot tip: Rica Rica, the resort’s Indonesian restaurant, serves amazing satay and one killer soto medan.
The Residence Bintan, Kampung Galang Batang, Kabupaten Kintan, Kepulauan Riau 29153, Indonesia
7. Banyan Tree Bintan
Banyan Tree is a favourite on our list of best resorts in Bintan. This property is known for its lush escapes that bring you closer to nature. It beautifully combines rainforest with rustic Balinese style and white sand beach. You’ll feel completely immersed in nature, but you’ll also want to spend time in its famous spa. Banyan Tree is an incredible golfing retreat too, with a championship course by the South China Sea. But if you’re after more of a gourmet getaway, the resort is known for its themed affairs and impressive international guest chefs.
Banyan Tree Bintan, Jalan Teluk Berembang Laguna Bintan Resorts, Lagoi 29155
8. Nikoi Island
The elder sister island to Cempedak, Nikoi private island off Bintan is the eco-luxe getaway you need in your life. It’s designed with a driftwood theme around ancient trees, enormous boulders and rainforest. Plus, it’s kid-friendly too. White sand beaches, nearby coral reefs for snorkelling and diving, island-hopping sessions and pure relaxation are all on the cards.
This is one of those rare unspoilt spots where you can witness hawksbill turtle hatchlings and be blown away by brilliantly coloured coral gardens and sea life. Nikoi’s founders are dedicated to conservation and cultural sensitivity – and their approach to responsible tourism is the real deal. Tip: book well in advance. It’s worth the wait, we say.
Nikoi Island, Teluk Bakau, Gunung Kijang, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands, Indonesia
9. The Anmon Resort Bintan
This desert-themed escape is dotted with deluxe tipi-style tents: think plush beds and private gardens with hammocks for swaying under the stars. Plus, The Anmon Resort Bintan is within the Treasure Bay area, with access to the Crystal Lagoon. This is the largest man-made seawater lagoon in Asia. That means plenty of exciting water sports activities for the thrill-seeker in you.
The Anmon Resort Bintan, Jl. Raja Ali H. No.Km 1, Bintan, Tlk. Sebong, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29155
10. Natra Bintan
Want to camp in style and comfort? Book a stay with Natra Bintan. This idyllic glamping retreat is set along Crystal Lagoon. This means you’ll get easy access to plenty of water sports activities. If the outdoors ain’t your thing, fret not. Book a tension-releasing massage at the spa or grab a couple of refreshing tipples at The Patio Bar & Restaurant. We recommend booking the Lagoon View Deluxe Tent that comes with its very own outdoor whirlpool bath overlooking the lagoon.
Natra Bintan, Jalan Raya Haji Km 01 Kawasan Pariwisata, Sebong Lagoi, Bintan Island, Riau Islands 29152, Indonesia
Ready for some quality pampering? Head to the best resorts on Bintan Island for a getaway you won’t forget.
[This article was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2023 by Ashe Liao]