Just a ferry ride away from Singapore and Johor Bahru-Malaysia, Bintan, the largest Island in the Riau Islands Province, has grown to not just a favorite getaway from the two neighboring countries but now also an important center for international sport tourism events. Here, a range of international sport tourism events such as Tour de Bintan, Bintan Triathlon, IRONMAN, Spartan Race, Bintan Golf Challenge, and more are held annually, attracting both participants as well as supporters to join in the excitement. While the thrill of the competition may already be an attraction on its own, the island offers a lot more fun and exciting experiences one can enjoy before and after the event, or even between competitions.
At the Bintan Resort -a 23,000 hectares resorts enclave at the northern part of the island that overlooks the North Natuna Sea (the Indonesian side of the South China Sea), where most events take place, you will be presented with an array of indulgingly fun activities that you can enjoy in the various resorts. Among many others, below are 5 things that you should definitely try while you are on the island:
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If you think that camping can only be enjoyed as a part of an adventure in the wild that involves surviving skills with minimum or no convenience of modern facilities at all, then "glamping" or "glamorous camping" is something that you should definitely try. Nestled amidst the lush green forest, Natra Bintan at Treasure Bay Waterfront Resort offers campers and adventure-seekers the best that nature offers, yet with all modern comforts and indulgence. This 2-hectare “tribute portofolio” resort boasts a 338-hectare adventure ground that includes a private mangrove river, the sea and a spectacular 6.3-hectare saltwater Crystal Lagoon. The 40 Safari tent-suites come with modern day pampering of air-conditioning and other convenience such as 4-poster beds, LCD televisions, outdoor hot tubs, BBQ pits, sisal carpets, and Wi-Fi. Each Safari Tent-Suite is more than 400 sq feet and comes en-suite with your own private garden where you can lie in a hammock, start a campfire supper, and stargaze the night away.
More information on Natra Bintan: https://www.natra-bintan.com/
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A reconstruction at Club Med Bintan has brought the Club Med Spa even closer to the edge of the shimmering North Natuna Sea. The spa features techniques that have been used since time immemorial in combination with the best of modern therapies, offering herb-infused treatments destined to enhance well-being, and restore energy as well as radiance. The Zen area inside the spa distances you from the stress of urban living, and transports you to a realm of tranquility. The spa has five individual treatment rooms; five duo-rooms, one of which is dedicated to honeymooners, and one treatment room for foot massages. From 90-minute treatments to three- and five-day Relive and Bliss total wellness spa packages for both men and women, you will emerge with your body, mind and soul totally refreshed.
More Information on Club Med Bintan: https://www.clubmed.com.sg/r/Bintan-Island/y
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Ranked as the "Best Golf Course in Asia" and "Best Golf Course in Indonesia" by Asian Golf Monthly, this place is truly the best place to tee off a game of golf. Established in 1998, Ria Bintan Golf Club today has become one of Asia's top golfing destinations, attracting golfers from around the world with two beautiful courses designed by golf legend, Gary Player. The award-winning 18-hole Ocean Course unfolds next to the South China Sea, offering tantalizing ocean views, while the 9-hole Forest Course set amidst mature woodlands will test your mettle through its various bunkers and fairways.
More on Ria Bintan Golf Club: http://www.riabintan.com/
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Situated within the Nirwana Gardens Resort, Nirwana Beach Club welcomes you to the ultimate rustic beachfront hideaway, where you will be indulged with nature, timeless traditions of a village-style living, and a variety of fun watersport actions. Here, an comprehensive list of exciting water sports awaits. Explore the aquatic world on a snorkeling tour or simply enjoy a calming paddle on a sunny day on board a single or double kayak. If you’re seeking for some fun sport, a thrilling Banana Boat or Jet Ski ride will definitely get your adrenaline pumping. For a truly spectacular sensation, have a go at Nirwana Gardens' recently added attraction called the Undersea Walk adventure. A highly trained and PADI licensed instructor will take you down onto the seafloor as this water activity doesn't require any special skills yet allows you to see the wonders of the sea up close. While walking around on the seafloor with oxygen delivered from the surface into your helmet, you will be able to see marine life such as coral reefs, clown fish, giant clams, and even feed friendly fishes.
More on Nirwana Gardens Resort: http://www.nirwanagardens.com/
Ready for some heart-pumping action and challenge? Go ahead and try out the ATV ride operated by Action Challenge at Treasure Bay Bintan! Get ready for a rush of adrenaline, whether you opt for the single or double seater quad bike. Offering a different way to enjoy the island's beautiful landscape, you can now experience a rough ride through the rugged terrain of Bintan.The All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) refers to a small, open motorized buggy designed for off-road use. The 4-wheeled versions are most commonly called quads, four-wheelers or ATVs in the United States and Canada, and quad bikes or quad cycles in other English-speaking countries. All riders will be thoroughly briefed on the safety rules before going on track. Safety gear will be provided. Riders must be in appropriate attire, including footwear that completely covers the feet and ankles.
Excited to try these wonderful activities? As you prepare to visit Bintan, remember to always comply with CHSE (cleanliness, health, safety, and environmental sustainability) protocols. Wear your mask regularly, keep your distance from others, and wash your hands as often as possible. Do also follow our Instagram @wonderfulindonesia, Twitter @wondefulid, Facebook @WonderfulIndonesia, as well as our Youtube Wonderful Indonesia for more interesting trip ideas.
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