Review: Banyan Tree Bintan – Oceanview Infinity Pool Villa

Banyan Tree has always been synonymous with sanctuary, romance, awe-inspiring and sustainability. Just a quick 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Banyan Tree Bintan (BTB) is one of the earliest award-winning homegrown resorts. I snapped up a good deal from Accor and booked the property for 2 nights in March. My stay was during the pre-COVID, a few days before the travel restrictions kicked in.

Emerald Class

Bintan Resort Ferries is the only ferry operator to Bandar Bintan Telani Ferry Terminal. If you have extra cash on hand, I would recommend booking the Emerald Class (approx S$50 one way) especially if you are travelling on the weekends. You will definitely save time at immigration both ways.

Emerald Class Benefits

  • Check-in baggage allowance of 30kg and priority baggage handling on arrival
  • Seat assignment
  • Priority boarding and disembarkation
  • Complimentary onboard beverages
  • Use of lounge facilities at both terminal
  • Fast-track immigration at Bintan

Tips: If you planing to have your luggage checked in, please expect some waiting time at Bintan Ferry Terminal because all luggage will only be unloaded once all passengers has disembarked the ferry.

Lobby

Refreshing iced ginger tea and cold towel were served while chilling at the open air lobby.

Unlike Angsana or Cassia, BTB does not provide free shuttle. I have to arrange with BTB a 2-way private land transfer for IDR 350,000 nett for a 15-min journey to the resort. Upon arrival, I was greeted by the staff with smiles all around followed by sounding the Gong my arrival at the resort. I was offered a glass of iced ginger tea and cold towel while check-in formalities was done.

Tips: Book the later ferry timing if you do not want to spend time waiting for your villa to be ready. I took the 11am ferry and the villa could only be ready at 2pm.

Escort to the villa on a buggy

The buggy service is just one call away to transport you throughout the property. My villa was located on a higher side of the hill, further from the lobby. You may prefer to walk along the pathway and enjoy the scenic view if your villa is located nearby the facilities.

Oceanview Infinity Pool Villa

Villa Kedidi #402

There are 64 villas built in traditional Balinese design with thatched roofs and swing-open wooden doors with 5 types of villas; Seaview, Oceanfront, Villa on the Rock and one or two Infinity Pool Villa. Each villa is named after a tree, flower or an animal. I stayed in a 1 bedroom Oceanview Infinity Pool Villa called “Kedidi” (Sandpiper bird) that sits high on a secluded hill surrounded by the lush rainforest.

Tips: Request for a villa located on the hilltop for better privacy.

Outdoor Living Area

The villa completely blew me away; spacious low-platform relaxing area facing spectacular views of the South China Sea. The rainforest setting also provides many opportunities to spot wildlife which makes it impossible for the villa to stay bug-free. I would not recommend to consume any food in the living area. I have spotted ants, termites and occasionally, monitor lizard making a pitstop at the villa. At night, don’t be surprised if you spot fruit bats hanging on the ceiling!

Tranquil Bedroom

The villa consist of 1 bedroom, well appointed with earthy tones and marble flooring. Taking the centrestage is the signature teakwood King-sized four poster bed with flowy white drapes which acts as a mosquito netting. The 50 inch smart TV is compatible with Netflix app; a plus point to catch up with Netflix series.

Welcome fruit basket and complimentary cake

Wardrobe and in-room safe

Ensuite Bathroom

Double sink with large mirror

The bathroom seems outdated but well maintained.

Rainfall shower and Banyan Tree bathroom amenities

Outdoor sunken bath

In my opinion, the outdoor sunken bath doesn’t look inviting to me.

Relaxing Room

The other room is a mirror image of the bedroom but comes with 2 daybeds. The room is actually nice and cosy if you want a change of view, take a nap or do some reading.

Pantry

The pantry is meant for preparing light meal. Remember to bring along loads of snacks and drinks (especially bottled water) from Singapore.

Private Infinity Pool and View

The villa is all about infinity. The infinity pool is the focal point as you enter the villa. Not forgetting the stunning panoramic views of the lush rainforest and ocean. Exclusively for Pool Villas, you can choose to indulge in the signature floating breakfast at your very own private pool.

Choose your favourite corner to wind down.

The best spot to witness the beautiful sunset with exceptional privacy.

Dinner at Saffron

I had craving for Thai cuisine and the resident fine-dining Thai restaurant, Saffron is the perfect choice for dinner. Reservation is mandatory especially over the weekends.

Turndown Service

Turn-down service were offered every night. Housekeeping will set the mosquito netting down, lighting the oil burner and incense, completely transforming the mood before turning in.

Tips: Keep the door closed at all times to prevent bugs from entering the room.

Private infinity pool at night

Breakfast at Treetops

Treetops Restaurant serves western and contemporary breakfast. Take your full plate to the outdoor dining area to take in gorgeous sea views.

Rock Edge Pool

If you can’t get enough of your private pool, the rock edge pool is located near the Treetops.

Dinner at Treetops

On the second night, I had a sumptuous dinner at Treetops. This is where you can find a slice of authentic Indonesia food. You have the options of outdoor or indoor dining but I choose the latter. During the weekend, the live band will accompany you throughout the night.

Beachside Pool

Another go-to pool is just 200m away from the beach. This pool and use of sun loungers are reserved for Banyan Tree’s guests.

Sandy Beach

The beautiful white-sand beach, shared with the neighboring Angsana and Cassia hotel offers eco-conservation activities as well as a Marine Centre with a variety of water sports. If you are lucky, you can participate in the seasonal baby turtle releases at the beach. Banyan Tree guests can also use the gym and pool facilities at Angsana.

As part of Accor Gold benefits, I was offered a late check-out till 4.00pm to make full use of my stay since I had a late ferry back to Singapore. Regardless if you are taking the Emerald or Standard ferry class, the staff will go an extra mile to collect your ferry tickets before you leave the resort. Soon after, I bid farewell to Banyan Tree and off to the terminal to catch the ferry back to Singapore.

Bintan Executive Lounge

Bintan Ferry Terminal Lounge

Bintan Executive Lounge is located next to the main terminal building, exclusively for Emerald Class passengers. I like that you do not have to queue for immigration at Bintan, the staff will stamped your passport at the comfort of your seat.

In a Nutshell

Banyan Tree Bintan is truly a sanctuary getaway for family and couples. The villa is a bit outdated (the last refurbishment was in 2013) but you can expect impeccable service. Bintan is a holiday island, so do expect to spend exorbitant price on dining, activities and transport.

Pros

  • Spacious sea-facing villas
  • Beautiful grounds
  • Peaceful and away from crowds
  • Each villa comes with a small relaxation pools or private infinity pool

Cons

  • Some of the infrastructure does look dated
  • Beware of bugs
  • Expensive dining
  • Need to request for buggy if villa is far from the common areas
  • No gym but can use Angsana facilities

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Banyan Tree Bintan
Jalan Teluk Berembang Laguna Bintan Resorts, Lagoi 29155
+62 770 693 100 or +62 770 692956
Email: reservations-bintan@banyantree.com
Check In: 3:00 PM | Check Out: 12:00 PM

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6 Thoughts

  1. That looks like a big villa! We went to Angsana a few times but never to Banyan Tree. This is making want to book there next. But Banyan Tree’s always been expensive :( and with 3 adults (yep my first son is an adult now) and a child, I doubt that they’d allow us in just one room. You mentioned some things in the villa are quite dated, is it the bathroom?

    1. Yes, it’s huge! The furniture shows signs of wear and tear especially outdoor. I think the entry level villa is too small for your family. The 2 bedroom villa is good for 4 pax but will cost a bomb. I suggest wait for the accor super sale! Nevertheless, I’ve been to Angsana too and not that bad; catered for family.

  2. The view is nice and I agree the sunken bath does not look inviting at all! Anyway, glad you went before the travel restrictions kicked in. Otherwise, you will be stuck there. Lol

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