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Lazing in an Indonesian Paradise (photos)

March 20 2003 at 1:42 PM

MTF  (Login MelvynTeillolFoo)
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Banyan Tree Bintan Spa and Resort, Bintan Island, Indonesia.

Just 45 minutes by fast ferry from Singapore, one is whisked away to a slower pace of life. Here, one could indulge in doing just about... nothing. Despite the exhorbitant villa rates, they do NOT have access for computer connections, e-mail or Internet. The only Internet access is one (count 'em) desktop computer in the lobby/reception building. Thats what you pay for at the Banyan Tree.... peace

There are a number of hotels and resorts on Bintan Island but Banyan Tree Bintan is, by far, the most exclusive. Built on former plantations on the edge of primary jungle by the South China Sea, this all-suite only resort with just over 70 villas, has garnered accolades from the likes of American Airline's Platinum List, Condé Nast Traveler Gold List and Zagat Survey.

The 3 main activities are sleeping, spa treatments and golf. There are four championship golf courses on the island designed by and named after legendary golf greats - Gary Player (27 holes), Greg Norman (18 holes), Jack Nicklaus (18 holes) & Ian Baker-Finch (18 holes).

Laguna Bintan [Bintan Lagoon], South China Sea

Sunset, Laguna Bintan

Coconut trees on tropical sands

Refreshments by the ‘infinity’ pools, which seem to stretch into the sea beyond...

The 'Rock' pool

The 'Beach' pool

Villa on stilts built over the rock shore, with gentle lapping waves to lull one to sleep.

Private sundeck and Jacuzzi

Rattan chair or Day bed for lazing.

The rattan chair had swing-out double arms for putting your feet up in a most undignified but relaxing pose.

View from the 4-poster bed

View of the 4-poster bed

Even the shower and sunken marble bath had a view; "au naturel anyone?"

Mosquito net holder was a carved ‘Garuda”

Garuda is a mythical bird with the head and wings of a phoenix and the body and limbs of a man. He is said to be the vehicle (avatar) of Lord Vishnu. He plays an important role in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. http://webonautics.com/mythology/garuda.html

In countries like Thailand, where the national religion is Buddhism, Garuda is revered as a deity. The Thai Garuda is a mythical figure with a human torso and arms, a demonic face and a bird's legs, wings and tail. It is dressed in gold, with a crown, bracelets, armbands, a necklace and a girdle or loincloth. The lower half of the legs are also gold.

Thai Garuda, Royal Palace Bangkok

Thai Garuda, Royal Palace Bangkok

In Indonesia and Malaysia, Garuda plays an important role in Malay folklore although the two countries are mainly Muslim. This is because the Malay Archipelago used to be Hindu before the coming of Islam (Srivijaya & Majapahit dynasties). The Garuda is the logo of the Indonesian national airline.

Enough about mythology. Let's return to Bintan, where one could spend time on the bed just looking at the ornately carved ceiling and thatched roof.….

Or just gazing wondrously at Nature...

“What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?” – William Blake

What or Where is your Paradise?
Banyan Tree Bintan has got to be a contender.

Photos and Text Copyright Melvyn Teillol-Foo, 2003

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thanks for the pictures

March 21 2003, 12:30 AM 

i'm currently at my work and now my thoughts are on these beautiful beaches

warm regards


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truly stunning pictures, what a wonderful get-away! (nt)

March 22 2003, 12:38 PM 


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booking golf course

October 29 2010, 3:24 PM 



I want to make booking for 10 guests. Our

10 guests will all come for Golf Course

from November 24th-30th 2010(6days) by

12.30pm each day.

Get back me with your service cost if

there is availability.

I hope you do have a Credit Card machine

for Credit Card charges as regards payment.

I also want to know the type of Credit

Cards you accept for payment.

Do you offer lunch?
And also do you have accommodation?
If you do we need 6 double rooms

starting from 24th November to 30th

November 2010that is 5days.

Thank you and looking forward to your

urgent response

Best Regards,

Address: 179 Great Portland Street,
London, W1W 5LS. UK.

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Re: booking golf course

October 30 2010, 12:53 PM 

Hii Pastor

Just want to inform you that this is not the official website of the resort. I am sure you will be able to get their contact details via the Internet. Hope u and your friends have a fab time vacationing at the Banyan happy.gif

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You think you're funny?...

March 24 2003, 8:54 AM 

what's the idea about posting these beautiful pictures of what seems to be heaven while I'm sitting here in my office behind my computer?

Thanks for the photos, brought some sunshine in my day and brought back excellent memories of my honeymoon in Indonesia (Bali)

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HeHeHe :-) (nt)

April 22 2003, 2:14 AM 

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Thank you for promoting the beauty of my country.

April 2 2003, 12:53 PM 

We do have more than 13000 islands. Of course other famous islands include, Bali and Lombok. As for myself, Im from Jakarta the capital of this more than 220 million population country.


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I made a cruise around Indonesia and was told there are between 34-36,000 islands, true?nt

April 5 2003, 5:39 AM 


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The most I have ever heard was 17000. nt

April 5 2003, 9:13 AM 


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Now that is my kind of holiday,however they should have skipped the golf ..

April 4 2003, 9:20 AM 

much too energetic!

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Hey.., that's my home island

May 22 2003, 8:23 AM 

I was born in Bintan. Indeed my mom's hometown is not too far away from the resort area. Amazing, how those small villages have developed.

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Magnus Celander
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Thank you for sharing. Looks like I'll have to add Indonesia to my list :) nt

May 22 2003, 3:59 PM 


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Don't forget Thailand

May 31 2003, 10:56 AM 

We have some of the beautiful beaches in S.E. Asia, if not the world.

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