If you look for a secluded, private and romantic hideaway only one hour from Singapore, I can highly recommend the lush and extensive Banyan Tree Resort on the Indonesian island Bintan. The resort consists of dozens of detached villas with pool or Jacuzzis, some overlooking the sea. The resort is beautifully nestled into the green hills, has a wonderful beach with fine white sand and excellent restaurants. Therefore the Banyan Tree Resort can easily match the high-end resorts on Bali at a somewhat lower rate.
Our villa, with the number 123 and labelled ‘on the rocks’, offered a marvellous view of the seaside and the South China Sea. From the bedroom we saw an American aircraft carrier group making its way through the sea and we watchd dolphins swim. Besides the beach the resort has two scenic pools and a buggy-shuttle service for getting around in the resort. We were pleasantly surprised by the agreeable climate that was not too hot or humid. The resort also offers spa villas that come with a wide variety of treatments and a meandering golf course. As the resort is frequented by Korean and Japanese honeymooners it offers romantic dinners on the beach or near the pool. And last but not least the ever attentive and friendly staff made the stay truly amazing. We shall visit again!
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