You had decided to get married and now it is time to plan for your honeymoon. Are you seeking an ideal locale for spending time together without emptying your shared savings? Only an hour ferry ride away from our shores, Bintan Island is a wanderlust-worthy destination for many Singaporeans looking for a quick and affordable vacation. A weekend getaway to Bintan Island is a good choice for newlyweds, couples, or friends to unwind after a long week and to escape from the bustle of Singapore.
1. Getting from Singapore to Bintan
*Note: Indonesia time (GMT +7) is one hour behind Singapore time (GMT +8) , meaning when Singapore is 2pm, the time in Indonesia is 1pm.
• Buy Your Tickets Online The return ferry tickets can be purchased online . Return weekend ferry ticket in economy class costs around SGD65 while those in emerald class costs around SGD110.
• Ferry Check-in on Departure Day Passengers are requested to arrive at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (BRF Check-in counter #01-21) at least one and a half hours before departure time with a confirmation copy of tickets and passport for check-in.
Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (SINGAPORE)
50 Tanah Merah Ferry Road #01-21 Singapore 498833.
Tel: (65) 6542 4369
Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal (BINTAN)
Jl. Raja Haji Teluk Sebong, Lagoi Bintan Utara – Indonesia.
Tel: (62) 770 691935
2. Where to stay in Bintan
There is a variety of lodging options from budget hostels to five-star upscale luxury resorts, starting from nightly rate of SGD15.
I would recommend staying at Grand Lagoi Village ( formerly known as Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay), a four-star hotel situated in the prime tropical beach area of Lagoi Bay. One night stay costs around SGD150. This luxury property is surrounded by sweeping bay views, lush tropical greenery, and white sandy beaches. It is absolutely an ideal weekend escape for newlyweds to spend quality and bonding time. The hotel also provides shuttle service from ferry terminal to the hotel.
Grand Lagoi Village
Address: Jl. Gurindam Duabelas, Plot 27-29 Lagoi 29155, Bintan – Indonesia
Phone: (+62) 0770 692 988
There is a comfortable deluxe room with in-room 40-inch Samsung Smart TV plus the clean toilet with rainshower and good room lighting that calls for a selfie. Cannot help to take multiple self shots and I am loving the hotel room so much!
3. What to do in Bintan
Looking for adrenaline rush? There are plenty of activities to choose from here in Bintan Wake Park, Treasure Island such as Aqua Glide, Bumper Boat, Jetovator, and Stand Up Paddle among others. One of the activities that I tried is wake boarding. Insanely fun! Here is a great and successful first attempt on which I also learnt how to do a basic trick; ollie on a wakeboard. If you and your partner are avid adventure seekers, you will love Bintan Island and enjoy a memorable trip of a lifetime. Spending quality time together is one of the best ways to understand and affirm your love for each other which will make your marriage stronger.