What We Love
- The decor is a contemporary take on colonial style
- Old World gentlemen’s club feel in the dining room
- The range of signature massages, special teas and essential oils at the spa
- Cool personalized “no menu” cocktail concept at the bar
What To Know
- The island is a 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore (guests can check in prior to arrival at the terminal’s VIP lounge)
- There are no elevators at this two-story property
- The resort is made up of 21 villas and nine suites
- Cigar smoking is permitted in the bar
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Step back in time at this lavish colonial-style resort, which faces the flawless beaches of Lagoi Bay on the serene island of Bintan. Inspired in part by European salons of the 18th and 19th centuries, the property fuses Old World grandeur with breezy tropical charm. Guests can curl up on a leather sofa and sip tea out of fine china at high tea in the posh dining room, or chill out by the 165-foot infinity pool while gazing at the South China Sea through the swaying palms. The 30 villas and suites are filled with Asian artifacts, textiles and artworks, set against contemporary black and white decor, and all have soothing views of either the ocean or the manicured gardens. Herringbone hardwood floors, bamboo screens and gleaming chrome fixtures further lend the hotel a Europe-in-the-tropics vibe. Hobnob with the other guests before dinner in the swanky bar, where the resident mixologist will whip up whatever cocktail your heart desires (part of the bar’s fun “no menu” concept), then retire to the stunning Tasanee Grill, an alfresco restaurant right beside the pool that serves fancy versions of Thai street food and fresh-caught fish.
In the Area
Discover the world of Bintan below the water on a dive trip with Tasik Divers, a local outfit that takes visitors in speedboats to explore the coral reefs around Bintan, as well as farther out to Mapur Island. Practice your swing on one of the golf courses in the northern part of the island; Ria Bintan offers 18 stunning holes facing the South China Sea, along with a lush nine-hole forest course. Afterward, nosh on some of Bintan’s renowned seafood at one of the traditional kelongs (restaurants on stilts), where you can try such local specialties as chili crab, steamed fish, drunken prawn and “Gong Gong”: pearl conch, a Bintan delicacy. The Kelong Seafood Restaurant at the Nirwana Resort Hotel is an upscale version offering spectacular sunset views.
How to Get There
My adult daughter and I visited the Sanchaya for 2 nights in early May. I had surfed the internet trying to find an easy getaway from Singapore, and the Sanchaya - just an hour away - has excellent reviews.
The ferry ride over was easy and the lovely Sanchaya ferry terminal lounge was just wonderful.
Upon arrival at the resort, we were greeted by the charming property manager, Magnus, and then entered an exotically beautiful and luxurious world.
The rooms and property are immaculate and just stunning. The food is delicious and we enjoyed taking a cooking class. Each and every member of the staff could not have been more attentive and lovely!
As the owner happened to be there during our stay, we were even privy to a fireworks display on the beach. :)
I had a world class Sanchaya signature massage by the masseuse, Made.
Thank you Sanchaya, and Magnus, for a truly special and lovely time!
Everything is good except for the Apple TV where the ipad takes quite awhile to
load to the tv. Food was great! The room is clean! The guest service officers are all good! GREAT SERVICE! Overall, we enjoyed the stay & definitely will be back again! Thanks!
I spent four wonderful nights at the Sanchaya. The staff couldn't of been more lovely and helpful! They prepared vegan food for me especially that wasn't on the menu, the villa was more like a house with a gorgeous bathroom, two balconies and a super comfy huge bed.
As a wellness traveller I really appreciated the morning yoga classes, well equipped gym and spa treatments on offer. Every morning i'd jog along the white sand beach and go for a swim in the pool which is perfect for doing lengths in. There are plenty of places to relax, chill out on day beds round the pool where they bring a basket to you with water and suncream, read and just be. I didn't need to leave the resort and four days was just perfect.
Our family stayed at this fabulous resort to celebrate an 80th birthday. I cannot rate it highly enough. The property was beautiful and immaculate, the staff were exceptional and the experience was sensational.
Thoughtful touches were in evidence every day such as baskets with cold still and sparkling water, lime slices, sunscreen and aftersun all presented poolside with a towel, frozen fruit served poolside to cool you down and insecticide in the rooms.
Cocktail and mocktail evening was lovely and the wine and cheese tasting very enjoyable.
Transfers to and from the ferry were handled smoothly and were a great introduction to the experience.
Breakfast was delicious and served with huge smiles.
i would go back in a heartbeat.
From the time you get off the Ferry to when your walking out of the transport van into the quaint, but lavish resort’s Lobby; you are immediately greeted with a personal warmth that is wrapped around the beatiful dwelling of The Sanchaya !
From the Lead staff members to every service member and grounds keeper you are made to feel like family. Don’t be fooled by the cost to stay, the on point service or the beautiful high end visuals. This is no pretentious resort, every member is made to feel special.
We stayed in one of the Villas ( called the Anchan). absolutely beautiful, graced with beautiful honey color and deep dark woods. The bathroom adorned with mosaic black and white tile ..stunning! They’ve not left one detail out. This is one place that gets the saying “ the devil is in the details”
Pictures attached don’t do it justice, you just have to visit to experience it’s immaculate beauty. Pool side faces the white sandy private beach. With the tide so low, most times you could almost walk back to Singapore before hitting water. There are so many little treats given to you when you stay. I can not share them all, nor will I, because experiencing it all first hand is key!
27 rooms + owners house( all for you to book) are flanked by two restaurants and a bar as well as a wine and cheese tasting room and stunning library . The restaurant menu offerings are small and perfect you will not find yourself eating the same things twice unless you want to, and everything is amazing! Oh! by the way , my favorite cocktail the vodka martini neat with Belvedere, watching them make it made me want to drink them morning, noon and night.
Lastly from 6-9 most nights is a live jazz band and singer in the Bar area, who by the way, takes song request and has the voice of an angel! She even sings reggae... who knew! Listen you cannot go wrong choosing this resort which is a very family friendly establishment !
Thank you to Magnus ( GM/Director) of this entire resort, as well as Jerone the sommelier and Roy one of our resort Butlers and host along with all the staff members who’s names we can not remember, for making mine and my Husband’s three days stay a memorable one! We can not wait to return!