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
- 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
An absolutely beautiful beach resort with lovely villas for a completely relaxing break. We luxuriated in fragrant Aesop bathroom amenities, an incredibly comfortable bed and a fully stocked room fridge and small wine cellar. To the delight of the children, snacks and drinks in the fridge, including beer, were included in the room and restocked every day!
We had a decent-sized private pool in our 3-villa complex and even enjoyed a bespoke beach barbecue by our pool.
The beach has soft white sand and the waves gentle even at full tide.
Breakfast was a buffet spread and ala carte freshly cooked to order items. The juices were freshly squeezed.
One complaint was the very exorbitant wines. An average wine costs US$100 per glass!! However we hear this is true throughout Bintan for some reason regarding duties. We stuck to beer during our trip.
The Sanchaya is the only Bintan resort with its own private lounge in the ferry terminals in Singapore and Bintan. We arranged our ferry tickets via the hotel so it was really fuss-free. Highly recommend Emerald Class seats on the ferry. It’s a one hour ride then you are personally met when you reach Bintan and led to a charming lounge to enjoy a drink while they get your checked in luggage and clear immigration for you.
After that it’s an easy 10 minute ride in a private car to the resort.
From the moment you arrive till getting back on the ferry you are made to feel special.
All the staff are friendly and we were impressed that everyone of them knew our name wherever we met them.
Rooms are spacious and our suite (3) facing the beach and sea over the Olympic pool was superb. Food was excellent in both restaurants and breakfast was to die for!
Lots to do with bikes, boarding and sand yachting. We were well looked after by Jerome and his team and the wine and cheese tasting experience is a must event.
Long way from UK but we will definitely return.
This resort is out of this world. The moment you arrive at the ferry terminal (1 hour from Singapore) you are treated with the best care and attention, The service is second to none. You are instantly relaxed as they take care of immigration for you. Once on property it is just magnificent! Every element and space of the resort is thought out to perfection. A beautiful library, wine bar, restaurants and incredible spa. An then there are the amazing rooms, even the standard rooms are incredible - comfortable , large, great bed, beautiful amenities. The pool is huge, overlooks a beautiful beach and there are so many options of deck chairs and cabanas to choose from. You can spend you days doing as little as or as much as you like there are heaps of options. The food was also first class. I could go on and on about this place but PERFECT sums it up!
We took a lunchtime ferry on Saturday from Singapore and returned on the late evening ferry on Sunday. Just a day and a half, but it felt like a four day break. Fantastically relaxing, beautiful surroundings and seamless transport means you really can get a great break from Singapore in a normal weekend. We will definitely be back - and a big shout out to the team at the Sanchaya for the early check in and late check out so that we got the most out of the short time there. Really good, friendly service from everybody. Keep up the good work!
We would like to thank The Sanchaya for giving us excellent service. Everyone welcomed us warmly, and that made us very impressed. We only dined in and stayed for few hours but you made us feel like one of your inhouse guests. Your hospitality is very much appreciated. We just literally can’t get over how lovely this place and the people are. The photos i I have don’t even do justice of how beautiful Sanchaya actually is. We will surely recommend your estate to everyone we know who’d like to visit Bintan. Looking forward to be back someday and be able to experience more of The Sanchaya.