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
Good: Fantastic staff and service; super comfortable bed; nice pool/views, loved the relaxing library and the bar (they also had a live band on Saturday); good breakfast and generally solid food quality and variety, especially as there’s just two restaurants; ferry transfer is included and at the terminal they take you to their private lounge and sort out your customs on the way in and out so you don’t need to worry about queues; have their own cheese, charcuterie and wine room; only a few activities but admittedly is a hotel mostly for relaxing - archery was a highlight and cycling in the nearby park too.
Less good: construction of new hotel next door but they’re upfront about this; rooms are expensive for what they are (but factoring in the included breakfast and the conveniences it’s probably fair); bathroom especially bathtub a bit old.
All in all a great getaway, highly recommend.
I stay at The Sanchaya for one night with my family.
It has been an unforgettable experience.
The buildings themselves have a colonial style architecture that we loved.
The room was a beautiful suite, nicely arranged and decorated with a great view on the beach.
The service was very good and the staff was friendly.
We did not have the time to enjoy all the activities but the hotel offers a range of outdoor activities.
The pool was the perfect place for a rest and we found it was quiet and relaxing.
We recommend the Thai restaurant. Breakfast was good but we missed a big plate full of cheese (French, Dutch, Swiss...).
The Sanchaya is the perfect gateway for a relaxing week end.
We had a weekend trip to the resort and everything was beyond our expectations. From the moment we stepped out of the ferry to the fast track immigration to the transport to the hotel, everything went on smoothly.
Personally, I love the colonial atmosphere of the resort. Our villa was stunning with such intricate interiors especially the toilet side, it was amazing.
The staffs were very friendly, knowledgeable of their job scope and very much accommodating (Nawa, Elisa, May, Roy & their resort manager) The food was excellent as well especially their breakfast, it was intimate we are hopeful to comeback to spend another wonderful memories with Sanchaya.