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
There are any number of beautiful hotels in the world, stunning locations, amazing amenities, fabulous decor. But the Sanchaya is something different, it has all of the above and then it has its staff, who create something extra extraordinary from the extraordinary. They are the real heart of the Sanchaya and made our stay there very special.
We spent a long week end in this pure paradise and enjoyed every minutes. The bungalow over the pond was just amazing, the service of the whole team perfect, and honnestly the breakfast is still (our 2nd time) the finest that I've had in my life. We loved the long pool, the walk on the beach, the colonial style of the building (especially the loundge), and last but not least Magnus and his team's "never ending" little attentions to make you feel like home. Looking forward to come back.
The staff is great. From reception, to service staff in the restaurant, spot on job. The exclusive lounge at the ferry terminal for check in is really a treat (special immigration and customs clearance). Marc (restaurant manager), Giacomo (executive chef) and Jurgen (head Sommelier, hope I got the name right) are all extremely professional, friendly and truly on top of their game). The property is beautiful. The pool area is really nice. The Sanchaya is really exclusive, only 29 rooms, so it's really nice, no crowds. Room for improvement is about some maintenance details in the room (we stayed in a 2 bedroom villa, excellent for families). Overall great stay. Really good food, ambience, best I have experienced in Bintan