Brief visit of Bintan Island - Indonesia

Trip Start May 30, 2007
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Trip End Jun 07, 2007


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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Pulau Bintan, Sekuma, Indonesia
 
Greetings from Bintan Island, Indonesia.  We planned a little excursion from Singapore for a couple of days.  We had originally wanted to take the train up to Malaysia but due to the short stay this time we decided it would be better to maybe visit one of the resort islands in Indonesia.  A short 55 minute ferry ride from Singapore on a very nice ferry boat and we were here.  We cleared customs and immigration, grabbed our luggage and our resort had transportation waiting for us.  After about 10 minutes we were here at the resort.  Our room was not ready so we took a minute to check out the pool area and then we decided to have lunch while we were waiting.  We both chose a Club Sandwich - but it was a bit different - it was actually grilled tenderloin medallions with quail eggs, tomatoes, lettuce, garlic mayonnaise and cheese.   It was a little messy - but very good.  Jim had a Tiger beer which matched the décor nicely.  By the time we were finished with lunch our room was ready and we went up to enjoy the views from our balcony.  Bintan is located in the South China Sea and not well populated so the shorelines are relatively pristine - the sand is nice and there are nice large boulders dotting the shoreline among the very healthy and lush palm trees.  Of course nothing is ever perfect and we make the best of things - but the high heat and humidity made it very difficult for too much activity. 
 
We had decided before we arrived to sign up for some spa treatments and love the prices here in Indonesia which are a mere fraction of the cost of anything in the U.S. and even better than the prices in Costa Rica.   When we arrived in our room the Spa had sent us a nice welcome gift.  We received a nice travel box with small incense sticks and an incense burner.  The rooms and all common areas have incense burning everywhere you look and flowers and candles at every turn. 
 
We are actually facing the East so we didn't have a spectacular sunset but it was a nice evening nonetheless and we decided to have dinner down by the beach at the restaurant there.  They had a very expansive menu with a lot of fresh seafood and fish.  Dinner was very nice - but after a drink and a little food we were quite hot and longing for the AC.  We settled for the lobby bar area where we cooled off under the fans and Jim had an after dinner cigar. 

Sunrise was around 5 a.m. and I was up and ready for it - it was really nice and reminded me of the sunsets we have in Costa Rica off of our balcony.  We were surprised to see how much the tides had receded over night.  What appeared to be an island the day before was now reachable completely by land.  The boulders that people were swimming around the evening before were now well out of the reach of the Sea.  It was very interesting to observe.
 
We had an early breakfast.  They had a nice buffet with an Egg Station which always makes Jim happy and a nice combination of Western food along side the Asian offerings.
 
Our spa treatments started at 11 a.m. and Jim and I were going to be able to have our treatments together in the same room.  A nice little oasis across from the hotel with private little suites - ours faced the Sea and had a nice seating area and the best part was the outdoor shower.  A few hours later we were feeling very relaxed and had a very late light lunch and then a nice late afternoon 'siesta'.  We ended the night with a late dinner back down by the beach.  We didn't get there until 9:30 so we were the only ones there which made for a nice private evening.
 
We definitely enjoyed the little getaway we have our list of final stops when we get back to Singapore and then we have a 6 a.m. start for our first flight back to the U.S. tomorrow.
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