Island Escape
PORTFOLIO Magazine|November 2018
Island Escape

Portfolio took a ferry to Bintan to get reacquainted with the island and sample The Residence Bintan’s bespoke indulgences.

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Some people don’t see the appeal of Bintan beyond its run-of-the mill resorts and spas. Nobody can blame them, really, because what else is there to do on the island besides lounging by the pool and getting a massage? Well, nothing and everything, apparently. Precisely the charm of the island — it offers a bucolic, no-brainer getaway that lets you have a lazy, foot-massage-kind-of-day, or enjoy yourself silly on a mini-island adventure.

A proper beach destination that’s only 55-minute ferry ride away from Singapore, the island still retains its rustic and kampong appeal, offering a refreshing respite from the city’s hustle and bustle. The largest among the 3,200 islands of Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago, Bintan used to be a trading port between the China and India routes in the 3rd century. Nowadays, it is home to many beach resorts promising to rejuvenate the weary souls.

Your Own Little Sanctuary

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November 2018