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Planning a Holiday with Kids in Tow

Planning a holiday for just you and your partner is hard enough. You have to make the decision on the location, how long for, and what type of hotel you want to go for: It’s a long process of having to whittle it down to just one or two hotels, before you can finally pick something that you like the look of. So, imagine how hard it is to do this when you have a family in tow as well. There’s suddenly so many more factors for you to consider, some of you will know exactly what we mean. For others, this might be your first rodeo with something like thiks, so you’re going to need all the help and advice that you can get. Luckily, you have come to the right place, and we’ve got plenty of little pointers for you that should help you with the whole process. Have a read on to find out more.

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1. Evaluating the Cost

So, you might have gone into this whole booking process without realising how hard it is to actually book a holiday for you and your family due to cost. Cost really is a big thing, even if it was just for you and your partner to go. The only diffrrence is, with children, you can’t just take them whenever you want during the year. You have a responsibility to keep them in school, meaning you’re going to have to take them during the school holidays. This is a notoriously expensive time of year for a holiday, and the last thing that we would want is for you to miss out. So, why not consider taking out a personal loan. If you Google, ‘personal loans near me‘, you should be able to find plenty of companies willing to offer you the money. Taking a short term personal loan out doesn’t mean that you’re getting yourself into some sort of spiraling debt. But it does mean you’re going to be able to enjoy your family holiday, without worrying about the cost.


2. Evaluating the Location

The location plays a big part as to whether you’re actually going to have a good holiday. Some places are just too quiet, which when you’re taking a family, isn’t what you need. You need somewhere that has plenty of activities to do. They will get bored of just being around the pool, so outside activities should keep them entertained for a little while. The hotel as well is going to play a big part in your holiday happiness. If the hotel has no kids facilities, there is going to be nothing for them to do that would allow you and your partner to have an hour to or to yourselves. When you’re on holiday, it’s really important to take an opportunity like this to keep yourselves entertained or refreshed as well.

3. Evaluating the Effort

Sometimes a holiday is just effort. You have to worry about the whole packing process, and more importantly, the travelling process. Travelling on a plane with young children can either be completely fine, or you’ll have the devil child with you. So evaluate the distance of travel, and whether your children might be too young to tackle it.


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ShoeTree Project: Saphir Super Invulner Waterproofing Spray

You may have a pair of good quality leather shoes or boots but come a sudden downpour, they could be irreparably damaged. To prevent such situations from happening, you could protect your shoes by using Saphir Super Invulner Waterproof Spray. Introduced by the ShoeTree Project, this spray uses natural ingredients in place of silicone as the waterproofing compound, which is definitely one less health risk to take.

The waterproofing spray is imported from the world-renowned Saphir brand in France and there are several reasons why this is highly important for people who own leather shoes:

  • A waterproofing spray prolongs the lifespan of leather shoes by preventing loss of its natural oils. Oils can be leeched out of the leather when water soaks in and evaporates afterwards. The loss of oils make the leather microstructure more brittle and prone to cracks.
  • What most people don’t realise is that most of the waterproofing sprays out there use silicone as the waterproofing ingredient. While this may be alright for fabric shoes, silicone is highly drying to leather and wil, rather counterproductively, reduce its lifespan. The Saphir formula uses natural ingredients that help leather retain its natural oils.
  • The slow-drying formula of the Saphir Invulner also does not leave visible uneven patches like faster-drying sprays do. When wearing leather shoes, you want them to look their best!
Click here for the Saphir Singapore product category page.

The ShoeTree Project is a startup on a mission to bring the stagnating, inaccessible shoe care industry stuck in physical retail of yesteryear no more than a few clicks away from doorsteps around Southeast Asia. One of the cooler innovations that leather shoe owners would love to try out would be its algorithmic Custom Kit Design Tool as shoe care is a rather esoteric field, many shoe owners do not know which are the right products that make their shoes last decades, so they end up missing out a crucial component of their shoe care kit, or overspending on solutions they do not need.

ShoeTree Project’s Custom Kit Designer utilizes a proprietary algorithm to recommend only products that a client requires based on his shoe type, typical environment, as well as desired finish – a truly personalized shoe care kit! Coupled with FREE doorstep shipping and FREE size exchanges, it is just like having a 24-hour, 7-day a week shoe care shop right outside your doorstep, complete with service staff to help you with product selection. These innovations are what allow them to deliver the traditional emphasis on quality (like their handcrafted American Red Cedar shoe trees and shoe horns made from genuine ox horn) at mass market prices almost half of those in retail.

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Your Guide To The Balearic Islands

Just to the East of mainland Spain, there are four Spanish islands that make up the Balearic Islands. While they are classed as Spain, they are quite diverse and different from the mainland Spain. The islands are Ibiza, Menorca, Mallorca, and Formentera. With great beaches and great weather, it can be hard to know where to visit first. So here is a bit of a breakdown to the Balearic Islands, to help you choose where your next vacation may be.

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The island of Ibiza has long been known as a bit of a party town, wih mentions in many pop songs and some world-renowned clubs and DJs performing there. And while this is true, there is plenty more to the island than just clubbing. The north of the island has a very bohemain character and feel to it, with a very relaxed atmosphere, with many great places to eat and dine. Ibiza Town, the capital, has some unique history to explore, as well as being closer to the clubbing scene.


The largest island of them all, Mallorca has a lot to offer and is a popular spot for families. There are some of the clinches about being a Spanish island, with plenty of high-rise buildings by the beach. However, there is more to the island than that, especially if you go slightly more inland to stay somewhere like Marriott’s Club Son Antem in Llucmajor near Palma. There are some stunning mountains, beautiful coves, and some quaint old towns.

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To the east of Mallorca is the smaller island of Menorca. It has a more relaxed feel to it than the previous two islands, and is much less of a party or clubbing destination. There are some adorable little port towns, like Ciutadella, and the port in the capital is actually one of the deepest in the world. There are some modern resorts, as well as plenty of options to stay closer to the sea or rent villas more in-lands.


The island of Formentera is a pretty tiny, and does often get forgotten about when you think about the Balearics. It has some of the best beaches out of the whole lot of them, though, so doesn’t deserve to be overlooked. While there isn’t a lot else to do there, the place has a certain rustic charm that can make it worth the trip. It is quite exclusinve as far as islands go.

The Balearics are easy to access from Spain by boat or flight, but there are many other places like the UK, that offer direct flights to them. Because the islands are smaller, and have to prepare for the tourists, they cna cost a little more than mainland Spain might. However, the islands are pretty small, and you may not even need to hire a car to explore it all. It can be pretty easy to go from each island too, so if you can’t choose which one to go to, then you might not have to.

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Bintan Travelogue: 10 Tips before Visiting Bintan

There is one thing that matters to us during our visit to Bintan and that is finding activities that are suitable for families. With so many family-friendly activities in store, we concluded this is the first and certainly not the last time Bintan will be seeing us. We compile everything you need to know about Bintan when planning your itinerary. Read on about 10 things to do in Bintan: Continue reading “Bintan Travelogue: 10 Tips before Visiting Bintan”

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10 Reasons A Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay Bintan Stay Will Completely Justify Your Relaxing Getaway

When it comes to plan for a fuss-free family getaway, Bintan is a popular destination and for good reason. We scouted for affordable family-friendly accommodation and were introduced to Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay. This hotel fitted our requirements exactly and it has all what we wanted. What also makes Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay so special is that the most memorable moments at the hotel come when we least expect them to. We are so motivated to share with everyone.

Here we bring you 10 compelling reasons to make Swiss-Belhotel your next Bintan holiday destination.

 1: Location

 All we wanted was a short getaway and preferably need not spend too much time travelling especially with kids around. Bintan is a perfect fit. Come 2017, an international airport will help to connect Bintan to international travellers. For now, ferry is the only option. We arrived at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (Singapore), hopped onto the Bintan Resort Ferries’ €™ Economy Class, and viola, reached Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal (Bintan) in less than an hour, approx 45mins.

Cartoon shows are aired inside the ferry to keep your little ones and the young at heart occupied.

Before we know it, we arrived at Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal.

Getting to Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay Bintan is a breeze. Complimentary shuttle service is provided from Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal to the hotel. *(Tips, readers shared with us that they booked their stay thru hotel directly, the ferry turn out to be cheaper. Plus hotel staffs will know the timing of your arrival and departure to arrange land transfer.)

Time taken to reach the hotel from ferry terminal? Less than 15 mins 🙂

The 195-rooms 4* Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay Bintan is just opened in May 2015. Huge and contemporary lobby for guests.

2: Choices of Elegant Suites

Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay features 195 guestrooms including Deluxe, Grand Deluxe and Executive Suite in a modern contemporary design. Complimentary Wi-Fi with strong signal is provided throughout.

37sqm elegantly designed Deluxe room with single or twin share beds with rates starting from

Sgd $160.

47sqm Grand Deluxe room comes with a bigger entrance space and upsize of 10 sqm larger than Deluxe room is designed for comfortable stay with rates starting from Sgd $190.

113sqm Luxury Executive Suite is set to give you the ultimate accommodation experience with a spacious bedroom, separate living and dining as well as a luxury bathroom with shower and bathtub with rates starting from Sgd $415.

We stayed at the Executive Suite. Check out our blog post here.

Searching to book Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay, click here!

3: Infinity Pool

Everyone loves the idea of a refreshing dip in the rooftop swimming pool, 1.3m. When it comes to swimming especially in an infinity pool, it’s even more irresistible for Big and Small M. They would indulge themselves all-day long in the waters.

A good size baby pool for your little ones, 0.5m.

Not that we like to brag, Swiss-Belhotel spectacular infinity-edged pool offers a breath-taking views of the Lagoi Bay.

Hotel guests can also lounge by the pool with a refreshing mocktail and appetizing snacks.

4: Games and Entertainment Room

 This family-friendly amenity is a big-draw among the hotel guests. Opening from 10am to 10pm daily, it caters to all ages.

Get into the thrills and spills of table football.

Heart pounding. Thrilling. A rush. Enjoy the adrenaline rush and take your Wii games to a whole new level.

Challenge your partner into a game of pool.

If you just want to sit back and relax, try grabbing a jar of popcorns or candy floss(S$4) and hop onto the theatre to catch a movie.

It’s free-sittings for movie-goers.

5: Kids Club

Whether your little ones are too young to indulge in the Games & Entertainment Room or you have other adult activities planned, there’s a Kids Club to keep them entertained.

The Kids Club in Swiss-Belhotel is spacious and child-friendly.

Children can spend the afternoon manoeuvring around the Kids Club and be self-entertained.

A mini-trampoline for the jumpy ones.

Hours of active fun with ball pits for kids.

6: Authentic Indonesian Culinary Class

We know how much food can nourish our soul and tickle our tastebuds. Swiss-Belhotel also organizes activities to engage its guests. We enjoyed ourselves to bits participating in a hands-on cooking class during our stay.

The Hotel Chef teaching the participants the techniques behind making tasty Indonesian snack items.

Our Junior MasterChef in the making. We are mad about desserts. Imagine learning how to pull off that Onde Onde cupcakes, savoury Kueh Lemper and Bubur Terigu we are so fond of!

What better way to whet your appetite than to be taught by the local Chef?

This was our first and definitely not the last thing attending a culinary class.

7: Be a Fisherman

Hey, we went fishing at Lake Lagoi fishing farm! A booking at Swiss-Belhotel entitles you with a complimentary one hour fishing activities per room (1 rod + bait).

Enjoy the beauty of Lake Lagoi while waiting for the harvest.

What can we do with the catch? Swiss-Belhotel chefs can whip up a piping-hot meal in sambal, sweet and sour sauce or soya sauce for a mere SGD $10.

8: Swiss-Cafe

Waking up to a ready made breakfast is one of life’s pleasures. The Swiss-Cafe at Swiss-Belhotel offers a generous spread of International buffet breakfast with live cooking stations to start your day after a comfortable night’s sleep.

Do you love sunny side up?

Freshly-made coffee and fresh juices, together with fruit, sausage, bacon and scrambled eggs  and many more certainly keeps you coming back for more.

It’s all about making everything from scratch. Enjoy a wide assortment of breads and pastries produced in-house by the hotel.

Swiss-Cafe also serves authentic local food. Highly recommended for the food enthusiasts.

We were hosted by Ms. Sharon Foo, Marcom Director of Swiss-Belhotel, who provided us with superb hospitality throughout our stay. We were blessed beyond words!

9: Chadis Roof Top Bar

When the sun sets, the Chadis Roof Top Bar becomes alive. We had an al-fresco dining experience at the rooftop where we were greeted by a medley of succulent grilled meats, barbequed seafood and piquant cocktails (and mock-tails).

Assortment of delectable pastries, breads, desserts, sauces and many more.

Meat lovers will certainly delight over freshly-grilled meats for them to feast on!

We enjoyed dining at the Chadis Rooftop Bar and felt it’s a perfect spot for hotel guests to dine and chill out, not forgetting to catch a game of Euro 2016 as well 🙂

Located at Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay, Chadis Rooftop Bar opens daily from 4pm – 11pm.

10: Beach

Swiss-Belhotel is just a short stroll to the beachfront. Crystal clear waters, white powdery sand, shading trees, refreshing air and tranquility scenery are the themes in this beach.

We have heard about the white, fine and powdery sand over the beachfront. The doubting Thomas in us just need to see to believe. Big and Small M were obviously impressed and started to play with the sand and scouting for sea-shells!

Time for sea shells collection.

Hey, there’s something over here. Can you spot it?

Of course, our trip to Bintan wouldn’t be complete without a romantic sunset viewing at the beach.

Those mesmerising shades of colors had us transfixed until the last slither of sun sinks below the horizon.

Unbelievable Getaway Packages

Planning for a getaway? Swiss-Belhotel has two packages that are real valued-for-money. Check them out!

Family Fun Package, Child Stays FREE!
Fr S$130/person
This package is inclusive of:
  • 1 (one) night stay at Deluxe room in Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay, Bintan
  • Daily breakfast for 2 (two) persons in Swiss Café
  • Crystal Lagoon Entrance Fees
  • Return ferry tickets from Singapore – Bintan – Singapore excluding taxes and levies of S$24nett per person
  • Complimentary access to Kids Club
  • Complimentary return land transfers from Ferry Terminal to hotel
  • Complimentary High Speed WIFI Internet Access throughout hotel including rooms (unlimited devices)
  • Complimentary One hour fishing activity per room at Lake Lagoi
  • Complimentary access to infinity rooftop swimming pool and gym
  • Complimentary use of entertainment centre with indoor games (Xbox ,Wii U, PS4)

What’s more enjoyable and fun than escaping with your bestie to an idyllic island getaway, bond over refreshing mock-tails, relaxing spa treatments and indulge in authentic Indonesian Inspired meals? Get ready and start packing up for an exciting BFF Getaway!
This package is inclusive of:
  • 1 (night) night stay in a Deluxe room at Swiss-belhotel Lagoi Bay, Bintan
  • Return Ferry Tickets from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to BBT
  • 2 ways land transfer to and fro BBT to hotel
  • 1 x International buffet breakfast at Swiss-Cafe
  • 1 x Mocktail by the infinity pool
  • 1 x Head & Shoulder massage (45min)
  • 1 x Indonesian Dinner
  • 1 x Complimentary Donut Swim Float per room
  • Complimentary High Speed WIFI Internet access throughout hotel including rooms (unlimited devices)
  • Complimentary access to Games & Entertainment Centre
Weekday Price : S$165.00
Weekend Price : S$185.00
Above price excludes ferry taxes of $24 per person

Needless to say, we love every single moment and bits of our time in here. As we bade Swiss-Belhotel farewell, we realised this hotel has so much to offer and what we experienced was just the tip of the iceberg. We will be back for more!

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Jl. Gurindam Duabelas, Plot 27-29
Lagoi 29155, Bintan – Indonesia
For details on inquiries/bookings, please contact Swiss-Belhotel from Monday to Friday (9am to 6pm) at:
Tel. (+65) 6274 9555
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