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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Executive Suite of Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay Bintan

Enjoy the luxury you deserve…

Bintan has become one of our favourite destinations to travel with kids. We were pleasantly surprised as this was the first time stepping our foot onto this island which is just less than an hour ferry ride from Singapore.

The four-star Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay was opened in May 2015 offering 195-rooms that can certainly accommodate guests with all expectations. We could feel the lively and vibrant atmosphere the moment we arrived at the hotel. Continue reading “Executive Suite of Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay Bintan”

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!

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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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GRAND LAGOI SWISS-BELHOTEL
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
Email. ssecsblb@swiss-belhotel.com
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Don’t Miss These Fun-Filled Family Activities at Sentosa this Christmas!

Get ready for a bright Christmas at Sentosa this December holiday! The State of Fun is hosting a huge variety of activities throughout the festive period. Activities to keep not just the kids, but the whole family, entertained. Continue reading “Don’t Miss These Fun-Filled Family Activities at Sentosa this Christmas!”

Imagination Playground @ Big Splash – Kaboodle Kids

Do you know there is an “imagination playground” over at Big Splash where children can play freely and let their imagination run wild?

Kaboodle Kids is a venue where it encourages playfulness, thoughtfulness and even silliness to help physical, emotional, social and cognitive growth. Yup, there are no rules nor right or wrong. Every kid can be their own master of creativity. Foam blocks in different shapes and sizes can be used to make anything you can possibly think of.

Let’s go and check it out. Continue reading “Imagination Playground @ Big Splash – Kaboodle Kids”

3D2N Phuket Travelogue – Day 1 (Part 1): Amazing Beachfront Phuket Hotel Stay @ Patong Marina

Phuket is our first overseas destination in the month of November. This is not our first trip to the Land of Smiles. Our visit to Kidzania Bangkok exactly a year ago is still very fresh in our minds. We had seen the most amazing landscapes, met incredibly friendly Thai people, tasted flavourful food and encountered many amazing discoveries in Thailand.

This time round, we knew in our hearts that this trip to Phuket will see us discover wonderful “gems” along the way. We unanimously agreed that we shall stay at Patong.

But why Patong?

Simple! Simply because it has the famous Patong beach, shopping attractions and great eating places.

Big and Small M were sooooo excited when they heard we will be staying at PATONG MARINA HOTEL. Continue reading “3D2N Phuket Travelogue – Day 1 (Part 1): Amazing Beachfront Phuket Hotel Stay @ Patong Marina”

Gold Coast | Brisbane Journal – Part 2

Whenever you travel to Gold Coast, it is always a great idea to add Brisbane into your itinerary to maximize the mileage of your vacation experience. Brisbane is just within 70km from Gold Coast and it only takes about 1hr to travel. Continue reading “Gold Coast | Brisbane Journal – Part 2”