Nirwana Gardens Resort Hotel
This is the view from the lobby of Nirwana Gardens Resort Hotel. I had a 3D2N stay at this place, it is great for a short getaway from the city life. For those of you who have been to Batam, you would know that Bintan is more inclusive. Everything you need from the swimming pool to dining options to massage can be found in the resort itself as it is fairly far away from the town. Unlike for Batam, it is easily accessible to town where you can find a wide variety of cheap massages and dining options. With that being said, Bintan would be a better choice if you are just looking to relax and laze around by the beach or the pool.
I had the chance to stay a superior double room. Pretty okay for the price I paid but could have done better in terms of the flooring. To enhance the look and feel of the entire room, it could have been carpeted instead of tile flooring. Unfortunately, I was located on the ground floor and the view was not great as all I could see was a backyard of trees.
Service wise, the check-in process was seamless and hassle free as I did not have to wait too long. They had given me a twin room instead of a double room which I had requested. The staff was efficient in joining the twin beds together to make it a double bed for us.
That is the infinity pool along with a jacuzzi and even a pool bar (on the right)! You can see in the far distance is the sea. A beautiful view I must say especially during sunset. If you are visiting during the weekend, you might be lucky to catch a free water aerobic class in the afternoon. Do not be embarrassed to try, because almost everyone in the pool will be following the instructor!
More pictures of the beach where you can do sea sport activities like canoeing and jet ski. However, the activities are pretty pricey so…. you have been warned!
I had also visited Pasar Oleh Oleh in the evening. There is a free 2 way shuttle bus provided by the resort. It is probably about 20-30min drive. This is like a little “tourist village” where there are a couple (but not many) dining options and numerous stores selling Indonesian kueh lapis. Nothing much here but if you have nowhere to go and do not want to stay in the resort, consider dropping just to have a look.
On the last night, I had decided to laze around the resort in the day and to have dinner at The Kelong restaurant at night. This restaurant serves chinese cuisine. It was basically an attap house (in a larger version) build on stilts. Really nice ambiance as you can hear the waves and feel the sea breeze while dining. I did not have a chance to snap a picture of my food but the food was not too bad. Price wise, I spend about $24 for 2 persons.