Nirwana Gardens Resort Hotel

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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.

IMG_4745(1)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.

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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!

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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!

IMG_4839I 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.

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IMG_4886(1)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.

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IMG_4889(1)There you have it! Really really pretty photos of the restaurant captured at dusk!

 

 

 

 

 

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30 Signs You’re A Traveler At Heart

Are you one of those who simply looooveeeee to travel? Are you constantly planning for your next trip and scouting around for accommodations?

YOU ARE NOT ALONE! I stumbled upon this article from Buzzfeed and I think it’s pretty true 🙂 Have a quick read and let’s continue to travel the world!

1. You never have any money in your bank account, because as soon as you save, you’re off on your next trip.

You never have any money in your bank account, because as soon as you save, you're off on your next trip.

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2. Airports are your favorite place to be, because it means you’re going somewhere.

Airports are your favorite place to be, because it means you're going somewhere.

3. You have at least one map hanging up in your house somewhere (if not many more).

You have at least one map hanging up in your house somewhere (if not many more).

4. And another one marking all the places you’ve been to/ want to go next.

And another one marking all the places you've been to/ want to go next.

5. You’ve had your travel outfit down pat for a long time.

You've had your travel outfit down pat for a long time.

6. You’re “Steve” in this picture, and these other guys are the people who exist to make your life a living hell at airport security.

You're "Steve" in this picture, and these other guys are the people who exist to make your life a living hell at airport security.

7. Your backpack is well worn.

Your backpack is well worn.

8. You’re an excellent packer.

31 Signs You're A Traveler At Heart

9. You know checking a bag is for n00bs.

31 Signs You're A Traveler At Heart

10. These two hashtags appear far too regularly in your social media profiles.

These two hashtags appear far too regularly in your social media profiles.

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11. Accumulating airline points has become your singular life mission.

Accumulating airline points has become your singular life mission.

12. Your phone is packed with every travel app you could possibly need.

Your phone is packed with every travel app you could possibly need.

13. Your proudest moment was unlocking the jetsetter badge on Foursquare.

Your proudest moment was unlocking the jetsetter badge on Foursquare.

14. You’re no stranger to sleeping in a train station.

You're no stranger to sleeping in a train station.

15. You’ve Instagrammed this picture many times before.

16. And this picture.

17. Your passport is your absolute favorite accessory.

Your passport is your absolute favorite accessory.

18. And you revel in the chance to change your cover.

And you revel in the chance to change your cover.

19. You’re a fan of small souvenirs you can keep with you.

You're a fan of small souvenirs you can keep with you.

20. And have a box filled with currency from around the world.

And have a box filled with currency from around the world.

21. You desperately want a vintage suitcase, despite knowing how impractical they are.

You desperately want a vintage suitcase, despite knowing how impractical they are.

22. You are constantly daydreaming of where you will go next.

You are constantly daydreaming of where you will go next.

23. Your bucket list never seems to get shorter, because there’s always something new to add.

Your bucket list never seems to get shorter, because there's always something new to add.

24. The journal you kept while traveling is sacred to you.

The journal you kept while traveling is sacred to you.

25. You love being immersed in a sea of different languages.

You love being immersed in a sea of different languages.

26. Saving up for your dSLR was the best thing you ever did.

31 Signs You're A Traveler At Heart

27. You can’t remember the last time your phone had just one time zone.

You can't remember the last time your phone had just one time zone.

28. WhatsApp is your default form of communication because your friends are all over the world.

WhatsApp is your default form of communication because your friends are all over the world.

29. The real reason you love traveling is because of all the food.

31 Signs You're A Traveler At Heart
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30. You know how to say “where is the bathroom” in pretty much every language.

31 Signs You're A Traveler At Heart
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