Cassia Bintan is Banyan Tree’s latest offering of a stylish hotel residence-beach club, making Singapore’s favourite island gateway even more comfortable and affordable.
The second Cassia property to have opened after Cassia Phuket, one-month-old Cassia Bintan is a fun home away from home vacation with beachfront apartments overlooking the tranquil South China Sea. Located within Laguna Bintan Resort Complex, a mere 10-minute drive away from the Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal, it’s the fantastic hideout when you need a relaxed DIY break with a touch of pampering.
Sounds too good to be true right mama? That’s what I thought too, till we decided to make a mini-family vacation of it. And boy, was I wrong. Even when staying at Cassia, taking advantage of the seamless connectivity with Banyan Tree Bintan and Angsana Bintan’s facilities next door (think restaurants and spa), this is the address for families and millennials who want flexibility and the ability to customise their typical beach holiday without the frills and stuffy attention that you have to put up with at other hotels.
Choose between the one-bedroom (41-52 sqm) and two-bedroom (63-73 sqm) contemporary apartment configurations, both of which also come in a loft-style layout – ideal for sleeping a family of four, or even two couples. Furthermore, the ground floor units come with a small private garden area for al fresco barbecues or outdoor drinks. My twins loved the fact that each bedroom and living room came with a TV set – what more could you ask for on a total vegging-out holiday? Unlike usual hotels, housekeeping is only provided every two days here so it’s like home, where there aren’t strangers wafting in and out of your room. But daily housekeeping and turndown services can be arranged at an additional charge.
I really liked the minimal but fully furnished interiors of the apartments with their fully equipped kitchen, in simple Cassia-style vibrant décor. Like the bright and quirky lobby, each of the rooms and public spaces are decorated with traditional Indonesian graffiti-esque art created by famous local artist Adi Dharma to inject a taste of Indonesia’s colourful local culture into the property. When it comes to dining, this beach club doesn’t offer room service, but you’re welcome to eat at any of the sister property residents. Check out Market 23 – the hotel’s unique grab-and-go on-property 24/7 supermarket located right in the lobby, where you can stock up on fresh ingredients, ready-to-eat meals, snacks, drinks and toiletries. Shop here then whip up a stir fry or a mookata in the comfort of your own apartment if you’re not in the mood to eat at a restaurant. Guests can also order pre-packaged hampers for almost any occasion, such as the Hangover Hamper, or the Breakfast Hamper filled with freshly baked goodies and other treats when you’re feeling lazy and need breakfast in bed.
When we finally left our comfy rooms, the boys were entertained for hours by the baby fusbal, darts and Nintendo set-up in the lobby, while we lazily soaked up the sun on the pristine private beach shared by the three properties. Likewise, you can take advantage of the jet skis and water sport activities, or hop onto an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to explore the nearby local village and forest if you want to do something more hectic than pure lounging. Trust me, living life at that pace is really therapeutic! End the day by dining under the stars, on the rocks or even at a traditional kelong, but I highly recommend just chilling out at Cassia’s swanky new XANA Beach Club to enjoy the sunset and enjoy dinner with sand between your toes and a cocktail in hand.
What’s more, Cassia Bintan’s prime beachfront apartments double up as a second home for investment. You can choose to buy your own apartment here, giving homeowners access to everything that the Banyan Tree Group offers worldwide.
So mama, whether you choose to stay just for a weekend or decide to invest in something more long-term, Cassia Bintan is definitely worth a visit when you want something affordable, yet relaxing.
Cassia Bintan, Jalan Teluk Berembang, Laguna Bintan Resort, Lagoi Bintan Resorts, Indonesia 29155, www.cassia.com