The Residence Bintan Review - We Stayed In A 5-Star Luxury Bintan Resort

The Residence Bintan Review - We Stayed In A 5-Star Luxury Bintan Resort

Indonesia is a lovely place to bask in the sun and enjoy tropical beaches for an ultimate summer getaway. The country prides itself on being the largest archipelago in the world to form a single state, comprising approximately 18,110 islands and islets. While here, it is only right to find a place as lavish and remarkable as its gorgeous setting - just like The Residence Bintan! This 5-star luxury resort peacefully sits on the shores of the largest island in the Riau Archipelago, making it an idyllic hideaway for sunseekers. It is one of the best Bintan resorts, boasting breathtaking views of the South China Sea and impressive amenities that ensure next-level experiences. If you’re interested in knowing more about this luxury Bintan resort, scroll down to find a comprehensive review of The Residence Bintan!

Where to stay in The Residence Bintan

The Residence Bintan houses a collection of 127 well-appointed suites, terraces, and villas. All self-contained accommodation options feature a luxurious ensuite bathroom and private decking, while select lodgings include a private pool and landscaped garden.

As the first step, you must pick the best accommodation option that matches the size of your travel group and suits your needs and preferences. Here is a quick rundown of the types of accommodations at The Residence Bintan.

1. Garden Terrace

What sets Garden Terrace apart is its expansive outdoor deck that leads to a well-manicured garden exclusively for you. This one-bedroom lodging facility is ideal for couples or small families with two adults and two children.

2. One-Bedroom & Two-Bedroom Beachfront and Deluxe Beachfront Villas

One-Bedroom & Two-Bedroom Beachfront Villas

The beachfront villas allow guests to enjoy the waters in two ways. Here, you can immediately access a private sandy beach, providing more room to spread out and soak in the sunshine. Alternatively, a stunning private pool overlooking the sea is present within the premises if you prefer to wade on the waters leisurely in your personal space.

Deluxe Beachfront Villa

Deluxe Beachfront Villas is the upgraded version of the beachfront villas with the same amenities. The only difference with this accommodation is that it has a separate bedroom and living area, affording you maximum privacy and peace. If you are a light sleeper and noise-sensitive, this is the right option for you!

3. Deluxe Seaview Villa

This elegant villa is tucked amidst lush greenery and features contemporary interiors designed to ensure comfort. It is perched on a hillside, making sure that you have a tranquil stay in the lap of nature. The property comes with a private pool, spacious deck, and panoramic sea lookouts.

4. Upper Sea View Suite

Perhaps the best of its kind and second to none when it comes to luxury, this two-story residence offers an ideal home away from home vibe. The best part about this option is its palatial balcony fitted with hammocks and seating furniture, making it a sweet spot to sit back and relax on long afternoons and lazy nights. It also comes with a bathtub for calming soaks.

What we love the most about this luxury resort in Bintan

We love everything about this 5-star resort, but to give you a summary of what we loved best during our stay - it’s definitely the hassle-free service, great hospitality, and the property’s magnificent location!

1. Buggy service and great hospitality

Guests deserve the utmost care and convenience after long travels. Once you arrive at the resort, a buggy will be at your service to take you to your designated drop-off point. This transportation service comes in handy for easy transfers within the resort’s premises if you feel too tired to walk. Just call and request a pickup!

Previous guests commended the resort staff for being friendly and flexible; we can attest to that, too! The resort team provides guests with appropriate assistance when needed, ensuring quality comfort and convenience throughout your stay.

2. Instagrammable views and beach access

Social media is now almost an integral part of our lives, and Instagram is where we usually document and share our vacation highlights through beautifully captured photos. The good news is that The Residence Bintan and its picturesque setting offer an Instagram-worthy backdrop for every one of your snaps, which you will surely treasure for a lifetime.

From sweeping sea views to an ornate interior design, this luxury resort has all the makings of a great stay! Moreover, it is nestled in an enchanting coastal setting, putting you minutes away from the powdery sands and pristine waters.

How The Residence Bintan steers towards a sustainable path

Cenizaro Hotel & Resorts, which The Residence Bintan is part of, is committed to shaping a sustainable future. All the resorts in this chain implement sustainable initiatives that center on three key areas: community, environment, and people.


Inclusion is given utmost priority to support the local communities and boost their well-being. The host residents and staff, including their families, are encouraged to participate in environmental activities and projects, such as beach clean-up drives and community gardening.


To help protect and preserve the environment, the resort utilizes eco-friendly ways, such as using glass water bottles and bamboo straws as alternatives to plastic and offering bicycle rentals for exploring the area to mitigate carbon emissions. There is also a wall-mounted dispenser for bath essentials in each accommodation for an easy refill to avoid the use of plastic sachets.

  • Earth Basket

In 2019, The Residence Bintan pioneered the Earth Basket program, and most of the Cenizaro properties followed its lead subsequently. The purpose of this program is to transform degraded land in each resort into a fertile kitchen garden. The freshly grown creations are then harnessed as nutritious ingredients in the resort’s restaurant and spa.

Each resort property is given the freedom to develop and execute its unique styles and techniques to grow the farm, given that suitable green measures are being strictly observed, such as food waste management and pesticide-free agriculture.

Further, this program aims to elevate the guest experience by letting us participate in hands-on farm workshops and activities, as well as culinary classes. You can also sample complimentary Kombucha Tea after a guided tour of the farm. This 60-minute activity provides refreshing and meaningful experiences while involving simple measures. Trust us when we say that this is a truly rewarding experience!


Personal development is also one of the primary goals of Cenizaro Hotel & Resorts to ensure that the staff’s skills and education are always up to date to serve guests satisfactorily and also for their well-being. Consistent training and education drives are carried out for the personal development of the in-house team, and consequently, guests’ welfare.

What to do during your stay in this best Bintan resort for families and groups

The eclectic offerings in store for guests in this resort prove that it is more than just an accommodation and can very well amp up your Bintan itinerary. The Residence Bintan ensures you will never have a dull moment during your stay with the epic recreational activities and tours offered.

Check out our detailed 3D2N Itinerary for our offsite work retreat.

1. Spa & Wellness

Indulge your senses with rejuvenating therapies from head to toe in the on-site spa. The extensive spa menu includes signature massages, age-defying facials, and beauty services. Make the most of your pampering session with the resort’s signature rice and spa traditions. This soothing remedy is heavily inspired by the traditional rituals of rice farmers, fusing garden-fresh elements in the restorative essentials for a completely renewed feeling.

The spa facility comprises a relaxation lounge to let you unwind while waiting for your turn to enter the treatment rooms. There is a fully equipped salon for self-care treatments and gender-designated steam rooms for heat therapy as well. You can also go for quick cardio in the state-of-the-art gymnasium and calm your mind in the yoga studio.

2. Adventure & Activities

  • Marine/Water Activities: Since the property sits along the coast of the South China Sea, exciting water adventures are in abundance here. Besides swimming, you can enjoy kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding for free! Other water-based activities you can try are jet skiing, knee- and wakeboarding, Hobie sailing, snorkeling, island hopping, windsurfing, and banana boating. You can also go on mangrove and sunset or fireflies tours, fishing trips, and speedboat tours - all available for a surcharge. Note that these activities are subject to weather conditions. The front desk is very much willing to accept inquiries and bookings.

  • Land Activities and Indoor Games: The fun just never stops in this resort. If you are not a fan of marine sports, why not give land activities a shot? Cycling, beach volleyball, corn hole, bocce ball and giant Jenga games at the pool bar, and farm activities are free of charge. You can also spend your downtime in the indoor game room with a billiard, board games, table tennis, foosball, and more! Meanwhile, you must pay extra to try other thrilling land activities, such as wall climbing, ATV riding, low elements, bubble soccer, paintball, and various target shooting games. The yoga session in the morning runs from 8:30 am to 9 am, and an additional charge applies. Forget all your worries as we can guarantee these adventures are worth every penny!

  • Make sure to return home only after taking remembrance shots, for memories’ sake. Avail yourself of the photoshoot service, which is inclusive of a 5R-sized printed photo, a buggy service for hassle-free transfers to different venues, and an iced tea in the pool bar to freshen you up during the break.

3. Cultural & Culinary Experiences

Still cannot decide which activity to try from the list above? Well, the cultural and culinary experiences might appeal to you! The resort can arrange educational tours or experiences for those with a penchant for learning new things. Meticulously curated tour packages are also available to spice up your vacation. All of these accessory activities can be booked for an additional cost.

  • Heritage Tour: If you are a history buff who wants to enrich your knowledge about the region’s history and culture, this four-hour heritage tour is an excellent choice. Each booking rate includes a complimentary ticket to a Buddhist monastery, Vihara, bottled water and a cold towel to beat the heat outdoors, and fresh fruits to re-energize.

  • Authentic Local Experiences: The authentic local experience lets you glimpse the native’s lifestyle and engage in the residents’ close-knit community. This unique affair is expected to last five hours, covering cold refreshments, snacks, and a local coffee at Pizzeria.

  • Batik Painting: Batik painting is deeply ingrained in Indonesia’s culture, originating in Java. For those who might not know, Batik is a textile technique of applying wax-resistant dye to a piece of cloth to create colorful fabric patterns. This activity will teach you the traditional art of making a fabric. You will be provided ink and tools for this experience and can even take your creation home! Sounds fun, right?

  • Local Fish Market Tour and Cooking Class: This hands-on activity grants culinary enthusiasts an opportunity to whip up a two-course signature dish using fresh, hand-picked ingredients. A complimentary beverage and private transportation are added to make the more convenient easier for you. You will also receive a culinary certificate and a souvenir photograph once you finish. Overall, the duration of this activity is 180 minutes. Besides the Nusantara cooking class guided by a professional chef, the itinerary also encompasses an optional trip to Barek Motor Kijang’s spice & fish market from 7:30 am to 9:30 am.

  • Traditional Spice and Fish Market Tour: This is an outdoor-focused tour that enables guests to visit Indonesia’s traditional downtown market, Barek Motor Kijang’s spice & fish market. It also incorporates side trips to local coffee shops, stalls, and the old town. This tour commences at 8 am and continues until 11 am.

Where to eat in The Residence Bintan

At The Residence Bintan, the sumptuous in-house restaurants and bars cater to your dining needs, so you do not need to go out to find a place to eat. The wide selection of cuisine is sufficient to fuel you up from breakfast to dinner, and even supper. A farm-to-table approach plays a large role in the resort’s dining scene as the recipe includes fresh local produce as ingredients.

1. The Dining Room

Enjoy open-air dining in The Dining Room, offering a range of international fare, including Western specialties and Asian recipes to satisfy your cravings for ethnic cuisine. This restaurant allows you to marvel at the awe-inspiring scenery while soaking in the fresh air, as it comes with semi-alfresco seating.

2. Rica Rica

You can also sample delectable Indonesian fare and local delicacies at Rica Rica, which serves authentic native food. If you are here with your significant other, arrange a surprise private candle-lit dinner to be prepared by a personal chef to make your romantic getaway extra special.

3. Gourmet Delights

At Gourmet Delights, you can relish succulent grilled meat and seafood, as well as a high tea to replenish your energy after an action-packed day. Cap off your night by grabbing tasty drinks alongside snack platters in the pool bar, with live music creating a vibrant ambiance on Saturdays.

How to get to The Residence Bintan from Bandar Bentan Telani

The Residence Bintan affords guests tranquility and seclusion. Here, you will feel like you are worlds away from everything, amidst untouched nature. Though in reality, proximity and accessibility are never an issue.

From Bandar Bentan Telani, the ferry ride to this luxury Bintan resort is expected to last 80 minutes. However, in our case, it took around an hour before we made it to the destination; plus, the ride was scenic. Luckily, this resort offers complimentary pre-scheduled transportation to and from the ferry and airport terminals for convenient transfers. Just be sure to notify the host 24 hours before your arrival.

Additionally, delicious cookies are served to relieve motion sickness and to fill you up with something during the long ride.

Book The Residence Bintan for your next getaway! (from USD 219)

We loved it! And so will you.

The Residence Bintan

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Address: Kampung Galang Batang, Gunung Kijang Bintan, Kepulauan Riau,Indonesia
Accommodates: 10

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A grandiose stay in the best resort in Bintan, The Residence Bintan

The Residence Bintan

With so many things to do and see in Bintan, Indonesia, you would never want to compromise comfort and luxury during your stay. It is also acceptable to spoil ourselves with a fancy vacation occasionally to recharge and take a breather from our mundane routines.

That being said, a grandiose holiday awaits you in The Residence Bintan. Stately accommodations, great amenities, sensational activities, and delectable food - this luxury resort has it all!

What are you waiting for? Plan your trip to Indonesia right away and book a stay in The Residence Bintan. Bon voyage!

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