Nestled away in the tropical island of Bintan is Nirwana Gardens - a family-friendly resort which offers a mix of entertainment, relaxation, fine dining and natural outdoor experiences.
As I toured the resort, I discovered that Nirwana Gardens, which translates into "perfect bliss", truly lives up to its name.
Slew of recreational activities
Indulge in 50 sea and land sports. Knock some pins at the entertainment and convention centre, which has a 16-lane indoor bowling centre. Or ride an elephant along the beach as the sun sets at the Jumbo Elephant Park. There's also a viewpoint tower with a 15-element obstacle course.
Feast on Indian cuisine
Indian food lovers are in for a treat at the Spice Restaurant with its range of authentic Indian cuisine.
A spicy favourite for vegetarians is the Aloo Gobi Masala, a potato and cauliflower dish. The chef's choice is the mixed seasonal vegetable curry, which is prepared in a tangy blend of cashew nut, almond white masala and coconut milk. The lamb rack tandoori and chicken cheese kebabs are mouth- watering non-vegetarian options.
However, if you prefer other cuisines, you can choose from a Kelong Seafood Restaurant, Japanese fine dining and Baan Aarya Thai Restaurant among others.
Accommodation choices galore
You can choose from five different holiday experiences, be it a romantic getaway, family trip or a weekend of fun with your friends. The best part is, all guests can use the facilities of each resort or hotel within Nirwana Gardens.
-Nirwana Resort Hotel: It boasts 245 superior, deluxe premier or suite rooms, an infinity pool, jacuzzi and kids' club.
-Mayang Sari Beach Resort: The 50 rustic chalets here are air-conditioned and have thatched roofs and private verandahs. The Anindya Spa, which offers an authentic Indonesian spa experience, is housed within its grounds.
-Nirwana Beach Club: Stay here if you want to experience a village-style setting and have access to all the water sports at your doorstep. The 50 kampung-style cabanas have air-conditioning and en suite bathrooms.
-Banyu Biru Villa: This is ideal for families who want a holiday homestay. Surrounded by gardens and small lakes, each of the 36 double-storey villas has its own kitchen, living room and barbecue pit.
-Indra Maya Pool Villa: If you prefer a private and lavish getaway, then this is perfect for you. There are 14 villas perched on the hills overlooking the South China Sea. Each villa boasts an individual courtyard, spacious living area and private swimming pool. Bintan is a 50-minute ferry ride away. Book your ferry tickets and tours through Bintan Resorts International. For more information, visit www.bintan-resorts.com
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