i initially wanted to stay at mayang sari because of the good reviews but as it was fully-booked, i decided to book nirwana resort hotel instead. check-in time was 3pm and we got there around past 10, but since the room was already available we were able to check-in early. upon arrival we were welcomed by a local dance and some welcome drinks - which could have been great with some more sugar and ice.
the room is pretty decent, quite spacious than i expected and everything was working fine. i had no complaints, i think i got what i paid for. we weren't planning on spending a lot of time in the room anyway. the hotel has a nice 1.5M infinity pool and a pool bar where we spent pretty much the whole afternoon. the beach is a mere 2 minute walk from the pool. the waters are clear and lukewarm, and very calm (no waves). at night the place is very quiet - if you're on a party mode - you can go to la luna beach in NBC where they have a live band and 'sexy dancers' until 3am - arranging for transportation to get there was hassle-free.
the only caveat would be the food prices in the hotel restaurants - ridiculously expensive. and it would have been ok if the food was great, but it wasn't. but that aside, i think our weekend trip was very relaxing and well worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nirwana Resort Hotel has 241 guestrooms including 29 suites, all with sweeping sea, pool or garden views. Full modern amenities and facilities are available to guests, and our ensemble of restaurants and bars will satisfy the most discerning taste buds. With a full and comprehensive range of activities lined up for guests, diverse interests and pursuits are matched with top quality facilities and services. *Nirwana Resort Hotel guests have access to all facilities and restaurants within Nirwana Gardens ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nirwana Gardens - Nirwana Hotel Lagoi
- Nirwana Hotel Lagoi
- Nirwana Gardens - Nirwana Resort Hotel Bintan Island, Riau Islands