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Review of Nirwana Gardens - Mayang Sari Beach Resort

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Nirwana Gardens - Mayang Sari Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Lagoi
Hong Kong
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Did not want to leave....!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2008

We just got back from a 4 day stay at the Mayang Sari. Overall it was a unique, amazing, relaxing holiday!
We arrived at the ferry terminal of Bintan (from Singapore) and there was a Nirwana gardens bus pick up, everything was well organized.
Check-in was also smoothly, but however friendliness at the lobby was not 100%. We received a welcome drink at the lobby, a pity that is is not fresh juice but just a sweet water drink.
We've got a room in the Starfish ensemble. The view from there is amazing, you see the whole bay from your room and terrace, honoustly it's breathtaking and you relax immediately. The room was ok, it's true that it's quite old, but bed was ok. Bathroom needs defintely some renovation... On the other hand, we prefer to enjoy authentical, a bit worn rooms with the typical indonesian charm instead of newly built concrete rooms that you can find anywhere... This is in our opinion very unique and we hope it can stay like this, it feels like a small village. We hope that they won't put a big concrete development on it!!
But why would you spend a lot of time in your room when you have a magnificent garden, private beach and sea right in front of you? The beach was very clean, the sea also. There was an alert for jellyfish, but the hotel sends 2 guys in a kajak on the water to look for jellyfish and to catch them. Thanks to these 'jellyfish hunters' we have never seen one. We even did some snorkeling near the rocks and we saw some colourful fish! You could see them even without snorkeling because the water is so clear. It's a private beach and never busy, so it's just heaven.
We tried the breakfast buffet in Spice restaurant at Mayang Sari and in Coffee Shop at Nirwana gardens. Both have a bit the same selection of food. It was much more quiet at Spice restaurant then in Coffee Shop. However Coffee Shop has a little more choice, but it feels more like a 'canteen'.
There is a shuttle bus that runs every 30mins and takes you to the different resorts of Nirwana gardens and to the restaurants.
We tried 3 different restaurants:
Coffee Shop dinner: buffet style: 30S$ per pers. ok, a lot of choice and not busy.
Kelong restaurant: à la carte, quite chinese menu, nice place, you have dinner right above the water, approx. 40S$ per pers. quality of food was ok
Baan Ayri (the thai restaurant): approx. 50S$ per pers. food quality ok, but it's very expensive for small portions. when you compare it to good thai restauants here in hong kong, then the one in Bintan is really overpriced. The spring roll starter had only 2 spring rolls, the red curry chicked had only 4 tiny pieces of chicken... It's a beautiful restaurant with a beautiful setting and the food tastes good, but it's really overpriced.
Overall you have a lot of choice of different restaurants.
Regarding the night club, we stayed there from Wednesday until Saturday, we had the noice only on friday. We went to have a look at the beach club, first there is a band performance with all cover songs, quite ok, and at 11.30pm the disco music started, to be honoust there were not a lot of people and the music was quite loud, at 12pm we went to our room, we fell asleep immediately, but it's true you can here it in your room. We were staying in the room the most far away from the beach club and you could still here it. Normally it stops around 2am.
We have tried the spa 2 times and it's heaven!!! Defintely try the treatment in the private cabana, you will walk away from there on little cloud, it's very very good!!
Here you go, a small summary of our very relaxing holiday. We will defintely go back! We loved our stay at this bay!!

  • Liked — Views, beach, sea
  • Disliked — Some food and drinks were overpriced
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2008

This is our first visit here, purposely picked Mayang Sari instead of the more popular Nirwana garden Resort because we wanted to be nearer to the sea! Looking forward to this trip after hearing quite a few positive reviews around.

We had a sea view chalet (Lobster 4) which was spacious and clean, includes a balcony facing the sea with wooden table and chairs, very nice to sit back and relax and enjoy the beautiful seaview. Wooden ceiling was tall and toilet comes with a bathtub. We totally like the the "small house" that really gives a rustic indonesian culture feel. :)

Daily international breakfast was at the Spice Restaurant Mayang Sari itself, Food & variety was good and great. One night's dinner was at the kelong and the other night was western food at Luna at Nirwana Beach Club (shuttle bus is available). Both was great!

Beach was clean and very desirable and if you are lucky you can see small sea creatures on the seashore and small fishes! Water was clean that you can see through down the to the sand bed where sands are fine and clean. Lots of activities going around too, people sunbathing, enjoying a dip in the sea, jet sking, windsurfing.

What impressed me very much is also the services, be it the reception, beach attendant, restaurant staff or just a guard, we were greeted by smiles and help everywhere.

We will definitely come back! :D

  • Liked — Clean and spacious
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank mooncynthia
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Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2008

Indeed a perfect n nice place to rest n relax n forget abt everything.

Would return again earlier next year!!

  • Liked — Beach/Sun
  • Disliked — Food very expensive
  • Stayed July 2008
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Fizman
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2008

We rented two rooms, one double, one twin. They were clean and tidy with everything provided that we needed.

The rooms in this hotel are large chalets with room for an extra bed or two for those who want to share (they don't interconnect though). They're in blocks of four and most have a sea view, or partial sea view for the garden rooms (second row).

We were very happy with this place, the staff friendly and helpful, the rooms were good, the food was better than expected and the sea and beach were lovely.

We stayed mid-week so it was peaceful. There's a disco up the beach (at the cabanas) which is supposed to be noisy at weekends, but it didn't affect us.

All in all, a very good few days.

  • Liked — beach, chalets rather than hotel rooms, proximity to the sea
  • Disliked — -
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BigSis2112
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Hong Kong, China
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233 reviews
97 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2008

The little wooden beach chalets have an amazing view over the ocean, from your veranda it is about 20 metres to a large, not crowded beach.
Perfect for small children as the water is very shallow.

However, the beach chalets nearly fall apart: my son opened the tv cabinet and the door fell to the floor immediately, thankfully not lending on his toes.
The next day the balcony door could not be closed anymore.

The restaurant is a buffet with a singing lady by whom you will try to stay away as far as possible.

The most horrible part is their usual Saturday Beach Party - they do not inform you about it but you will notice. At 10pm the music starts so loudly that you can literally feel the beat in your wooden floor. There goes your good night sleep with the sound of the waves in the back.

Service was as expected - not good. Just told us there was no chalet available when we arrived. When we pushed a little more, there was a chalet available.....
We left our son's favourite pillow case in the hotel, we send them an email but no one even bothered to reply.

Needless to say, next time we will book a better hotel in Bintan....

  • Liked — View
  • Disliked — Noise
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mariken v
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Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
107 reviews
90 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2008

The Mayang Sari is right on the beach itself and a good place for some peace & quiet.

We booked the beach chalets that were facing the beach and just a few steps away from the sea. The room were relatively clean and the gardens were very well-maintained.

Breakfast selection was pretty good & wide.

A slight problem was no swimming pool at the Mayang Sari. Apparently, we had to walk 5-10mins to use the shared pool in the Nirwana Resort.

However, do take note that Bintan is not the place to go to if you want lots of partying and shopping.

  • Liked — It's right on the beach!
  • Disliked — No swimming pool
  • Stayed March 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank pingishere
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London
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34 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2008

Mayang Sari is a nice and basic resort and you cannot go wrong in picking this place.
We stayed for 3 days and enjoyed it very much.
Stayed in room seahorse which was opposite the beach.
Everything is clean, staff were friendly and local restaurants were great. The thai is a must! Best thai i have ever had and try the pineapple dish.
Try out the watersports too but they might be a little pricey. Also the other lodging nearby (Can't remember the name) for a thai elephant ride. great and well worth it!



Overall had a great stay at mayang sari. Worth travelling from UK.

  • Liked — the beach
  • Disliked — no nearby shops
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank sweeth
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Additional Information about Nirwana Gardens - Mayang Sari Beach Resort

Property: Nirwana Gardens - Mayang Sari Beach Resort
Address: Jalan Panglima Pantar | Bintan Resorts, Bintan Island, Lagoi, Riau Islands Province 29155, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Riau Islands Province > Riau Archipelago > Bintan Island > Lagoi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Lagoi
#2 Spa Hotel in Lagoi
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Lagoi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Nirwana Gardens - Mayang Sari Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Leave the world behind as you cruise to Mayang Sari Beach Resort Bintan - a rustic resort tucked away in a pretty little cove on Bintan Island. Set in unspoiled nature on the northern coast of Bintan Island, Mayang Sari Beach Resort offers the perfect haven for a brief respite or a long weekend. Wake up to fresh sea breeze and the lush beauty of a tropical beach. Each air-conditioned chalet is equipped with modern amenities and also has an attached bathroom and a private veranda that commands either a garden or sea view. *Mayang Sari Beach Resort guests have access to all facilities and restaurants within Nirwana Gardens ... more   less 
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