It was our second wedding anniversary and we wanted to go somewhere nearby (from Singapore). We decided to visit Marjoly beach resort. We booked a bungalow for 3 nights. (S$ 75 per night)
After 2 hours of ferry ride from Singapore (Wavemaster Berlian Ferry) we reached at Tanjung Pinang Jetty at 11:30 am. Jack was ready at the terminal waiting for us with the nameplate. The resort provides free Pick up and drop from the Tanjung Pinang Terminal. It took us about 1 hour to reach the resort enjoying the typical country side views as it was raining.
As we reached the resort we were overwhelmed by the beautiful restaurant where the reception of the resort is also located. They served us a nice lychee welcome drink and then showed us the way to our bungalow.
The bungalows are spacious with patios. They were clean and had a typical wooden outlook. The surrounding (front side) had nice trees including coconut, papaya, almond and many other small flowering plants. The landscaping was good. The bungalows are a bit dimly lit from within and the patio has good lights to support the evening ambiance. We really enjoyed sitting in the patio enjoying the sea view sipping wine which we carried from Singapore. Nice breezy place.
In the close proximity of the resort there are no other activities to perform. This resort I would say is perfect for people who need to relax and stay away from the hustle bustle. The beach here is extremely based on tides and the beach turns to mud flats during low tides with waters receding up to 500 meters. Beach chairs are ample and free for use. The nearby Kawal village (fishing village) is approx 1km away, 30 minutes on foot. One can find some booze and snacks for fraction of a cost ( Heineken 330 ml Rp. 13000, Vodka Mix Rp 19000, Coke Rp 6000, Chips Rp 5000 etc.). Bintan Agro beach resort is about 8 kms if you wish to do the water sports ( check Bintan Agro website for activities and rates, Key info is the tidal data). Call them before you go.
The resort offers various tours to Bintan and nearby attractions for S$ 80 for an 8 hour trip (incl 3-4 attractions, Lunch, Massage and Spa and halt for shopping at Pasar Oleh Oleh). You can borrow their Motorbike to go to nearby Kawal Village for free and refill is on the way (as we did). Gasoline is available at shops in small bottles (2 liter bottle Rp. 10,000). You can hire a motor bike for S$ 40 per day. Half day options are also available. License is not an issue on the island ( as told by resort staff). You can drive yourself to Tanjung Pinang as roads are in excellent condition.
Breakfast consists of 2 eggs, 2 slices of bread, jam and butter with the option of Tea or coffee. Alternately you can try Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice) or Mee Goreng (Stir-fried Noodles) for breakfast.
Local Indonesian cuisine is served at the resort here. Options include Chicken, Beef, Fish and Sea-food. Portions were good with a dish (incl rice) costing about Rp. 40000 to Rp. 65,000 (for Prawns). Approx 10 kms from the resort is an Italian Pizza and pasta joint (run by an Italian) who deliver to this resort with waiting times of 30 minutes. Pizza and Pasta cost Rp 60000 ( min 2 items per order). The pizza was cold by the time it arrived and we did not find it enticing.
The staff is extremely helpful, prompt and offer services with a smile. They co-operate in every possible manner and are always there to assist you in the best possible fashion. They speak ample English for you to understand. They will make your stay pleasant and beautiful.
I would definitely like to go there again and recommend this place to others who are looking for a peaceful and serene location to spend a few days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marjoly beach is located in Bintan Island. It's viewed by beautiful beach. We can enjoy sun rising in the morning with fresh air and begin to gather our full spirit. Besides you can join us to learn diving with professional diving trainer from Russia and you will see different kinds of beautiful coral in this island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marjoly Beach Resort Bintan Island, Riau Islands