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Who? 3rdWorldWhiteGirl & her 2 teens.
When? 26 - 29 Dec. 08.
What? Nostalgia Yasin is a small, rustic beach resort attached to Bintan Agro Beach Hotel. Comprised of 8 waterfront bungalows, (1 Deluxe, 7 Twin), 1 two-storey bungalow, assorted attached seaside bungalows. New 15 room seaside accomodations under construction.
Where? Nostalgia Yasin Bungalows Resort is located on the Eastern coast of Bintan Island, Indonesia, (part of the Riau Is. chain). It is accessible (from Singapore) by ferry, with a choice of 2 ports: Tnj Pinang or Bintan Resorts Terminal. Land transfer required.
Why? After many years of visiting the more well-known (and better established) resorts that Bintan has to offer, we opted to be more adventurous this time around. Also, the price was right…the deluxe bungalow will set you back only $39/Sing$, the twin-share, only $29!
Must bring: Mosquito repellant, binoculars, booze, (the bar here serves only beer).
Noted: Request a ride over to Bintan Agro if you need some pool time, or if you get bored of the (quite good local & western) food that Nostalgia Yasin offers. Stop in at nearby Ocean Bay Resort if you want to try your hand at some fishing…the restuarant there will cook up your catch.
Conclusion: The beach at Nostalgia Yasin Bungalow Resort is not the best, as the tide goes WAY out, and is a bit more mud than sand. However, you can pay a small amount for a boat ride to a nearby white sand beach. The tide does come in all the way around and under the beach-side bungalows, which makes this resort a little bit of 3rd world paradise!
We stayed in the “deluxe” bungalow and also had a twin-share. The deluxe has a king-size bed and wrap-around balcony. But, much to our amusement, the bathroom does not have a sink. The twin share has two twin beds and a small waterside balcony. All of the furniture in the rooms is rough-hewn wood…very rustic and tropical. The resort provides mosquito netting and coils, (but we brought extra). Bottled water also provided free of charge.
A little bit better than camping, but not to be confused with a full-scale resort. However, they do serve food & drink right to your room, so that is a big bonus. Great for a rustic, tropical get-away.
We liked it so much, we’re going back at the end of this month!
“like camping, only with room service!”
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Great Getaway for the weekend
Looking for a place to relax and do nothing? We found this quiet little spot in Bintan in a place called Yasin Bungalow. It is a row of 7 water bungalows, yes, rooms strategically located above the sea shore, right on the beach. So while you are in your room you can hear waves hitting the shore right below your room....just perfect.
Unlike a kelong, the water is clean and the beach is just awesome and did I say, private. So only hotel guest will have access to the beach. And with 7 water bungalows and 7 other beach front villas, how many guest can you have at one time? not more than 20. So this is really a private place to get away and relax...
Of course there is much to do here. Many who come here are expats who work in Singapore. We met 6 from US, 1 from Japan and many Koreans....no Singaporeans in sight...as all of them are at the other resorts like the mana mana, etc. haha.
Here is what we like about the place:-
1. Rooms. Each has a private balcony. No aircon. So natural seabreeze and the breeze blows 24 hours non-stop.
2. Meditative and relaxing sounds of water lapping gently against the shores. Just pure relaxation music in real live surround sound.
3. Food. Even in this isolated place, the local food served is sufficient to whet the tastebuds.
4. Price. One night is $35 per room. No mistake.
5. Nothingness to do. Haha, for once in your life, you will be able to get a headace thinking of what to do.
6. Friendly Staff - Always smiling and attentive.
So what can you do here?
2. Read your favourite book or novel
3. Write your life story
4. Eat and Eat
5. Sleep and sleep
7. Walk to the next island (during low tide)
8. Water sports (canoeing, banana boat)
11. Take lots of photos
12. Study for your exams
How to get here?
Take a ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Tanjung Pinang (2 hours). From TP, transfer by land to the resort (1 hour). In 3 hours, you will be in your secluded spot in the middle of nowhere thinking of what to do.
Will visit the place again before stress levels hit an all time high.
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