Bintan

3-in-1 Resort Review: Cassia Bintan, Angsana Bintan, and Banyan Tree Bintan

Cassia Bintan, Angsana Bintan, and Banyan Tree Bintan all fall under the umbrella group of Banyan Tree. The difference between them is Banyan Tree consists of luxurious villas whereas Cassia and Angsana offer apartments, much like a home, replete with a living room and kitchenette. Angsana is older than Cassia, which accounts for Cassia attracting young couples.

The advantage of these three resorts together is that they consolidate their facilities, so you can use all the facilities no matter where you stay. They share a private beach (with water sports), which means the beach is well-maintained and clean.

Although during the media trip I was introduced to various rooms of the three resorts, for the purpose of this review I will concentrate on Cassia where I stayed. At the end of the Cassia review, I will include videos of Angsana and Banyan Tree.

Cassia Bintan Review

Cassia is the newest property among the three and is designed to appeal to young couples and families. A night starts from about US$110 (add US$10 for their buffet breakfast), so it’s quite affordable.

Living room

View from the sofa in the living room

Bedroom

Shower facilities, which are separated from the toilet so two persons can go at the same time

Kitchenette: If you want, you can buy ingredients and cook your own meals.

Apartment Balconey

The facilities aren’t impressive at Cassia, but since you can use facilities from all three properties, you can take a short walk or a free buggy to other facilities.

At Cassia, there is a small pool right in front of the lobby-cum-restaurant, so it doesn’t really offer much privacy.

Beachfront pool

The non-air-con restaurant is called Market 23 where you have your breakfast buffet. You can eat mookata (Thai steamboat) for dinner. Or buy raw ingredients to cook in your apartments.

Donut stand for breakfast

Market 23 Buffet Breakfast

If you can afford to splurge, I suggest skipping the breakfast at Market 23, which consists mostly of carbs and processed food. Instead, pay for the free-flow champagne breakfast at Treetops at Banyan tree (more about this breakfast later).

Pros:
-Able to use facilities across three resorts
-free buggy rides within the resorts
-private beach
-free shuttle bus from Bintan ferry to resort
-the apartment is homely
-they provide safety features in the apartment such as safe
-many sockets everywhere

Cons:
-No housekeeping during the stay
-No bathtub (I always think hotels should have bathtubs even if I don’t use it. It’s because it gives a feeling of luxury)
-No bathrobe, no bathroom slippers, no full-length mirror which is important to check one’s outfit.
-although Cassia is newish, they don’t do much maintenance. My friend’s apartment’s shower–he said–“pooling.” My sliding doors cannot close; the wood is warped. And I cannot switch my shower to rainshower mode.

Angsana Bintan Review

As you can see from the photos below, Cassia and Angsana are very similar in that they are both apartments with kitchenette, living room, a balconey, and bedroom.

And like HDB in Singapore, the older one (Angsana) is more spacious but dated, whereas the newer one (Cassia) has better decor but is smaller.

A night goes for about US$155.

Angsana Bintan Bedroom

Balconey

Living room

Angsana also has most of the amenities including the gym, Lotus Cafe (for buffet breakfast), recreational lounge (where you can play foosball, pool, table tennis, darts, carrom or board games), and spa. 

Gym

Rooftop Recreation Lounge

Lotus Cafe

Banyan Tree Bintan Review

Out of the three properties, Banyan Tree is the most luxurious: villas and many facilities. There are different tiers of villas but each one comes with their own private jacuzzi.

The basic villa starts from about US$450 and the most expensive 2-room villa from US$1000. The 2-room villa also comes with their own private pool.

Private swimming pool at 2-room villa

Banyan tree 2-room villa

Every villa has its own jacuzzi

 

The facilities at Banyan Tree include spa, Treetop pool, a second pool at the Cove, Treetop restaurant (for breakfast), The Cove (modern European restaurant), and Saffron (Thai restaurant).

Treetops pool

Second pool at The Cove

Breakfast at Treetops

The breakfast at Treetops includes free-flow of cocktails and champagne. It’s a small buffet but there is a bit of everything done well, Indonesian cuisine, Western food, and Asian cuisine. Quite good standards. So even if you’re staying at Angsana and Cassia, you may consider topping up to eat at Treetops.


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Written by Dr. A. Nathanael Ho.

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