Less than an hour away by ferry, Bintan is great for a short trip from Singapore. Check out the top picks for a luxurious holiday at the beach!
Need to get away from Singapore because the staycations aren’t cutting it anymore, and your next big holiday feels like it’s too far away? Why not hop a ferry to one of Singapore’s closest neighbouring islands, Bintan! Then, it’s just a simple matter of grabbing a ferry and your fave cocktail before you kick back to enjoy a fun family weekend or a romantic overnighter without the kids. Go on, you know you want to!
Best family-friendly Bintan resorts for short weekend getaways with the kids
1. Club Med Bintan
Two hundred and fifty metres of private beach, stunning lush green vegetation, and the clear blue waters of the South China Sea – Bintan Island is a treat for the senses. The award-winning Club Med Bintan is the perfect place for a revitalising break for the whole family. Keen golfers, and want to get the kids into the sport early? This is the place to go! Practice at the onsite golf school before enjoying a round at the nearby championship standard Ria Bintan golf course. If golf isn’t your thing, you can enjoy a cool drink next to the stunning beachside pool. In true Club Med style, the kids will be well catered for at the kids clubs for all ages – it’ll be tough to get them to leave at the end of the holiday!
2. The Sanchaya
“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times” is The Sanchaya’s motto, and we have to agree. As a luxury beachfront Estate on Bintan, The Sanchaya offers loads of activities so that you can do as much or as little as you like! They promise that kids and adults alike will never be bored. Sporty types will love the archery classes, beach volleyball, boccia, croquet (and pétanque for little ones!), mini soccer tournaments and kids’ bikes available for hire. There are also family cooking, cocktail and mocktail classes, kite flying and beach toys to entertain the whole fam!
3. Nikoi Island
While it’s not technically on mainland Bintan, it’s only a fifteen-minute speedboat away! Nikoi Private Island is hands down one of the best family vacay spots close to Singapore, and you’ll feel like you’re worlds away in a fam-friendly paradise. With loads of fun kids’ activities based in nature, a gorgeous restaurant serving delicious local food, and a rustic spa, check out our full review before booking your next Nikoi escape!
4. The Residence, Bintan
Selamat Datang to The Residence Bintan, by Cenizaro Hotels and Resorts Group. Slip away from the crowds of Singapore into peaceful seclusion at this luxury island escape. For young ones, the Kakatu Kids Club offers a world of island-inspired fun in the sun, from treasure hunts and cooking classes, to playtime in the pool and on the beach. Adults can relax and enjoy the renowned British spa, ila, or take a walk in the lovely Earth Basket’s herb and vegetable garden.
5. Angsana Bintan (temporarily closed)
We love the Angsana Bintan for its five-star luxury that also harbours one of the best kids clubs in Asia. Rangers Kids Club at the Angsana Bintan welcomes children aged three to ten years old. Open daily, the kids’ programme includes activities such as baking, face painting, craft work, local games and nature trails!
6. Banyan Tree Bintan
Keen golfers after a little slice of rustic luxury will love Banyan Tree Bintan. Laguna Golf Bintan is an 18-hole, par 72 golf course set within 60 hectares of a tropical paradise. Rangers Kids Club is located at the neighbouring Angsana Bintan and welcomes children aged three to ten years old. Open daily, our kids’ programme includes activities such as baking, face painting, craft work, local games and nature trails.
Psst…Looking for adults-only hotels in Bintan? Check out our sister site Honeycombers for all the recs!