09 September 2007

Angsana Resort & Spa, Bintan

With stressful August behind us, hubby and I sneaked away for a weekend getaway. Decided on Angsana Resort & Spa, Bintan. An escape from reality which is relatively hassle free; a dose of luxury which is relatively affordable.

Took the last ferry on Friday night and arrived still in time for dinner. We checked out Pantai Grill (new to us) and immediately warmed up to the ambience. The setting by the beach is cosy and tastefully decorated with Indonesian folkart and an Indonesian liveband playing traditional tunes. Buffet spread was Indonesian which featured favourites like grilled satay, nasi goreng, assorted kueh kueh. After a long dinner soaking up the atmosphere, we retired for the night.
Woke up to a slightly cloudy morning and looking forward to breakfast at Lotus Cafe. I love the cafe which has high ceiling making it bright and airy; most apt for a hearty breakfast.

As usual, the buffet spread was pretty well stock with international and local fare. Couldn't resist a bowl of plain congee with some condiments to warm the stomach first.

Several types of bread with different dips were available. I loved my toasted wholemeal bread with butter and honey dip as well as the almond and custard bun.

After breakfast, we strolled the vicinity and explored the landscape. Really enjoyed the peace and quiet, no maddening and rowdy crowd, just cool breeze and lush greenery.

Time for our spa therapy which was essentially the highlight of the vacation. We always request for the spa pavilion with signature Angsana Massage as with previous visits. Pleasantly surprised to see that the spa pavilions have undergone refurbishment which is still as charming. And as usual, our therapists were ever so gracious. 120 mins later, we went away relaxed and rejuvenated.

Lunch by the beach was passable. Actually all I need was an icy cool coke with lemon. The rest of the day was idled away lazing by the beach, followed by buffet dinner (yes, at Pantai Grill again) We couldn't seem to stop eating and idling. Well, with no PC and internet and nothing much interesting on TV, there wasn't much we could do... lol. Which is exactly the purpose of a relaxing holiday, isn't it?

To top off my short vacation, I had omelet with lots of ketchup for breakfast. I simply can't resist ketchup and can get pretty high on ketchup!

Before departing for the ferry terminal, had a refreshing lemongrass drink which was meant as our welcome drink actually. That pretty much sum up the short but good holiday.


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