29 August 2012

10th Anniversary Celebration - Bintan August 2012 Part III

Continued from Part I and Part II.
For this last part of the trip journal, it's SPA time!
Although we stayed at Banyan Tree, our preferred spa was actually Angsana Spa. We've always loved the Outdoor (or rather Open-Air) Pavilion at Angsana Spa, as compared to the Spa Villa (air-conditioned) at Banyan Tree. Anyway, both are sister properties and free buggy service is available between the two properties.
We booked massages for both of us on Day 2 (Sat). It's highly recommended to make advance bookings as the spa is usually fully booked during weekends, and spa pavilions are highly sought after.

I chose a 120-min Angsana Signature massage which included a 90-min treatment & 30-min refreshments and relaxation session. Couldn't remember which massage hubby chose.

Choice of potpouri. You know the hole in the massage bed where you position your head during massage? Most spas typically place a bowl of water with aroma oil and some pretty flowers (some do't have anything at all). Here, they place potpouri.

The Spa Pavilions are located on second level. It started raining heavily as we walked towards our pavilion and the rain continued throughout the duration of our treatment.

Decorations remain the same as five years ago.

Didn't get to use the outdoor shower since we didn't do any scrub.

As usual, the therapist was very skilfull and I remembered snoozing off throughout the massage :p

Our pavilion overlooks the garden and sea. Luckily for us, the rain stopped at the end of our treatment and we were able to admire the scenery while enjoying our refreshment.

After massage refreshment of lemongrass tea and carrot/green apple salad with plum powder.

I felt that I didn't get enough of spa, so decided to book a facial on Day 3 morning at Banyan Tree Spa :p

My facial was scheduled at a Spa Villa. Upon entering the two-storey villa, I was ushered to a lounge sofa, where the therapist handed me a cold towel, herbal tea and gave me a foot bath. Then I was brought to the lower floor of the villa.

Choice of incense during the facial.

The massage beds.

My choice of incense was lavender :)

The facial started with a back massage first, followed by cleansing, scrub and mask. Couldn't remember the details as I dozed off once again. Oh there was head and neck massages too. It felt soooo good and relaxing!

After the treatment, I changed and went back upstairs to the lounge area.
After treatment refreshments was herbal tea and fruits with yogurt dip.

Both of us loved such rest and relax getaways, and the spas were always the highlight of every single Bintan trip! If time is limited and you are looking at a hassle free getaway, Bintan is worth considering.


  1. now i feel like going to bintan :)

  2. Hi Alice,
    Bintan is quite suitable for kids, in terms of ferry travel, and resorts like Nirwana Gardens, Bintan Lagoon, have some kids facilities.

  3. Pretty ... I must try the piping part again. My cream was quite watery.