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Movenpick Resort and Spa Review [updated 2024]

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We all love a quick trip away, especially an island getaway! Bintan is a quick 1 hour ferry ride from Singapore so it makes it the perfect trip for a long weekend. This article includes everything you need to know for a trip to Bintan and includes a review of (formerly known Bintan Lagoon) Mövenpick Resort and Spa Bintan Lagoon.

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Bintan Island


Travel Insurance

Bintan Lagoon Resort

What to Pack For Bintan Island

  • Swimmers, flip-flops or sandals, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
  • sneakers
  • a good book
  • casual clothes for nightly restaurants
  • camera
  • sports clothes 
  • snacks
  • toiletries (the resort offers limited toiletries in the room)
  • Getting to Bintan Island

Other Ferry Options for the Bintan Island

Massages on Bintan Island

The Best Time to Visit Bintan Island

The best time to visit is between March and October. However, if a little bit of rain doesn’t bother you, then in December, as the weather is excellent, you may have a few wet patches.

Room Types

Bintan Lagoon Resort beach

Pools Around The Resort

There are two pools to enjoy for all guests; however, if you choose one of the private villas, then you may want to relax in your private pool. The main pool has a swim-up bar, which is so busy you may be required to wait a while to get your drink at any time of the day.

Please note this is by far the most bustling place to swim, so it does get busy, so you may need to do a few laps before you find yourself a sun lounger. I have to admit the lounge chairs were a little tired, but the view was gorgeous, so it evened out in the long run.

The other pool is a family pool, and it comes with a waterslide! Don’t be fooled, though. The waterslide is hard to manoeuvre. If you don’t get the sliding correct, you will get stuck halfway (it is funny to watch, though).

This pool was less crowded than the other pool, and this seems to be the case every day. It is also very close to the leisure centre, so it is convenient to park yourself for the day.

Bintan Lagoon Resort pool

Private Beach

The only thing I suggest is to consider where you might like to have lunch as the restaurant is a little too fancy by the beach to walk in, and order take away.

Bintan Lagoon Resort

Free Activities

Leisure Centre includes Pool Table, Table Tennis, board games, a kids’ play centre, boche and the gymnasium.

Outdoor activities include Volleyball and soccer and a basketball hoop in the pool.

Paid Activities

Indoor activities include karaoke, batik painting and paintball.

Outdoor activities include ATV, archery, golf, buggies, bike tours, jet skis, paddle boats, kayaks and tennis.

Bintan Lagoon Resort


Bintan Lagoon ressort teppanyaki

Golf On Bintan Island

Golf club

Movenpick Resort and Spa Review

The Pros

The location is excellent, even arriving on the public ferry, we were there in no time; Bintan is much bigger than I had ever imagined. Hence, being close enough to the ferry terminal, we didn’t travel much.

Having a private beach was also lovely; the water was clear, and waking up to an ocean view was always a bonus for me. There is nothing more relaxing than an ocean view.

If relaxation is your main priority, then this is a fantastic place; we did switch off and relax (the lack of wifi also helped here), and we were utterly rejuvenated when we left.

There were a lot of choices for food and for things to do. So we were never bored whether it was raining or the sun was shining. We also had the luxury of choosing a different cuisine every night, so we were not spoilt for choice.

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The Cons

The resort is a little tired; it was probably fantastic 20 years ago. Our air conditioning leaked every night, so we had to wake up to a puddle each morning.

Or turn it off and sweat through the night. The bath also leaked, so we could only have showers; the staff were friendly and said they would fix it (which they probably did once we left because it wasn’t set while we were there).

The staff were friendly but were definitely on island time. At one stage, I waited at the pool bar for 25 minutes for a bottle of water and a sprite and then was told that the spirit had run out.

It was the same at night in the restaurants; we had to walk out of one because we waited so long our hair was turning grey.

Our Teppanyaki dinner cost more than our accommodation. The food was lovely, but the cost was unexpected, considering we were in Indonesia and a tired resort.

Overall, we had a fabulous time; the weather was great, and the staff were friendly, but the resort was tired. Would I come again? Probably not; I have ticked the box on this one for sure!

Bintan Lagoon Resort

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  • Paula Barreca Barnes

    So 17 years ago, my husband and I set off with our little family in tow, embarking on a short-term assignment in Taiwan. Although without any knowledge of expat life or the Taiwanese culture, we took the chance and decided this would be an exciting little adventure; little did we know it changed the direction of our lives forever.

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1 thought on “Movenpick Resort and Spa Review [updated 2024]”

  1. Although my recent visit to the resort was my first, I sincerely hope it will not be my last. Supposedly nothing is perfect, but my three days at the resort certainly came close. The room was well appointed, comfortable, and offered a spectacular view of both the pool area and the ocean. The front desk personnel were patient, courteous, and friendly. That’s the personal touch that I found so great about the hotel and staff. I’ve visited St. Simons many times, but always stayed in rental units. After this wonderful stay, next time will again be at the Resort.

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