Banyan Tree Bintan unveils an enhanced stay experience with the all-new Kelong Villa
Come 15 July 2019, guests of Banyan Tree Bintan can look forward to embracing a truly local experience of Indonesia and the natural wonders of the South China Sea as the Hotel is set to launch the brand new Kelong Villa.
Built and named as a tribute to the traditional offshore stilted platforms used by local fishermen, the Kelong Villa – otherwise known as a floating villa – will be an exciting new addition to the Hotel’s current all-villa accommodation offerings. The launch is also a timely one for Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts as the Group celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, reinforcing its commitment in providing guests with a sanctuary for the senses that is not only inspired by the romance of travel, but also deeply rooted in an ethos of sustainability.
Located about 250 metres from the modern Laguna Bintan integrated resort, guests begin their stay experience by boarding a pokchai (motorized wooden boat) at the beachfront and arriving at their new abode in just under two minutes.
The warm hospitality Indonesia has come to be known for is on full display with the medley of arrival experiences that await each guest. It begins with the customary sounding of a terompet (local handmade horn) by the Banyan Host to signify the arrival of the guests as they disembark from the pokchai.
The expansive interiors of the Villa feature the earthy tones of local Indonesian timber and traditional furnishings that are enhanced by unfettered, breathtaking views of the South China Sea. Amidst all the rustic comfort, luxury remains a priority here with exquisite silk and buckwheat bedding for guests to sink into at the end of the day.
As an eco-friendly accommodation, the Villa offers a selection of amenities and activities that have been carefully curated to allow guests to disconnect from the distractions of the modern world. During their ‘digital detox’, guests can spend their time on an assortment of board games and books, or take to the waters with fishing rods, oars and a kayak for an adventure of their own or with local fishermen.
Around the corner, a spacious, open-concept bathroom elevates the feeling of being one with nature while surrounded by it. A modern walk-in rain shower beckons in Indonesia’s tropical climate, paired with double sinks and the Hotel’s signature shower amenities.
Food is readily available in an in-villa menu, hand-delivered through pokchai by a Banyan Host who will attend to the every need of those staying at the Kelong Villa.
Checking out from the Villa is just as ceremonious as arriving to it. A farewell elixir of sweet papaya, baby spinach and honey juice is served, along with lapis Surabaya, a local snack. Guests can then participate in the local tradition of freeing a handmade banana leaf boat and scattering flower petals in the ocean, while making a wish of their own and reflecting on their experience. Following their return to their home country, the Banyan Host also sends a handwritten postcard to guests in thoughtful appreciation of their stay.