Tour de Bintan 2019
Two days of storms fail to dampen spirits as 2019 Tour De Bintan shines brighter than ever
Tour De Bintan started its ninth edition over the last weekend of March 2019 with a few big changes but one thing that remained the same was a weekend of exciting racing that threw up a plethora of memorable storylines. Many of those tales will no doubt be centered on the weather, with two days of nasty tropical storms doing their best to ruin one of Asia’s premier three-day festivals of amateur cycling.
After eight years (plus the test event in 2009) headquartered at the Nirwana Garden Resort, the Tour De Bintan moved its HQ to Bintan Lagoon Resort this year. The switch brought benefits such as a direct ferry service to the resort from Singapore, a bigger accommodation capacity that allowed more racers to stay on site, nine food & beverage outlets to keep them sated, and a course revamp for the concluding Stage 3 on the Sunday morning that, tough as it was, was a resounding success with the competitors.
More than 1,100 men and women signed up for the 2019 Tour De Bintan, a record high! With 47 percent consisting newcomers to the Tour De Bintan, and for 12 percent of them, it was their first ever cycling event. While the race has never failed to attract big numbers, the move to being a qualifying event for UCI Gran Fondo World Championship in 2017 has definitely raised interest in the tour. Since then, any riders who finish in the top 25 percent of their age group in the Stage 1 Individual Time Trial and/or the Stage 2 Gran Fondo Classic earn the rights to take part in the world champs. This year the big dance takes place in Poznan, Poland from August 29 to September 1.
Tour De Bintan will return for its 10th anniversary edition next year, and if the race organisers at MetaSport’s track record of constant improvements is anything to go by, the landmark 2020 race will be bigger, better and even more memorable than the one that has just finished.
Check out the full results of the 2019 race here.
Click here for a throwback to Tour de Bintan 2018.
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‘A TASTE OF MOROCCO’ AT LAGUNA BINTAN
Featuring guest chefs from Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay, the week-long food festival immerses diners in tantalising and characteristic flavours from Morocco
Laguna Bintan is pleased to present A Taste of Morocco, a Moroccan food festival that promises to bring diners on a unique, gastronomical journey to the Northern tip of Africa.
Held at different venues within the integrated resort Laguna Bintan, the week-long fiesta allows diners to discover Morocco’s iconic cuisine that is collaboratively curated by guest chefs – Chef Hariri Amine and Chef Ettajani El Youssfi, who are both based in Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay, Morocco.
On the first night of A Taste of Morocco, diners are presented with a Moroccan Feast Buffet Dinner on Xana Beach Club Bintan with a selection of salads and appetisers, meat and seafood tagines, roast meats and fish and various desserts with tangy citrus flavours, almonds and fruits. Throughout the week, diners can opt for a 3-course or 5-course set menu for lunch and dinner consisting of meats and vegetables with a distinct use of spices creating a flavour profile that is unique to the country’s cuisine.
The 3- course set menu invites diners to kickstart the journey of discovery with a welcome drink of fresh dates and organic milk with orange blossom, and a palate opening Amuse Bouche where Sellou (lightened yogurt) is tastefully mixed with almond and pistachio.
Conceptualising the mains with the focus on the country’s signature lamb meat and tagine (slow-cooked stews in earthenware pot), Chef Hariri and Chef Ettajani presents diners with a choice of Shoulder of Lamb Confit or a Seafood Tagine.
Shoulder of Lamb Confit features succulent lamb roasted to caramelized perfection that is served with dates, sautéed vegetables with garlic and parsley potato, a well-rounded combination of flavours. Equally tantalising, the Seafood Tagine offers diners a savoury stew of the freshest seafood catch seasoned with spices such as chili pepper, coriander and lime – iconic of Moroccan cuisine.
No meal is complete without dessert – the uniquely Pastilla combines crisp and light pastry with almond milk, orange blossom and roasted hazelnuts to conclude the meal on a sweet note.
The 5-course menu also includes the Harira Soup, an authentic tomato, chickpea, lentil and lamb Moroccan soup, as well as the Mini Chicken Pastilla, spiced chicken wrapped in crispy Pillo pastry with cinnamon sugar, offering a sophisticated blend of spices and flavours.
On 17 March, there will be a Moroccan Brunch pool party at Cassia and for those who are keen to get closer to the action, there will also be a cooking class for Seedling students on 22 March 2019. During this cosy and intimate session, participants will get to recreate classic Moroccan dishes, including some of those featured over the course of the week.
A Taste of Morocco is part of Laguna Bintan’s exciting lifestyle experience with Angsana Bintan, the only private beachfront resort with a dedicated conservation lab on Bintan. A key highlight of Angsana Bintan includes its Rangers Club, the fun-filled programme that immerses children in an educational adventure that enhances their overall development and communication skills. Rangers Club also seeks to impart the knowledge and importance of being environmentally conscious to the young participants.
The integrated resort also offers access to a 1.5-kilometre private beach; a range of restaurants and destination dining options; an 18-hole golf course; award-winning Banyan Tree and Angsana Spas; sea sports and activities; and private marine and island excursions.
A Taste of Morocco Week-long Programme Details
|Moroccan Feast Buffet Dinner||Moroccan Brunch Pool Party||Degustation Set Menu||Seedling Students Cooking Class
|Location: Xana Beach, Angsana Bintan||Location: Vista Restaurant, Cassia Bintan||Location: The Cove, Banyan Tree Bintan||Location: Saffron Restaurant, Banyan Tree Bintan|
|Date: 16 March 2019||Date: 17 March 2019||Date: 18-22 March 2019||Date: 22 March 2019|
|Time: 6.30pm - 10.00pm||Time: 12.00pm - 3.00pm||Lunch: 12.00pm - 3.00pm|
Dinner: 6.00pm - 10.30pm (last order)
|Time: 3.00pm - 5.00pm|
|Price at IDR 550,000 ++ per guest, food only||Price at IDR 350,000 ++ per guest||3- Course Set Menu: Price at IDR 490,000 ++ per guest, food only|
5-Course Set Menu: Price at IDR 750,000 ++ per guest, food only
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Body & Soul 2019
Club Med Bintan Island
Club Med, the global leader in Premium All-Inclusive holidays, invites guests to revitalise their mind, body and soul as they embark on a wellness journey with the return of Club Med’s annual ‘Body & Soul’ programme to Club Med Bintan Island from 17 February to 15 March 2019. Known for its holistic wellness and rejuvenating experience, Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia is an ideal location for guests to unwind and recharge as they step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and into an astounding world of raw natural beauty with specially curated wellness programmes. Guests will discover their best self through a variety of culinary experiences and enriching outdoor activities.
Holistic Wellness Escape – Eat Well, Play Well, Move Well, Feel Well
Guests will be spoilt for choice with an array of activities available at Club Med Bintan Island. Move Well with a wide selection of classes and activities for all ages and fitness levels for guests looking to start their wellness journey. With the guidance of Indonesian personal trainer, Aufra Maretto, specialising in Calisthenics, guests can participate in resistance training classes using their own bodyweight all while doing a range of movements such as squats, push-ups, pull-ups and more. The workout can help to improve strength, agility, balance, aerobic conditioning and will keep guests fit and healthy.
Guests looking to regain their normal range of movements and prevent joint stiffness due to aging and inactivity can join Indonesian trainer, Jansen Ongko, a Health & Fitness Educator in his Re-Move class. Jansen will guide participants in this mobility exercise class by using techniques such as static and dynamic training with an aim to move and perform better.
Offering more than just the stunning views of the ocean, and new to the progamme, is the Beach Body Workout class with Indonesia trainer, Mei. This HIIT and circuit training class takes cardio to a new level that will leave guest feeling out of breath but also filed with a sense of accomplishment.
Feel Well and unwind after a vigorous class by getting hands-on with a Roll-On workshop presented by Asmara. This roll-on workshop will enable participants to awaken their sense of smell and learn more about the variety of uses of essential oils. Guests can also make their own range of skincare products with Singapore’s handmade skincare brand during their Basic Theory in Face Mask and Body Scrub workshop.
Guests in search of family bonding can Play Well at Club Med Bintan Island through Singapore’s Sophie Spoor family yoga classes. As a certified kids yoga teacher, Sophie promotes better health for kids through relaxation, peace and happiness – an activity both adults and kids can participate in together. In addition, those looking for an adrenaline-rush may embark on our exciting Must-try Experiences, sports activities and new adventures such as bootcamp fitness, kayak, trapeze, golf, sailing, archery and stand-up paddling.
A wellness journey at Club Med Bintan Island is not complete without the exquisite food. Guests can Eat Well and savour local and international cuisine readily available throughout their stay. Guests can indulge in a cornucopia of fresh and healthy culinary delights, such as Club Med Bintan Island’s slow-pressed juices made from fresh fruits daily at the Beach Bar. Guest can even learn a recipe or two with Little Green Kitchen SG’s chef who has not only an inspiring journey to share but recipes that you can take home. Mekhala Living demonstrates healthy cooking recipes with great, wholesome and sustainable Asian foods.
Activities For The Little Ones
As an ideal location for a family holiday, Club Med Bintan Island also offers a selection of tailored experiences for children and teens, ensuring an unforgettable experience. Children aged 2 to 3 years old can enjoy themselves at the Petit Club Med with the resort’s trained G.Os. Young ones can enjoy creative activities such as arts and crafts and face painting.
Kids from age 4 to 10 years old can also join the Mini Club Med for an adventure-packed day that includes group games and outdoor activities like archery, golf and the signature Little Circus. Older ones between 11 to 17 years old can make new friends at Junior Club Med and enjoy thrilling sports such as trapeze and sailing.
Treat Yourself To The Extraordinary
Guests can treat themselves to a rejuvenating spa treatment at Asmara Bintan to soothe their muscles. Situated on the water’s edge of the sapphire-blue South China Sea and set against a breath-taking canvas of lush greenery, guests will be pampered with luxurious treatments and able to free their minds.
Avid golfers can bring home picturesque golf moments when they tee-off at the Ria Bintan Golf Club, a golf course designed by golf legend, Gary Player. The award-winning 18-hole Ocean Course and the 9-hole Forest Course offer a unique golfing experience. Certified golf G.O instructors from the resort and Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) professionals are also readily available to provide tips and first-hand knowledge through classes – this is golfing at its most glorious.
For more information, visit https://www.clubmed.com.sg/l/body-and-soul-2019.
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