07 June 2019 09 June 2019

Bintan Triathlon 2019

Bintan Lagoon Resort

Bintan shines with sun, high spirits and exceptional racing


Congratulations to all finishers of the 2019 Triathlon.


This year, the event is moving back to where it was born 15 years ago, at the welcoming Bintan Lagoon Resort. With the new venue comes a new race course; the highlight of the new course will be the very scenic run course taking in the hotel’s world-renowned Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course with its stunning sea views.


The Bintan Triathlon 2019 welcomed an auspicious new era of the event, with first-time champions, intense competition and plenty of smiling faces. Fireworks happened on and off the race course, with close finishes in Saturday’s Men’s Sprint and Women’s Olympic distance races. Big congratulations to April Rice and Colin O’Shea, our 2019 Bintan Triathlon victors who join a legendary hall of fame.


Sunday gave the legends of tomorrow a chance to shine, with the Kids and Youth dominating the course and proving the sport has a bright future. The high quality racing, along with numerous side activities such as the sunset soccer, Kids Club, Beach Dinner Party and yoga sessions means it has been a true multi-sport festival of fun for the whole family.


Bintan Triathlon will return again next year on 5 – 7 June 2020!


Check out the full results here.

29 March 2019 31 March 2019

Tour de Bintan 2019

Bintan Island

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.

16 March 2019 22 March 2019


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 DinnerMoroccan Brunch Pool PartyDegustation Set MenuSeedling Students Cooking Class

Location: Xana Beach, Angsana BintanLocation: Vista Restaurant, Cassia BintanLocation: The Cove, Banyan Tree BintanLocation: Saffron Restaurant, Banyan Tree Bintan
Date: 16 March 2019Date: 17 March 2019Date: 18-22 March 2019Date: 22 March 2019
Time: 6.30pm - 10.00pmTime: 12.00pm - 3.00pmLunch: 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00pm - 10.30pm (last order)
Time: 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Price at IDR 550,000 ++ per guest, food onlyPrice at IDR 350,000 ++ per guest3- 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

For reservations: Please email reservations-bintan@banyantree.com