Above: The Sanchaya

The Sanchaya, Bintan Island

Travelers to Asia find themselves in Singapore for many reasons. The Southeast Asian city-state is one of the world’s most important financial and business capitals; it has an efficient and well-served airport; it also offers superb food and a distinctive culture.

On my most recent trip, however, I decided to take a preliminary break beside the sea to recover from the long flight from North America. The Sanchaya hotel, a sumptuous new property on Indonesia’s Bintan Island, is just a 45-minute ride by comfortable high-speed ferry from Singapore. So less than two hours after we’d landed at Changi Airport, we were sitting on a veranda overlooking landscaped grounds, a white-sand beach and the ocean.

Beach on Bintan Island - © Bintan Resorts

More than three times larger in area than Singapore, Bintan Island has only 118,000 inhabitants. This statistic explains why the island is currently being developed as a weekend and second-home getaway for Singaporeans in search of space and tranquility, as well as a beach resort for foreign visitors.

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Above: The Sanchaya