Hello everyone!!!!!!! It’s been a while. My first weekend getaway in 2018 begins right here at The Canopi, Bintan, Indonesia. The Canopi is a glamorous and luxurious glamping concept in a gigantic tent. I stayed in the Safari Tent which was extremely cozy with beautiful lightings.
A room to call my own, most people actually come here for a good hideout. It’s a little vintage-ish and very homely. When you open up the tv cabinet, it actually houses a mini fridge with complimentary coffee, tea and mineral water. Saves space and looks neat.
My favorite part of this glamping experience is definitely the open space garden toilet. It’s extremely spacious and cool. Just imagine sitting on the toilet bowl shitting while looking at the greenery around you or taking a bath amongst the plants. This is totally the glamping part man!
It’s mostly sunny during the day. For sun lovers like me, I can swim and tan all I want! Woohoo!!!!!!!!
The crystal lagoon is a man made swimming pool, by far the largest pool aka man made sea that you can find in Bintan Island. Water level can get pretty deep.
For lunch / tea break options, try their cute mini chill cove burger at the activities centre. The patty is quite tender, the bun is soft and the overall size is easy to bite. It costs 20,000 Indonesian rupiah. There are also a few street food stalls just outside the chill cove. You can try stall F’s Mee Pizza, a simple “pizza” with Maggie Mee, eggs, carrots and spring onions. You may even wish to try making this simple snack on your own!
Don’t miss out the coconut ice drink at 20,000 Indonesian rupiah!
To get to the activities centre, you can simply hop onto the buggy from The Canopi’s lobby for free by wearing the wristband that’s given to you upon your check in.
“Driving” around the island is relaxing too! Especially when the wind blows right at you……….
Another relaxing activity is to simply chill out at your very own personal garden if you aren’t afraid of the sun! When it’s night time, you could even diy a bbq dinner right outside your tent too. Chill, relax and unwind!
Otherwise, relive your childhood moments at the various swings located around the tents. Swing all you want, as high as you want and as long as you want!
For the laid back ones, simply snuggle in bed and catch a movie or just sleep!!!!!!!! I think a lot of you would love hiding in the tent just like me. This is a glamorous glamping; there is even air con!
After a refreshing recharge, it’s my favorite suntanning time while overlooking the crystal lagoon. Yay! I ain’t trying to act cute anymore at my late twenties, but hope you like my Minnie Mouse bikini!
See, it’s like a cheap version of Maldives with an amazing view still. What a beautiful crystal clear lagoon to stare at. There’re many water sports available at the activities centre, and the most worthy one is the unlimited water slide called “Slip and Slide” for only 50,000 Indonesian rupiah. You get to sit on a float to slide down the water slide and then you will “fly” a while right up in the air before landing in the waters. For a smooth landing without falling off your float, always look up, cross your legs and aim high!
To pass time while waiting for the sunset, you may wish to rent and laze around on a giant float. If you’re unlucky like me where the sun gets covered by the clouds, at least the float could comfort you. Life is still beautiful, isn’t it?
Stay in the waters for a night swim too! You will love the feeling. When it gets too dark, better get dressed before the wind sends chills down your spine.
For dining options, The Patio is located just beside the crystal lagoon. They serve both ala carte and buffet dinner. It’s very expensive, almost comparable to Singapore pricing. The lime juice is extremely concentrated!
Oxtail soup is a good pick, because the meat is super soft. However, the carrots and potatoes I had in my bowl were kind of a little too raw and hard. The soup base is quite thick but a tad salty. Rice is good and soft to my liking. A down side is that it costs close to 200,000 Indonesian rupiah. Kind of expensive hor?
If you don’t know what to eat, simply order a classic Hawaiian pizza for sharing. The cheese was great.
Another dining option is available at HOOK ON, a seafood restaurant and bar over at the activities centre.
Try their seafood noodles (Indonesia rupiah 60,000)! It’s damn good, with a rich Indo Mee taste. The beef fried rice was passable, and it costs the same.
If you’re looking for a massage parlour, the Nibbana located at the activities centre is the cheapest. It’s usually fully booked, so do book in advance for the fullest enjoyment. I recommend the 2 hour package with hot stone massage. It’s refreshing! The current promotional price is a steal at 400,000 nett Indonesian rupiah.
For those families with kids, I find that Warna Warni is a kid-friendly dining place with an outdoor mini playground and an indoor separate TV facilities – one TV showing movies for the adults and one TV showing cartoons for the kids!
Chill out with a seasonal fruits platter and plain yoghurt for 50,000 Indonesian rupiah.
To get around the island, simply rent a scooter to enjoy a relaxing nature ride around the crystal lagoon. If you’re looking for a short 2D1N trip over the weekend (and you don’t mind spending), I personally find The Canopi a good hideout with its signature crystal lagoon view.
Thank you The Canopi for this relaxing weekend getaway from the busyness of Singapore. I’ll be back! Thanks for reading!