Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Banyan Tree - Bintan Indonesia

High on a hill in a rainforest overlooking the Singapore Strait, 
we stayed in a magical treehouse.

The Banyan Tree resort is on the Indonesian Island of Bintan, 
an hour's ferry ride from Singapore.

The island is 80 per cent rainforest, with some of the remaining 
20 per cent host to beautiful golf courses.

I was lucky enough to spend a few days on this enchanting island a 
couple of months ago.

Under a full moon, we boated out to a traditional fishing hut, 
where we gorged on an Indonesian feast. 

The huts had there own balconies, spa pool and lounges.

Inside was a haven of air-conditioned tranquility 

 However, I enjoyed the steamy warmth and the natural breezes.

Breakfast at the restaurant, under the shade of rainforest trees.

A blue themed dinner on our balcony.  Unusually, there isn't one of 
the 800 a day freighters passing by on the horizon when I took this shot.

Dinner under a full moon. It was practically daylight.

 A touching birthday greeting surprised me on my return home that night. 
Amazing towel art, don't you think? I wonder if there is a course
you can do?

A rainforest view outside our villa window.

Can you imagine the nerves teeing off on this par 3? 

Beachside sand bunkers everywhere. 

You don't want to overshoot this green.

I actually hit the huge boulder on the left and my ball ricocheted onto the green. :)

I highly recommend the Banyan Tree.  
It was a gorgeous place and the people are beautiful.
I was very lucky.