Inspired by the island’s pristine beaches and lush tropical surroundings, the Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts group makes its first foray into Indonesia with a brand-new property on the south-eastern shore of Bintan island. Located on the largest island of the Riau Archipelago and blessed with access to the region’s most exclusive seascapes, The Residence Bintan will introduce a new definition of barefoot luxury, offering guests an exclusive respite amongst panoramic views of the South China Sea. Only a 55-minute ferry ride away from Singapore, the 127-key resort will encompass simplicity and sophistication at its best.
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The Residence by Cenizaro’s philosophy of authenticity and sense of place is evidently portrayed in the elegant interiors and layout of the new resort. Designed by award-winning firm Hirsch Bedner, the resort is built in harmony with the natural surroundings and Terraces and Villa accommodations are accentuated with large natural-lit areas. Oversized doors featuring large unobstructed views of the landscape open onto sandy beaches and tropical gardens. All spaces have been created with contemporary clean lines and a modern twist on traditional Javanese aesthetics, culminating in a luxe version of rustic living.
From Beachfront Villas to Garden Terraces, each space is spread along the coastline, granting maximum privacy and ocean or garden views. Guests will be able to choose from 28 one-bedroom Beachfront Villas, including 12 Deluxe Villas with expansive verandas and panoramic views, or from one of the 80 one-bedroom double-storey Vista and Garden Terraces with private outdoor decks nestled amidst lush foliage. For a more secluded experience, guests can retreat to one of the 15 one-bedroom Villas at The Estate, offering magnificent views of the ocean and private infinity pools, or one of the four opulent two-bedroom Villas with private pools and direct access to the beach. Families and friends can opt for interconnected units.
Surrounded by picturesque ocean views, guests will delight in a medley of traditional Indonesian dishes and Pan-Asian cuisine. The property’s signature restaurant Rica Rica will offer local Indonesian cuisine with a creative twist. On top of featuring fresh, local produce, the kitchen will use organic herbs and vegetables from the resort’s own gardens, providing an exceptional, palate-pleasing experience that is healthy and sustainable.
The Residence Bintan will serve as a sanctuary for rest and relaxation. Guests will discover a world of tranquillity with spa treatments and wellness programmes crafted exclusively for The Residence Bintan by award-winning British spa-brand ila. Known for using indigenous, organic ingredients, drawing on local Ayurvedic rituals fused with modern techniques, ila will be the perfect complement to The Residence Bintan’s ambience and philosophy. To complete their wellness journey, guests can re-energize with therapeutic yoga sessions in a peaceful setting surrounded by airy, open views.
For snorkelling and diving enthusiasts, Pulau Mapur situated just 30 minutes away from Bintan island offers one of the best spots in the region to explore underwater wildlife. Families can opt for kid-friendly activities such as traditional batik or birdhouse painting, tie-dye classes and cooking classes at the resort. Adventure-seekers can experience mountain trekking or water sports such as kayaking and knee-boarding. Other available activities include local tours to mangroves, deep sea fishing and local food markets.