Luxury and boutique hotels in Bintan

Bali may be Indonesia’s reigning holiday isle, but Bintan’s edging its way into the spotlight. This tropical treasure has an equatorial climate, a brace of soft white-sand beaches, leafy interiors and even a hidden desert (photogenic Gurun Pasir Busung). And, it’s much more than a flop-and-drop resort hub (although the Sanchaya has stolen our hearts), with a rich history and culture to be discovered. Sail mangrove-lined waterways, spying monitor lizards and casts of mud crabs, visit vintage chapels, green-tinged mosque Masjid Raya Sultan Riau and a temple built into a banyan tree, and feast on gong-gong seafood, otak fishcakes, silky laksas and exotic fruits.

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