Two words: No crowds.
Hands up if your idea of a perfect weekend getaway is hordes of sunburned tourists, screaming kids, and frazzled hotel staff. Nope? Didn’t think so. Unfortunately, my experience with many of the holiday resorts close to Singapore has been that – crowded and noisy.
Which is why I was immediately charmed by The Canopi. This glamping-style resort, located within integrated waterfront development Treasure Bay Bintan, is still fairly new so there are currently only 40 tent-suites within the sprawling 338-hectare area. What this means is a sense of serenity and spaciousness throughout your trip.
However, it won’t be this peaceful and quiet forever. In the next year, 60 more tent-suites will be added to The Canopi. Other international hotel brands such as Mercure, Ibis, and Chiva-Som Bintan, will soon be cropping up in the vicinity as well. So, if you’re planning to visit The Canopi, do it NOW.
Here are some highlights to look forward to:
The moment you arrive at the resort, you’ll be wowed by the wide expanse of glittery blue-green water from the massive lagoon. Unfurling across 6.3 hectares, this manmade lagoon is equivalent to FIFTY Olympic-size swimming pools! That means you can channel your inner Joseph Schooling without worrying you’re going to bump into a fellow swimmer or have a kid kick you in the face.
Authentic local cuisine
When I visited The Canopi last month, there was only one restaurant but now, popular local seafood restaurant Hook On has set up shop within the resort, serving some of its signature dishes such as grilled seafood and fried chicken (which I’m told is lip-smackingly delicious!). Additionally, there have been six new food stalls set up, offering a variety of Indonesian comfort food such as soto ayam, Ramly burger, satay, and so on.
Another great thing about having the resort (almost) entirely to yourself is how you don’t have to queue for a long time to try the activities. Some must-try activities include the ATV rides through the jungle (be prepared to get REAL muddy!) as well as the Mangrove River Safari, where you’ll get to experience the private mangrove reserve. You can also book yourself a Segway or electric mini-bike to get around the expansive compound.
… and Spills!
If you prefer water-based activities, the lagoon is awash with fun-filled options. From stand-up paddling to cable-skiing and even rides on the Jetovator (a water sports accessory that redirects water thrust to propel and elevate riders into mid-air), you’ll never get bored during your time here. During my visit, I tried the Jetovator several times and had so much fun – it’s exhilarating to feel yourself rising and zooming across a large body of water! I think my dignity is still left somewhere in the lagoon though …
Spa treats in the comfort of your room.
After the high-octane adventuring, you’ll probably want to unwind with a good massage. Too bushed (or lazy) to walk to the spa tent? Whatsapp your friendly concierge and arrange for a masseuse to visit your room. After you’ve unwound your sore muscles, simply lie back and enjoy a well-deserved snooze.