Note: The Canopi has renamed to Natra Bintan, A Tribute Portfolio Resort.
It is because of The Canopi that I learnt about this term called ‘glamping’. Apparently, glamping is a play of words between glamorous and camping. My immediate reaction is:
Oxymoron sia! How can camping be glamorous?
As usual, Candyce is the one who planned for this trip (to celebrate Mother’s day). And been the usual me as a sleeping partner, I did not research much about The Canopi at all.
Candyce: Let’s go The Canopi!
Me: Where is it?
Candyce: At Bintan!
Me: Okay noted! 😆
Here we are at Bintan Resorts Ferry Terminal and immediately, I have created an epic moment. The custom officer out of the sudden asked me where I am going and my reaction was:
Urmmmm, urmmmm, urmmm
While I was urm-ing, I look up down left right for clues of where we were going! 😂😂😂 Thank goodness Jiaying was at the custom counter next to me (but still quite a distance). She mouthed the destination name from afar and took me around 2mins before I got it! 😂😂😂 Thank goodness, I was still not too suspicious else this blog post will be about ‘how I stucked in Bintan custom’ 😂😂😂 Morale of the story:
Know where you are going even though you want travel surprises but not this kind of way! 😆😆😆
Upon reaching, there is a pretty lady waiting for us. My immediate reaction is:
Long time never has such a welcome in Bintan since our last visit @ Club Med Bintan.
Boarding time! The bus was labelled with ‘Treasure Bay Bintan’ as The Canopi resides in a recreational spot called ‘Treasure Bay’.
Treasure! That is what you are! 😂😂😂
Nice comfortable bus! However, the ride was less than 10mins. So do not sleep yeah, coz ain’t nobody got time for that! 😂😂😂
Upon reaching, I was like:
Wow! That is a huge swimming pool! 😱😱😱 Sugoi! 😍😍😍
But little did I know, the moment I stepped foot into the lobby, it was already the start of my glamping journey! Here’s 10 reasons why! 😋😋😋
1 ) Gigantic Blue Crystal Lagoon
So without second thought, I whipped out my camera and dashed towards the ‘swimming pool’! Lo and behold, it is actually a crystal clear blue lagoon almost like the one in Iceland except for the weather lah! 😆😆😆😱😱😱
The view is absolutely stunning! This is Treasure Bay most iconic attraction, the Crystal Lagoon, which is 6.3-hectare big (equivalent to 50 Olympic-size swimming pools 😱😱😱).
We immediately took more photos with this awesome view. Check out The Canopi behind! 😍😍😍
This lagoon is filled with salt water so it is almost like a mini ocean without waves and fishes! LOL! Plus the water is lukewarm even during rainy days! Nice! 😇😇😇
2 ) Huge Luxury Tents
And yes! This is what I call a true glamorous camping (glamping) experience. Huge luxury tent which can accommodate 4 pax is awaiting us to discover! 😍😍😍
The moment I entered the tent, i was amazed by the interior and ambience. It was just too romantic, a perfect spot for honeymoon. Nice big bed with cosy lights.
Since we have 4 people, there is a sofa bed for another 2 people to sleep on. Check out the vintage luggage on the right, it is actually their fridge.
The study table is also designed to look like a vintage luggage. Coupled with bronze metal fan and lamp, the whole theme becomes a hybrid between safari and steampunk feel.
3 ) Private Outdoor Bathroom
Checking out their toilet. It is actually a private outdoor toilet just like those vacation villas.
Not forgetting their steampunk styled rain shower! 😍😍😍 Living in this tent is just like living in an 5🌟 hotel sia! 😍😍😍
4 ) Relaxing Whirlpool Tub
Now, time to check out the exterior of our tent.
Since ours was a ‘Lagoon View Deluxe Tent’, it was slightly elevated on higher ground so that we can enjoy the scenery towards the lagoon.
Most importantly, this tent is equipped with an outdoor whirlpool tub! 😱😱😱
Note: It is not hot tub, so the water can be quite cold for some people (colder than Crystal Lagoon water). You might want to bring electric kettle to make it into a hot tub! 😂😂😂
Enjoying the awesome view in the whirlpool tub is basically glamping to a whole new level! 😍😍😍 Shiok sia! 👍👍👍
5) Relaxing Stargazing
When the sunset, we got to enjoy another different awesome view and that is a sky full of stars! Cue Coldplay’s song
Cause you’re a sky cause you’re a sky full of stars 🌟🌟🌟 I’m gonna give you my heart ❤️❤️❤️
To up the glamping level, soak yourself in the whirlpool tub while enjoying the lovely sky filled with glittering stars!
Stargazing is always the highlight of camping. And now in The Canopi, you sure can do it in the most glamourous and relaxing way! 😍😍😍
6 ) BBQ under the stars
The only way to have ‘campfire’ in The Canopi is to order their BBQ package 😂😂😂, which comes with a special hanging bbq pit. However, above bbq pit belonged to our neighbours’ coz we had opted for an even more relaxing dinner option. LOL!
7 ) Seafood Dinner
A Bintan trip won’t be completed without a nice seafood dinner. Thank goodness, to our surprize, Treasure Bay has one nice seafood makan place! 😍😍😍
Check out our wholesome seafood dinner. To add a bit of Indonesian flavor, do remember to order a bowl of nice piping-hot oxtail soup! Mama Mia! 😋😋😋
8 ) Lots of activities to do
Within the calm water of Crystal Lagoon lies many thrilling activities to do e.g. cable ski and ATV.
There are also less thrilling activity like solar boat or their private mangrove tour.
Been a cheapo, this is the cheapest option of activity that I have found! 😂😂😂
But do not let this cheap thrill get over your head else you will be like me falling off the slippery swing! 😂😂😂
Next, I strongly recommend the water slide as the most-worth-it and fun activity. For just IDR 50k/pax, you get to have unlimited rounds of slide which is around 3 storey high! 😱😱😱
I guarantee that you will have a splashing good time! A must-do adrenaline rush activity! Chiong ah! 👍👍👍
9 ) Vintage Car pick-up wherever you go
We sure were living a glamorous lifestyle at The Canopi when there were chauffeurs driving electrical vintage car to bring us around Treasure Bay. How relaxing is that? 😍😍😍
10 ) Buffet Breakfast
A normal camping breakfast will be bread with canned food and one cup of milo (which is still notchbad lah 😆😆😆). But for glamping, there are buffet breakfast for us! 😍😍😍 With a variety of food, we were really spoilt for choice!
Plus the dining experience was amazing as we had a table facing the lagoon. Imagine sipping a cup of hot coffee looking at the awesome view, total relax level to the max!
Reason No. 1 Revisit – Relaxing Stroll by the Lagoon
The Crystal Lagoon is simply too beautiful. We had a nice relaxing stroll around it. By the time we had realized it, we have taken lots of instagram-worthy shots! Lovely! 😍😍😍
The Canopi, We will miss you 😢
The only thing that we were sad about this place is to realize that weekend passes by so fast and we need to go back to work! 😭😭😭
Thank goodness this was such a relaxing retreat. I am fully rejuvenated for Monday Blues! 😂😂😂
Bye bye The Canopi, we will miss you! 😢
How to book The Canopi
Take a ferry to Bandar Bintan Telani (Lagoi) from Singapore and friendly staff from The Canopi will be there to pick you!🛳
Treasure Bay Bintan, Jln Raya Haji, (Right Beside Bintan Resorts Ferry Terminal
Lagoi, Riau, Indonesia 29152