Singapore & Bintan Escape
Combine one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities with laid-back luxury on the white sands of Indonesian Bintan.
Start in the colonial heart of Singapore, where you’ll trace the origins of this mega-city from its British roots to its hi-tech gardens. Then, take a short ferry to your island paradise and relax in the sun. Short but perfectly formed, this is a beautifully balanced introduction to Singapore and its next-door neighbor.
Transport between Singapore and Bintan is by public ferry, with a shared vehicle transfer from the ferry port to your hotel. In Singapore, you’ll be getting around on the superb MRT (subway).
Balance city stimulation with beach relaxation in just a week
Get a taste of Singapore as you explore the highlights
Thanks to the region’s long beach season, this trip is great from April to October
Things to consider
With just a couple of nights in Singapore, you’ll really only skim the surface of the city’s diverse offerings
Bintan is a luxury destination, so this trip won’t be suitable for those on a tight budget
Start your adventure in Singapore, one of the most cosmopolitan and cutting-edge countries in the world. After steeping yourself in colonial heritage on a guided tour (and grabbing an optional Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel!) we recommend a visit to one of Singapore’s most iconic modern developments: the amazing, hi-tech Gardens by the Bay. On your second day, there are no end of highlights to choose from. Whether you opt to visit the World Heritage Botanic Gardens, head to the top deck of Marina Bay Sands, or explore the traditional Malay, Chinese and Indian neighborhoods of the old city, make time to stop in a hawker center or two. They’re nothing short of godly.
Learn about the founding of Singapore on a guided tour of the city
See Singapore’s grand, colonial architecture as you explore the Civic District
Visit the Garden City’s crowning glory: Gardens by the Bay
After your whistle-stop tour of the city, the next thing on the menu is a little R&R. Singapore isn’t known for its beaches, so you’ll be hopping on a ferry to Indonesian Bintan, a sparsely populated jewel of an island just an hour’s journey from the city. Forget crowded strips and busy beaches: here, it’s all about barefoot luxury as you isolate yourself from the hubbub of modern life, sandwiched between emerald rainforest and turquoise sea. Detox at the in-house spa, dine on super-fresh seafood, sip cocktails on the beach, and wake up to the sounds of tropical birds hooting and chirping in the jungle. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Kick back and relax at your luxury beach resort!
The finer detail
- Breakfast every day
- One half-day experience: Colonial heritage walking tour
- All entrance fees to sites included in guided experiences
- All internal transport & accommodation
Logistics & journey times
Car transfer from Singapore airport to hotel (20 minutes)
Car transfer from Singapore hotel to ferry terminal (20 minutes)
Ferry to Bintan Island (1 hour)
Shared transfer to resort (around 1 hour)
Shared transfer from resort to ferry terminal (around 1 hour)
Ferry to Singapore (1 hour)
Car transfer from ferry terminal to Singapore airport (10 minutes)
What's not included
- International flights
- Meals not mentioned
- Entrance fees to any sites not included in guided experiences
- Tips for guides & porters