Wednesday, November 22, 2017

[REVIEW] INDRA MAYA POOL VILLA at NIRWANA GARDENS, BINTAN INDONESIA | HOME AWAY FROM HOME




The first pool villa experience we had was in Bali Indonesia way back in 2013 and since then, we’ve been hooked to pool villas. Now, one of the things I really like about living here in Singapore is its proximity to Indonesia. It’s so easy to plan a weekend getaway in Indonesia because it’s just an hour away from Singapore. And I don’t know anymore how much I’ve mentioned this in my blog but as I have also stated in my previous post, it’s been our habit to go to Bintan Resorts, specifically Nirwana Gardens at least once a year. So today I’m very happy to share with you our love affair with Indra Maya Pool Villa at Nirwana Gardens.



captured in June 2013! :)
 

Our love affair with Indra Maya Pool Villa started in June 2013 when our dear friend Pibi visited us here in Singapore with her husband. Since we weren’t able to attend their wedding, we decided to treat them to a 2D1N getaway to Bintan Resorts to make up for it. We wanted it to be intimate but we also wanted to make the most of our stay so hubby thought why not try the pool villa at Nirwana Gardens, so we could easily hang out, swim in our private pool with no curfews and even get to roam around the whole site with our very own buggy. Nice plan! And it’s indeed one of the nicest plans we’ve ever come up with because it was the start of our tradition of bringing friends/family to Indra Maya Pool Villa yearly.



If you’ve read my previous post here on the blog, you’d know that our recent visit to Indra Maya Pool Villa was just back in August of this year. We treated our aunt to a 3D2N stay at Nirwana Gardens. We agreed to give them the best of both worlds by booking their first night at Nirwana Resort Hotel and their second night at Indra Maya Pool Villa. It’s my hubby’s idea and I say it’s brilliant!
 

There are three types of accommodation to choose from:
1.     SEA VIEW POOL VILLA (2 BEDROOM & 3-BEDROOM)
2.     SEA FRONT POOL VILLA (2-BEDROOM & 3-BEDROOM)
3.     NIRWANA POOL VILLA (4-BEDROOM)

While we already experienced staying at both the Sea View and the Sea Front Pool Villas, we’ve never tried their Nirwana Pool Villa and I don’t see us trying it ever in the future because it’s just too big and luxurious for us, we wouldn’t really have a need for it. If you ever find yourself needing a wonderful accommodation for your special events such as weddings and/or solemnization ceremonies, then you might want to consider it because it comes with 4 bedrooms – each consisting of a King-sized bed and a large en-suite bathroom with sunken bathtub and shower area. Very luxurious indeed!

And because Indra Maya Pool Villa is a part of Nirwana Gardens, we can still freely roam around the whole site and even swim in Nirwana Resort Hotel’s Infinity Pool if we liked.


Is proximity to Singapore the only reason we keep coming back to Indra Maya Pool Villa?

While we really love how easy it is to get to this pool villa from Singapore, there are so many other things we really love about it, so instead of talking to you about our recent stay there, I’d just share with you some of the awesome things that made us fall in love with this place off the top of my head:

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Visit after visit, they never fail to serve us superbly. We’re always very well taken care of whenever we stay in one of their villas. Whenever there’s something we think we need but we don’t see in the villa, we just call them and they always politely answer us with a “can do” manner, which we totally appreciate. I can’t remember of any instance where we requested for something and didn’t get it. They always happily deliver to us whatever we ask for. That’s why I can really agree with their statement on their website which says, “One of the best highlights of Indra Maya Pool Villas’ exclusive privileges is our Personalized Villa Host Service, a magnificent and personalized service catering to your discerning needs and attention” because it’s true!

PERSONAL BUGGY

This is the real reason we keep coming back! LOL. Believe it or not, having the chance to own and drive a personal buggy for the duration of our stay is enough reason for my husband to book this villa over and over again. There’s something about driving a buggy around the resort that is very relaxing and keeping my husband’s mind away from the stress of work even for just a short while. He’s in a lot of stress because of work and this little treat is really something for him.

Daddy happily driving :)

PRIVATE POOL

If the personal buggy is my hubby’s personal reason for wishing to always come back here, mine is the private pool. Their private pool is better than that of Montigo Resorts, which is more like a kiddie pool, because here, it’s bigger and deeper. Also, having a private pool is always a big YES to an introvert girl like me who wants to swim in the pool, but doesn’t want seeing and being seen by people. Story of my life.
 





THE VILLA IS ACTUALLY SPACIOUS AND CLEAN

The cleanliness and quality of every accommodation we book is very important to us and luckily, their villas don’t disappoint. The architecture of the villas is really great too! According to their website, it’s actually an exquisite fusion of exotic Indonesian, Thai and Chinese architectural elements.

yeah, our stuff are all over the place, sorry about that - LOL

master bedroom

master bedroom has its own TV, vanity area with mirror and on the left, a very cute towel rack.
they're very generous with towels by the way.

master bathroom

toiletries provided :)

they both have doors, the other one just can't be seen from this angle.
door to the left leads to the sunken bath while the door to the right leads back to the bedroom

 
sunken bath
 
this is what the other room looks like

just another angle of the room with twin beds

the room also has its own bathroom which is quite spacious as well


THE KITCHEN IS FUNCTIONAL AND COMPLETE WITH ALL THE BASIC THINGS

We never fail to bring our own food whenever we come here because we know that we have a fully functional kitchen here that we can use. It’s literally like a house—NO, more like a home actually. Yep! A home away from home. That’s how I’ve always seen this pool villa and I’m a little mad at myself for taking this long to write this post about this place when it is very dear to my heart.
 

all the cupboards shown in these photos have all the things we need for eating like plates, cups, glasses, utensils and even cooking pots and pans! :)
 
and here they are!

THEY HAVE COMPLIMENTARY NESCAFE DOLCE GUSTO COFFEE MACHINE WITH COFFEE CAPSULES PROVIDED AND TEA MAKING FACILITIES

For a coffee lover like me, this is heaven! When our aunt visited us in Singapore in August, we also brought them here and we both enjoyed making our cups of coffee with this wonderful machine.

taken using my phone under very bad lighting haha

THE ONLY PLACE WE’VE STAYED AT WITH A FRIDGE FULL OF DRINKS WE CAN ACTUALLY DRINK FOR FREE AND WAIT THERE’S MORE! THEY REPLENISH OUR BOTTLED WATER EVERYTIME WE CALL FOR IT.

That says it all. Whatever drinks you see in the fridge when you enter your villa are all yours. You’d also most likely see a basket of fresh fruits on the dining table when you arrive. That’s yours, too, for free!
 
IT’S NEAR KELONG!

The pool villas are also situated near Kelong, our favorite seafood restaurant not only because of the food they serve but also because of the view.

photo from years agooooo.... (june 2013)


 

BBQ BY THE POOL!

This is one of the best things about booking a private pool villa. Not only do you get to swim all you want, you can also order for a BBQ party by your own pool! This is a must-try!



DECENT BUFFET BREAKFAST!

The good things do not stop there. I cannot forget to mention that they have a very decent complimentary buffet breakfast, too, with lots of food options that I can really eat. It’s also very relaxing to eat at the restaurant/café while looking at the peaceful and majestic view of the sea. Yep! The restaurant is facing the sea and ain’t it super nice to eat your breakfast while treating your eyes to such a beautiful view?







Here are the other privileges I didn’t mention above but are stated on their website:

-       Welcome Drink upon arrival
-       Complimentary luxurious L’Occitane aromachology range bath amenities*
-       Complimentary 30-minute massage at Anindya Health Club*
-      Complimentary game of Bowling at Nirwana Resort Centre (excluding shoes rental and socks purchases)*
-       Complimentary High Speed wireless internet access up to 3MB (max. up to 6 devices)
-       Early check-in and late check-out (upon request and subject to availability)
-     Complimentary 2-way private land transfer between Bandar Bentan Telani (BBT) Ferry Terminal and Nirwana Gardens

Other available Guest Services:

-       24-hour In-Room Dining
-       Laundry and Pressing Service
-       Medical Service
-       Currency Exchange Service (Nirwana Resort Hotel lobby)
-       Mini Mart and Gift Shop (Mayang Sari Beach Resort lobby)



If everything written above is not enough reason for you to check out Indra Maya Pool Villa, then I don’t know what is. Maybe I have not given this lovely place enough justice with this post but believe it or not, booking this pool villa for a weekend getaway with your friends and/or family is soooo worth it! Besides, what I've shared in this post is not all of it. These are just some of the awesome things I can remember off the top of my head. It’s a shame really that it took me this long to write this post but I’m still happy that though this is waaay overdue, I still did manage to write my thoughts down about this wonderful place. I guess it's true then that there are really times where you'd find it harder to write about the stuff you love so much than the things you hate, haha. Anyway, I’m already looking forward to the next time we go there. What are you waiting for? Book your stay now!

** NOT A SPONSORED POST **

INDRA MAYA POOL VILLA
http://www.nirwanagardens.com/hotel/indra-maya-pool-villas/
Jalan Panglima Pantar, Lagoi 29155
Bintan, Indonesia
Tel. (62) 770 692505
Fax (62) 770 692550


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