For the first time ever, I booked a holiday (well, weekend away) after seeing an ad on my facebook timeline. I obvioulsy did my research but I was still apprehensive as to what to expect. I needn’t have worried – it was a fabulous glamping holiday. I highly recommend it.
Where is it?
Anmon Resorts features luxury glamping tents located just beside Asia’s largest Crystal Lagoon in Bintan (whihc is very impressive). It is located 5 minutes from the Bintan-Singapore ferry pier in the Treasure Bay waterfront resort. There is a free transfer bus included in the price but a taxi costs S$7 if you dont want to wait for tardy / super relaxed fellow travellers.
What is it?
Anmon Resorts opened in May 2019 and it’s a new desert-themed glamping resort which an excellent resort for an adventure getaway. Staying in luxury teepee style tents, the interior is well-decorated with all the necessary amenities (including tea/ coffee making facilities, a fridge,hairdryer and a safe for valuables) with air-conditioned rooms and a luxury en-suite shower room. The tents also have a little patio like chill-out area at the entrance. There are 100 such tents in the 20,000 msq resort. It begs you to sit back and relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.
The property is next to the Crystal lagoon, the largest man-made seawater lagoon in Asia, which has a wide variety of activities to enjoy. It is a really impressive man made structure and takes quite a while to walk around, we discovered! Anmon resorts offer a free electric buggy service to / from the entrance to Treasure bay – which is the other side of the lagoon. The lagoon itself is just steps away from the teepee tents but booking activites has to be done at the entrance. Tickets for Tresaure Bay (as it is called) are also included. There are small additional fess payable at Tresaure by for things like the zorbing, slip and slide and giant inflatables to name a few of the activities.
Anmon has its own basic restaurant, The Compass Rose, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner from a standard limited menu – all of the dishes were enjoyable. The TIPI bar is managed by an award-winning mixologist from Singapore to ensure that every beverage will be prepared to the highest standards. We tried the Elixir of Immortality – not for the faint hearted!
What did we think?
Oh my gosh it was wonderful. Despite the chaotic check in , the staff were friendly and helpful and the restaurant manager goes out of his wayto ensure everyone is enjoying themselves and has everything they need. We stayed 2 nights as we could have easily stayed a lot longer – it was so relaxing.
Free wifi (in the tents and public areas) and breakfast are great inclusions. Communication is by robot via Messenger which is a bit odd with automated responses. The staff will eventually pick up specific requests (on average our queries took 20 mins for a response, rather frustratingly). There is an option to book a BBQ to be delivered at your tent but booking has to be done in advance as there are limited numbers. (We missed out on this opportunity beacuse it was fully booked as soon as we arrived.) There are also spa facilities but we didn’t have time to explore that.
The resort is new and surrounding resorts and facilities are being built so sometimes building noise could be heard. (I think we noticed this more as we had come to get away from the neighbours building works!)
Despite the teething issues with anew resorts this was an excellent place to stay and relax. I highly recommend it for a weekend away or longer. I’ll be looking to return!