Though known for striking a low bargain for vacation-goers, Bintan is also catering to the demands of the affluent, with one Indonesian resort offering its top suite at US$10,000 a night. Located on the pristine sands of Lagoi Bay, The Sanchaya is a luxurious sanctuary to a collection of 21 villas, nine suites, a clubhouse, two restaurants, wine cellar and more. But it is the Vanda Villa that promises a holiday of bliss — for a price of US$10,000 a night.
What you get is a double-storey, four-bedroom beachfront presidential suite that spans 1,045 hectares, lavished with earthy tones, polished parquet floors, Chinese-style cabinets and rare pieces of art and furnishings that reflect Singapore’s history and culture. Each room comes with king-size beds and customised encaustic tiled bathrooms with separate Lefroy Brooks clawfoot baths and showers. The Vanda Villa also comes with a private infinity pool and a separate guest house.
Aside from being technologically equipped with a Bang & Olufsen TV and sound systems, iPads preloaded with a wide variety of movies and an Apple TV, the villa still prioritises comfort with plush Singaporean Ploh bed and bath linen, and a menu of European neck, body and reading pillows at your choosing. Indulge in in-villa massages with your choice of customised charkas oils, personal services are available at your whim such as an around-the-clock butler, a dedicated chef in the kitchen and even a private yoga instructor for one-on-one sessions.
If you feel like venturing out of villa, take a stroll along the island’s secluded beach (said to rival the powder-white sands of the Maldives), or explore the rest of the resort, which includes a croquet lawn, an Olympic-size infinity pool, a cheese and cigar lounge, and a bar decked with vintage prints and antique telescopes to replicate the setting of a 19th-century Explorer’s Club.
Since its inception, the Vanda Villa has already played host to royal families from the Middle East and celebrities from around the world. “Seems like a lot to pay for one night, I know,” says Estate Manager Anshuman Narayan. “But when money is no object and you’re shopping for a memory to last a lifetime, the cost may very well turn out to be a bigger bargain than you’d thought.”
US$10,000 for an unforgettable experience? We approve.