the ng family first getaway for the year - to the canopi! i first learnt about this new resort in bintan from a travel mag late last year and it sprang to mind again early this year when i was trying to plan a bday weekend for the younger boy. so without further ado, i booked 2 nights for this weekend and it shall be a short getaway for the bday celebrations for both the hubbi and YR. :D
we took leave on fri and fetched both boys straight from their schools. a quick change of clothes back at home and its off to tanah merah ferry terminal to head to bintan! the ferry reached bintan in a jiffy around 2pm and it was a good thing the resort is located like 5mins drive from the terminal! our package included express immigration and shuttle service so we arrived at the resort in less than half an hour time!
this view greeted us at the lobby when we alighted from the shuttle bus! sweet!
the canopi sported a concept that merge camping with luxury - glamping! so we stayed at a tent which is fully furnished! :P there's a man-made lagoon in front of our tent with treated/filtered seawater to give us the crystal clear water to swim in and a variety of land/water activities to choose from around it! the place aint big with ~ 40 tents in all but enough activities to keep us occupied and happy for these 2 days!
inside + outside of our tent
we wasted no time to change into our swimming gear to do some water sports/play for the rest of the afternoon when the weather was good. i tried stand-up paddling - something that i wanted to try for sometime and surprisingly it was more manageable than i thought though pretty tiring! the husband and boys did the water tricycle as i huffed and puffed near them on the paddle..
and of cos, after that, it's water playtime for the boys while i lounged around on the sun chair... :P
good activities for our first afternoon there!
dinner was in house at their bora bora beach bar which serves one of the better pizzas we have ever eaten. yum! we K.O. pretty early for bintan time since it's 1 hour behind us but expected given the boys had a long day with school and all the physical activities for the day.
the next day, we woke up bright and early and after breakfast, we had a try at the segway (for hubbi & me) and mini electric ATVs (for the boys)! it was pretty fun and it's a first for me on segway too! impressive to see and feel the auto-stabilizer function in action though for a brief min, i was unsure how to get off it as it seems to be constantly in need to be in action!
after the brief ride, the boys hit the water again while i lazed around with a magazine! bliss!
fun morning on the 2nd day!
after a bath, we took the shuttle bus to explore the lagoi mall nearby which was a huge disappointment...more than half of the shops aint open yet and there was really nothing much to do there. the good thing was we managed to find a decent enough restaurant to settle our lunch and i managed to do a massage while the husband and boys were very nice to wait around for me.
we headed back to the canopi and spent the rest of the afternoon... in water of cos! hehe.
after showering, it was rather peaceful and zen to laze outside of our tent watching the sunset and talking nonsense with the boys.
and before long, it's dinner time at the same bora bora beach bar (yes, the only not-so-great thing about here is there's only 1 eating option in house) but luckily we love the pizzas...
we were blessed with good weather throughout and the only heavy downpour happened on our 2nd night in the wee morning. today, we woke up late, lazed in bed, went for late breakfast and before long, it's time to checkout and head back to SG!
what a great short getaway! we should do this more often! where's next for us?! i cant wait to plan! hehehe.