Design-wise, the look is clean and contemporary with subtle references to local traditions: think woven rattan armchairs and hand-carved wooden ceiling fans with leaf-shaped blades.
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By virtue of proximity, Singaporeans are well acquainted with the Indonesian island of Bintan, but the first Southeast Asian property by the Lion City–based Cenizaro group has side-stepped the island’s northern resort enclave in favor of the seclusion of its less-trammeled east coast. Here, 127 whitewashed terrace rooms and villas spread across 70 hectares of manicured grass lawns, tall coconut palms, and luxuriant beach cabbage. Infinity plunge pools feature in the beachfront lodgings and The Estate, a collection of 15 villas perched above a rocky headland.
Design-wise, the look is clean and contemporary with subtle references to local traditions: think woven rattan armchairs and hand-carved wooden ceiling fans with leaf-shaped blades. At the spa pavilions, upswept eaves and curving rooflines recall vernacular Riau Malay architecture, whereas The Estate’s elevated villas hint at the stilt houses so prevalent in fishing villages all across Bintan. That nod to the locale is also apparent at specialty restaurant Rica Rica, which gives regional Indonesian classics the modern treatment—most notably in the pork-belly satay with sweet soy sauce and Balinese-inspired duck breast betutu.
62-778/600-0888; cenizaro.com; doubles from US$192.
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2018: The Residence Bintan”).