The Residence Bintan: The ultimate outdoor classroom in the making

The Residence Bintan is designed for families, where children can play on swings in the sea (above) or cosy up to sea creatures such as the horn-eyed ghost crab.
The Residence Bintan is designed for families, where children can play on swings in the sea (above) or cosy up to sea creatures such as the horn-eyed ghost crab.PHOTOS: GRACE LIM, SUSAN LONG
The Residence Bintan is designed for families, where children can play on swings in the sea or cosy up to sea creatures such as the horn-eyed ghost crab (above).
The Residence Bintan is designed for families, where children can play on swings in the sea or cosy up to sea creatures such as the horn-eyed ghost crab (above).PHOTOS: GRACE LIM, SUSAN LONG
The 127-villa Residence Bintan is tucked along the eastern coast of Tanjung Pinang island, 90 minutes by car from Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal.
The 127-villa Residence Bintan is tucked along the eastern coast of Tanjung Pinang island, 90 minutes by car from Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal.PHOTOS: GRACE LIM, SUSAN LONG PHOTO: BINTAN RESORTS

Most resorts these days are created for Instagram, but not The Residence Bintan. To be sure, it boasts swings in the middle of the sea and hammocks lined up in a row, well worth a snapshot, tweet or a share.

But beyond that, the new addition to Singapore-owned Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts makes little effort to look good for social media.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 01, 2019, with the headline 'The Residence Bintan: The ultimate outdoor classroom in the making'. Print Edition | Subscribe