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Riau Islands Travel Guide

Riau Islands is a state/province in Indonesia. Home to cities such as Bintan, Batam, and Nagoya, there's no shortage of things to do and see here.
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What to Do
Looking for things to do in Riau Islands? We provide up-to-date info on everything from must-see scenic spots to local hangouts.
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Anambas Islands
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"Islands/Peninsulas"
Alif Stone Park
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"City Parks"
Senua Island
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Where to Stay
Discover the most popular places to stay in Riau Islands, complete with recommendations from fellow travelers and special hotel offers.
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Turi Beach Resort
3.9/584 Reviews
Banyan Tree Bintan
3.9/547 Reviews
Pantai Indah Lagoi Bintan
Nirwana Resort Hotel
4.3/5133 Reviews
The ANMON Resort Bintan
The Residence Bintan
4.4/542 Reviews
Montigo Resort Nongsa
4.2/576 Reviews
Cassia Bintan
4.1/574 Reviews
What to Eat
Want to eat like a local? Don't miss out on these top Riau Islands dishes and foodie spots.
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The Kelong Seafood Restaurant
4.5/541 Reviews
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Treetops Restaurant Banyan Tree Bintan
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"Asian Cuisine"
Warung Yeah!
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"Spectacular Views"
Saffron
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Yeah! Lounge
5.0/51 Reviews
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Restaurant Kampoeng Nelayan
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Calypso Floating Bar
4.9/57 Reviews
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maharaja curry house
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Dragon Inn Chinese Restaurant
The kelong restaurant
4.3/583 Reviews
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Bumi Maitri
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RM Yong Kee
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Banyan Tree Bintan - The vibe here is refreshingly more peaceful than a typical, bustling resort and the rain forest setting also provides many opportunities to spot wildlife. The lobby's bamboo roof, teak wood carved chairs, and Indonesian runner leading to the front desk are beautiful traditional details, and there are several outdoor decks and dining areas to take in gorgeous sea views. Some of the infrastructure does look dated, though. Grounds are beautiful, with greenery winding through the individual villas, and a long boardwalk leading to the beach, which the hotel shares with its sister hotel next door. The property is rarely crowded, so it’s perfect for tourists (both families and couples) looking for a quiet respite. #createwithtrip #staycation
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Angsana Bintan sits along a private beach that it shares with its more luxe sister property, Banyan Tree Bintan. Families and couples from Singapore often come here due to its easy ferry access, and the property has an array of features catered to those seeking peaceful relaxation or more active fun. Public areas here are dated and a bit bland -- think earth-tone decor -- though not unattractive, thanks to Indonesian accents and floor-to-ceiling windows that keep things bright. Well-manicured gardens wrap around a large pool, lily ponds, and four-story buildings with green roofs. The atmosphere is largely peaceful on-site, particularly as many guests opt to do excursions. #createwithtrip #staycation
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Part of the Nirwana Gardens complex that comprises five hotels, the Nirwana Resort Hotel is a fun option that attracts many families. The beachfront grounds are lovely, studded with tall palms that loom over well maintained green lawns and water features like lotus leaf-dotted ponds. Architecture consists of three-story buildings with peaked roofs. The functional interiors are lackluster, though the partially open-air nature of most public spaces makes them feel breezy and pleasant. The resort is a solid choice for vacationers seeking a beachy getaway, especially families with kids -- though couples stay here as well. Tourists in search of something more tranquil might want to take a look at the other properties in the Nirwana Gardens complex, some of which offer villas and a more private feel. #createwithtrip #staycation
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The aptly named Mayang Sari Beach Resort -- "mayang" means palm blossom and "sari" means flower essence in Indonesian -- is a beachside property that's part of the Nirwana Gardens complex, which comprises five total hotels. This hotel has a bit of a rustic vibe, exemplified by the its wooden chalets, though interior updates have rooms feeling contemporary and attractive. Unfortunately, the the lobby and on-site Spice Restaurant are more traditional and could use a refresh. Some past guests have complained of minor maintenance issues and evident wear. While the resort’s facilities are a bit limited, visitors can access all features at the other Nirwana Gardens hotels. Due to its tranquil setting, the resort is a favorite with couples, many enjoying a weekend away from Singapore, although families can also be seen on the palm-fringed beach. #createwithtrip #staycation
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Located on the remote eastern coast, the Bintan Spa Villa Beach Resort is around an hour’s drive from the pier, but largely considered by past guests as worth the effort for those seeking a quiet escape. Featuring just 31 rooms, visitors are greeted at the on-site restaurant, which doubles as reception. While the property’s rooms and public areas are sparsely decorated, most guests stay at the resort to enjoy one of the suites or villas built directly above water (the rooms are located in a three-story building). Unfortunately, the sea in front of the resort is not swimmable. The resort appeals to couples and families enjoying quick getaways from Singapore. #staycation #createwithtrip
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The island is located on the northern side of Indonesia, a little under Singapore. Because the island is right next to Singapore, she is a privileged destination among its inhabitants for a quick getaway. Activities include: nautical sports, golfing, farniente and luxury hotels on white sand beaches and turquoise waters. If you’re looking for farniente vacationing, staying & eating at the hotel and occasionally leaving for a little adventure, this is the place to be. But, if you’re looking for Indonesian authenticity, it is not. Bintan island is divided into two parts: on the northern side of the island you’ll find all the luxury resorts, protected by a “border” with guards. The precisely cut fluorescent green grass will quickly tell you the level of luxury this part of the island has. The other part offers a little different scenery, more typically Indonesian, with little villages on stilts that are worth the visit as well! #createwithtrip
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Situated in the South China Sea, halfway between mainland Malaysia to the west and Borneo to the east, Kepulauan Anambas falls under the sovereignty of Indonesia. Its isolated position means the islands have remained almost untouched by tourism, and very few yachts have visited the area. But with a new port authority in the capital, Terampa, all that is about to change. Anambas is the dream destination 
for many world cruisers – remote, undeveloped, sparsely inhabited and accessible only by boat. The tiny islands and their spectacular bays fringed with lively reefs provide good shelter from the prevailing winds and fetch. The warm, gin-clear water is filled with rainbow fish, turtles, rays, sharks and coral gardens. All kinds of birds, insects and other animals get on with their lives in the subtropical rainforest covering the hilly islands. #createwithtrip
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Hidden away from the world and out of reach of tourism discretely lies Natuna Island. This part of the Indonesian archipelago yet so far away from the majority of the country that it is actually in the South China Sea, somewhere roughly between Singapore and Borneo Malaysia. Like other remote islands I have visited such as the beautiful Koh Lipe in Thailand, getting to Natuna Island has been a journey in itself. Development on Natuna Island is to say in the least, minimal. The remote island houses somewhere near 100,000 residents scattered across the land mass in sparsely distributed pockets. The entire community is electrified by diesel generators and twice daily power cuts in the morning and evening are a standard way of life. There is a severe lack of accommodation options to be found. The lack of tourism, however, has resulted in this island keeping its wonderful charm of a local culture and enclaves of untouched nature that have yet to be spoiled by mass development. #createwithtrip
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