Swiss-Belhotel Lagoi Bay is the spanking new four-star hotel at the newly developing commercial and beach resort area north of Bintan. It belongs to an international chain with over 125 hotels worldwide. This is the hotel nearest Flyboyz and we stayed here one night.
The rooms at Swiss-Belhotel are contemporary and cosy. I was glad the bed is very comfortable. Love the bright yellow chaise lounge, but perhaps there is just a bit too much yellow in the room. Still, bright is better than dull. And the wi-fi works fine.
Bathrooms are well-appointed and clean. There's a shower stall with small rainshower head, but no bathtub.
It's a decent spread for breakfast at Swiss Cafe, with both Western and Asian choices. Live stations for waffles, noodles and eggs are at the other end.
Rendang for breakfast? Win.
There's a rooftop bar and grill at the top floor where the pool is. There's also a spa but I didn't check out the services or rates.
Unfortunately most other things here are still "akan datang", but there are plans to develop this area into a mini Clarke Quay with F&B and entertainment joints. And the Bintan international airport is opening end year, so that should get more businesses going.
Next door you have the Plaza Lagoi shopping mall, but it's mostly unoccupied as yet (everyone waiting for others to open, I guess).
So there's not much to do, see or shop yet. But the hotel itself is fairly nice as a quiet escape. Plus Flyboyz and the gorgeous beach is just a five-minute walk away.
It's probably best to book via the website for best guaranteed prices. Right now, room rates are going for about US$89 (weekdays) and US$109 (weekends). They could spike to US$149 for public holidays.
SWISS-BELHOTEL LAGOI BAY
Grand Lagoi, Jl. Gurindam Duabelas,
Plot 27 & 29, Lagoi Bay,
Tel: +62 770 692988