Does the game of one-upmanship ever grow old in this city? I see your glass of champagne (already sweating from the time you’ve taken to frame it against the Marina Bay skyline) and raise you my Bellini, still perfectly chilled and backdropped by a view of the sun, sand, and sea.
No, this isn’t Tanjong Beach Club, but rather, The Sanchaya, Bintan’s forerunner in the luxury accommodation stakes, where guests with deep pockets and even more expansive expense accounts flit between the wine cellar, an Olympic-length infinity pool, and the resort’s 29 handsomely-appointed villas and suites. And for the first time since its opening in 2014, you don’t have to be a residing guest to enjoy the resort’s facilities.
On the third Sunday of each month, those who make a reservation for the resort’s Sanchaya Sundays package will gain access to a generous brunch spread and thereafter, the chance to while away the afternoon at the pool or one of its breezy seaside cabanas. Those shaking off the post-meal stupor can draw their bows for a round of archery or hit the water on a paddle board.
Foodwise, expect the feasting to begin at noon, with a spread of cheese and charcuterie alongside a la carte servings of familiar Indonesia dishes and Italian-style dishes prepared by resident chef Giacomo Turzo. For dessert, nibble on an array of sweet treats or work your way down the impressive macaroon tower. Unlimited servings of cocktails (Bloody Mary and Pimm’s Cup), rosé wine, and ice cold beers keep pace with the food until brunch service wraps up at 3.30pm.
The only catch is that one does have to make the crossing over to Bintan, but with the expedited clearance at immigration, the 50-minute ferry crossing to the exclusive beachfront estate is a small price to pay if one wishes to dodge the madding crowd.
Upcoming sessions of Sanchaya Sundays are slated for Nov 18 and Dec 16. For more details, visit The Sanchaya. For reservations, please call +62 770 692200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.