The opening of The Canopi Resort in October marks the progress in phase one of Treasure Bay Bintan, a 338-hectare waterfront resort development in the north of the Indonesian island, just 10 minutes’ drive from the ferry terminal.

Canopi has 40 tent-suites facing the 6.3-hectare Crystal Lagoon, Southeast Asia’s first and largest recreational body of filtered sea-water. Canopi’s ‘glamping’ concept features three types of air-conditioned tentssome with an outdoor jacuzziand all having king-size and sofa beds, with semi-open-air bathrooms.

Developed by Landmarks Berhad, Treasure Bay Bintan will take shape over 10 to 20 years. Other projects such as Chill Cove, Canyon Ranch Bintan, an eastern wellness spa-resort, and the Mercure Bintan Resort, will enhance the island's destination appeal.

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“This development brings a new and different perspective to Bintan island with its unique and innovative concepts," says Stefan Thumiger, Treasure Bay Bintan chief operating officer. "We want to dispel the image that nothing has changed in recent years.”

Bintan can be a destination in itself or an extension for business events in Singapore. The island is a 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore and a 45-minute drive from the existing local airport. A new international airport is currently scheduled to open in 2018.

Canopi has a meeting room capable of seating 60 or 80 people classroom or theatre style respectively, or 40 people in rounds. Half-day and full-day rates cost IDR300,000 to IDR480,000 (US$22 to US$35) upwards. But the resort's multiple activities are likely to be a bigger draw for corporate and incentive groups.

Activities at Crystal Lagoon include kayaking, wakeboarding, jetovator rides and inflatable water volleyball. Other activities include Segway rides, electric scooter and ATV/UTV off-road forest trails, and mangrove kayaking.

“Programmes will be tailored to meet specific needs and preferences, and our product is flexible,” says Thumiger. “We can host a group of 20 to 30 participants comfortably at Canopi, but can combine with other resorts for larger groups. We also accept day excursions from Singapore and groups staying elsewhere on Bintan.

“In addition, we have off-site arrangements for golf and entertainment at Flyboyz Beach Bar at Lagoi Bay.”

A few F&B outlets will be opening soon at retail and dining centre the Trove, located adjacent to Canopi, increasing the choice beyond the resort’s 24-hour restaurant-bar.

Canopi’s opening promotional rate until the end of 2015 for tent suites is IDR1.9 million (US$140) upwards. There are three half-day packages for hotel guests and two full-day packages for day visitors. For MICE groups, rates will vary according to season, accommodation, meals and activities required.