State of Mind
Bintan Island’s powder-white sands and gently lapping waves have long lured Singaporeans looking for a reprieve from the frenetic pace in the nearby city-state. In December, the Indonesian island—which is located 35 minutes by helicopter from Singapore—became all the more alluring with the opening of the Sanchaya (thesanchaya.com), a 30-room retreat set on 23 acres in the northern Lagoi Bay development. The resort’s villas and suites combine antique furnishings with an eclectic collection of Asian artifacts, including Vietnamese ceramics and Indonesian textiles. The blend of regional influences extends to a spa with its own garden of healing herbs, and a restaurant that serves Bangkok-style street food. Guests can also enjoy fine cheeses at Sanchaya’s fromagerie, read a rare tome in the library, and, of course, relax on the resort’s palm-fringed beach.