Much like our experience on Bintan Island, Chris and I found ourselves forced to stop and relax in our environment. Both of us struggle to sit still, but we managed to find a balance at Telunas by rotating between reading in hammocks, swimming at the beach, and taking advantage of some of the activities on offer.
On our second day we wandered further down the beach towards the mangroves. The beach wasn’t as long as we thought, and eventually ended in jungle.
The beach, despite being beautiful, wasn’t the best swimming beach. Seaweeds ran thick through the water about ten metres out, and the beach was covered in crabs! We didn’t mind too much as neither of us are big swimmers and were happy to float in the shallows.
Later in the morning we hired a couple of sea kayaks and spent some time paddling along the beach. It was really hard work! Not to mention a week of eating, drinking, and generally being in holiday mode meant whatever fitness we possessed beforehand was beginning to decline. We were asked not to go too far, so we came back in after 45 minutes. Not to mention the beating sun was frying us!
Around lunch time the boat returned from Batam Island with a number of families and couples, bringing our time of having the resort to ourselves to an end.
Telunas offers a number of guided activities, one being a low ropes course hidden in the jungle behind the beach. We had to be guided there by a host, and we tested out terrible balance skills.
It was great to see the jungle, and I wished we could have also done a larger jungle hike that the resort had on offer. However, it required a minimum number of people to do it. Most people don’t come to a beach resort to go hiking, I guess!
The above photo shows the ‘bell’ that is used to signal meal time (7am for breakfast, 12pm for lunch, and 6pm for dinner). It was not really a bell at all, but rather a hollow wooden sound – but it got our attention at meal times!
The next morning we had to return to Batam, but we had time to squeeze in some reading on the beach before our boat left around 9am.
The boat ride back was just as magical.
I still can’t believe we managed to find this little slice of paradise hidden among the Riau Islands! For a resort experience it was quite affordable, and a great place to disconnect and relax in a simple environment. If you are ever in Singapore, this is a perfect getaway that is close by!
But for now, back to Singapore!
*** I should also mention at this point that all these views are totally my own – I have never had my experience or accommodation at any holiday destination paid for. I just genuinely want to recommend some places!