A kelong might be but a wooden structure floating on the sea, but this offshore fish farm brings with it the promise of calm waters, spectacular sunsets, and fresh seafood caught just hours before it lands on your plate. As a child, I remember spending weekends on a kelong with my family, but unlike the savvier kelongs of today, accomodation onboard the kelong meant cold showers, shared rooms, thin mattresses, mosquito nets hanging from the ceiling, and if we were lucky — a ceiling fan or two. It was rustic, to say the least, but the warm hospitality of the kelong farmer and his family made the experience all the more memorable.
Today, those hankering for a taste of the slow life on a kelong can do so while staying in comfort with Banyan Tree Bintan. From now till December 2016, the homegrown luxury resort will whisk guests away on a local pompong boat to a nearby kelong, where the evening begins with a cocktail or two. Expect to tuck into dishes such as otak otak wrapped in coconut leaves, stone crab with black pepper sauce, and tiger prawns in asam manis.
For more information, visit Banyan Tree Bintan.