Singapore's best family getaway / best CSR destination:
the world #1 eco-resort
Paradise just around the corner ... in Bintan!
Always wanted to experience (more of) the real Indonesia, and enjoy world-class eco, community and adventure activities between your hammock sessions?
May we welcome you to LooLa then!
The region’s most exciting and diverse programs for families, schools, companies, clubs & societies, parties & weddings, summer camps, and for CSR, leadership or team bonding.
Right in Bintan’s rural heartland, along its most beautiful coastal strip, you’ll find LooLa, built in local style above the sea or at the beach.
Scroll down to see why LooLa is the destination of choice for Singapore schools; for families with (very young) children; and for companies, churches and clubs.
Curious about what sustainability (eco) means for LooLa, and what it could mean for you? You can read all about it here
Activities and facilities – for all ages!
Family activities for young and old, at every level of challenge and fitness!
GET WET: Kayak, dragon-kayak, sailing
– Tidal sea-based pool, beach, sea terraces
– Rafting & raft building
– Sea-flat marine walks
– Boat & boom-net trips to nearby islands *
GET HIGH: Coconut tree climbing
– Rock climbing wall on the beach
– Skywalk first, then take the leap of faith!
– Zipline: fly into our swimming pool!
GET INVOLVED: Orienteering, village walks
– Hill treks: choose your challenge level *
– Our celebrated community programs *
– Our famous Eco/edu tours
– Survivor island adventure *
GET PLAYFUL: Ping pong tables, archery
– volleyball, futsal & basketball courts
– Team building games / obstacle course
– Massage *
LooLa classic - or the LooLa luxury eco villas?
From the year LooLa opened (2000) until now, these chalets have been a success with lovers of the outdoors. Stunningly located, there are 5 such chalets on the sea, and one land chalet with its own beach.
All chalets are made with beautiful wood from renewable resources. They feature large verandas, fans, bathrooms with sun-warmed water, and a room with either 2 or 4 beds which can sleep up till 5 people.
Back-up shower-gel, tooth-paste, and towels are provided, but otherwise please bring your own toiletries.
LooLa Luxury Eco Villa
We wanted to show that one can build beautiful villas with modern luxuries – while staying fully eco.
Spectacularly beautiful with world-class views, these two 300 sqm, 4-bedroom villas feature large tropical living rooms, furniture hand-carved from old boat wood, natural ventilation, as well as a world-first eco aircon system: The sun freezes two giant blocks of ice during the day, and the ice then cools your room at night!
Featured prominently in the Straits Times, 28 Jan 2015, we are sure you will enjoy these villas as much as we do!
Prices & Booking
For photos of accommodation, scroll up!
We have 2 luxury 4-room eco villas, 6 “classic LooLa” chalets, plus beautiful dormitory space for adventurous groups as big as 300+ people!
- Prices in Sin$ and includes accommodation, all food, water & tea and all on-site activities, i.e, all non (*) activities in the list above.
- We don’t do “++” : Only drinks, insurance, visa (if applicable) & transport-related costs are excluded from prices below.
We recommend coming with a group!
For as few as 10 people, our famous boat and boomnet expedition is included, as well as some other perks.
Please email us for details, and please inquire for family discounts.
Ferries. Ferries leave from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT) to Tanjung Pinang, Bintan. We pick you up upon arrival.
Email us to receive an easy-to-use ferry booking form.
Location. Where is LooLa ? Check the map!
Safety. No roads except our own. Shallow water near the coast. Certified staff with a century+ of combined experience. Founding signatory to Gold safety standards. Our long list of (school) clients is testament to our safety record.
Try Eco! Try (cooking) vegan or vegetarian food, make your trip carbon-positive by planting mangrove trees, give a lifetime of safe water to a local family, and more. See below or ask us how to create a holiday with a difference!
Contact us, Book, & More Info
Scroll down for more info on family (and other) programs.
Click here to check out videos, photos, FB and online documentation
Or Call us in Singapore at +65-6764 6496
Or call our Jakarta office (Wisata Sekolah) at +62-819 1083 1792
Or use our online contact form.
Flying in to Singapore/LooLa? Please consider using this great start up Eco flight search engine that will offset your CO2 emissions.
Our family programs
Our staff will aim to let you experience our most popular activities (weather, tides and time permitting) and will explain the tentative activity plan upon your arrival.
Let our staff know if there are certain activities you don’t want to miss, and they will do their best to plan them in!
For larger family groups (> 10 pax), our staff will aim to do a round of boat and boom-netting, while smaller groups can request this activity at a flat surcharge of $ 200.
For families who like the idea of making a difference to the local community, we strongly encourage you to engage in a community service project . Those families who have tried it invariably list it as one of the highlights of their stay at LooLa. Here is how it works: you typically help improve the quality of life for a single household in a nearby village, for instance by building beds, donating mosquito nets, painting the house, or (our favorite project) building a safe water garden – which gives a local family once again access to clean water, while protecting the environment at the same time. Such projects are quoted strictly at cost, typically a few hundred dollars. If interested, check here and please ask us for more info!
Father-son camps and other family bonding programs ...
There's no better place to do so than LooLa ...
The formula for success for a family bonding trip is this:
Unite the family members in a happy and exciting location, with no chances for external interruptions; a location which naturally guides everyone to the only option: happy play together!
That place is LooLa: there’s no neighbors and no TV (unless you really beg for it 😉 ), but there’s a whole lot of very enjoyable yet challenging activities that create mutual trust and bonding.
Try to get a kayak to go where you want – we’ve got kayaks that hold between 2 to 10 people! Climb a coconut tree together, but after the dad secures the son, reverse roles: son belays dad! After that, scale the rock wall and fly into the pool from 15 meter high…
Try sailing together, and do hair-raising bungee jumps together. Or spend the night together on survivor island … the list is endless.
Of course LooLa’s staff will be in the background to make sure things are safe, but there’s little that will do as much for fathers and sons to create a strong bond of mutual respect …
Simply try to get 10+ father-son pairs together, and we’re a go. Naturally, mother-son, father-daugher, and mother-daugher -or whole families- are most welcome too.
At $ 600 per person (twin-sharing, all-in, including ferry) or $ 450 per person (dormitory style) for a 2N3D spectacular experience, this could well be the best family investment you’ve ever made …
Holiday and Summer Camps for Teens and kids ...
A great adventure: a world of fun while building character!
Developed and owned by two teachers, LooLa brings together the latest educational insights to promote team spirit, self-confidence, leadership skills, and a sensitivity for the local community; but above all, to have an unforgettable experience …
We run such ongoing camps with quality partners such as Centaurs Rugby and CUFA Football. In these camps, kids don’t just enjoy the fabulous LooLa experience, but they will also hone their Rugby or Football skils with the experienced coaches from our partners.
These camps also come with a social mission: to host a group of local orphans and local students at LooLa and create an experience all kids will cherish for a lifetime (organize a fun tournament, do LooLa activities together, bake pizza’s together, and campfire party).
For a document with more info, click here.
To check availability and to register, please contact our partners or contact us.
Click here to read what parents say about our camps!
Our Corporate and CSR Programs ...
Team up with a world leader in sustainability!
Aiming for a world-class CSR experience?
If your company is keen to see world-class sustainability in action – while having a great team bonding experience at the same time … Try LooLa!
Stay at LooLa (for those who like rustic) or stay in a hotel of your choice (including our 5-star neighbor), and let us organise a CSR program your staff shall never forget, including our signature program, the Safe Water Garden, which bring lifetime safe water to local schools and households (more details at the end of this section).
Make full use of the flexibility:
- Duration project – anywhere from half a day till multiple days
- Accommodation – take your pick: from homestay to LooLa’s eco accommodation to 5-star luxury!
- Team-bonding activities – pick from the richest variety our region has on offer
- Further sustainability options – make it a carbon-neutral event; try our vegan cooking course (see photos below); do marine surveys; experience green power – and find out how easy it is to cut electricity bills at home by 75%; have fun discussing how gender equality has changed LooLa – and could change your company too
Contact us for more info.
Have a blast: try our region’s most exciting team bonding activities!
We’ve all been there, the usual teambuilding events in fancy hotels…. Sure it’s nice, but it’s also forgotten the next week.
However, if your company is serious about team bonding and about having an unforgettable experience, then go for it all the way: try LooLa’s hair-raising but accessible-to-all adventure activities! The Wala Wala video on our video page shows you what the hard-core team builders can expect.
(Re)discover it: CSR and sustainability is not hard work – it’s easy and it’s fun
Join our fast growing list of corporate guests and sponsors and discover that you can have a joyful event that is meaningful, not just on the spot, but long term as well, and allowing for happy and equally meaningful returns.
Join Rabobank, WBCSD, Singtel, Credit Suisse, Maybank, Great Eastern Life, Singtel, Damen, Citibank, Philips, Nokia, Sinarmas, Musim Mas, Borouge, AS Schneider, Geylang United, Milward Brown, Dunhill, MayBank, Volkswagen, M1, AMEX, and more SMEs than we can list!
LooLa’s signature project: the Safe Water Garden
This CSR project has it all: intimate social engagement (10 of your staff with one local family), ongoing social research, practical engineering skills, shared cooking experience, agriculture, sanitation, water, bio-chemical science, social media skills, and in the end: a beautiful garden that delivers economic, health, and social benefits to local people. Download the Safe Water Garden powerpoint for more details
Our School Programs ...
Thanking schools for your trust in making us market leader, here's what made us so:
A wide range of programs, from team and self-confidence enhancing activities to community services to NYAA trips (for groups of 15 - 400 students).
The owners of LooLa, Dr. Marc van Loo and Ms. Isabelle Lacoste, have taught at schools and universities in Singapore since 1991. Isabelle was founder and Coordinator of a 500 student strong French Language program at NTU, and is currently President of the Association of French Teachers in Singapore, as well as IB CAS coordinator at GESS. Marc was Professor of Math and Physics at a local affiliate of CalState U as well as Coordinator of Critical Thinking at NTU, and has taught mathematics, physics and TOK at ACS(I), SJI(I), UWCSEA, and GESS. He is chief editor of an authorative Cambridge University Press book on the IB Diploma (detailed educational resume is posted on this book site).
We have developed (and continue to review) LooLa together with Outdoor Ed specialists from visiting schools to ensure we continue to deliver the best educational programs this region has on offer.
This approach has made LooLa the favourite destination for overseas school trips. In 2010, for instance, we ran around 100 (!) school trips, including 8 level camps, and our regular school visitors include Singaporean schools (at Primary, Secondary, ITE, Poly and JC level) and many International schools based in Singapore – see here for a more complete list.
Objectives met by our programs:
Character-building; Leadership; team bonding; survival; ruggedness and adventure; self-esteem, self-confidence, self-awareness; global, national and cultural awareness, appreciation of (marine) nature and local culture; programs incorporating history, economy, maths, science and eco curriculum; programs for NYAA, NPCC, TAF; and our celebrated CIPs (Community Involvement Programs, pioneered by Loola since the year 2000) – take your pick and we will personalize the program for you!
“Every student in Singapore should visit LooLa.”
– Varatha Rajan, Head Of PE/CCA, Seng Kang Sec
“My students’ overnight trip to Bintan to place used computers in needy schools was one of the most outstanding community service ventures I have ever been a part of.”
– Joan Adams, Middle School Principal, American School
“In a nut shell, our Sec 3 camp was EXCELLENT! I have done numerous camps both locally and abroad for the full level (i.e. with over 300 pupils each time) and LooLa ranks right there at the top. I dare say that I am already thinking of camp LooLa 2008!
– Neville Teo, HOD PE/CCA at Admiralty Sec
“The stay in LooLa was the best I ever had in terms of activities and programme … LooLa is unique, the staff is wonderful, and mindful of safety at all times. The food is excellent. Some of my students actually cried when they had to leave!”
– Mr Siva, HOD Craft & Technology, Springfield Sec
“2 weeks after the trip and still my students are raving about LooLa. In all my years of taking students on outdoor adventures, LooLa is by far the most exciting and challenging adventure resort I have ever been to.”
– Dave Hubbard, Principal of Lower Sec, Chatsworth Intn’l
We encourage schools to participate in our CIP (community) programs. Do a sports or arts exchange, do a joint eco tour, build roads or beds, make a difference for orphans, install mosquito nets, adopt a local school, and perhaps the most meaningful of them all: build Safe Water Gardens! The possibilities are endless … see the next section for more!
Our Community, eco and green programs ...
Get involved with the community - and help the environment at the same time!
Isabelle Lacoste and Marc van Loo (the “La” and “Loo”) founded LooLa in the belief that a good business can and should benefit all other stakeholders too: our local community, our staff, and our guests.
The wonderful news is that so many of our guests agree – and enthusiastically participate in our community involvement projects (see next column).
Our staff are all recruited from Bintan itself, and the vast majority is from our local kampung (village). To encourage them as business-owners, we passed the drinks business over to them – which is why drinks are the only item not included in our packages.
Our first Eco award (most inspiring Eco resort in Asia, WildAsia 2012) inspired us to embark on the next eco step towards becoming a truly sustainable business: an ambitious project to recycle all our wastewater clean back into the water table, collect most of our water through rainwater harvesting, generate all our power via solar energy, and build the world’s first two eco villas where even the aircon is powered by the sun.
We are delighted to report that by January 2015, all the hardware was in place and we are now working to get the most out of the systems!
Together with a growing group of educational and business partners, we continue to optimise our eco systems. The aims: to design systems that are so good and cheap that local households can use them, and to use the systems for an engaging education program for both local and foreign guests.
For our guests who want to make their community project in Indonesia a success, there is an easy recipe: just bring a ready smile, and a willingness to experience a different way of doing things!
With the changing needs of our community, our programs change too, but to give just a few examples of projects that work very well: organize a sports and/or arts exchange, build / repair local roads, build a basketball field, place mosquito nets for villagers or help upgrade their houses –see photos below!
But most of all: help a local family to a lifelong system of safe water management: a Safe Water Garden. Please check our video page for the two videos that showcase this project, at the family and at the company CSR level, and check the CSR and school section for further info.
It is this philosophy – and its implementation – that led to LooLa receiving the World’s most prestigious eco award in 2015. For more details on LooLa and sustainability, please check our LooLa Eco page
Food At LooLa
LooLa is proud to present local dishes with an international twist, in combination with classic family favourite meals such as (self-made!) pizza.
We’d like to call special attention to this: local plant-based (vegetarian and vegan) dishes are incredibly good, but often go un-recognised. To remedy this, LooLa is proudly offering a wide set of local plant-based delicacies, some of which are photographed below.
A note on our quality and safety standards for overseas (school) trips
PUBLIC PLEDGE ON SAFETY
As a member of the global sustainable business community, LooLa believes that high standards for quality and safety are in the best interest of all stakeholders. As such, we are proud to be a part of an expert community-driven initiative to build and maintain such standards with an open source principle.
The standards at hand were initiated by a dozen of Singapore’s leading practitioners from both the public and private sector, whose pooled experiences span well over a century of senior man-years. They articulated a set of high standards that reflect the best of their joint wisdom in order to serve all stakeholders, with safety and quality being paramount.
But good standards are not static.
They must constantly evolve to reflect the latest wisdom, and this is best done by engaging the community:
- Everyone with a stake and an interest in maintaining high quality and safe overseas trip experiences should be able to contribute.
- LooLa endeavours to be part of this ongoing effort, by striving to adhere to the standards, as well as to maintain and further develop them.
As such, we hereby pledge, publicly:
- To do our best to adhere to the community expert-driven Overseas Travel Guidelines published here (refer to the latest open source version)
- To help to maintain and further develop the Overseas Travel Guidelines by contributing new insights and areas for improvement at any given opportunity
Testimonials from schools, families and others
Please note that we have stopped adding/updating this section since 2012, but of course Tripadvisor continues, and we’re very proud of our local staff for having received the highest Tripadvisor accolades: for five years running (2013 – 2017) we’re a Tripadvisor world top 1% family resort!
The guest list tables below features a partial list of our school guests (many of which come back every year!) and a partial list of publications and TV coverage of LooLa. For testimonials, see further down!
To see a partial list of our school guests (many of which come back every year!), click the tabs ...
Level camps ( * = repeat camps)
Assumption Sec (*)
Bukit Batok Sec
Bukit Merah Sec
Bukit Panjang High
Chung Cheng (*)
East View Sec
Kuo Chuan Presbytarian
North Vista Sec (*)
Singapore American School (*)
St Anthony Canossian (*)
St Nicholas (*)
Tanjung Katong Sec
Ai Tong Pri
Anglo-Chinese School (Indep)
Ang Mo Kio Sec
Bedok green Primary
Bedok Green Sec
Bedok South Sec
Bedok Town Sec
Bishan Park Sec
Boon Lay Sec
Bukit Batok Sec
Bukit Merah Sec
Bukit Panjang Sec
Bukit Pajang High
Bukit View Sec
ChangKat Changi Sec
Chestnut Drive Sec
CHIJ Toa Payoh
Chinese Girls school
Chong Boon Sec
Chung Cheng Sec
Clementi Woods Sec
Dunman High school
East Spring Pri
East View Sec
First Toa Payoh
Geylang Methodist Pri
Holy Innocents high school
Hwa Chong College
Kuo Chuan Presbytarian
Maris Stella school
MLEP MOE HQ – Malay language unit
Naval Base Pri
Naval Base Sec
Ngee Ann Poly
North View Sec
North Vista Sec
NTU + NUS + SMU + SIM !
Opera Estate Pri
Orchid Park Sec
Pasir Ris Sec
Pei Hwa Sec
Raffles Girls School
River Valley Primary
Seng Kang Sec
Singapore Sports School
St. Andrew’s Junior
St. Anthony Cannossian
St. Gabriel’s Sec
Tanjong Katong Sec,
Tanjong Katong Girls Sec
Tao Nan Sec
Telok Kurau Sec
Yio Chu Kang Sec
Yio Chu Kang Gardens,
Yishun Town Sec
Yuan Ching Sec
Yusof Ishak Sec
Woodlands Ring Pri
Australian International School
Avondale Grammar School
Canadian International School
CalTex Pekanbaru (Indonesia)
Chatsworth International School
Chinese International School
Genesis school for the disabled
Hollandse School (Dutch School)
Indian International School
International School of Jakarta
International School Singapore
Linz school (Austria)
Overseas Family College
NPS International School
Pacific Hills school (Sydney)
Singapore American School
St Joseph Institute (International)
St Joseph Institute (elementary)
Surabaya International School (Indonesia)
Tanglin Trust School
United World College
FAS national youth team
Singapore Recreation Club
Singapore Teachers Union
Hong Kong Cable TV 12, Oct 2006 (on recommendation by STB)
N.T.U.C Healthcare Magazine March 2003 (Chinese)
N.T.U.C Lifestyle Magazine July 2003 (English)
Further magazines: NPCC , Banter, ADB, Nanyang Chronicle, Expat Magazine, …
Straits Times (Jan 2015)
After winning the World # 1 Responsible tourism award, we featured in many media around the world
What our guests are saying ...
Let me start by telling how much we enjoyed ourselves in LooLa. All the activities, food and accommodation were great. On top of that, let me highlight the fact that your staff has been the best I have seen so far in my five year stint in Asia.
– Tomi Niskakoski, Manager
Michelle and Daniella still rave about our camp until today. They say it was one of their best experiences and would join your camp any time again. Besides having some of their good friends with them, it was mainly David who made this week so memorable for them. He had his group under control and made everybody relax and have lots of fun. I believe he was able to analyze each child’s character by knowing what their weaknesses and strength were. I gather this all from the stories that came back home as both of my girls returned with lots of confidence. I also appreciate the professional follow-up by providing a write up about each child’s accomplishments during camp. If we are here next summer I will surely send my girls to your camp again. Again thank you for making my children so happy this summer. ‘
– Gabriele van Eck
Just want to let you know that your resort was breathtaking and it was a real pleasure to have spent our weekend there. All my friends had a great time and I had a great 30th BD celebration. ‘
– Pauline Chia
In a nut shell, it was EXCELLENT! I have done numerous camps both locally and abroad for the full level (i.e. with over 300 pupils each time) and LooLa ranks right there at the top. I dare say that I am already thinking of camp LooLa 2008! In greater detail, here goes: The camp site was close enough for everyone to be in close contact with each other yet spacious enough that we did not get into each other’s way during the activities. The absence of mosquitoes was comforting. The tents were ingeniously built and sturdy [ note that since Jan 2010 we have beautiful dormitories for over 350 students!, the LooLa team], and provided comfortable accommodations for the pupils. The huts were adequate and the in-house shower and water closet was a great asset. The new ‘hall’ was splendid and became the focal point for all activities, eg. Meals, meetings, rest, assembly, games. The staff at LooLa were friendly and helpful, always seeing to our needs and making us feel right at home. Food was plentiful and good and I even had to request that the portions be reduced to prevent wastage. There was sufficient drinking water at all times. As to the Singaporean facilitators you engaged, the instructors were friendly yet firm when required. They managed to connect with the pupils from the onset and built rapport easily. They facilitated the various activities very well and constantly engaged the pupils throughout every free moment. They showed care and concern for the pupils and really put in their best to ensure that my pupils enjoyed the camp. A testimony to your operations: my pupils did not want to leave LooLa and asked why they could not stay on longer. Yes, you can ask Dul [LooLa’s director] as he was there and even jokingly agreed to build a hut for them if they stayed back!
– Mr Neville Teo, head of PE/CCA
I am Farhana, representing Class 3B from Tanjong Katong Secondary School and we were at LooLa from 2nd-5th March 2010. We just wish to thank you and the people of LooLa for the unforgetable experience we had. It was the best camp ever and we couldn’t stop thinking of LooLa back at school! The boomnet and flying fox were amazing and is definitely what we would not have been able to do back in Singapore. Memories in LooLa we would not forget – LooLa made us all believe we could do anything and conquer great heights. It was so relaxing and was a great break from studies with the great ocean breeze. The people in LooLa were so friendly and they were so caring! They would calm us down when we were nervous and of all the camps we have been, we never had trainers that were so friendly and homely. The food was great and the accommodation was perfect! Most importantly, we all had a blast! The CIP with the orphans was awesome and very, very meaningful. Some of us even cried when we had to leave cos’ LooLa was just heavenly. Our new-found family back in LooLa would always be part of us and we will be back–we want to!!
Thank You so much for the great time! LooLa will be our top camp spot forever! Regards,
– Farhana of TK 3B’10 =)
Dear Darren, Tess and the entire LooLa crew
We had a great time at LooLa – this is definitely not the last time you are going to hear from us!
I uploaded a little teaser video on your Facebook page to attract more kids to take up scouting (and to go to LooLa! haha). Thank you once again. (Cliche composition ending) we went home tired but happy 🙂
Yours in Scouting’
– Zaidy Nandir, Teacher in charge of the Griffith trip
‘Service rendered was excellent and we are glad that trainers are able to cater to our last minute changes. Safety was never been neglected, bonding between the trainers and student were very pleasant. The food and rooms were fantastic. Overall I would rate it excellent. Thanks & Regards!’
– Noor Fadillah, Co-Curriculum Programme Executive
We had the most relaxing weekend in LooLa’s! As usual, the weather there was much better than in Singapore, so we got a very good sun tan and some sun burns. For the first time in my life I was not just participating on a boat but sailing myself – I just LOVED it! It’s so easy! Well, ok, we capsized twice and my friend slid in the water a couple more times but it was soo much fun! We did kayaking, enjoyed the stars, loved our chalet, its floor, the veranda – everything.
Your staff is very helpful and friendly as well. As they heard we’ld prefer a water chalet they even changed our chalet from No. 6 onshore to no 2 on the water in the evening so they even had to clean it again. Different to many other places in this region all of them feel very responsible for the guest’s wellbeing and we were amazed they even followed us – by kayaks or sail boats – in a distance to ensure we would not be in difficulties. Once I lost my snorkel mask when cap sizing & immediately three of the boys helped me searching it for over 30 min. on the ground until one of them found it. I highly appreciated that and gave them a tip later. Your staff Ronny even keeps two kinds of classic music tapes for young and old couples in the car, and explained us a lot.
We’ll also come back for sure – I have to improve my sailing! ‘
– Henning Focks
Once again I’d like to thank you & all your staff for your kind hospitality. Thank you for letting us stay there over the weekend and have the whole place to ourselves. My friend, Darren, said he had a most memorable birthday there. We had such a great time and we’d love to come back sometime soon…
– Midori Tsuru
taken from their website: One mom sent this, ‘ I would like to thank you for letting my son Andy go to Bintan on the weekend. I have never heard the word “awesome” mentioned so many times describing this trip to us. I am sure this will be his best memory of Singapore.’
‘ We will never forget the smiling faces of hundreds of Indonesian children greeting my students and teachers as we placed computers in 8 different schools in Bintan. The experiences provided at Camp LooLa and on the island of Bintan will always remain with us. ‘
– Paul Combs, Deputy Principal, Middle School
Chatsworth runs their grade 5, 6, and 8 trips to LooLa, and this is what they have to say:
‘ 2 weeks after the trip and still my students are raving about LooLa Resort. In all my years of taking students on outdoor adventures LooLa is by far the most exciting and challenging adventure resort I have ever been to. The staff were fantastic and quickly built a strong rapport with my students. All the activities were challenging, exciting and at all times safe. The food is excellent, especially the BBQ at the campfire! As my students say: LooLa Rocks!’
– Dave Hubbard, Head of Lower Secondary
EtonHouse Primary school was one of the first primary schools to visit us (in 2006, after which they came back three times in a row in 2007!), and they taught us a lot about how to adapt the environment and activities to bring out the best for a school group of this age. Other than that, here is what they wrote: The kids had a wonderful time. Your staff were excellent. They were attentive to all our needs and made sure that everything went smoothly. The food was excellent; possibly the best I have ever seen in 35 years of attending school camps. Bravo! The rock wall was a big hit, and the boom netting was sensational: the kids are still talking about it!
– Les Fielder, Teacher of year 5
The Dutch school runs their `groep 7′ (grade 5) trips through LooLa. They sent us this quote in 2004: ‘Another world so close by. Three days at LooLa adventure resort…..setting, activities and the dedicated staff are one of a kind. See you all next year! ‘
– Andre Mevissen, in charge of ‘groep 7’.
‘Alles uitstekend verlopen. Complimenten aan de LooLa staf, we zijn 100% tevreden!’ (In English: ‘Our 2009 visit went very well. Our compliments to the LooLa staff – we’re 100% satisfied!’)
– Joice Wassink, in charge of ‘groep 7’ in 2009.
After successful visits every year from 2001 onwards, the ITE Bedok is planning to work together with the American School to develop LooLa’s community programs further, and help building up local schools.
‘ It’s a place to be for those who wanna be! The tranquillity brings out the best of an individual in you ! ‘
– Mohamed Tahir Ali, Section Head/PE&CCA/BK
Hi Marc, thank you for all your help in arranging for the trip and for answering the numerous questions that I flooded your email with – the trip was a fruitful one through the incorporation of your activities and our own consultant’s programme. All my students have three word to describe the entire experience – LOOLA was FUN!
I want to say a big THANK YOU on behalf of my students and colleagues to Claudette [LooLa’s sales manager] for her patience and helpfulness in answering all my questions … to Elyas for his help to coordinate things on the 2nd night & his patience when we woke him up to handle a power trip (3 o’clock in the morning!) … to the guys that demo & helped us with the high ropes (especially the one we nicknamed “BISHAN PARK 18” cos he could climb like spiderman!) … to the guys who waited for one of our students who took almost an hour before she had the courage to leap off the upper deck of the boat … to Karno [LooLa’s communications director] for meeting us at arrival and helping us with the boarding pass for our return trip … to the fantastic cook who whipped up sumptuous and delicious dishes…that my students are still talking about even when back in singapore … to the faithful lady who make sure there’s enough beverages for us all every moment of the day … and, last but not least, to ever-ready Dodi [LooLa’s customer service director] who helped us with the impromptu requests…for bottled drinks, bread, biscuits, calling cards and sharing about Indonesia…and entertaining my bunch of energetic students who got along very well with him …
I have attached a photo taken before we left LOOLA on the last day.
Have a wonderful day ahead!
– Lydia Irene Yeo, Executive / Student affairs
The UWC has visited us well over 20 times. Students went twice with telescopes for star-gazing trips (since the night sky is so clear at LooLa), IB students English did their oral exam at LooLa, and much more … As a result, UWC decided in 2004 to offer LooLa as one of their week-long grade 9 trips. Out of the more than 10 local options, parents voted overwhelmingly for ‘LooLa’.
‘ LooLa offers all the ingredients that make a school trip successful:
– Prior to departure, a good organization by Marc and Isabelle, the owners. They have all the experience and flexibility to answer your needs.
– a variety of sports and physical activities specially designed for team building.
– an unusual location in Bintan, remote and authentic, making you feel you are far away from Singapore, with real adventure in the form of a nearby deserted paradise island. In short, we all had a great time and look forward to going back again! ‘
– Yves Gosselin, Head of PE
And here’s another comment from one of his colleagues, Helene Vernet, in French:
‘ Pendant notre sejour a Bintan, nous avons eu une experience formidable. Au resort LooLa, des activites possibles et realisables dans de bonnes conditions nous ont ete proposees grace a un materiel bien entretenu. Les chambres des differents chalets sont aerees et agreables. Quant au petit-dejeuner, vous aurez une experience gastronomique assuree. Le personnel du village est tres sympathique et ils seront toujours prets pour vous accueillir. Allez a LooLa et vous aurez des vacances de reve… ‘
‘… a pleasant ride towards LooLa that brought back memories of Singapore Kampongs of the late 70s. Upon arrival we were welcomed by the friendly yet respectful staff of LooLa. We were pleased with the cosy chalets, and happy to find there is no problem with mosquitoes at all.
Our kids took an immediate liking to the telescope and the stars. Thousands of them lit up the sky and it is a real wonder. Our students even took the trouble of waking up at 4am to watch the moon rise through the telescope, and then at 7 am again to see the sun rise out of the sea! These are truly sights to behold.
The rock climbing was challenging, but there’s something for every level: easy, intermediate and difficult. We also did the flying fox to into the sea. It was fun and the kids loved it. The canoeing, rafting and sailing was fun too. We did activities coupled with low rope elements which were superb for team work and confidence building. Everthing we did there was 100% safe.
We are already planning our next trip to LooLa this year. LooLa is a place every youth in Singapore should visit.’
– Varatha Rajan, Head Of PE/CCA
The students thoroughly enjoyed their 3 days at LooLa. It opened their eyes to the wonders of nature which we so miss in Singapore. They were fascinated by the beach, the sunset and all the wonderful sights that LooLa offered them. The activities brought them out their shells as they were not conscious of their physical self, and everyone was doing all that they could to ensure everyone succeeded in whatever task was set. With the help of the wonderful staff at LooLa, the trip got even better. Thanks for a great job guys. We will be back !!
– K. “Raj” Thanaraj, Sports Secretary
Our school has visited LooLa for many years in a row now, and teachers and students (including myself!) love the place, its activities and the ever-friendly, helpful and personable staff! The experiential and outdoor learning programme at LooLa is now a key component of our curriculum, providing our students with an opportunity to ³get out of school and learn about the world.”
– Andreas Swoboda, VP and Director of European Section
My group had a wonderful time at the resort. My students especially enjoyed the time when I brought them out during low tide to check out the marine life. We found sea cucumbers, starfishes, shrimps, various fishes (including a puffer fish), clams, crabs (hermit crabs too!) and other amazing stuff! it was the first time that my students had the opportunity to interact with authentic marine life up close. Your staff was very helpful, we enjoyed the food and the activities, and we felt very safe throughout our entire visit to Bintan. We hope to return soon!
– David Yim, acting head IT, YTSS
We had a really good time at LooLa and really appreciated our 2006 Hari Raya holiday weekend. LooLa’s staff is amazing: always there to help and take care of everyone, and very professional and nice with the kids! Thank you very much, we are sure to come back!
– Anne Ghanem
The stay in LooLa was the best I ever had in terms of activities and programme … LooLa is unique, the staff is wonderful, and mindful of safety at all times. The food is excellent. Some of my students actually cried when they had to leave!”
– Mr Siva, HOD Craft & Technology, Springfield Sec
Our trip was wonderful, thanks to your hospitable staff. It was unfortunate that we did not manage to bring a larger group as the experience was truly enriching. Thank you for the arrangements to visit the orphanage which made our trip meaningful and heartwarming. Thank you for also accommodating to the needs of our Muslim students who were fasting. Meals were delicious and drinking water was plentiful.
We’ve fallen in love with your resort so we’ll meet again next year!
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