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Experience the Real Bintan through its premier eco-resort ...
Fun, Sun ...
Always wanted to experience (more of) the real Indonesia, and enjoy some activity between your hammock sessions?
May we welcome you to Loola then!
The region's most exciting and diverse programs for families, schools and companies,
clubs and societies, parties and weddings, summer-camps, and family or team bonding.
Two guest feedbacks (more click here!)
Here's a typical comment from a visit from Mr Siva, HOD Craft &
Technology, Springfield Sec:
Activities and facilities (for photos, see our facebook albums)
Accommodation (See section below for details!)
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. Prices below are in Sing $, and include accommodation, all food, water & tea, local transport on Bintan, and all on-site activities, i.e, all non (*) activities in the list above.
We don't do "++" : Only drinks, insurance, visa (if applicable) & ferry-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.
Please enquire 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 well over a century of combined experience!
Our long list of (school) clients is testament to our safety record.
TO BOOK ....
Email our Singapore-based booking office firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Call +65-6764 6496.
What to choose: LooLa classic or the LooLa luxury eco villas? ...
The two new luxury eco villas; Sabine's villa is on the right, Isa's villa (the inter-connected pavilions) is on the left.
The classic LooLa chalets:
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 at the
start of the jetty with its own adjacent beach.
The two luxury eco villas:
We wanted to show that one can build beautiful villas with modern luxuries while staying fully eco.
Isa's villa is Marc's present for Isabelle. It features local materials,
and also a 6th room: a study with awesome views.
Our (community) activities in pictures ...
Our community activities in pictures ...
Isabelle and Marc founded LooLa in the belief that a good business can and should benefit all other stakeholders too: our local community, our staff, and our clients.
Our local staff, as always, have risen to the task and are now in the process of taking full ownership over these
systems and conducting interactive eco tours for our guests.
The task we have set ourselves for 2015 is to optimize our eco systems, and use them for an engaging education
program for both local and foreign guests.
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 highschool mathematics and physics 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 market leader as a 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) as well as most International schools based in Singapore - See here for a more complete list.
Objectives met by our programs:
"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."
"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!
"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!"
"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."
Schools are strongly encouraged 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, install a waste water garden! The possibilities are endless ... see previous section for more!
Our intensive facilitated company events.
These events are fully customized for those who seek to define or strengthen vision, true leadership, and constructive and effective communication and feedback at all levels. Anther key issue that could be addressed is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - how about announcing to the world that you are a Carbon-neutral company? (you could that by simply adopting an extremely affordable planting project in Indonesia!). And then there is conflict management, coaching issues, personal efficiency, time management, project management, and sales training.
These courses would be run by highly qualified instructors from our tried and tested pool of Singapore-based corporate trainers.
Our budget do-it-yourself
These events develop corporate team bonding & leadership through challenging but fun programs involving climbing, ropes courses, flying fox, sailing, kayaking, boating, CSR projects, and (overnight) expeditions to survivor island!
You wish to do something really different, truly unique, and profoundly moving? Then add in a life and company changing community service - possibly the best way to bond and unite your company in a common goal.
Our resident staff organizes the activities, and you'll be provided with help sheets to conduct your own evaluation.
|LooLa Adventure Resort has,
since its opening in August 1999, taken the educational community by storm.
Both international and local schools have embraced our concept, and many
schools have decided to integrate our programs in their curricula, with more schools following suit all the time.
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 ...
Click here to read what parents say about our camps!
Our 6-day holiday camps (running since summer 2001, and now offered throughout the year) are for two age categories: U13 and U15;
the summer programs (in July and August) are specifically
aimed at children of expatriate families.
Our camps are run by our own full-time staff, together with one of Singapore's best-known and long-established child-program providers,
Centaurs Rugby club.
Check Centaur's site, where you could also sign up!
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 are no neighbors and there's no TV (unless you really beg for it ;-) ), but there's a whole lot of very enjoyable but 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 son secures the dad, reverse roles: the son belays the father!
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 simply nothing that will do as much for fathers and sons to create a strong bond of mutual respect ...
We are fortunate to have found a passionate dad of one son and one daughter (13 and 9 years old),
Mr Veera Kumaran, who has a wealth of experience in running father-son camps
as well as youth camps.
Currently a respected leader of a Risk management team, as well as a manager of commercial, residential and industrial property with Jones Lang Lasalle, Veera has always found time to express his passion for working with children and families.
Starting as a Scout master with the Rusa group, where he organized the yearly camps, he went on to join the PSGs of ACS(junior), ACS(Barker) and Pei Tong Pri School, in which capacity he organized 6 father-son camps and numerous other family bonding events.
Simply get 10+ father-son pairs together and Veera will join you to make sure that a modest $ 500 per pair for a 2N3D spectacular experience is the best family investment you've ever made ...
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
for three years running (2013, 2014, 2015) we're a Tripadvisor
world top 1%
Corporate groups and clubs:
Assistance Center: ' 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
Parental feedback on our Summer camps: ' 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
Pauline Chia's birthday party group:
'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. '
Admiralty Sec sent us this after their
Sec 3 mass camp (since then, in 2010 - March 2011 alone, we ran 13 successful level camps!).
'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!
And here you hear it from a student, Farhana, who was on the Tanjung Katong
level camp in March 2010!
Just to let you know the great feedback keeps coming, here is
Griffith Pri's and Broadrick Sec's feedback on their March 2011 trips:
Broadrick Sec on their March 2011 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!'
Feedback from a small group of friends:
' 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.
Another birthday party feedback:
' 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...
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.' For references to SAS's trips, click
here and here (esp the 'partner' page).
School. Chatsworth runs their grade 5, 6, and 8
trips to LooLa, and this is what they have to say:
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!
Hollandse School (Dutch
School). 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! '
ITE Bedok. 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.
PSB Academy sent us this wonderful note after their Jan 2008 trip:
The United World
College. The UWC has visited us well over 20 times by now.
Students went twice with telescopes for star-gazing
trips (since the night sky is so clear at LooLa), IB students English do
their oral exam at LooLa, and much more ... As a result, UWC has decided 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'. Read it (under 'Bintan adventure programme', both in March and October)
at their website.
Lycee Francais (French School).
The French school runs their yearly grade 8 trips with us since 2001. Here's what
they have to say:
Seng Kang Sec was the first Singapore Secondary school to visit us,
during the March 2002 holidays, with a group of 30 students (mostly from the TAF club) and 3 teachers. An extract of their quotes follows here:
The German European School
is a regular visitor to the Loola Adventure Resort.
"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 łget out of school and learn about the world."
Yishun Town Sec was the second Singaporean school who visited us in March 2002.
They offered us this quote:
A group of families sent us this:
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!
Springfield Sec put it very succinctly:
"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!"
Tanjong Katong Sec visited us in Nov 2002 for 4 days. Here's their comment:
Since those early days over 50 local Singaporean schools have followed suit, and their number is still mounting. See the growing list above!
Joo Chiat Community Centre was the
first community centre to visit us in July 2002. Here's their comment:
Church groups have recently also discovered that Loola is ideal for an isolated getaway. Come and join us with your church!
Ferries to Tanjung Pinang
Typically, there are a number of ferries in the morning, just after mid-day, late afternoon, and then again at 6 and 7 pm.
Return times are similar.
The cost is around $ 60 for a return ticket for adults and around $ 45 for kids.
However, the current volatility in petrol prices as well as the rapid and random introduction
of various harbor taxes means that this can change overnight - please check!
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