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Gluten free holiday in Nirvana (Bintan, Indonesia)

Here is a great story for people who want to spend great holidays A N D eat gluten free diet…

We currently live in Singapore and were looking for a short getaway at the beach…

We booked three days / two nights at the mayang sari beach resort within the “Nirwana Gardens Resort” on Bintan (Indonesia, one hour by boat from Singapore).

Everything went very well. The accomodation at Mayang Sari was simple but nice, the beach was wonderful and all the people at the resort were very helpful and nice.

Our travel agency (takemetoasia.com) had notified the resort about the special dietary requirements of our kids (they do need “gluten free” food - I had sent them a link to the celiactravel webpage and had included the restaurant card in Indonesian).

After our arrival the resort’s executiv chef came to our resort (which is a sub-resort to the overall Nirwana Gardens Resort) to meet us and discuss the dietary requirements of our kids. I must tell you that already this is beyond what we would normally experience when going to a place like that.

But not only did Amin (the executive chef) meet us at the beginning of our stay but he came to the restaurant at Mayang Sari (from the Resort Hotel) each and every time we were there to personally take the order and oversee the cooking procedure.

Honestly, we have never experienced something like this! Our kids loved the fact that they could eat every day like prince and princess. that’s probably as close to ‘nirwana’ as holidays can be…

Okay, I have to admit that Amin was probably even more concious than he would have needed to be. I’m sure that there were dishes on the usual menu that would have been okay and gluten free. Still, the fact that he proposed customized suitable dishes every day was truly unique.

We will definitely get back to nirwana gardens and can highly recommend it - not only but also to people with special dietary requests.

Curdin Duschletta, Singapore

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