BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia – The Sanchaya is calling on thrill seekers to strap themselves into new wind-powered, three-wheeled karts and reach speeds of up to 60kph on one of the world’s most stunning beaches.
In an Indonesian first, The Sanchaya, a 21-villa and nine suite estate on Indonesia’s scenic Bintan Island near Singapore, this month welcomed a fleet of four Blokarts, an invention taking the sailing world by storm.
The Sanchaya’s vast stretch of hard sand beach on Lagoi Bay and prevailing winds are optimal for Blokart-style sailing, said estate manager Magnus Olovson.
“Harnessing the wind and coasting on two of the Blokart’s three wheels - a move known as ‘flying a wheel’ - is nothing short of mind-blowing,” said Olovson. “I’ve never tried anything like it before. I had such a blast.”
Drawing on his background in hand gliding and land sailing, New Zealander Paul Beckett invented the Blokart in 1999. Unlike most other land yachts, the Blokart has hand steering, require few sail adjustments, and can be quickly disassembled and packed into a carry bag.
With 14,000 Blokart owners globally and growing, Blokart International representative Ash Rawson said Blokart sailing and racing are fast growing in popularity, particularly in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, the United States and South Africa.
“Blokarts are fast, fun and compact,” said Rawson. “I reckon it’s the best toy on the planet.”
Blokart sailing at The Sanchaya starts at USD 40. Three trained resort staff manage the operation.
For further details, visit www.thesanchaya.com or call +62 770 692200.
ABOUT THE SANCHAYA BINTAN
Meaning “collection” in Sanskrit, The Sanchaya is home to a clubhouse, two restaurants and 24-hour in-villa dining, a bar, wine cellar, a wine, cheese and cigar lounge, function space, 50-meter long infinity pool, spa, fitness center, beachside yoga pavilion, croquet lawn and more.
The Sanchaya has been selected for inclusion on the Condé Nast Traveler Hot List of Best New Hotels in the World, Travel + Leisure IT List for Best 43 New Hotels Around the Globe, DestinAsian’s Luxe List and World Travel’s Luxury 50, all for 2015.