The best vacations are sometimes the ones where you absolutely do nothing so that you don’t need another vacation to recover from a vacation.
When the girls wanted a short getaway and the unanimous decision was to do a trip where we could just chill, eat, sleep, read – repeat repeat repeat. We landed on Montigo Resorts in Nongsa Batam which seemed absolutely perfect though when friends heard that I was going to Batam, they all went, ‘Whaaaat?!!!” Until I posted pictures on Facebook and Instagram and a flood of questions came in saying – ‘Where is this haven’? Lol. So I thought I’ll share some details about this lovely gem.
It’s a 30 minutes ferry to Batam, the drop-off point I hear is different from the usual. Transport to the resort can be pre-arranged and it takes about 5-10 minutes to reach from the ferry terminal. There are two ways to book the ferry tickets, either by Batam fast or Wavemaster. Alternatively, if you prefer to travel in style, opt for the private transfer from Singapore to Batam via the private yacht. It will cost SGD$118 versus SGD$50.
The daily rates for Montigo isn’t the cheapest. It ranges from between SGD$300++-SGD$600++ depending on how early you make the reservations, date and type of villa. Be prepared to pay an average of SGD$400-500 per villa. However, as I’ve told a couple of my friends and colleagues, I think it’s worth considering as it’s just 30 minutes away from Singapore so it makes a nice weekend getaway, service is good and food is actually great too. If you would like a place where you can just chill and not leave the resort, this will be perfect. If lazing by the beach is what you have in mind, this might not be suitable then. I hear the kids centre at the resort is cool so it’s worth considering for a short trip with the kiddies.
Almost all the villas come with a cabana and private pool. The pool is a tiny dip pool and if you fancy a swim, the resort as an amazeballs bar pool and main pool. The main pool has deck chairs inside the water so it’s pretty awesome by my standards. The villas are 3 storeys high and come with a gorgeous roof top. In fact it is rather massive. There are two bedrooms – a master bedroom and double single beds in the other. There are bathrooms in each room and I love how Malin+Goetz toiletries are provided.
On the first night, we ordered the BBQ menu. The staff will set up a dining table on the roof top, prepare and cook the food for you and clean up after everything is done. It’s actually really lovely. The BBQ food was really good and tasty. I would say one of the better BBQs done. Though I’m not typically a big fan of prawns, the bbq prawns were my favorite. The BBQ menu comes pre-arranged however, you can add on more al carte menu items which greedy us did.. and over-ordered as usual..
Breakfast is provided in most of the packages and it is tempting to stay in the villa and order-in for breakfast versus heading over to the main buffet area. Could I suggest waking up earlier, taking the effort to head out of the villa to TADD’S instead because the buffet is a pretty awesome spread. As for dinner, we were lucky to be invited for a complimentary food and wine pairing. Montigo Resorts exclusively brings in Marabino wine from Sicily. While I am no wine connoisseur, I dare say the wine is top notch – especially the moscato! I hear it’s available in Singapore – I’ll need to hunt for the contact.
Spa services are offered. I did a 90 minutes Indonesian massage – I wanted a strong/hard massage akin to a sports massage so this was recommended over the Montigo massage and requested for the peppermint oil to be used. My therapist was Mia and she did knead out my muscles hard so I got what I asked for. Having said that, it is rather pricey so it will be a nice luxury option for me, but not a must-have. The ginger cookies provided together with the ginger tea post-massage are lovely so don’t miss out on those.
It was a well rested trip for us. I spent a lot of time recuperating and spending quality time with the girls. If you’ve looking for a short trip away, this might be another option to consider. I’ll let the pictures convince you
Thanks Montigo Resorts for having us and being such amazing hosts!
*Warning – heavy loading of photos after the cut. Photos were taken using my iPhone 5 so it is really gorgeous Enjoy.
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