Written by Junanto Xu
Assisted by Nuy Darmadjaja
Edited by Jiayi Ng
So you and your kids have been slogging away in school and at work, and it’s finally time for that long-awaited family getaway. Well, why take long haul flights when perfect peace and relaxation can be achieved close by? That’s right – we’re talking about Batam!
Only a 1-hour ferry ride away from Singapore, Batam is the ideal destination for your family to de-stress and have unlimited fun! But of course, when it comes to a beach destination, what could get better than waking up to the perfect ocean view every day?
That’s why we’ve picked out these resorts – all of them come with amazing ocean views, and family/interconnecting rooms that offer maximum comfort for families of all sizes! And here’s the bomb: All of them are under SGD $200 a night for 4 adults!!
Who said a fancy family vacay has to be expensive? It’s time to make some bookings for your perfect family outing!
P.S. All rooms listed in the article can accommodate up to 4 adults and 2 children (except Nipah Island Resort, which only allows 1 child, age varies).
11 Affordable luxury beachside resorts and villas in Bintan for family and friends (2 bedrooms and more!)
12 Unconventional things to do in Batam that will surprise you
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
1. Enjoy the simple bliss of tropical life – KTM Resort
Who needs Bali when you can experience the same tropical charm right at Batam? Get ready for an action-packed holiday laden with exotic Balinese charm – right at KTM Resort!
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Happiness is simple at the resort’s modestly decorated 2-bedroom villas, which give you both privacy and space to bond with your children. Just remember to request for a sea-facing villa, and enjoy waking up to the sight of waves crashing onto the shore every morning!
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Don’t get too caught up in the view, though, for the resort has tons of fun that you won’t want to miss. Take the little ones on thrilling adventures at the watersports area, which offers everything from banana boats and tube rides to wakeboarding. You can also get to know your angry teenager through a friendly paintball match, or a calm fishing and chit chat session by the deck!
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In the evening, gather your loved ones in the offshore Karang restaurant for front row seats to the gorgeous sunset. Don’t forget to stuff your faces with the restaurant’s specialty Thai and Chinese seafood dishes – after all, nothing bonds people more than great food!
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Rates: 2-bedroom villa with partial sea view starts from SGD $54 (approximately Rp. 540,000) Check Rate on Agoda
Address: Jalan Kolonel Soegiono, Tj. Pinggir, Kec. Sekupang, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29432, Indonesia
Contact: +62 778 321201
This resort isn’t for the indecisive – because there are just too many options here! Spend your time with your families by building sandcastles on the private beach, lazing by the outdoor pool, trying thrilling water sports, or… we can’t decide which is best.
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One thing we can agree on, though, is that kids will definitely love this place. Curious little minds will love exploring the organic farm and pets corner, where they can cuddle with adorable animals and learn how vegetables grow. Not enough? Get a taste of Indonesia at Indonesian Miniature Park, which features exquisite miniatures of Indonesian-style houses, or drain the little daredevils’ energy with outdoor adventures on a banana boat or mini motorbike!
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But don’t worry – Batam View isn’t just a paradise for kids. Pamper yourself and your partner with a traditional massage or couple package at the resort’s spa centre, 5th Dimension Spa (kids can get massaged too!). After soothing your sore muscles, head for a shopping spree, try out the golf course or simply take a walk around the grounds and enjoy the gorgeous ocean view from the resort!
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As the long day comes to an end, head back to your spacious interconnecting rooms to unwind and relax. Nope, watching over kids while enjoying privacy is no longer impossible… and neither is a perfect family holiday!
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P.S. If you don’t mind splurging a little, opt for the One-Bedroom Villa that comes with ocean views right from the balcony!
Batam View Beach Resort
Rates: 1 pair of interconnecting rooms with sea view starts from SGD $170 per night (Approximately Rp. 1,700,000) Check Rate on Agoda
Address: Jl. Hang Lekiu, Sambau, Kecamatan Nongsa, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29465, Indonesia
Contact: +62 778 761746
3. For a satisfying and stress-free holiday – Harris Resort Barelang Batam
Family vacations are meant to be filled with laughter, happiness, and love… but doesn’t it get stressful when you’re trying to please a whole group of people? Thankfully, Harris Resort in Barelang is here to create a memorable family vacation, where both kids and adults can enjoy their holiday to the fullest.
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For one, it’s pretty much impossible to be unhappy when you start your day with a view of the vast ocean and the sound of calming waves, so be sure to request for connecting sea view rooms when you’re making your booking!
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After soothing your eyes first thing in the morning, give your tummies some loving at the dining area, where a scrumptious breakfast meal with Asian and Western selections is ready to please your stomach! Then, head to the private beach for some undisturbed bonding time with the sun, sea, sand – and some watersports, of course!
If you feel like you need a break from screaming children, the resort’s Dino Kids Club will keep the little ones busy with tons of exciting entertainment, while Mummy and Daddy relax in the spa and sauna, or sip cocktails by the adult pool.
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See? You don’t need that much effort to make everyone happy!
Harris Resort Barelang Batam
Rates: 2 sea view rooms (interconnecting rooms upon request) start from SGD $180 per night (Approximately Rp. 1,800,000) Check Rate on Agoda
Address: Tembesi, Sagulung, Batam City, Riau Islands 29439, Indonesia
Contact: +62 778 409 1111
4. Spoil yourself with the ultimate all-in-one holiday – Swiss-Belhotel Harbour Bay
Be ready to get spoiled by Swiss-Belhotel, because this really isn’t the hotel you’ve been expecting. It’s a hotel, mall and trade centre – all in one!
That doesn’t mean that they’re going to compromise on any part, though. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, and even come with connecting doors for families! If you request for a sea view room, you’ll even be pleasantly surprised by a quaint view of the harbour, dotted with ferries sailing towards the horizon.
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Dip into the pool when you want to escape from the heat, or recline on the deck chairs during sunset to enjoy the sight of the sky changing colours. When you get tired of the sloth life, just take a short walk to the linked shopping centre, and voila! You can watch the movies, shop, or sing karaoke… anytime you wish!
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The little ones (and parents with a sweet tooth) will especially love Saturdays here, when the hotel provides an endless buffet of desserts for you to indulge in. Expect dreamy chocolate fondue, ice cream, cakes and more! Maybe it’s time to start making trips to Batam every weekend… 😉
P.S. This hotel is located near the harbour, so the sea might not have clean waters. Please do not swim here!
Swiss-Belhotel Harbour Bay
Rates: 2 deluxe rooms (interconnecting rooms and sea view upon request) start from SGD $180 per night (Approximately Rp. 1,800,000) Check Rate on Agoda
Address: Jl. Duyung, Sei Jodoh, Batu Ampar, Batam City, Riau Islands
Contact: +62 778 741 5888
5. The perfect adventure for the wild Thornberrys – Golden View Hotel
Is your family one of those who love to zip through the savannah and swing on vines together? This hotel doesn’t have those – but what it offers is just as great!
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Connect with nature right from the comfort of the family suite, which offers an ocean view for you to indulge in. Better yet, the room can accommodate 4 adults and 2 kids under 12, so it’s perfect for big families!
When you’re ready, embark on your family adventure by crossing the obstacles from the high rope activity – the Spiderweb, line bridge, flying fox and more! Can you pass them all?
You’re not a true Eliza Thornberry if you stop there, mind you. Satisfy your inner wild child with a thrilling paintball fight and go-kart race, or set sail in a replica of famed Chinese mariner, Cheng Ho’s boat!
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We bet you’re famished after all the activities! No worries, for Golden Prawn will fill your tummies with the freshest seafood from indoor seafood farming.
And if you’re worried that your toddler won’t be able to take how wild this holiday is going to be, Pipit Kids Corner will have your little one in completely safe hands, so go ahead and make the Thornberrys proud!
Golden View Hotel
Rates: Family room with partial ocean views starts from SGD $170 per night (Approximately Rp. 1,700,000) Check Rate on Agoda
Address: Jalan Bengkong Laut, Tj. Buntung, Bengkong, Batam City, Riau Islands
Contact: +62 778 771 7777
6. Family fun with an exciting giant free-form pool – Harris Resort Waterfront
If you’re a family of easily bored people and hyperactive kids, this is the paradise for you!
Picture yourself swimming with your kids in a giant, 100-square-metre free-form swimming pool. Then throw roller balls, floating mattresses and water polo into the mix – is this a water wonderland or what? Toddlers even have a baby pool and rain shower pool specially designed for them!
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Of course, even Joseph Schooling’s going to be bored if he plays in the swimming pool every day, so how about some indoor entertainment like bowling, squash ball or billiards? For kids and parents who love thrilling adventures, the jet ski, flying fox and ATV riding is the perfect fit for your adrenaline fix!
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Want to have some alone time with your partner? The resort speaks your language! Take your kids to the Dino Club to make new acquaintances and unleash their imagination.
While the club is keeping them busy, rejuvenate your soul and body with a treatment at the H-Spa – a paradise where you can soothe your muscles while gazing at the breathtaking sea views and stunning sunsets. It’s the perfect pick-me-up before you hop back to your next adventure!
Harris Resort Waterfront
Rates: 2 beach access rooms (interconnecting rooms upon request) start from SGD $180 per night (Approximately Rp. 1,800,000) Check Rate on Agoda
Address: Waterfront City, Jl.KH.Ahmad Dahlan No.1, Tj. Riau, Kec. Sekupang, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29422, Indonesia
Contact: +62 778 381 888
7. Experience the city from a strategic location – Harris Hotel Batam Centre
‘Golden Location’ is how we would describe this hotel! Strategically located in the city centre and only a 5 minute walk away from Harbour Front, Mega Mall Batam and numerous food stalls, this hotel is for families who want to experience the city side of Batam, yet still enjoy tranquility and a great view!
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Harris Hotel offers interconnecting rooms if you want more privacy, so do request for it! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to tell the clerk that you’d like a room facing the sea, so you can just look out to say hi to the vast blue ocean… and Singapore!
While the hotel may not provide as many facilities as a resort does, they make up for it with a myriad of creative activities. If your kid has been making PlayDoh cupcakes, it’s time to give them an upgrade in the Saturday Junior Chef program – who knows? He/she could be the next Gordon Ramsay!
Of course, the one thing you absolutely must do is take advantage of the hotel’s strategic location. Shop to your heart’s content at Mega Mall Batam, or explore the vibrant culinary scene in town at the popular Seinam Seafood and Yong Kee Fish soup – both only a 10 minute walk away!
Harris Hotel Batam Centre
Rates: 2 Harris rooms (interconnecting rooms and sea view upon request) start from SGD $140 per night (approximately Rp. 1,400,000) Check Rate on Agoda
Address: Jl. Engku Putri, Tlk. Tering, Batam City, Riau Islands
Contact: +62 778 749 8888
8. Waterfront resort for a luxurious family getaway – Nongsa Point Marina & Resort
If you’re willing to spend a bit more money to ensure you get a perfect family getaway, Nongsa Point Marina & Resort will be a perfect fit for you!
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Wake up to the lovely view of the ocean from your balcony; what can be better than a cup of coffee with the ocean breeze before breakfast? In the afternoon, make your kids happy and take them to the pool for some family fun! The little ones will love splashing in the children’s pool, and you can head to the jacuzzi for some bubbly time with mocktails and cocktails (for the adults!).
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With the endless activities that this resort offers, your vacation will never have a dull moment! Be a Superman on water and take to the skies with a flyboard or parasail. If you like it fast and furious, why not try out jet skiing and kneeboarding?
Watersports not your thing, or have a child who’s scared of water? Nongsa isn’t afraid, my friend. From rope courses, wall climbing and ATV to telematch games, the resort is more than capable of catering to your lust for adventure… on land!
Feel like there’s more? Bingo! Rent a yacht so you can enjoy some quiet family time with your loved ones! Feel free to fish, dive, snorkel, or even go island hopping, all on your own terms – now that’s a luxury retreat!
Nongsa Point Marina & Resort
Rates: 1 pair of interconnecting rooms with sea view starts from SGD $185 (Approximately Rp. 1,0,399) Check Rate on Agoda
Address: Jl. Hang Lekiu, Sambau, Kecamatan Nongsa, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29466, Indonesia
Contact: +62 778 761 333
9. Affordable luxury retreat with a scenic view – Nipah Island Resort (NOW CLOSED)
Who doesn’t love waking up to a view of the endless blue ocean? Or staying close to your family without getting your privacy compromised? At Nipah Island, your dream vacation can finally be realised!
Located near Batam’s longest bridge, Barelang, and surrounded by the vast ocean, the views at this resort couldn’t get any better! The “sea”-nery is extra precious during sunset, when the sea reflects the sky as it turns purple and orange. If you forget to request for sea view rooms, it’s your loss!
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Better yet, the resort’s entertainment facilities are just as great as the views that they offer. No need to worry about satisfying both kids and adults, because the resort has got them covered! Grown-ups can challenge themselves with some water sports, or simply relax in the spa centre while the kids are entertained by a babysitter (available upon request).
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Having fun separately not your thing? Family bonding is as easy as one two three here – splash it out with your kids in the kid’s pool or embark on a cruising sail, where you can hop on the MV Sea View and explore 11 islands in 3 hours! Along the way, you’ll be surprised by the panoramic scenery of the serene sea and green islands.
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Nipah Island Resort
Rates: 2 Superior rooms (interconnecting rooms and sea view upon request) start from SGD $80 per night (Approximately Rp. 872,594) Check Rate on Agoda
Address: Jl. Trans Barelang, Jembatan Dua, Setoko, Nipah, Pulau Setokok, Bulang, Batam City, Riau Islands
Contact: +62 811 7012 688
Special mention: Gorgeous infinity pool with the best lake view – Best Western Premier Panbil
While this establishment may not have an ocean view like the hotels above, Best Western Premier Panbil’s offers a quaint lake view for those of you who’ve had enough of the sea.
The lake view is best viewed from the interconnecting rooms with your family, and that’s not the only good thing about these rooms! You won’t regret staying here, because the classy and clean hotel hardly disappoints its patrons.
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Haven’t had enough of awesome views? Take a refreshing swim in the infinity pool with your family during dusk for that magical view. Watch the shimmering sea slowly swallow and extinguish that golden fireball in the orange sky, as it’s slowly dyed a midnight black. It’ll definitely be a view that you’ll never forget!
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Although… the food here might be a strong contender for first place in your heart, since culinary is one of the hotel’s strongest suits. With 4 different restaurants/lounges, your family will be pampered with the best Asian and Western delicacies and drinks – we’d bring more money if we were you!
P.S. The hotel provides a free scheduled shuttle service to Mega Mall and Nagoya Hill Mall.
Best Western Premier Panbil
Rates: 1 pair of interconnecting deluxe double rooms with lake view starts from SGD $170 per night (Approximately Rp. 1,939,298) Check Rate on Agoda
Address: Jalan Ahmad Yani, Muka Kuning, Batam City, Riau Islands
Contact: +62 778 371 888
Best time to travel
You can visit Bintan and Batam anytime as the local weather is generally hot and sunny (always summer!) with a chance of rain throughout the year.
But if you wish to enjoy the tropical sun at its best, March to October would be great as the region enters the dry season. We don’t recommend visiting on weekends, or on Singapore’s public holidays or school holidays (June and December), as the islands are generally crowded with many Singaporean travellers during those periods.
Batam has 4 international harbours (Harbour Bay Batam, Batam centre, Sekupang Ferry Terminal, and Waterfront City Ferry Terminal) that you can reach from either Harbourfront or Tanah Merah ferry terminals via a 1-hour ferry ride. Four ferry companies operate on this route, and you can check their official websites for the schedule and fare:
1. Batamfast (operates at every harbour in Batam and Singapore)
2. Horizon Fast Ferry (operates at Harbour Bay Batam and Harbourfront Singapore)
3. Sindo Ferry (operates at Harbourfront Singapore, Batam centre and Sekupang in Batam)
4. Majestic Fast Ferry (operates at Harbourfront and Tanah Merah in Singapore and Batam centre and Sekupang in Batam)
Return tickets from Rp. 340,000 (approximately SGD 32.50). Duration of ferry ride: 1 hour.
Take a direct ferry via Citra Ferry, Indomas Ferry or Pintas Samudra Ferry from Johor Bahru International Ferry Terminal to Tanjung Pinang Ferry Terminal.
Return tickets from RM 145. Duration of ferry ride: 3 hours
Direct Flight (From Rp.1,210,000 per pax for a two-way ticket)
Take Batik Air, Lion Air, Citilink or Garuda Indonesia from Soekarno Hatta International Airport to Batam Hang Nadim International Airport
(Flight time: ~1h 45 min)
Have these affordable resorts inspired your next family getaway in Batam? Do comment and tag your best travel partners, we would love to hear from you!
PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
|PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you! |