Written by Yan Lam Liang
Do you need a much needed break?
Living in a fast-paced environment and bustling city often means that there are times when we need to take a step back and refresh our body and mind.
We all know that Batam is a fun and convenient destination for a short getaway with our families and friends. And after months of hard work, how best to reward yourself than to simply just laze around in a nice resort and enjoy everything at your fingertips (be it spa, food, the beach, activities for kids, watersports, and anything else you can think of)?
And guess what, this is actually possible! Check out these 9 amazing resorts where you can literally stay in all weekend, yet get everything you want and have loads of fun!
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. Escape to a private island with water villas: Telunas Private Island
Situated away from the main island of Batam, Telunas Private Island is the perfect place where you can escape from all the hustle and bustle, and get all the privacy and peace you need.
Upon checking into Telunas Private island, you will feel like you are on a boat surrounded by water, but even better – with hotel facilities.
Here, you can relax completely in your overwater bungalows, where you can simply jump from your room into the sea! The rooms have no air-conditioning – because who needs the air-conditioning when you can feel the cool sea breeze on your face?
As dawn breaks, step out of your villa and witness the sun rise over the horizon.
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You can also get a personalised massage treatment from the comfort of your balcony right by the sea. Listen to the waves and gaze out at the sea while you relieve the tension and knots in your muscles.
The restaurant serves a diverse blend of traditional Indonesian and Western cuisine, as directed by the famous Chef Surya. For special anniversaries or occasions, you can also book a candlelight dinner with your partner or a poolside dinner gala with a party of friends.
You could also have a dip in the infinity pool while enjoying the breathtaking view of the sea, or head out to the sea in your kayak!
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Are you often enthusiastic to try out a new sport? At Harris Resort Waterfront Batam, your dreams can come true.
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Take a deep excited breath as you zip across the flying fox above the pool, and feel the adrenaline rush as you cable ski, enjoy a game of water polo, or have a golf challenge with your buddies.
Or if you need to rest, simply relax in their giant jacuzzi or swimming pool! You could also sign up for their fishing activities, play paintball and the air soft gun. Of course, there are also more common facilities available, such as table tennis, volleyball, billiards, shooting and a fitness centre.
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If all these sporty activities still can’t quench your thirst for adrenaline, you can head down to the nearby Batam Cableski Park, which has more thrilling activities.
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As a family-friendly hotel, the resort has child-sized table and chairs, and children-sized beds complete with cartoon-themed bedsheets in the family suites that your kids will surely love. You can even sign the little ones up for Dino’s Kids Club and let them take part in fun games on the beach, interesting classes and bicycle tours. Don’t worry, they will be in safe hands!
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While your young ones are happily entertained, it’s time for you to drop by the spa for some much needed me-time. You can choose from 31 treatments (including traditional massage and reflexology) to relieve some tension in your muscles, especially if you have been running around with the kids for the entire day.
Anytime you’re feeling peckish, you can head to Harris Café, where all-day dining is available, so you can linger to chitchat and enjoy a panoramic view of the swimming pool too!
3. Private bungalows with your own pool: Montigo Resorts Nongsa
Are you here for a honeymoon or a gathering with your extended family? Montigo Resorts Nongsa has a villa for all occasions. From one-room to four-room villas, you can easily find one that suits you.
Each villa comes with an infinity pool and a balcony, so you will have all the freedom and space you need for your private gatherings.
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You can enjoy breathtaking views of the sea while dipping in the lagoon pool. The pool at the Tiigo Bar gives you a magnificent view of the sea too, and you can enjoy the surroundings while sipping your drink, or indulging in some flavoured shisha!
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Want to be physically closer to the ocean? You can venture out onto the boardwalk.
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If you’re bored just staying in the resort, you can hop onto a sunset cruise, learn fishing from their dedicated fishing guides and sign up for a tour to explore the mangroves and villages. For adventures in the sea, you can throw yourself into watersports such as wakeboarding, water skiing, jet skiing, knee boarding, kayaking, snorkeling or banana boat rides.
While you’re enjoying the thrills, you can safely leave your little ones at Tilo Kid’s Club, where they can run around in a large playground. The club also conducts craft and baking classes, swimming, beach volleyball and tennis sessions, as well as provide rooms for your kids to play PS3, XBox or Wii or to simply pick up a book to read.
This can also be a romantic destination to bring your significant other to, as you can choose to enjoy private dining, where a table will be set for you on the beach by the sea. Or you can opt to dine in your own villa on the balcony, by your private pool. Other options include Tadd’s all-day dining restaurant and Pantai Sensational Seafood restaurant in the resort.
4. Luxury in Mother Nature: Turi Beach Resort
Nestled between the majestic sea and the dense tropical forest, the timber cottages at Turi Beach Resort fits perfectly into the theme of Mother Nature.
You can simply laze on the daybed on your villa’s private balcony and watch the gentle waves lapping on the white sandy beach as the world goes by.
If you want to dive, you can choose from 7 different vendors, and the resort will help you book. You can do other water activities too, such as river cruise, snorkeling, fishing trips, night jetty fishing, boat charters, canoeing, kayaking, parasailing, flyboarding and hoverboarding, jet-skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding, knee-boarding, parasailing, banana boat… the list goes on and you will be spoilt for choice!
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And if you just want to relax in the pool, the oceanfront freeform lagoon pool is available at your leisure. For hydrophobes (people who don’t like water), you can still seek adventure at the rock wall or paintball facilities!
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After a long day of activities, you’ll love to sink down into a relaxing oceanfront massage by the gazebo. Private spa rooms are also available.
Whenever you’re feeling hungry, food is just at your doorstep! Fill up your stomachs with authentic Indonesian food at Cinta Manis, Western and Chinese dishes at Taming Sari or scrumptious Japanese teppanyaki at Nagoya. There are 4 bars on site if you would like to have a light snack or a cocktail.
5. Fun for the entire family: Holiday Inn Resort Batam
Planning for a holiday trip with the family? If you get a family suite at Holiday Inn Resort Batam, your little ones will be delighted with these adorable animal-themed rooms complete with giant soft toys.
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For the mermaids, you’ll love to spend your entire afternoon in the pool. Conquer long distances in their gigantic pool, or have a dip the lazy pool and let the currents drift you along while you float around and sunbathe on the water.
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Your little ones will love to splash around in the baby pool too! There’s even a jacuzzi pool where you can simply relax and enjoy the massaging waters.
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Let the kids unleash their imagination on the sand area near the pool and at the playground. The teenagers would be keen in other sporting activities available, such as air hockey, pool, tennis, basketball or table tennis.
While your young ones are kept busy, you can head on to the spa. We recommend their famous Tea-Tree Spa treatment, and you can even opt to enjoy your treatments in the comfort of your room!
The next morning, gather everyone to have a hearty family breakfast. With four different restaurants offering international, Thai, Chinese cuisine and Teppanyaki, you will be spoilt for choice.
6. Indulge yourself in the heart of the city: I-Hotel Baloi
Strategically located at Baloi, the heart of Batam, I-Hotel Baloi is located just five minutes from Batam City Square Mall, where you can shop and eat all your want! You can also enjoy a game of bowling or billiard, bring your kids to the Children’s Fantasy World Children Playground, lose yourself at the Games Centre or catch a movie at the cinema.
If you ask for a room on the higher levels, you will be able to get a superb view of the city.
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Of course, the hotel also has its share of activities to keep you entertained during your stay. Splash around in the pool and let your kids have fun in the kids’ pool.
For those craving for a good massage after a long work week, head on to their Theraz Spa.
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When you’re finally feeling hungry after the massage, drop by Nutmeg Cafe for a generous variety of food, Coffee Lounge or Juniper Poolside Bar for some intimate heart-to-heart talks with your loved ones over cocktails. And if you’re a sports fan, be sure to catch all the latest sports matches live in Thyme Sports Bar.
If you are a party animal, you’ll love to join the crowd at Square Club and KTV for the night. For those who want to have a small hearty singing session with your friends, you can book your own private room!
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7. Shop, dine and enjoy spa in the city: I Hotel Batam
I Hotel Batam is only a five-minute walk away from Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall, the largest mall in Batam, where you can explore eateries along the Food Street, shop for local products along the Shopping Street and in the hypermarket, catch a movie at the cinema or pamper yourself at some of the affordable spa in the area.
Their coffee house is open for 24 hours, so you don’t ever have to sleep with an empty stomach at any time of the day (or night).
Back at the hotel, you can lounge around in the outdoor pool or take a dip in the warm jacuzzi. At night, the pool area and the exterior of the hotel building light up, creating a grand spectacle which makes for wonderful holiday pictures!
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After a workout at their well-equipped gym, treat yourself to some fresh fruit juice right outside the gym to cool yourself down. Alternatively, you can also enjoy some massages and body treatments at the spa.
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And partygoers alert – I Hotel Batam has its very own nightclub as well!
8. Be spoilt for dining and entertainment choices: Da Vienna Boutique Hotel
In Da Vienna Boutique Hotel, the rooms are spacious enough, especially if you are bringing energetic little ones along. Get a suite room and you’ll have a choice of a fruit basket or chocolates delivered to your room daily.
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You will be served a generous array of dining choices, with the Ken-Yang Japanese Fusion Restaurant where you can head to for lunch and LE LION d’OR Restaurant where you can enjoy fine dining for dinner.
Gamers, rejoice! There’s a spacious Flux Digital Fun Area where you can get your hands on playstations, watch DVDs and let the kids be entertained with children’s TV programmes. What’s more, it’s teatime with entertainment! You can savour red velvet cake, cheesecake or a pastry of your choice while you lounge around or play.
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For some good relaxing therapy, head on to Vienna Spa for a hot stone massage – it’s very comforting!
And if all these aren’t enough for you, you can drop by Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall, which is only a short walk away.
9. Step out of your room into a shopping mall : Eska Hotel Batam
Located in Kepri Mall, Eska Hotel has a chic and modern design, and even its rooms leave an artistic touch.
This is the place to go to if you are looking for a wide variety of things to do around the hotel. Eateries, a cinema, and a supermarket are just steps away from your room. You can also take their shuttle service to Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall, one of the most popular malls in Batam.
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Eska hotel is famous for its Roof Garden Restaurant and Bar. Head up to the rooftop restaurant to enjoy a beautiful view of the city for a romantic night out with your other half or just to simply chill with your friends. On Friday and Saturday nights, there is also a live band performance to spice up the atmosphere.
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You can also enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at their Eska Restaurant, or pamper yourself with their in-house beauty and massage services.
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