Short Getaway at Montigo Resort Batam Part 2

In part 1, I shared with you on Montigo Resort and what it’s villa can offer you and your family. In part 2, I am going to shared with you some activities you can do in Batam.

1. Continental Breakfast @ Montigo Resort

The day started with having a sumptuous breakfast at TADD’s restaurant in Montigo Resort. Breakfast is typically provided as a guest of the resort. Breakfast will be served in international continental style, consist of a few individual stations for asian food delight such as Roti prata, Mee Goreng and Mutarbak.

Breakfast Place

Breakfast Place

Spot for the mushroom seen outside of the restaurant

Spot for the mushroom seen outside of the restaurant

Have a view at the sea while having your breakfast

Have a view at the sea while having your breakfast

2. Explore Montigo Resort Kid’s Recreation Area

Montigo Resort is really built for family. It has a well designed kid’s recreation area, where your children can play, draw and make new friends. Being young at heart, we explore the area too!

An Overview of the Kid's Recreation Area

An Overview of the Kid’s Recreation Area

Couple Shot

Couple Shot

Male or Mail?

Male or Mail?

Montigo's Mascot

Montigo’s Mascot

For babies?

For babies?

 

3.  Shopping at Nagoya Hill

After exploring we booked a taxi and headed towards Nagoya Hill near Batam Center. It is a shopping heaven in Batam in which it has the largest shopping mall in Batam known as Nagoya Hill Shopping Center.  However, please do not have high expectation over what you expect from a shopping mall (Ion Orchard for example) in Singapore. Instead you should appreciate its simple and laid back setting providing tourist and locals, a place to shop and dine.

Exterior View of Nagoya Hill Shopping Centre

Exterior View of Nagoya Hill Shopping Centre

Interior - food street where you can local delights and fast food such as A&W

Interior – food street where you can local delights and fast food such as A&W

4. Massage and Spa

After a few hours of shopping, we went for our 3 hours spa package. How to describe it, I can only say “SHIOK AH”! Haha. (For those who don’t understand Singlish, shiok meant “Great! with an expression of satisfaction”).

Furthermore, how can a Batam trip go without a spa and massage? I strongly encourage visitors to visit one of the below mentioned spa salons. Their service is excellent yet the price is friendly to one’s wallet.

– The Spa Secret (http://www.spasecretbatam.com)

Exterior of the spa secret

The Spa Secret @ Nagoya Hill. Price around $70 – $90 for a full package consist of Balinese Message + Spa + Scrub + Suana + Shower for a total about 3 hours

Couple Room in The Spa Secret

Couple Room in The Spa Secret

– Well Asih Spa (www.wellasih.com)

Well Asih Spa

Well Asih Spa

Couple Room in Well Asih

Well Asih Spa deserved a commentary. Just by simple comparison, you will notice that obviously The Spa Secret is more well decorated and having the premium-kind of feeling. Yes, you are right. However, skill wise I must say  Well Asih’s therapist are more skilful and attentive. That is not to say The Spa Secret’s therapist did a bad job (in fact I must say they did well), but I am saying Well Asih is better!  The price needless to say is about SGD $35-$50 for the same package you can get over at The Spa Secret for about SGD $70- $100, twice the difference.

Is really up to yourself to choose. If you won’t mind paying a bit more to get the exclusive and premium kind of feeling, visit The Spa Secret. You will get to feel like a king or queen.

On the other hand, if you prefer cheap and good kind of service, then visit well asih. Their bosses are also kind people who are willingly to drive you back to your resort for free.

5. Dinner 

As we stayed there for 2 nights, this give us the chance to try eating at 2 different places for our dinner. I must say the food served by these 2 mentioned places are delicious. We are very satisfied and well fed that 2 nights. 🙂

– The Pantai Restuarant in Montigo Resort

Pantai Restaurant is just located below the reception area. It serves Chinese food (but halal) like what we normally have in those “Zi Char” (Cook Fried) stalls in hawker centres.  With the 4 dishes we ordered below, it just cost us SGD$35 for 2 person, very affordable!

Black Pepper Chicken with Black Sauce

Black Pepper Chicken with Black Sauce

Cuttlefish with fried with 3 flours

Cuttlefish with fried with 3 flours

Omelette aka "Fu Yong Tan"

Omelette aka “Fu Yong Tan”

Wintermelon Soup with Ginseng

Wintermelon Soup with Ginseng

– de Sampan Seafood & BBQ

Batam being an island give seafood lovers a spoilt for choices. de Sampan Seafood is one the famous outdoor seafood restaurants in Batam and it definitely worth your visit. Sampan is a small boat or canoe, therefore being called de Sampam the food is literally placed in a canoe  for you to choose before they cook it. It give just give you a different kind of feeling. Price wise, about SGD$30 for 2 pax.

 

Outdoor Seafood & BBQ

Outdoor Seafood & BBQ

Spicy Vegetable aka Kang Kong

Spicy Vegetable aka Kang Kong

BBQ Stingray

BBQ Stingray

BBQ butter prawn

BBQ butter prawn

Calamari

Calamari

6. Chill at Poolside Bar, Tiigo @ Montigo Resort

On the last night of our Batam getaway, we chilled at the poolside bar in Montigo Resort. That night happened to have a DJ spinning nice music for us and it really value add to our experience. Ordered 2 drinks and french fries, sat by the pool with the view of Singapore at the opposite felt awesome!

Chill @ Tiigo Bar

Chill @ Tiigo Bar

Throwing Darts

Throwing Darts

Table Soccer

Table Soccer

Drinks ordered

Drinks ordered

Alright, that summed up my short getaway visit last week to Batam, Montigo Resort. While uploading the pictures, it make me miss the place, the massage and the food again. I would definitely visit Batam again but perhaps a different resort. Don’t get me wrong, Montigo resort is really a class of its own and I will strongly encourage you to go for Montigo if you are going as a family. However, since I already went and stayed there before, I would really like to try other resort to get a different experience.

Will I recommend Montigo Resort? Yes! But bear in mind currently a few facilities are under upgrading so there isn’t much things you can do in the resort. You can however talk to the receptionist and they can schedule your desired activity with their neighbouring resort.

Will I be back at Montigo Resort? Yes! perhaps with my family in future! =)

Cheers~

Short Getaway at Montigo Resort Batam Part 1

Hi Readers,

I have been really busy these days that I didn’t get to blog often. Life is getting busier as expected, as we are almost done with the first quarter of  2014. Time files ain’t it? Especially when you are occupied with work and personal matters. That’s why it ain’t easy to attain work life balance. I do appreciate short breaks in between and it really rejuvenate one’s mind and body for the challenges ahead.

Hence, this post will be about a short getaway with my lovely sweetheart at Montigo Resort, Batam.

Currently. the only 5 Stars resort in Batam

Currently. the only 5 Stars resort in Batam

With my sweetheart

With my sweetheart

The exterior view of the resort

The exterior view of the resort

As you can see from the map below, the resort is not really huge. Majority of the resort’s space are taken out by the 88 huge villas (actually I realised there are more villas in the resort, maybe only 88 are advertised that are available for visitor stay). The area at the bottom right hand corner are more villas under construction (work in progress).  This actually leave little space for amenities. Currently there is neither a golf course (they could arrange you with 3rd party resort/partner) nor recreation centre for pool, billiard and arcade. Their beach and one of the swimming pools are also closed for renovation.  In short, there is nothing much of a facility or activities you can do just in Montigo Resort. However, do speak to the receptionist to arrange for any activities you wish to do as apparently they do have some sort of agreement with their neighbouring resorts and facilities.

The map of Montigo Resort

The map of Montigo Resort

Buggy services are provided to drive you around the villa. Be it from the reception to your villa, or from your villa to the dining area etc. The staff over at Montigo is pretty friendly and helpful. I am totally amazed by their level of service and how they always will greet you with their lovely smile when they meet you. I must say that it is not easy to have an organisation where all your employees look happy and committed to serve your customers. I hope I can know their secret behind their success! haha

On our way to villa

On our way to villa

Our Villa for 2 nights!

Our numbered 21 villa, checked in on the 21 March 2014, to celebrate our monthiversary falls on the 21st 🙂

The villa is huge for 2 of us! Consists of 3 levels in total, 2 bedrooms, 3 toilets, 1 living room and 1 balcony. Once we entered our villa, we were greeted by a spacious living room at level 1. At the back of the living room, is the kitchen and all the way out will be the balcony and plunge pool.

Spacious Living Room

Spacious Living Room

Pretty much the hardwares you need to cook a decent meal.

Pretty much the hardwares you need to cook a simple meal

Balcony cum dining area. Together with plunge pool

Balcony cum dining area. Together with plunge pool

Up the stairs to level 2 will be the place for 2 bedrooms.

Stairs to Level 2

Stairs to Level 2

Level 2 Corridors

Level 2 Corridors

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

View from Bed

View from Bed in Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom's Toilet

Master Bedroom’s Toilet

Shampoo Provided

Bathing Essentials Provided in the Master Bedroom’s Toilet

2nd Bedroom

2nd Bedroom

With their own toilet

With their own toilet

Even comes with their own shower area. Yipee no more waiting and queuing for bathing

Even comes with their own shower area. Yipee no more waiting and queuing for bathing

As you can see, with the number of rooms and space, it can easily fit a medium size family. I would say comfortably 4, but it does able to accommodate more than 4 members although the limit set by the resort is a maximum of 5 person stay in a villa.

Last but not least if you proceed up to level 3, you will be greeted by a spacious roof terrace with a magnificent view of the sea. At this terrace, you can opt for a BBQ session prepared by Montigo Resorts (Charges apply, 8 hours advanced pre-booking)

Roof Terrace

Roof Terrace at Level 3

I hope the above did provide you an overview of how a Montigo Villa looks like. Their villas are spacious and reasonably clean. As their furnishing is mostly white, you can easily spot stains around but generally we had no problem with pests invasion or dusty corners.

Following up on part 2, I will share with you what are some of the activities that we went for.  Nothing adventurous though. Bear in mind that it was supposed to be a relaxing trip! Do stay tuned! 🙂