The name Batam refers to both an island and a
municipality, the largest city in the Riau Islands, a province of
Indonesia. You might not think you know where this is but if you have
travelled to Singapore you would perhaps have already seen it: Batam is
found across the Strait of Singapore. It is the closest part of
Indonesia to that city, and at its nearest it’s only 5.8 km away. Batam
Center Ferry Terminal has the most frequent ferry connections to and
from Singapore just half an hour or so away, and that’s where most
tourists come from.
Montigo Resorts Nongsa makes the perfect getaway after the shops,
restaurants, and city vibe of Singapore. This stunning resort is ideal
as part of a 2-venue holiday. Discerning adults will love shopping,
museums, and entertainment in Singapore but equally will appreciate the
sophistication and quiet of Montigo Resorts Nongsa, whilst the kids
will be thrilled by swimming pools and the kids’ club with its host of
activities here. All the family will enjoy the resort’s restaurants
which will appeal to every taste.
This is a property which thinks it’s a village. The 88 seafront villas
provide everything that you expect for the perfect vacation stay. The
villas are spacious, light, airy and well-appointed – a home from home
if one’s home happens to be superbly luxurious.
There are light and airy living rooms, private patios for romantic
alfresco dining, secluded infinity plunge pools for, well, plunging.
There are cooking facilities which you are unlikely to need apart from
preparing a cup of coffee. Upstairs there are sumptuous bedrooms and
modern and well-appointed bathrooms, and everywhere there is a lot of
space. Each villa and residence offers an uninterrupted view of the
sea. A fleet of golf buggies will take you to the farthest reaches of
the resort, but really everything is quite compact and the grounds are
well-tended. So close to Singapore but a tranquil world away.
Ali Bin Harun is the Executive Chef for the Montigo Resorts and his
expert inspiration makes their restaurants destinations in their own
right. He presents both tradition and inspiration in a well-balanced
extravaganza. TADD’S is the perfect spot for a delicious interlude at
any time of day. Food is outstanding here. The culinary adventure
starts with breakfast: I am a great breakfast grazer and I managed to
have several (calling it research) before I rolled away from the table.
As I mentioned, most of the guests hail from Singapore so there were
plenty of Malay, Chinese and Indian-inspired dishes along with European
pastries and fresh fruit.
Serving local, Asian and Western comfort cuisine in an informal semi
al-fresco poolside setting, the all-day dining café offers
traditional favourites, including the Gado Gado Salad, the Montigo Club
Sandwich, and Nasi Goreng. Try nasi lemak daun pisang – chicken
rendang, boiled egg, coconut rice wrapped in banana leaf, anchovies
with sambal, and peanuts – and other local specialities.
TIIGO Beach Club is the night haunt and general chilling
area of the resort. It is the first and only venue on Batam that sells
custom mixes of fruit-flavoured tobacco for shisha, which has become
popular in so many celebrated bars and cafés around the globe.
Montigo is staying on-trend.
Next to the main reception, one finds the polished and intimate
kelong-style restaurant. Kelong is a Malay word meaning ‘remote fishing
outpost’ but this restaurant is more romantic than the word might
suggest. Pantai, meaning ‘beach’, is the fine-dining venue for this
resort. Don’t miss the iconic Chilli Crab and the White Fungus in Sweet
Things to do inside the resort:
• The younger members of the group will
be thrilled by the activities at OLO Kids’ Club. They will leave each
day covered in paint, already missing their new friends,
telling tales of pool fun and counting the moments till tomorrow when
they can do it all again!
• The Montigo Spa’s Sumatran huts have great charm.
They rest next to their own stretch of beach. There is also a steam
bath and plunge pools, and a relaxing library and reading area. There
are plenty of treatments including massage – the Central Javanese Lulur
is a traditional massage that combines acupressure, reflexology and
aromatherapy along with a Javanese scrub using fresh ingredients such
as turmeric, candlenut, jasmine and yogurt.
• For those who want to
maintain their temple-like bodies there are gym houses with some of the
latest exercise machines, suitable for equipment-lovers and novices
alike. There are certified instructors for yoga for those who are
looking for more gentle exertion.
Things to do outside the resort:
• Take a romantic ride around Nongsa’s
Heritage Village in Montigo’s vintage Volkswagen for a unique
experience which will appeal to any car lover.
• Kampong bike tour with a Montigo guide. You can
cycle from the resort to nearby Pantai Village to explore a traditional
• Water sports might be your vacation passion so
enjoy some wake boarding, water skiing, jet skiing, knee boarding,
kayaking, snorkelling or banana boat rides.
• Golfers are not forgotten – enjoy a round or two at
one of the local 18-hole golf courses.
• Cruise through the mangroves with a guide who
points out wildlife.
Montigo in Batam Indonesia makes an ideal break from hectic Singapore.
Come here and unwind and be pampered by attentive staff, enjoy the best
of foods and go home refreshed … and start planning your next Montigo
Learn more about Montigo in Batam Indonesia here
If you fly from Heathrow Airport then
head for T2B close to
gate B36, for Singapore Airlines’ SilverKris Lounge for business and
first-class passengers. This offers more than 200 comfy seats for small
business trippers and lone travellers. First Class customers are
offered meals from
both a self-service buffet area and an à la carte menu which
Learn more about Singapore Airlines here