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Montigo in Batam Indonesia

Batam 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.

BatamMr 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.

Batam 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 Syrup.

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.

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• 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 Indonesian ‘kampong’.

• 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 vacation.

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 groups, 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 changes throughout the day.

Learn more about Singapore Airways here

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Bali with Montigo Resorts

baliIt’s a destination known more by Australians than Europeans, but it’s more accessible these days with convenient flight connections via Singapore Airlines from London’s Heathrow and worldwide. The trip will start as soon as you hit the airport.

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 groups, 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 changes throughout the day. There might be Singapore Laksa and the famous and ubiquitous Hainanese Chicken Rice. There is also the very traditional Afternoon Tea menu. But you are off to Bali and this is only the first step.

Balinese culture has been strongly influenced by both Chinese and Indian traditions and particularly by the Hindu religion, in contrast to the rest of Indonesia which is Muslim. The Hindu Majapahit Empire (1293–1520 AD) on eastern Java founded a Balinese colony in 1343. A huge Javanese immigration to Bali continued over the following centuries until the Empire fell in 1520. This led to a unique Balinese national identity which lasted till 1906 when the Dutch took over the government of Bali, and Indonesia in general.

bali This beautiful and lush island lies east of Java, separated by the Bali Strait, and is approximately 8 degrees south of the equator, making it a tropical paradise. East to west it’s approximately 153km and 112km north to south. Average year-round temperature stands at around 30°C with a humidity level of about 85%.

English and Chinese are the next most common languages of many Balinese after their own language which is a form of Malay. Most shop, bar and restaurant staff in tourist areas will speak English and a smattering of other European languages, so this is an easy place in which to travel. But where to stay?

Montigo Resorts Seminyak, on Bali, has an outstanding location along the famed Jalan Petitenget. It’s surrounded by smart bars and boutiques. Seminyak, a cosmopolitan district, lies along the south-western coast, to the north of Legian and just 30 minutes from the island’s Denpasar International Airport, so not a long journey ahead once you have landed.

bali chefOne stays in spacious and well-appointed rooms with all the expected technology and perhaps even a private patio. This is high-end comfort and polish which even the most discerning traveller will appreciate: there are mini-bar refreshments, multi-lingual cable TV channels, international power sockets, USB smartphone charging port, coffee/tea-making facilities, complimentary wifi and the essential individual climate control and bottled water, and even 24-hour in-room dining.

For me the most striking feature was the bed! Yes, hotel or resort rooms do tend to have at least one but this one had me wanting to stay – not only in Bali but in that bed. This was a marshmallow feather bed into which I sank. Deep, puffy, comfort joy!

Those who love spa treatments are not forgotten. Montigo has a delightful bespoke area with nine treatment rooms in which to enjoy just about any pampering ever devised: signature Montigo Spa Journey, Couple's Spa Experience, Twenty Fingers Massage, Balinese Massage, Thai Massage, Swedish Massage, etc, as well as beauty treatments and men's spa experience.

bali Adults will indeed appreciate the sophisticated shops and vibrant bars of the neighbourhood, but the kids will be well occupied by a couple of pools complete with floating animals! Beaches are not far away but a pool next to a restaurant, with the prospect of conveniently handy snacks, might be even more appealing, and that’s just what this well-proportioned resort offers.

Food is a big part of any trip – or it should be. The restaurant called Tiigo offers outstanding Asian and European dishes, and they have a bar which is becoming noted for its classic and exotic cocktails. Indonesian cuisine has both delicate and robust spicing, so something for every taste. There are live cooking stations to add some culinary theatre and all overseen by an exceptional chef, Alit Subawa. He has international experience and is well qualified to cater for both Asian and European tastes – but do try those menu items which are less familiar.

Chef Subawa takes evident pride in menu design and dish presentation. His food is tempting, mouthwatering and authentic. It’s attractive and delicious and offers a real flavour of the location. Start your epicurean adventure with breakfast. Don’t miss the Asian specialities of spicy Nasi Goreng Bali Bumbu Rajang or sweet Kaya toast.

bali Tiigo boasts 12 sauces, 24 mustards and a colourful array of 30 flavoured salts so one can tailor some recipes to one’s individual taste. Try their dinner speciality of Balinese Ayam Betutu – a whole spring chicken steamed with an aromatic mix of shallots, garlic, turmeric, ginger, galangal, wild ginger, candlenuts, shrimp paste and peanuts. Order a starter of satay, which will arrive on a mini grill – memorable! Chef Subawa also has an array of local sweets which are must-tries here.

The bar at Montigo is garnering a great reputation. It is well stocked and has staff who are expert in both iconic and contemporary cocktail preparation. Alcoholic drinks and mocktails are served with charm and good humour. The perfect spot for that relaxing pre-dinner aperitif.

The Montigo resort in Bali offers high-end, yet family-friendly, luxury. Facilities are first-class but there is attention to detail, and personal care which is noteworthy. The staff are well-trained and charming and nothing seems too much trouble for them. They are positive ambassadors for the brand and the resort.

Learn more about Singapore Airlines here.

Learn more about the lounge here.

Learn more about Montigo Resorts Seminyak here.

Learn more about Montigo Resorts Nongsa here.

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Batam and Bali via Singapore Lounge

Singapore lounge These are destinations known more by Australians than Europeans, but they are more accessible to us now, with convenient flight connections via Singapore Airlines from London’s Heathrow.

Any vacation should start as soon as the head of the household is safely lodged in the cattery, the central heating is set to just ticking over, you have informed the neighbours for security and to make them jealous, the front door is closed and you are off.

Yes, only off to the airport but that can be the beginning of a week or so of pampering, accessible luxury and full-on relaxation. The Singapore lounge awaits and it’s deliciously garnished, marvellously appointed and your first holiday-mood enhancer. The experience starts here. This is the SilverKris Lounge at Heathrow T2.  SilverKris Lounge for First and Business Class customers is a land version of Singapore Airlines’ travel concept of worldwide ‘home away from home’, although much more comfortable than many homes.

bali cocktail Located in T2B close to gate B36, Singapore Airlines’ SilverKris Lounge has more than 200 seats which are arranged in a thoughtful fashion to offer convivial spaces for small groups, work solitude for pressed business trippers, and upholstered chairs for travellers accompanied only by a good book.

The lounge isn’t just for sitting but also for some rather classy casual dining, tempting not only with British dishes but also those from Singapore and Malaysia. Your gastronomic extravaganza starts here.

Arrive and unwind with a glass of chilled champagne - there are also beers and wines - although this seasoned traveller recommends only one glass of alcohol in the lounge, as hospitality continues on the flight, meals being lubricated with classic wines and spirits. Grab a magazine, find a cosy corner and wonder why they don’t offer vacations just to the lounge.

First Class customers are treated to goods from the self-service buffet area, as well as an à la carte menu which changes throughout the day. There might be Singapore Laksa and the famous and ubiquitous Hainanese Chicken Rice. There is also the very traditional British afternoon tea menu, which is obviously a favourite with those flying home to the Far East from these shores. 

But you are off to Batam or Bali and this is only the first step. Those islands are nearer than you think, with just a change of vehicle at Singapore. The beautiful island of Bali, just a connecting flight away from Singapore airport, has many facets and appeals both to those with an interest in learning more about the fascinating Indonesian culture, and to those others who are party animals. The two experiences co-exist and are flourishing.

batam Batam is just a short ferry ride from Singapore and offers a tropical paradise, with a hotel providing calm after time spent enjoying the cosmopolitan vibe of the modern and energetic city state of Singapore.

Montigo Resorts Nongsa, on Batam, is a property which thinks it’s a village. The 88 seafront villas provide everything that you expect from the perfect vacation home. There are light and airy living rooms, private patios for romantic alfresco dining, secluded plunge pools, cooking facilities, sumptuous bedrooms and modern and well-appointed bathrooms. So close to Singapore but a tranquil world away. This stunning resort is ideal as part of a 2-venue holiday. Discerning adults will love shopping, museums, 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.

bali Montigo Resorts Seminyak, on Bali, has an outstanding location. It’s surrounded by smart bars and boutiques but the island has more to offer than cocktails and retail therapy. There are craft villages, temples, tourist shops, rice terraces and jungles to entice the visitor away from beaches and pools. Montigo Resorts Seminyak is indeed a tropical idyll but laced with the best of modern comforts and technology.

There are more than 100 stylish and spacious guest rooms and suites which are ideal for both families and couples. The restaurant offers outstanding Asian and European dishes, and they have a bar which is becoming noted for its classic and exotic cocktails. High-end, yet family-friendly luxury.


Learn more about Singapore Airlines here.

Learn more about the lounge here.

Learn more about Montigo Resorts Nongsa here.

Learn more about Montigo Resorts Seminyak here.


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