What comes to your mind when I mention the word Batam? Golf? Cheap massages? I am sure beautiful beaches is not one of the key word that pops up when I say Batam. For me, Batam reminds me of A&W, yes ever since it left our shores, going any country that still has it makes me think of root beer float. But wait, there is more! Inspired by Greece Santorini, Montigo is a resort designed mostly in white and blue and offers absolute peace and tranquillity in your vacation in individual villas catered to respect your privacy.
The reception has a view of the pool and is windy and relaxing. The moment you arrive at the resort, you will be transported into a ‘Bali’ feel resort where it is just you and the sea. The pool overlooks the sea with their signature blue umbrellas.
After check in, guests are escorted by the staff to their villa via buggy. You can also choose to walk as the nearest villa is about 5 mins walk from the reception but the resort has sufficient buggy for the use of each villa. The villas are placed at a good distance from each other and immediately you feel like you are checking in to your own holiday home.
Each villa has a spacious living room and a balcony with a view. The balcony has an infinity dipping pool for those who prefer to soak and admire the view in privacy. There is a toilet located at the first floor and a room for luggage and storage.
The rooms are located on the 2nd storey. The master is huge with a king sized 4 poster bed and a sofa which can be converted into a sofa bed. The master has a full view window looking out at the same view as the balcony on the first floor. The access to the bathroom is at the back of the bed through the sliding doors. The beds are very comfortable and clean.
The picture of the left is the bathroom of the master which is huge and gets natural lighting from the roof windows. The next room is a smaller twin room with a shared toilet outside of the room. This room and the toilet is a typical business hotel room size.
The 3rd storey is the rooftop which has gorgeous view and has lounging sofas and tables suitable for holding a party in the sunset. It faces the sea directly and is extremely windy but can be very hot in mid day.
They have a spa hut which is located nearer to the foot of the hill and the best way to get there is by calling for a buggy from the reception. The entire feel of the spa reminds me of Bali. The spa service is quite pricey in my opinion.
The main breakfast and lunch restaurant is dressed up in the similar blue and white colours. I found the food pricey but quite authentic and delicious. There is a separate bar area nearer to the beach.
There are plenty of activity area the resort offers like a table tennis table and billiards all just next to the bar.
There is also a small karaoke room for those who would like to sing their nights away although the songs available are quite limited.
The beach is man-made and is pretty small which is mostly used for events. I understand you can also play volley ball and get the netting needed from the resort. Further out to the sea, they have fishing huts where you can try your hand at fishing and a small sea sports hut on the bottom right picture. Some of the activities available are jet ski and banana boat.
Overall, the experience staying at Montigo Resorts is quite good because you can get total rest at your private villas. There is so much space around the resort you can find your own corner and just chill. The only thing is it can be a hassle to get the buggy whenever you need to travel to somewhere and the villas can be better kept as I found some ants along the wall.
Villas start from : SGD 236 excluding taxes and surcharges
Address: Jalan Hang Lekir Nongsa, Sambau, Nongsa, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29465, Indonesia