There is 7 amazing seven long weekends in 2020 – Chinese New Year, Good Friday, Labour Day, Hari Raya Puasa, Hari Raya Haji, National Day, and Christmas Day. For Chinese New Year (Day 2), Hari Raya Puasa, and National Day which fall on Sundays, the immediate Monday is usually given as off-in-lieu. Table below to plan your leave in advance to maximise your holiday.
If you maximise your 14 days of leave, you’ll get 46 days off!
Instead of going to JB to queue up or splurging on a trip to Bali, here’s some of the top and affordable resort in Batam to spend your long weekend!
Turi Beach Resort
Shoutout to all thrill-seekers: Turi Beach Resort may just be the adventure paradise of your dreams.
Located in the northern peninsula of Batam and accessible via Nongsapura Ferry Terminal, Turi Beach is one of the three properties of Nongsa Resorts. With it’s chic rustic and modern resort design, Turi Beach has a total of 141 rooms and suites with sea view balconies. The resort is surrounded by lush greeneries. So, how large is Turi Beach? 7.7 crazy hectares.
You don’t need to step out of Turi Beach Resort. It has everything – offering over 15 different activities, from diving and jetblading, to hiking, golfing and spa. If you don’t wanna sleep, there’s also a nightclub and bar to dance your night away.
Harris Resort Batam Barelang
Holler to all parents who want to travel with your little ones while on a budget: Harris Resort Batam Barelang, a 4 star hotel that offers family rooms starting from just $50+/night. Each room can fit a family of 4 so long as your kids are under the age of 12.
Stay near to the iconic Barelang Bridge with a list of facilities for the children while you’re here – such as water sports for the older kids, and a kids club decked with games for the younger ones. Even if you’re not travelling as a family, you can still rewind and recharge at both their spa and poolside bar.
Located near Barelang Bridge, it will take at least 30 minutes to travel by car from the nearest ferry terminal . The roads leading up to Harris Barelang can be heavily congested near evening time as majority of the residents of Batam are staying near the housing areas leading up to the Barelang bridge. There is also an industrial area located nearby. This further adds to the traffic congestion.
Nagoya City is 35 minutes away by car and the nearest shopping mall is Kepri Mall (20 minutes by car).
Rates: From SGD50+
Address: Trans Barelang Street,Tembesi, Marina City, Batam Island, Indonesia, 29439 (open in google map)
Accessible via Nongsapura, Ferry terminal, Montigo is a Singaporean Owned upclass Resort with a hefty price tag.
Chill and relax and spend your day in a nice villa with your own private pool and have a party your family and friends. There is a kitchenette to whip up a simple meal or eat out the many nearby restaurants and cafes. Feeling Lazy? They have in villa Seafood BBQ service as well. Just like your Grabseafood, Zizarpanda app, if there was one.
There are multiple activities to do around here like spa, sea sports, fishing prawning and Mangrove Boat tour is nearby as well.
If you don’t mind the hefty price tag, Montigo Resorts offers a all-inclusive staycation, where you can feel pampered and completely hassle-free.
Rates: Premier One-Bedroom Villa for 2 pax starts at SGD 230+
Woda Villa and Spa
You don’t have to go to Maldives to enjoy a stay at a bungalow build on water. You can book one for $70+ per night at Woda Villa and Spa. It’s like the movie Waterworld except you are not Kevin Costner, and alot more polish of course. Technically, these bungalows are above a kelong instead of the ocean, but you’ll still get to enjoy a private pool when you book their Signature Villa Room.
There are spa and massage within the resort. A 5-10 minutes walk to Golden City, is an entertainment site where you’re able to go-kart, play paintball and hop on the flying fox. And if you’re looking for some really good and cheap seafood, dine on a kelong at 993 Golden Prawn Seafood Restaurant, which is just around the corner. Its is also located near Batam Wake Park
Rates: Prices starting from SGD70+ per pax
Tempat Senang Resort
The reason most people visit TS is their spa. In fact, most people opt for a day-trip. The treatment from the milk bath in a tree house by a koi pond to the body scrub to the facial to the pedicure to the “hair spa” – each treatment was luxurious and performed well by professional and communicative staff.
There is only 1 restaurant in the resort serving local and South East Asian Cuisine. The food is really good and the price is about SGD 20+, roughly a casual dining price of Singapore. All in all, the package was expensive but it is money truly well spend.