Batam is an island located 20km from Singapore’s south coast and only 1 hour away by ferry. It is the third largest city in the Sumatra region after Medan and Palembang. Batam is the ideal choice should you want to go for a short getaway from Singapore without having to go through long immigration queues like the Malaysia checkpoints which could drag for hours and hours.
The Ferry Terminals
These are the ferry operators that operate from Harbourfront Ferry Terminal:
- SINDO Ferry S$49 (all-in price for return tickets on weekends)
- Batam Fast
- Majestic Fast Ferry
These are the ferry operators that operate from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal:
- Batam Fast
The Holiday Inn Experience
Complimentary shuttle bus to/fro the Waterfront Ferry Terminal will be provided upon pre-arrangement with the hotel. Yes, it is very far from Nagoya and everywhere else, but they do provide car rentals at reasonable rates, as well as shuttles buses to Nagoya for shopping.
Another plus point is the Tea Tree Spa. Excellent customer service, wonderful massage, and the masseuse is extremely professional. Not forgetting, spa packages are reasonably priced.
We decided not to waste any time and went straight for the car rental service provided by Holiday Inn. We rented the car for 5 hours, which was more than enough time for Day 1.
And of course, food comes first so we decided to try some seafood. Naturally, all drivers would recommend Golden Prawn 933. No doubt the food is nice, but it comes with a hefty price, which part of it goes to the the driver’s commission.
Alternatively, you can hold on that hunger a bit more and head to Batam’s iconic Barelang Bridge.
Price is based on 4 pax. We didn’t even take any photos of the food because we were like starving Tasmanian Devils ready to devour the food! However, we did take a photo of the receipt. Seafood is fresh, delicious and CHEAP! SGD40 for 4 pax
After satisfying our tummy, we head up to the Barelang Bridge to see the side stalls along the bridge. You’ll be spoilt for choice as there are ALOT of stalls selling grilled corns. but let me tell you one thing. ALL OF THEM sell really TASTY grilled corns. Just pick any!
Next, we went to Nagoya. Fuh! And it’s still Day 1!
Nagoya Hill Mall is the largest mall in Batam. The next best mall is the DC or Diamond City Mall. For Singaporeans who are missing and craving for A&W, fret not. There’s a two-storey B&W at Nagoya. Root beer float, anyone?
That sums up Day 1. Day two, is all about the Spa.
Tea Tree Spa
Holiday Inn’s Tea Tree Spa are pretty much the reason WHY people chose to stay at Holiday Inn.
Opening hours: Everyday, 9am – 11pm
Tea Tree’s reputation is the result of excellent customer service of its service staff and masseuse. Plus, it has a wide range of spa treatments from facial, feet to therapeutic body massages. We didn’t make a booking prior to arriving so decided to just walk-in and give it a shot. Lucky for us, there’s a slot and in just 10 minutes, we were transported to Eden. =) Highly recommended!
That sums up our 2D1N retreat to Batam. Short, simple and relaxing. I’m sure there’s more to Batam than what I’ve just wrote here. Stay tune!