Just came back from my second visit to Harris Batam Resort. The resort provides many different packages that come with different freebies to meet your needs.
The $7 return ferry fee was collected from the BatamFast Ferry Office (Singapore) before we left for Batam. So now you should be paying $27 for the misc ferry charges.
Upon arriving at the Waterfront city terminal, the shuttle bus from Harris was already there. It takes a few minutes to reach the resort from the terminal. The ferry timing from Singapore is quite fixed, so you will reach the resort earlier than the check in time. The resort was able to accomodate early check-in that day.
The good thing about Harris is that their staffs including security guards are all very friendly. They would not turn you down if you need any help and they are quite serious about their job.
What was disappointing to me compared to the last visit was the room. The room I got this time was at the highest level (there's only 5 levels). You either face the sea or the pool. I think the pool will be a better sight as the beach they have is more of a mangrove than an actual beach. Hence there's no beach activities except for the water sports.
Now back to the room... First was the strength of the air-conditioner. Despite setting it at the lowest temperature, the room was still warm throughout. The television/cable reception was very poor. Very distorted image. The shower head was damage and water could not be dispensed properly. Lastly, hand towel and bathroom mat were not provided despite asking for them.
But I notice that the house keeping did a good job in tidying up the room and arranging my stuff neatly. Thumbs up for that.
Harris do provide shuttle bus to Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall and you could get a free ride if it is part of your package. The bus timing for weekdays is quite limited. Only 2 trips if I could remember clearly. You can spend about 3 hours at the shopping mall excluding the travelling time.
This time I went for massage at the highest level of the mall. It's call vivacity. My fiancee did the nailart and manicure while I went for the massage which cost about 90k rp (less than $20) for 60 min. So much cheaper than the ones at Harris.
We had most of our meals in Harris, except for the lunch at A&W (Nagoya). The pizza at Harris is a must try and the set meal which was part of the package was not that impressive compared to the items on the main ala carte menu. Breakfast was simple and not many variety. Quite standard breakfast.
There is another place just located at the entrance of Harris Resort where you go for the water sports. It is like a bar but you could order food and drinks which are slightly cheaper. It's called the Monkey Hut Bar if i'm not wrong. A very nice cozy place where you could chill and watch cable TV there.
The main thing that you could do at the resort is to swim. They got a huge pool there. The space for cycling is quite limited. Other than that you could go for bowling. But I suggest you bring your socks or you have to buy from the counter. The balls and shoes provided are old and in bad condition but good enough to play a simple game of bowling.
Those in huge group could go for the paintball and air gun battleground. Other than that, its more for family and friends gathering rather than for couple.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A friendly resort facing the strait of Singapore and the sea view with spacious accommodation and giant free form swimming pool. Strategic destination and a perfect vacation spot for couples, families or business purposes. With 308 rooms and suites including 20 cabanas, this hotel has the largest number of room provided in Funky and Trendy Wing.Harris Funky will cater the needs of your most discerning family member while easily keeping the whole group occupied and satisfied. Harris Trendy has the newest and trendiest all inclusive concepts, reserved exclusively for couples and singles . Asia's one of its kind, an all inclusive concept welcomes couples and singles to experience carefree days and endless irresistible nights in Batam. The atmosphere allows event the most conventional of guest to throw caution-to-the-wind and experience life like never before. Located just 40 minutes away from Harbourfront Center Singapore, Harris Resort Batam try to persuade its guests to linger with a plethora of water sports & indoor entertainment in the form of a ten-lane bowling alley, Squash & billiards, ATV , Jet Ski, Flying Fox or sea sport activities. Soothe the muscles with one of our treatments at the spa, foot reflexology facilities or head to the giant free-form pool. The H-Spa an oasis of calm and serenity with breathtaking sea views and sunset in the afternoon, provide Harris Fans with a haven to luxuriate and pamper themselves with a selection of Body and Facial treatments masterfully executed by highly trained therapists. Two outlets to ease hunger pains are available by providing Indonesian, Asian and Western cuisines. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Harris Resort Batam Waterfront Hotel Batam
- Batam Harris Hotel