i sort of 'discovered' this new resort when i was deciding if we should go for the jetski safari @ Batam view hotel. My extended family of 7 went ahead with a 2 days 1 night stay with this hotel just to try out the beachfront villa category. I told myself to keep expectations low as i read from other reviews that there are no activities to do there and they're still renovating the place. they mentioned in march 2013 they will have sea sports centre together with a swimming pool and another restaurant.
-The counter staff lets us check in early around 12+ (check-in time officially 2/3pm). Maybe it's a weekday.
-Villa is spacious. 2 rooms (a twin and a double room) are on the second floor. first floor is the living room and small pool/ diping area (1 metre deep). rooftop is BBQ area (if you decide to have BBQ under the stars).
-Total 3 bathrooms inside the villa (1 on the first floor, 1 inside each room) very adequate for large groups. very good rain showers. Honestly i felt the showers are the best thing in this trip.
-Staff will go around in a 'cart' to visit your villa and ask if you need to replenish any villa supplies (water, minibar, towels, or anything you might need) in the evening. Minibar is free of charge by the way. It's the usual coke, sprite in there.
-Good day/night view from the villa balcony. however, you can see Singapore marina bay sands across the sea (not sure good or bad). Villa and villa view all very photogenic. so snap away.
The cons (for us at least):
-everywhere u go, you will need to wait for a buggy to fetch you (eg. breakfast, lunch, dinner, spa, or elsewhere). Distance is not too walkable as it's quite steep and not that near to the main areas. unless you stay in the villa beside the restaurant.
-not much beach to speak of. just dirty seawater cornered off. i think they're creating a man-made beach now in the process.
-Stairway Lights and blinds controller were spoilt and it gets reallly dark. But we called the service side and they fixed it within the hour.
-new resort but obvious stains are everywhere. on the floor, sofa, table etc. well it's a beach resort so i guess it's understandable. did i mention insects are everywhere too.. don't leave any food in the open please. ants will attack in mass. oh and mini spiders on the bed etc..
-its a soft launch. so as usual most of the hotel facilities are not ready. thus, we went to the hotel spa pool and jacuzzi and it's very dirty with dead insects in the waters. Jacuzzi jets are almost non-existence and not pressure not strong enough.
- expensive BBQ menu. Be prepared to pay around $60++ PER pax for the usual bbq food you will get in Singapore and it's ala carte, meaning it's counted by per stick, per chicken drum etc. we didn't order in house rooftop BBQ package, but we order hotel food for dining in. portions not big, just fyi.
-Breakfast is buffet style as its a friday morn. Very limited. not delicious. Nothing fanciful. But they have an egg station. i heard breakfast is ala carte (just a breakfast set) on weekdays. I hope they can improve their buffet breakfast.
-villa is designed in a way that the building walls are open style. meaning when u walk up and down the stairs or onto the rooftop, people from other villas will see you. Not very private if you want privacy. there are blinds to let down though and it will get a bit stuffy as there is no air con circulating in the stairway.
Oh and lastly, there is really nothing much to do there. no beach to walk on. for now. Maybe everything will be ready after March 2013.
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