Unfortunately, all my annual leave days are now reserved for anticipated exam days since I returned to school, so I have only time to do weekend getaways these days. Therefore Joo and I decided to give Batam a shot since we'd never been there, no thanks to the many bad reviews we'd read.
We're lazy so bought their " Lifestyle spa package", which included 3 meals, 1 night's accommodation, 2-way ferry plus hotel shuttle, and spa massage (we don't care about sea sports and shopping). Though the ferry was a bit of a shock, I'm not here to review the ferry, so let's focus on the resort…
The room wasn't ready when we arrived at 10-ish AM, so we left our bags at the concierge and wandered around the resort. We were strolling towards the beach when a nice smell wafted into my nose just as we went by the cafe. It was coriander! They have pots of it planted outside the cafe's kitchen. I'm a fan of potted herbs and grow some myself. The resort also grows organic vegetables and use them in their own kitchen. We walked through a garden of fruit trees, herbs and spices before heading off to lunch at Wangi Melati Cafe. The food here is frankly quite up to standard. We had yummy Tumpeng Nasi Kuning served with local fried chicken and an assortment of local side dishes and crackers.
After lunch, it was time to check in. We had requested for a high floor room with view but they gave us a pool-facing room! The resort building is sort of a crescent-shape so the noisy pool is INSIDE the crescent. We demanded for a room-change and got into Room 449 - which was actually a smoking room, but was mercifully odourless. Ah… it was a sea-view and noise-free at last.
After showering, we headed to 5th Dimension Spa on level 5. While we like the sea-facing massage rooms and ginger tea, we reckoned we've had better massages. It was a bit painful (yelped a bit) and I felt more "busy" than relax. The head massage was good though.
The sun was almost setting by the time we're done with the massage. We were glad to get a west-facing sea-view room. Although we didn't get a proper sunset due to cloudy sky, the view was still romantically gorgeous.
At dinner, a mix of local and western dishes were served. The Chili Con Carne was outstanding. We also helped ourselves to Mediterranean fish, assorted antipasti and bruschetta, mutton stew, local vegetables, Fish Wellington, pasta, chilli chicken, local kueh, fruits and Pulut Hitam. We really rather like the food here. A humble suggestion would be to include some vegetarian dishes into the buffet. I witnessed an Indian gentleman walking into the cafe only to find nothing suitable for him to eat.
A live band performed at Islander Lounge. While the band members were very engaging, the music was too loud for my liking. However, I should mention that this lounge served the best Pussy Foot mocktail I've ever tasted. We ended the evening with a stroll out to somewhere around the Kelong seafood restaurant to catch some sea breeze.
Overall, despite some minor communication breakdown, we had a pleasant stay. Service was good. Thank you.
(1) Odd-numbered rooms on levels 4 and 5 (beginning with no. 443 and 543 onwards) are sea-facing and...
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