Its actually quite weird to see such a nice-looking & modern hotel in the middle of all the dusty roads, abandoned buildings & wild grass growing all over. The upside is that its really near to Nagoya Shopping Centre which allows us to buy all the grocery we wanted to bring back to Singapore.
It also kind of scary to see that all major developments have really tight security. Perhaps due to all the bombing incidents in Jakarta & Bali? They have many guards stationed at the entrance, scanning the cars when we go in & we have to walk through the metal detector before going into the hotel.
The hotel pool was pretty lovely but the view not so much. The water pressure in the bathroom was strong which is always a good thing. They also had free internet access which is great. Breakfast was okay but the eggs are done quite badly. The worst thing would have to be the filmsy pillows, blankets & mattress which cause me to lose quite abit of sleep. But other then that, everything esle was liveable with & relatively clean/comfortable. The bill works out to be about SGD$98 per pax (Deluxe Room) which I thought was a tad expensive but reasonable compared to the rest of the hotels in Batam.
At Batam, we did the usual Singaporean thing by buying an enitre year of supply of instant noodles (tasty mee goreng flavour not availiable in Singapore), sanitary pads (cheaper by 40-50%) & bath scrubs (very good quality & each tubs cost only SGD$1-2). The intinery is pretty standard for Singaporeans who goes to Batam. Spa, Seafood, Shopping at the Supermarket. Also, the prune flavour kueh lapis is a must to bring back too.
To note: Always book a good & trustworthy driver as it is not easy to move around the place (no public transport availiable) & for security consideration. Not a good idea to go out after dark as the roads are not well-paved & street lamps are few & far in between.
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