When we arrived at the jetty, we were rather shocked to be picked up by a chinese (we were expecting locals in hotel uniform/ logo). We went with him since he got our names and hotel right, but throughout the journey (we went in through the more faraway jetty instead of the one 5-mins away from hotel) both me and my husband were fulol of doubts. We arrived at the hotel safely, to much relief.
The Check-in time was fair, deposit is S$50. The welcome drink we got was something like a strawberry milk with a strong yoguat flavor.
We got a pool-set by the hill side view room, it was amazing. The room is big, with a king size bed, but has no coffee table. This came to be a problem when we ordered for room service. Bed, sofa, working desk and tiled floor clean. air-con and mini-fridge working. Orange Rubber Slippers available, that seems to be one of their trademark. We were also surprised that there was no bugs AT ALL in the room, having had experiences with seaside resorts before harris.In fact through out three days in the room, i only spotted one mozzie, no ants, flies etc in the room.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the public areas of the holiday, i had several meals where i was disturbed by flying insects. A few areas surrounding the huge and almost always empty pool were infested with ants, though you may need to look closely to spot them as they hide under chairs and tables. Don't go to the pool before noon, or you may be swimming with few fallen flowers and leaves and small flies and big mosquitoes. Amazing but True! (ps. i'm extremely scared of insects...) However Harris remains a notch better than most resorts in their pest control and cleanliness. They mop the floor in your room everyday.
The food in the hotel ranges around 8 to 38 SGD. You can get a decent meal with S$12. I don't like the pizza, despite reviews, but two can share the S$13 pizza if you are not very hungry. The grill is decent at H Grill but the asian food in the cafe is platable. The food in the hotel remainds blant despite its cost, the only food that i'll re-order is the applecrumble with ice-cream from the H grill (S$10, crispy on the outside, tender, soft and creamy for the filling and not to mention ice-cream on tart with chocolate syrup). A thing to mention is that almost all the food are oily. At the end of 3 days, we really yearn for some japanese or chinese food, but when we approached the japanese restaurant, we decided otherwise.
Do not go into the bar in the day, because it also serves as the resting place for tired kids and parents who give free rein to their child to not only scream and run around the bar, but also tried to bury their heads into the sofa i was at. At night, when we were there, there is a live band that enjoys asking the customers to pick a song which they'll sing. A jug of Heinken= S$34, cocktails= 11-14 SGD.
Overall, the experience was okay, but not impressive to let us go back. The service is good, but not memorable.
ps. The water heater remains inconsistent. For that, my husband who has a heart condition and cannot bath in cold water can never go back.
The rate is much cheaper if you book through their website. we saw S$ 112 nett per night when we went to check out online, when we paid S$ 190 per pax for 2N.
- 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