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“too short a trip” 4 of 5 stars
Review of HARRIS Resort Batam Waterfront

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HARRIS Resort Batam Waterfront
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   K.H. Ahmad Dahlan Street | Marina Waterfront City, Riau Islands Province 29422, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #8 of 68 hotels in Batam
singapore
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“too short a trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2008

Just got back from a 3day2nites trip to Batam. My family and I stayed at the Harris Resort. Sigh! If you bring kids, you may want to stay a little longer to enjoy the trip. Anyway, we enjoyed ourselves despite certain hits and misses throughout the trip. The ferry to Batam from Harbourfront, Sinapore was packed but luckily the journey was short. Go early to get to pick and choose your seats.We were surprised when we arrived at the Waterfront City at Teluk Senimba, Batam. Instead of waiting at the long queue to clear immigration, someone from Harris Resort came to help us and to bring us to the resort. However, we had to give our passports to them and that made us a little uneasy.Harris Resort was a mere 5 minutes ride from the jetty.I was a little miffed with the 'long' check in until I realised that I forgot to switch my watch to Batam time which was 1hour later than Singapore.The service was good and we were upgraded to cabana from a double room. A little downside was the cabana was a long way off from the main building. Not too good if you were tired from a long day of walking. The room was fantastic except for a malfunctioning fan and a friendly milipede! Despite telling the reception twice,nothing was done. Thankfully, the air conditioning and the weather were fairly cooperative! Currently, Harris resort is being upgraded to a bigger resort which will complete in 2009. So, you can smell the fumes from the machinery from the swimming pool. Then again, this is the first time that I had snacks delivered to me at the poolside by service staff in a rickshaw!! Many shortcomings are compensated by very enthusiastic staff. My daughter was a little intimidated by the friendly staff who tried to talk to her.There aren't many things that we did except shopping at Nagoya Hill. The downside to this was you have to take a 25 minutes taxi ride out(S$15 pertrip)each time. Harris resort is far from town. All in all we had a good time. With just S$400(excluding rooms and ferry rides),our family were able to enjoy shopping and fairly decent meals, not to mention the 2way taxi trips for 2 days. However, food at Harris resort is fairly expensive and is pegged to S$. So, to save $$,we had our lunches in town and packed our dinners back to hotel. I will certainly go to Batam again and Definitely without any kids!!

  • Liked — Friendly staff, flexibility in arrangement
  • Disliked — distance from town, expensive food
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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singapore
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2008

i stayed at the harris resort in batam to attend a 4 1/2 day (4 night's stay) seminar.

i was highly impressed by how friendly and helpful the staff were. everyone went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. and indeed we felt very much at home. it felt as if the team was one big family.

i used the foot reflexology three times, each time i was impressed by the knowledge and expertise of the practitioners. i can highly recommend them!

a big thank you to stylianos and his team for making this seminar and our stay at the harris resort a very memorable one.

the harris resort is a three star resort, but the service and friendliness of the staff is more than five stars.

susanna

  • Liked — friendliness of staff & pool
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2008

When we talk about friends, we often say, "it's not when times are good that counts but when something goes wrong".

This really applies for Harries. Don't get me wrong, their service is almost flawless at the more than acceptable pricing they offer. It's just that when my girlfriend lost her Sarong (Towel), though it nothing expensive, Harries got almost all their staff to start searching!!! Imagine how touched and shocked we were when we saw so many people searching for something that may cost less than $10USD. Naturally, as the Sarong had some emotional significance to my girlfriend, she was more than happy, though embarrassed, by what happened.

With regards to the resort itself, it has one of the better "full packages" available and the General Manager, Mr. Stylianos A. Koureas, is always walking around making sure everyone is enjoying themselves. The best part is that he offers honest reviews and advice on what guest may find interesting and what to avoid based on individual preferences. It's always good to check with him on latest happenings and he's always more than happy for a chat.

Everything's taken care of from paint-ball fights, flying fox, bowling, massage to the wonderful view of the sea from either your room or from well, relaxing constructed sea-side houses. Can't wait for the new wing to be opened.

Unlike other resorts I have been to, Harries seems to be more concerned about keeping clients happy more than anything else. When people from our group wanted to do activities which Harries do not offer, transportation was made available to us to bring us to the location. The Pasta was really great (Not surprising given the GM's Italian heritage) and ,like the activities in the morning, when another member of our travel group wanted local seafood, Harries gave a recommendation and brought us there.

In travel, it may sometimes be difficult to get what you want and to make sure nothing "screws up" but at Harries, these guys go all out to make sure you have a good time regardless of any good or bad things that may happen along the way.


Cheers to ya
VinX

  • Liked — The great seaview and open-air bath
  • Disliked — The Air-condition wasn't cold enough in day
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2008

Last I went Harris, Batam, was in Nov 07. Just went back over the Vesak Holiday long weekend. Wow! Was surprised at the various new changes over there: a H Grill (Great western food like the tenderloin, Rosemary chicken, mashed potato, desserts like Creme Brulee (must-try), etc), new furnishings @ the restaurant & poolside (see photos), newly equipped gym & spa facilities. The place is getting better with all these exciting changes.

The staff & management are still as friendly & helpful. The Cabanas are very spacious & new. Great vacation place for families, couples, group of friends & company gathering.

  • Liked — Clean, Great food, friendly & helpful staff, great pool
  • Disliked — None
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2008

The resort is currently undergoing some renovations at the moment. As a result, it was absolutely noisy in the day. The hotel's private 'beach' also turned out to be quite a disgusting affair. Instead of sand, the coast was replaced with rather dirty mud and unsuitable for swimming. Their watersport facility was very close to the hotel, which was good, however, it was grossly overpriced. In fact, everything at the resort was priced according to singaporean standards, which totally defeats the purpose of going to another country developed country for a holiday. Also, the hotel experienced a black out the night we were there. Fortunately, it did not last long as the hotel had their own generator. Sadly, the blackout meant that many of their facilities were unavailable at night, leaving us with nohing to do.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: K.H. Ahmad Dahlan Street | Marina Waterfront City, Riau Islands Province 29422, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Riau Islands Province > Riau Archipelago > Batam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Batam
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Batam
#4 Best Value Hotel in Batam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — HARRIS Resort Batam Waterfront 3.5*
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 over 18 years old of age. 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 over 18, adults-only 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, Go kart, 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. Five outlets to ease hunger pains are available by providing Indonesian, Asian and Western cuisines. ... more   less 
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