The bus that picked us up at the ferry terminal has a very low roof and the seats were not properly bolted down.Upon arrival at the front desk,there were some of the resort's employees doing as what they called a welcome dance.Let me tell you that it was really noisy not to mention some of them were out of step.With all that shouting and music in the background it was very difficult to converse with the front office staff during check in.I had to literally shout because the front office staff cannot hear me and i could not hear them.I checked into a Cabana(sea facing).When i opened my window to look at the sea i got a rude shock.They(Harris Resorts) calls it Sea facing,i call it MANGROVE SWAMP FACING.There is nothing but mangrove swamps and to add insult to injury in the fore ground it has endless Shipyards.The rooms in the Cabana are really run down.The toilet overflows and the air-con does not work.The taxi ride to town cost $17 Singapore dollars one way.I had buffet lunch in the hotel for $25,They had very little spread for lunch.The most ridicules price is for a young coconut which is $5.They(Harris Resorts) seem to love Singapore dollars.I was served buffet breakfast which was included in my room bill.The restaurant was divided into two parts,so i went into the place where they have Bacons.I asked a waiter there if i could bring the Bacon out and eat in the other half of the restaurant. His answer was No,because Halal food was served there.Then came a waitress and spoke very loudly,she said that the Non Halal place is only for Long Staying Guests and if i want she will charge me $ 10.All this she was saying within everybody in the restaurant hearing distance.She made me look like a total idiot.The resort should inform their Guest in advance about the Halal and Non Halal sections to avoid any misunderstanding.There is no sea sports whatsoever.In a way that is correct because it is difficult to have sea sports in Mangrove Swamps.The only activity is the Flying Fox.The Spa is located at the end of the resort.It is at almost the Fifth Floor level with no elevators.The only way to get there is by the long and winding stairs from the ground floor.My parting words to Harris is please change your name to "HARRIS MANGROVE RESORTS"
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Harris Resort Batam Waterfront Hotel Batam
- Batam Harris Hotel