Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Montigo Resorts, Nongsa - Five-Star Luxury Villas and Spa on Batam Island, Indonesia

What a happy and chirpy sight that awaits you at Montigo Resorts, Nongsa!

Meet TILO, the adorable chick prince who is the mascot at this luxury all-villa resort. Montigo Resorts is the first five-star stay on Batam, Indonesia. It's just 30 minutes away from Singapore by ferry.

I know the year has just started but I feel like going on holiday already!

Yes, some of you may be looking for a tranquil escape for the lunar new year, and this is one self-contained place with everything you need and more. Oh and they have a special offer going on for the festive season too.

Warm Indonesian hospitality - a nice welcome drink served with a smile
Yes, to welcome drinks and warm Indonesian hospitality.

The Montigo Resort at Nongsa, Batam has 88 villas
There are 88 villas at this modern contemporary resort which sets geometric shapes against the sea and sky. Each villa provides 3,300 square feet of well-appointed space.

Living room
The living room is cool and spacious. The decor is predominantly in monochrome tones of black and white, with natural wood and bamboo accents.

Our butler showing us the plunge pool
Right out side the living room is a big balcony with your very own private plunge pool!

You also have a personal concierge or butler with your villa. Ours was a Korean lady; it was quite surreal having her introduce to us the features of the Indonesian resort.

Each villa comes with its own infinity plunge pool
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But yes, private plunge pool! Overlooking the South China Sea!

Ours was a spa villa, with its own little pavilion for pampering treatments
We got the Spa Villa (there are 13 of these) which means you have your own private pavilion for spa therapy treatments!

Local cakes, nuts and fruits
You are also well-stocked with local cakes (including kueh lapis), fruit and nuts.

Master bedroom
Upstairs, the master bedroom beckons with an elegant four poster canopy bed. The same monochrome theme continues, even in the paintings.

Behind the bed is a writing desk that opens up and becomes a dressing table
Behind the bed is a writing desk that transforms into a dresser when you flip up the mirrored lid.

The master bedroom has an amazing sunlit bathroom
The master bedroom has an amazing sunlit bathroom with high ceilings and skylight.

I absolutely LOVE the giant bathtub!
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I absolutely LOVE the giant stone bathtub!

The bathroom has separate shower and toilet facilities, as well as double washbasins
Modern bath fittings and furnishings. Treat yourself to the Malin and Goetz toiletries.

There is a second bedroom with twin beds
There is a second bedroom with twin beds.

The second bedroom also has an ensuite bathroom but no bathtub
The second bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom with shower but no bathtub.

On the roof, the perfect venue for in-villa BBQs!
On the third level, you have this expansive roof space, which we felt had a decidedly Santorini feel. It's also perfect for a BBQ dinner for the whole family or group of friends! Here's the in-villa BBQ menu.

All villas have a view of the South China Sea
The view from your villa is awesome. Montigo Resorts is situated on one kilometre of private seafront property facing the South China Sea.

The spa features antique huts transplanted from Sumatra
One of the highlights of the resort is the Spa. What's amazing are the antique huts completely transplanted from Sumatra.

The Montigo Spa uses sustainable materials and offers treatments using ancient Balinese, Javanese and other Asian techniques
Steep your soul in the rustic Indonesian atmosphere, as you enjoy the treatments and massages using ancient Balinese, Javanese and other Asian techniques (see the Montigo Spa menu for details).

Love the rustic aesthetics
I love the care taken with the aesthetics of the place.

The spa also has an outdoor pool
There is also an outdoor pool at the spa. One of the many pools at the resort, as you will see.

Parents can relax while kids have a ball at the supervised OLO kids club
For the kids, there is a giant playhouse full of toys and activities. Parents can leave their children at the supervised OLO kids club to have some time off for themselves.

OLO kids club has so many activities and play features
There are plenty of activities  - body painting, gardening, kite flying, swimming, culinary classes and even "mixology" sessions - mixing delicious drinks at the mocktail bar. Slides, water fountains, and even video games in private nooks. I hope they have a little library too, somewhere.

TADD's is the all-day dining restaurant for families
Foodwise, there's TADD, the all-day dining restaurant that caters to families and groups of friends alike. It serves contemporary Western and Asian classics.

Some of TADD's dishes and drinks
There's bound to be something for everyone. For lunch, we tried the sambal prawns, corn fritters, beef curry, spicy fried chicken, tauhu telor, fried rice and drinks.

TADD's in the evening
TADD's in the evening takes on a different glow.

TADD also serves buffet breakfast
In the mornings, TADD serves a good spread for the breakfast buffet.

Breakfast of international and Asian selections
You will find your usual favourites from international and Asian selections.

Pantai is the rustic modern family-friendly restaurant
Pantai (meaning "beach") is the rustic yet modern family-friendly restaurant serving local Indonesian-Chinese seafood dishes. The decor takes cues from fishermen huts.

Pantai serves Asian style seafood
Crispy cereal calamari, hot and sour soup, slipper lobster, whole fish, and vegetable tempura for dinner.

There is an ultra-spacious gym and workout room
All that food makes you feel like you need a workout! And thankfully there is an incredibly spacious gym and dance/workout room. They also have yoga lessons.

Convention and meeting facilities at Montigo Nongsa Batam
The resort recently added convention and meeting facilities. A large hall seating 250 guests, and two private boardrooms for high level meetings are available. There are facilities also for class reunions and weddings.

TIIGO is the bar and beach club for adults
And even though it's a very family-friendly place, Montigo Resort also takes into consideration the needs of young adults who prefer their own place. TIIGO Bar and Beach Club is a child-free zone with private pool and cabanas. The bar is ruggedly clad in recycled wood and corrugated aluminium sheets for edgy style.

There's also a retail shop
Forgot sunscreen? Fret not. A little retail shop provides for basic necessities. It also stocks some of the resort luxuries like the Malin and Goetz toiletries, ultra-plush bathrobes and local costume jewellery. Take home some of the bottled sauces and sambals (the green one is nice).

Here's another pool you can relax at
More pools to relax at. This one is just outside TADD's, with deck chairs and mini island deck.

This pool just next to TADD's is lovely in the evening
The infinity pool looks so serene at night.

Montigo Resort Nongsa Batam is within easy reach of a private marina
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The resort is also close to various leisure and recreational facilities, including six championship golf courses, shopping malls and a private marina.

Take a boat ride out to explore the coast
Take a boat out and explore the coastal surroundings. The misty sea spray is lovely, especially when it's sunny and beautiful.

You can explore mangrove forests by boat
Check out the mangrove swamps - there are special sunset cruises to see the "kunang-kunang" or fireflies at night. You can also opt for eco-tours or fishing trips, bike trails and jungle treks.

Ride out to a kelong right out at sea
We saw an awesome kelong (fishing hut) out at sea.

Cooking classes are hands on at the Montigo Resort
There are also hands-on culinary classes for adults. Learn to cook some of the dishes served at the resort itself.

You have to bring the mascot TILO home!

You can't help but be charmed by the resort. It has everything for young and old. It's accessible luxury just a hop away, perfect for lazing and relaxing.

Villa rates start from S$344++ (you can check some online booking sites), and that's a real steal for a three-storey 3,300 sq foot villa.

To get there: Montigo Resorts has private ferry services daily (S$118++ per adult; S$98++ per child) between Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Nongsa Point Marina.

Jl. Hang Lekir Nongsa
Batam, Indonesia
Tel: +62 778 776 8888
Singapore sales office tel: +65 65 059 381

Many thanks to Montigo Resorts for inviting us to experience the lovely villa stay.

Except where indicated, the photos are taken with the Canon EOS 6D kindly loaned by Canon Singapore.


  1. this looks amazing!! must schedule a visit to Batam soon <3


  2. I have stayed in this resort last year and it is really a great experience staying over there. I had lot of fun over there.

  3. I had a gorgeous time at Montigo Resorts too! (+1)


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