- 3D2N stay for 1 for $150 (up to $230 value)
Hotels at a glance
I Hotel Baloi Batam
A hotel in the shopping district of Nagoya, I Hotel Baloi Batam sits within a quick stroll’s distance to the neighbouring Batam City Square Mall. Offering the outdoor diversions of an outdoor swimming pool which comes with a view of the city, the four-star property is a ten-minute drive from the Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal, and provides accessibility to the local dining spots of Ayam Penyet Ria, Dapoer Kampoeng, and Golden Prawn Seafood Restaurant via a quick cab ride.
De Bintan Villa
Located near the highland areas of Gunung Bintan, enjoy the view of the majestic peak and its surrounding forested hills – the villa’s bamboo-themed interiors and wooden construction allows a temporary respite from hectic city lives. The villa offers guests a selection of outdoor activities to partake in, including snorkelling, kayaking, hiking, and flying fox.
Harbourfront Ferry Terminal Singapore – Batam:
- Departure time: 8am (GMT+8)
Batam – Harbourfront Ferry Terminal Singapore:
- Departure time: 3pm (GMT+7)
For reference only, schedule subject to change and availability.
- Stay at I Hotel Baloi Batam or De Bintan Villa
- Room size, bedding, and facilities vary from hotel to hotel
Batam, Indonesia: What to see and do
Located approximately 20 kilometres away from Singapore, Batam is part of the Riau Archipelago that stretches from the east of Sumatra to the south of Singapore, providing travellers with a quick weekend getaway within the convenience of the city. The island is a free trade zone teeming with duty-free shopping opportunities, and many of its malls are located in Nagoya, the main commercial district in Batam. Nagoya Hill is the crowning glory of the town, a three-storey development that has a mix of retail shopping, dining outlets, and a cinema on the top floor. Look out for international brands like Ralph Lauren, Ann Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as a number of shops selling local goods such as batik fabric, handicrafts, and kueh lapis.
You can hire a taxi to drive you around the island, which also boasts six golf courses, tropical beaches with watersports, and the Batam Miniature Park that features replicas of traditional houses unique to different provinces within Indonesia. Keep an eye out for the iconic structure of the Barelang Bridges that connect Batam to its neighbouring islands, a popular place for sightseeing and photography. After a day of exploration, refuel at one of the waterfront restaurants perched on stilts – also known as kelong – that serve fresh seafood like chilli crabs, sweet and sour king prawns, and gong gong, a type of sea snail typically found around the waters of the Riau Archipelago, accompanied by sips of refreshing coconut water straight from the fruit.
Bintan Island, Indonesia: What to see and do
A tropical paradise an hour away from Singapore, Bintan Island is where nature exists in harmony with the island’s history and the local culture. Let the gentle sea breeze and sounds of the sea envelop you with serenity as your feet sink into the fine sands of the beach. Inject some fun into your day with water sports like kayaking, snorkelling, and scuba diving. Holidaymakers may go island-hopping from the port at Tanjung Pinang, while golfers can improve their game at one of the five golf courses on the island, designed to harmonise with the natural scenery.
Charter a taxi or rent a car to take you to the town of Senggarang, which houses temples that date back hundreds of years, built by the Chinese people that settled here. Visit the 300-year old Sun Te Kong temple that honours the God of Fire and the Banyan Tree Temple, wrapped by the roots of the towering Banyan tree. After a day of exploration, head to the coastal area to dine in one of the seafood restaurants perched on stilts, where you can feast on gong gong, chilli crabs, drunken prawns, and steamed fish while enjoying a view of the open sea.