1.09.2014

Montigo Resorts Batam Seafront Villa : Pure Bliss


Montigo Resort Batam
Another day in Paradise.
Back in November, we had a triple celebration in the family. A trilogy of birthdays and a decade long wedding anniversary. With these special occasions at the horizon, we decided to set sail across the straits of Singapore into a little paradise called Montigo Resort at Batam.



Montigo Resort Batam
Batam was never a choice destination for a romantic family getaway (Yeah you heard us right - a romantic family escapade). Rather , when one mentioned Batam, one would think of spawning golf courses, cheap eats and a place for the infamous 'Singapore Uncles'.

For a beach escapade, Bintan would have been a more popular choice. However when we learnt about Montigo Resort with its huge 3 story residence and in-house plunge pool, we were sold on the idea for a trip to this new destination.
Room Entrance
Getting there was somewhat of a misfire. We had some issues on the private yacht (Aqua Voyager) arranged with the resort and will dwell on that on a later post. In the meantime this post will be entirely dedicated to the Superb 3000 square feet 2 bedroom Seafront Villa we called home for 2 nights.
The journey to the resort is only about 1 hour, comprising of a 40 min boat ride and a 10 minutes car ride.

1st Floor
The first floor comprises of a few areas, there is the Living room cum kitchen counter , the guest toilet, the storage room and private plunge pool.

The Living Room

Living Room
Upon the entrance, you will be greeted with a decent size living room with 2 individual armchairs and 2 pairs of sofa lounges.

Tv Console
The TV console is on one side of the wall together with an entertainment console housing a Wii and a sound system.

The Kitchen
The Kitchen comes with microwave oven , induction cookers, washing basin and a bar fridge. Cooking is possible, but we suggest you bring your own food as a trip to the nearest shopping center is a good one hour plus for a roundabout journey.
Otherwise, pack some microwavable food like pizza for a snack if needed.

Wii Mariokart
As mentioned earlier, there is a Wii machine. However it comes only with a Mario kart game. Not exactly the most entertaining or easiest game, we sort of given up on it after 30 minutes. Perhaps they can consider changing it to xbox that would no doubt be a more popular option.
There is also a DVD player and you can borrow DVD from the front desk.

Sound System
The Bang and Olusfen sound system is compatible with the older iPod nanos and iPhones. It does not come with Bluetooth, so those with iPhone 5 or android phone will be out of luck.

Drinks on the house
Our room option comes with snacks, free mineral water, soft drinks that are refilled daily. In addition, as part of iPerfer member, we were also given a bottle of Red Wine.

Being told that we were there to celebrate our triple milestones, we were pleasantly surprised to see a mini cake prepared for these occasions.
Nice touch Montigo.

Lastly there is a toilet/shower area completing the layout of the first floor.
We were all smiles just by exploring the first floor.

1st Floor Toilet
Having read prior reviews that the villas were not clean, we are glad to report that it was as clean as it could get. However the thing that bug us was the presence of centipedes around the villa. During our stay, we had encounters with about 4 of them, each measuring 5 cm long. So for those with little kids, do be a little cautious about them as their bites are poisonous.
A buggy issue
The Indoor Plunge PoolThe best spot for the 1st floor is actually outdoor. It is the indoor plunge pool that comes with all villas.

Indoor Plunge pool
It comes with a dining table by the side. Without a doubt , this is our favorite hangout .During our 3 day stay, we would have visited the pool for at least 5 times.

Fly
Our first instinct when we saw the pool was to jump right in.

Jump
Fear was obviously not in our vocabulary even though the pool is about 0.8m deep.

A splashing good time is an understatement to how we felt during our stay at Montigo resort.

We love the pool

Another plus for the pool is that we can see Singapore from the plunge pool. It is indeed heartening to see our home from afar. It make us feel homely seeing the familiar buildings from afar. Perhaps it we strike lottery one day, we could look into making one of the villa our weekend home.
A home away from home. Wow.

After about 1000 jumps into the pool, our little stomach is groaning. Thank goodness that the villa comes with in villa dining at a reasonable price.

2nd Floor

Steps to pure bliss
It is time to pry away from the pleasures of the 1st floor into the sanctuary of the 2nd.

Retractable blinds
The stairwell comes with a retractable blinds on the side of the wall. It may look good exposed, but we suggest it to be drawn for the dual purpose of privacy and insect deterrent.

Corridor
After the short corridor lies the Master bedroom and the 2nd bedroom.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom
The Master bedroom comes with a poster bed that faces the open window. In addition, there is a sofa bed by the side.

Desk
There is also a writing desk and cupboards in the room. The best part of the room will be the window view. It feels like paradise when you awake every morning with the ocean staring back at you. If you are booking a hillside villa, chances are your view may be block by the villas located closer to the sea.

The View
Another wow was the attached toilet. It was so big , you could probably fit a king size bed in there if you wanted to.

Bathtub
It comes with a bathtub, a separate bath and toilet facility, dual wash basin. It was brightly lit throughout the day due to its skylight in the toilet.
Simple and beautiful.

The Master Toilet
Guest Room

Guest Room
The Guest room comes with 2 single size bed and an attached toilet. Given its configurations, we reckoned this villa could sleep 5 adults or even 4 adults and 2 small children. However do note the villa only permitted up to 5 per room regardless of the permutations.

There are chatters on the internet that it could house more than that. We agree, but we think if each villa exceed the allocated guidelines, it would diminish its positioning as a premier luxury getaway. The last thing it should do is to market it as a chalet for mass gathering as it may 'strip' the serenity of the resort.

Guest Toilet
Each bathroom comes with Malin and Gotez amenities adding a classy touch to the villa.

Malin + Gotez
Another thing that struck us is the artwork present in the villa. It is these little touches that adds up to the charm of the villa , giving it a homely feel.

Artwork
3rd Floor

Ibiza
Our tour ends with the 3rd floor. Hints of Ibiza greeted us at the rooftop.


This is a place that would be perfect for a chill out party of sorts. It would also be a good place for kids to hang out and ran about. We reckon you could easily skate 2 scooters on its premises just for kicks.
The view is not spectacular but it holds its own especially during high tide.


At the evening, the party atmosphere at the rooftop is inviting and alluring. However it does get a little windy and chilly while you are up there.

With that we come to the end of the tour on Montigo Resort Seafront Villa . It was indeed a leisure 3 days 2 nights spend at the Montigo. We stayed in the resort for most of the time and this is by far the most relaxing holiday we had for a while. Our package including the meals we took cost under $1000 for the whole 3 days. It is probably similar to what you would spend on a trip to Bintan. By comparison, this beats the resorts we had stayed in Bintan... even the famed Banyan Tree!
For us this trip is worth every penny and pure bliss for everyone.

Sunset over Montigo
Don't forget to enjoy the beautiful sunset from the living room.

We would be checking out the facilities in an upcoming post. Do join us as we bring you around Montigo for a glimpse of their facilities.

Another day in paradise... Indeed.
We love Montigo!

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3 comments:

  1. Hi may I know which website u book ure stay at montigo? Considering 3 days 2 nights cost you $1000, is quite cheap.

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    1. Got it directly from their website . It's a special promo for early birds and we took weekdays for it. Hope it helps !

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    2. It's Really interesting weekend proposition for anyone who wants to have a break from the hectic city life. As per my experience this is best accommodation.

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