Practically a sister island to Bintan, Batam offers the same kind of beach vacation you’ve been craving for. Just a one-hour ferry ride away, this tropical getaway is sure to meet your expectations, whether you just want a weekend to rediscover yourself, or you’re bustling for activities. Batam has so much to offer whether you’re travelling as a family, or just travelling as a small group.
Primarily a beach resort island, there is no shortage of high-quality resorts on the island. One of the best locations has to be the resorts found along Nongsa Beach. Set idyllic along the vast beach front, your room has an unobstructed view of the open sea, making sure you wake up to a refreshing sight every morning.
One of the biggest resorts in this area is Turi Beach Resort, with many different configurations of rooms, you can choose between suites, pool-side, beach-front and many more types of rooms. Have the perfect getaway with the best room for your needs. For bigger groups, you can even book holiday villas which has more than enough space for group getaways, and comes equipped with facilities like a living area and a small kitchen.
Most resorts come with their own in-house water sport activity center and spa. If you’re looking for a fuss free weekend of pure bliss and relaxation, you should definitely consider one of the many packages offered by these resorts. The bundles could save you money on spa treatments, or even throw in free water sport activities with your bookings.
Turi Beach Resort is currently running holiday promotions for bookings with 15% off on water sport activities and 20% off for their Spa so don’t miss out on these amazing deals!
Go to an Inflatable Water Theme Park
If you somehow got tired and bored of the usual water sport activities offered by your resort and want to try something new, why not give an inflatable water park a try? Sea Forest Adventures offers the “Aqua Adventure Track”, a 60 x 50 m big inflatable theme park. This monstrous playground is sure to bring out the child in you, with slides, rope swings, trampolines and more, this is just like having a huge bouncy castle on the water.
Race your friends through the course, or laugh at one another as you slip and slide all over, either way, its all good fun for you!
If water sports aren’t your thing, fret not as Batam has much more to offer than just the sea. Head out to Go-kart Bengkong Laut where you can hit the asphalt and burn some rubber. This location is just minutes away from the resorts along Turi Beach and you shouldn’t have any problems getting a driver to bring you here.
Nagoya hill is one of the largest and most famous shopping malls in Batam. With both international brands and local stores, it offers a good mix of shopping choices. The mall is the largest in Batam, and even has options for entertainment, salons, spas and good quality eateries offering authentic local food to taste.
Batam City Square
Smaller than Nagoya Hill, Batam City Square offers fewer shops but still has 6 floors stores selling branded goods, and local handicrafts. A great place to pick up souvenirs or gifts from your trip. If you’re feeling nostalgic, the mall even has a timezone outlet where you can play all sorts of retro games and let the nostalgia kick in.
Golden Factory Outlet
Another gem in Batam, Golden Factory Outlet is another location where you can get your retail therapy fix in. The outlet carries all sorts of different brands, and even if you don’t trust the authenticity of the brands, there are still some great brand-less deals available here.
One of the must-haves when you are in Batam is to visit Rezeki. The seafood restaurant has long been famous for their fresh and authentic Indonesian food. The restaurant offers seafood like no other, dishes like Ikan Bakar, Mantis Prawns and Fried Baby Squid are among the most stellar offerings there.
Anchor Café & Roastery
This top-notch café specializes in handcrafted coffee and American southern comfort food. As you enter, you’re hit by the smell of coffee beans being roasted in the shop setting up for an amazing warm and hearty meal. The coffee is probably the best on the island, with fresh daily roasting, and such close control over the beans you have the most perfect cup ready to drink.