Batam – South East Asia’s missed Island Getaway ?

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Montigo Resorts Nongsa sky terrace and plunge pool view

Because a major feature of Montigo Resorts Nongsa is that it is just 30 minutes from Singapore by ferry it is all too easy to overlook the attractions of Batam itself – the important other reasons why guests so enjoy their stay at this lovely, contemporary, deluxe resort – and you only have to search the resort on Twitter to see just how much guests really do enjoy their time there.

activities, mangrove fishing trips

There’s plenty of activities – this is a mangrove fishing trip

Nongsa is on the north east coast of Batam and an area where lush green jungle meets sparkling blue waters, with a white sand beach in between.  The best beach is on Galing Island, one of the islands directly connected to Batam by the 6 Barelang Bridges, which are quite an attraction in themselves.  The area is developing as a tourist destination, which means it is largely unspoilt and there are still nature trails and mangrove forests to explore as well as the opportunity to take a boat inland to explore these further.  Another way to enjoy this aspect fully is to take a “Pom-Pong” local boat from the resort on a mangrove and fishing trip – see the stunning flora and fauna around the mangrove eco-systems and meet local fishermen along the way, learning traditional skills or, if taking to the water doesn’t appeal, join in fruit picking at the Dragon Fruit Farms.

Montigo Resorts Nongsa

Tua Pek Kong Temple – one of three temples to see on Batam

Temples are often visitor attractions in South East Asia and Batam is no exception.  With both Buddhist and Hindu temples on this multi-cultural island and country, there are three main temples to visit, all of which welcome visitors: Tua Pek Tong Temple, also known as Vihara Buddhi Bakhti Temple, is a Buddhist temple built in traditional Chinese style with several courtyards to see.  Adhi Vinayakar Temple is a Hindu temple set in the Sei Ladi Hills whilst Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya, although quite recently built, is one of the largest Buddhist temples in South East Asia.

Batam world class golf courses

Ria Bintan Golf Course – one of 6 major golf courses on Batam

If golf is your thing, you are going to be spoilt for choice:  Batam has no less than 6 world class golf courses, with differing challenges, of which 3 are just a few minutes of Montigo Resorts Nongsa – Tering Bay, Palm Springs and South Links.  Exclusive promotional packages are available from Montigo Resorts Nongsa to play these courses during your stay there.

Montigo Resorts Nongsa

Seafood is a major feature of Batam’s wonderful cuisine

As generally in South East Asia, the food on Batam is extremely inviting.  Being quite a small island, the main feature on Batam is seafood – lots of variety and all of it really fresh.  There are many opportunities and ways to enjoy this at Montigo Resorts Nongsa but if you want to step outside the resort to enjoy the local fare, including in amongst the local markets, you won’t be disappointed – even if you are not a lover of seafood, you will find plenty of options for authentic local cuisine and all of it can be washed down with drinks which are very much cheaper here than on neighbouring Singapore.

When you have exhausted any of these options, you will want to come back and relax at Montigo Resorts Nongsa – perhaps in the superb Spa, on your Sky Terrace with its stunning view or in one of the 3 restaurants.  There is a reason why Montigo Resorts Nongsa has become the favoured getaway weekend resort for residents of Singapore – it’s really close but very much a getaway from the big, global city and there is plenty to do in the short time available.  International visitors are recognising the great opportunity open to them to mix a stay in the hustle and bustle of Singapore with a few days at this deluxe getaway resort just 30 minutes away.


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