The Indonesian destination of Batam is only an hour away from Singapore and a speedy tropical escape, but many overlook the island in favour of ol’ faithful Bintan. However, these luxury resorts are seriously worth checking out for a stress-free short break by ferry.
Where to find it: On Batam Island, 30 minutes from Singapore
Why we love it: Montigo Resorts is a sprawling 12-hectare seafront escape just 30 minutes from Singapore. It has 88 spacious villas, most with plunge pools boasting breathtaking views. Montigo’s “Nongsa Weekday Special” allows you to put together a great family adventure any day of the week: eplore the local villages, embark on cycling tours or try your luck at mangrove fishing.
Special offer! Stay before 30 September 2013 and you’ll receive a S$50 dining credit to use at any bar or restaurant and 50-percent off massages at the relaxing Montigo Spa.
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Where to find it: South of Batam in Indonesia’s Riau Islands, near Singapore
Why we love it: Telunas boasts a gradual, white-sand beach, unobstructed panoramic views, and rustic bungalows over the water, all of which are kitted out with tasteful décor and modern comforts. Balconies and hammocks entice you to chill out and enjoy the sunset, while the child-friendly staff and three savoury meals daily help give Telunas a completely relaxing feel. With daily ferries between Singapore and Batam connecting to Telunas’ longboat for domestic transfers, access to Telunas is simple and requires no flights.
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