Are you looking for a quick weekend getaway from Singapore? Here is our travel guides to both of the most popular islands – Batam Island and Bintan Island. They are the answer to many travelers and locals alike from Singapore looking for a good holiday.
Batam Island, with only 45 minutes by ferry from Singapore, offers beach, sun and sea along with local cultures and food. Though it had gotten bad rep rescently, it is actually still a decent getaway for family and friends who are looking to have fun with water sports, eating fresh seafood, shopping and also affordable spa and massages. There are also few good tourist attractions for you to visit here.
Bintan Island, with the same distance away, forms a very strong competition as a weekend travel too. Here you can find white sandy beaches, clear blue sea, adventurous outdoor activities and also delicious Indonesian food.
Batam and Bintan Island Travel Map
Places to Visit
Bintan Island – a quick affordable escape from the hustle and bustle of Singapore, with more peace and quiet than its sister island below
Batam Island – the quick weekend getaway from Singapore with travelers and locals, with beach, sun, sea and delicious seafood.
Things to Do
Where to Stay on Batam Island
Booking.com is my favourite site to book a place when I am planning my trip. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. There are a few areas to stay in Batam Island. Batam Center would be your choice if you want to be in the middle of the action but if you are looking for a relaxing and tranquil getaway, further afield like Nongsa and Sekupang offers great retreats. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Batam Island:
- Luxury (from 150 USD)
- Montigo Resort, Nongsa
For those looking for a romantic getaway or special occasions. This luxurious resort comes with floor-to-ceiling windows villas overlooking a private beach. Comes with own private outdoor pools and terraces to enjoy the sunset. A number of world-class golf courses are also located in the surroundings. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
- Tempat Senang Spa and Resort, Sekupang
For those who loves architecture and the tranquil nature, this resort, set in the middle of a lush forest, features Indonesian interiors. The spa here is also notable to be of world class, hence making it a favourite spa weekend getaways. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
- Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)
- Radisson Golf & Convention Center, Batam Center
For those looking for familiar luxury from a well known brand, this hotel does not dissapoint. Comes with high class services and located conveniently near the center yet surrounded by nature. The breakfast, infinity pool with a view, sauna and restaurant are all of excellent quality.Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
- Best Western Premier Panbil, Batam Center
For those looking to get away from the busy center and find some affordable luxury. This hotel comes equipped with amenities, swimming pool, parking and a good spread of breakfast. The rooms are also awarded with beautiful view of the greeneries and sea. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
- Budget (below 50 USD)
- Allium Batam Hotel, Nagoya
For those looking to be situated in Nagoya Center, famed for its night market, massages and Nagoya mall. The rooms at this budget hotel is clean with comfortable big beds, along with swimming pool and gym. Breakfast included too. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
- Harris Hotel Batam Center
For those looking for a comfortable but affordable stay in Batam Island. Located just 5 minutes walk to the Mega Mall of Ferry Terminal, this budget hotel has clean, simple and modern rooms. Rooms come with a simple breakfast and there’s a swimming pool, gym and restaurant for your convenience. Best for those on a budget! Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *