Whether you’re travelling to Singapore or currently live in Singapore, Indonesia’s Batam Island might just be the next quick getaway to snap some pretty photos.
More than just a place for affordable seafood and massages, interesting concept cafes have also been popping up around Batam. Imagine spending the weekend chilling out with a nice cuppa, and relaxing at one of many various luxurious spas. All within an hour’s ferry ride from Singapore. Read on for a free holiday we have planned for one lucky fan (and your plus one)!
1. Get your caffeine boost at picture-perfect cafes
If the Singaporean café scene is getting all too familiar, perhaps it’s time to venture a little further. Start your Batam trip with a wonderful cup of coffee at one of the many café’s all round the island.
Chemistree Café presents a pretty picture to take your café shots
Anchor Café & Roastery roasts their own coffee beans in the café itself – the café also has gluten free and vegan options for food
Located a short taxi ride from Batam Centre Ferry Terminal, Anchor Cafe & Roastery not only serves specialty coffee, they also buy their beans from all over world – including local Indonesian farms, and roast the beans in the café itself. Watch the roasting process as you sip on that cuppa, and smell the fragrance of these coffee beans as you feast on their delicious pastries, also baked in-house.
Staff roasting beans at the café, they check on the coffee beans every few minutes to ensure the process goes smoothly
What the roasted coffee beans look like – ask to have a sniff when you visit
Be sure to make reservations in advance if you’re going in a big group, as they fill up fast – especially over the weekends!
Anchor Café Location: Dermaga Culinary Paradise Blok RF #11, 29462 Batam, Indonesia
2. Have a massage, manicure – or both, at spa resorts
What’s a getaway without pampering yourself with spa and beauty treatments? Some of these spa resorts even come with a beautiful backdrop for you to snap some amazing shots. Tempat Senang Spa Resort for instance, is set amidst much greenery, and is a great place to retreat to for a peace of mind. Fun fact: the Javanese Joglo suite in the resort was constructed with 100-year-old massive aged teak timbers, which keeps the interior cool at all times of the day.
Tempat Senang Spa Resort is a great getaway location to de-stress
Eska Hotel has special couple rooms – which also comes with a Jacuzzi! Show this picture to the staff to get a special 10% discount off all treatments
If you prefer somewhere nearer the city, hotels such as Eska Hotel and Spa not only comes with a full suite of spa and beauty services (think massage, manicure, and a new hair cut!), it is also conveniently located near various shopping and dining options.
Tempat Senang Location: Tempat Senang, Indah Puri Sekupang, Batam Indonesia
Eska Location: Ruka Nagoya Hill Blok R4, No. F3 & F3A, Batam
3. Sampling local food at the local markets around the island
There’s nothing quite like tasting local cuisine, so be sure to sample the wide range of local food that you can find on the island.
Ikan Bakar – which literally means “burnt fish”, is a must try dish when you visit Batam
Try out the Indonesian Ikan Bakar – seasoned grilled fish, grilled over charcoal and served with dipping sauces at various restaurants such as Ikan Bakar Cianjur. Visit Pasar Penuin Wet Market, not only to check out some of their fresh fish and meats on sale, but also to visit the coffee shop there to sample local delights such as the Murturbak, local versions of Wonton Mee (egg noodles with pieces of pork and mini dumplings) and carrot cake.
Murturbak in Indonesia is served with spreads like cheese and chocolate – quite different from the Murturbaks served in neighbouring Singapore
Wonton Mee, served in little bowls, are the perfect perk me up during mid-day
Don’t forget to drop by some of the many shops selling kerupuk (Indonesian crackers) and kueh lapis (layer cake) to munch on with your afternoon tea, or to buy for your friends and families back home!
Majestic Fast Ferry has launched a new route, and now travels to Batam Centre Ferry Terminal from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore
With Changi Airport launching shuttle buses to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal from 1 June 2017, you will be able to transfer easily from your flight, to catch an onward ferry to Batam for an island getaway. Find out more information for shuttle timings here.
CONTEST: Win a free weekend getaway!
Changi Airport is giving away a special holiday getaway to one lucky fan – and you will be able to bring one friend or loved one with you on this trip.
We’ve planned the following trip for two, which includes:
- Return ferry tickets from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT), on Majestic Fast Ferry
- S$30 vouchers for your breakfast at Killiney Kopitiam at TMFT
- A one night stay at ESKA Hotel, including a 120 min spa package
- A gift card worth IDR250,000 at Anchor Café & Roastery
To win the above, you will have to:
Step 1: Share this article with your friends on Facebook and tag @ChangiAirport. In your caption, tag the friend who you want to bring along, and tell us why you badly need a getaway. Do remember to make the Facebook post public.
Step 2: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the screenshot of your 'Share' on Facebook, together your email address linked to your Facebook account.
The contest will end on 30 June 2017. Winners will be randomly selected and notified. Best of luck!
Contest is open to anyone residing in Singapore. Changi Airport Group reserves the right to amend or substitute the prizes at any time without notification.
Main article image credit: Tempat Senang Spa Resort