I had the opportunity to stay at Montigo for a night in March, thanks to my division holding our annual retreat in Batam. We did not check in at the main reception, but did so at the meeting room which was near to the main restaurant. We were also greeted with cold towels (really appreciated in the hot weather) and refreshing lemongrass coolers by the friendly staff.
Hill-side Villa with Private Pool
The villa that I shared with 3 others was quite a distance away from the main restaurant, and about a 5-7min walk up a slope with a gentle incline. If you do not feel like walking though, just let the security guard on duty know that you would like a buggy, and it will be arranged for you. 🙂 I think we took advantage of the buggy at least 5 times throughout our 1 night stay at Montigo!
Entering the villa, on the ground floor, is where the big living room is. I really liked the lounging sofas that were in the living room, although the padding was slightly on the firmer side. There was also a toilet with shower facilities on the ground floor, located in a hallway just off the living room.
Some of the other amenities provided in the villa were:
- Bottled water (x4)
- Complimentary in-room minibar
- Free Wifi
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, shaver, etc)
- Hair dryer
Walking through the living room, you will reach a sliding door that opens out to the private dipping pool. Each villa has its own private dipping pool, some with better views than the others naturally. Ours had a decent view, although somewhat blocked by the villas in front of ours.
Unfortunately, our view was not that great, as you can see from the picture above. Well, at least our view was not completely blocked, and we could still see the sea from our villa!
Although the individual living spaces are well-ventilated and cooled by air-cons, the staircase and corridor was not, and it got really stuffy (like a sauna), but there was nothing that we could do about it. Just come prepared I suppose!
The master bedroom (double bed) and the guest bedroom (2 single beds) were both on the 2nd floor. Each bedroom comes with its own ensuite washroom, although the standards differ. You will know what I mean when you see the pictures below! :p
The single beds were small but comfortable, and there was even a TV mounted on the wall in front of the beds. The space felt rather small and cramped, but thankfully my roommie and I were not that big-sized, and could move around easily inside the room.
The ensuite bathroom to the guest bedroom was rather spacious, and bath amenities were provided in the shower.
The master bedroom features a big double bed, and comes with a mini living room (TV + sofa). Compared to the guest bedroom, it was much more spacious. The small living area in front of the balcony made the room feel more airy and spacious.
The ensuite bathroom was huge, and had double sinks, as well as both a bath tub, and a shower.
The shower and toilet were kept separated, allowing for the toilet to be used even if someone was in the shower. The double sinks would definitely be useful in the morning when freshening up.
The 3rd floor was a huge open rooftop, and a good place to have a night-time BBQ, although we did not get to do so while there. In order to have the BBQ at night, you will need to make a reservation by 3pm, so that the resort can prepare the BBQ for you.
I will start with the main restaurant, where we had our breakfast as well as lunch. The main restaurant was quite a distance from the main reception, and was near to the jetty that everyone takes pictures with/of. There was nothing to do at the jetty though, other than walking to the end and erm looking out to sea. I guess it does look very tranquil though (picture below).
Back to the main restaurant. I enjoyed the breakfast spread way more than the lunch spread. You can’t really go wrong with an egg station and fresh pastries! They also had a DIY porridge station which most of us enjoyed. 🙂
There was a kids’ pool area close to the main restaurant, and I believe that kids would be kept pretty occupied running around the ‘treehouse’ and splash pool. Great for families with young kids!
There was also a small pool next to the main restaurant, complete with sun-beds for those who would want to suntan.
Montigo also has a bar that has its own pool (open to guests) and a number of games that guests can indulge in for free (table tennis, darts). Snooker and pool games are chargeable though. I thought that this pool was the best of the lot here at Montigo! Not only did it have great views of the sea and horizon, there was also a bar right next to it where you could buy drinks!
I also popped by the gym to have a look, and I found it very big, but also very empty (in terms of the equipment that they had). However, if you feel the need to work off the food belly during your stay here, the gym is sufficient.
I really liked the pools (both the dipping pool in the villa as well as the main pool at the bar), although the beaches left something to be desired. The villas were spacious and clean, and I was really impressed with the complimentary 24/7 buggy service. Breakfast variety and quality was quite good, although lunch was pretty forgettable. The free wifi was also quite amazing, as I was connected almost all the time, even while moving from my room to the restaurant. Probably the only blot was that the water pressure for our villa was very bad, and the water kept coming out in spurts, leaving me perpetually wondering if I could finish my bath before the water stopped.
Ratings out of 10 (10 being the best, 0 being the worst)
Overall Rating: 7
Location: 8 (close to the Nongsapura ferry terminal, a short 30min ferry ride away from Singapore)
Villa: 7 (loved the private dipping pool and spacious living room, but warm and stuffy corridors and poor water pressure left a lingering bad taste)
Facilities: 8 (pools and gym)
Staff: 8 (helpful and friendly staff)
Breakfast: 8 (I had a good breakfast!)
29465 Nongsa, Indonesia
+65 6505-9381 / +62 778-776-8888
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