When thinking of a romantic beach getaway in Indonesia, though islands such as Bali is a frequent mention, lesser known or frequented islands can be just as beautiful and charming. For those looking to get away from busy crowds and commercialism, consider Batam, an island in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago in the South China Sea. Situated just a short boat ride from Singapore, it made perfect sense for us busy city folk to head there in search of idyllic beaches, romantic resorts and a relaxing retreat.
In this issue, we set foot to discover Turi Beach Resort by Nongsa Resorts, a beachfront resort in Batam set amid 7.7 hectares of beautiful greenery in a tranquil tropical village. Awarded “The Best Resort in Batam” by the Batam Tourism Office in 2014, Turi Beach Resort charmed us with its beautiful blend of contemporary and traditional architecture. Over the weekend, we immersed ourselves in unspoilt island beauty, lush greenery and impeccable service, to bring the entire experience back to you. Read on to discover the destination wedding and honeymoon offerings this chic resort brings to you.
9 Ways you can experience paradise at Turi Beach Resort, Batam
1. Wake up to a refreshing sea view every morning
With an inspiring sea view, wake up every morning to be greeted by the ocean and lush tropical greenery that cocoons the entire resort. Not only do you face an incredible morning sea view, you are also just 1 minute away from the beach! What we love most about staying at Turi Beach Resort, is you get to start each morning feeling refreshed and filled with positive energy!
2. Reside in contemporary & minimalist Indonesian-styled terraces
The timber cottage inspired terraces at Turi Beach Resort feature spacious rooms, an extended private balcony, beach views and easy access to Riani Beach and Aqua Pool. The resort houses 141 rooms and suites in 2 wings, the Tirta and Riana Wing. Rooms are designed with a modern minimalist approach and meant to complement a beachfront lifestyle. The wooden interiors also showcase fine touches of the Indonesian tradition.
3. Soak up morning sunrise at the jetty
Turi Beach Resort is committed to making every honeymoon sweeter than you have ever expected. As soon as you open your eyes, the first thing that you will see is a beautiful and warm glow of sunrise that perfectly matches with the panoramic views in front of you. Also, to experience a truly romantic morning, we highly recommend sitting at their iconic jetty where you can stare at the stunning views while listening to the calming sound of waves. This resort has a lot to offer to you, but be sure to catch this one-of-a-kind sunrise view on your honeymoon.
4. Tuck into a delicious romantic dinner in the beach
For couples who are looking ways to have a private dining experience, Turi Beach Resort can help you get out of the mainstream. They are offering a romantic and elegant set-up where you can enjoy a dinner date right next to the beach. Fresh seafood prepared by the prestigious chefs will be served to you while you are enjoying the calming sound of the waves and the relaxing sea breeze. Be ready to have one of the most romantic dinners that you will ever have!
5. Pamper yourselves with a relaxing couple spa
With an extensive range of spa treatments specially crafted for couples, you are in for a real treat. Pamper yourselves with their signature “Couples Connect“, where you both enjoy a peaceful and undisturbed session of relaxation and serenity. You can even choose to personalise your spa options with different oils. We loved the fact that they use only natural ingredients for the spa session. The fresh fruits, herbs, oils and spices are all sourced locally. Get ready to unwind as you are transported into a world of relaxation.
6. Indulge your taste buds with authentic Indonesian cuisine
At Turi Beach Resort, every day is enjoyable thanks to the hearty and delicious meals they offer. We recommend for you to head to Cinta Manis, where you can soak in the panoramic views of the sea while indulging your taste buds in their traditional and authentic Indonesian cuisine. Be sure to try their signature dish, Sup Buntut (Oxtail Soup).
Situated below Cinta Manis, is Taming Sari Café, where intercontinental breakfast is served every morning. Savour these dishes while enjoying the light sea breeze. It is open 24-hours, so you do not have to worry about hunger pangs or cravings any time of the day!
A special place to dine at Turi Beach Resort is Nogusaya Teppanyaki & Grill, where you can be wowed by live cooking and tantalizing Japanese Teppanyaki dishes.
Apart from being a visual and gastronomic treat, you can also enjoy live band performances over al fresco Mediterranean and Fusion BBQ buffet dinners every Friday and Saturday evenings.
7. Seek out adrenaline thumping activities
There is another side of Turi Beach Resort that awaits you to discover. Apart from its tranquil and peaceful setting, Turi Beach Resort presents you with an array of adrenaline inducing seasports like the flyboard, hoverboard, jet skiing, wakeboarding, water skiing, parasailing, banana boat, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and even a river cruise!
For those of you looking to become explorers of the ocean, Batam is a great place to learn. The resort has links with professional PADI, TDI and SDI scuba diving instructors who can give you a PADI recreational diving course from open water to dive master. Turi Beach Resort also collaborates with a couple of diving partners to bring you some of the best diving spots in Batam. Check them out here.
For those of you who prefer the land to the sea, you can hop on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) and take a thrilling ride through the jungle, or go jungle trekking and abseiling. There is even a rope course that you can complete! Choose to conquer a wall by climbing it, or challenge other guests to an exciting paintball game.
You can head over to play a game of gold at the Tamarin Pantana golf club, or spend the day just lounging at the freeform lagoon pool in the resort. Grab an eBike and tour around the resort, or simply relax in your comfortable room.
Whatever activity you decide on, you will be sure to enjoy yourself with the many activities that Turi Beach Resort has to offer.
8. Unwind every evening over a live band or karaoke
For those of you who are KTV fans like us, you can hone your vocals at the Yacht Club Bar in Turi Beach Resort. This indoor bar with a large screen, two pool tables and three private karaoke rooms, look forward to fun times at night. A live band plays every Friday and Saturday evening too! There are 4 bars in Turi Beach Resort. Besides the Yacht Club Bar which is a great place to hang out, there is the Island Bar that is great for sunsets, the poolside Aqua Bar and the chic Emerald Bar that is a great place for after parties.
9. A beach destination wedding, only an hour away from Singapore
For your big day, celebrate it with magic at Turi Beach Resorts. Whether you are planning an intimate celebration or a grand banquet, the wedding team at Turi Beach Resorts have 3 wedding packages that they can further personalise to your needs. The Riani Jade Package starts from IDR 370,000++(S$38) per guest features
The Riani Jade Package starts at IDR 370,000++ (S$38) per guest for minimum 50 persons. It features a delicious buffet, free flow of non-alcoholic drinks, a 1-night stay in the Turi Beach Bridal Suite with VIP status, amenities and breakfast. You will also have 2 deluxe rooms for your family and special guests.
The Tirta Ruby Package starts at IDR500,000++ (S$51) per person with a minimum guest count of 100. The Turi Diamond Package starts at IDR 580,000++ (S$59) per person with a minimum guest count of 200. Both Tirta and Turi packages many more additional inclusions such as wedding cake, lunch sets and more. The Turi Diamond package even includes 200 shots of fireworks performance!
Turi Beach Resort’s wedding packages give you the convenience of having everything prepared for your celebration, with the flexiblity of add-ons too!
Before you start thinking that it is a hassle to get your guests to the resort, wait a minute! Turi Beach Resort is just a 45-minute ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (which is very close to Changi Airport). From the ferry terminal, it takes only 5-10 minutes and you are there!
Easy book tickets for you and your guests online at Batam Fast. Each ticket costs $20, excluding terminal fees or surcharges.
What we loved most about Turi Beach Resort were the tranquil environment and unspoilt beaches. Getting there from Singapore just takes an hour and it is a beautiful escape for couples! Being so close to nature and waking up every day to the sea gave us a few days of serenity, which was a much-needed shift from the urban life. We got to catch the low and high tides of the sea, the sunrise and sunset. If you are looking for a peaceful and romantic getaway with convenience, we recommend that you check out Turi Beach Resort in Batam.
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