The Tiigo pool overlooking the jetty.
PHOTOS: MONTIGO RESORTS, NONGSA AND FELICIA TAN
Located just 30 minutes away by ferry from Singapore, Montigo Resorts, Nongsa, offers a deluxe resort-living experience with all the creature comforts you will ever need for your honeymoon.
Located along the coast of Nongsa in Batam, Indonesia, this is one award-winning upscale seafront resort that doesn't come with a hefty price tag - even though its accomodation is surrounded by pristine seascapes and wonderful views as well.
Before or after the wedding, your roof terrace could be the place to be!
Montigo Resorts, Nongsa, which ensures the privacy of all its guests, sits on a sprawling 12 hectare site and comprises 88 three-storey villas (each with about 300 sq m of living space) in a soothing environment that's perfect for a relaxed holiday.
These are divided into Spa Villas with private cabanas that extend toward the sea, and Seafront, Hilltop as well as Hillside Villas. All feature calming white, blue and sandy hues, and are furnished with modern and traditional Indonesian amenities.
Imagine dinner on your own balcony with this view.
All of the villas have a spacious living area (with a TV, Wii games, a kitchenette and a mini bar), a private swimming pool on the ground floor, two bedroom suites on the second, and a roof terrace overlooking the azure sea.
The master suite's king-sized canopy bed has a quality mattress, soft pillows and plush feather comforters that will tempt you to lie in all day. The room also has a sofa, TV, ensuite bathroom with a large bathtub, two sinks, a separate area for showering, and a glass ceiling that lets in natural light.
The second suite has comfortable twin beds, an ensuite bathroom and fabulous views of the sea.
Once you’ve settled in, check out the resort's facilities, book an activity (from cycling tours and sunset cruises to water sports) via the concierge, or hop on the shuttle service that will take you to the city centre for more sightseeing and shopping.
Whether you're here for your wedding or for a holiday for two, the private pool means plenty of time for fun, relaxation and romance.
Room rates start from $295++ per night for two, and each villa accomodates up to five guests.
Montigo Resorts offers a host of dining options:
1. Tadd's, an all-day casual dining restaurant which serves a mix of Indonesian, Asian and Western cuisines.
2. Pantai dishes up classic Indonesian, Singaporean and Chinese-inspired seafood dishes created with freshly caught seafood.
3. Tiigo beach club, ideal for those seeking merriment, serves yummy bar bites and over 50 cocktails. It also has its own pool and has a DJ spin for Friday to Sunday nights
Alternatively, you can arrange to have a chef fix a private barbecue on the roof terrace or dinner by the pool (and clear up afterwards) in your villa. Or, if you truly want to impress, you can request for a private dinner on the jetty, or at the Sand Park.
Perfect for a destination wedding
Montigo Resorts, Nongsa is not only great for honeymoons, anniversaries and relaxing getaways, but it's ideal for destination weddings, too.
Refreshing settings outside the small beach in front of The Spa.
If you're looking to have a low-key ceremony, the couple's wedding package starts at $2,999++. It includes two nights at a Seafront pool villa, express immigration clearance at the Nongsapura Ferry Terminal, Montigo Bridal Spa Rituals for two, butler service, a romantic dinner and fireworks.
This works for a very intimate celebration involving family, the immediate weding party and close friends, who could stay in villas near you, and be ferried to the solemnisation ceremony via a buggy. Please note: You will have to engage your own officiant, and all your paperwork must be done prior to the ceremony.
Wedding settings outside the Madura Ballroom.
For a bigger party, prices for dinner go from $65++ to $85++ per person. Venues include Madura Ballroom, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the adjoining garden and the beach. Or Sand Park that's right by the jetty for a magical outdoor party. In case of rain, the resort automatically holds the Madura for you when you book Sand Park.
Then there are Tiigo beach club for a laid-back celebration under the stars, and Tadd's, which have indoor and outdoor seating.
Beach weddings come with a floral arch and chair decorations.
Menu options include western dishes, a seafood barbecue and an international buffet.
With all this, plus creature comforts and excellent service, your stay with Montigo Resorts, Nongsa, will have you planning your next visit way before you leave!
Prices are subject to 10 per cent service charge and 11 per cent government tax. Other terms and conditions may apply.
Special thanks to Resident Manager David Garcia, Assistant Front Office Manager Ganjar Nugraha, Guest Recognition Manager Agata Sulistiyani, Sales Manager Herni Nawati, Front Office Manager Kashiram Adhikari and the rest of the Montigo Resorts, Nongsa team for showing us around.
This story was first published in Her World Brides March - May 2015. For the full article and more, the magazine is currently on news stands and major bookstores.