Sunshine. Beach. Nature.
Everyone needs some time for relaxation, splurge if need be, once in a while. My husband and I have been breaking our backs working hard, my eldest has been pounding her books to win her exams, and my little munchkin is, well aside from actively playing more now, is fast learning her ABCs and 123s.
It’s like everyone in the family is in such a rat race and now that school holidays have begun, we thought of indulging in our much needed re-energizing short break.
While we initially thought of just a staycation, the family opted for some beach getaway close to Singapore. The chosen spot? Turi Beach Resort in Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia.
We departed through Tanah Merrah Ferry Terminal in East Singapore and arrived at Nongsapura Ferry Terminal in Northern Batam, Indonesia. The water was calm, the weather was fine the day we travel, and we were soon greeted with friendly smiles, ginger-honey cooler and the captivating view of the resort.
All the accommodations at the resort are facing the sea, all got private balcony, and are situated in a hill which allow guests to have an elevated, impressive panoramic view of the 7 hectares natural landscape.
We stayed for 3 days and 2 nights in a homey Family Suite at the Riani Wing. The room design is modern yet the wooden furniture and timber accents in the bedroom, living room and balcony maintain the tropical atmosphere everywhere you look around. The entire room and bathroom are also impeccably clean, which I totally loved!
The beachfront suite room got fast WiFi, fully functional AC and ceiling fan, mood lamps, flat screen TV with family friendly cable channels, huge dresser, a safe, mini bar, king size bed and a sofa bed at the side, perfect for my family of four: Baby J (sleeping between Mommy and Daddy) and my teener stayed on the sofabed.
The main bathroom is contemporary in design with roomy powder area. Two elegant sink, a toilet, shower and tub cum jacuzzi. So fancy and we loved it!
The spacious living room also got a sofa bed where our Yaya J stayed with her own TV, AC, T&B. Wow! What a spoiled Yaya! :)))
First Day. After settling our stuff inside the room and the weather was welcoming, we started to explore the resort and headed first to our beachfront. Look how postcard-perfect these shots we took.
Next, we checked out the facilities of the resort and we liked the variety of pools available in Riani Wing and Tirta Wing. They have fun water activities like kayak, jet ski, parasailing and banana boat. They also have jogging and walking trails going up the hills.
By the time we finished touring the resort, we were ready for lunch. We headed to Tamang Sari Cafe and had a sumptuous Indonesian meal. We had a good time eating here al fresco with such a beautiful view of the sea. Our food attendant, Madam Anis, always wear her lovely smile and we enjoyed her short stories too.
My family was lucky to dine with the resort General Manager, Mr. Sumatra Endang, who was very warm and friendly to everyone. Forgot to take picture with him though, only remembered to take food photos for my Instagram. :)
This restaurant offers ala carte, lunch and dinner buffet plus live music on some nights and BBQ buffet dinner every Saturdays. For food option, there is a Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant on the same floor.
We had a full day on our first day and while it was already drizzling, swimming was our closing activity. My children really loved the pool at the Tirta Wing and had to struggle to pull them out of the water.
Second Day. We were back at the Tamang Sari Cafe for the buffet breakfast. There were rice, noodles, porridge, egg station, salad and fruit stations, overflowing coffee, tea and juice, and a cereal station for the little ones.
After breakfast, we went to see the picturesque jetty. The trail was a fun walk as the water was so clear you could see school of colourful fishes swimming, the wind was so refreshing, and the view was awe-inspiring. You simply have to stop and thank God for its wonderful gift of nature.
It’s the monsoon season, there were occasional rain showers during our stay so it was not advisable to use the kayak or to wall climb. We just enjoyed the rest of our second day back to swimming at the Tirta Wing pool, napping and snacking in between.
While our children are busy watching a movie in our room with the yaya, me and my husband capped our second day with a couple’s massage at the TSpa. We had the traditional Indonesian “Urut” massage. My husband fell asleep halfway of the session. It was that relaxing.
Third Day. We strolled by the beach and let our children play in the sand, went back to swimming in the pool and had our final Indonesian lunch before we check out. The management was very nice to let us check out late as our ferry departure time is at 4:30 pm. It was a breeze checking out with their friendly front desk staff and the service driver, Mr. Franky, was always prompt and courteous.
We previously went to Batam and stayed within Batam Centre as I narrated on my previous post but this trip was way different in a wonderful way. It was a positive decision that we went ahead to try Batam again, only this time, in this little paradise of Turi Beach Resort.
Will I recommend Turi Beach Resort to family and friends? Definitely!
Will I be back at Turi Beach Resort anytime soon? I would love to do that!