Finally my CNY trip is here! Waiting for ferry at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal 😀
Yes, it’s Batam againnnnn this CNY but an entirely different area. It’s the highly-raved Montigo resort! It’s kinda pricey especially for this festive season but I’m glad that I finally get to check it out!
The ferry ride was cold and shaky but not to the extent of causing a nausea. There was no queue at the custom, surprisingly, and there is transport from Montigo to pick you up right after you stamped your passport!
Went through a bit of trouble for this booking and I thought they gonna blacklist me, but the staff were all so friendly and helpful! There is buggy to bring you around the resort and since the room was not ready for check in, we decided to go for lunch and tour a bit first~
Got attracted by the beautiful lawn! Couldn’t help but snap some pictures first despite being famished 😛
And awesome view too! 😍 Just lacking of some blue sky~
Will be so cool to just float there after a heavy lunch! Hahaha! Feels so shiok, doesn’t it?!
The place isn’t lacking of any festive mood at all because even the restaurant is fully decorated with CNY stuff! And we even got mini Mandarin oranges! How sweet! I mean the oranges were really sweet too 😀
Even got a cute angbao!!! With a 50,000 rupiah voucher inside 🙂
I was really hungry hence I decided to choose the breakfast set with more items, but it turned out to be so small 😭 Luckily my appetite is not very big, so I managed to get full after some complimentary bread as well..hehe. But it was a nice meal!
Still bad with back shots~
Beach volleyball area!
Love the lights on top!
And this is the bridge that you gonna see many times in this post, because I think this is the main area that people would take photo when they are here??? With the absence of blue sky and blue sea, this looks like a cheaper version of Maldives 😆
Finding the zen in me! 😛
Super failed jump shot 😂
But isn’t it more beautiful with some blue sky? 😎
Finally checked in and and villa was pretty big! Bigger than Bali‘s and it’s 3 storeys high! Level 1 consists of the living room, dining area and mini kitchen~
Plus private pool!!! Anywhere with a private pool is enough, really. Couldn’t wait to dive in already! 😀 Oh ours was supposed to be the seafront view villa, but it got all covered up by trees…Zzzzz. Anyway the sea looks really awful when it’s low tide. Like some swamp area.
Now let’s check out rooms at level 2~ Huge master room with additional sofa bed that I failed to capture in shot!
Comfy bed 😍
Comes with bathtub too!
But did not get to use~
Separate bathroom and toilet!
The next room which has a big bed too!
And en suite bathroom!
I had the privilege of having a free massage too 😂 Cause the massage and spa at Montigo is way too expensive~
Orange-stacking cum “站得起” challenge!
Yes, these were the sweet oranges we koped from the restaurant 🙊
Conclusion: Stubborn people are more determined 😝
Off to check out level 3 – the rooftop! Actually it’s quite an empty rooftop and it was low tide by the time we went up, so view was awful.
Spending this CNY with them again! ❤
Went out to explore again but this time round, on foot~ No buggy!
Yet another pool area!
Such a pity we didn’t use any~
Gek sai 💩
Cute mailbox! 💌
Mickey’s photoshoot again~
Thinking of crazy ideas again 😆
But too deep to climb in!
Can only do a Sadako-inspired shot 👻
Enough of Mickey! My turn for photoshoot! 😛
Chanced upon a playground area which looks a bit creepy from the outside…
But look who I found inside?!
They even left a space for Mickey and I! 😍
Rilakkuma looking extra fat beside Mickey 😆
Back to the lawn area!
When you don’t have a photographer…
When you have a photographer 😛
Can just nua the day away!
But the nicest shot 😔
Enjoying the sunset from the lawn! Did you see how disgusting the “Maldives area” has become during low tide?
Really love the poolside concept of this other restaurant!
The pretty lights 😍
Back to the signature Montigo bridge again but the view is really so different without the sea now!
Mickey @ Montigo!
Looks like a little kid whining because her friends refused to play with her 😂
So she decided to emo herself with Mickey…LOLOL.
Night view of the bridge! Because it’s too dark for photoshoot~
Enjoying the strong breeze! 💖
Ordered some food and drinks before heading back to the villa for our night swim! 😀
Dipping while waiting for our food to be served to our room~
And because the water was super cold, nobody wanna join me in the pool! Had to drag them down one by one 😼
Snacking and drinking away~
Dinner is served!
The highly-recommended Crème Brûlée by buddy!
Enjoying life together ❤
I could really soak in there the whole night but everyone didn’t wanna swim already 😦 We had lots of fun with our “banana boat” rides though! Hehe! Laugh till breathless!
Done with night swim~!
Was supposed to party together after our hot shower but we were all too exhausted! Why time passed so fast 😦
Buffet breakfast the next morning!
What a spread!
So much good food but I controlled this time and did not take too much okay~ Not a lot as compared to my usual hotel breakfast 😛
And since the bridge is just beside the restaurant, we were back there again! Haha! The sea and the See are both back~! 😂
Kinda like this (:
Photo-bombed by Mickey! Tsk.
Cannot even open eyes! Still wanna wefie wefie!
Photography found in my phone~
Hello for the third time~! But not the last time because I wanna be back!
Well, the place was indeed slightly disappointing because everyone has raved so much about how beautiful it is, hence we had high expectation. But views didn’t turn out fantastic (partly due to weather) and the villas are now not as new as before, hence there were cracks on the ground and etc.
Overall it’s still clean, spacious and comfortable, and with the good company, I definitely enjoyed my stay! It’s much cheaper than going to Bali, so I really wouldn’t mind to be back again (during non-peak) 😊 Just a ferry away! So for now, goodbye Montigo and I’ll see you again!
Checked out pretty early because our ferry was at 12 noon~ But the other half of the day did not go to waste! Off to Lyn’s house to 拜年！I tricked Lyn’s mum with the mini Mandarin oranges from Montigo and she really gave me a shocked face when I passed her the 2 oranges, before bursting into laughter! Hahahaha! Epic reaction 😂😂😂
First lohei of the year! 💖
Ended the day with Mahjong session and Lyn’s sister joined for her annual round again! Hahaha! We were all so stressed to play with her because the previous 2 times she played with us, she suffered heavier losses than me the amateur 😐
This time round I was the biggest loser; lost $50+ 😭 There was only 1 winner~ I guess snake’s luck this year is indeed not as good anymore… Lady luck, please come back! If not I gotta avoid playing Mahjong this whole year liao!