First Trip To Batam


Everything was booked and paid for through a Travel Agency a month and half before, to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary.   I paid $258 for the honeymoon package exc. misc ferry taxes. ( Was a little confused about this bit because it included the return ferry tickets, seaport tax so what else was there?)  So armed with our passports, luggage and travel documents we made our way to Harbourfront.

Boarding Passes And Ferry Services

We had to proceed to the 3rd floor at Harbour Front, I believe it was unit 03-25 to exchange our voucher for Boarding Passes.  But before we could get them we had to pay $40 (i.e. 20 each) for some other taxes, fuel? terminal? Anyhow the counter staff was pleasant enough, and issued us the card-based boarding passes together with electronically filled immigration cards.  We were also informed that we would have to book the return either at the Ferry Terminal or through the Hotel.  We could take any of the ferries based on their individual schedules from any of the various ferry terminals though we would have to make our own arrangements to get there.  The ferry terminal stop for where we were staying was called ‘Waterfront’

Only after leaving the counter and having gone through customs on level 2 thereby proceeding to the departure hall did I realise our boarding passes showed the name of Ferry and the destination as Sekupang Terminal. ( What!? didn’t the lady mention ‘Waterfront’ earlier?)  Well we finally got on board the ferry at approx 1205hrs. 

Then at approximately 1245hrs we arrived at Sekupang with almost everyone else alighting,  then I heard an  indonesian guy at the dock shouting something like Harris Resort next stop.  Lucky for us, I recalled reading about a similar situation the day before in a  forum where a lady mentioned the same thing happened to a Japanese couple sitting beside her and her family.  She stayed on the ferry while the Japanese couple got off at Sekupang and ended taking a cab on their own to ‘Waterfront’.   She knew this because they stayed at the same resort.  Well the Ferry did end up at ‘Waterfront’ at approximately 1315hrs. ( or 1215hrs Ind) 

Shuttle To The Hotel And Hotel Services

There was a shuttle bus waiting for us at the Ferry Terminal which took just five minutes to reach the resort we were staying at.  We were provided a welcome drink while we waited to check in.  I enquired if the Cabana Room was available as a free upgrade and it was! So we happily made our way to our room.  We had to forgo our voucher for the free shuttle to Nagoya Mall as we had booked our 1hr massages followed by 30mins Aromatherapy soak at 1700hrs which didn’t leave us time for shopping.  So we had lunch first and used our free bowling voucher instead.

I’ll let some of the pictures I took, do the rest of the talking but I regret not bringing my camera along for our Candlelight dinner which was fabulous. (The desert at the end was to die for!)  However I will type out what we had for dinner below.

Overall our stay was GREAT and I must say that the service provided by Harry’s Resort was fantastic.  Almost every single one of the staff be it the cleaning crew, service staff, security etc. in fact I am almost certain that all of them were always smiling and ready to greet you or to be of service.   Their resort will make a great place for a family retreat, i.e. fun activities for the kids, relaxation for adults and SUPER Delicious food all round. 

Oh and by the way, we were given two pairs of Footprint slippers and a pair of Bandanas complimentary.

Entrance To Our Cabana Room On The Left

Entrance To Our Cabana Room On The Left

 

Our Kingsize Bed with flowers

Our Kingsize Bed with flowers

 

Praline Chocolates and a Fruit platter on the desk awaits

Praline Chocolates and a Fruit platter on the desk awaits

 

MiniBar and Electric kettle and Hot Drink Area

MiniBar and Electric kettle and Hot Drink Area

 

Closet Area - Open Concept

Closet Area - Open Concept

 

Bath & Beyond Area

Bath & Beyond Area

 

Toilet

Toilet

 

Television & Lounge Sofa

Television & Lounge Sofa

 

Our Verandah With A View

Our Verandah With A View

 

View Of The Beach From Our Verandah

View Of The Beach From Our Verandah

 

The Inside Seating Area Of The Cafe Where we had lunch

The Inside Seating Area Of The Cafe Where we had lunch

 

Traditional Pizza Oven With Hanging Salami!

Traditional Pizza Oven With Hanging Salami!

 

Wood Fire To Cook Our Calzone Pizza

Wood Fire To Cook Our Calzone Pizza

 

Best Tasting Pizza Ever!

Best Tasting Pizza Ever!

 

Char Grilled Sea Bass With Herbs And Veggies...Yum!

Char Grilled Sea Bass With Herbs And Veggies...Yum!

 

Then It was off to burn off some calories

Then It was off to burn off some calories

 

Me And My Bandana!

Me And My Bandana!

 

Poolside Views

Poolside Views

 

Poolside Views

Poolside Views

 

Bicycles and Tricycles For Hire

Bicycles and Tricycles For Hire

 

Poolside Views

Poolside Views

 

Poolside Views

Poolside Views

 

Poolside Views

Poolside Views

 

Relaxing By The Pool

Relaxing By The Pool

 

Poolside Views

Poolside Views

 

Poolside Views

Poolside Views

 

Poolside Views

Poolside Views

 

Dugong Drying Out In The Sun

Dugong Drying Out In The Sun

 

Doesn't this make a great ad for a relaxing Holiday?

Doesn't this make a great ad for a relaxing Holiday?

 

Guess Who's?

Guess Who's?

 

Ahhh This is the Life!

Ahhh This is the Life!

 

See Ya Next Trip....zzzz

See Ya Next Trip....zzzz

 

Our Candlelight Dinner Menu

Must mention that the ‘candle light’ was actually a tealight in an old fashioned lamp. ( Thought it looked cool) Great too when there were 2 minutes blackouts 3 times in a row *grins*

The main course is one we chose from a list of three choices……first off we had…..

SELECTION OF FRESH BREAD

Home made fresh bread served with butter

SALAD

Symphony of Greens and Mango Salad served with grilled tuna flakes and adventure dressing.

SOUP

Creamy seafood soup served with garlic bread

MAIN COURSE

Grilled beef fillet & Jumbo prawn served with shallot reduction sauce, buttered vegetables and potatoes.

SWEET TEMPTATION

A platter of warm pudding and marinated pear served with blueberry and vanilla sauce

10 Responses

  1. Looks so sunny and relaxing !

    • Oh yes it was but nothing like the beaches you have over there! 😉

  2. I need a getaway~ 😛

    • Yeah you should….at least two days three nights eh? 🙂

  3. *jealous*

    T_T

    • You get to travel more than me what? 😛

  4. no i don’t 😦 😦

    • Cheer up dear…all in good time 😉

  5. hello, do you still remember what are the rough timings they have for the shuttle bus trip to Nagoya town? haha. thanks! 😀

    ps: the tip on the ferry sure is useful! shall take note of that! haha

    • Actually no, can’t remember but I’m sure you can get the information by emailing them at info@harris-hotels.com

      Cheers

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