It has been awhile since my last entry. I’ve been hibernating like a bear in winter and enjoying solitude for nearly three months. Hehe. – I am joking. 🙂
I’m now back with an entry about my recent three-day two-night adventure at Batam with no one else than my partner in crime, W. For this trip, we just wanted to spend time together since we were apart for close to two months.
On a side note, I have to admit, keeping up a long distance relationship isn’t easy. Particularly when the time difference is totally the opposite. For instance, while I was fast asleep, he would be bright awake, and vice versa. The most important lesson learnt is that it takes two hands to clap; it takes two to commit, support, love and to be compromising and understanding of one another. Communication is key. There is no point in keeping silent if one party doesn’t like something. Sharing keeps the sparks alive. It also takes the other to reciprocate.
Da Vienna Boutique Hotel
ANYWAY. TripAdvisor was once again our trusty agent of choice for choosing our accommodation. We chose Da Vienna Boutique Hotel along Nagoya simply because we wanted to check out the city area. W found a promotional rate on Agoda at S$66 before a night for a Junior Suite. The room rate is inclusive daily buffet breakfast for two too! We went ahead with the booking of the suite. Well, it’s not common to find a suite at S$66 a night. The suite is really quite large and comes complete with a separate living area and master bedroom. It has two TVs, but it seems only the TV in the living area has cable broadband. As you can see from the images below, the room has dark wooden and classic tones. The room is a little dark in my opinion – but functional.
I would say the service is good and staff were friendly at Da Vienna. We had bought a bottle of Bintang from the local supermarket at Batam. However, the hotel room did not have a bottle opener and also we had forgotten to bring our personal bottle opener from home. We rang up room service to request if we could borrow one. The staff came up to our suite in less than 5 minutes! He bowed and greeted brightly before leaving, “enjoy your drink!”. I found it rather amusing and it definitely made a positive impact!
Harbour Bay Seafood
We dined at the Harbour Bay Seafood located near the Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal for it’s ambience, service and quality of food. Oh, the restaurant provides complimentary WIFI too! This trip, I was rather greedy for seafood. So I dined here twice. Hehe. The first for lunch on our second day and the next for lunch just before taking the ferry home.
We had a plate of gong gongs on both dates. Gong gong is a type of small edible sea snail. Strongly recommended! It tasted really fresh and sweet!
On our first day, we had a generous plate of seafood fried rice at S$2 and a plate of sambal Kang Kong, which both tasted really good!
Salted egg crab (left) and Chili clams (right). Both dishes were really good too!! The crab however was sadly a little dry.
The Spa Secret
The highlight of our short weekend getaway was our full body spa treatments at The Spa Secret. W chose the Honey Spa (960,000 rp), while I chose the Traditional Herbal Spa (860,000 rp). Both treatments were each 2.5 hours long. We had also booked a couple room which came complete with, of course two separate massage beds, a couple jacuzzi, a stand alone shower and vanity counter. Our therapists were both really good. They were friendly and attentive. They were also really skilled. W and I both had an extremely good massage. While my therapist could speak fluent English, W’s wasn’t too fluent, the service and massage was good. We would definitely love to return for another treatment! 🙂
If you decide on the full body treatment, females would be given the V-ratus treatment – a Javanese tradition using dried herbs from Indonesia. It is said to reduce stress, fight infections, regulate menstrual cycles, aid fertility and many other health benefits. (To put it simply, Miss V was very nicely fogged that day). After the V-ratus treatment, I did feel refreshed and well cleaner. So I guess, it did help!
Our short weekend getaway to Batam was relaxing and I felt instantly recharged. I would love to return again soon. Perhaps to recharge at a resort next? 🙂