The island of Batam in Indonesia is no Bali but it is still a popular destination. Just a few hours away from the busy and bustling city Singapore, this little island does get its fair share of tourists and locals. People are drawn to the island itself because it is so easily accessible by bus and ferry. It is perfect for a 2- to 3-day trip to unwind, relax, get a massage and do a little site-seeing.
This year, Singapore has several long weekends to look forward to. With so few holidays in this country, we are always desperate for a break out of the monotony of everyday work. Here’s a list of dates to watch out for:
Good Friday – March 29 (Friday)
Vesak Day – May 24 (Friday)
Hari Raya Puasa – August 8 (Thursday)
Singapore National Day – August 9 (Friday)
Deepavali – November 3 (Sunday) – *the following Monday will be a holiday
So don’t you think this is as good a reason as any to plan that Batam weekend getaway?
The beaches are the major lure of Batam, as well as the shopping and inexpensive food. But aside from the beaches, there are numerous attractions that keep the people coming back here. And due to this marked development, tourism has been quite favourable for the city. You won’t have any problems finding things to do here. A lot of hotels, top restaurants and golf resorts have also sprung up over the last few years.
It’s easy to get into these posh places if you own the popular book set Eat Shop Play, with its hundreds of discount cards and coupons. Repeat guests might even enjoy member incentives and loyalty rewards.
Here are a few of the recommended golf resorts in the island:
Palm Springs Golf & Beach Resort is a 5-star rated venue. Semi-private and not without own appeals for the golfing addict. They boast their own resident pro golfer to improve your game and different golf courses varying from island course, resort course, palm course and spring course. A weekend here ought to make all your stress disappear. Come Monday, you’ll be well-rested and ready to get back to work.
The IOI Palm Villa Golf & Country Resort gives their guests a 27-hole golf course to provide them with a great golfing experience. Aside from that, they also offer a variety of facilities to keep you busy and entertained, and yet for those who come here to do nothing, the beautiful view of palm trees and Gunung Pulai should satisfy your temporary idle moments. A couple of days spent here ought to leave the golfing enthusiast wanting for more.
Indah Puri Golf Resort is ideal for the family as well as the individual who just wants to relax and improve his game. With an 18-hole golf course and 300 acres of beautiful landscaping and scenery, this place promises to bring the best in your game. There is good local food, dinner and dancing. A great place to spend your weekend.