If you’ve had a long work week and need to be pampered, look no further than a ferry ride from Singapore into Indonesia. Tempat Senang, at Sekupang, off the island of Batam, is the answer to all your stress and anxieties. I discovered this hidden little gem over New Year, and couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing way to end 2010.
the country-themed rooms.
What first fascinated me while doing my research was that Tempat Senang is not just any other resort with any other rooms. Each room has a country theme, complete with the design, decoration and USP (if I may). With only about 9 suites, you can feel the personalization in each.
The Sultan Room
We stayed in this Middle Eastern room.
With a jacuzzi in the living area and middle-eastern decor.
The Tree Room
I managed to get a sneak-peek at the other rooms, and this one’s my favorite. For next time.
There’s a hanging bed in the room!
And a tree house feel all around, right down to the furniture.
The Japanese room
Despite no outdoor view, I loved the black & white, wooden ambiance of this room, with beds in every nook & corner. A great room to stay if you’re a big bunch.
The Thai room
This one’s a huge room with a back room, a jacuzzi and a fish spa in the backyard.
The Bali Room
It comes with an exclusive entrance and verandah, and a jacuzzi.
The Indian and Indonesian rooms seemed quite commonplace and not picture-worthy!
Our Spa experience was extraordinary. There is probably no better way to pamper your body for 3 hours at a stretch (half day spa) amid a host of friendly masseuses and pure relaxing aromas. The first 3 hours come together with the room and we topped up an additional 3 hours the next day; that’s how good it was!
I tried Lavendar Aroma Therapy, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, White Lurlur Body Scrub, and a hair treatment. Each was an hour of pure bliss.
The restaurant serves up a variety of cuisines, from Indonesian and Thai to Western. The chef was extremely talented and very receptive of me being a vegetarian; he made to order most of our meals and I would highly recommended the BBQ-baked pizza. The staff was open to us getting our own wine (though the drinks are not too expensive) and maggie, and it was a pleasure rounding up each meal with a few games of pool.
Just like the rooms & the spa, the entire experience at Tempat Senang has a warm, personal touch. The locals were genuinely friendly and helpful, and everyone seemed to know that we were putting up in the Sultan room & going for a second round of Spa!
In the spirit of a relaxing getaway, there aren’t many activities to pursue at the resort or in the vicinity. There is however, a beautiful golf course which runs all the way to the shore of the South China Sea. Riding along the green in a golf buggy, letting your hair down in the breeze and watching the sunset above the sea is a great way to round off the evening.
I would highly recommend Tempat Senang to anyone looking for a relaxing weekend getaway from Singapore. Have you been there yet?
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Looks like you really enjoyed your holiday. The jacuzzi in living area is interesting. All the pictures have come out well. I do not know if I will travel to Singapore or not but if I am I would keep this in mind. Hope it will suit my pocket too.
I did 🙂 It’s just the place to rejuvenate. Hope you do come to Singapore soon. And believe it or not, it’s not as expensive as it looks!
Sounds awesome! 😀
It was 🙂
nice stuff Shuvya. i am moving to SIngapore next month. hope to cover these places when I am there
Thanks Sneha 🙂 Ping me on Twitter (@shivya) if you need ideas for things to do here & around!
Wow I just loved the tree room 🙂 Lovely pics 🙂 I am sure you had a great time 🙂
Thanks Valerine. I did! You should plan a trip there sometime!
Shivya I am for sure gonna bug my hubby to plan a trip there 🙂
Saw ur blog when I tried to google for Tempat senang. I’m going there next month and I would like to seek your opinion on the room selection. It’s a surprise trip for my gf and I hope to create a romantic moments with her. Which room is most suitable since u’ve seen most of it? Sultan room looks really posh. Tree house is interesting. Bali or Thai room? Need your advise. Thanks! =)
Thanks for dropping by. Honestly, choosing a room is tough. We got the Sultan room by default because none of the others were available, so book early 🙂
I would say that the tree room is the best if your gf likes the outdoors. It has a hanging bed & jungle-themed decor and overlooks the pool with an area to hang out outside, but there’s no bathtub or jacuzzi.
The Thai room is relatively much bigger, with two big beds in different rooms and it’s own fish spa outside. There’s a nice big bathroom & bathtub too.
The Sultan room is pretty big too and like you said, looks quite posh with its red lighting. The best part is that there’s a jacuzzi in the living area together with a tv.
Personally, I’d prefer the tree room, followed by Sultan & Thai. Bali, not so much. The Japanese room is really nice also with all its corners & mini beds, but it has no view / balcony, etc.
Hope I didn’t confuse you further; let’s just say I’m pretty sure you’ll love whichever room you choose 🙂 Have a great trip & let me know which one you finally chose!
Thanks for ur reply…I’m gg to try the tree house then…looking forward to the trip…yay!!
Hi Shivya and Cookie.
I am in the mist of choosing tree house or thai. May I know how you feel after your stay in the tree house? Is the hanging bed comfortable ? Is it a very small room compare to others?
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Nice post! I went there as well! Visit http://bit.ly/yh8ssy to read my experience at Tempat Senang. 🙂
I have recently changed the link to my blog entry for Tempat Sanang. Here is the revised url: http://aspirant1981.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/travel-holidays-tempat-senang-boutique-spa-heaven-batam-indonesia-singapore/ Enjoy 🙂
Hi. Im from singapore and i would like to enquiry how much does it cost for a couple to stay at one bali theme room for 2 nights inclusive of daily breakfast? 21march checked in till 23 march 2013 checkout? And is there any driver to fetch us frm sekupang terminal and back on our checkout date? Any extra fees for that? Thx 🙂
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