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An industrial hub, Batam Island is also a great holiday destination, with its beaches, nightlife and excellent shopping. It is also home to a few nice religious buildings and theme parks, attracting families, business travellers and sightseers. The fact that it is linked to Singapore and Malaysia but is just a short ferry ride also adds to its charm.
Accommodation in Batam Island ranges from a two-star guesthouse to a lavish five-star resort. Still, there are nearly 40 three-star hotels in Batam Island for those travelling on a mid-range budget; most properties are typical hotels in the city, though there are also a few great resorts along the coast close to the ferry ports. Two of the most popular 3-star hotels in Batam Island are the HARRIS Hotel Batam Center and 89 Hotel.
As the name suggests, the HARRIS Hotel Batam Center sits in Batam Center close to the Batam Center Ferry Terminal and Batam Center Shopping Area. It is a modern property that faces the sea, with bright and cheerful décor that is both comfortable and welcoming. It has a restaurant, a gym and an outdoor pool, and even features a kids’ club. It is also a good place to have a meeting or an event.
The 89 Hotel is located in the centre of Nagoya, which is known as the island’s city centre and is where most of its restaurants and nightlife can be found. It is a modern pink eight-level building that features a fitness centre, a health club, billiards, meeting rooms and conference space. Guests can also enjoy dining in its eclectic restaurant or having a cocktail in its lively lounge.
Most three-star hotels in Batam Island are close to its main nightlife centre, shopping areas and restaurants, as well as sights like the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple, Ocarina theme park and Masjid Raya. There are also seven golf courses around the island for visitors to enjoy, like the Palm Springs Golf & Country Club in the Nongsa Beach area and the SouthLinks Country Club in Sekupang.