Nicest Spa in Nagoya
I think Win's Spa is the most upmarket spa in Nagoya. Unlike Sports Massage Centre & Spa (which is a good place for therapy massage), it actually really resemble a spa.
This spa, located just behind Harmoni Hotel, is very popular to Singaporeans and is almost always fully booked. So make sure you secure a booking the moment you reach Batam, if you intend to unwind over here.
Sports Massage Centre & Spa
When your body's aching from all the shopping and water sports activities that are so popular in Batam, a good massage is one of the best way to unwind the body.
Sports Massage Centre, next to Goodway Hotel and opposite Harmoni hotel is a good no-frills place to experience a good massage. Its staff are relatively professional and its prices reasonable (most 1 hour treatments cost around S$15 ~ S$25 / US$9 ~ US$15).
While Singapore dollars is accepted, do note that as they will obviously use a less than favourable exchange rate, it will be at least 10% more expensive than if you pay in Indonesian Ruppiah.
Also, although the place is called a Spa, it is really more of a therapeutic massage centre as there are basically not much ambience to speak of....
Back Therapy Massage In A Salon
Johnny Andrean hair salons are available in probably all the more popular shopping malls in Batam. We visit DC Mall, Center Point, and Robinson, and found one in each of them.
Anyway, one really good thing about this particular chain of hair salon is that one of the service they offer is a 45 minutes Back Therapy Massage at only 19,000 ruppiah, which is about US$2.
It is rather well done too. Just remember to tell the staff giving you the back rub to be more gentle because I found that most of them tend to believe that by apply as much force as possible, they are giving the best massage....
Exploring Nagoya Downtown
The town has a unique Japanese name. It is busy cowboy-like town as if you are a tourist, you will be approached non-stop by taxi drivers or motorcyclists offering their services.
There are two major supermarkets, Matahari and Center Point, several hotels and restaurants for shopping or dining.
It can be hot and it rained all of a sudden too. Compared with Orchard Road, it is different.
Batam Ferry Terminal
This fairly new and modern ferry terminal is almost self-contained.
There are shops, restaurants and even a pedestrian walkway across to a Matahari supermarket, a hypermarket and more shops.
A tip is to walk to the hypermarket side and you can bargain for a cheaper taxi ride to Nagoya. Straight from the ferry terminal, it was about 35,000 rupiah. From the hypermarket, got a bargain of 12,000 rupiah.
When my feet step on this bridge, can't imagine that I'm here..... Barelang Bridge, the only one bridge that connected between islands in Indonesia, where the construction like in Japan... Wanna feel your feet on the sea? just step on this bridge...geeee...:)
Spa Haven In Batam....AAhhhhh~~~
I have always heard people says that the massage and spa packages in Batam are the best and value for money and I thought it was crazy to go Batam just for Spa... (Hey! There are tons of Spa outlets in Singapore okay!)...
But man, you ever knows what's in it until you try it for yourself.... And I, got to agree with my friends and everyone out there, that the Indonesian massage in Batam is heaven!!
Cheap, great, relaxing and a treatment that I must go for every few months!!.. Boy, am I so lucky to live near Batam??
SGD30 for a massage
SGD75 for 3 hours Spa inclusive of Scrub, Steam Bath, Massage, Facial & Hot Bath
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Send postcards and buy some stamps
After asking for directions, found a two storey book store run by an Indonesian Chinese that sells quality Indonesian postcards from all the different islands. The bookstore is about 10 minutes walk from Center Point Supermarket at Nagoya Center.
The post office is air condition and located opposite side of the road, about 5 minutes from Nagoya Plaza Hotel. Again ask the locals for direction.
Gratifying to get some Indonesian commemorative stamps and FIFA World Cup stamp issues.
Shopping at Mega Mall
The Mega Mall is the latest and biggest modern shopping centre at Batam and it is conveniently located just next to the ferry pier at Batam Centre. Besides normal retail shops, there is a Matahari Department Store and Hpermart Supermarket here.
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Spa treat - Cheap and Good
Tiara Mustika - 15 mins drive from Batam Centre.
I got to know about this place from a travel forum. They don't have any website so I had to call from Singapore to make a reservation. They can also help to arrange for you transport 2 ways to and fro Batam Centre. We took the 2.5 hours spa which include body massage, scrub, body mask, steam bath, jacuzzi and ratus (for ladies only). All for only $52 Sing dollars. Really value for money. I would highly recommend this place for people who are looking for cheap and good spa treat.
Batu Ampar is a suburb of Nagoya city, capital of Batam Island. There is a ferry terminal located near with regular daily ferry services from Singapore to Batam (see my transportation tip). Besides the ferry terminal, this place is very good for photography because of the traditional wooden villages lining the coastal area. It is near to major hotels in Batam such as the Planet Holiday hotel.
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Tengku Fisabililah Bridge
This impressive bridge is located on the southern portion of Batam Island and it is the start of a series of bridges which link Batam Island to the smaller islands to the south such as Pulau Sekikip, Pulau Rempang and Pulau Galang. The views from these bridges are fantastic and more photos are the travelogue section of this VT page.
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Batam Centre is a relatively new development centre in Batam and this is where the government offices and main ferry pier are located. Recently, a big shopping mall called Mega Mall was opened. Other points of interest include the Batam Central Mosque, Aquatic Park and the huge telecommunications tower. The famous Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya temple is also located nearby.
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Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple
Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple is one of the biggest Budhhist temple in South-East Asia and is a major attraction in Batam not to be missed. This temple is located at Batam Center, near to the ferry terminal. The main chamber consist of statues of Buddha, and the side chambers are Goddess of Mercy (Guan Yin) and Guan Gong diety. There is a vegetarian restaurant as well as a shop selling Buddhist items (see photo). More photographs of this temple are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
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The Batam-Tonton bridge
There are a series of bridges that links Main Batam Island to rest of the smaller islands within the Riau Archipelago and all these bridges were built recently. The first bridge looks beautiful and offers very good view around the stunning landscape. This particular bridge links Batam Island to Tonton Island, and hence the name. This is a suspension type bridge and its architecture is visible from quite a distance. It is located around 30 KMs from the city. Once you reach the bridge, lot of hawkers will surround you, trying to sell their stuff. But they are not aggressive. In fact if you can establish a line of communication with them the trip will be memorable.
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