S-series: Montigo Resorts, Nongsa! (P2) – Candlelight dinner by the pool & Couple Chef experience cooking class!

read part 1 here: Couple Spa experience and our Villa – http://blog.myfatpocket.com/claireaudreylim/2017/12/02/claire-and-simon-goes-to-montigo-resorts-nongsa/

Hi people,

Welcome to Part 2 of us going to Montigo.


As the sun sets and the sky turns a deep blue, the street lights turns on in batches, and my wife gets ready for the night…

She dressed up for the occasion, because we are going out to our romantic dinner by the pool in celebration of our 2nd Marriage Anniversary (belated). Well what can I say, anyways I kinda screw up because I didn’t bring anything nice for the night. We’re going to a resort right? So I packed T-shirts and shorts loh!

The dinner though, it’s got to be the highlight of this trip. Look at the table people.


Isn’t this amazing?? 

Its like overkill for an average blue collar worker like me… But what the heck, since I’m here I might as well enjoy it. So off we go along the little boardwalk to our candle lit table!


We have the whole ‘island’ to ourselves, with a personal waiter attending to us only. If this isn’t ‘atas’ then what is?


The lanterns frame my lovely wife nicely, but as usual.. she’s on social media.. Well nevermind, let’s move on to the food. We chose the Indonesian set dinner ‘D’ which includes the following:


1. Indonesian Trio Sampler


2. Soup Iga Sapi


3. Ikan Kakap Gulai


4. Ayam Panggang Taliwang


5. Black Sticky Rice Pudding


The food were good, atas food are always good. And with such romantic setting, what can we ask for more? For most part, our waiter made us feel at ease and we have enough privacy to engage in meaningful communication. The environment is conducive enough for that. We were really full and satisfied, but the staff here had other plans…


Tadd’s Restaurant surprised us with a generous serving of rich brownie cake to commemorate our anniversary! We were really touched by the thought and effort of the staff at Montigo Resorts, Nongsa in letting us fully enjoy our time here. This is going the extra mile, where else can you find such service?

We couldn’t finish the cake because we just had our 4 course meal, and they offered to send the cake to our villa. Awesomeness. 

And with that, we retired for the night. 



We woke up early the next morning and decided to skip breakfast so we can enjoy the dipping pool in our villa.


The pool was plenty big for 2 person, I’m sure its big enough for a 4 person pool party. But I am anti-social so I’d rather it be just me and Claire. We spent some time playing a fool and doing some pool exercises because well its gentle on my bad knees. You guys can check the vlog Claire made to see what we were up to…

Next we hit the bath because we’ve got another activity coming up. And I haven’t show you the bathroom yet. I think. So here goes.


The tub is big enough to easily fit 2 person in there, but that also mean it will need a massive amount of water to fill. Not exactly economical, environmentally speaking.


Its huge. But I guess you’ll need to watch the vlog to actually appreciate how big the bathroom is..


And here’s our huge poster bed again, one last look before we leave the villa for good.


And so, its good bye to our villa. It was awesome. While it lasted.



This is great, we went to the The TIIGO bar to find a large table set up for our cooking class. Our chef/instructor is there to guide us through every step. It feels really atas because we have one instructor to just 2 trainees.. And I don’t work well being so closely supervised.. LOL.


Anyways heres the list of what we’re gonna prepare today. 

  1. Gado-Gado
  2. Gangan Fish Fillet
  3. Baked Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaf

This will also be our lunch today. Sounds great eh? Lets get on with it.



First, chef ask Claire to boil the vegetables for the Gado-Gado while I fry the tempe. Feel so good to be frying stuff because I can’t do it at our home due to not having a hood installed over our stove.. 



Then Claire squeeze the moisture out of the vegetables and set our dish. The special sauce was not prepared from scratch because its a closely guarded secret…nah I’m joking. Maybe because it will take too much time so the chef prepared them before this. 



Watch her haolian her plate. Who cares right? I’m next anyways.




Mine’s messy, but well it reflects my character what. So its really unique… I think.


And then we eat it.. It was… ok.. I didn’t have much faith in our cooking so… yeah.. 

Next we’re going to prepare the baked fish in banana leaf.



Seasoned fish fillets ready for wrapping. Chef said that the bay leaves are one of the most important seasoning here, I think the turmeric too, a lot of the tasty dishes we had here are seasoned in turmeric. We heat it in a pot first before chef brought it to the back kitchen and stuff the packages into an oven. 

Next we prepare of last dish: Gangan Fish Fillet, which is by far the easiest because all the ingredients were prepared for us, so we just had to assemble them. In this case, we just throw them into a pot and boil them till they’re cooked. 



There you have it, we cooked our own fishy 3 course meal sans all the preparations needed. I guess, when you’re out on a holiday, you just want to do all the fun parts right? Preparation can be really tedious. LOL. 



And so we have come to the end of our trip. It was jammed packed with activities that will keep you entertained for sure. We did all the things that a couple would be doing together and more, with our couple spa, cooking class and that awesome middle-of-the-pool candlelight dinner. Well what more can we ask for? With a weekend getaway like this, we don’t even need to walk because there will always be a buggy nearby, ready for you.


There was still time on our schedule before we have to get to the ferry terminal. So we did some exploring around the TIIGO bar area. This beach with those lanterns hanging overhead must be meant for a beach party.


And the jetty, not sure what its used for, maybe Montigo Resorts host fishing trips?


Maybe its meant for our elopement. But we’re married anyways, there’s no need to elope right? 


And with a pic of all the different keripik or kerupuk. Considered dirt cheap compared to the prices in any of our supermarkets back home. So I bought a huge bag of them back to feed my friends. LOL.

Do consider Montigo Resorts, Nongsa when you have a mind to go on a short getaway. Its the best resort/hotel I ever been to in all my 32 years, and its just ‘next door’. Easy easy!

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Peace out.

Simon Tey

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