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

S-series: Montigo Resorts, Nongsa part 1! Couple Spa experience and our VILLA!!

Read Part 2 here: 

[S-series] Montigo Resort, Nongsa Part 2 – Candlelight dinner by the pool and couple chef cooking experience! 

Watch the full video here! *pls note that my voice is different because I tune to reduce the background noise*

Hi people,

Claire and I went to the Montigo Resorts, Nongsa for a overseas weekend staycation.

We took the Batam Fast ferry from Tanah Merah, Singapore to Nongsapura, Batam Indonesia.



We of course have some snacks first before boarding, we got here a little too early and the customs officer didn’t let us go to the departure area. Killiney Coffee, but I think its not managed by Singaporean side though…


It only took like 45 mins for the ferry to carry us there, but its enough to make me sick. I’m weak with boats..


The resort staff was already there at the Ferry Terminal waiting for us and he drove us to Montigo Resorts, Nongsa in about 10 mins. From one country to a resort in another country all within an hour. Super easy. There are regular shuttle buses from Montigo Resorts between Nongsapura Ferry Terminal and the resort, so transfer is never an issue here.


Check those awards on the wall, sure gave us a peace of mind knowing we are in good hands.



Because our room wasn’t ready, the staff suggest we go for our lunch first. So I went to check the map of the resorts trying to get an idea how to walk to the restaurant. But to our surprise, there’s no walking needed here at Montigo Resorts, Nongsa. Not that you are restricted from walking, but there are so many buggies around ready to pick you up and bring you to wherever you wanna go! The convenience.. I feel like a king during my stay here. Please bear with me, for I will keep repeating the ‘king’ word in this post.



Lunch was at this nice resort themed restaurant Tadd’s Restaurant. They offered generic Western and Indonesian cuisine, I of course chose to have Indonesian, so the staff there recommended the Rijsttafel set, which means ‘rice table’ in dutch. I guess its due to the Dutch influence long ago when those ang mo colonized Indonesia. Its basically a sampling of 7 different dishes served with rice.


It was ok, I think I had really really high expectations because my Indonesian colleague at work sometimes bring her mom’s home-cooked food and even though they were cold by lunch time, it tastes super awesome! She will be very popular if she decides to open a restaurant I’m sure. But for these, we liked the chicken stew in coconut yellow broth but would really love to have more broth in the stew.



Then next we went on to TIIGO Beach Club for our ‘welcome mocktails’. What smitten me was the view from the bar. Above you see Claire slacking on one of the poolside pavilions, this place looks awesome by itself already. Then look below…


…this is essentially what you will see during your time here, enjoying the mocktails or cocktails conjured up by the resident bartender. There was even a DJ doing her soundcheck here, meaning there’ll be a party tonight. Well too bad we aren’t really party animals.


These are the 2 mocktails they made for us. Don’t they look pretty darn instagrammable? The ang mo guy’s face in the background bokeh though, that’s a big spoiler for me and Claire. That guy was an unreasonable jerk who was really rude to the staff here because of a cheese issue. Well deal with it bro, this ain’t your house.


I guess the bartender liked us, so he made us another mocktail and I thought this one suits my taste buds better, Claire was too darn full to stomach anything by now. And its also similarly instagrammable. Feeling awesome already, being treated like kings and queens here.



Due to us enjoying ourselves too much at the bar, we didn’t have time left to check out our room before our Couple Spa Experience at Montigo Spa. I was a little worried because I’m not a fan of massages you see. I am also very shy with taking my clothes off in front of strangers. The only consolation here was that my wife will be with me all the time so I won’t feel too awkward.


The buggy drove us there and we were ushered into the premise so we had no chance to snap a shot of the exterior. But its all very spa like with the attap huts and bamboo board walks. Herbal tea was served immediately and we have to fill up a questionnaire to make sure we don’t have any medical condition that might be affected by the spa treatment. Like allergies etc, everyone here was really professional.



We also had a choice of the essential oil type that we prefer.



In the hut, we were sent into the ensuite bathroom and were told to change. Well I’m really nervous by now, nobody believe me when I said I was shy, I really am shy. So for the next 1 hour plus, both me and Claire had our bodies rubbed and cleansed by 2 professional masseuse. I think they were very experienced because the amount of strength and the stamina to consistently massage us at that level of force is inhuman! After that though, I didn’t have any aches or pain so I must say they sure know their stuff.



After the spa, we took a shower and were escorted to a small room to chill. The room was decorated like a hipster cafe, but we were served herbal tea with honey. Well its a spa, so herbal tea is the norm.




This must have been the biggest lodging we ever stayed in. The villa has 3 storeys high: 1st floor we have the very large living room with a kitchenette and outdoor porch area with a dining area and our own infinity pool, because all the villas were sitting on a hill side slope, the 1st floor is overlooking a road below so you can enjoy your own privacy here in the pool. There is a bathroom on this floor too, fully furnished with a sink, rain shower and toilet.



On the 2nd floor, we have the guest room with ensuite bathroom, fully fitted of course. Then we have the master bedroom with this king size four-poster bed, a day bed, full height windows, a dresser and an extra large bathroom with a large bathtub that can easily fit 2 adults. Every thing is large here.


And the 3rd floor is the rooftop space. What luxury! If this is my house, this will be my favourite place to hang out. FIx this place with a few beach umbrellas and this place is perfection!


And the sun sets in the distant horizon…

Coming up in Part 2:

  • Dinner by the pool
  • Dipping our feet in our own private pool
  • Morning Couple Chef Experience
  • Goodbye Montigo Resorts, Nongsa

Stay tuned!

Simon Tey