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Marriot Hotels Makes Batam Debut
12 November 2020 | Written by Chris Alexander

Marriot Hotels have confirmed the opening of their second Indonesian property and first on the island of Batam. With an idyllic waterfront location and convenient proximity to Singapore, the Marriott Hotel Harbour Bay is expected to offer convenience, luxury and escapism to a wide range of travellers. 

 “We are very happy to introduce our signature Marriott Hotels brand to Batam, setting a new benchmark for both business and leisure travel,” explains Rajeev Menon, who is president for Asia Pacific at Marriott. Marriott Hotel Harbour Bay becomes the first five-star hotel to open in Batam; located just 40 minutes by express ferry from Singapore, it is the ideal destination for business and leisure travel.  

Batam is known for its relaxed atmosphere, golf courses, water sports, wellness spas and some of the best seafood the region has to offer. Marriot’s new property provides guests with convenient access to a range of the island’s main attractions, including the Nagoya City Center, home to one of Indonesia’s largest Buddhist temples; and Barelang Bridge, spanning three islands in the Riau archipelago. 

“With the opening of Batam Marriott Hotel Harbour Bay, we look forward to providing sophisticated spaces and warm hospitality to discerning guests who seek a place to do some work, relax or recharge when they travel to this lovely island,” says Sean Raine, who is the general manager at the hotel. 

Batam Marriott Hotel Harbour Bay features a total of 216 rooms, each combining comfort and connectivity to make the hotel a convenient destination for business and pleasure.  Facilities include five F&B outlets, ranging from a semi-open-air lounge bar to a signature restaurant serving authentic local and regional cuisine; a 24-hour fitness centre, helping visitors stay fit and active; and an outdoor pool and kids area, which offers families with children a range of entertainments. For MICE travellers, the hotel boasts a range of impressive meeting and events facilities, including five fully connected meeting rooms and a 1,300m2 ballroom. 

Located 20km (12 miles) off Singapore’s south coast, Batam is an emerging transport hub that’s part of a free trade zone in the Indonesia–Malaysia–Singapore Growth Triangle. As a result, Batam is conveniently well connected to its neighbours in Singapore, Bintan and Johor Bahru (Malaysia); the island features a total of five ferry terminals: Batam Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal, Nongsapura Ferry Terminal, Sekupang, Waterfront City, and Batam Center Ferry Terminal. With its combination of connectivity, luxury and an array of great attractions, Batam is a tourism destination in Indonesia that’s growing in both scale and popularity.