Kiki Beach Resort review: The Kiki Beach Resort in Batam is on the trend for vacation on the ‘gram. The weekends, like many places in Batam, are always sold out. There aren’t more than 2 dozen rooms here and yet makes it a quiet getaway spot.
It’s located on Galang Island but there aren’t road routes to the resort unless you’re planning to offroad or take a bike. Kiki Beach has an inclusive boat ride that picks you up from Citi Rasa Seafood, Rempang Island, and makes a trip around some of Batam’s islands.
Does sound like an exotic resort, doesn’t it? Well, here goes all about the Kiki Beach resort review!
Kiki Beach Resort Review
Without beating around the bush, I’ll blurt – YES, Kiki Beach Resorts is worth the money. Travelers from Singapore spend ample time (and money) in Batam on resorts and hotels. This is an offbeat resort worth a shot!
Kiki Beach Resort is no doubt one of the best resorts I’ve visited in Batam. The quiet air, the friendly staff, the food, kayaking and quad bikes, and the aesthetic villa interiors – it’s all worth it! Even the beach sands are great to walk in, but the water isn’t somewhere where kids can plunge into.
When we went, the pool was still under construction, so we didn’t get a chance at it. It’s great for anyone – families, friends, and even couples. I wouldn’t say it’s wheelchair-friendly or for people who find walking tough unless they’re always staying in the villas.
Our Sea Villa Stay
There are two villa availabilities – the first on land facing a small lake and the other upon the sea waters with bridge walkways to each villa here. Undoubtedly, everyone would want to stay over the waters with the deck view facing the beach sand and sea waves below – and that’s where we stayed!
Speaking of the villa setup, a simple outdoor seating area welcomes you with a table, a couple of chairs, a waterproof polyester over them, and a hammock.
Upon entering, there was a large hexagonal tent with a four-poster canopy bed at the back, a sofa (almost like a single bed) on the side, and comfortable yellow lamps. With the villa being a large air-conditioned tent, the ceiling was pointed inwards towards the middle, with a pretty chandelier hanging below it.
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There were other elegant small items like the open closet, a kettle, and a minibar all in one piece. There were tables and a large wooden umbrella holder at the entrance.
What I loved the most about the villa were the large floor-to-ceiling windows that overlooked the hammock deck and the sea beyond.
The bathroom was neat!
I’ve seen amazing hotel rooms with shitty bathrooms, but it was much better than I expected! It had a compact sink, mirror, toilet bowl, and finally a glass shower place. It was simple but spacious. On one side, It had another floor-to-ceiling window pane viewing the waters below.
Don’t worry, all the floor-to-ceiling window panes in the bathroom and room have window blinds you can draw. They had the Kiki Beach branding on towels, mats, and their body washes lotion.
Cuisines at Dinner
There isn’t any ‘restaurant’ of sorts – there’s no road connectivity to build one. We had no choice but to order dinner from the resorts. The staff informed it cost IDR 30,000 for the food to be delivered. So we decided on the common eatery – a rustic-themed spot by the beach with glass panes on all sides and wooden decks for floors.
We preordered it to have it prepared on time. While the food was overpriced, there was so much to eat! The cuisine stood far from Batam’s authentic tastes. It cost around IDR 75,000 for just paratha and chicken curry (but it was delicious and a lot).
We also ordered fried prawns, and chicken (Ayam Goreng), with rice. All of it was served hot with sides of vegetables and in good quantity. It was pretty good! The only bad thing was the Mango Milkshake my mom got. My brother got a hot chocolate drink at last, and it was the best of all!
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The hot chocolate is a must-try here. The bill, in the end, was around IDR 300,000 – a little high but still sweet.
For couples: There was a young couple who’d come along. While we had dinner at the eatery, the resorts had arranged a beautiful dining spot on a private deck with lamps, candlelights, and a lit heart frame just steps before the beach waves. It seemed like a perfect honeymoon spot!
Beach Shores and Kayaking
Speaking of the beach itself, the sands were amazing. Some families played volleyball here. It was great to walk in the evenings. But the water was dirty. It wasn’t a divable spot – I found mudskippers jumping around on the shore rocks.
It was, however, fine for kayaking. This didn’t cost extra – it was all part of the accommodation. A bunch of kayaks, oars, and life jackets were at our disposal. We all kayaked once in the evening and early morning the next day.
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My Recommended Resorts in Batam
These are resorts spread all over the Riau Province in Bintan and Batam. Most at Sekupang and Nongsa. These are resorts I’ve visited and stayed, in and found worth the price ranges:
- Turi Beach Resort in Nongsa
- Nongsa Point Marina (My all-time favorite)
- Harris Resorts in Sekupang (Best for outdoor games)
- KTM Resorts, Sekupang (A little pricey, but has a lot of watersports options with beautiful chalet setups.
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Friendly Staff at Kiki Beach
Most of the reviews about Kiki were about its kind staff. I couldn’t agree more. All the staff members were kind and homely. All of them were young boys who took care of the boat ride to the island, the meal service, and even helping with the kayaks.
At dinner, we talked to one of the boys and we found out his name was Kiki! How coincidental is that! We asked him if he owned the place. He said, “No, but I have a feeling it was named after me. I’d be lucky if they handed me the resort!” And we laughed.
All the staff spoke English which helped many foreign tourists.
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Kiki Beach Itinerary
There isn’t much of an itinerary, but the resorts do have rigid check-in and out timings. They informed us to be at the Citi Rasa restaurant before 10:45 am for pickup. I drove no more than an hour from Batam Center to get over to Rempang Island. We got there early and found a shabby parking place.
The boat (bigger than a speedboat ferry to Bintan) came on time as mentioned at 10:40 am. The timing will be briefed – the resort determines based on the tide for the boat ride.
The boat ride and Welcome drink
We were briefed by the staff and boarded the boat. It was a calm 1-hour ride passing by islands to Galang Island. The boat itself was moderately comfortable. We were gestured on the decks with a welcome drink – a glass of tamarind drink, it was nice!
It was already lunchtime but we had already eaten a lot before coming. So we just skipped lunch and relaxed at the resort till the evening. Keep in mind that you aren’t allowed to bring your food along apart from snacks. Kiki Beach briefs and charges a fine if caught.
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The evening was our fun time with the beach, wandering and getting some resort shots on the camera, and kayaking.
Beach Nightwalk and Karaoke
Then we went back to get freshened up and come back for dinner. After dinner around 8:30 or so, my dad and I walked around the beach and sat at the seats looking at the waves for a while. Talked for a bit before everyone got ready for bed.
I’d laid down and was ready to sleep when I heard music playing from the beach. I went back to the beach alone around 10 to see what was going on – and I’m glad I did. It was karaoke – a staff member singing Hindi songs! He saw me approaching, and he ushered me in laughing, “Come on, come on!”
So we found a few songs and sang together loud enough for all the villas to hear. Coming back around 11:00 pm, I laid down on the hammock outside – it was a pleasant night :)
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Morning Kayak and Breakfast
The next morning, my dad and I went kayaking for an hour before having breakfast. It began raining cats and dogs so we had to stroll on the bridge. Coming back, we had to wait some time as they wouldn’t depart in the rain.
We packed up and left around 10:30 am.
Kiki Beach Itinerary in Summary
- Arrive at Citi Rasa Restaurant at the resort’s specified timings for pickup.
- Have lunch and relax till the evening
- Spend time at the beach, go kayaking
- Freshen up and have dinner
- Take a walk and karaoke
- Wake up and go for breakfast!
- Pack up and settle bills before checking out
- Take a boat ride back to the Citi Rasa restaurant.