Batam has always been a favoured weekend getaway option for Singaporeans, who can look to stay at their own "resort living" homes within the new township project of Opus Bay as soon as 2023.
Sitting at the southern part of Batam, the 125-hectare mixed-use development will offer residential, retail, entertainment, healthcare and business facilities, which property developer Tuan Sing Holdings will market as a tourism and hospitality destination.
Said William Liem, CEO of Tuan Sing Holdings, in a CNA report: “We are very excited to launch Opus Bay, one of the largest integrated developments in Indonesia. We envision Opus Bay to be a smart city and an integrated community which serves as the perfect place for luxurious and affordable resort-style living for locals, expats and travellers alike."
The entire project will take 10 to 15 years to complete, with phase one's 51 Cluny Villas comprising three-and-four bedroom units expected to be ready by 2023.
Designed as holiday homes, each villa will come with individual customisable pools and a gated area for privacy, a concept which Francis Ngiam, Tuan Sing's assistant vice-president of sales reckons will mostly attract Singapore buyers, according to a Business Times report.
"For Singapore residents, Opus Bay will serve as a home away from home and give them a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the mainland and indulge in urban resort-style waterfront living," said Liem.
For those looking for a leisurely weekend jaunt, there's the option to shop at Opus Bay's factory outlet, set for a October 2022 opening, as well as a retail street. The developer added that talks are underway with lifestyle name Mitra Adiperkasa, which boasts more than 2,600 stores locally.
Planners can add Opus Bay to their events and incentives consideration too, as the township will also eventually house hotels, F&B, and Opus Club House for gatherings and events.
The township is also conveniently located next to Batam's existing Waterfront Ferry Terminal, which will be undergoing a facelift, funded by Tuan Sing Holdings. As part of an overall infrastructure upgrade by the Indonesian government to increase the island's attraction, a link bridge is also being built between Batam and Bintan.
In related news, the "safe travel corridor" for Singaporean tourists to the Riau Islands could have a change of launch date from the initial 21 April to 1 May or 1 June, according to a 13 April press release by the deputy for strategic policy at the tourism ministry, CNA reported.