Most of us have dreamed of one day owning our own luxury holiday home — or perhaps even of living and working year-round in a tropical paradise. (Easier than ever, thanks to new flexible work arrangements.) Opus Bay brings those dreams within reach, in both physical and financial senses.
Situated on the idyllic Indonesian island of Batam, a mere 40-minute ferry ride from Singapore, Opus Bay is a new masterplanned township, created by respected developer, Tuan Sing Holdings. Exclusive Singapore condominiums Seletar Park Residence, Cluny Park Residence and 18 Robinson are just some of the notable properties Tuan Sing has constructed during its five-decade history.
A bespoke community, set to feature upscale hospitality, restaurants and bars, retail, entertainment and business facilities, plus top-quality healthcare and private international schools, Opus Bay features an array of homes to suit all needs and tastes.
Set for completion within the next three to five years, the present stage of development at Opus Bay focuses upon the residential collection of luxury villas and high-rise apartments. Occupying almost a third of Opus Bay’s 125-hectare footprint, these residences are divided into two categories: Cluny Villas, a gated community of resort-chic luxury villas, and a series of three high-rise residential apartment complexes with stunning ocean views. The first of these to be completed will be Balmoral Tower.
Resort-Style Living at Cluny Villas
Available in Deluxe, Premium and Superior configurations, with a choice of three to six bedrooms, the Cluny Villas were designed by prestigious Singapore architecture firm, ONG&ONG. While also responsible for many acclaimed larger projects, this practice is perhaps best known for its work on numerous luxury landed properties in Singapore, including the award-winning KAP-House, Faber House and 55 Blair Rd.
Properties within the Cluny Villas development have been designed with the goal of embodying understated luxury, displaying attention-to-detail in handcrafted finishes, utilising a warm colour scheme and materials, and importantly, possessing a timeless style that will remain in good taste for many years to come.
In keeping with the luxury resort atmosphere, every home at Cluny Villas features its own private pool, surrounded by gorgeous greenery, lending a sense of oneness with nature. When owners are away or should they choose to offer the property to guests, these homes are managed by Opus Bay’s dedicated hospitality and property management team, ensuring they’re kept in optimum condition.
Despite the standard of living delivered to residents here, prices for homes at Cluny Villas start at a remarkably affordable S$350,000. That’s just a fraction of the price of a basic new condominium in Singapore — let alone a landed property with its own pool, which is exactly what you get here. And Singapore is less than an hour away, with the ferry terminal a quick five-minute buggy ride from Cluny Villas.
Balmoral Tower: On Another Level
Even more affordable are the high-rise homes overlooking the ocean at Opus Bay. Studios start at an incredible S$85,000, while accessibly-priced one-, two- and three-bedroom units are also available.
Balmoral is the work of celebrated Singapore practice, RT+Q Architects. This firm has designed countless luxurious modernist landed properties, condominiums, commercial and hospitality projects around the region, winning several local and international awards along the way, including the sought-after Singapore Institute of Architecture Architectural Awards.
Featuring glassed balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows, apartments at Balmoral have been configured to maximise natural light and open up the spectacular views of Batam’s bay, the Singapore Strait and the South China Sea that residents here will enjoy. Design is modern yet welcoming, with warm and subtle hues, and ample integration of nature.
Balmoral should be completed within the next three to five years, to be joined by another two towers — Ardmore and Claymore — which will also be constructed within the Opus Bay seaside apartment development. All units will include onsite pool, gym and other facilities, in addition to access to the brilliant beachfront Clubhouse.
A New Vision for Batam
The Opus Bay masterplan was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, a top international architectural firm whose portfolio includes the redevelopment of Hudson Yards in New York, Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, the Shanghai World Financial Centre, and many other prominent projects.
Augmenting the residential element, in keeping with a larger philosophy of “Live, Work, Play and Learn,” the development will also integrate an expansive high-traffic retail precinct, prestigious private and international schools, medical and healthcare, plus entertainment venues and exciting F&B offerings, from casual bars and cafés through to fine dining establishments. There are even plans for a theme park.
This ambitious township project is being developed on a 125-hectare site that is fully owned by Tuan Sing Holdings. It plays into a greater initiative by the Indonesian authorities to reshape Batam as a thriving tourist destination — a ‘new Bali’ — and capitalise upon its status as a free-trade zone, with business-friendly tax exemptions.
Working toward that goal, the Indonesian government has announced infrastructure projects including a 7km bridge linking Batam with nearby Bintan, the construction of a second terminal at Batam’s Hang Nadim Airport, widening of major roads from Batu Ampar Harbour, development of Batu Ampar Port, the establishment of Nongsa as a tourism-based special economic zone, and the construction of a floating solar power plant to provide the burgeoning population with clean energy.
The Batam ferry terminal is to be expanded and renewed, while highfliers will soon have access to another form of transport — two air-taxi companies intend to operate 20-minute flights from Singapore to Batam in the near future.
Interested in exploring the potential for an investment property, holiday getaway or even a full-time home at Opus Bay? Visit the sales gallery at Link@896, #01-01H, 896 Dunearn Road, Singapore 589472, open daily from 10:00AM to 6:00PM (by appointment only). To arrange an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +65 8838 2028
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