Hotel Review: Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel

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Early this year, we went for a family trip within Malaysia via flight. It was Jet’s second time boarding on plane since he was 2 years old. But during that time he barely know much. Now he’s more bigger and chatty, he enjoyed the ride and know what’s going on.

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As we arrived Langkawi Airport, Jet said, “Mummy, lets look at the map”. 😀

At the airport arrival hall, there is a row of counters offering car rental and travel packages within the island. If you want to save some hassle, you can pre-book before you arrive. For my 3days 2 nights trip, I rented a car from this company. I was given a rate of RM140 (during non-peak season). Meaning its RM70/night. Very good price! However the price may vary during school break or festive holidays. I got a Proton Saga FLX (Auto). I wouldn’t say the car condition was tip top but still acceptable.

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Seems like hotels at Pantai Cenang are more expensive. Therefore I changed my mind to book a hotel at Kuah. I got to know about this hotel from my friend who was coincidentally traveling to Langkawi a day later than me. Driving distance from airport to Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel is about 14km (approx. 30 minutes). From Pantai Cenang to Kuah will only need 14.2km. Since we got a car to move about, so I thought staying in Kuah wouldn’t be a problem.

 

Car Park is available at this premise. But quite limited. Otherwise full, you can opt to park at the opposite car park lot at RM5/entry. It is waiveable for hotel guest.

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“Initially it was known as Langkawi Yacht Club. In 1999, the royal patron of the club Sultan of Kedah state conferred the ‘Royal’ title to the club. Over the years, the club has grown in its stature and become one of the top favorites to the yachters from all over the world.”

At year 2015, the club undergone a major renovation. Level-1 there will be a lobby and a reception area. There are total 32 boutique rooms. So, I can say that our room is pretty new. 🙂

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Hill View Family Room.

We booked the room for RM622 for 2 nights inclusive of breakfast via Expedia. The 31 m² area room with 2 Queen size bed.

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There’s also sufficient space for luggage.

Other amenities are kettle, instant coffee, bedroom slippers, complimentary drinking water in bottle, television, free wifi, refrigerator, in room safe box.

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The Family Room does not have seaview but only nature view. We could see monkeys climbing the trees ……………

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also spotted the Macho Eagle flying around here. Not one but a few of them.

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The bathroom isn’t big. Only standing shower.

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Bathroom Amenities.

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The Swimming Pool is divided to children pool and adult pool. The swimming pool is onlooking the sea and yachts. What a breathtaking view!

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The AL-fresco breakfast area.

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The breakfast served was quite simple and not too much varieties unlike some hotels that serve like a feast. But it has the common ones like egg, toast, sausage/bacon, baked beans, hash brown, cereal, yogurt, nasi lemak, juice, milk and coffee.

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I like that they served Nasi Lemak Bungkus (nasi lemak wrapped in banana leaf). It was very delicious too.

If you are lazy to drive out for dinner, you can also dine at Charlie’s Bar & Grill. A restaurant serving Western and also Asian food.

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Dataran Lang/Eagle Square, one of Langkawi’s best known manmade attractions, a large sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight. This 12 metre-tall statue is one of the island’s most recognizable monuments.

“The reddish-brown eagle at Dataran Lang was built as an emblem of the island. According to folklore Langkawi’s name came from two Malay words – ‘helang’ (eagle) and ‘kawi’ (reddish brown): hence lang-kawi. “

It is just situated 690m away from the hotel.

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I enjoyed taking photos of this hotel view, be it during the day or during the sunset. Really love this breathtaking panoramic view. I do not have any complains about this hotel. All of us enjoyed our stay here.

Apart from this, Langkawi is a duty free state. You can buy lots of chocolates and liquor at really good price here. But for liquor there’s a restriction of 1 liter per person in case you are bringing it home.

4 Best Duty Free Outlets are:-

  1. The Zon Shopping Paradise (at Pantai Cenang)
  2. Coco Valley Langkawi ((at Pantai Cenang)
  3. Langkawi Saga Shopping Centre (at Kuah)
  4. Teow Soon Huat Duty-Free Shopping (at Kuah)

 

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We enjoyed traveling together now. Just that traveling with a little one, mummy has to be like a hawk, more alert to guard them. Now, Jet kept telling me to go Langkawi. Looks like he really love this place. I also like Langkawi. This is my 4th time in Langkawi. Its not just an island mainly for snorkeling or swimming. But there’s more to explore.

 

Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel
Jalan Dato’ Syed Omar,
07000 Kuah, Langkawi,
Kedah, Malaysia

Tel: +6049664078 

Email: reservations@langkawiyachtclub.com

Website: http://langkawiyachtclubhotel.com/

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Hotel Review : Hotel Excelsior Ipoh

Last year, during the year end school break, I planned a short trip to Ipoh together with my family.

First of all, we needed to book a hotel beforehand. I needed a with good location and look comfortable. But not too expensive, because we won’t be spending too much time in room. Did some homework by comparing rates between a few reliable 3rd party hotel websites and not forgetting to read reviews by travelers from tripadvisor.

photo from Hotel Excelsior

Finally I made a decision too book Hotel Excelsior, Ipoh.

Established in 1983, Hotel Excelsior is Ipoh’s first international hotel that is strategically located in the heart of the city center of Ipoh.

Its an old hotel. But recently Hotel Excelsior has undergone a face-lift with a complete renovation, which gave me confidence. Furthermore this hotel met my criteria.

 

Hotel Excelsior is about 10km from Simpang Pulai toll exit.

If you are driving, free car park (for hotel guest) is also available at this premise, a multi storey car park. Do take note that the ramp might be quite narrow to bigger cars.

The check-in process was quite fast, especially when you’ve already booked your room. Staffs are quite friendly too.

Dulang Coffee House located at Ground Floor, serves international buffet breakfast, lunch and ala-carte dishes for dinner.

I booked the Family Room (Triple), which comes with 1 Queen size bed and 1 Single size bed at a good rate of RM270 per night.

Room size is 36 m² , sufficient space for us and kids to move about and also play.

Air-cond was working well and the free wifi signal was strong too.

Bathroom amenities

Our bathroom completes with shower room and also a bath tub. There are hot and cold water tap.

The kids just love the bath tub very much whenever we are on hotel stay.

Apart from that, the room is also equipped with mini refrigerator, electric kettle, hair dryer, ironing facility and free bottled water.

City view from our room.

Excelsior Palace (5th Floor).

We settled our dinner here on one of the night. It is a Chinese restaurant (Non-Halal). Nice cosy environment for family gathering. Besides that, food here tasted quite good and the prices are not too expensive. Do check out the value price Set Lunch (RM14.90/set), which is available daily.

The above dishes cost RM107.60, before 6% GST charge. No service charge here.

Nearest Shopping mall is Ipoh Parade which is just 500m away.

7eleven convenience store is just 50m away.

Not forgetting also the both famous dim sum restaurants. They are just 160m away from the hotel.

Verdict: In my opinion, this hotel and room is above my expectation. Beds are alright and the location is not noisy.

Hotel Excelsior Sdn Bhd
43, Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil,
30300 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia
Tel : +60 (5) 253 6666
Fax : +60 (5) 253 6912
Email : reservation@hotelexcelsior.com.my
Web : www.hotelexcelsior.com.my

 

 

Hotel on the Park, Genting Highlands

Formerly known as Theme Park Hotel. But after the refurbishment, it is now known as Hotel on the Park.

Hotels at Genting Highlands are selling fast, especially on weekends.

We planned this almost one month ahead. This newly opened hotel started operating on early July 2017.

It was a short family trip to escape from the hot weather. HAHAHA 😀

Hotel on the Park is a boutique hotel perfect for those who like to stay together. For the first time, Resorts World Genting is offering rooms which can accommodate up to six people.

Before checking in to our respective hotel, while on our way up hill..we pay a visit to Genting Highlands Premium Outlets. Quite crowded too. There’s still queue for Coach Outlet. The selections of brands are not bad. From average to above average depending on your budget.

 

I managed to book The Sixers (3 queen-sized beds (including a bunk bed). Accommodates maximum of 6.) at a price of RM440 (exclusive breakfast). You can get it cheaper sometimes. Price may varies weekly too.

Room Layout

The Sixers is suitable for friends or family gathering.

Check-in time: 3.00pm
Check-out time: 12.00 noon

Also available is Quads rooms which have two queen-sized beds and can accommodate up to four people in an approximately 260 sq ft space. Another room option for smaller group of people.

The hotel lobby at 6pm. Hence you see it quite empty.

The check in process was quite fast during my arrival time. However an amount of RM200 is required as deposit. But it is refundable upon checking out.

There were 3 working lifts (1 is blocked by the wall).

Food and drinks Vending Machine at the hotel room corridor. I seriously don’t know why they uses purple lights for the corridor. It looks creepy to walk alone. (think too much)

The lil kepochi is curious about the vending machine. Nicely choosing what he wants.

My room number was #3434 😀

Lift and room is only accessible via room access card.

 

 

It does not disappoint me that the room is exactly the same as shown on the web. Probably because it is still new. It looks neat and clean. Very cute and cheerful room, I thought.

Queen size mattress is laid on the raised wooden platform of tatami style.

There’s also compartment for you to store some small luggage.

A Queen size bunk bed. However a tall person has to be careful with their head, due to the low headroom. 😀

Room facilities:-

In-house Video/In-house Radio/Telephone/IDD Access/Tea & Coffee Making Facilities/Kettle/Open Top Safe-Box/Standing Shower/TV/Mini Fridge/Mineral Water/Free Room Wi-Fi/Bedroom Slippers/Fan/Hair Dryer

The open bathroom has 2 wash basins.

Shower area and toilet are separated. There are no wall hooks inside the shower area. Therefore I find it quite inconvenient. Where to hang my clothes le? Unless I undress myself before entering the shower area.

(No complain about the water pressure and temperature 🙂  )

Bathroom toiletries such as Bath Gel, Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap, Shaver, Cotton buds, Tooth Brush and Shower Cap are provided.

View from our room (Cable Car & First World). Lots of on-going constructions.

Hotel on the Park at night.

Since the hotel does not have a restaurant, we decided to walk to Sky Avenue which took around 10 minutes on foot.

A covered pedestrian corridor linking the hotel to Sky Avenue.

Sky Avenue, claimed as shopping and dining at 6,000 feet with more than 70 retail and dining outlets opened so far.

On top of that, Sky Avenue also boasts a world-class LED display that spreads across an entire atrium within the mall.

The Sky Casino is also adjoined to Sky Avenue. Have any of you tried Burger & Lobsters? I saw the prices ain’t cheap. But the queue is fantastic. Be it late night or early morning, there are people queing for it. I wonder what is the average waiting time or best time to visit.

Stay tune to my next post on my dinner post. 
A place worth checking out.

The hotel rate does not include breakfast. But you can get some quick bites from Eatopia, located at the hotel lobby.

Bring along your Genting member card. Because you could save some ringgits on each item. Do check out the Nasi Lemak Ayam (RM8-member price, RM9-non member), which tasted good I felt. Apart from the Nasi Lemak, Croissant with Tuna was nice too.

This hotel has several photo spots.

One of the favorite spot has to be this mirror effect one. You gotta get a quick shot. There will be people waiting for their turn.

 

Verdict: A fun boutique hotel with reasonable rates. Sleeping quality was alright. But light sleeper may think otherwise , if your room is facing the road. You may hear the sound of racing bikes. The hotel does not have its own parking lot. Therefore the nearest place to park your car is at Resort Hotel’s parking lot (within walking distance).

Hotel on the Park

Address: Genting Highlands, 69000 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia

Book your room HERE

Staycation @d’Sora Boutique Business Hotel, Seremban

If you are looking for a hotel within (35km) from KLIA/KLIA2, (70km) from Kuala Lumpur, (12km) to Seremban town, how about considering d’Sora Boutique Business Hotel owned by the established Matrix Concepts Holdings Berhad  and managed by Matrix Hotels Management Sdn. Bhd.

This brand new modern contemporary hotel opened its door on January 2017.

Derived from the japanese word meaning “sky”, the hotel embraces the Sora philosophy, representing those things desired in our everyday experiences, particularly those things composed of pure energy – power, creativity and spontaneity.

For your convenience, there are ample parking space for guests who drives.

Convenient stores (7-11, 99 Speedmart), Food outlets (Secret Recipe, My Rail Coffee) are just a walking distance.

Nearest petrol station (Petron) is just 0.6km away.

Apart from that, this hotel is stroller & wheelchair friendly too.

Recently, I got an opportunity to experience this new hotel which I could treat it a staycation with my mom & Jet. We were greeted with a wide smile as he opens the huge glass door, welcoming us.

 

The hotel lobby is bright and spacious, while the White Nest Lounge has comfortable seats in case you would prefer to be seated here to enjoy a cuppa coffee.

At the hotel lobby, the scent of lemon grass plus light music which was played at the background, made me feel much relax.

The room check-in process was fast. As usual, the check-in time is at 2pm.

The walkway toward our room was bright, with natural sunlight and ventilation. For safety reason, the room is only accessible via a room access card.

d’Sora Boutique Business Hotel has total of 4 floors with 72 rooms ranging from Deluxe to Superior Deluxe, inclusive of 8 Executive Suites.

Apart from rooms, there are 3 meeting rooms that are available to accommodate up to maximum of 60 persons. These outlets are named after avifauna species i.e: Kingfisher, Hornbill and Sparrow – aligned to the ‘sora’ aspiration and motives.

Superior Deluxe (1 King size bed, with room area of 25.45m²)

Executive Suite (1 King size bed + 1 Single size bed, with room area 36.32m²).

My room, Deluxe Queen (1 Queen size bed, with room area of 21.83m²). Modern and chic design.

Our room is located at 3rd floor. So, the noises are very minimal. Moreover this area is quite peaceful and its not congested.

As we enter the fully air-conditioned room, it is bright and clean. The first thing Jet did was to hoop onto the bed and make himself comfortable. No doubt the bed looked so inviting. White bed linen, fluffy pillows, comfortable mattress, one would not resist lazing and sleeping on it.

There’s a wardrobe with hangers to place your clothes and also spaces to place your bags/luggage.
Fret not about your crumpled shirt or dress, because the room is equipped with steam iron and ironing board that is nicely placed in the wardrobe.

Bathroom; standing shower (with rain shower), towels and toiletries.

– Electric kettle, coffee powder and tea sachets are provided.

– Hair dryer

– Complimentary bottled water

– Safe Box

– Mini Refrigerator

– Free Wifi

As you can see, there’s a long working desk, which would be ideal for business travelers. Also a wall mounted LED TV.

These are the list of TV Channel Programme.

d’Sora got their brand printed on bedroom slipper, pillow case and many more. 🙂

The room is inclusive of breakfast at Feather Lite Cafe.

Feather Lite Cafe also offers all-day a la carte dining. (do check out their monthly promotions)

Feather Lite Cafe is divided into air-conditioned dining area and al-fresco dining area.

Simple breakfast is served here. Other than these, we also got our toast bread with butter & jam, sliced watermelon, coffee, tea and juice.

I got my breakfast fixed. I personally like their fragrant Nasi Lemak with sambal and the coffee is rich and nice.

This is something that I’m going to highlight. Because I am saving the best for last! 😀

For full review of d’Tempat Country Club, kindly click HERE.

Complimentary from the hotel, as an in house guest, we were given the privilege to enjoy the recreation facilities at d’Tempat Country Club at no additional cost.
Also a benefit of 10% discount on Food at restaurants in d’Tempat Country Club.

d’Tempat Country Club is located within 5 minutes drive from the hotel. However if you decide not to drive, the hotel do provide shuttle service for guests. Jet got so excited during the ride and claimed that he want to go home via van 😀

d’Sora Boutique Business Hotel is not just an ordinary boutique hotel for business travelers. It is also suitable for family with kids. Hence we had a good bonding time together! Furthermore I would like to emphasize that the bed is very comfortable. Ensuring you a good night sleep.

 

Thank you d’sora for the hospitality to make sure we enjoyed our stay.

In conjunction to Merdeka celebration, the hotel is having a promotional room rate starts from an affordable price of RM178nett. For your convenience, you can book your rooms online.

d’Sora Boutique Business Hotel
39, Jalan Metro Sendayan 1/2,
71950 Bandar Sri Sendayan,
Negeri Sembilan DK, Malaysia
T +606-775 8888    F +606-775 6868
E info@dsora.com.my

Website: www.dsora.com.my

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/dsoraboutiquebusinesshotel

Short Getaway to Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson

Would like to apologize for the less frequent updates here.

Today, I’m gonna write about this long overdue post. HAHAHA! 😀

Sorry….my bad…

It was actually about my plan of a short getaway with my family during Chinese New Year. Okay la…I know that CNY has over for like 2 months! =P

Wanting to go for hotel stay but didn’t want to travel far or get caught in the jam during the festive season, I decided to book a stay at Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson. Afterall its a new place to everyone of us.

Nestled along Port Dickson’s pristine Pasir Panjang beach, Lexis Hibiscus consists of 639 pool villas comprising tower rooms and water villas. Each villa is spacious, tastefully decorated with modern conveniences and comes with its own private dip pool and steam room for luxury and privacy. Complementing the rooms are a wide range of beach and water activities, all focused around the tallest sea water fountain in Malaysia at 400 feet.

At the hotel lobby during check in. The lobby was so lively. CNY deco, performances by the ground staffs, balloons giveaway to the children, not forgetting the quite a number of guests. The process of checking in was pretty fast. Probably because they have many working staffs. Moreover I’ve paid for my room during my purchase via Lexis website.

I got the ‘soft opening deal’. I paid RM680 (without breakfast) for a night stay at Sky Pool Villa. Why am I willing to pay so much for a room? Lets continue reading………………………………

This is where Sky Pool Villa located. Not on the sea. “But I thought there’s a pool attached to the room. How lar?”

Let’s see………………………..

Situated onshore, this Sky Pool Villa offers a more spacious area, yet sharing the same modern contemporary style of the other designs. The room’s brighter tone and sleek furnishing truly enriches and dignifies its aesthetic quality and effect. Apart from a wide view of the beautiful waterfront, its functional layout, impeccable finishing and space optimization creates a succinct visual appeal that is contemporary yet timeless.

These are the key points:-

  • 96 sqm
  • located in the tower block
  • every unit has panoramic sea view
  • 2 king beds
  • private dip pool and sauna in the balcony area
  • spacious bathroom

The spacious bedroom can fit 4 adults. (psstt….the day bed also can sleep in)

Spacious walkway for wardrobe & wash basin, separating the bed and TV area.

Spacious bathroom with standing shower & bath tub. The bathroom and toilet are separated.

The nicely arranged basic amenities which look quite attractive.

TV inside the wall.

Oh ya, not forgetting that the Wifi signal was quite strong too.

This was the main attraction. A private pool all to ourselves. I have to admit that the pool at Lexis Hibiscus is much smaller compared to Grand Lexis. But this one has panoramic view lor.

View from our room at 3rd floor. I couldn’t capture the full top view. The arrangements of sea villas are suppose to look like a Hibiscus.

This is how the arrangements look like. A better vision for you.

You can also take a stroll along the beach.

There’s also a sauna room here for your usage.

Children can’t wait to get into the pool. Wanna go for a dip into the pool during this hot weather? YAY! Definitely.

After dinner, before return to our room, we brought the children to the indoor playground which is located next to the Spa centre. There was an admission fee of RM20 (if I’m not mistaken) for 1 hour.

Inclusive of one free coloring activity.

There were also activities like nail painting, DIY greeting cards, etc..with a minimal fee of RM5 onward.

The next morning, we brought the children to the playground and some bubble play. HAHAHAHA! Bubbles are not free of charge. Need to pay money also. Can’t remember the exact price. It was between RM8-10/small bucket.

These Popsicle are sold here. It is so lovely to watch them when they both are in good terms.

A heartwarming gesture, we received these CNY goodies from the hotel.

Here, I attached the room layout for a better understanding.

We didn’t took our dinner here. Instead we went to a Chinese Restaurant named, Weng Yin which is merely 5 minutes drive from this hotel for some Chinese ‘dai chow’. Prices are all stated on the menu. So, no worries.

Overall, we were quite pleased with our stay. The room, the facilities and the services. Although the price was quite steep, but it was a relaxing family trip and how often do you get to spend on family trip. Its about the quality time spent.

LEXIS HIBISCUS

12th Mile, Jalan Pantai, 
Pasir Panjang 71250, 
Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan,
Malaysia.

Tel :   +606 – 660 2626
Fax :   +606 – 660 2628
Email :   reservations@lexishibiscuspd.com
Website    :   www.lexishibiscuspd.com

A unique experience staying at Tubotel Langkawi

Hi…I just came back from my 3D2N trip to Langkawi with my GF. This trip was meant to be a relaxing trip and a short getaway from our busy life. On the first night we stayed at ‘Resort World Hotel’. But on 2nd night, my friend suggested we try Tubotel Langkawi. Well, from the photos…it looks pretty interesting. The concept I meant. Tubotel is located 6km from airport, 1.2km from Pantai Cenang.

“Tubotel is the first budget concept hotel of its kind in Asia, in a panoramic paradise, on a tropical island. A genuinely unique experience of no frills packed with tubotonnes of thrills… everyone should try it, even it is way below your budget!”

We booked a sea-view room at the rate of RM180 which inclusive of breakfast for 2.

 The check-in procedure was quick because we’ve made the payment through Agoda. These colorful tubes are meant to be bedroom. These are the rooms with sea-view
These are the rooms with garden view. I suppose the rates would be cheaper than sea-view.
Given a key to our Room No. 4, we were lead to our room.
Our neighbors. 😀 😀
Our room at night.
My jaw dropped opened seeing the actual room size. HAHAHAHA! I was like…omg..where should I place my luggage? Totally blank. There’s a small empty space or void under the bed where you can place your luggage.
This tiny room is sufficient for 2 adults. And equipped with 2nos. of power socket, 2nos. mineral water, 2nos of towel, an electric fan.
I was aware about the ‘shared bathroom’ basis, which was my turnoff. But at the same time I wished to have an experience putting up at something different, just like the backpackers.
View from my room.
You can also watch the sunset directly from your room.
Not only sea-view but I’m able to sight flying planes across my room too. Because the airport is just a short distance from here.
A beautiful bloomed morning glory greeted us at the garden.
The dining room, where we had our breakfast on the following day.
You can also choose to dine at the Al Fresco area. Unfortunately it was a wet morning that we got no choice but to dine indoor.
Pick your choice of breakfast from the list above.
Each breakfast set is served with home baked bread with butter & jam, a cup of coffee & a glass of orange juice.
I had Ham & Mushroom Frittata (smoked turkey ham & mushroom) while my GF had 2 fried eggs with roasted tomato & chicken sausage. The breakfast was good as its made to order.
The calm sea after the heavy downpour.
Below are some photoshoot of ourselves before leaving this unique place.
Mattresses are usually laid here…so that travelers could laid back and relax while enjoying a good sea view.
wefie in our room
Each room comes with a different wall painting. And we got a sexy bikini lady. LOL! 😀
My Summary
  • Did not experience bad services
  • More suitable for backpackers, light or solo travellers
  • Nice sea-view
  • Although the room is small…but there are space for you to roam around outside.
  • dislike the fact about shared bathroom. haha….
  • Wifi is provided for free at the lobby area.
  • Wasn’t aware about the Jacuzzi.

tubotel-services1Website : www.tubotel.com

My 3D/2N at Ambong Ambong Langkawi

Yes! I was here at Langkawi for the second time. Once a year? 😉

I chose Langkawi as our short getaway destination because I kinda love this island. The beer here is dirt cheap. The people here are nice too. My previous visit to Langkawi was with a group of friends. And we put up at a budget hotel in Kuah town. Since this round was just Alex & myself, I thought we should go for something better and memorable. Why not stay somewhere around Pantai Cenang? Its more happening over there compared to town.

Ambong Ambong opened since December 2011. Its still consider new. And how did I find out about this place since they are so many hotels or resorts in Langkawi? Through Groupon’s deal.

Why am I attracted to this place?

Secluded Tropical Getaway at Boutique Hotel Ambong Ambong Langkawi Rainforest Retreat”.

Its something different from those hotels that I’ve stayed. Hence I would love to experience the touch of nature, the rainforest.

Once we arrived at Langkawi airport, we rented a car(remember to negotiate for the best price)..easily for us to move about in the island. Driving in Langkawi is quite easy. With the guide of maps and the proper road signs. Upon arriving Langkawi early..so we thought we should go for our breakfast first. Breakfast at KFC at Cenang Mall, a new mall in Langkawi.

What is the meaning of Ambong Ambong?

Ambong Ambong is the Malaysian name for Scaevola taccada, a plant that is native to Langkawi.

There are currently two 2-bedroom cottages and six individual studios available for accommodation. Very limited!

We were guided to our room by their attentive staff. Nizam, a friendly guy welcomed us to their holiday villa.

Our Studio room, rebak 2 is located mid-hill and at 2nd floor.

A welcome drink by Ambong Ambong to quench our thirst on that sunny afternoon. Phew…I need to catch my breath after climbing walking up the stairs. Our room check in is done in our respective room. Nizam handed the room key to us, together with a map of Langkawi (which is quite thoughtful)..and some brief information.

I was amazed with their action on decorating our bed!! I told HB not to destroy the lovely swan as he was taking a short afternoon nap. LOL!

Our 46m.sq. Studio room is spacious, clean and comfortable. Lets take a tour to my room.

A small lounge area. I like the tall ceiling windows which allows natural sunlight without switching on the room lights.

I have a small kitchen in my room! Made me feels like I’m at home. This small kitchen equipped with refrigerator, microwave, electric kettle, bread toaster, ceramic plates and bowls, utensils, cups and glasses. Oh ya…and also soap detergent for washing.

The room’s open air balcony with a ceiling fan. A relaxing environment with touch of nature. Birds chirping in the morning and sound of cicadas (an insect) at night. Feels like I’m camping in a forest!

There is  suppose to be a sea view here. But is blocked by the trees. *sigh

Of course we have TV in our room!

The spacious built-in wardrobe.

The bathroom with separated shower area.

I noticed there was no mirror in the room. All I have is this mirror in the bathroom. I have to fix my makeup in front of this mirror under the dim lights. Understand that probably its not suitable to install a mirror in the room…but appreciate if they could maybe install one behind the wardrobe’s door? Because the wardrobe’s light is brighter.

Although we are at a forest like villa…but we are connected to the world. With FREE WIFI! Yes…Wifi is provided for free here. Unlike some hotels with expensive room rates..but wifi is only available at the lobby. HUH! What for?!

On that sunny afternoon, wouldn’t it be great to take a dip in the pool.

Hb testing on the pool’s water. The water was quite cold! Ohh ya…it may look deceiving. I felt the swimming pool is rather small. But I think its sufficient to cater for the low occupancy in Ambong Ambong.

Chillaxing by the pool.

While having a bottle of Hoegaarden for only RM4.20!

Buggy ride is available daily from 9am-9pm. Just give a call to Nizam to check if he’s available to pick you. Sometimes we decided to climb walk back to our room. The steps are quite steep though. Really a good workout!! I told Hb, if I would to stay here for a long period, I’ll be slim and fit! LOL!!

What?! We are gonna have breakfast in our room? Ohh…that’s cool! I love the idea of having breakfast in room too. No rushing and we can slowly take our time. Food will be replenish daily around noon.

Such a healthy breakfast I’m having. Appreciate if they would to add in eggs. Then I can make soft boiled egg with toast bread. Voila!

We had our daily breakfast at the balcony. It was so relaxing. Moreover you can enjoy lotsa free oxygen here. From the trees. HAHAHA!! If you are lucky, you can spot the dusk-leaf monkey. I wasn’t lucky T_T

But I spotted a pair of Oriental Pied Hornbill in front of my room! However it flew off too before I could take a photo. *sigh*

Hb busy with his mobile phone. *tsk tsk*

Ishan Spa is located downhill of Ambong Ambong. Feel free to drop by for a spa experience.

Anna, the person in charge on replying my mails, answered my queries and sort out my room reservation.

I wish I could spend another 1 or 2 nights here. We had a unique experience and  enjoyed our stay at Ambong Ambong.

Tips: Its not difficult to locate Ambong Ambong. Ambong Ambong located on the southern part of Langkawi Island, a 25 minute drive from Langkawi International Airport and half an hour from Kuah, the main town. If you are coming here by taxi, you may need to say out “Unkaizan Japanese Restaurant” in case the taxi driver is not familiar about this place. Unkaizan Japanese Restaurant is just slightly below Ambong Ambong. Pantai Tengah is within walking distance, probably around 10-15 minutes walk. If possible, book your room at the higher floor for a better view. Kindly join their Facebook Page to know about their latest updates.

Ambong Ambong Langkawi Rainforest Retreat

Jalan Pantai Tengah 
Langkawi, Kedah 07000
Company Website

Hotel Review : Hotel Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

Redeemed my winning stay at Hotel Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur through Bangsar Babe Giveaway. I was looking forward to the hotel stay. I like staying in Hotel…I meant who doesn’t like rite?

Located in the middle of KL city, Hotel Grand Millennium earned 5 star rating.

While waiting for my room to be ready…by 3pm..so, I decided to walk across the road and visited Fahrenheit 88 shopping mall. Coincidentally these cute gals were posing in conjunction to the opening of Parkamaya (Asian Fashion Retail Concept Store).

I couldn’t help but to join in the fun. *kawaii des* ^_^

Check into the Deluxe Room and our room was onlooking Fahrenheit 88.

The Deluxe Room (430ft2) is quite spacious for us to move about.

32-inch LCD flat screen TV but not many interesting TV channels pun…

Unfortunately there’s no free wifi in the room *too bad* 😦

Alex checking out the price list of the displayed snacks. Small packet of cashew nut also need RM5! @_@

2 pairs of Bedroom slipper and bathrobe are provided. The bathrobe cannot take home ya… 😀

Safety box is provided in the room. Just in case if you need to lock your important stuffs.

I often get excited to check out hotels bathroom.

Separate shower and long bath.

Complimentary basic bathroom amenities.

The bed is comfy with fluffy pillows! ^_^

We woke up early the following day to enjoy their breakfast at The Mill.

Wide range of food served here. The breakfast was quite good. We were there during school holiday period…the hall became crowded at about 9am.

Wanna have a morning dip? The huge swimming pool is located at the upper floor. Besides that, there’s also a gym room.

Lets chillax…..

This hotel has a good location. Ideal for shopaholics! 😉 Can go for early morning shopping. An early bird gets the worm rite? Fahrenheit 88 is directly opposite the hotel.

While Pavilion KL is just beside the hotel.

Lets go for early morning shop! *provided the shops are already open lar… 🙂

What I like most about this hotel is the great location. Walking distance to Pavilion KL, Starhill, Lot10, Fahrenheit 88, Sungai Wang, Low Yat Plaza(for IT gadgets) & Jalan Alor (for food). However I feel that the rooms looks abit old. May be its time to do some refurbishment. The buffet breakfast spread was good. Log into their website to check out the best rates.

Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

160 Jalan Bukit Bintang

Kuala Lumpur

55100

Malaysia

T.+60 3 2117 4888

F.+60 3 2142 1441

WEBSITE

Hotel Review – Bangkok City Hotel

Ashley and I were having a hard time deciding on the hotel in Bangkok. We planned to choose a budget hotel since we would not be spending much time in the hotel other than sleep and shower. We asked for recommendations from friends. Each person giving different recommendation. The more options we have…the more confused we got. Though its just a budget hotel, there are plenty of choices in Bangkok. My main problem is I couldn’t recognize those road names and I find it difficult to remember.

Few weeks before our departing date, Vivian visited Bangkok. She commented about this new hotel (less than 2 years old) is not bad. In terms of room condition, room rates, and location. Moreover its inclusive of breakfast. Some ding dong of here and there, finally we decided to go for Bangkok City Hotel.

Then Ashley proceed with the online reservation. Standard Room for 2 (inclusive of breakfast) for just 1190 baht.

Front view of the Hotel.

How to get here from Suvarnabhumi Airport?

The Airport Link from Suvarnabhumi Airport (6:00am-12:00pm) : take the City Line (Blue), cost 15 Baht, from the airport, take off at the last station, Phayatai. Then hire a cab to the Bangkok City Hotel, Petchaburi between Soi 10-12, approximately 1.5 kms = 35-70 Baht

Nearby attractions :

3 km from the Grand Palace, 3 km from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, and 2 km from the Golden Mount, 1.0 km from the largest IT shopping mall, the Pantip Plaza, and the Siam Center.

Alternatively CLICK HERE

Corridor along the rooms. Please get a room at a higher floor. Else you might find it alil noisy as the hotel is located along a busy road. Our room was at 9th floor…So, it was alright.

The first thing I usually do when I enter a hotel room, is to check out the bathroom. Haha…I like nice nice bathroom ma… ^^

Bathtub

The sleeping place.

Room Facilities:

Air conditioning, Television, Satellite television, In-house movie (got English and Chinese Channel too) , Free Wifi, Bathtub with Hot & Cold water, Voltage 220v using Japanese or US outlet, Safety Box in room, Hair Dryer and toiletries, Kettle without coffee or tea nor cups.

Just before the door, its a cupboard for you to hang your clothes.

Well, talking about breakfast…it was just average. Everyday also serve the same food. Day 1, food on my plate was like Mt. Everest, Day 2 became Mt. Kinabalu…Day 3 decreasing..till the last day..just like the bukit behind my house. *flat* Anyway…for the price we paid..we can’t complain much about the food.

BTS Ratchathewi Station is just within 10 minutes walk. If you are lazy to walk, you can easily stop a cab in front of the hotel. Else you also can get some help from the bellboy to hire a cab. Their bellboy is quite helpful. Even help us check the taxi whether we left anything behind after we got down from the taxi.

Other than that, there’s a 7-11 2 doors away from the hotel.

Food is not a problem here too…especially at night. There are many restaurant along Petchburi Road serving local Thai food.

The hotel location. Travel time from airport to Bangkok City Hotel is about 30-40 minutes drive on road.

(Note: The hotel do provide taxi service to the airport with the fare of 450 baht.)

I am quite satisfied with this hotel. Will I return in future? YES!

For more info, click on their WEBSITE.

1 Nite Stay At Strawberry Park Resort, Cameron Highlands

Started our journey from Seremban and exit through Simpang Pulai toll then drove approximately another 1 hour only to reach the resort which is located at a 7-acre hill between Tanah Rata and Brinchang, Cameron Highlands. The entire journey was quite long. Moreover due to the heavy rain which slow us down.

Utilizing the coupon I bought earlier, I decided to bring my family there for a short holiday.

Bought 2 coupons at a good price of RM230 each for 2D1N Stay in a Studio Suite + Breakfast at Jim Thompson Terrace. Recently the resort has undergone refurbishment, with the modern concept rooms.  Now it looks so much fresher.

A small waterfall as you entered the resort.

At the Lobby – Minus the late lunch we had…only able to reach the resort at around 5pm to do our check ins. Quite late huh…

Our rooms are located at this block. I like the environment here…the place is rather quite compared to those located along the busy and noisy street. Moreover getting in to Brinchang town is just within 10 minutes drive.

The impression of Studio Suite. Studio Suite measures 8.50 meters x 5.25 meters with  floor areas of  44.6 square meters or 480 square feet with a balcony. I like the spacious and cosy room. Unfortunately when I asked for double bed(1 big bed), the reception told me; “Our Studio Suite are all 2 single beds”….Alrite..fine then…not really convincing. Don’t want to argue more, well I just go with it….

LCD TV with in house movies.

Private balcony with chairs, nice place for Alex and I to have a cuppa while enjoying the cool breeze air.

Complimentary Mineral Water & Coffee and Tea Making Facilities.

The very spacious bathroom. Though the bathroom is huge..but the shower area is rather narrow (behind the wash basin/mirror wall).

complimentary toiletries

Strawberry is widely plant here in Cameron Highlands. And its cheaper too. So, why not have a full cup of strawberries before getting into bed. *Bliss….

Strawberry Park Resort
P.O. Box 81, Lot 195 & 196,
39000 Tanah Rata,
Cameron Highlands,
Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia.

Tel: +605 491 1166
Fax: +605 491 1949

Location
Website