Pinetree Marina Resort – Amazing Facilities And Location For Families Visiting Nusajaya!

Our family had an awesome mini vacation when we checked-in to the Pinetree Marina Resort located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

It was a much needed break for our family and a good opportunity for us to try out something new. We know this review is a little late since we were there before Lunar New Year but this hotel is awesome that you wouldn’t mind reading this a little late. Ha-ha!

So let’s get started on the interior design of the hotel lobby! Since as we’ve mentioned that we went there before the Lunar New Year, it was very festive. The decorations added color to the modern design of the lobby.

We also noticed their modern security features. They made sure that no outsiders will be able to enter the premises, since you need to use your access card to enter the hotel area and to use the elevator (double security).

There was also a camera at the reception area and their check in procedure was very smooth and fast.

We were given apartment 13-07!

On the way to our apartment, we noticed a posting in the elevator to let the guests know that the recreational facilities are at level 3. Upon seeing this, we got giddy to throw our stuff in our apartment and rush to the 3rd floor already!

Upon opening the door of our apartment, we were amazed with the super nice living room! It was in a size that you won’t worry to feel cramped even with a kid who likes running around.

Aside from its amazing décor, we also had a stunning view from the balcony. We could see Singapore and the JB-Singapore Bridge!

The apartment had a beautiful dining area that would fit 4 people just right for a family meal.

The kitchen design was also very simple yet elegant. We loved the black and white!

We were also provided cups for tea and coffee if we need to warm up a bit. And of course, bottled waters!

The coffee and tea set is perfect if you have to work on something while checked-in because the room has a dedicated study area.

The kitchen was also complete if you want a longer stay. They have utensils provided, a full-sized fridge with freezer (a plus for breastfeeding mommies who store milk), and a cook top.

Our apartment had 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom en-suite and another one common bathroom. They were very consistent with the simple but elegantly modern motif with the rooms. The colours were very much relaxing that it makes you want to jump on the bed and sleep soundly.

The bathrooms were very neat yet gives you enough space to move around.

They also provided us toiletries and towels for us to be able to enjoy the bathtub (Yes there’s a tub!) and shower well.

Inside the master’s bedroom was a large closet with a vault to keep your valuables in it.

There were also bathrobes for use. The size of the closet would fit our things in perfectly, given that we bring a little more than usual travelers do because we have a toddler with us (you know, those extra clothes and extra stuff).

Did we mentioned that they also have a laundry area with detergents provided? This is just perfect if you need to do some quick washes especially for my son’s clothes if ever we will have spill accidents.

Our breakfast was served at Fraser’s Place, located beside the Pinetree Marina Resort. They are two different establishment but under the same owner.

The concept of the breakfast was half buffet, which means general food were served in a buffet manner but you need to order your main dish as complimentary. Of course we ate enough breakfast to fuel us for our activities!

So we finally got to the exciting 3rd floor. We immediately saw the spectacular view from the swimming pool. Talk about ultimate relaxation by the pool!

Of course there were rules and regulations of the pool for the guests’ safety.

The playground was also just beside the swimming pool.

It was awesome that they provided other relaxation material if you don’t want to be in the water. They have chilling seats beside the pool and in the water itself!

They also had an exercise place near the pool. It made us feel like we were just in the park but with a wonderful relaxing view.

There was a sauna/steam room but it was under maintenance during our stay, so we didn’t get to try it.

Their gym was also perfectly located beside the pool, so you can do your workout routine while watching the family have fun outside.

As for the kids, they have a children’s library and playroom equipped with kid safety materials. This is awesome for a bonding time with your kids!

Also, they have an adult’s library just adjacent to the children’s library.

This resort really has everything you will ever need for an ultimate stay! We must say that staying overnight might not be enough if you want to try all of their facilities but this is surely a resort we’d book again in the future.

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We Hotel – Strategic Location At Affordable Price

When it comes to traveling, my family likes to find the best deals that we can while maintaining a nice and comfortable place to stay. For our recent trip to Penang in Malaysia we stayed at a comfortable and conveniently located hotel at an affordable rate, which is WE Hotel. It is an affordable hotel in our price range and was also strategically placed in a convenient location within short distance to great restaurants, activities, and attractions.

Upon entering the hotel, in the lobby, we noticed that there was a great little place that had essential items and snacks and drinks for purchase in case you had forgotten anything or wanted to purchase something for a quick snack.

In the lobby, there was also a nice sitting area with books that you can sit down and read and enjoy yourself while you relax.

We were greeted by the front desk staff in which they were very friendly and accommodating and checking in and out was a breeze.

The room itself was very nice and great for a comfortable stay for our family. We stayed in the family room that sleeps a family of four and it was very nice, clean, and well maintained – fully equipped with two queen size beds and a family bathroom with a toilet and shower.

Room rates were very affordable ranging from around RM100 – RM200 per night dependent on the type of room that you choose and the amount of people staying in your room.

Another great feature to the hotel was the food. They offered a mini buffet that was available during breakfast featuring items like nasi lemak and spaghetti, toast with various spreads.

We grabbed some of the nasi lemak and some malaysian kuih, it was absolutely delicious.

For lunch we visited the We Cafe and they had a few really great options to choose from.

We had the spaghetti bolognese and it again was really delicious.

As we mentioned, the hotel is very conveniently located to a lot of various food and attractions. Some of the most famous restaurants that you can find nearby would be Nasi Kandar Subaidah, Cabai Kering Steamboat & Grill Restaurant and where we had dinner was De Pauh Garden Restaurant, which is a famous restaurant for serving western food in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal there and would highly recommend it.

Other convenient attractions include the Sunway Carnival Mall, Penang Harbour, Penang Times Square, the Wonderfood Museum, and my toddler’s personal favorite, the KL Bird Park! Penang is a great place for families to spend a nice trip together and enjoy each other’s company while relaxing.

If you are planning to visit Penang, but looking for a budget hotel to stay the night, I would highly recommend checking out the WE Hotel and booking your stay there.

The Carnivall Waterpark @ Cinta Sayang Resort – Defining Fun At A Whole New Level

While we were staying at the Cinta Sayang Resort, we had the ultimate plan to make the most of it and have fun of course. That is why we went to the Carnivall Waterpark and decided to see what it has in store for our fun search. And boy… it did not disappoint!

If you are looking for all kinds of water fun, then this is the spot for you! They have 2 water coaster slides that will really get that adrenaline kicking but safe enough that you don’t need to worry. It is really worth a try!

And of course, get your dose of water splashing facilities.

As for the other parts of the waterpark, they have a dining area if you get hungry from all the water adventures.

But before going to the dining place, you better head to the changing rooms which are very spacious to accommodate the bulk of people in the waterpark.

Their restrooms are nice as well.

They also have a Surau which is very considerate for the Muslims to perform prayers.

Their entrance and exit is very enticing and inviting upon first sight. They have souvenirs readily available for both locals and tourists to be able to bring home with the memory of this awesome place.

Of course safety is our first concern in places like this so it is nice to see lifeguards available at each area. You are reassured of the safety and preventive measures they observe in the vicinity so you don’t have to worry anymore and just have fun!

Did we also mentioned that a trip to this place can be as spontaneous as you want to be? Yes! They have swimming suits, casuals, and t-shirts available for sale at the entrance and exit too for as low as RM5. So you don’t have to worry about carrying bulks of clothes or being able to drop by the area but has no clothes for swimming. The Waterpark really made sure that nothing can stop you from playing and jumping in water!