Resort Review: DoubleTree Resort By Hilton Penang (Part 1 – Lobby Services, Family Room And Famous Food)

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Penang”? For us, it means good food, so we were very excited for the trip! Oh yes, and of course it also means we’ll be crossing the famous Penang bridge.

The Penang Bridge route is a 13.5-kilometre dual carriageway toll bridge and controlled-access highway in the state of Penang, Malaysia. We were lucky the weather was good for a quick photo from the car!

On our way to the resort, we passed by Tesco Seri Tanjung Pinang. Located just 14 minutes drive from the resort, it is perfectly convenient if you need to buy something from the hypermarket during your holiday!

This was another famous place that we passed by: Jeruk Madu Pak Ali. We can say that this is probably the most famous souvenir from Penang!
The shop’s Tanjung Bungah branch is just 9 minutes drive from the resort. Don’t forget to buy some of these famous pickles before heading home!

We were instantly greeted with these mouth-watering cookies after checking-in at the counter of DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang. This is, of course, on top of the beautiful lobby where you can enjoy the cookie, complete with beverage!

And now it’s time to have a sneak peek around our Family Room! Watch below video, recorded live on Facebook, where we briefly show you around the room.

We were lucky enough to have our dinner at Hameediyah Restaurant that night. A must-eat place when you’re in Penang, Hameediyah Restaurant is located about 30 minutes from DoubleTree Resort By Hilton Penang.

Considering it is the oldest Nasi Kandar in Penang, no wonder this was one of the best Nasi Kandar we’ve tasted so far! Our toddler definitely testifies to that, look at how he was enjoying his food.

And that marks the end of our part 1 review, where we cover the lobby services, family room and famous food. Stay tuned for the Part 2 of our review, where we will cover breakfast and dinner at Makan Kitchen in DoubleTree By Hilton Penang!

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Hotel Review: Swiss-Inn Sungai Petani

JenjalanKami is so excited to have our second trip to Sungai Petani! Read our first experience in Sungai Petani here.

This time around, we’re going to see what’s all the buzz about at Swiss-Inn Sungai Petani. Let’s check it out!

1. Nice view of the pools

Swiss-Inn Sungai Petani is located in Sungai Petani, a town in Kuala Muda District, Kedah. Whilst most of our other hotel reviews have sea views (oh yes, we’re beach lovers), the view from our room is satisfactory.

We had pool views! And it’s nice to see some greeneries around the hotel as well.

Don’t forget to bring your camera to the poolside at night! Who knows you’ll be able to capture some stunning shots. We particularly love this angle!

2. Behold the beauty of the Junior Suite

You may want to remember this room number. This is the Junior Suite that we stayed during the trip… And we love it!

Upon entrance, you will see a mirrored cupboard on your right, and a big cupboard on your left. You definitely can bring another guest in this suite, and still have loads of places to put your things!

Now you see, we haven’t entered the bedroom area yet – but the space was very large! It’s large enough that our toddler decided not to sit down and explore the whole area. There’s a living room with TV at one end, and a study table at the other end. We decided to put an extra bed for Shafa’s mom in the middle between these two areas.

Just beside the living room is the dressing table. Perfect, because Shafa’s mom loves using dressing table to put on makeup. Shafa rarely use it – she doesn’t wear makeup!

The toilet is separate from the shower room – so no need to fight if you need to use the toilet NOW!

And this is the bedroom… The cupboard that you see immediately when you enter the room is connected to the shower room, which you will see again in below pictures. There’s also a low shelf near the window of the bedroom to put your extra things.

And the shower room was great – it has Jacuzzi! Our toddler definitely had loads of fun bathing in there. He didn’t want to come out!

And beside the Jacuzzi is the cupboard, which was connected to the bedroom. The bathrobes are in there, so it’s really handy!

Watch the above video, recorded live on Facebook, to have a better view and feel of the Junior Suite!

3. Breakfast with a view

Who wouldn’t want to have this? Having your breakfast with a great view of the swimming pool. Probably let your kids have their fun at the swimming pool while you’re enjoying your own sweet time with your favourite food. Of course, your parental eyes will always want to look at your kids whereabouts – so this is definitely the place where you want to be if you’re not a water person!

And we definitely love the view of the egg counter… So full of greeneries! Watch the above video uploaded on Instagram to have a look of the live cooking there. The video is pretty shaky, though. Our toddler was not cooperating!

There’s a Roti Jala counter just beside the egg counter. We were quite frustrated that the Roti Jala was finished on our first day of breakfast (which means it must’ve tasted really good), but definitely happy when it’s available on our second day of breakfast! Watch below video for the full look and feel.

4. Tasty lunch and desserts

As family travellers, we know firsthand how unpredictable kids, especially toddlers, can be. They can get tired after pool time, and doze off in your arms just when you’re about to leave for lunch. Like this particular guy!

So it’s pretty convenient to just have lunch at the hotel. And we did just that! It was a great decision – turns out the hotel serves great lunch and desserts! Check out our previous post on food review at Garden Terrace, Swiss-Inn Sungai Petani.

5. Don’t forget to have your dinner at Hotmas restaurant

We know, the picture of the restaurant wasn’t that amazing. But believe us, the food was great!

After having a frustrating dinner during our first night at a restaurant nearby the hotel, we decided to try Hotmas during our second night, thanks to the reviews that Yusof had read online. It’s just a 4-minute walk from the hotel to the restaurant!

It was a great experience. They serve big portions at an affordable price. And the best thing is, the service was quite fast for that amount of crowd. Kudos!

So what’s your view after reading the full stay review at Swiss-Inn Sungai Petani? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

D’Wharf Hotel & Serviced Residence: For Food And Attraction Hoppers

D’Wharf Hotel & Serviced Residence is strategically located in the heart of Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.

The Hotel is accessible via the North-South Expressway and is about an hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. It has 303 fully-furnished rooms including luxury rooms with sea views over the Straits of Malacca. It also has superb meeting rooms, making the hotel a main destination for business with the incredible sea views and town views. D’ Wharf Hotel & Serviced Residence is the perfect choice for both business and leisure, which provides the best service in hospitality.

We got to book a stay with them and we were greeted with a nice queen bed set up. A small living space is located just behind the bed.

There is also a small dining area with just enough space to eat if you will bring some food in your room or if you want to prepare something instant in the mini kitchen. Their mini kitchen has the basic equipment for a coffee and enough to warm some take outs.

There is also a main bedroom with a full window where you can enjoy the view of the beach and PD waterfront (which is basically the best place to be if you are looking for many food options)! The hotel is located just across PD Waterfront.

The main reason we booked a stay here was their Ramadan Buffet. More details on the food and set up in our Ramadan Buffet post.

You can also check the view of the pool from above! It looks so inviting especially that my toddler loves the water.

But one nice thing about this hotel is that you can add an additional bedroom with a king-sized bed with their very strategic architecture. An additional room with bathroom is available via a connecting door! Watch the above video to see it!

There is a common bathroom, though, if you will opt out of an additional room. The bathroom has enough space for a shower and a mirror. Basic toiletries are also provided.

One of the experiences here is to be able to witness a beautiful sunset view with Genting Dream Cruise in the background. You can even have the same background if you take a picture by the pool! Talk about a very awesome view!

There are also convenient vending machines and games for kids at the hotel. Perfect if you are traveling with kids, like us, so they won’t get bored and have additional activities aside from swimming. The vending machine is a favorite for us, especially when we crave for late night easy snacks!

We had dinner (which we already talked about in previous post) and took a beautiful picture in front of the hotel during the night. We can just crossed the street and walk a bit to experienced PD Waterfont’s food truck event, but we opted to drive for the convenience of Shafa’s 69-year-old mom.

Watch below videos, recorded live on Facebook, to have some idea on The Food Truck Carnival!

We had some rain in the morning but that didn’t stop us from exploring more of the hotel. We passed through the beautiful swimming pool (which had a viewing deck nearby) to be able to reach the breakfast place. What a lovely stroll in the morning!

They have varieties of food offered during the breakfast buffet. Watch below live video, recorded on Facebook, to know more about their breakfast buffet!

Because of too much food and dining experiences in the area, it was very refreshing to be able to see their gym and playground located just beside the pool area. It made the guilt from all the eating less! The area is well put up specially for kids’ safety.

Upon checking out, we waited in their nicely decorated area, leaving a smile on our faces even if we were already leaving.

It was a great experience from beginning to end, indeed. Highly recommended!

Leo Palace Hotel (New Wing) – Strategic Location Beside PWTC

We had a three days and two nights stay at the Leo Palace Hotel at Kuala Lumpur before Ramadan.

The room we got was quite neat and had a comfortable space for a family of three with a toddler.

We had a study table where you can do work (which I don’t recommend if you are on vacation – but of course, travel bloggers don’t have much choice), charge mobile phones, and have coffee because an electric kettle and coffee mix is readily within your reach.

We got the Executive Suite which comes with a decent bathroom that has the basic toiletries and a hair dryer.

It was a bit small but the size was fairly comfortable.

From our room, we had a view of Kuala Lumpur city lights, Sunway Putra Mall, KL Tower and The Petronas Twin Towers. We love watching beautiful lights of the city at night, so this is a plus for us!

At the new wing of the Leo Palace Hotel we found a spot where you can chill while waiting for your partner to check in or check out of the hotel. But of course for us, this was the perfect spot for taking pictures!

The Leo Palace Hotel (New Wing) is located just beside the Putra Worldtrade Centre, so they are usually fully booked when there are events or conferences. I would advise you to plan ahead and book early if you want to stay here to avoid inconvenience.

Of course, we wouldn’t miss the chance to make the most of this staycation without trying out their swimming pool. It was perfectly situated on a height in the 9th floor where you get the wide view of the city with the nearby public transport (woo hoo for the kids to see trains!), buildings, and PWTC of course.

Our son loves the water, so this was really fun for him! We were able to capture a moment with the beautiful sky in the late evening at the rooftop of the hotel. We believe we got the perfect picture with all the beauty in it. The beautiful scenery with our beautiful family.

On our last day at the hotel, we had their mini breakfast buffet with a pretty good choices of food for guests of different ages. It was just right to have our bellies full to conclude our stay.

Definitely try this accommodation if you need to be near the area, and especially if you are attending event at PWTC! The price is pretty much reasonable for the convenience, comfort and service they provide.

VHM Experience – Vivatel Kuala Lumpur

Vouk Hotel Management offers a range of hotel brands that offers top quality services. One of the hotels under their management is the Vivatel Kuala Lumpur, and we got a chance to book a stay with them before Ramadan. Here is our experience!

We were greeted with a green lit lobby upon check in. The lobby interiors were beautiful. It really made the hotel memorable and unique.

Oh, we need to mention that there was also a vending machine placed in the hotel. This is perfect for the late night-snackers like me! You can grab a snack fast without leaving the hotel premises. But if you are looking for something heavier, there is a mamak restaurant just across the road.

When we got to our executive suite room number 1017, it was a sweet surprise.

Our room had a mini living room where you can entertain guests or just sit and read or watch the television while you relax. It is not that big but quite spacious for three people and a toddler to spend some time.

Our bedroom, on the other hand, was very spacious. A large bed with a very inviting interior will really provide a good rest if you are looking for one.

There was also a study table where you can do some work.

We like that the closet was all mirrors. It made the space look a lot bigger than it was.

Inside the closet were the usual complimentary hotel room items like bathrobe, ironing board and an iron. We especially love the laundry bag!

The washroom was also surrounded with glass doors. I like that it looked neat and clean with the whole bathroom layout. They have a tub that had glass doors leading to the shower and wash area as well.

Our room was basically surrounded with glass, too, so you can see a whole view of the city.

Our suite also had a mini kitchen which lets us dine inside or have coffee any time of the day if we want to stay in for a little bit.

Since we checked in during the night, it was a pleasant surprise the next morning! The full windows provided a good morning view that even my toddler couldn’t resist. We were even surprised that he was not afraid of heights!

We opted to add an extra bed, which was placed in the living room, yet we still got plenty of room to move. And of course, it was now time to check out their café for a good breakfast.

Hotels under Vouk Hotel Management are not only known for good service but also for good food.

Vivatel has Retro Café which has colorful seats waiting near the reception area and a great window view.

Inside the café there were white tables and a very good interior decorations which were somewhat geometrical in pattern but looked really modern.

The breakfast buffet offered variety of beverages, fruits, cereals and pastries which you can warm depending on your preferences. They had a wide range of offerings for a full breakfast meals as well.

They also had a gym where Shafa’s mom decided to have a brief workout.

The glass around the room allows you to see some greeneries outside and the pool beside it makes going to the gym awesome.

The swimming pool had a chilling place where you can sit if you don’t want to get in the water but you need to watch the kids.

The pool was located at the 5th floor and had a partition for kids and adults. And yes, the kid’s swimming pool was safe for even our toddler’s height!

If you are not a fan of working out, you can still have your exercise while taking a stroll at the Viva Mall just beside the hotel. It was connected at the ground floor of the hotel, so you can easily access the mall if you need to go buy something or have more choices for food.

Overall, our short stay in Vivatel was wonderful. The decorations made you feel closer to nature and it was very refreshing to see a lot of greens in the surroundings. They also had a very modern interior concept. Definitely checking out more hotel under Vouk Hotel Management!

Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur – An Elegant Stay With Great Food

Offering a range of elegant hotel rooms and serviced apartments, we picked the Oakwood Hotel & Residences, Kuala Lumpur to be our home for a 2-nights stay. This hotel is perfectly located in te Kuala Lumpur city while not far from the Petronas Twin Towers, so it is just right if you want to walk around the area and visit tourist spots.

They offered variety of rooms that would fit every guest needs from a Deluxe Room to a 2-Bedroom Apartment. When we walked into our room, we were pleasantly surprised to see the very smart division between the bedroom and the living room with mini kitchen.

It was quite spacious that our son was able to run around in circles without bumping to the furniture. Watch the above live video, recorded on Facebook, to see how the room looks like, and the cheekiness of our toddler!

The kitchen had cutlery, plates, bowls, a microwave oven and a rice cooker if you want to eat inside the room. The counter top also had enough space and was arranged neatly with the basic hotel complimentary coffee, tea and water. There was also a mini fridge in one of the cabinets that will be very useful to breastfeeding mothers for proper milk storage.

The bed area also had enough space to fit our things in. The closet had the usual safe, iron and ironing board. There was also a study table in one corner if you need to have a quick look at work or businesses you need to attend to.

The bathroom was really nice. It had a very relaxing shower and a clean space – you’d be comfortable to spend your morning and night grooming sessions. But what really made us smile was that the room had 2 flat screen TVs, which means that we don’t need to give way to children’s shows because we can just watch in the living room while our toddler watches his favorite shows from the bed (and vice versa) !

As to the facilities of the hotel, the pool and the gym were located just beside each other. Watch below live video, recorded on Facebook, for a tour around the swimming pool and gym.

Our son was enjoying the pool with his dad while his mom tried to burn some calories on the treadmill while watching them. This is awesome for moms who want to have a personal time at the gym but need to keep an eye on their kids enjoying the pool!

On the same day, we wanted to visit Suria KLCC, which was very near to the hotel.

If you will be staying at Oakwood Hotel & Residences, this will be your go-to place for shopping, dining and attractions in KL. From here you can easily access the following spots to visit:
• Petronas Twin Towers
• Esplanade (Lake Symphony)
• KLCC Park
• Petrosains Discovery Centre
• Petronas Art Gallery
• Aquaria KLCC
• Kuala Lumpur Convention Center
• Dewan Filharmonik Petronas
With this list just in the area, you will definitely have a down time. If these are not your thing, you can always explore restaurants or go shopping because they always offer good deals.

The next morning we enjoyed the breakfast buffet! There was a wide variety of food that will accommodate not just the adults but the kids’ hunger as well. Watch below live video, recorded on Facebook, for a tour around the breakfast buffet.

We bid goodbye to the hotel and we got a token of thank you for the stay.

We didn’t know that we’ll find our favorite mug in here! Thank you Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur for the stay and thoughtful gift!

Updated: We just found another blog that gives a detailed explanation of the hotel as well. Check it out here: https://www.kuaby.com/oakwood-hotel-residence-kuala-lumpur/

EDC Hotel Kuala Lumpur – Reminiscing Nostalgic Memories

Our review for today is about the EDC Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. This is a 3-star hotel located along Jalan Raja Laut that offers a wide range of services and amenities. They have 242 rooms including 6 suites, 7 function halls and a ballroom that could fit up to 500 people. Huge right? Let’s get into details from our experience.We got a Deluxe Triple room and it did not disappoint! It had a theme that showcased history shown in pictures hanged on the wall. This was sweet for our 2 nights stay.Even the walls on the hotel were filled with photos from the past. It was nice to bring your parents or elders here because they will get to remember memories from some of the photos for sure. Shafa’s mom had fun reminiscing while looking at the photos.There was also a walkway connecting Block A and Block B with blue lighting which makes the place very unique and interesting. Our son loved this color and he was really amazed walking in here.First off, we went to Sudirman Café located in EDC Hotel itself. Watch below live video, recorded on Facebook, to see how the cafe looks like, and some explanations on the set menu.We ordered Set C from their Express Set Menu which had Stir Fried Cashewnut Chicken, Vegetable Soup With Japanese Tofu, Mixed Vegetables and White Rice all for only RM 15.00.The café interior was nice with classic songs from the legendary Sudirman and the menu prices were reasonable. My mom even commented the chicken was very good (watch below video) !We all know how moms can be very honest with food, so the food was really good.We also had our breakfast at the Café and our son enjoyed his breakfast.After that we went for some stroll. We were able to have a day trip at the KL Tower!But since Shafa’s 69-year old mom was joining and this will require a lot of walking, we just decided to not go up. Instead, we walked around the area to check out other spots.We were able to walk by a Jelutong tree which was located within the vicinity of KL Tower.It was very nice to know that this more-than-100-years-old tree was preserved and our kids will still get to see this.There was also the Blue Coral Aquarium within the KL Tower compound.There were so many aquariums inside with different sorts of fish that our toddler can’t stop yelling “FISH!” whenever he sees one. He had so much fun!We had to head back to the hotel already for dinner and we ordered the same Express Set Menu but different set. There was another big group of people who were having a family day. Watch below live video recorded on Facebook to see what we ordered and how the event looks like!Then here we were on our last breakfast buffet here!They have a wide range of breakfast food from full meals, soup to even cereals. Surely even kids will love this. Watch below live video recorded on Facebook to have a feel & look of the food!

We got our tummies full and geared up as we go on a final stroll out.The last place we visited from the hotel is the famous Plaza GM.It was just walking distance and this was a good way to cap off this mini getaway.We surely recommend this hotel for families. You will have a great area to walk around and be back at the hotel for a good food and a comfortable room to rest in.

Klana Beach Resort – For Romantic Stay And Astronomy Lovers

We stayed at the Klana Beach Resort for the weekend and the experience was awesome! This is personally one of our favorite resorts.

As we entered our room, we were already greeted by romantic decorations just perfect for a couple’s getaway.

But of course our son was with us so this was now an awesome family room!

The view from our room was wonderful. You get to see the relaxing waters and the observatory which we also visited. I’ll tell more about that later. Watch the above live video recorded on Facebook to have a feel of how the room looks like, and the view from our room!

Speaking of dining, located not far from the resort was PD Famous Cendol Coconut Shake Power RM2!

This is the perfect place to go to if you are looking for some icy desserts that would really be nice in a hot summer weather.

You can marvel at the beautiful sunset view if you happen to chill out near the pool and the observation tower. This is the perfect spot to just sit and have some quiet time while enjoying the treats of nature.

I should mention that Klana Beach Resort is an astronomy themed resort. This is very interesting not just to the adults inclined to stars but also to little kids (like my son) who is very intrigued in astronomy. The star studded ceiling with a real telescope nearby really puts you in a mood for some stargazing. This decoration will greet you as soon as you enter the lobby of the resort. What a pleasant surprise right?

The resort arranged a candle light dinner for us and the ambiance was just romantic.

We got a rose as a welcome and rose petals everywhere on the path to our table.

Nothing better than a romantic dinner with the two gentlemen in my life.

We had Seafood Salad for appetizer and that’s just the start!

We also had Mushroom Soup for our second appetizer 😂

The main course was very good that we filled our tummies well. We had Grilled Lamb Rack & Tenderloin Steak.

Watch the below live video recorded on Facebook for a feel of the romantic ambience!

During our visit at the resort, we went up to the observation tower to see what’s inside (since we’ve never been to one!).

We managed to get a glimpse of Mars through the telescope.

Our toddler was able to be an astronaut… Well at least for a photo ha-ha!

The next day, we walked along the pools of the resort.

There was a crowd because of the weekend but the pools are divided to open to all, women only and kids.

Our son enjoyed the kid’s pool along with other kids.

Just beside the kid’s pool is the women’s only pool with a wall that would preserve the privacy of the women’s pool. All of the pools were overlooking the beach which really emphasizes the vacation feels. Watch the below live video recorded on Facebook to get a feel of the pool environment.

At dinner time, we had a chance to have our dinner during Pasma Night, which is a charity dinner that collects donations for the needy.

You get to eat and proceeds from the dinner bill will be very beneficial for the less fortunate.

The setup of the dinner area are by booths where you can pick your food and beverage.

There is a board named “Food for Needy” where the vouchers go as a mark of the guests donations. Watch the below live video to have a good idea of the Pasma Night. We even managed to get some staffs to talk in the video!

On our final day at the resort, we had our breakfast again with a view of the beach. Alternatively, you can have your breakfast inside if the outdoors is too warm for you. They serve a lot of traditional foods for breakfast at the buffet. We were too full after eating which means the food here was really good. Watch below live video to see the view, as well as what they have for breakfast buffet!

We would highly recommend this place if you are looking for a quick getaway. It was very convenient and the rooms are wonderful. It was really worth the time!

Glory Beach Resort – For Sunset And Turtle Lovers!

Our last mini-vacation was well spent at the Glory Beach Resort. This may not be a new place for you since they are known for participating in some festivals and events that support animal and nature. But in this blog post, I would like to highlight their accommodation and the amazing experience our family had.

Our apartment had a very spacious living room. Our toddler really loved the space that he kept running around! There was just enough space to set up the dining area and living room.

Then our master bedroom has a comfy interior and has its own bathroom and an awesome view of the waters. The bathroom was somewhat small but it was nice and neat.

There was also a second and third bedroom, just perfect for extra family members or friends if you want to travel in groups. There’s a common bathroom too!

The apartment’s kitchen was also a little small but it was equipped with a fridge and most of the basic things you’ll need in a kitchen.

Well enough of the apartment, let’s get to the more vacation-y details of this stay! Just looking from the balcony of our apartment, you get to see the huge swimming pools, the beach, and the Grand Lexis Resort.

Our toddler enjoyed watching the sunset from the balcony. It was very beautiful and very calming but it also meant that it’s now time for dinner.

For dinner we ordered the Family Set at Coffee House. We would like to share some photos of our meal but we will talk more about this awesome dinner on another blog post.

When we got back to our apartment, the balcony view was very serene and romantic. There were also fireworks because it was the eve of Lunar New Year.

During the day, the view from our balcony was just way more awesome than the sunset. It was so gorgeous that our toddler got too excited and wanted to go out immediately! So we went out for a stroll at the beach.

Our toddler was too excited and brave that he didn’t even want us to hold him. He really just wanted to enjoy this at his own pace!

After having lunch, we decided to watch a movie at their auditorium. Our toddler was already tired from all the walking so he just slept. That was a good thing though because the movie was scary ha-ha! But it was a good movie.

Then we continued this tour to the Mini Petting Zoo. And yes it was inside the resort! Our child got to see birds. Too bad the rabbits were taking some rest so we didn’t get to play with them. There was also some educational story about The Rabbit & The Tortoise which was nice to remind the kids of this moral story. There were also some tortoise in the Mini Petting Zoo.

We were walking back just in time for that perfect family picture with the sunset!

We had barbeque for dinner on our second night and don’t worry, We’ll give you more details on this on another blog post.

Fortunately, we were brought on tour by the GM to the Wave Café. Usually when they have huge crowds, he would invite some guests here for breakfast. This was also the place where they held private events. Just beside the entrance was a chill out place if you want to spend some time just sitting or resting for a bit.

The layout of the place was just long with an overlooking view of the beach that it really gave the feeling that you were dining right alongside the shore. There was even a birthday decoration ready for a celebration!

And of course it was awesome that they had a playground! Mommies like me would get the joy in this because that means that parents can celebrate with ease. We love the unique seats and the photo booth!

Continuing this experience, of course we need to see some turtles! There was a little education about green turtles and the Hawksbill Turtle. The talk was made interesting because it was given by the very bubbly & friendly staff, Yatie the “Mama Turtle”. This was very nice that they get to educate kids and guests about the importance of keeping our environment clean. And the way they laid out the talk just kept the kids eager to learn more!

After learning about the environment and turtles, it was time for us to check out already. Thank you Glory Beach Resort for arranging the #GloriousStay ! We will definitely recommend this experience to friends.

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.