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.

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.

Cinta Sayang Resort – The Perfect Family Getaway

Kedah. It was the first time we bring Aydeen here. In fact, it was the first time we went here together! The trip wasn’t complete before taking pictures in front of the paddy fields, of course!

Let the story of kedah be in another post. For today, we are going to focus on review of Cinta Sayang Resort!

Located in Sungai Petani, Cinta Sayang Resort is a perfect place for family getaway. Not convinced? Read on!

1. A great place to start learning to play golf

This was the first time ever we tried playing golf. We were coached by Pro Zamri, who made it all sounded easy! (ignore the sound of kids shoes – that’s our toddler running around 😂).

2. Saturday night – BBQ dinner by the pool!

One of the best BBQ dinner we’ve had so far! Located just beside the pool, the place is suitable for both romantic dinners and events.

As you can see from the above picture, half of the place was reserved by a company for their event. We were informed that if the number of pax is big enough, the resort can reserve the whole place for you!

The food were perfectly prepared then and there. We literally drool seeing this picture, reminded us of how tasty they were!

These were among other food available during the BBQ night. We arrived quite late that night (toddler alert!), but at least you have the idea of how good they tasted – they were almost finished!

P/S: Shafa’s favourite was marshmallows with chocolate fountains 😀

3. Beautiful & instagrammable lobby

Don’t get this point wrong. The whole of the resort was picturesque. And the lobby, specifically, was just perfect for some instagram update once you arrived (yes, our toddler love wefies 😂 )

What’s best, the lobby was spacious and wheelchair & stroller friendly, from lobby to the pool! Great for parents with small kids, as well as elderlies!

Only thing, we did not check whether there was lift to the hall above. Probably to check on it next time.

4. Breakfast like a king

Located just infront of the golf course, the breakfast view from the cafe was spectacular! If it’s too hot, you may have a seat inside, which features unique seats (we particularly love the swings).

These were among those available for breakfast buffet at Cinta Sayang Resort. There were also Dim Sum and Pau!

You may also choose to add cake during any meals. They were lovely! You need to pay extra for these, of course!

5. Serene golf course

The golf course was so big and have loads of scenic places. Look at how excited our toddler was, exploring the place!

For this big & beautiful place, videos are better to give you a whole view! Have a look at below video, which shows the scenery around the golf course, with buggy driven by Yusof! 🙂

Cool, isn’t it? And below is another video on some briefing on the golf course, package, etc.

6. Exciting lunch & dinner set, and the Carnivall Waterpark!

This place is truly complete getaway! The lunch & dinner sets, as well as the Carnivall Waterpark, will be written on separate posts. So keep yourselves posted!

5 Malaysian Travel Bloggers You Need to Follow this School Holiday

What a way to start the school holidays but to discover more places so here we compiled a list of some of Asia’s top up-and-coming, Malaysian travel bloggers; keen observers and documenters of life that let us see the world vicariously through their globetrotting adventures and drive us to count our pennies at home—so that we might fulfil the wanderlust in us!

You’ll pick up great tips on the best places to eat, the country that gives you the best bang for your buck, and the priceless experiences you won’t exchange for anything in the world!

1. RAMBLE AND WANDERER

RaW of Ramble and Wander takes travel blogging to new heights with his award-winning photos and posts, some of which have been gained international recognition on BBC Travel, CNN, and Lonely Planet!

2. MALAYSIA ASIA

David Hogan Jr. is a multiple award-winning travel writer and blogger from several tourism boards in Malaysia. He covers the latest news and events related to tourism and the local scene in Malaysia, such as the upcoming 20th Century Fox World theme park at Genting Highlands.

3. MY TRAVELLICIOUS

Why you should know him: If you’re looking to inject some humour in your reading list, look no further than Fadli of My Travellicious. What differentiates Fadli from the other travel bloggers is that his posts are bilingual (Malay and English) and he writes from a first-person point-of-view using a highly conversational tone and a stream of consciousness style.

4. THE TINY WANDERER

Kher Ying of The Tiny Wanderer keeps a record of her personal travel experiences on The Tiny Wanderer, so you won’t see much in the way of reviews, but instead, you get a first-hand view into certain experiences, such as waitressing in Melbourne, working on a cruise ship and living in Germany.

5. ALEXANDRA LUELLA

Aside from being a foodie lover who documents her gastronomic conquests across the world, she’s also quite the stylite who takes an interest in eclectic wacky clothing lines and attends acclaimed fashion events!

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Le Quadri Hotel

Hello readers!

It has been quite some time since we last post for ourselves.

We have been busy with our stuff lately. Clients to meet, social medias to manage, articles to write, as well as preparing for an upcoming Webinar in November & December with Spendless Academy!

Nevertheless, we still have time to visit our LinkedIn connection, Vincent Leong, for a quick tour around Le Quadri Hotel. Want to know what we think of the hotel? Read on!

1. Strategic location

Well, it is strategic if you are the peaceful type. It is in Kuala Lumpur, but not at the centre, so traffic is not as congested. Plus, there are not too many buildings around. We would say it’s quite convenient for you to hold any event there!

2. Comfortable rooms

The picture above was one of the rooms available for visit when we were there. The room was comfortable, with a lot of facilities available. There was, of course, television, telephone, mini fridge, international plague, kettle, safe deposit, iron, iron board, shower robe, slippers, laundry bags, and the most awesome – weighing machine! We know, holidays can make you gain weight, so to us it is definitely a great idea!

Oh yes, and do expect that it’s a basic toilet with a standing shower. Looks good to us!

3. Awesome Grab & Go

Shafa was meeting Vincent at Aroma’s Coffee. It serves coffee and pastries, and if remembered correctly, Shafa was having a Cappuccino (maybe) which tasted so delicious!

The place was beautiful, and looks very cosy. It’s a great place to just hang out and have some coffee while doing your work or chat with your friends!

4. Western dining with a beautiful view

Aside from Aroma’s Coffee, there is Hatton – the hotel’s Western restaurant. It offers a wide variety of prime beef and fresh seafood. You can actually see two scenaries from here – on one side is very green, just like in the picture above. On the other side, you can see the city. How splendid!

5. Chinese food available

Tired of the same old Western food at hotel restaurants? Worry no more, for Le Quadri has a Chinese restaurant for you to satisfy your taste bud! And don’t worry Muslims, Vincent has assured that they have attended halal food training, so that they will be able to serve only halal food for everyone. How nice is that?

Those are 5 of the many reasons why you should consider Le Quadri hotel in any event that you are having, even how small. Just try it and share your experience in the comments section below!