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!

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.

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!

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.

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!