Showing posts with label hotel review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hotel review. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Weekend Business Trip at Pullman bangsar KL

This business trip was my first ever attempt to leave both baby Yi and Bing boy under the care of my parents and husband. I decided not to bring them along as I would only be away for one and a half day. The separation anxiety was not really there by the time I drove out of the house because I had already prompted Bing boy a few days beforehand but it certainly took him a while to accept that mommy was not going to put him to sleep on Saturday night. 

With the newly found 'me time', I arrived at Pullman Hotel Bangsar an hour ahead of the scheduled meeting. 

Unfortunately, the rooms were not ready yet so I had to leave my luggage at the concierge. Since I would be pumping, I asked about leaving my ice blocks in the hotel fridge but it was not possible due to worries about cross contamination. I was reassured that the hotel would be able to provide me a bag of ice though upon check out the next day. I was glad that I checked in before the meeting started because there was a long queue because they advised to only check in after the day ended. 

No. 1, Jalan Pantai Jaya, Tower 3, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 (3) 2298 1888 
Fax: +60 (3) 2298 1999 
Email:H7962@Accor.com


The room was too spacious for me alone to be honest! It's what everything a 5 star hotel should be. Comfortable, fluffy pillows and fresh beddings. A working desk. Flat screened TV with satellite TV channels. Tea making station with bar fridge (no freezer compartment). The fridge was bug enough to fit all my expressed breastmilk- about 20 oz worth. A safe. 2 bathrobes with iron in the wardrobe. 

The bathroom was equally fabulous. 

I could finally enjoy the whole big bathtub to myself. But this tub could easily fit 2 people and it took about 15miutes to fill it up. 

The toiletries provided was of good quality. Hair dryer was also available. 

I even managed to squeeze 30minutes time each for a quick swimming before dinner and cycling trip after dinner.

The highlight of the hotel stay was definitely the food!


Dinner was spectacular with seafood theme. It featured Chinese, Malay, northern Indian, Japanese and Western menu. From sashimi (salmon, tuna, octopus), iced seafood (scallops, prawns, crabs and oysters), grilled seafood, seafood hotpot (soup choices- chicken, prawn or tomyum broth). 


The standard rice dishes, brocolli cream soup, pizza, bread, salad bar and soup noodles were also available. 

The dessert section was so colourful with tempting chocolate fountain and a great selection of local kuih muih.

The other side has assorted cakes, very rich brownies (to die for!) and cashew chocolate cones, not to mention their yummy ice-cream and shaved ice stations. 

The breakfast was of equally good standard and variety. My favorite is their croissants and danish with fresh delicious salad bar. Their bread is soft and still warm. 


They also have one of the freshest and cheese selection! Love it to bits. 

I would easily rate my weekend stay a 8/10! Very impressed and exceeded my expectations. Definitely would consider staying at Pullman Bangsar again.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Lang Tengah Family 3D2N Getaway | Summer Bay Resort Review



Island hopping is not the privilege of the young and single. Us, with 2 young boys on the tow, managed to enjoy thoroughly on a 3days and 2 nights trip to Lang Tengah island at Summer Bay Resort just offshore of the Terengganu state of Malaysia. It's the site of shooting for the popular Chinese movie, Love U U (夏日乐悠悠).


 Remember the iconic pink church?


Recently a short movie was also produced locally featuring The resort.
Watch the short clip here.


Summer Bay Resort is a accredited 4 star accommodation which brings together the idea of living luxuriously as well as in a bohemian style. Do you know that many tourists also visit here after medical tourism such as in vitro fertilization which is gaining momentum in Malaysia.


We self drove from Kuantan around 6am and arrived at Merang Jetty just short of 9am. The drive was leisurely with a few pitstops for breakfast and toilet breaks along the highway. The toll road is so much easier to drive to compared to the old windy and narrow state roads. Summer Bay Resort has its own special shaded carpark which is guarded. Transport will then be arranged to Merang Jetty which is 1km away.

The speedboat left around 10.30 am. The weather was great and sunny with a calm water. The boys had fun watching the view and whirring past other islands. Towards the end of the half an hour ride, both were lulled to sleep by the waves. 




A welcome sour lime drink and cold towel washed away the fatigue. Check in was a smooth process for at least 6 rooms concurrently in which the guests arrived in the same boat trip. The staff were lovely and extremely helpful. We paid for an all inclusive package- accommodation, snorkelling and food so that we don't have to worry about spending on the island. The price is very attractive for the quality of service provided.

We settled down in deluxe pool view family room with 1queen bed and 2 single beds- a very thoughtful design for family. Besides the spacious bedroom, there were also two separate showers with toilet. The room was also clean and well maintained.


Other facilities include safe, bar fridge, wardrobe, flat screen TV and plenty of RO water. Water here is treated on-site and freely available. Remember your last vacation spending USD22 for a bottle of mineral water on an exotic island? Here you can unlimited supply free of charge!


Our lovely balcony overlooking the pool with clothes line available both outside the room and on the balcony.


The food here was equally awesome. A great variety with yummylicious way of cooking. It's Chinese buffet style (for lunch and first night dinner) and unlike many other all inclusive tourist package, the ingredients were fresh and delicious. The presentation was attractive. I could smell the cooking even from our room. And we looked forward to meal time- breakfast, lunch, teatime and dinner. There's no need to bring extra food into the island because they can also cater to your special dietary requirements if you inform in advance.


A 3D2N stay will include a wonderful spread of BBQ dinner like this. One can even order extra portion of seafood if desired but there were more than enough to savour. For those who chose the 4D3N package, a steamboat dinner will be arranged.

We rented snorkeling equipment and follow a free daily snorkeling trip around the vicinity. For more exciting options, one can purchase night snorkeling options to sight baby sharks and sting rays, or island hopping to redang and turtle point. Even the romantic option of appreciating the beauty of blue sand in the middle of night ocean. The snorkel guides are so friendly that baby Bing enjoyed his first snorkeling trip.


If going out on the boat is not an option, you can still snorkel around the resort because corals and baby sharks are not far away from the jetty.


There are many other activities to enjoy:
-sunrise walk
-scuba diving and licensing
-sand play
-turtle watching
-blue sand discovery
-karaoke
-pubbing at Sunset Bar
-supper at Mamak stall


The sun rise walk was worth the 15-20 minutes walk. Some parts were steep and required support from ropes and surrounding tree branches. It's not easy but I managed to do it while baby Yi was in the carrier.

Watch my YouTube for our awesome experience at the resort.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?


Besides quality accommodation and food, the service here is really tiptop. The staff went as far as locating baby Bing's lost monster truck in the hotel room after we checked out! We would definitely be back again! A true home away from home which is befitting as Maldives in Malaysia!


Summer Bay Resort Lang Tengah

Monday, February 25, 2019

Le Meridien Hotel KL Central Family Staycation. It's not just for weddings.| Review


Having small children in tow, we have stopped back packing. And have resorted to more comfortable staycation with shopping center nearby. In November 2018, we stayed 1 night at  Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur. Below is our experience with the hotel.

Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
2, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
03-2263 7888
The room itself. Deluxe room with 2 twin beds and city view. We requested for a King sized bed in advance. Unfortunately it wasn't available so we resorted to two King single beds instead. Hubby on one bed, Bing and I in another one because Bing insisted to sleep with me despite me being heavily pregnant in third trimester. Very comfortable and clean as what a 5 star hotel is expected to be.


What we, or rather Bing really enjoyed was the view. We had a huge panel of glass directly overlooking the KL Central station. It's basically a free 24/7 train show for baby Bing! He could watch the trains and buses going in and out all the time.


The bathroom had a modern feel. A square sink with adjoining shower cubicle. The water from the rain shower was of course heated and the water pressure strong enough for a good back massage. 


The pool is always the highlight because baby Bing loves the water. Besides having a picturesque view, the pools are huge. The kiddie pool, Bing can easily wade through the water and it becomes too boring for him. He enjoys playing the big water slide in the adult pool with daddy instead. Diving into the pool is one of his other favorite activity. I remember the pool is also shared by guests who stay at Hilton KL Central.

The mesmerizing sunset view from the pool.

 I didn't have any photos for their buffet breakfast the next morning but I can assure you that it meets all your expectations of dining in a 5 stars setting because I was simply too busy chasing after baby Bing.

Western food choices- assorted bread, omelette, cereal, pastries including my favourite croissant and Danish. Salad and yogurt. Cheese platter.

Asian breakfast- from Malaysian nasi lemak, rendang, noodles station, sushi, pao and dimsum.

Le meridien’s proximity to the Central KL station is definitely a bonus with easy access from the KL international airport using KLIA express. It's also just a train ride away from major KL attractions such as KLCC, KL tower, bukit bintang. The station itself has also been transformed into NuSentral which is a shopping complex that caters to travellers’ needs.

We rate our stay 8/10! With the quality of the stay experience it's worth the price tag.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Travel luxuriously within your budget featuring Wonderfly Asia



I really have my hubby to thank for becoming a wanderlust. Being a very homey person before this, I have no idea how much fun there is to offer in the whole wide world. As young as 3 months old, baby Bing has taken a local flight to Kota Kinabalu. And at 2 years of age, he has been to Singapore, the UK and Vietnam. With the addition of our second boy, we only have more traveling plans! Children learn unbelievably fast with traveling with the reminder of digital photos and videos.

Traveling has really opened our eyes about various culture and practices. It has made us more tolerant and receptive to these differences. We have also learnt to adapt fast in different environment. For example, to navigate through various public transport systems and to communicate effectively with locals. And technology has helped immensely in our travelling plans. If possible, we always try to plan our own itinerary instead of following tour groups. Because planning is part of the fun!


Having Wonderfly Asia on board has made all the planning much easier. It is Malaysia’s Largest Travel Activity Platform across multiple countries. Now there are so many sites available for accommodation booking, it’s time to have a similar site offering tickets at the best available rate for consumers! That’s where Wonderfly came about. As Wonderfly caters more to the needs of South East Asians, it totally fulfills our kiasu-ness in getting the best price offered :p This is sans the hassle of comparing multiple sites.


The types of tickets/services available are
Theme parks- Examples include Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park
Events- Rainforest Lumina (a multimedia night walk in Singapore Zoo)


Festivals- One day Kimono rental in Kyoto
Shows and performances- Jeju horse show (acrobatic Mongolian horse riding performance)
Tours- Tokyo Sky Tree (observation deck)
Zoos/Aquariums- Jurong Bird Park
Tourist/ transportation pass- Singapore EZlink pass (for MRT and buses), Osaka Amazing pass
Pocket wifi and SIM card- Bangkok 4G SIM card (unlimited data for 7 days only at RM28!)


The pricing is competitive and the amount of discount offered varies with the attraction selected. With a few simple mouse clicks, one can skip the long queue to purchase entrance tickets only at a fraction of the price tag. Depending on the attraction, one may either need to only show mobile or printed e-ticket to allow admission.

There are also important information about the attractions such as operating hours, exact address and directions to the attractions using public transport. It also reminds you to bring certain documents for identification purposes.


Of course the destinations are among the most popular ones including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan. I have been to all of the countries listed there with the exception of South Korea. But there’s always chance to revisit when the opportunity arises! Especially when there are good deals like the ones described above.

As if the discounted tickets are not enough, Wonderfly also offers this RM5 credits referral program. Any Wonderfly member can accumulate RM5 credit deposited to their account for each transaction their friends made. The invited friends also get RM5 off their first purchase!


Get your own Wonderfly Asia account today to enjoy the benefits! Register here to get your RM5 off your first purchase.




Monday, June 19, 2017

JW Marriott KL, luxurious weekend staycation- hotel review


We got a free night at Marriott bukit bintang complimentary of our second year of ytl platinum membership. Baby Bing first time staying here and he absolutely loved the place! Staff was baby friendly and approachable.

Our room was on level 11 which overlooked the busy bukit bintang street.


We got free upgrade to their newly renovated executive deluxe room. Bing was so happy exploring the room the moment he stepped in! Plenty of room to burn some toddler energy without my 100% supervision. The TV was at least 50 inches-even bigger than our own!

What else to ask for when you are provided with this fluffy king bed?


We got a square bath tub and a rain shower just next to it. Time for some baby bubble bath :)

Egg shaped sink and a separate makeup area with a magnifying mirror that zooms in my horrifying aging face.


As Marriott is still under renovation, we got to enjoy our gym, swimming pool and kids room at the adjacent Ritz-Carlton hotel. Bing enjoyed himself so much and we would love to return again!

Overall enjoyed the stay very much. The only downside was perhaps of the noise due to the ongoing construction. But we were informed before assigned our room.

We rate it 9/10!

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