I have not been to Kuantan/Trengganu/Cherating before and if I had not won the slogan writing contest for a 3D2N stay at Eastern Pavillion Boutique Resort and Spa; I doubt I will ever set foot on East Coast. Anyway, with the East Coast highway (ECH), the drive was very pleasant as there were not many cars and the road across Pahang was pretty straight. All one needs to do is to drive carefully along the curvy and winding Karak Highway before one enters into the ECH. It took about 4 hrs (drove straight to Hotel via highway) to reach as we made several stops. The toilets at the ECH rest areas are definitely much cleaner than PLUS. Eastern Pavillion is located at Sg Mukim karang which is North of Kuantan (40 mins from Kuantan town) and South of Kemaman (30 mins from Kemaman town), Trengganu. Upon arrival, we checked in. A complimentary fruit basket, a plate of Malay Kuih-muih and fried Samosas were delivered to our Kampung Villa which was named JOHOR PAVILLION. The villa consists of a private pool c/w jacuzzi, a master bedroom with a King size four poster bed and an attached bathroom; the hall was nicely decorated with a Balinese style day-bed which can be converted into 2 beds for kids and a bathroom. It is really hard to compare this boutique hotel with other 5 stars international hotels ; Eastern Pavillion is more like experiencing a kampung lifestyle without sacrificing all the modern facilities. The boutique hotel is over priced but I guess they needed the income to maintain the premises, the private jacuzzi pump and the cleanliness of the private pool for every villa (the economic activity around the East Coast is definitely chugging at a slower pace and so are the staffs). As for the mosquitoes problem, you can request for electronic mosquitoes repellent for your room. I only enjoyed sleeping as the bed was pretty good and comfy. The beach was not really nice or clean; would recommend Redang Island if you are a beach person. It would be nice if they include a knife with the fruit basket as we were unable to cut those delicious tropical fruits (the 5 stars hotels in Bangkok will include a knife, plate and napkins with the fruit basket). The hotel management also needs to improve all pathways as most are flooded during the rainy season. Should also put 2 umbrellas in each of the 12 villas, as it is difficult to get out when the rain is pouring. Breakfast is simple; normally nasi lemak, bread, pastries, eggs, roti canai, tea, coffee and greasy oily fried noodles/kuew teow (should cut down on using too much oil). A face lift at the entrance will do the hotel good.
There is a nice chinese restaurant "Restaurant Peninsular" 100m North of Eastern Pavillion. This restaurants serves good stuffed crabs and other dishes. The prices are very reasonable. To buy dried seafood, one can visit the store located 500m South of this hotel. Syarikat perniagaan Chiang Kee. 48 KM 30 Jln Kuantan-Kemaman, Kg Baru, Gebeng, Kuantan tel: 09-5821349. The owner Jimmy Ong is a very friendly and helpful. He is also very eager to explain his products. Many regular travellers buy from him. He has his own special brand of fish/prawn/cuttlefish crackers For Malay Keropok Lekor and other fish crackers, one can drive up North to kemaman; the stores are located at the kuantan/kemaman border (30mins North from Eastern Pav).
Overall the villas at Eastern Pavillion are clean, with powerful air cond units and showers. The hotel can be rated 5 star locally and uncomparable with 5 stars international hotels. The beach needs to be maintained....can't swim and waves are pretty rough. This is a place for us to wind down, sleep and enjoy the slow kampung lifestyle.......not much activities or tourist sites.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by lush greenery and secluded palm-fringed beaches fronting the South China Sea, Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa Cherating has the ideal facilities for family vacations and honeymoons, in addition to corporate meetings and team buildings. Situated 47km from Kuantan, the capital city of Pahang, the beach in Cherating is a haven amongst avid surfers who come from all over the world each year to especially enjoy the ride of the ocean waves. ... more less
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