I looked forward to this holiday before I even booked it, due to my good experience with Pangkor Laut Resort, twice actually. YTL has recently increased the price of the resident package, by almost 30%, but I felt that it's justified since it was a steal before this.
The journey - We drove from KL with a 16month old toddler, so it's not the easiest thing to do, but the journey is less painful than anticipated since it only took us 4 hours :-)
The room - We had the downstairs standard room, 1501. It's the furthest from the swimming pool, was a bit dissapointed when we found out that the hotel was not able to get us room nearer to the pool cos that means walking with stroller for a good 10minutes few times a day. But, the room does have unobstructed seaview which most other standard rooms do not have, so overall happy with it
The route to the swimming pool is not entirely stroller/wheelchair friendly, there's quite a bit of stairs
The food - My husband hated the walking menu cos he's a visual person, it was ok for me. But we had steamboat on the second night and it's fantastic. The non-spicy sauce with coriander is very unique and great for people who can't take chilli. But surprisingly, there were no one else having the steamboat other than us. And please arrive at the restaurant early else risk a long wait. The breakfast is dissapointing, my eggs benedicts yolk was broken n cooked; the grilled tomatoes taste more like steamed. The spread is not even as good as a 3 star hotel i subsequently visited in Cherating. Very far when I compared it to Pangkor Laut Resort. Nelayan restaurant food is a bit too salty to my liking, despite me asking for it to be less salty as I intended to share it with my toddler
The beach - The sand is more coarse than anticipated. Due to the fatal case the previous week, we did not swim in the sea despite it's yellow flag and not red
Spa - Can't comment since we didn't try. There were no spa staff coming up to us to tell us a bit about their offerings and there were also no leaflets on their early bird discount unlike CHR & PLR, else I might have fell for it :-P
The pool - is adequate, nice to find cold water when we finished swimming, other than one early evening when the pool towels ran out at the counter, my husband went to Nelayan restaurant to inform the waiter, but towels weren't replenished until after we are done swimming. Needless to say, no water served that day
To be fair, the hotel was fully booked during our stay, and the staffs worked very hard to cater for the crowd, I wished there are more staffs. The restaurant waiters work so hard that their whole shirt was soaked
The children playroom like others commented, is quite bare, especially because I would not let my child play TV console games
What do I like most about the hotel? The guests! They are awesome, everyone seem so friendly! I guess it's a smaller property so we do bump into each other a lot and there were quite a number of families with kids of similar age.
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- Also Known As:
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- Tanjong Jara Dungun
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