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Avillion Port Dickson
Ranked #2 of 37 Hotels in Port Dickson
Heiloo, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
207 reviews
59 hotel reviews
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“Magnificent hotel”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

This is a great hotel with an extremely nice outlay as a old fishing village in a beautiful garden close to the beach. We (man 43, wife 39, daughter 3,5) stayed 6 nights in a sea bungalow and the room is good, the (half open air bathroom) is fenomenal. The food in the restaurant(s) is good, for breakfast as well as for dinner. Choice of menu is a bit small and prices, when compared to local eateries, more expensive, but still extremely doable when one looks at European or American level. The staff is very, very helpful and goes out of their way to help you. The set up with the 2 pools for families and one pool for adults only works surpriselingly well: this father also 'escaped' once in a while to the large pool to get some excercise done. There is also a small but sufficient gymnasium and a nice little pet farm foor the little children where every day they can pet the rabbits, turtles, chickens, peacocks etc.
At saturdays there is a night market 500 mtrs down the road (just walk, it is safe!) that is a feast for the eyes, nose an taste buds. A trip to Melaka or (with small kids) to the small jungle forest at Tanjung Tuan (monkeys! to is also recommended.

There is only one slightly negative thing to say: the sea in this region is not good for swimming since it is the Malacca Straits and very busy with boat traffic, which is disappointing since the beaches look very inviting. Stick to the pools and bring, as always in coastal areas in Asia, good insect repellent.

Room Tip: While sleeping in a sea bungalow the view is great and the feeling very relaxed, but the breaking of...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Those compliments are so heart-warming…

Your kind comments are most value and our team would be delighted to know their efforts are appreciated.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2013

This place is nice enough, however, for the price, there are a few things to be recognised. Stayed in a one bedroom water villa priced at approx £240 per night. This is fine, but when the surrounding circumstances are taken into consideration, it is not good value for money. A few hundred metres along the beach is a rave (literally) morning, noon and night. Starts at 07.00 and goes on unto the wee hours. It was like being in the middle of Pacha or Space in Ibiza. No ear plugs to hand in the villa. So the tranquilly of staring at the sea is somewhat over ruled by the trance music blaring out at all hours. On closer inspection the youngsters attending the rave set up tents on the beach alongside their cars (not such an attractive viewing from the £240 balcony!) Then, for a place that advertises "a flie problem" you'd expect some mozzie spray. No such luck. So a quick wander to the hotel shop should solve it. No - "they are out of stock". Surely the one thing that should be high in stock is mozzie spray if they have a known problem. Just get in your car and stock up from the local supermarket! You'd expect a "one bedroom water villa" to offer privacy at this price. Well, there I was a 07.00 on Sunday morning (woken by the rave music) making a cup of coffee to be greeted by my neighbour on his balcony staring at me in my birthday suit. Nice! The neighbours balcony protruded one metre further in to the sea than mine, and there was no partition on the last metre - giving him prime ogling. Even the partition in the balance of the balcony is paper thin with slats. So zero privacy. It's like sharing your outside space with strangers. In the hotel, if you want something, my best advice is to ask a few people. You will get a "no" from one, a "maybe" from another and a "yes" from another. An example. My partner asked for a milkshake. He was told they don't serve milkshakes. I arrived 10 mins later and asked for a milkshake from a different waitress (unaware of his previous request). Low and behold, a milkshake arrives. Cappuccino in the morning. I asked 3 different people before I got the cappuccino. Chopped chillies for the omelette. Omelette man said " no chillies on menu today madam". So I ask a waiter for chopped chillies from the kitchen and they arrive. The ceased salad was interesting. 90% romaine lettuce - yet the romaine lettuce was charged as an "add on". I have no clue what the ceased salad would have consisted of if I had not had the romaine lettuce. In fairness, when I pointed this out, the additional charge was removed. Felt like ordering Lasagne but being charged extra for the pasta! I also expected a pool for £240 a night in a private water villa. Maybe this was unreasonable of me and I did not read the description well enough. I was disappointed. There was no consistency in anything with one exception. The best thing about this place was an older Masseur (gentleman). He had been a masseuse in the army massaging generals for 22 years and boy did this man know about client expectations and customer service. His name was something like "Yayha" - absolutely fantastic. Make sure you ask for him. So, place is nice enough - but wanted to write the above so you arrive with no false expectations and maybe book one of the lower end rooms as close to the "spa side" of the resort (i.e. away from the Ibiza rave) so you do feel like you have value for money - as we certainly feel over charged for the quality of stay we had with peeping toms, rave music and ever hungry mosquitoes!

Room Tip: Be as close to spa as possible as this is the furthest away from the daily beach rave - so should be...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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APDMQuay, General Manager at Avillion Port Dickson, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us…

Your comments have been relayed to our team to ensure more efficiency in the future.

The Management hopes this isolated case will not deter you from visiting us again in the future.

The team looks forward to welcome you again in the future ensuring that this time around, you will experience true Avillion hospitality through and true!
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Kuala Lipis, Malaysia
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147 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2013

To be frank, everything about this hotel was good - we stayed in the water chalet and loved the "kampung" (village) feel of the chalet. The open bathroom concept was fantastic - I could hear the sound of wave crashing everytime I used the toilet. Due to the reviews that I read before staying here, I made sure that the doors and windows were closed most of the time to get rid of the mosquito problem.
For those who love the beach, it was quite a long walk to each end of the water chalets. One thing I liked about this hotel is the pet farm - my children loved to feed the chicken, rabbit and birds which were not afraid of the presence of human. The swimming pool was nice and we had a great time splashing water.
Not much choice for food when staying in this hotel but the good thing is that PD Waterfront is quite hear - you can have Japanese, Thai, western food and have drinks at the bistro.
I gave it 4 stars because of the overall relaxing environment but I reserve my 5-star rating to my all time favourite hotel - Thistle Port Dickson.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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APDMQuay, General Manager at Avillion Port Dickson, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Thank you for the review!

We assure you that your comments will help us to improve in the areas mentioned.

Your continuous support will be appreciated and to receive high compliments for your return visit means a lot to us.

We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Singapore River, Singapore
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Stayed for a night at the water chalet on a getaway trip with my wife and on first impression, really well decorated and had a laid-back feel of a village resort. I was given room 912 which was right at the end and facing the beach. A long walk to the reception area but nonetheless worth it for the privacy and view, although not the best compared to the sea facing villas but still reasonable. Loved the open bathroom concept, large poster bed and elevated balcony over the water with the deck chairs although didn't used it much. Facilities wise, the adult pool and Pet farm are my favourites.

Now for the downside, didn't have a good sleep due to mosquitoes buzzing at my ear the entire night even though we had closed all the windows and doors. Don't know how they got in but it must be a big problem there as we were also bitten at the pool. Adding to that, the air-conditoner gave off loud thumping sounds in the middle of the night that we had to switch it off and turn on the slightly less nosier ceiling fan. I guess these are all signs of age, wondering when was the last time these were replaced?

Distance to PD-waterfront where the food & groceries are was about a good 10 mins drive. I did not try the spa although it was well recommended here in Tripadvisor due to the lack of time and also the prohibitive pricing although we were given a $50 voucher.

Overall I gave it 4 stars due to the entire relaxing environment that I particularly enjoyed although I didn't enjoy my sleep. Also I do wish to add that I probably gave it 4 stars due to the fact there wasn't a crowd due to it being a weekday. I did not experience the lack of parking space that others have mentioned although I can see that there is really limited lots. The pool and pet farm were relatively comfortable also due to the lack of crowds.

Room Tip: Ask for sea-facing units when you book the room.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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APDMQuay, General Manager at Avillion Port Dickson, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Thank you for such a detailed review of our resort…

We have taken note of the comments provided and have channeled them to the necessary teams to assist improving our services to help serve you and our future guests better.

Should you decide to return for another stay, please do let us know and we will be very happy to accommodate and welcome you back on your return stay
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2013

Reached Avillion Port Dickson around 2pm, try my luck to ask for check-in (Garden Chalet) the room was ready. I was surprised. Of course I'm happy (Check in: Friday, Check out: Saturday).

The bell boy walked us to the room with the luggages, my last visit didn't have anyone to help us on the luggages. The bell boy chit chat with us which impressed me a lot.

The room was great, again the four poster bed is without any curtain. Such a waste with the nice bed. Just a little more effort on the maintenance on the shower room will be great.

My wife did complain me why I'm so busy during the stay to enjoy the facilities ie. gym, swimming, crabbing, tai chi (only available on Friday & Saturday).

We had dinner in Crow Nest restaurant, in the website mentioned that no slippers, singlet, & shorts. But some other customers wearing that too, so we feel a bit of embarassed because we dressed up appropriately. Food is average (ranged between $28 - $48) and the Avillion Club membership give a 1KG complimentary when 2 main courses were ordered.

Next day morning, the feeding time for the pet farm is 10am. If you are a pet lover, don't miss it. You can feed rabbits, peacock, birds, chicken, turtles, and etc. There are getting more pets compared to a year before.

Yes, I agree with the signage. For the first timer going to Avillion Port Dickson, the sign is not absolutely visible for a driver. The sign was blocked by some plants, the signage was in green color, and the location is a slope.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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APDMQuay, General Manager at Avillion Port Dickson, responded to this review, 11 November 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review Avillion Port Dickson...

While it is good to read that there were elements of your stay which you enjoyed,
We really must apologise that we did not meet your overall expectation.

We would like to assure that we take your comments seriously and we will use your feedback to improve our service.
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Hanoi, Vietnam
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2013

Very nice location with villas stretching out into the sea. The resort is extensive and seems very family friendly. Its very green with lots of trees and pools.

The rooms are a bit on the expensive side which is why the 3

Room Tip: The water villas are very nice
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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APDMQuay, General Manager at Avillion Port Dickson, responded to this review, 11 November 2013
Thank you for finding the time to provide us with this review...

Should you decide to return for another stay,
please do let us know and we will be very happy to
accommodate and welcome you back for a return stay.
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2013

Overall my family had a fun time at this resort but it felt more like a 3 star hotel aspiring to be 4 stars. To be fair, the staff were mostly courteous and provided good service -- from the efficient desk staff who allowed us to check-in early at 2pm (regular check-in is 3pm) to the restaurant staff who always smiled when serving us. The individual who brought us our room service meal was less friendly though, probably because he had to carry the food a long distance by foot.

Where the Avillion really let's itself down is the maintenance and upkeep of the rooms as well as a few little things. We stayed in a premium water chalet and the location out to sea was very nice. But within the room the furniture is showing it's age, the walls + window blinds are fading and stained and the bathroom in particular is in need of a good clean, maintenance and improvement. The outdoor terrace was uncovered and so there was no shade from the sun and the deck chairs got drenched when it rained the one time. Also, we ordered room service but there was no provision to really eat in the room -- i.e. no tables or extra seating space to dine -- just the two deck chairs in the terrace. The complimentary internet access was very weak and only really usable in one part of the room near the TV. All of these points were important to us as we wanted to stay and chill in the room. On the plus-side, the uncovered bathroom shower is excellent and both the king size and day beds were very comfortable.

The food at the restaurants was pleasant. If you avoid the burger, everything else we tried from the western and asian menus were very good. The in house band were also good entertainment in a cheesy and fun way. The kids enjoyed using the pool and the small beach was not as bad as we expected for Port Dickson -- soft sand, very little litter but obviously the water is not clear and it's not the place to go snorkelling. The rest of the resort and grounds are very well kept and maintained -- it's just a shame our room was not in such good condition.

One tip - we enjoyed crabbing from our terrace during the dusk hours. For a small fee, staff delivered two nets + bait and the kids had good fun. We did catch a couple of crabs (which we returned to the sea). Definitely one of the highlights of the stay.

Room Tip: The premium water chalet gives a true interrupted sea view. All the other sea-view rooms seemed to b...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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APDMQuay, General Manager at Avillion Port Dickson, responded to this review, 11 November 2013
Thank you for finding the time to provide us with this review…

We have taken note of the comments provided and have channeled them to the necessary teams to assist improving our services to help serve you and our future guests better.

Looking forward to welcome you back again!
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Property: Avillion Port Dickson
Address: 3rd Mile, Jalan Pantai, Port Dickson 71000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Negeri Sembilan > Port Dickson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Port Dickson
#2 Luxury Hotel in Port Dickson
#2 Spa Hotel in Port Dickson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Avillion Port Dickson 4*
Number of rooms: 240
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Designed with the architecture of an Old World Malay fishing village in mind, the resort fuses traditional culture with contemporary luxuries, giving guests the opportunity to experience Malaysia's rich heritage while living in comfort. The result is a perfect hideaway where you can escape the hustle and bustle of city life and take a much needed breather. ... more   less 
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