Spent two nights at Avillion over the weekend. The resort has a few pro's and con's.
Pro's: Good location, kind of close to other activities and eateries. Has activities to keep young kids entertained - petting zoo daily 10-11am, cooking classes for kids 4pm, a child friendly pool, and a kids only pool with water slide, and it's located on the beach so you could walk and make some discoveries on the beach of washed up things. There's cheap banana boating (20RM/person) along the beach outside the hotel. Staff are friendly, check in/out is easy, you can charge everything to your room and pay in 1 transaction on check out. Food is expensive but tastes good. Grounds and gardens are amazingly maintained and beautiful to look at.
Avi Spa - the spa within the Avillion deserves a tripadvisor page of it's own! It's heaven on earth! From the moment you walk in until the moment you leave you're treated like royalty. It's expensive compared to the local Malaysian massages places, but all the little extras and the skilful masseurs are totally worth it. Upon arrival you're given cold tea and a cool face towel to freshen up. We just had neck/shoulder/back massages but that included a quick foot scrub and soak. The massages themselves were amazing then afterwards you're given fruit and tea and sit outside on the balcony. Any spa treatments also include access to the bar upstairs (also can get access if you've paid for a premium water chalet). We booked our spa treatments for 7.30pm and sat the bar (only serves non alcoholic drinks though) for an hour and watched the sun go down. Amazing! Avi Spa is worth the trip itself! Would totally come back to Avi Spa in a heartbeat!
My biggest gripe is the resort was pimped out to the max the weekend we stayed, and it wasn't even a Malaysian long weekend. One night there was a wedding on the left side of the resort, meaning beach access was limited after a certain time, and the next night there was a wedding on the right hand side of the resort, meaning beach access was blocked late afternoon. This also meant the carpark was full of wedding guests and hotel guests who'd paid top dollar for accommodation couldn't park.
On the Saturday 2 of the cafe's (including the cheapest café on the premises) were closed for private functions. How about using your private function rooms and providing catering Avillion? Then your hotel guests wouldn't be forced to go outside for food.
Breakfast is RM98++ per person, which is crazy expensive. Lucky we had our car with us and ate at PD Eating Point a few km's down the road. We had a big breakfast for RM6.50 each, plus a few RM for tea/coffee.
There's hardly any foreign tourists here, so there's a lot of people with cars. There's parking at the front of the hotel but the overflow parking is across the busy highway (good luck crossing)!
Not all the watersports in the resort are available, despite being advertised in numerous places around the resort. There's watersports on the beach providing there's no wedding and you can access the beach, but they're not regulated by the hotel so be prepared to be told one price before the usage of the equipment and told another (higher) price after usage.
If staying here you must walk along the beach to Sun Sea Water Sports and try the wind surfing. 50RM/hour hire, and 30RM/hour tuition - a complete bargain. It's a small husband and wife run business and they also care for the cats abandoned at the beach.
Another must is to try El Cactus Mexican restaurant down the road. We had entrée, 2 mains, 3 beers, 2 cocktails and it wasn't even RM150! Bargain. Definitely try the nachos!
Another tip: don't waste your time with the water chalets unless you know someone in Management at the hotel and can get you a chalet with a view of the water. Most of the rooms have a view directly into the opposite room, not any water. And at night time mosquitos make their way in through the open shower, and the rain/waves at night can be quite loud. Just pay for a cheaper garden view room and go for a walk up the water chalets just to have a look.
All in all, not a bad resort but waaaaaaay too busy for my liking. The saving grace was the Avi Spa and that we had a car and could drive to other places for entertainment and eating.
I personally wouldn't stay here again, not at the price. We've stayed at Grand Lexus which will be our choice next time in Port Dickson. Saying that, if you have kids this is definitely a child friendly hotel, apart from the million and one steps! There's a lift but it doesn't take you to the lowest floor (the floor which gives access to all the rooms, pools and café). So be prepared to carry your pram up and down a heap of stairs all weekend!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Avillion Port Dickson Hotel Port Dickson
- Avillion Hotel Port Dickson
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