We were at the Awana for two months from April to June 2007 on business. Many hotels would get boring after two months, but there was so much to do here that we never got tired of it.
The hotel is very spacious and airy. The lobby is open to the outside on one side and is 3-4 stories tall. It has many tables and chairs (which is great because the wireless internet is only accessible in the lobby, so there are many places to sit and relax). There is also a great coffee cafe in the lobby with incredible fruit smoothies and some decent food for lunch (sandwiches and salads).
The breakfast buffet was good, but occasionally there were bugs as its an open place. We rarely, if ever, ate at the Chinese Restaurant or the buffet for dinner. The Friday night outdoor buffet was worth it. We preferred the downstairs restaurant if we were eating at the hotel. However, just outside of the hotel there are several small restaurants that are excellent and really cheap. The Chinese Restaurant on the end facing the hotel was our personal favorite. The bar had reasonably priced drinks, and you can't beat the atmosphere - right outside on the 7km private beach. They also had decent singers out there several nights a week.
There are countless things to do here: private beach (very clean), golf, huge pool complete with children's play area and hot tub, tennis, billiards, great exercise room, and an awesome spa (it is so relaxing in there and the staff is great).
During our two months it was never really that crowded there, but during the school breaks in Singapore and Japan the places was crawling with school children, so you may want to check on that if you are looking to relax. I think there really is room here for families to play and couples to unwind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Take your family on an East Coast adventure, and experience Malaysia’s heritage traditions that you would otherwise only seen and heard about. Immerse yourself with your family on a journey filled with exotic cuisines, historical architectures and the beautiful 7.6km stretch of white sand beach while being surrounded by the tranquil ambience away from the usual daily pressure of work. Make your family bonding fun and memorable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Awana Kijal Hotel Kijal
- Awana Hotel Kijal