Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bon Ton Resort, Langkawi 浮罗交怡的邦塔恩度假村

After breakfast on the second day, we checked out early and Amir brought us on a tour of Bon Ton Resort which is located not too far from Temple Tree Resort. Bon Ton Resort is built on an old coconut plantation.

That explains the warning signs on the coconut trees. LOL

The resort is surrounded by padi fields and sugar cane fields with a lake in a corner of the estate.

This resort resembles a Malay village because of the traditional houses on stilts.

The interior of the houses are tastefully furnished with all the modern comforts.

There is their signature vintage bath tub .....

Guests can choose to relax or have their breakfast on the balcony which overlooks the swimming pool.

Besides an indoor bar overlooking the beautiful lake, there is an outdoor bar at the swimming pool.

You get a view of the lake while you enjoy your meal at Nam Restaurant ....

or alfresco on the deck overlooking the lake.

The alfresco area when the sun is setting .....

Here are two types of their single room traditional houses.

For the overseas visitors like us, it is an amazing way to experience the richness of Malaysia's cultural heritage.

邦塔恩度假村 (Bon Ton Resort) 就在树下神龛度假村 (Temple Tree Resort) 的旁边。位於浮罗交怡最热闹的珍南海滩, 这两家度假村属于相同的公司 。

我第一眼看到这马来甘榜和传统的房子就深深被吸引。度假村里的传统甘榜房子外表看来很旧, 但内部房间非常干净、舒适, 均备有空调、吊扇、保险箱、热水淋浴、吹风机、电视、冰箱、拖鞋、驱蚊剂、免费矿泉水、咖啡和茶冲泡设施等一切必需品。

房子拥有可俯瞰泳池的独立阳台; 浴室设有泡澡的私人空间; 还可以免费在整个度假村上网(Wifi)。

这里的餐馆提供当地特色美食和西方料理。餐馆前面是湖, 可以一边吃饭一边欣赏美丽的风景。晚上除了度假村住客, 还有好多人来这里享用餐点。

住客可以体验当地文化, 这是一个非常奇妙、特別的经验。

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Temple Tree @ Bon Ton, Langkawi

After checking out from Cinta Sayang Resort, together with another 4 group members, we set off for Kuala Kedah Ferry Terminal to board the 2 pm ferry to Langkawi. One adult ticket costs RM23.

The ferry ride took about 2 and 1/2 hours. We watched a movie onboard to pass our time. A staff from Temple Tree Resort came to fetch us at Jetty Point Langkawi. His name is Amir. He gave us a tour of Langkawi island before sending us to the resort.

We had a brief stop at Tanjung Rhu Beach to take some photos. It was such a lovely beach. Glad that there was no tourist crowds.

When the car turned into a gravel road and stopped in front of a wooden house, I was taken aback when I found out where I was going to spend the night. We were ushered into a room which is the bar and were served their signature welcome drink, the delicious pineapple tea with mint.

Amir allocated the houses for our night's stay. He told us to go wash up and gathered at the reception area by 7.30 pm, so we could go to the night market for dinner.

I was almost fainting from hunger because I didn't dare to eat my lunch. My good friend Criz frightened me with his warning of seasickness and vomiting during the ferry ride. Ish,

I ordered the Indian bread with dips (RM 16) while hubby had a plate of fried rice (RM 36). There is a limited choice of food on the menu and it is expensive.

After our meal, we were led to our "house". My jaws dropped when I was brought to Chinese 1. I couldn't believe my eyes! This magnificent two-storey Chinese house is more than 100 years old. It is built of wood without using any nails. It was relocated from Batu Pahat, Johor. Originally a farmhouse, it has large verandahs on 3 sides.  

Here's a short video of the interior

The creaking wooden doors gave me the creeps. hahaha..... 

Chinese 1 has a master bedroom with a queen-sized bed with mosquito netting, its own bar room, plus a separate bedroom with two single beds. Love the Chinese colours of red and black which contrasts with the simple wooden walls.

I couldn't find the stairs to the upper floor which is Chinese 2. It has a master bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a private Mahjong room and Chinese library which can add in an extra bed.

Walking into the spacious bath room ......

this familiar shower room transport me back to the past...., my childhood days when I was living in a village.


Isn't it awesome!? There were bath salts and a moisturising massage cream too. 

Despite it being 1 am in the wee hours of the morning, we had a good soak in the wooden tub after our night market visit and a heavy supper. LOL

While getting ready for bed, I was worried when I saw the gaping holes in the mosquito netting. I am terrified of getting mosquito bites after contracting dengue fever several years ago. To play safe, I put on a long sleeve tee and long pants, but it became too warm to sleep in them.

The resort has included a local made balm for mosquito bites and there is insect repellent inside the bathroom. There are sarongs (a wrap around cloth) in the closet.

I woke up at 6.15 am,  trying to capture a sunrise shot. I opened the wooden window to a pitch black sky and a white cat perched on the verandah railings.

I shut the window and went back to bed. When I opened the window at 6.48 am, the white cat was still waiting for me on the railing in the dark.

Finally at 7.05 am, I could see a little sunlight. I put on a sarong and grabbing my camera, ran out to catch the early morning sun.

Hubby woke up and joined me, we had fun posing for pictures in our sarong.

The resort had placed our breakfast in the fridge the night before, so I brought it out to have breakfast on the verandah. It was a simple and light meal.

We went for a swim after breakfast, then took a shower and got ready to check out at 10.15 am. Amir was bringing us on a tour of Bon Ton resort.

从吉打港口码头坐船去马来西亚浮罗交怡旅游, 抵达我的旅店, 让我吓了一跳! 怎么会是住甘榜呢 !? 开什么玩笑? 要我喂蚊子吗? 哈哈 。。。

树下神龛度假村(Temple Tree )是一个蛮特别的度假村。我入住的 Chinese House 1, 年龄超过100岁了, 是从柔佛峇株巴辖州迁往这里。屋子装饰非常华丽, 有两间房间, 还拥有自己的酒吧台。哇! 还有一个巨大的木制浴缸, 足够我和老公一起在里面泡澡。

坐在阳台上就可以看到日落。屋子前面是110英尺的游泳池, 打开房门走几步就可以跳下去游泳。哈哈 。。。


房子房间很棒, 我好喜欢, 也很享受这种轻松的旅游。

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cinta Sayang Resort - 3D2N Weekend Getaway

Hubby and I left Singapore on a Friday morning for Penang. We were going to Cinta Sayang Resort, a family friendly golf and country resort in Sungai Petani, Kedah for a short getaway. It was a Play-Stay-Eat-Meet time with more than 20 bloggers from all over Malaysia as well as overseas.

We met up with a few bloggers before setting off for Cinta Sayang Resort which is an hour's drive from Penang International Airport. I was excited when our van drove across Penang Bridge, the fifth-longest bridge in Southeast Asia.

Having visited Penang for so many times, it was my first time using Penang Bridge to get to the mainland.

We were the few to arrive early in Cinta Sayang Resort. After a welcome drink and muffins, we were ushered to our rooms. Ours was a lovely chalet at the north wing. After a quick freshen up, we went out to explore the resort grounds and posed for some pictures.

This family friendly golf and country resort occupies 200-acre of land with an 18-hole golf course; a water theme park with thrilling water slides and horse riding etc. For hotel guests,  golf lessons for beginners can be arranged.

We dropped in to the convenience shop for some ice cream as it was a very hot day. hehe .... We lingered to chat with the friendly lady behind the counter. As we were leaving the shop, she called out,"Please drop by even if you are not buying anything!" We are that likeable. LOL

We had a peek at the outdoor swimming pool and gym before retiring to the cool comfort of our air-conditioned room for a nap. Woke up at 6 pm to shower and change for dinner.

Dinner was at the resort's coffee house, PS Cafe. We were offered choices of 4 ala carte dishes.

Hubby's 4 ala carte dishes :

Seafood Soup, 
Crispy Prawn Salad, 
Main Dish : Pan Fried Salmon 
Dessert : Tiramisu

My 4 ala carte dishes for dinner :
Oxtail Soup, 
Smoked salmon and Feta salad, 
Main Dish: Grilled Beef Tenderloin 
Dessert: Chocolate Brownie

We were stunned by the generous portions of the dishes. What was served to us are the regular portions on their menu. For that price listed in their menu, it is certainly good value for money. We were so stuffed after the main dish that we had to request for our slices of cakes to takeaway.   

The flavourful oxtail soup and creamy seafood soup are popular with their regular diners. I could still remember the rich taste of the oxtail soup as I typed. After my huge plate of salad, I felt like I couldn't eat another mouthful of food, but the grilled beef tenderloin was irresistible after I took a nibble.    

Glad that the crew packed our desserts for takeaway. In the room, we made coffee and had cakes for a late night snack before going to bed.  

Woke up energised the next morning and decided to go for an early buffet breakfast at PS Cafe.

We got to know more Malaysian bloggers over breakfast as we mingled around. After a satisfying breakfast, we proceeded to the driving range for our one-hour golf lesson, followed by a tour of the beautiful golf course.

Some parts of the golf course are so scenic and breathtaking. Hubby was already planning a golf trip as it looked so inviting.

The Sultan of Kedah and members of his Royal Family are avid golfers at Cinta Sayang Resort. Former Malaysian PM Dr Mahathir once hosted Singapore's former PM Goh Chok Tong for a game of golf here.

Our set lunch on the second day : 

Starter: Tomato and Basil soup, Coconut and Pumpkin Soup 
Main Dish: Grilled Lamb Loin,  Grilled Salmon

The tangy tomato and basil soup was so appetizing that I didn't leave anything for hubby to taste. haha .... Instead I tasted his coconut and pumpkin soup, love this combination. Think I am going to try cooking this at home.

My grilled lamb loin was too tough for my ageing teeth. Reminder to myself, cut down on red meat. LOL I was eyeing hubby's grilled salmon, but he wolfed it down before I could take a nibble. It must be delicious as he seldom eats fish.    

After lunch we went back to change into our swimming attire and took a short ride on the resort's shuttle bus to its on-site Carnival Water Park.

The sun was scorching hot. Not wanting to get a tan, we stayed in the shade and watched the younger group members have fun.

The water slide and tube slide look thrilling. Being the oldest couple in our group, we have our worries .... our heart could stop to function due to the thrill and excitement.

In our younger days, we would not bat an eye to such challenging rides. LOL

I spotted a horse at a corner of the theme park. The staff beckoned to us, so we get to enjoy a horse ride around the compound.

The resort prepared refreshments for us. Sipping a chilled glass of juice while chit chatting with the group members, my eyelids grew heavy. The heat was making me drowsy, so hubby and I returned to our room for a much needed power nap.

For our last night at the resort, we had a steamboat buffet dinner at the open air bar Chips & Bites. It overlooks the awesome golf course.

There was a choice of clear chicken soup or Tomyam soup but our table of 6 requested for both. I enjoyed drinking the clear soup after it has been sweetened by cooking the ingredients in it.

Meanwhile hubby, like a young kid, was overjoyed to see a DIY ice kacang making machine. haha....

After dinner, there was much fun and laughter when hubby and a couple of bloggers sang and danced to the Live band. We retired to our room before ten o'clock as we have a ferry to catch to another destination the following day.

Our gratitude and thanks to the management and staff of Cinta Sayang Resort who went the extra mile to make our stay a memorable and enjoyable one. Special thanks to our good friend and blogger Criz for organizing the event and inviting us.

带着轻松愉快的渡假心情, 我与马来西亚20多个博客聚集在吉达州双溪大年的金莎渡假村 (Cinta Sayang Resort)。我度过了一个难忘的三天两夜周末度假。

这綜合度假村位于风景如画的双溪大年郊区, 占地200英亩, 拥有18洞高尔夫球场,特色餐馆、会议厅、包厢卡拉OK、骑马、水上游乐园等等。

我的房間是宽敞舒适的庄园式套房, 有独立保管箱、冰箱、煮咖啡机、以及24小时无线电视。

第一天的晚餐和第二天的午餐是美味可口的西餐, 早餐是丰盛的自助餐。

第二天前往渡假村里面的水上游乐园 。我们这一团就数我们夫妇两最年长了。有个坐游泳圈的滑水道还蛮好玩的, 我们就看着年轻人们玩。还好游乐园里有得骑马! 天气很热, 没一会儿就想睡觉, 我们就回房午睡。

我们最后一天的晚餐是马来自助火锅, 汤底有清汤和泰式辣汤。

最后一天一大早就爬起来, 吃过早餐就往下个目的地去。

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