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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