Flight prices are crazy high right now, and we're waiting for the year end to fly off for a great family holiday. So right now we've been doing road trips into Malaysia with the kids.
WE GOT CAUGHT IN THE MASSIVE JAM on the causeway heading up there on Friday afternoon. 5 hours... FIVE HOURS to clear the second link. We started at the causeway in Woodlands, but after 30 mins of traffic hardly moving ( seriously we moved like 5 car lengths in that 30 mins), we detoured to Tuas instead. Still jammed, but at least moving a bit faster than Woodlands.
We had planned to arrive in Desaru at 1.30pm, go to the Ostrich farm and then have lunch before checking in to the hotel at 3plus. In the end, we only reached desaru at almost 5pm. GAHHHHHH. So we checked in straight away, and went to dinner starving. The rest of the trip was great, and we extended on extra night so we would drive home Monday instead of Sunday (no jam). Here are the places we went to and how it went-
We stayed at Westin Hotel. It has a Kids club, which we didn't end up using as we were always out and about. They have a decent sized pool and a baby pool. At the lift lobby there's a foozball table, and in the basement a pool table, ping pong table and other games for families to enjoy.
Apart from the pool, there's a private stretch of beach for hotel guests. Well maintained, has a little cafe and also a booth for booking water sports. But like min age is 8 years old for the water sports so we couldn't do the Jetskis and stuff Myla wanted to try.
Michael was so happy just to play in the sand. And Myla got to swim in the sea which is very very clean and clear.
Beach towels are provided for hotel guests. It wasn't too crowded, even though the hotel was at full capacity that weekned.
A beach front hotel is great because you can just walk back to your room and shower once you're done. Very convenient. It would not be fun dragging sandy and tired kids on shuttle busses to the other hotels in this area.
Our room was just below 500sgd a night... which I feel is pricey for Malaysia la... but most of the nice hotels in this area are about this price.
And you can't put a price on comfort... OMG their beds are heavenly.
The rest of the room facilities are up to expectations. Clean and new and modern. Quite typical of a 5 star hotel... but nothing really like WOWWWW.
Room service is quick enough, 30 mins or so... no complaints. Also, even though their room pricing is ex, like Singapore prices... their food and room service is much cheaper when compared to SG prices. Just something I noticed.
Their buffet breakfast is good. Very wide selection. Especially great if you love fresh juices, they have many types of freshly squeezed juices on free flow.
We were always down for breakfast at 7 plus am. With no queue. But by 8 am... the queue starts building up, so go early! When we left the hotel to head out for our day (this is after returning to our rooms after breakfast to rest), so like 9plus am... the queue for breakfast is insane. Snaking.