Saturday, 9 February 2013

Malaysia: My Selangor Story 2013 (08) - A Slice of Paradise

After what seemed to be a very long morning at Batu Caves, we left the Thaipusam crowd and started the long bus journey to Sepang to check into another hotel. This time it’s to the 5-star Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort & Spa! Woo-hoo!

We left Batu Caves at around 11.45 a.m. and after almost 2 hours on the road we stopped at Restoran Jejantas Sg. Buloh for lunch. The group opted to have lunch at Kaya Kopitiam for some variety and a few of us ordered some distinct local delicacies like nasi kerabu (traditional rice meal from the state of Kelantan) and mee kolok (traditional noodle dish from the state of Sarawak).

We left the place at around 2.15 p.m. and after about 1 hour 45 minutes, we finally arrived at the hotel. There was a welcome ceremony in the form of local dance held at the hotel from the moment our bus pulled over to a stop at the front of the hotel. Each of us was welcome with a cold towel and cold signature drink of the hotel. Needless to say it was really refreshing.

We were quickly divided into groups of four and each group was assigned a villa. It’s the same guys again like in the morning – Dicko, Helga and Ridha. And again our luggage was tagged for delivery to our villa while all 20 of us were split again into three groups. This time we were to go on a tour around the resort, checking out the different types of villas, restaurants and other facilities.

Funnily enough, Helga and Ridha were assigned a different "tour" group while Dicko and I ended together in the same group again. Just like in the morning at Batu Caves.

A frond of villas
Our group, Group 2, was led by Nuura, a staff of the resort. We all quickly gathered in the hotel lobby and waited for our buggy which would bring us to the first villa. We went from one type of villa to another, each one appearing to be more and more exclusive (and yes, more and more expensive too) until we covered all of them – Travelers Palm Villa, Premier Travelers Palm Villa, Canary Palm Villa, Ivory Palm Villa and Royale Palm Villa.

Apart from maybe just some minor details, all these villas can easily be the definition of luxury. The most luxurious of them is of course, Royale Palm Villa, a 3-bedroom villa complete with private sunbathing deck on a three-level balcony looking out to the open sea.

Master bedroom at Royale Palm Villa

Sunset at Perahu Restaurant

We also toured the restaurants as well as the resort’s Extreme Park which offers extreme sports activities like go-karting, ATV rides, archery and paint balls. After that it was time for a short rest at our own Canary Palm Villa for the night before dinner at Bila Bila Restaurant by the infinity pool.

Dinner was just so-so. It was probably due to a combination of a tired body and mind though after spending the whole morning in Batu Caves followed by a long bus trip to the resort. 

There was live entertainment by the pool and when the DJ/ emcee made an announcement about My Selangor Story group, my heart skipped a beat. I thought he was going to invite us all on “stage” by the pool to dance along with the dancers. 

A few seconds later though what I half-expected turned out to be true but the guy made a small mistake (?) by making an announcement and inviting all My Selangor Story bloggers… from Indonesia!

So guess what? Devi, Farah, Huda and I happily decided not to follow our Indonesian friends to the stage, ha ha! (Phew!)

Kudos though to all our Indonesian friends for being a real sport, dancing silly dances for a few rounds. It was really entertaining, ha ha! What a shame all of the photos that I took came out rather shaky from laughing too much. 

Seriously though, I wonder if all of them have had a round of practice or two beforehand. Their dance moves looked so natural ;-D

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