[ MEDIA INVITE ]
Hi dearies! It’s been a while! It’s an honor once again to be invited by Resorts World Genting to check out their latest Hotel On The Park!!!!! A bonus round this time included a visit to Resorts World Langkawi with a relaxing mangrove tour and the most beautiful sunset experience onboard a cruise with Tropical Charters. Wow!
A quick recap of my previous visits featuring the other great attractions of Genting Highlands can be found in the links below.
Genting Highlands 2015 – First World Hotel, Coffee Terrace Restaurant, Chin Swee Caves Temple, Ed Alonzo’s Psycho Circus of Magic & Mayhem, Resort Seafood Steamboat, ITALGELato
Genting Highlands 2016 – First World Hotel, Snow World, Aaron Crow Fearless Award Winning Mystician, Bubbles & Bites, ITALGELato, The Food Factory
Genting Highlands 2016 – First World Hotel, Ice Age Collision Course, The Food Factory, Power Rangers, Awana Rajawali, Hou Mei
Genting Highlands 2016 – Awana Hotel, Fashion Forest, Golf Terrace, Skyride Forest, Rajawali Restaurant, Night Herping, Bird Watching
Genting Highlands 2016 – First World Hotel, Hou Mei, Self Check-In Kiosk, First World Hotel Laundry, English Garden Pitcher Plants, Ultraman Show, Awana Hotel, Rajawali Restaurant, Night Herping, Fashion Forest, Bird Watching
Genting Highlands 2017 – First World Hotel, Awana Skyway Glass Floor Gondola Ride, Burger & Lobster, Cafes Richard, Motorino, The Food Factory
Now, let’s get the ball rolling for the highlights of this 4D3N trip to Resorts World Genting and Resorts World Langkawi. ARE YOU READY?!
We were privileged to enjoy an entire coach by ourselves up to Genting Highlands on a sunny Thursday morning. It was about a 7 hours journey!
As you step into the 8,000 sq ft lobby, you’ll see a pillar of higgledy piggledy stacked ‘giant’ tea cups which reach the ceiling. “All this was designed to make it a fun hotel, a precursor to the excitement which awaits at the Twentieth Century Fox World,” shared Dato Edward Holloway, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations, Resorts World Genting.
Upon our safe arrival, we were greeted with curry puffs and chilled bottled fruit juices at Eatopia at Hotel On The Park. Eatopia is good as a “Grab & Go” F&B outlet as they offer hot and cold beverages, light snacks, bakery items, heat-and-go wraps and pastas, nasi lemak, puffs, croissants, donuts, muffins and even sushi. For healthier choices, there are also options of oats and muesli. Not to worry, snacks such as biscotti, chips, cookies, nuts chocolates and candies are also available for the sweet tooth.
Of course, there are some limited seats available for those who prefer the traditional dining in instead of the “Grab & Go” concept. Otherwise, simply “Grab & Go” your food back into your room to enjoy your breakfast in bed!
F&B: Eatopia (Grab & Go)
Location: Lobby of Hotel On The Park
What to eat: Nasi Lemak
Be sure to check out the fantastical take of imagination and be creative in your poses at this bank of trick mirrors at the lobby of Hotel On The Park! This mirrors Alice’s reaction as she fell into the rabbit role in the classic Lewis Carrol story – Alice In Wonderland. Interestingly, the design team also used a natural light to evoke a continuously shifting spectrum of colour when visitors walk past.
Accommodation: Hotel On The Park (Formerly Theme Park Hotel)
Location: Resorts World Genting
Room Types: Four Honeymoon Suites (Courtship, Proposal, Wedding and Honeymoon), Sixes (with a built-up bunk bed above the platform), Quads, King’s Room (Handicap)
Bed Types: Built in, tatami-style raised platform with two queen sized beds
It was a pleasant surprise when I checked in to my room at Hotel On The Park – the brand new name and image replacing Theme Park Hotel! I loved the artwork and cuteness of this makeover. It’s very family oriented, perfect for families with children as each room can easily house 4 pax. I especially like the hand drawn designs in white paint on blackout roller blinds!
“It’s an old structure, based on a boxy, old school, industrial design. We wanted something exciting, new and different,” said Dato Edward.
Personally, I feel that the wow factor lies in the fact that the bedroom is creatively designed with a fantastical take of imagination. The raised sleeping platforms also serve as storage spaces with luggages and room safes being stored in the compartments in the platforms to save space. Clothes are hung on knobs around which artists have drawn outlines of closets! The television set is hung on brackets with artwork around it seemingly like being enclosed in a TV cabinet. HOW COOL RIGHT?!
“We designed according to the ‘line of sight’ theory. The goal is to have continuous, uninterrupted lines, straight lines to a clean ceiling which gives the impression of space,” explained Dato Edward.
After a short rest, it’s dinner time at La Fiesta, a little piece of Spanish Heaven which serves authentic tapas.
F&B: La Fiesta
Location: Sky Avenue Mall, Genting Highlands
Opening Hours: Opens daily from 11am to 12 midnight (Sat & Sun), 11am to 10pm (PH), 12pm to 10pm (Mon to Thu), 12pm to 12 midnight (Fri & Eve of PH)
Seating Capacity: 85
Restaurant: Open Kitchen Concept
What to eat: Seafood
La Fiesta is a designed in traditional Catalan eatery style, with tiled arches, an earthy palette and muted lighting, giving it a cozy and intimate feel. Good place to chill. La Fiesta also has a wine list headed by some glorious cava (Spanish sparkling wine), which is made in the same way champagne is produced, although with different grapes – Macabeu, Parellada and Xarello (all white). Of course, popular drinks, cocktails, sangrias, punches, craft beers, artisanal tonics and sodas are also available at La Fiesta.
The pride of place (and plate) is reserved for the Spanish Iberico pig, a rare breed found only in Spain with its ancestry back to the cavemen of the Iberian Peninsula. They are prized for their heavily-marbled meat which is made into the renowned Iberico ham (jamon), and the rich, nutty flavour of its pork, which is a result of its acorn-rich diet. Selections from gold standard producer Joselito, whose hams have been used by Spanish culinary geniuses like Ferran Adria, Juan Mari Arzak and Andoni Luis Aduritz, are featured extensively, and make an appearance on the Iberico, chorizo (sausage) and salchichon (summer sausage) platters.
This little piece of Barcelona is set to become one of Malaysia’s more notable Spanish restaurants, with a menu which offers every robust, flavourful and memorable aspect of the country, all found within the rustic haven of La Fiesta.
Familiar tapas – calamares a la Andaluza (deep-fried calamari with garlic mayonnaise dip), albondigas con sepia (pork and beef meatballs with cuttlefish) and patatas bravas (potatoes in spiced tomato sauce) are popular picks at La Fiesta. I pretty much liked the garlic prawns poached in olive oil as the juicy prawns emits an extremely refreshing taste in the mouth. One thing you must try is the black squid ink seafood infused bomba rice which is slow cooked in seafood broth with prawns and cuttlefish, giving it a very strong taste which can be tamed by a fresh squeeze of lemon.
With satisfied stomachs, Day 1 is made complete!
The next morning, we had a short tour at SeniKome Peng Heng. ‘Seni Kome’ represents ‘Our Art’. The word ‘Kome’ is from the local Pahang dialect, which is also used in several other states while ‘Peng Heng’ is the name stated in historical documents of the Ming Dynasty in the 1520s, which refers to the East Coast region of the Malay Peninsula. In short, ‘SeniKome, Peng Heng’ is a vibrant display of the local arts and culture of the East Coast regions, namely Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan. The East Coast community is affluent in courtesy, etiquette, artistry and still holds strong to its customs and traditions. Because of their close relationship with nature, nature is often used as a guiding element in their daily actions. Every activity of theirs is dependent on the passage of the seasons. Rich in culture and heritage, every piece of cultural element showcased at SeniKome Peng Heng will bring a vibrant element of the East Coast culture to life for visitors.
Attraction: SeniKome Peng Heng
(East Coast’s Arts & Cultural Centre)
Location: Level 3, First World Plaza, Resorts World Genting
Ticketing Prices: RM 10 for Non-Malaysian Adults, RM 8 for Non-Malaysian Children
I indulged myself in their culture, arts and craft, and even traditional games!
What to eat: Signature Nasi Kerabu (RM 15.90)
A little surprise is to visit the retail shop which also has a food corner that sells an extremely tasty Signature Nasi Kerabu and Ape pun Ada Ice! The rice is steamed in blue water extracted from ‘bunga telang’ (butterfly pea flower). Served with ‘ulam’ (herbs and vegetable salad), coconut floss, fish floss, salted duck egg, topped with a spoonful of rich ‘sambal tumis’ (turmeric and coconut sambal). A definite must try authentic delicacy of the East Coast Malaysia!
Another good snack is the Keropok Lekor, a fish cracker originated from Terengganu. The word ‘lekor’ means ‘roll’. This crispy snack is served with chilli sauce. Their Kuih Muih (sweet and savoury desserts), burbur cha cha (a dessert soup of yam and sweet potato cubes served in coconut milk), and even the mee siam (stir-fry rice vermicelli with fragrant chilli paste) are enticing!
Food brings people together; friendships are forged and ties are renewed over food at Malaysian Food Street!
Attraction: Malaysian Food Street (Non-Halal)
Location: Sky Avenue Mall
What to eat: Nasi Lemak, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Laksa, Satays, Claypot Rice, Penang Fried Char Kuay Teow, Wanton Mee, Ipoh Hor Fun Soup, Porridge, Banana Leaf Rice, Cendol
The most popular Malaysian dishes that are featured in the Malaysian Food Street is spread over five zones, with 20 stalls, three kiosks and one drinks counter. Out of these, eight stalls, along with the three kiosks and the drinks counter are operated by Resorts World Genting, while others are operated in collaboration with famous local hawker stalls.
Nasi Lemak has a long history. It was first mentioned in 1909 by Sir Richard Olof Winstedt in his book The Circumstances of Malay Life, where he describes the dish as rice soaked in, and then steamed with coconut milk. Chef Zulkifli Wahab of Resorts World Genting, who has been making Nasi Lemak for more than a decade believes there is “no wrong way to enjoy Nasi Lemak especially when it’s served in an inspiring location like Malaysian Food Street.” The chefs add ginger to the coconut for a slightly spicy undertone which cuts through the richness of the coconut milk. Fresh pandanus leaves enhance the fragrance to the rice. Interestingly, there are even firm guidelines at Resorts World Genting that requires chillies to be a uniform size and colour before they are accepted!
Banana Leaf Rice consists of white rice served on a banana leaf with an assortment of vegetables, pickles, Papadum and other regional condiments which are usually sour, salty or spicy. Freshly ground masalas and sundried meats are also used. Interestingly, the banana leaf meal etiquette dictates that, after the meal, the guest must always fold the banana leaf inwards as a sign of gratitude to the host. On the contrary, the leaf is folded outwards as a sign of condolence to the family of the deceased when such meals are served at funeral wakes.
Hainanese Chicken Rice originated from Hainan Island, China’s most southern province. Fresh young chickens are placed into pots of boiling water and left to poach for a stipulated time. The cooked chickens are then cooled in an ice bath, to halt the cooking process. This results in tender, moist meat that is seemingly silken in texture. Rendered fat from the chicken is used to make the rice served with the meat. In order to produce rich, tasty rice, the raw grains are first sauteed with ginger and a special mix of aromatic oils before being cooked to get a fragrant, fluffy rice.
Nothing reflects culture and heritage the way cuisine does. Malaysian Food Street has a comfortable ambience with the 60s playing a big part in the interior design complemented by the patios and sunlight beaming into some parts of the area to give the place a refreshing feel. Dato Edward Holloway, the resort’s Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations, put it this way, ‘With Malaysian Food Street, we celebrate the multi-faceted Malaysian culture. This country is a melting pot for food.’
Feeling all stuffed and bloated with overwhelming food the entire morning, it’s finally time to embark on a breathtaking journey on the glass floor cable car from Sky Avenue station to Chin Swee station to visit the Chin Swee Temple!!!!!!!! “Chin Swee” sounds like “very pretty” in hokkien.
Attraction: Awana SkyWay
Location: Awana Station / Chin Swee Station / Sky Avenue Station
Ticketing Prices: Standard Gondola RM8 for individuals or 5GP per trip for Genting Rewards Card Members / Express Boarding Pass RM40 / Glass Floor Gondola RM50 for individuals or 40GP for Genting Rewards Card Members
Operation Hours: Daily from 7.00am until midnight
The Awana Skyway is located at the new Awana Transportation Hub. The 99 cable cars (10 with glass floors) can carry 3000 passengers every hour on the 620-metre ascent from Awana station the the final stop, Sky Avenue station. With a top speed of six metres per second, the 2.8km journey takes a mere 10 minutes.
Visitors will get a spectacular bird’s eye view of the 130-million-year-old rainforest surrounding Resorts World Genting, and the exciting site of the future Twentieth Century Fox World theme park.
Anyway, it takes just a mere six minutes for the cable cars to travel from the Awana station to the Chin Swee station which is located at an altitude of 1,514 meters. Let’s check out Chin Swee Caves Temple!
Photo Credit: Irene Tan
Chin Swee Caves Temple is a Taoist temple opened in 1994 and situated on a 28-acre plot of rocky forested land donated by Genting Group founder, the late Tan Sri Dato Seri Lim Goh Tong. It is located 4,600 feet above sea level and at the most scenic site of Genting Highlands with a guaranteed sense of serenity.
Attraction: Chin Swee Caves Temple
Location: Chin Swee Station
Entrance Fee: Free
360 Degrees Photo Credit: Wilson Wong
The Gohtong Hall, part of the Chin Swee Caves Temple, consists of 110 rooms – 93 triple rooms and 17 double rooms – for meditation, retreat and self discovery. There are also two meeting rooms and a VIP lounge at the Hall. The Goh Tong Meditation Hall has a space of 7,035 sq ft and is able to accommodate 300 people comfortably to host a variety of functions, from brainstorming sessions to group meditation activities and weddings.
Inside Chin Swee Caves Temple, the newly built Sky Terrace observation square spans across 35,000 sq ft for guests to take a leisurely walk among the ‘clouds in heaven’. The large statues of Buddha and Kuan-Yin stand tall behind the five-storey Temple. The 9-storey Pagoda is decorated with hundreds of Buddha figurines. Inside the Pagoda, visitors can find 10,000 blessing lamps installed for devotees of the Temple to dedicate to those that they would like to be blessed by Buddha.
For a detailed review on the Journey to Enlightenment that depicts the Ten Chambers of Hell, check out my previous post of Chin Swee Caves Temple at Genting Highlands.
After our temple visit, we flew off to Langkawi. Look at the beautiful sky I captured while onboard Air Asia! So beautiful…….
We had a welcome dinner at Seagull Coffee House in Resorts World Langkawi. I personally felt that the vibes and food taste were very similar to Rajawali Restaurant in Resorts World Genting.
The best thing I enjoyed tonight was definitely the live music band that played a variety of English pop songs. Thank you guys for completing my night!
A sneak preview of the room I stayed in at Resorts World Langkawi is up!
Resorts World Langkawi is located at the southwestern tip of Langkawi island, and in the tropical paradise of the Andaman Sea. The resort is a tranquil sanctuary with upgraded amenities for total relaxation and comfort in their newly renovated serene rooms. It’s only a 25 minutes’ drive from Langkawi Airport.
For the guest seeking to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, Resorts World Langkawi is the perfect weekend getaway staycation because you will always wake up to a peaceful and calming view of the cerulean sea.
The bonus is to capture a good sunrise!
Accommodation: Resorts World Langkawi
Number of Rooms: 211
Room Types: Standard room, standard seaview, premier room, premier seaview, premier suite, signature suite, presidential suite
Things to do: Watch sunrise + romantic sunset cruise
F & B: Seagull Coffeehouse
Opening Hours: Daily 7am to 10.30pm
Seagull Coffeehouse offers an excellent variety of Asian and international dishes. The coffeehouse offers all day dining and serves mainly buffet, so prepare your stomachs for a big feast! Other dining options include Zest at the boardwalk with al fresco dining while watching the sunset, and relaxing at the Lobby Lounge after dinner for some drinks and live entertainment.
Recreation: Mangrove Tour at Geopark Langkawi
Things to Do: Fish Feeding, Monkey Seeing, Eagle Flying, Bat Cave
Eagle Flying Photo Credit: G0ldeng0h
I’m thankful to the group for the great companion onboard our very little own boat and helping one another to capture these wonderful memories together. YOLO!
This short half day mangrove tour is best done in the morning, where you can enjoy the thrilling boat ride with vooming seawaters splashing onto you, and subconsciously gain lots of vitamin D while immersing yourself in the scorching sun! I love this feeling!
Photo Credit: Mshannahchia
After our refreshing and eye opening mangrove tour, we returned to Resorts World Langkawi and I couldn’t resist the mini water slide at the kids pool! Gosh, I can’t grow up. I can’t!
We were so lucky to get to tour the presidential suite with this spectacular view! Aww! All excited, it’s soon time to set off for the best part of this entire trip, and that is none other than the sunset cruise.
Highlight: Sunset Cruise with Tropical Charters
What to do: Sail across the sea at sunset from 5pm daily for a 3 hour night out experiencing tranquility at sea
Activities: Music & Dance onboard the cruise, free flow cocktails and beer, salt water jacuzzi, barbecue gourmet dinner feast
The barbecue dinner spread is prepared by the amazing ship crew, be it fish, shrimps, chicken, beef, salads, etc. This adventurous dining aboard a boat while listening to the gentle breeze of the evening sea is very relaxing and especially meaningful because it’s an opportunity and a great time to bond with the team!
Photo Credit: Mshannahchia
Video Credit: G0ldeng0h
To further enhance your experience, you can take the leap of faith and jump into the warm waters of the Andaman Sea. This salt water jacuzzi adds a simple yet significant touch to the cruise ride as you swim or float to the back of the cruise after you jumped, and relax on the huge net that is being cast down. Enjoy your beer while resting on the net, you will definitely feel that you are living the life.
It’s amazing how we get to see the evening fades from shades of orange to make way for a sky that is blue and black, as we see the sun kisses the ocean. Thank God for this most memorable and relaxing sunset cruise I’ve ever experienced! The Langkawi Sunset Cruise with Tropical Charters returns to the marina at 8pm, after the sun has gone down.
Promotions & Deals at Resorts World Langkawi
Prices: From RM373, guest can stay at standard room with garden view including breakfast for two
From now until 31 December 2017, Resorts World Langkawi offers guests the attractive sunset cruise package that is priced at RM825 nett.
The romantic package comprises a 3D2N stay in a standard room with garden view (subject to availability) and a sunset cruise for two.
For more information, please visit www.rwgenting.com or call 03-61011118.
I hope you’re so excited now and already making your plans for a trip to Resorts World Genting and Resorts World Langkawi! All these could not have happened without the kind invitation and co-ordination of the team from Resorts World Genting, so here’s a shout out and huge appreciation and thank you to the team, especially Irene, Jay and Kah Mun. Thank you so much for having me. I had a great time.
Thanks for reading!