Thursday, 16 June 2022

Desaru-Legoland Day 2: Adventure Room at Legoland Malaysia Hotel

The next morning, we woke up early to a beautiful sunrise! Mornings are very different when you're on a holiday 😜


We headed down to the restaurant for our breakfast.


The variety of food was ok, though there were hits and misses in terms of the taste. We definitely preferred Hard Rock Hotel's breakfast in comparison.





Hard Rock Hotel also had a way better Kids Club, with complimentary activities and goody bags! In contrast, Westin only had a very small room and guests had to pay for entry and other activities.


We decided to give it a miss and went swimming instead (I refused to pay additional for something that should have been part of our stay like other hotels!). 

Since we had time to spare, we soaked in the large bathtub and enjoyed the view while hanging out at the balcony.



After we checked out, we headed off to Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh for lunch. The restaurant was located at Kota Tinggi, about 30 minutes away from Desaru Coast, on a seemingly ulu plot of land in the middle of nowhere along a busy 2-lane road.


The bak kut teh in Malaysia is very different from the peppery ones that we're used to in Singapore. Malaysian bak kut teh is more traditional, herbal and flavourful. If you're not a fan then you should probably give Malaysian BKT a miss.



I personally think that this is really good, though maybe not thaaat good that I'll be willing to drive all the way to Kota Tinggi for it! Once is good enough! 😀

After lunch, we headed to Legoland. The kids were so excited when they spotted the familiar colourful Legoland Malaysia Hotel in the distance.


The Littlest was the most excited, as she probably doesn't remember her first experience at Legoland Japan Hotel. This was all very new to her!



This time, we booked the Adventure Themed Room without realising that we've booked it before! 😅 On hindsight, we should have booked the Ninjago or Pirate themed room instead! Aiya 😞

Anyway, we paid approximately S$298 per room per night (inclusive of breakfast). The price was reasonable for such a large room (with a king bed and a bunk bed) but we were disappointed that the room did not come with the usual amenities that made us fall in love with staying at Legoland (you can compare the before here). 


A lot of the decorations were removed (possibly to make it easy for the staff to clean) so the room looks very bare.



The toiletries were also changed from the colourful Legoland themed toiletries to plain ones that lacked the usual fun factor. 


The fun 'treasure chest', which the kids were supposed to open using a code from solving a puzzle, did not work! A staff had to be called in and even he couldn't open the lock. In the end, he had to physically pass us the gifts (which the kids were supposed to find inside the chest). The gifts were 2 keychains, a far cry from the Lego figurines/sets we would usually get from the chest. Sigh


The Littlest was still the only one who was most excited, running around and looking out of the window to the view of a carpark. She also busied herself with the Duplo in our room. 'COVID kids' are very easy to please because they've been deprived for so long! 😅


Anyway, we changed into our swim suits, donned our bathrobes and headed to the pool for our favourite activity.

This time, it was the pool that lacked the usual Lego foam bricks that used to float on the water. It was really sad because we loved the foam bricks!



Nevertheless, the kids enjoyed swimming, not realising that anything was different 😅


After our swim, we worked up an appetite for dinner. We headed to our favourite mall, Paradigm Mall, for dinner.


We decided to have dinner at S.D.S, which had good reviews on Google. The cutest thing in the restaurant is this robot server, which is a common sight in many of the restaurants in the mall.


We were very entertained by the robot while waiting patiently for our food and drinks.






Although the waiting time was quite long, it was worth the wait as we enjoyed the food! 

We ended the day shopping at the mall before retiring to bed. It was a good day ☺️


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Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Desaru-Legoland Day 1: The Westin Desaru Coast Resort

After eagerly waiting for more than 2 years, the borders are finally opened! I've always said, that the first place we would visit when this happens would be our neighbour Malaysia! It was also less of a hassle and lower risk than flying.

We woke up relatively early to cross customs hoping to avoid the crowds. The queue was relatively short by the time we got to the Second Link. 


Traffic was quite smooth and in no time, we were having breakfast at a cafe in JB that served our favourite toast and teh C


After breakfast, we shopped at Aeon Bukit Indah and had lunch at our favourite fish soup steamboat restaurant, Restaurant Uncle Pou Wok. We only set off for Desaru after a very satisfying lunch!

Traffic was very smooth and in no time, we arrived at Westin Desaru Coast Resort. We chose this hotel because we had stayed at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru previously and I wanted to try something new. 



We booked the Premier Sea View Room at S$289 per room per night (inclusive of breakfast). We had to book 2 rooms because each room came with 1 king size bed, which could only accommodate 2A1C max.


The highlight of the room, which was also the main reason that we booked it, was the balcony that faces the sea! 





The room itself was spacious and airy. The hotel provided a very basic cot for the Littlest, which was so uncomfortable that she climbed out to squeeze with me on the bed even though I tried to make it comfortable for her with makeshift pillow and blanket.


The bathroom was huge and we loved the big bathtub. The toilet and shower were also separated.



Aside from the typical toiletries, the hotel also provided masks, water in glass bottles (to save the earth!), umbrellas and bedroom slippers.



I hardly had time to unpack before the kids started bugging us to go swimming! The pool was located near the restaurant and the Kids Club, at the corner of the hotel.





The pool was ok but very small, nothing like the big lagoon-like pools that we love at Shangri-La. Honestly, there was a big, under-utilised field right in front of the hotel with an unnecessarily big fountain and pond that no one cared for and where the pool could have been built. It's not a good use of space in my opinion.

We soon got bored and decided to bring the kids to the beach.


You would think that a hotel that was so close to the beach would have a dedicated area for hotel guests to relax. Unfortunately the dedicated area with beach chairs and a cafe belonged to *drumroll* Hard Rock Hotel (located behind Westin)! It's so ridiculous to me that Hard Rock Hotel had their own section of the beach while Westin didn't 😑

Anyway, we decided to let the kids play for a while while we enjoyed the sea breeze. The weather was perfect!



If you're venturing into the water, beware of sharp rocks! The mum-in-law and girl cut their feet on some as they didn't realise that they were walking on rocks. I personally prefer to wear beach shoes, which you can buy from Decathlon, to ensure that my feet is not hurt.


After some time, we washed off the sand and headed back to the pool before heading back to our room to wash up.


Love the rack in the balcony for hanging wet clothes to dry! This rack was missing from the balcony of the room at Hard Rock Hotel and I had to find creative ways to dry our clothes! 


We were famished after a good swim so we headed out for our favourite thing to eat at Desaru: lobster!

Unfortunately our usual restaurant, Super Lobster, was closed so we ate at Jade Garden instead. Jade Garden has relocated and is smaller than what I had remembered from the last time we were here.


The restaurant was packed to the brim but we managed to get a table on the kelong.


The local lobsters were sold out so we had to order the more expensive Australian lobsters. We're ok with it though, since it's still cheaper than Singapore 😊




The seafood was really fresh but the cooking is not as great as other seafood restaurants that we enjoy. Nevertheless, it was a good dinner to end our first night overseas 😀


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