On November 10th, I was lucky enough to venture to Kuala Lumpur and Penang with 11 other travel companions. It was most of the groups first time visiting these exotic destinations, which made us even more excited as we departed Sydney that morning on Malaysian Airlines.
Hours later our plane landed softly on Kuala Lumpur’s runaway; we had arrived! After disembarking and clearing customs we were then greeted by our transfer company and taken to the Park Royal Services Suites. Half way to the hotel, a 15 minute torrential down pour hit, which was a surprise, but after clearing, we were left with nothing but blue sky; which really told us we had arrived in Asia!
We arrived at the Park Royal, freshened up in our modern studio rooms (with kitchen facilities!) and then given a tour of the rest of the hotel. Some of the other apartments were huge! Perfect for families or a group of friends.
Afterwards we set off to the Piccolo Hotel, which was located right on the main shopping strip. What an awesome boutique little hotel! It’s in a great spot, right on the main strip, surrounded by shopping and restaurants. All the rooms have secret draws, so you can store all the bargains you find at H&M and Zara!
Dinner that night was at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel. This HUGE hotel is connected to the Times Square shopping centre, which is home to the worlds’ largest indoor rollercoaster! All the rooms are very large and they have awesome meeting and conference facilities.
The next day we had free, so most of us hit the shops to find bargains. Some spent a little more than others (me included). Afterwards we were lucky enough to enjoy a ride on the indoor rollercoaster, which had us screaming for our lives, but was so much fun!!
That evening we visited the Park Royal Hotel KL, a lovely hotel located towards the Golden Triangle. Dinner was at the hotel’s signature Chinese restaurant and if anyone likes spicy food – this is totally for you! We tried the Szechuan Chicken which literally made your mouth numb, but was just delicious!
Our next destination was Penang! Penang was never really a place I had thought about visiting… but I can tell you it was absolutely amazing!! Batu Ferringhii is the perfect beachside spot. A relaxed vibe with plenty to do, including water sports, market shopping (which are open until midnight every night) massages and delicious street food!
We dropped our bags off at the Park Royal Penang, a beautiful beachfront property, equipped with 2 pools and a lovely open air lobby. We were lucky enough to be treated to Ocean View Rooms, which had awesome views!
Dinner that night was at The Holiday Inn Penang. This hotel is split into two wings, Beach tower and Ferringhii Tower. The Ferringhii Tower is on the other side of the road which is connected via a foot bridge, and the beach tower is obviously on the beach side. The hotel has an awesome restaurant with great local cuisine – we ate our weight in food that night!
Our last day in Penang was by far the best. We visited the Golden Sands Penang hotel, which is perfect for families! They have the best kids club I’ve ever seen, with an indoor play area, slides and a huge ball pit! So cool!
Right next door is the Shangri-La Rasa Sayang, which is the only 5-star hotel on the beach. It’s set amongst world heritage listed gardens, which is simply stunning. Perfect for couples or honeymooners wanting a little more of a tranquil stay. The Rasa Wing, which is the club level, is worth the upgrade. You get your own separate lobby and separate pool area. Service here is amazing with plenty of daily activities that can be organised by the hotel.
The last hotel we stopped in was at The Hard Rock Hotel Penang, and was greeted with an amazing rock star welcome. This beachfront hotel has such an awesome party vibe and has the largest pool in all of Penang! The locals offers watersports right outside the hotel.
The rooms are modern and the staff hold sumo wrestling and pillow fights every evening. There is a band that plays every night, for those wanting to party the night away. After indulging in yummy pizza, we spent the evening in the pool, sipping delicious cocktails at the swim up pool bar.
As we walked back to our hotel, we had time to reflect on what an awesome time we had all had. Life long friends had been made, while visiting such a beautiful and inviting country.
Overall, I had such an amazing time in Malaysia – the people we met along the way were all so helpful. Penang; I love you and I will definitely be back
Story by Kelsey Martin, Infinity Holidays Consultant