The Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort & Spa, located in Bagan Lalang (Selangor), is one of the most exquisite resorts surrounding Kuala Lumpur. I was fortunate enough to be invited for a 2Day 1Night weekend getaway. So, here's my story on my short vacation.
Arriving to Sepang Gold Coast is quite easy, because there's a lot of signboards directing you to the location. However, I must have missed the hotel guests parking area because I parked under a shady tree (and felt elated for having found such a perfect spot). Me and XeRoZ walked in and we were stopped by the security guard.
"Hotel guest?" he asked. We nodded. "What room number?" he asked again. "We dont have our room number yet, have not checked in". "No No, Sir, you tak boleh jalan masuk. Kena duduk Van!" his gestures were agitated and kept pointing to the other direction.
"Tak apa, kita boleh jalan masuk", we replied. "Boss, you parking mana?" he asked again. We pointed under the tree. "Tak boleh tak boleh...hotel guest kena park sana" he insisted us to move our parking.
I felt that our conversation with the security guard is funny. The good thing, is that, he cares for his responsibility and that he's doing his job. Such simple questions make you feel that you are a guests and your safety and comfortableness is all that matters.
It was about a few meters walk under the heat that I realized that the security guard is right. We should have sat the shuttle van provided by the resort. Nonetheless, upon arrival, the avid photographer TianChad welcomed us with snaps of photographs!
The Lobby/Waiting Area was pretty impressive with open air concept. It is not air conditioned, but really cooling with the natural breeze. Welcome drinks are also served while waiting for the room to be ready. Perhaps it was a peak season (school holiday period) that the hotel is packed. We were placed to wait for our room to be prepared. We were delayed 1hour 45mins from check in time! (minus marks for impression LOL) Anyways, I went to the Reception to check out on the status of our room, and realized the Golden Palm Tree has one issue - despite having spacious waiting area, they have very small reception counter. It's really pityful to see so many staffs packed in the small area trying to prepare room cards, maps, and explanation to the hotel guests on the activities available. But they are really nice and friendly though!
Thankfully, as luxury as it is, we are transported to our rooms - Canary Palm Villa (nice name!) via buggy! We thought of walking to our rooms, but when i asked for direction, the staff in charge was very concern of our well being, and told us it's very far (well, thank God for his advice!)
We arrived at our Canary Palm Villa with a pleasant surprise!
(Perfect recipe of a good hotel room)
The Canary Palm Villa consists of 2 bedrooms (1 Queen Bed & Twin Beds) & 2 bathrooms (One with bath tub, and the other without).
There's a small living area, with basic items such as television, desk, mini-refrigerator, telephone and magazines.
Did I mention that our villa is located just next to the Gym? *Stalk Mode ON*
There's also 2 balconies(one for each room) that are nicely decorated - with props perfect for photography! Here are some of my creative poses!
The Golden Palm Tree Resort is ideal for sunset moments. With the low tide, you can hang out with all the mini creatures lurking on the muddy seabed =)
But to be honest, the only setback of the Golden Palm Tree Resort is the food (Seriously honest). I was pretty impressed with almost everything (except the wait during the check in), and when I tasted all of the food served during buffet, the only thing that tasted normal is the potatoes.
My disappointment are as follows:-
a) Flies in the Air-Conditioned Lounge
b) Not many varieties of food.
c) Not enough seats (during packed season).
d) The tables are not cleared immediately, which is a sore eye for guests (with flies around).
e) Food are left opened (desserts, sushi, and fruits)
f) Food are tasteless and bland. (the chicken is very hard too!)
g) Plain water are not served unless requested.
h) Not enough waiters & waitresses that you have to wait 5mins for a glass of plain water or refill.
i) Not many varieties of drinks in the all-included-package. You have to pay for other types of drinks.
I felt sad for the food there.
Anyways, I didn't expect breakfast to be good and I was right. Yups, so after breakfast, my weekend getaway ended.
This time, we sat the van out!
Golden Palm Tree Resort & Spa Sdn Bhd (637783-W)
No. 67, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang,
Kg Bagan Lalang,
43950 Sungai Pelek,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
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Thats all for now. Good night!
Oh ya i found a couple of useful reviews from TianChad. Click here to read more!
(cares for a perfect holiday!)