Yay…….it was finally term 3 school holiday! Lil boy would spend 10 days at home, and as a reward for his hard work during term 3, we went to Lotus Desaru Beach Resort for 2 days and 1 night. I had been reading various reviews about this place, especially about it’s fabulous water park, so we decided to prove whether it’s true or not.
We planned to leave home at 6 or 7 am, but due to some reasons (we woke up late and must waited for everybody to finish breakfast), we finally left home at 8.30 am. Luckily we have this amazing tool called GPS, which made our journey easier and we didn’t get lost at all. On the way to Desaru, we passed through Tuas Checkpoint, but on the way home we passed through Woodlands Checkpoint. It was because the GPS gave us different directions, but as the result we can give comparison of the two routes.
– No queue at Singapore Immigration and reasonable queue at Malaysian Immigration
– After clearing the Malaysian Immigration, we entered express highway all the way to Desaru. We passed through the new Desaru Expressway E22
– Toll price is about SGD 11
– Total time was 3 hours
– Long queue at both Malaysia and Singapore Immigration
– We exit the highway and entered the city for about 30 minutes before entering the Malaysian Immigration
– Toll price is about SGD 5 (which is half when we entered via Tuas)
– Total time was 2 hours 30 minutes (shorter time)
Because this was the first time for us entering the expressway in Malaysia, we directed our car to the second left counter to buy TouchnGo Toll Card. For first time buyer, the card fee is RM 10, after that you can just top up the card.
We enjoyed the beautiful view along the expressway all the way to Desaru. Most of the roads are hilly and winding, so be very careful and not take over the car in front of you when there are no roadblock dividers unless you can see clearly what is ahead you. There were plantation, sea, river, mountains, traditional houses, and also rice filed along the way. We also passed through the new bridge to Desaru. Lil boy fell asleep on the halfway of our journey probably because he woke up at 6 am although he slept at 12 pm. We guessed he was too excited for the holiday.
We finally arrived at Desaru at 11.30 am, and honestly we never expected that it would be that far.
We were lucky that we were able to do the check in even though it was only 11.30 am. The check is process was quick and efficient since there were not many people when we arrived, but two hours later the lobby was packed with people wanted to do the check in process. Thankfully we arrived early. We got room N504, which means we stayed in N building, fifth floor, and room number 4. We parked the car just in front of the building.
Our first impression: the building was quite old and the lift really need an upgrading. We booked a one room apartment, and considering the building and the lift condition, we were quite surprised to see the our room. It was very nice indeed. The room is spacious and consists of two storeys. The first storey is for the living room, TV, washroom, balcony, dining room, and a small kitchen with kitchenette, microwave, and a sink. The second storey is for the bedroom with working table and bathroom with bathtub. Lil boy really loved the room especially the stairs. He loved going up and down the whole time.
The bedroom was in a mess when we arrived because the house keeping hadn’t cleaned the room since we did an early check in. The good thing was, they were quick to response and cleaned the room. I noticed that the house keeping staff were very attentive and fast to response. We also asked for extra blanket at night and they gave us a very big, thick, and comfortable blanket to us.
The room, bathroom, and surprisingly the fridge were clean enough for us, but the kettle for boiling water was dirty and we decided not to use it at all. The bed was comfortable enough and the hot water was functioning properly during our stay (the most important thing).
After lunch, we explored the resort to see all the facilities. It is a very big resort with a water park, two pools, gym area, playground, restaurants, ballroom, mini-market, beach activities, playing area, and grass field.
Although it is a beach resort, the weather wasn’t hot at all when we were there. It was windy and chilly at night especially because it was raining the whole night. Thankfully although it was raining, the water at the pool was not cool at all and very suitable for morning swim.
Since it is a big resort, we were worried of how to go from one place to another. Well, not to worry since there are trams in operation almost the whole day to take us to our building, lobby area, beach, restaurant, or pools. Lil boy really loved to sit on the back of the tram even when there were only the two us on the tram.
After lunch (we brought lot of food for lunch: cheese hotdog, fried rice, fried noodle, grilled chicken, pork meatball, and steam rice), lil boy and I walked around the resort and enjoyed the facilities inside the resort. There are many things to do outside the resort like visiting farm, eating seafood in Sungei Renggit, shopping in the market, etc………but lil boy and I decided to spend our two days in the resort to enjoy all the facilities. My mom and daddy managed to visit the market and farm though.
We all had big appetite during our stay, especially lil boy. On the first day he had breakfast at home, fried rice at the car, cheese hot dog when we arrived, steam rice and chicken for lunch (after exploring the resort), fried noodle after swimming, pizza for afternoon snack, steam rice with chicken for dinner, and milk for night snack. He ended the day with stomachache because he was too full……..hahaha…….. On the second day he had breakfast at the restaurant, lunch, and then pizza and hot dog for snack in the car, and after that dinner at home…………………..Great appetite but has no correlation to his weight gain……………..
And now let me take you on a tour around the resort:
Here are the facilities around the resort:
1. WATER PARK
You must use wristband when swimming in the water park all the time. For one bedroom apartment like we booked, you will only get 2 wristbands, but if you want additional wristbands you can buy in the counter near the restaurant. This is also applied when the wristband is torn, you can ask the replacement at the counter for free.
We think that this water park is overrated. The big pool behind lil boy (on the photo above) was dirty and full with people who didn’t use proper swimming attire. There were many life guards but none of them warned those people. How come they let people using shirts and long pants in the pool? That was really not appropriate and made the pool dirty.
Adults can not use the the slides at all…………..hmmm……..not so much fun for us…………..
We didn’t really enjoy the water park, so we decided not to play in the water park again for the next day.
2. SWIMMING POOLS
There are two pools in this resort. One is near the gym and the other is next to our building. Wristbands must always be used when you’re swimming.
3. PETTING ZOO
There is a small petting zoo just in front of the lobby. There are rabbits and birds which made very noisy voice almost all the time…………..but lil boy loved to visit this small zoo since he likes animals.
4. CHILDREN PLAYGROUND
There are 2 small children playground in this resort. The smallest one is near the pool (the pool in front of the gym), but we saw no one played there during our stay. It is very small and doesn’t raise the children’s interest to play there.
The second one is behind the lobby which is also small but decent enough for the children to play.
Since it’s a beach resort, this resort has it’s own private beach near the restaurant. You can join many beach activities such as parasailing, banana boat, jet ski. etc.
6. GRASS FIELD
Beautiful grass field! And also quite big! We really loved this field and lil boy enjoyed playing ball or just running in here. Don’t forget to bring ball to enjoy this grass field
7. GAME AREA
There are many things to do in this area, although we thought that the token price to play the children’s game is quite expensive (2 RM for every token).
8. GYM AREA
Looks good, but we didn’t come inside……so I can not write any reviews
There are two restaurants in this resort:
The second one is Teratai Restaurant which has two options of seating….inside and outside. The restaurant serves very delicious pizza with very reasonable price. We all loved the pizza……….and the service was also very good too…….
Breakfast was also serves in this restaurant. Additional person eating breakfast will cost RM 15 ++. We didn’t really like the taste of the food. I can’t judge that the food wasn’t good, it’s just not suitable for our taste. There were roti prata with curry (I never like this), nasi lemak and it’s condiments (I still think nasi uduk and it’s condiments are much better than this food), malaysian kuih (too sweet and gooey for me), salad and fruit bar, milk, cereals, juices, soup noodle (didn’t like the taste of the soup), and bread (not too many choices).
This boy has changed so much. When he was smaller, he never liked eating breakfast in the restaurant. Now, one thing that he always waits when staying in the hotel is breakfast time. He likes seating, selecting food, and eating at the restaurant. He waked up very early in the morning (6 am) and asked for breakfast! He even waked his daddy an hour later and said “Papa hurry wake up, have breakfast with us…….” Of course daddy continued to sleep…..hahahaha…….
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay in this resort. Lil boy couldn’t forget and move on from his staying experience in Lotus Desaru that he kept using the wristbands (this time in his feet) from the hotel until we reached home.