Friday, April 15, 2016

Lotus Desaru Beach Resort

There are not many resorts at Desaru beach and under the recommendation of a friend, I decide to stay overnight at Lotus Desaru Beach Resort while in the area.

From its facade, the resorts resembles a castle and I am amazed with its size. It has 17 blocks of accommodation (A to S) and shall able to accommodate massive crowd during the school holiday. Fortunately, I was here during normal day and there aren't many occupant at the resort.

The lobby/reception has been shifted to what it used to be the club house in order to cope with the number of visitors during peak hour. The former reception area at the front is inadequate to handle the crowd.

I opt for one bedroom type (RM 220 per night) and its interior impressed me. The living room, kitchen and balcony is located at the lower level and the ladder steps lead to the bedroom and toilet on the upper level.

I never came across such arrangement before but I think it is ideal if not travel alone as one can sleep while the other watch television at the same time. Overall, the room is alright but some items need some maintenance all kitchen utensils should be in order.

Breakfast here is alright although not to my expectation in term of variety and taste.

The resort is best explored on foot although coaster is available to ferry visitors to intended location. Its has water theme park, swimming pools and arcade. I reckon these attractions are a big hit with children and should be packed during school holiday.

There is a stretch of beach behind the resort where a few operators offered a few water sports activities. It is not one of the best beaches around but one can still enjoy sun bathing and sea breeze here.

With the recent mega project in Pengerang, this resort has been heavily booked by the contractors and the project owners to accommodate their staffs.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Nagoya Citywalk Batam

Nagoya Citywalk Batam is one of the newest shopping places at Nagoya area in Batam Island. It is located just behind Formosa Hotel.

Nagoya Citywalk reminds me of Setia Walk in Puchong with its open air concourse with 2 rows of shops lining in between the open concourse. The Sunboss has a huge department store here which offers a wide variety of clothes.

Most of the lots here are still empty but the place still offer a decent international and local food & beverage outlets as well as pharmacy. 3D museum is also located here and worth a visit.

The open concourse is mainly occupied with food stalls with decent space for recreation and relaxation. The place is clean and quiet which made it an ideal place to unwind.

One of they main attraction here is the indoor amusement park. I am taken away by the types of amusement devices they had set up here like a mini roller coaster, jumping star, carousel, bumper cars, swinging tower to name a few. Those devices appear to be in good condition and all are imported from Europe. Hence, one could have a peace of mind when the young ones wish to take a ride on them.

There is also an arcade which could keep everyone entertained. As there are less people here, one can have better air quality as compare to Nagoya Hill Mall where most people smoke while in the arcade.

Nagoya Citywalk is also a base for the Indonesian Red Cross. I notice the cross is used without much issues compare to Malaysia.

Nagoya Citywalk Batam is a good place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city as well as other crowded malls here. It is a great place for kids and offers great choice of foods especially at the lower ground floor.