Travel: Malaysia - Desaru

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Travel: Malaysia - Desaru

Postby jacsplace » Fri May 21, 2010 9:11 am

Hi, we've booked a trip to Lotus Desaru next week. Has anyone stayed there before? Please share your experiences, particularly if you stayed with young kids (4, 6 years old). Not just the resort but also the ferry trip and transfers. Thanks!

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Postby Careermum » Fri May 21, 2010 5:44 pm

Very nice. We stayed in a Duplex: downstairs has kitchen and living room, TV has Cartoon network. Upstairs has 1 bedroom. Has a waterpark, with some features like our wild wild wet. My kids love it. Also we visited the Desaru fruit farm and an Ostrich farm.

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Postby Poohbear » Fri May 21, 2010 6:12 pm

Hi,

We hv been up there at Lotus twice - 1st time in Dec 2009 n then again in mar 2010. My gals (K1 n K2) love the place. :love:

We drove there so cant comment on the ferry. 8)

1st time, we just drive all the way there... then realise, there is only a hotel cafeteria. the food not so bad... but to eat at same place for all meals ... a bit sianz :|

2nd trip, :idea: we stop by Carrefour... pack our boot with loads of food stuff like cup noodles, snacks, bread... it was a much more enjoyable trip :)

THe place has a small water theme park.. just right for kids ard 4 -6. My kids can play there for hours.. And there are 2 pools too.. not big but enough for the kids to play... :ugogirl:

The beach is within walking distance to the hotel... much better than our east coast :celebrate:

Room wise, we took 1 bedroom suite... got a King bed on 2nd floor, with a dining table and sofa on level 1... my gals got this kick abt climbing up staircases...so they will up n down the whole time... keep them occupied...

Overall v good experience for us... hope its the same for u too :D

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Postby jacsplace » Mon May 24, 2010 10:04 am

Hi Careermum and Poohbear, thanks very much for your replies. It's our first time going on a holiday overseas as a family of four (previously we went with in-laws) so a bit nervous and hope everything will go well.

Although it looks like we're already in for a rough time as find out after confirming ferry booking that road leading to the terminal will be closed for Adidas run :cry:

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Postby taz » Mon May 24, 2010 7:15 pm

Which day are u going ?
I am checking in on Vesak day and going to stay 2 days. Will be driving. 2 kids 5yo and 8yo.

Are u getting the transfers from Lotus Desaru ?
When is the Adidas Run ?

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Postby jacsplace » Tue May 25, 2010 9:21 am

We are going this Sunday. Adidas run is Saturday overnight to Sunday morning. Yes, getting transfers from Lotus.

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Postby snowz » Tue May 25, 2010 9:30 am

Went there for 2 days during last year end holiday. The hotel offers great value for money for short weekend get-away for family with kids, if you are not too fussy.

We stayed in a Duplex too. There is a mini fridge, microware, kettle and cutlery in the room.

The water theme park was still under renovation at that time. Pools are big but the highlight is the beach, very clean soft sand and private. It is perfect for sunbathing or building sand castles. My kids spent most of the time at the beach and the pool. No sandflies. Fireflies experience is unforgettable. As it was not weekend, only our family was on the boat cruising slowly along the river. Everywhere was darkness, including the bumpy road to the cruise (Not recommended for pregnant woman and older folks.) till we saw the tiny fireflies lighting up the trees like christmas trees. The kids tried to catch one and held in their hands, blinking away.

The buffet breakfast choice is limited! Since we were driving, we got hawker food from the neighbouring town which is about 5min away. If you are driving, you can reach a town called Sungei Renggit for some excellent sea food at reasonable prices which is about 25 kilometres from the hotel.

However, if you don't drive there ...it will cost you quite a lot to go around. A trip to the Ostrich Farm cost RM$110 and a trip to the seafood restaurant and fireflies watching also cost as much.

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Postby jacsplace » Tue May 25, 2010 3:13 pm

Thanks for sharing, Snowz. We don't drive so we are gearing up for a major Vitamin M deficiency :cry:

Hopefully the kids will enjoy themselves and that will make up for the big holes in our pockets :pray:

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Postby Ontheballmother » Tue May 25, 2010 3:50 pm

jacsplace wrote:Thanks for sharing, Snowz. We don't drive so we are gearing up for a major Vitamin M deficiency :cry:

Hopefully the kids will enjoy themselves and that will make up for the big holes in our pockets :pray:
We going too in mid June. How about getting a taxi. Is it easy and cheaper?

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Postby jacsplace » Tue May 25, 2010 4:25 pm

You mean taxi from home to resort? I have no idea. We didn't bother checking it out because my kids won't sit still for long. Also, they actually want to fly somewhere but we have to make do with the ferry this time. It's our virgin trip as a family of four (we usually go with inlaws) so it'll be a learning journey for us all. :wink:

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