Recently, Gaya Travel team had the chance to check out Thistle Port Dickson, one of the resort town’s most hip and revitalised properties. Formerly known as Guoman Resort Port Dickson, Thistle Port Dickson now proves that it is an escapade of choice for those who seek to unwind by the sea while remaining in close proximity to the Klang Valley.
Being just an hour’s drive away from Kuala Lumpur, Port Dickson is naturally one of the most accessible destinations for urbanites to head to for a quick getaway. What makes Thistle Port Dickson the resort of choice is due to the fact that it has its own pristine private beach that allows guests to have the whole stretch of sand overlooking the Straits of Melaka to themselves without feeling invaded by outsiders when holidaying.
Thistle Port Dickson offers affordable luxury, comfort and intimacy to its guests without losing the touch of fun and enjoyment. The resort boasts 251 rooms that are tastefully furnished and spacious, which come in several categories, beginning from the Standard Room up to the Presidential Suite. The rooms emphasise on cosiness and style characterised by dark-coloured wooden furniture and matching earthen tones for beddings and curtains. Special attention is given to the Indigo Suites, whereby these suites are dedicated for honeymooners to reignite their romantic passion through the use of bright colours and specially designed furniture that can snugly fit two persons. These suites also have direct access to the swimming pool, which is also one of the resort’s main attractions.
The swimming pool – located behind the resort’s main building – provides privacy and adequate shelter to guests who want to either sunbathe or swim on a bright sunny day. The resort is also friendly towards parents who want to play with their children at the chidren’s pool and water slides dedicated for six-year-olds and below.The path that leads to the scenic beach and the resort’s beachfront bar called Cumulus is well-paved to ensure guests’ safety and convenience. At Cumulus, the shady trees, gazebos, an infinity swimming pool and vibrant resident band create a memorably relaxing and fun ambience, making it now the most happening spot on Teluk Kemang Beach.
There are a few food and beverage outlets in Thistle Port Dickson that guests can choose from to relish the taste from different corners of the world: Fresh, Chinoise, Glass and Steps. At Fresh, guests are served with a wide range of fresh food selections (hence its name) that are local, international and even fusion, to ensure that the dishes’ flavours are preserved and the quality is above par. Apart from the buffet spread, Fresh also offers a diverse a la carte menu.
Chinoise Restaurant is specially dedicated for guests who want to try traditional Chinese and fusion gastronomic offerings, especially Cantonese and Szechuan dishes that are both famous for their bold flavours and strong flavour resulting from the various spices and garlic used. This restaurant, which was nominated as one of the top five Best Chinese Restaurants during HAPA Awards 2010-2012, is helmed by Chef Lam Yeow Kin, who is incredibly experienced in offering mouth-watering authentic mainland Chinese cuisine.
For guests who yearn for Western type of dishes, they can make their way to Glass Restaurant, a Thistle Port Dickson food and beverage outlet that serves Italian, festooned with sparkling glass detailing that turns the restaurant into an extraordinary room that seem to be made out of crystals. During nightfall, Glass Restaurant glitters and shimmers amazingly, raising the whole dining experience to a new level.Apart from the full-fledged restaurants, Thistle Port Dickson also has a casual lounge called Steps, which is suitable for hanging out and enjoying light snacks. Located at the foyer of the lobby, Steps welcomes guests who just arrived with rejuvenating drinks and an inviting view of the property.