By Shahida Sakeri on April 25, 2018
I have been there twice, yet it still feels wonderful each time. For a start, its signature welcome drink called ‘Red Touch’ (a mixture of Sprite and dragon fruit puree) is incredibly delicious and refreshing, that I was tempted to ask for a second glass after finishing it in a couple of gulps. On top of that, the resort manages to turn our vacation mode on as soon as we arrived through its gorgeous landscape of traditional thatched-roof water-villas standing on stilts over the resort’s warm shallow water and tall palm trees – I felt like being transported to an upscale village inhabited by an exclusive community. The villas are all connected via wide concrete walkways that guests can also traverse using bicycles. It is recommended that guests borrow these bicycles and keep them at hand so that they could simply use them whenever they want to explore the resort without having to depend on the buggy.
I stayed in a Family Villa that comes with two bedrooms and two en-suite marble bathrooms. The unit is refined and serene, with white walls and polished wooden floor that happily bounce light. The bedrooms are comfortable, too, with big plump beds. The rattan furnishing on the terrace adds a nice dose of style, as do high-tech touches like two flat screen TVs and movies (which guests can subscribe at additional cost). The free Wi-Fi is also strong. If guests find the Family Villa too ostentatious for their taste, they may want to opt for the Superior Rooms instead that offers similar furnishing, amenities and sea view, albeit smaller size units. By the way, all guest rooms are contemporary Polynesian-inspired, making the experience all the more exotic.
Food lovers can explore the five restaurants available at the resort including Sepoi-Sepoi for local flavours amidst al fresco atmosphere; Bila-Bila for fuss-free Malay and international dining options; Hai Sang Lou for Chinese cuisine; the beachfront Perahu to dine western and gourmet fare on the deck; and Stimbot to savour steamboat-style menus. During my stay, I had breakfast at Bila-Bila restaurant that serves hearty breakfast buffet spread, including made-to-order egg and soup stations. But it was the lunch at Sepoi-Sepoi that I particularly enjoyed, especially after knowing that the chefs source for fresh local ingredients and create simple yet tasty dishes. The prices here are reasonable too.
Lying down lazily with a good book all day may be enough for some people, but more than often not, lack of action can also bore people out during their holiday. Fortunately, Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort provides options to suit everyone from passive weekend warriors to adrenaline junkies. Those who are active can explore the area on a host of excursions such as the mangrove cruise or the local village tour. At the resort, guests can swim, take up water sports, learn yoga, hit the 24-hour gym or simply unwind at the AvaniSpa. The adventurous side in me prefers the short trip to the Extreme Park where guests can enjoy activities such as archery, All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) ride, go-kart and target shooting at attractive price offers (only RM45 for all four activities)! The resort also offers free shuttle service to and from Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall and Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang.
Families, couples, a group of friends, solos – Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort actually caters for all types of travellers who appreciate genuine hospitality and fuss-free approach while holidaying. It’s worth noting, moreover, that the resort is also suitable for business and MICE groups since it is equipped with large and modern meeting rooms, including two configurable ballrooms that can fit between 50 and 1,000 persons.
The room rates at Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort start at RM441++ per night.
Avani Sepang GoldCoast Resort
No. 67, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang
Kg Bagan Lalang
43950 Sungai Pelek, Selangor
T: +6 03 3182 3600