We got a groupon deal for $95 per pax and $55 for child w/o bed. Includes coach from SG Flyer, desaru fruit farm tour, lunch buffet and fruit fiesta there, and 1N stay at Lotus Desaru. Arrived at the hotel at 3:15pm. Check-in was efficient. The buggy/shuttle service drove us and our luggage to our room at block G. It was a one bedroom suite, where the king-sized bed was on the mezzanine plus attached bathroom. Downstairs was a sofa, small TV with some astro channels, fridge and attached toilet (w/o shower or bath). Cleanliness is 2-3star and furniture old. The bed was ok though, and we shared it with our 3yo. However, though fun for kids, the stairs to the upstairs is pretty dangerous for toddlers or kids below 6 esp when coming down. My wife didn't sleep well because she was afraid our active son would roll off the bed and roll downstairs in the middle of the night. The air-conditioner wasn't cooling enough even though we set it to the coolest(16℃). The room temperature came to be about 25℃ which was quite warm when 3 of us shared a bed.
After we dropped our luggage, we went to the beach first. The sand there is coarse and the beach looks like it's been artificially filled. There are many watersports available nearby. The waves are quite strong during this period, making it really scary for our toddler. There was a bit of tar on the sand. Nevertheless, our son enjoyed playing with sand using the beach toys we brought along.
We went to the water park area after the beach. It was a fun place for both adults and our son. It basically has a long lazy river with pools of water everywhere, mini waterfalls and children water playground. The water is clear enough, however, bits of dry grass and small dead insects here and there. If you're looking for a cleaner pool for swimming, there is a separate swimming pool with kid's pool too nearer the beach.
We had the Ramadhan buffet dinner for RM38 per adult, FOC for our son. Food was ok, our son enjoyed the satay, briyani rice and some spicy meats (gulping down lots of water after each bite).
We had booked the firefly tour through the hotel during check-in. RM40 per adult and free for 3yrs and below (above 3yrs old RM25). However, from the coffeehouse to the lobby after dinner, we met with a traffic jam (some tourists drove in the wrong direction and took a long long long time to reverse his car out through the narrow one-way path, so our buggy was inching its way out). The tour had left without us after calling our room for 15min. We were utterly disappointed (at ourselves for not leaving dinner table 5mins earlier). We just sat around at the lobby hoping that some miracle would happen. We were about to leave after 45 min when the tour group came back. It was almost 9pm. We approached the drivers and asked them if they could take us still, and explained about the earlier traffic jam we'd met. The few drivers discussed among themselves, and after 15secs, they said "Ok. We go now." Imagine the delight on our faces when we heard that. And they did that at no extra charge! Now that's excellent service!
That night arriving at our hotel room, we found 2 cockroaches(one medium sized and one baby) scuttling about in the upstairs bathroom. They apparently live in the rotten wooden door frame of the bathroom. Yucks, but anyway, as I said, not super clean or new.
The next day, we had breakfast which was quite decent if you eat cereal with milk, or bread and croissants, porridge too. The noodles and rice were not to our liking.
After breakfast, we headed to the water park again for one last time before checking out 1pm (just dropkey as we had cleared our tour fees earlier) and going to the clubhouse bar for lunch. We ordered one pizza and 6 BBQ wings plus a watermelon juice. Food was decent enough, bill came to be RM65.
At 3:30pm, we left the hotel by coach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lotus Desaru Beach Resort invites guests to design the vacation of their choice in a tropical seaside setting - whether they fancy an activity-filled holiday, a relaxing retreat, or even a mix of a little business with pleasure on the side. It's not just a resort that you can relax and unwind, it's also a place where you can have fun with your kids and loved one. Try our 'splashtacular' Water Park specially designed for fun and excitement with your family and friends, don't miss to enjoy our Water Park that features Giant Coconut Fall, Lazy River, Aqua Play, Stone Bridge, Tipping Coconut with Kiddy Slide, Poolside Grotto, and Relaxation Gazebos. Aside from this, we have expanded our facilities to create more fun and activities for the guest. The 14 acres of Team Building Park, enjoy an all-out fun full of adventure and education. Our team specializes in organising team building activities such as water rafting, survivor experience, obstacle course, explorace, treasure hunt, paintball and more. Experience the nature of the forest with your friends with different activities such as bird watching, camping, jungle trekking and lake fishing. Be relaxed and unwind with our newly opened "Lotus Suria Ayurveda Spa", rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. Our Spa offers a unique blend of various treatments for the preservation of health and cure of diseases in a natural way that Ayurveda proposes. Of all those places you've been which attempted to blend nature with modern convenience, most could not live up to Desaru and the other remoteness along Malaysia's eastern coast. Yes, nearly the entire length of the Malay peninsular is pristine beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lotus Desaru Beach Hotel Kota Tinggi