A Holiday within a Holiday at AVANI Sepang Gold Coast

Published 01 March 2017   

With the falling ringgit, a visit to Malaysia is a must, especially for longer staying guests.

Written by: Stephen Ng

Laze by the pool, try some water sports or pamper yourself at AVANI Spa.

Flying in via Penang International Airport, or even Singapore, travelling to the city of Kuala Lumpur is easy via electric train or double decker coaches. And, after an exhausting shopping spree in the major shopping malls amidst the hustles and bustles of Kuala Lumpur, a pampering holiday at AVANI Sepang Gold Coast is simply irresistible.
After a full body or foot massage at the AVANI Spa, there will be no more complaints of aches all over or even the need to recuperate from a holiday in Malaysia. We decided on the “calm” package. My wife’s choice was the full body massage while I only went for the foot massage; but both of us agreed that it was rejuvenating.
The family resort is located in the same district of Sepang that houses the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which makes it convenient for foreign guests to book in for one or two nights at the resort just before leaving the country. It is a mini-holiday which offers a world of getaways that makes the stay in Malaysia an even more memorable experience.
Seen from the sky as one descends gradually at the KLIA, the AVANI Sepang is shaped like a palm tree. The chalets are built on stilts tall enough to stay above high tides, and during low tides, if one is patient enough, there are the occasional colourful saltwater fishes swimming in shallow waters less than a metre deep.
There are nine trunks with 315 contemporary Polynesian-inspired guest rooms, featuring four different types of rooms for luxurious living, from the superior rooms for the honeymooners to the family villa, two-bedroom villa and the three-bedroom Royale villa.
Check-in time is 3pm, so guests will still have some time for last minute shopping before riding on the resort’s coach from Sunway Pyramid at 2pm daily. Most guests would take a 3days/2 nights package so that they get to enjoy the full day here, before checking out by noon and leaving for the airport. Some guests also stay for longer.
According to the general manager, Erwin van der Veen, Australians are among the top five tourist arrivals at AVANI Sepang with the longest staying guests staying for 10 nights.

AVANI resort fans out like a palm tree into the Indian Ocean.

Luxurious furniture to make the night’s sleep most pleasant.

Activities for the entire family

Facilities at the resort are for the entire family. Even a wheelchair bound visitor will feel at ease moving about in the resort, with friendly staff always willing to assist.
Moving from the lobby to the Bila Bila dining area is by either using the resorts free buggy service or a short stroll, which is the option I would recommend – especially after a heavy lunch or dinner.
Apart from ordinary bicycles, there are also Ninebot Segways, tandem bikes and bicycles with children’s seats in front for rent. For the younger children, the Pedal Go Kart is a great way to get around the resort.
Our kids loved the swimming pool, which overlooks the Straits of Malacca. The adults may be surprised just how sociable their children are once they get into the water with kids from other families, but that’s their version of a fun and a memorable holiday.
When the afternoon gets hotter, the kids also have the AVANI Kids’ Club, where they can try some batik printing – something they can proudly take home and show their friends, after it has been framed. By evening, they can either go right back into the swimming pool, or enjoy the water ball activities, where they get to experience running like their pet hamsters in a man sized giant bubble.
Outside the resort, guests can also go on the resort’s 18HP motorboat for the mangrove river cruise to get closer to Mother Nature. One must have sharp eyes to spot the white herons, kingfishers, monitor lizards, monkeys, the colourful crabs and mud skippers. At the end of the tour, guests get to plant the mangroves in the conservation area, something which allows you not only to enjoy this back-to-nature tour, but also to contribute to its development.

The AVANI resort caters to all the family.

Gastronomical delights

If you think that you have enjoyed enough Chinese cuisine while visiting Malaysia, wait until you try out Executive Sous Chef, Henry Tan’s very creative range of Chinese cuisine at Hai Sang Lou, where eggplants sprinkled with spices and salt can be a great appetiser, tasting even better and healthier than the typical French fries.
There are also the wok-fried prawns with butter sauce, chicken roulade with sweet scented Osman thus, Chinese croissant or “You Tiao” with calamansi and stir-fried shredded cod fish fillet with vegetables.
Although by the seventh course, I would usually shun the fried rice, the chef’s signature fried rice with three varieties of eggs is simply too delicious to resist a second helping.
Another of its signature restaurants, Sepoi-Sepoi is for people who want to enjoy the special cuisine by Executive Chef, Debarya Chakraborty, who admitted that his first love was cooking. The Lamb Korma, Sweet and Sour Fish and Prawn Perchik were among my favourites. The children, who were unable to enjoy the spicy food, prefered the Sweet and Sour Fish.
Hailing from India, Debarya has over 20 years of experience in Japan, Egypt, Jordan, Caribbean and Oman, working with the Ritz Carlton, Hyatt, Kempinski, and InterContinental Group of Hotels and now adds the Minor Hotel Group to the list
“I am strongly committed to using fresh natural ingredients that reflect the character and scenography of the local region,” he explains. “To top it off, the food must have the ability to entice the taste buds and have a recipe that not only satisfies but exceeds guest expectations.”
Besides these two restaurants, the resort also has three other restaurants, namely Bila Bila, literally translated meaning “Anytime”, which offers all-day international buffett or stimbot, a Chinese version of fondue, in which slices of seafood are skewered and dipped in stock, then kept simmering on a hot plate at the centre of the table. The Perahu offers beautiful sunset scenery while you dine under its alang-alang thatched roofing. If the sky is clear, you can also see the planes landing and taking off at the KLIA.
For all the reasons above, the plane can wait while you pamper yourself with a holiday within a holiday here at the AVANI, which in Sanskrit literally means, “earth.”

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