Monday, 29 September 2014

Weekend Getaway: Port Dickson, Malaysia

This travel post is written by Delphine who blogs at Life in the Wee Hours. She travelled to Port Dickson with her husband and kid(s), Anya (5 years) & Adam (3 years) in August 2014.

This holiday is suitable for a quick getaway over a long weekend. We were there during National Day (not very patriotic, I know) this year. Port Dickson is just about 3 hours away by car or you can fly to KL and get a transfer. Other possible ways of getting to Port Dickson include rail or coach from Singapore or Johor Bahru. There are several resorts in the area and we stayed at Avillion Village Resort. This post reviews the activities and accommodation at that resort.

The grounds of Avillion Village Resort are lush and green, with many animals wandering around freely. We spotted several peacocks near the tennis courts and a few cockerels here and there. My city-dwelling kids were a bit wary of the wildlife but also very fascinated by them. There are three swimming pools: one with a slide that the kids loved, a common pool for all, and one just for adults who prefer to be away from boisterous kids. There are watersports available at the beach (subject to weather conditions) and a gym for fitness fanatics.

You can choose from rooms in the Tower Block or opt for a Garden or Water Chalet. We booked a Premium Water Chalet with a full view of the sea and the kids loved that our balcony extended over the water and they spent a considerable amount of time just sitting out on the balcony on the deck chairs. Their bed was in a cosy nook with windows overlooking the water. The room was charming and comfortable and had an open bathroom concept.

The resort was very kid-friendly with several activities catering to the little ones. There is a playground and a Kids Cabin where Anya strung beads together to make a bracelet and Adam painted a T-shirt. (Actually, his father painted most of the T-shirt.) Kids can also watch movies and play console games in the Kids Cabin. The staff there are quite hands-off so it's not the sort of kids club where you can just dump your children and run away. 

We spent quite a bit of time in the kiddy pool as well. My favourite area for kids is the petting zoo where guests are allowed in for a fixed duration every morning to get up close and personal with the small animals. There are doves, chickens, rabbits and terrapins, and you can feed and interact with the animals. There was no time for the kids to be bored!

I even managed to squeezed in some time for TLC at the spa. While the husband hung out with the kids, I was pampered with a relaxing massage to soothe my tired muscles. The spa is decked out in calming shades of turquoise and sea foam. After my satisfying session, I was led to the back of the spa where I could lounge and gaze out at the sea with a restorative ginger tea in hand.

We had grand plans to visit the pasar malam near the resort on one of the evenings, but Adam fell asleep during dinner and I wasn't too keen to walk around on my own without the rest of the family. While we had most of our meals in the resort, we made a trip out to Restoran Top Seafood and was quite happy with the food there. Otherwise, we spent all our time in the resort. 

While it was a restful 2.5 days there, I think the kids would have gotten restless if we had been there for a longer period of time. We headed to Legoland on the 3rd day and I would say the length of our stay was just right. There are several long weekends in 2015 and a roadtrip to Port Dickson would be enjoyable for the whole family!

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