Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan, Malaysia - Our Stay

We received a message from a friend that Mr. Quek, the owner of Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, would like to offer us a free night's stay in return for a bit of help in spreading the news of his new hotel. 

Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel is located mid-way down Jalan Air Putih 2 opposite the abandoned Delima Residences project, in Kuantan.

Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

Mr. Quek and his wife, a friendly and helpful couple, bought the property, a large single-storey house and completed the renovations in 6 months. Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel opened its doors on Monday 26th September, so we were amongst the first stream of guests to stay.

We were invited to stay in the Family Loft Suite, the only room of its kind, and one of seven rooms in total at the hotel.

King size bed in the Family Loft Suite, Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

Family Loft Suite, Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

A staircase leads to another level in the Family Loft Suite, Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

Leah sits on the queen size bed upstairs in the Family Loft Suite, Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan. The window opens onto a balcony

Looking down to the main room from the upstairs bed area in the Family Loft Suite, Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

The glass doors beside the bed open to a small garden area in the Family Loft Suite, Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

The bathroom of the Family Loft Suite, Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

A panoramic image of the shower complete with two shower heads and choice of cool or hot water in the Family Loft Suite, Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

Refreshments in the Family Loft Suite, Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

We loved the Family Loft Suite. The girls especially loved the comfortable beds and going up and down the stairs to the upper floor. 

The Family Loft Suite is rented out for RM278 per night and in our opinion, is well worth the money if you would like to sample it for yourself. We had a very comfortable night's sleep and it was very difficult to get out of the nice warm shower. One thing I loved was sitting on the toilet seat and not feeling freezing cold! The bathroom is not air conditioned like the main room, so the warm steam lingers a while after showering too.

View of the pool from the upper floor balcony of the Family Loft Suite, Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

The other rooms are located close by around the property

The Laman Suite at Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

Especially for couples, the Laman Suite boasts an outdoor bathtub, the surrounding wall ensuring privacy

The Laman Suite shower with an open-air cubicle

A kids pool with water fountains and sitting area are also on the premises of Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel. Lauren went for a swim in the late afternoon.

Kids Pool at Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

The water fountains are a feature of the kids pool at Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

Sitting area and kids pool at Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

Of course, this is a small boutique hotel, so you will have to either bring your own food or go out to eat for meal times. We ordered some KFC delivery for dinner, and the next morning, Mr. Quek was kind enough to buy breakfast and eat with us by the pool. 

Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel at night. Main entrance.

We love LSBH - Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel! Used a 30 second shutter speed and my iphone flashlight to capture this image

Entrance to the reception at Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel

Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan is a no smoking hotel

Look out for the sign board by the side of the road on your way to Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

Family picture in our Family Loft Suite at Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

Family picture in our Family Loft Suite at Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

Finally, a thank you to Mr. Quek and family for looking after us and providing us with a lovely room to spend the night at Laman Sentosa Boutique Hotel, Kuantan

Find the hotel on facebook at: 





And here is a video I shot of our Family Loft Suite:



Friday, April 29, 2016

Gio Mall, Kuantan

Gio Mall is a kind of mini mall in Kuantan opposite UTC. It is primarily a Muslim women's fashion/clothing mall with a number of very trendy outlets selling modern clothes. Upstairs at the top floor one can buy fabrics and materials and household items. There is also a children's playground. 

We had a lunchtime stroll around Gio Mall and Leah absolutely loved the mannequins! The following photos show Leah posing with them and also offer glimpses of Gio Mall.






















Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Chinese New Year 2016

One of my favourite times of the year is Chinese New Year. Each year we visit friends, some of whom we only meet annually during this holiday. It provides a refreshing of friendships and the opportunity to catch up on what each other has been doing, as well as deepening solid long-time friendships. This year was no different. We enjoyed the company of great people, food and happiness.


With Fidelia's university friend, Ka Yi, at CNY

At Grace and Kenny's house during CNY

Paying a visit to some old English students during CNY

Excitedly driving from house to house at CNY

With Mr. Khoo and family for CNY


Happy faces during CNY!

Large CNY group photo at Dato' Johny's house

Leah enjoying playing with sparklers at a friend's house for CNY

All dressed in red, as is typical during CNY

CNY wouldn't be the same without spending time with some of our longest friends in Kuantan

Love visiting our friends during CNY

My favourite CNY breakfast, nian gao

Posing for another photo with good friends at CNY

The boys provide the music for lion dances throughout CNY

The lion dance in full flow at CNY

BBQ!

And more happy CNY times here


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