Pulled up the Maps & Navigation app on my phone as we passed the industrial estate of Gebeng on our journey from Kuantan to our destination: Holiday Villa Cherating.
The app showed we were just 20 minutes away, making it roughly a 40-minute drive from Kuantan town. Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa Cherating lies just before The Legend Resort on the right hand side of the road, as travelling from Kuantan.
|The entrance to Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa Cherating|
|Entering the lobby at Holiday Villa Cherating|
|The warm and inviting lobby|
|View of the lobby taken from an adjacent waiting room|
We were really impressed with the warm and inviting lobby and waiting area with smooth wooden furniture and neatly decorated walls, with a range of books, magazines and newspapers to browse through.
We were soon escorted to our chalet. A very comfortable sofa in the living area awaited us as we relaxed for a while upon arrival. The bed was fantastic! We had one of the most comfortable nights sleep we have had when compared to any hotel in Kuantan. The one piece of advice I would give is to take some mosquito repellent as there were one or two mosquitos flying around while we were sleeping.
|My wife sitting on our chalet porch|
|The living area of our chalet|
|Bathroom featuring toilet and shower|
|Mirror and sink with a nice big rubbish bin!|
|The bed, with Leah busy chatting on the phone!|
After a little rest, my wife indulged herself at the spa with a facial. Eastern Pavilion is attached to the main resort where spa treatment is available and separate chalets are located with private pools!
|Beautiful scenery at Eastern Pavilion|
We also took some time to look around the resort to discover what was there and appreciate more of this stunning scenery
|Took this lovely family photo amidst the nature at Holiday Villa Cherating|
And of course, the main attraction is the location: right on the beach front!
|Putting my feet up at the beach|
|Chillin' out at Cherating|
|Plenty of activities to do at Cherating!|
Here is the Beach Restaurant where we had our dinner and breakfast the next day. The food was good. Very thankful to Mr. Leslie, the Hotel Manager, for the free dinner! A plus point is 24-hour room service delivered from this restaurant.
The hotel arranged for us to go and see some turtles laying eggs at a nearby beach. We drove about 15 minutes into Terengganu along the highway where we met a 'Pak Su' at an Esso station. We followed him to the beach around the corner where we met a large group of other people. This was at 9pm so it was dark, the moon and stars shining brightly in the night sky. We had a trek along the shore before we arrived at the nesting site.
Initially our guides divided us into groups of 10 to go and see the egg laying, but it soon became a free-for-all with no order. It was quite disappointing really as those at the front were not moving away. Eventually my wife and I had to ask people to let others come and see too. Far too many people!
Finally, I have to say thank you to Rina (pictured below) who assisted us with our reservation and everything else we needed (including towels in our room!) during our stay.
We really enjoyed our stay at Holiday Villa Cherating. Very satisfied with the beautiful surroundings, the beach, and the comfortable bed!