If you plan a resort holiday away in Malaysia, you may want to consider Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort. Located in Sepang, it’s about 45 minutes away from the KL airports and 45 mins away from Putra Jaya and about 90-120 mins away from KL city. So if you are tired of city life in KL and keen to unwind, a drive to this coastal resort may freshen your holiday 🙂 Or if you are going to the Sepang International Circuit F1, you may consider this resort for your accommodation as it’s close by.
The drive from the airport to Sepang was through vegetation sites and old town, away from hustle bustle of city life. We took uber to get to the resort, it’s more economical than taking the taxi service from the airport. Although not all uber would take you there as it’s quote remote. Alternatively you can arrange with the resort to collect you from the airport.
The check in was easy and brief, taken into account our stay was during the weekday. We would have appreciated some welcome drinks though, as usually served for check in guests. Especially given the Malaysian humid weather and the guests have just had a long drive in (or in our case, long drive and international flight).
We stayed in a spacious and luxurious 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroom, a study, a lounge, a terrace unit (122 m2) right over the water. The first bedroom has a King size bed with spacious bathroom with a round bathtub and separate his and her basins. The villas are structured in a shape of palm tree. So our villa was in fifth trunk, close to swimming pool and the restaurants. Besides the villas, there are lower rate Superior Room which located closer to the reception area, hence not as much as in the water as the villas.
The buggy service takes the guests to their villas after check in and whenever you need their service you just have to phone them from your room. The buggy drivers were all polite and friendly. There were one was very friendly to us, I wish I remembered his name 🙂 My family prefer another mode of transportation to take us around the resort, bicycles! There are many bicycle hubs around the resort. You help yourself to one, and ride around! you can even park the bicycles at your villa for your next use. Mini bicycles for little ones are also provided.
It was my intention during our stay there to get active and burn some fat from over-indulging during our one-month holiday. So I am happy with cycling around. Every morning, in one of the two beach sides, a form of exercise is programmed. So I took part in the free yoga and dance class. I also went to the gym and swam in the the swimming pool located in the Club House.
The infinity pool (and one for kiddies) is lovely. As we came during the week, the pool wasn’t that crowded. However, I would imagine come to weekends and school holidays, the pools would be so full. I suggest another pool being built on one of two sides of the beaches!
There are two sides of the beaches, the Smiley beach is where the non machine water sport are and some kids activities (paid) such as the bubbles and kiddies motorbikes. The Sunrise beach is where the kids club and the morning exercise area are. There are restaurants in both of the beach sides.
Behind Smiley beach you could find a food stall court. The food court sells local dishes such as Nasi Goreng and fresh Seafood bbq. Most of the food stalls were closed during our visit though. Not sure what the reason was, could it be because it was during weekdays or they were still closed after the Eid holiday.
Please note that the sea water by the beach is not as sparkling blue as one wish it would be. As the sea is a meeting point of some rivers around the areas. However my hubby loved lounging by Smiley beach and read his book. While I prefer to read in our fully air conditioned villa as the heat sometimes could be unbearable for me as we went in their dry season (July).
Every day my kids would visit the Kids Club. Mostly for some paid activities such as batik painting, sand arts and many more.
I had a great time taking a part on fruit carving class with the Executive Chef of Bila Bila Restaurant. In Bila Bila restaurant, the breakfast is served every morning. My family and I loved the breakfast buffet there. The spread was varied, from western to local foods. The taste was delicious and the Bila Bila staff all are very welcoming and friendly! Even my 6 y/o girl still asked me when can we have breakfast in Bila Bila again… 🙂
In some of the evening, a dance and live music are performed at the stage in Bila Bila (can be seen from the pool area too).
There are many restaurants and a spa within Avani Sepang Resort. Too bad I didn’t try the spa so I couldn’t share the experience here. Besides Bila Bila Restaurant, we tried Steam Boat Restaurant, which was a relaxing and delicious experience. Most other times we ordered through Room Service. The menu was extensive and yummy, the service was punctual. I am glad the Room Service even catered Kiddies Menu. Easier in the pocket for parents and kids enjoying the smaller portion so that they could finish their meals! All the food are halaal as certification shown in the lobby. However alcohol beverages are served in a separate fridge. However please be cautious as I think I’ve read in one of the menu that the sauce was made with alcohol. Please just check the menu ingredients as I am not so sure now which menu was it and I didn’t confirm with the staff. It could be my mistake too.
There are not many activities around in Sepang, except if its F1 seasons 🙂 However the hotel provided some paid tours within the areas such as Mangrove or Fishing tour etc. Free shuttle bus is provided to Sunway Pyramid. We didn’t take it as we would prefer a shuttle bus right to the city centre mall, such as KLCC.
Overall we enjoyed our stay as it is valued for money 🙂 Til next time again, Avani Sepang.