Since the opening of Legoland Malaysia, I have yet the chance to check out the new theme park in Johor Bahru. Bok had some complimentary entrance tickets to the theme park and we planned a weekend getaway with Caroline and Eric. The four of us carpool down to Johor Bahru and it was approximately 3 hours drive. We managed to fill up our tummy with some Sarawak food on our way to Legoland in JB. We spent the entire noon in Legoland before checking in to our stay at Amansari Residence Resort.
Amansari Residence Resort is situated and surrounded by middle and high-end residential housing within the Eastern Gate Development Zone of Iskandar Development Region known as one of the premium hotels in Johor Bahru. The resort is nearby to the Regency Specialist Medical Centre, International Japanese School, Ocville Golf Club and Ponderosa Golf Club.The entire resort comprises both hotel rooms and apartment types of accommodation to cater different types of travelers. It is within easy access to Johor Bahru city center when using new highway.
We were welcomed with a huge and spacious lobby. There’s welcome drinks by the side of the lobby counter for thirsty travelers. Check-in was smoothly done and we got our keys to our respective rooms.
We stayed in Amansari Deluxe Room which is close to RM200 after tax and inclusive of breakfast. The room comes with a queen-sized bed, air-conditioning, 32″ LCD TV with satellite and cable channels, telephone with IDD, in-room Electronic Safe Box, mini bar fridge, iron and ironing board, digital weighing scale, hair dryer and laundry basket. There’s free WiFi in each room too.
Clean bathroom that comes with lotus shower head and basic toilet amenities (toothbrush, soap, foam bath, shampoo, body lotion, cotton buds, shower cap and sanitary bag).
There are a pair of comfy and relaxing chairs and table at the balcony overlooking the golf course.
Golf Course view from balcony
Looking down from our balcony is the view of the resort’s man-made pond.
We did a quick tour around the resort to check out their facilities: Courtyard Cafe, GoZen Japanese Restaurant, Gym, Library, Ping Pong Table, Squash Court and Tennis Court.
The resort has 3 swimming pools: Jacuzzi pool, kid’s swimming pool and 1.4m deep pool for adults. The next morning, I went to have a swim after breakfast. The kid’s pool looks fun because there’s a slide but the depth of the pool is less than a feet. So, landing was not pleasant. It was a quick swim before we went back to our room as it is very cold and chilly. The resort is very windy and I have very thin skin with lousy fats 😛
There are a few function halls ranging from small to huge ones which could accommodate up to 1,000 persons! Various functions were held in various halls and most popular one is Wedding banquet. I also heard that the resort also host Garden Weddings.
Buffet breakfast (if included with room) is available at the Courtyard cafe. Facing the golf course, it was a windy meal and at one point, I was shivering at the morning breeze.
They have quite a spread for breakfast consisting both Western and local delicacies. Plenty of hot coffee, tea and fruit juices as well. There’s cereals too.
The Courtyard Cafe is open for lunch as well. We had our lunch here before heading back to KL.
Overall, it was a pleasant stay and it is suitable for travelers with kids, especially if you’re planning for Legoland Malaysia. It is quite a drive from the theme park, but it’s worth the stay as along the way, there are plenty of seafood restaurants and eateries (we even hunt for koay teow kia which not very far). Or if you’re looking for a place to stay for a short term rental, the resort do provide short term stay on monthly basis at reasonable rates.
Check-Out 12:00 PM
Earliest Check-In 3:00 PM
Number of Rooms 288
Amansari Residence Resort
Jalan Persiaran Seri Alam, Bandar Seri Alam,
81750 Masai, Johor, Malaysia.
Tel: +607 381 7070
Fax: +607 388 0707
GPS Coordinates: 1.506799,103.860301