Kick Start A Monday @ Swiss Garden, Damai LautMay 19, 2010 | 8,254 views
To do away with the midweek blues many of us might be having (and the incessant cravings for the weekend!), this was how I fended off my Monday blues last week; immersing myself in a short 3 days 2 nights getaway to Swiss Garden Golf Resort & Spa at Damai Laut, Lumut. Here’s their website, in case you wanna read more about this almost secluded piece of land to the west of Perak, within spitting distance from Pangkor Island; THE most idyllic island getaway one can hope for when you’re in Perak ….
Established since 1997 (yup, a good 13 years!) Swiss Garden Golf Resort & Spa does not change one bit. Or at least that was how the place looked like to me, on this 3rd visit.
A soothing respite before bracing myself for the onslaught of deadlines and impending headaches (read my Pusing’s Ming Feong post for more musings) for the rest of the week …
We were put up in those apartment-like buildings, but sadly not facing the sea. Our balcony was facing the hills, forests and grounds for various sports; such as a court for netball, archery, and even paintball (I believe)
The twin-sharing room, with basic amenities, as well as perks such as high speed internet access, cable channels, a wardrobe, tea/coffee making facilities, and hot shower/bath tub.
Even more so when the holiday’s on the house. Hahaha … no, this holiday was NOT sponsored by the hotel, in case you’re sensing bias in my writing and getting ready with a rotten tomato in hand, and a sinister thought in mind.
But being another one of those ‘meeting-course-seminar‘ thingy, spanning hours after hours of boring talks and such …. you know the drill. Anyway, nothing beats a timely retreat in these dire times. 🙂
A stroll around the maze-like labyrinth in the evenings …. (Seriously, it took us a few rounds before we got accustomed to the layout of the whole resort)
Swiss Garden Golf Resort & Spa is an exclusive 4 star resort, separated from the bustling tourist-y magnet of Pangkor Island, and situated a short distance away from Pantai Remis, Sitiawan, Seri Manjung and Lumut. No idea where all these places are? No worries, refer to my personal Perak Food Guide for some useful references; food-wise, of course.
Sit back, relax and soak in the sun …. blissful.
A little secluded than imaginable, you literally have to brace yourself for the bumpy roads, passing through the ‘wilderness’ (figure of speech, really), some random dragonfruit plantations, and scary notions of getting lost in the middle of nowhere (very true if you decide to check in during the darker hours of the day!).
The free form swimming pool that is suitable for a lap or two, or better yet, some splashing fun with the kids!
I remember most about Swiss Garden since my previous two visits (one during the late 90’s, and another about 3 years or so later) was the swimming pool. Yes, overlooking the thick foliage beneath, and the setting sun in the evenings casting its glow on the straits of Malacca. And best of all, the place was shaded by palm trees of all heights and shapes, rendering even a swim in the heat of the afternoon feasible.
Quirky yet brought a much pleasant sense of vibrancy to the ambience – The colourful chairs of Garden Terrace, where we had our feasts throughout the 3 days.
As the nearest town (Ayer Tawar/Sitiawan or Seri Manjung) is at least half an hour away, it’s almost impractical to go on an exodus come mealtimes when you’re staying in this resort.
Hence, you’re left with a few choices; either die from famine (drink water from the sea/pool?) OR you can patronize any one of their F&B establishments, which include an all-day dining option at Garden Terrace, Mediterranean & European cuisine at Blossom Courtyard, or even at The Gayam, which is only opened for dinner, specializing in BBQ and seafood buffet, overlooking the sea so you can listen to the crashing waves while digging in into your crustaceans.
The al fresco seating area, on the verandah outside of Garden Terrace.
There isn’t much to do at Swiss Garden, but golfing, swimming and tanning, and then repeating the cycle again and again ………
Yes, you can drink the night away while being gently caressed by the sea breeze …..
Anyway, mind if I reinstate again; this is NOT an endorsement by Swiss Garden Golf Resort & Spa. I did not receive any monetary or non-monetary compensation for this post. Okay, the accommodation was paid for, but NOT by the hotel management, nor any advertising companies.
Phew … but of course, anyone who is itching to buy me a drink, bring me for lunch, or spend me a night at the resort would be much, MUCH welcomed to do so! 🙂
A map taken from their official website.
SWISS GARDEN GOLF RESORT & SPA,
Off Pangkor Island, Malaysia
Persiaran Swiss- Garden, Jalan Damai Laut, Off Jalan Teluk Senangin,
32200 Lumut, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia.
Tel : 605 – 684 3333 Fax : 605 – 618 3388
Directions : Let’s say you’re from Ipoh, Perak, using the Lumut Highway connecting Ipoh to Lumut. Just before you reach Ayer Tawar town, you will reach a traffic lights at a crossroad, with a school on your right. Turn RIGHT towards Pantai Remis direction, and proceed until you reach a T-junction. Take a LEFT (RIGHT will take you to Pantai Remis town), and go forth until you see the big signboard indicating Swiss Garden Golf Resort & Spa on your RIGHT. Turn RIGHT, and follow the route until you reach the resort.
** Wait just one minute !!! NO FOOD in this post?!!!!! Whoops …. but no worries, stay tuned for the review of yet another restaurant in Sitiawan serving Foo Chow cuisine. I promise! **