Hi! I am back from a wonderful getaway at Awana Kijal Golf, Beach & Spa Resort, Terengganu. Terengganu is one of the state in Malaysia, situated at the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia. It is well-known of its beautiful sea sides and beach attractions. Awana Kijal is one of my wish-to-visit resorts, after listening to many positive reviews from friends and online reviewers, we decided to pay this well recommended resort a visit last weekend. Awana Kijal is situated in Kemaman, one of the town in Terengganu. It was a 3 days 2 nights getaway from the busy urban city to a slow and relax town. This place is famous of the "turtle watching" activity at night. The resort is providing local trip packages to few attractions around the town, such as turtle watching (seasonal), durian trip, firefly watching, village tour and city tour. Thus, you can visit those places without any hassle.
After driving for about 5 hours from our home, we finally reached our destination. We were impressed by the architectural of the lobby and the top view from the highest floor of the hotel's room. Over seeing the golf course, the beautiful sea & the jungle, we were amazed and understood those good reviews from the previous guests. The resort has a huge & beautifully designed swimming pool, outdoor jacuzzi and also children pool with water slides, we definitely enjoyed the swimming pool especially my little boy. After the pool, I headed to the sauna room to get some refreshment which I longed for a long time. The following day, we headed to the sea for a dip and followed by our favourite beach sand castle building activity. The weather was beautiful during our stay there, it was just the right time to enjoy beach activities. So, we waited no more and rented 2 bicycles to ride along the beach and the resort.
The resort is also providing plenty of water activities such as banana boat ride, water skiing, jet skiing, parasailing, fishing trip and boat ride. Nevertheless, these activities are depending on the season. Most of the water activities can't be carried out during monsoon season around end of the year. Apart from the water activities, they also have beach activities, such as beach soccer, sepak takraw, volleyball, basketball, sand castle building and kite flying. It will be fun if you are coming with a group of friends or family.
There are giant size snake & ladder game and chess game painted on the ground for adults and kids to spend some childhood games together. It is a fun way to gather friends and family together while enjoying this beautiful resort.
We thought it will be difficult to find Chinese restaurant in this town since this town has majority of Malays restaurants, we were surprised to find 2 Chinese restaurants and a KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) branch just beside the resort. Thus, we headed to one of the Chinese restaurants to try it out. They have a wide range of food and was as good as those restaurant's standard in KL. Moreover, their price is reasonable. We had our lunch and dinner there for 2 days and we still find the food was awesome!
Nevertheless, the resort's breakfast was good too. We got to taste their local famous nasi padang with tuna curry (a Malays traditional food) and lemang with beef rendang. (Lemang is a traditional Malay food made of glutinous rice and coconut milk and cooked in a hollowed bamboo stick lined with banana leaves in order to prevent the rice from sticking to the bamboo. Reference from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemang). Along the way, you can find plenty of hawker stalls by the roadsides selling fresh-warm lemang, grilled fish in banana leaves, deep fried chips (keropok), satay, curry noodles and many more. All of them are absolutely mouth-watering if you prefer spicy, rich and authentic Asian food, it gives you the taste of the authentic village food that will definitely boost your appetite!
We really had a great getaway this time according to our pace and choices. We will surely return to this resort again the next time.