My beach vacation was a timely getaway from the hustle and bustle, the unwanted stress and the corporate poison from having left my company. Any later and it wouldn’t have made much of a difference. Also, any later will mean that I’d have to tussle with the Hari Raya and school holiday crowd!
I booked this four-day, three-night trip for my husband and I (though, mostly for myself) a few weeks prior to my last day at the company. It was sort of a spur-of-the-moment trip as I was also considering a much different destination (Genting Highlands apparently) for my getaway. But either vacation would still be booked during the weekdays to avoid the busy weekend crowd.
The reason why I chose Avillion Admiral Cove was for personal reasons, though, mainly it was because I’ve been there a few times before. From those times that I was there, I found that:
- The customer service was excellent — the front desk personnel were friendly and helpful, the housekeeping staff were humble and patient, and the waiters and/or waitresses were kind and generous.
- The food was great — the complimentary breakfast had a wide variety, the ala carte menu catered to all local and foreign tastebuds, and the dinner time buffet would usually cover a festive fanfare (i.e.: this month is Ramadhan, so naturally the buffet spread encompassed all things to do with Hari Raya).
- The atmosphere was great — imagine waking up every morning to the bright blue skies, clear sunshine, as well as the sound, sight and smell of the sea straight from your balcony window! There ain’t nothing better than that, if you ask me.
You can book your vacation via Booking.com like I did. Or you can use other booking sites such as Agoda.com, Traveloka.com, Trivago.com, and even on TripAdvisor! Check out the official Avillion Admiral Cove website for more information and read up on what you can from other travel blogs.
As mentioned in their website:
The Avillion Admiral Cove is a prestigious waterfront hotel located in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. The refreshing Port Dickson marina resort sits on 100 acres of seaside tranquility, adequately placing it alongside the world-class Admiral Marina & Leisure Club.
The Avillion Admiral Cove is just a mere 10-minute drive away from its sister hotel, the Avillion Port Dickson. The dynamic oceanfront hotel features an architectural design that reflects Malaysia’s rich colonial heritage with a modern twist and an expansive view of the famed Straits of Malacca.
All rooms in the Avillion Admiral Cove come with a clean, contemporary feel that is inspired by its surrounding architecture and serene ambiance of the marina and the sea. This captivating seafront haven offers 316 spacious rooms to hotel guests, each providing the perfect getaway in tranquility.
So there you go. I didn’t need anyone to hard-sell the place to me. All I needed were the first-hand experience and the first impression of it. Everything else just fell right into place after that.
In terms of food, however, you may find the hotel prices a little steep, so you are more than welcome to head out for some grub. There are restaurants serving up fresh seafood and other scrumptious Malaysian delicacies, like Soon Huat Restaurant and Weng Yin Seafood Village. Both restaurants are a short drive away from the Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson Beach Resort.
But if you prefer a quick bite before heading back to the hotel, there are many roadside stalls dotting each side of the main road. Although, if you want something a little more in line with your city tastebuds and don’t mind waiting a bit until you get your food, you can drive on a little further to the PD Waterfront where you can find all sorts of fast food fanfare. It is closer to the Port Dickson town, where other amenities such as banks, laundromats and car wash and workshops can be found. It all depends on what you are looking for.
I’ve been going back to Port Dickson a few times now, and despite the number of times I’ve stayed in that resort, I’m not tired of it. If you haven’t gone before, you should try it. Although I have to say, if you’re looking for the kind of bar-hopping, getting drunk sort of nightlife, then you’ll be disappointed. It’s nothing of the sort. All I did was stay in, sleep most of the time, enjoy the sea view from my balcony, eat and went for a swim. If that is the kind of lifestyle you want, then the Avillion Admiral Cove is where you should be!