Sunday, June 01, 2014

Staycation @ Putrajaya Shangri-La

It's the school holidays...yippee!!! I'm happy coz it means we don't have to wake up super early to rush the kids to school.

With Joseph away at a Scripture Union camp and Nana babysitting the girls, Daalin and I escaped for some much-needed couple time. Isaac had the privilege of tagging along because he's still breastfeeding and I need him as much as he needs me.

This time round, we decided on Putrajaya Shangri-La....a decision with no regrets! 

Thanks to gift vouchers from Digi and AhKongAhMah, our staycation was almost free!

We opted for the Funtastic Package - a one-night stay in one of their Parkview Deluxe rooms with buffet breakfast and a cruise around Tasik Putrajaya.

I indicated 'baby cot' under remarks when making the online room booking and it was all nicely set up when we arrived.

There was also a cute little towel elephant with 2 lollipops for its eyes.

The bathroom is spacious with a large bathtub and separate standing shower. I know some people will find the shower cubicle rather small (I estimate it's about 2.5 feet square) but hey, it's a standing shower so standing space is all you really need.

It was also really thoughtful of Shangri-La to provide kiddy toiletries. How sweet!

Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted and promptly checked-in by their very friendly staff. After a good afternoon nap, we took turns using the gym and strolling around the pool area. The infinity pool is really nice. The Jacuzzi is on one end of the infinity edge and you can enjoy lovely views of Putrajaya and the sunset in the evening.  

Next to the pool is the spa as well as a Relaxation Lounge.

I'm relaxing...

reading material in the relaxation lounge

In the evenings, complimentary drinks (beer, wine, fruit juices) are served at The Lobby Lounge.

We had some juices and nuts before heading downstairs to Azur for dinner.

The place was very quiet and only a couple of other tables were occupied all evening. I really liked it that the waiter informed us as to which dishes were not available for the evening as soon as he handed us the menu.

complimentary appetizer
Unfortunately, the quality of the food served was not quite as excellent as their service. I didn't have any complains with the Cartoccio pasta except that I had asked for linguine and they gave me fettuccine but this didn't quite matter.   

Daaling's Carbonara however, tasted like canned sauce and cheap ham. Not quite what I'd expect from a 5-star establishment.

For dessert, we had the Durian Mousse Coulis. It was not too sweet. Just nice.

The next morning, we each had another gym fix while Isaac slept till almost 10am. We still managed to leisurely stuff ourselves at the buffet breakfast at Palm Hill Café.

Round 1 - fresh fruts, bowl of strawberries+raisins+dates+muesli and glass of soya milk

The breakfast spread is not super extensive but very decent in quality.

Nasi Lemak station had chicken rending and friend sardines - very yummy and crunchy. The chef told me that people from the north like sardines with their nasi lemak.

Check out the very nicely done hardboiled eggs...

As soon as we sat down, a friendly staff offered tea or coffee and this was promptly refilled when our cups were empty.

Round 2 - porridge with salted egg and century egg, siew mai, smoked salmon, smoked mackerel.

Round 3 - fusion nasi lemak with chicken rending, minced lamb, duck confit, smoked salmon and fried sardine.

Round 4 - pastries and yoghurt

variety of cheese
After a lovely breakfast, we went back to the room and soon dozed off again till our late check out at 3pm. I woke up at 2.45pm feeling super rested and quickly jumped up to pack.

I'm so glad we chose Putrajaya Shangri-La really did feel like a getaway despite not having to travel too far. The hotel is designed to be very open....lots of glass to let the outside expanse of greenery in. There's even a indoor garden with a stream.

I'm also quite hooked on the warm Sharngri-La hospitality. This is our first Shangri-La stay and I must say, I'm quite impressed!

Daalin is already thinking we could just come here again for our anniversary stay in November. It would be much cheaper than Pangkor Laut and saves us the travelling (which we really don't like).

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