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LOCATION:

Holiday Villa Resort & The Eastern Pavillion is located some 40 kilometres north of Kuantan or 150 kilometres south of Kuala Terengganu. The resort is accessible on the main coastal road that connects these two major cities and it is also located close to the fabled Cherating Village which is located just minutes away to the north. Cherating is located in the state of Pahang, some 3-1/2 hours away from Kuala Lumpur.

DESCRIPTION:
Holiday Villa Resort takes on a fairly expansive setting along a section of Cherating beach. The main building takes the centre stage between the two main sections of the resort, namely the Palace Wing and the Capital Wing. In recent days, a new offering of luxurious pool villas were introduced in the resort under the brand name of The Eastern Pavillion. In general, the general condition of the resort buildings is fairly acceptable if not somewhat old. After all, the resort has been making its mark in the famous Cherating beach stretch for some 20 years or so. The reception area is rather small but I really love the lounge adjacent to it. Self-serving glasses of cold fruit juice are arranged in the reception area for the newly-arrived guests.

The Palace Wing consists of three lodging categories, namely Superior, Garden Villa and Antara Suite. All rooms in the Palace Wing face a large swimming pool (the resort actually has two swimming pools, not including the individual pools at The Eastern Pavillion). I find the Superior room to be rather basic without much frills. Choices of either two single beds or one king-size bed are available under the Superior category. A lounging couch is neatly placed at the room corner right next to the balcony. The balcony door expectedly opens out to the pool view. Opposite the building that houses all the Superior rooms are the Garden Villas which also boast a pool view amidst the lush landscaped greenery. While these Garden Villas are more suitable for families, I find the interior to be rather small. A couch is placed fronting the entrance door and it can be used as a sleeping bunk for the kids. In the proper bedding zone, two single beds are arranged apart or merged together, depending on the requirements. Further up the category is the Antara Suite, which is actually a standalone bungalow-style accommodation with the much-sought-after ocean view. The suite comes with two bedrooms and a living area. Depending on the bedding configuration, the Antara Suite can fit in 4-6 guests at one time.

On the other hand, the Capital Wing consists of room categories of Deluxe, Family Suite and Cherating/Capital Suite. The Deluxe room comes with either one king-size bed or two single beds. The interior arrangement and fittings are generally good and comfortable. The room comes with a balcony where the view of the second swimming pool can be enjoyed. On a slightly higher room category are the Family Suite which can fit up to 7 guests at one time. The Family Suite is equipped with two bedrooms, both of almost equal size with two person staying in each bedroom, a living room which is fitted with a sofa bed, and a dining area. The balcony at the living room opens out to the view of the second swimming pool. The highest room category offered in the Capital Wing is the Capital Suite, which can also fit in 7 guests. There are two bedrooms in the suite, one being the master bedroom with a king-size bed, and the second bedroom is equipped with two single beds. The living room also comes with a lounging area that features a sofa bed.

The most illustrious feature of the resort definitely goes to a collection of 12 pool villas in The Eastern Pavillion, which is located adjacent to the main building. Each villa is named after a state in the Malaysian Federation and the villa construction is done such that to emulate the unique influence of architectural design of the state from which its name is derived from. While each villa may look rather similar upon first impression, a closer perusal reveal small details in the construction which one can identify with a certain state, such as Rumah Pahang, Rumah Melaka and Rumah Negeri Sembilan. Officially, The Eastern Pavillion claims to offer choices of 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom pool villas, although I find one of the two or three bedrooms is actually a living room. A not-so-important aspect anyway, as each of them comes with a private plunge pool, which I have to say is the best feature of The Eastern Pavillion. As for the 3-bedroom villa, the interior is carefully embellished with modern and traditional items to create a luxurious vacation stay. The main entrance opens into a spacious living room that features separate lounging and dining areas. On both ends of the 3-bedroom villa are the bedrooms. The master bedroom naturally is more impressive with a poster-bed as well as a retractable sofa bed, while the second bedroom comes with two single beds. Each bedroom is equipped with a bathroom. The two-bedroom variant is generally of similar interior arrangement with the three-bedroom villa. The bedroom is somewhat cramped but still features a comfortable king-size bed as well as an ensuite bath. Behind the partitioned wall is the living area which opens out to a private balcony at the back of the villa. In fact, BBQ dinner can be arranged on the private balcony by the outdoor plunge pool.

Within the compound of The Eastern Pavillion is the Amoaras Spa which is set in a soothing landscaped greenery as well as rock fountains. The spa centre boasts an open-air ambience especially at the reception area. Upon entering the spa complex, one will be greeted with a large bath area which seems to be able to fit quite a number of patrons. Encircling the feature bath are designated private rooms for reflexology, massages, aromatherapy, etc. As expected, the Amoaras Spa offers selective Balinese-influenced treatments such as muscle tissue massage, body aromatherapy, traditional hair bath, body scrubs, manicure and pedicure.

There are four F&B outlets in the resort. The main dining outlet is Beach Restaurant, which as the name would suggest, is just a few yards away from the ocean. The outlet opens for 24 hours and serves mainly local and international fares in buffet-style as well as a la carte. Within the same building as Beach Restaurant is Mario's Italian Steakhouse, which seems to be in the final touch-ups from its recent refurbishment project. The steakhouse should be ready to be operational anytime soon. Adjacent to the main lobby area is Lagenda Restaurant which is only available for pre-arranged lunch or dinner functions. For happy hours, Karaoke Fun Pun is open early in the evening with extended hours on weekends.

REVIEWED ON:
July 2007

MY VERDICT:
Acceptably good for a vacation in the famous stretch of Cherating beach. Room selections in both Capital Wing and Palace Wing are quite good but not extraordinary. Very luxurious offering of pool villas in The Eastern Pavillion although the choices of interior fittings can be further improved. Great resort landscaping throughout

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