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In the heart of Cyberjaya precinct where most of the current MSC-status buildings are located. To be exact, if you are coming on the half-completed South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE), look out for the exit to KLIA and Cyberjaya. Once you get into the proper township of Cyberjaya (marked with glitzy low-rise buildings of multinational IT companies), there will be a left-hand turn in front of the MSC Headquarters building which should guide you right into the resort.
This resort was probably built along the same time when the first few buildings of Cyberjaya were first erected. It was mainly catered for the short and long staying expatriates in this emerging IT district. In fact, the resort features some office suites from which a number of international companies operate their regional operations. The latest one that I saw during my visit was that of Monsters.com, USA's premier online job search company.
Cyberview Lodge Resort & Spa is built on an expansive garden setting amidst natural rolling hills. Most of the room units are placed in a circular pattern centred at the featured pool garden right in the middle. Patrons will have the options to park their cars right in front of their units, or leave them at the main entrance and walk through the lush gardens. The lobby is quite small but decidedly nice with extensive timber walls and floors. During my visit, it was profusely decorated with Christmas-themed ornaments. Checking-in process at the reception counter was rather pleasant, with minted cold towel was presented with a glass of ginger tea. And friendly staff of course.
The resort features 68 chalet rooms, 4 suites and 2 bungalows. The chalet units can be further divided into pool-garden view as well as lake view. Indeed, the resort has a man-made lake with jet fountain spouting waters all day long. In general, a chalet room is set in a two-storey building with 8-10 units per block. As for the suites, there are Bunga Raya (Hibiscus) Presidential Suite, Mawar (Rose) Honeymoon Suite, and Junior Suite. The suites are commonly equipped with separate living rooms and bedrooms, kitchenette and jacuzzi tubs. The bungalows, on the other hand, offer separate living and dining areas, two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
I managed to secure a stay in a garden view chalet. First impression counts and the room certainly did well to wow me as I entered it. The chalet room is of astounding size - at an estimated 68 sq metre of space, the resort can proudly boast the biggest standard room in the market! Really, after a while, you would feel the significant walk you have to make to get from the garden-facing balcony to the bathroom across the living room and the kitchenette. The room is fully installed with timber-strip floor (thumbs up for that, I loved it!), a super-sized poster king bed with mosquito net for that honeymoon feel, a simple yet elegant kitchenette with overhang cabinets and drinking bar, a small living area equipped with cushion sofa and teak coffee table, etc. I found the bed to be very comfortable and quite different from what I normally encountered in other hotels. Perhaps the resort uses a different type of mattress that is not too spring-y. In fact, too comfortable that I woke up rather late the next morning. The bathroom is just as spacious as one could easily guess. There are separate areas for dressing mirror, glass-enclosed shower and bath tub. Another distinguished feature of the room is a broadband-equipped PC with ready internet access for simple email checking or web browsing. Often we see high-end hotels boasting broadband internet access but you will still need your own laptop to enjoy that facility, but Cyberview Lodge Resort takes the extra mile to provide you with a computer as well. Overall, the chalet room scores highly in my view.
Interestingly, the main swimming pool was probably my only beef with this resort. Don't get me wrong. It is beautiful and lushly landscaped in a tropical setting with multi-tiered waterfalls and ample pool chairs. But I had to question the usage of sand-coloured cement as the pool bottom, making the water looks sombre and uninviting. In fact, at first I thought it was a fish pond until I saw a few patrons swimming in it. Anyway, the pool area is still very spacious with layers of cascading waterfalls in superb greenery.
The resort hosts a much-acclaimed spa centre called Sembunyi Spa (sembunyi means "to hide away" in Malay). I really loved the spa setting - the Balinese-inspired roofing and exquisite granite masonry really go well together. Added to that is a fabulous lap pool overlooking the lake. There are seven exclusive spa treatment rooms somewhat hidden along the corridor (hence the word sembunyi) plus the cozy Mayang Sari Suite for the ultimate head-to-toe pampering. There are also a well-equipped gym, steam, sauna and jacuzzi rooms overlooking the lake. Oddly, regular resort patrons will need to pay to use these facilities except for those coming for spa treatments. Early gym entry (0700 to 1000 hrs) will set you back RM20. To use the spa facilities (lap pool, jacuzzi, etc), one needs to fork out RM75. Resort guests will get a slight discounted entry fee of RM50.
There are five F&B outlets in the resort. The main all-day dining outlet is the Verandah Restaurant set amidst a lush garden with koi pond. I did find the interior to be somewhat ordinary with metal chairs and old decor, but get this: the restaurant uses the Royal Doulton table wares (plates, saucers, etc) which is really a classy brand name for fine dining. The morning buffet breakfast was quite insipid, but I did enjoy the garden view all around the outlet. Opens for lunch and dinner is the Bistro Cascata which boasts a citadel-like facade overlooking the cascading waterfalls. Its interior is decorated with garish colours synonymous with Mediterranean and Italian thematic food outlet. Adjacent to the main lobby is the Atap Lounge (atap means "the roof" in Malay) with idyllic open setting with great garden views and wooden furniture. The Xing Zhu, an exquisite Chinese eatery, presents fine arrays of dim sum and Cantonese cuisines. The last but not least, a night spot called the Tree Haus is a great evening joint for music and relaxation especially for the hardworking Cyberjayans (if there is such a word, yet!)
I managed to secure the price of RM280++ for the chalet room which was inclusive of breakfast for two. Normally, online discounted rates start at RM350++ and can go up to a few thousands for the higher end units ie: the bungalows and suites.
Lush tropical setting for peace and quiet. Quite ordinary architecture but the room is extremely spacious and very well-appointed. Nice pool area. Outstanding spa settings.