Thursday, December 31, 2015

Golden Circling

Alhamdulillah, thanks to Partner In Crime's stint in the beloved land of Mauritania, he had the chance to become a member of Shangri-la's Golden Circle. We wasted no time to utilize GC's reward points in terms of Room and Dining Awards before its expiry :) You can choose to stay at any of Shangri-la's Hotels in Malaysia or overseas using this Hotel chart here to know how many points are needed or any Non-Room Award points (dining or spa).

Hotel Jen, Puteri Harbour, Johor

We utilized 1000 GC points to redeem 1 night stay for a standard room at Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour which comes with complimentary breakfast for 2 for a Jade member. We utilized this during our visit to Johor Bahru for Hari Raya.

As the name implies, it is situated at the Puteri Harbour with views of luxurious yachts berthed at the quay.  It is also just next to Hello Kitty Town and Big Hit Club. There also shops and restaurants at the same premise if you're not keen to drive out to JB town.

Puteri Harbour
Puteri Harbour. The building on the left is Hotel Jen

our room at Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, JB


pool and skybar

Shangri-la Putrajaya

For our first wedding anniversary, we utilized 1000 GC points to redeem 1 night stay for a standard room at Shangri-la Putrajaya which also comes with complimentary breakfast for 2. There was also complimentary fruits and chocolate provided in our room and evening cocktail at the lobby from 6-7.30pm.

the standard room. flower petals we brought our own ;)

complimentary fruits and chocolate

the swimming pool

We also utilized Non-Room 1000 GC points for dinner at Azur restaurant at the hotel. 1000 GC points is equivalent to USD 100, at the time it was equivalent to RM379. For appetizer we had salmon gravlax carpaccio and grilled scallops on beetroot stew; mains of garlic black cod fish and grilled rack of lamb; and dessert of durian mousse and tiramisu azurrine.

salmon gravlax carpaccio
grilled scallop
garlic black cod fish
rack of lamb
tiramisu azzurine

There is a park within walking distance where one can jog or go for a stroll with a nice view of Putrajaya.

the park near the hotel

Golden Sands Penang, Batu Feringhi

For the year end short getaway, we utilized the special Golden Circle 5th anniversary discount - standard room awards are offered at 25% off redemption points. So we only utilized 1500 points per room per night instead of 2000 points at Golden Sands Penang. This is one of the longest standing hotel in Penang, it was officiated in 1980 :)

Golden Sands Penang entrance. Notice the lit up rickshaw at night
Golden Sands Penang

standard room
view from room balcony at 1st floor

beach at Golden Sands

night market around Golden Sands

For our stay in Penang this time, we went to the Botanical Gardens, which is really beautiful and so underrated! Entrance is free. There is a buggy service which cost RM3 per person to take you around the garden, but you can actually do the walking yourself.  There is a trail by jeep / 4WD which takes you to Penang Hill from the garden.

Botanical Garden entrance

Penang botanical garden

For lunch, we went to town in Georgetown looking for nasi kandar - we settled for Kassim Mustafa near to Little India at Lebuh Penang.

Kassim Mustafa at Lebuh Penang
Penang's Little India
spices at Little India
Palaykat sarong shop at Little India