Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Philea Resort & Spa - Malacca, Malaysia


Honestly, I can’t even recall when my last trip to Malacca was. Maybe 20 years ago, when I was in my 20’s. Seems like ages, isn’t it? I know. Not to say I have to air plane fly down to Malacca, Malacca is actually within an hour drive from where I am. Yet, don’t me why it took me so long to return to Malacca. You can’t blame me either. I was fighting my money and personal love life battles. Then again, come to think of it, battles of life shouldn’t be a show stopper to travelling, in my case, it was more than that. Because of my other half-half’s back to back work schedule, how can I possibly pester him when he is stress crushed after returning from his long working trips and also working day and night for our stable life. In fact, he couldn’t make it for this Malacca trip. I could have travelled alone, but since I didn’t have the guts, I extended an invitation to my lady friend. Of course, who in the right frame of mind will say no to a free holiday? She definitely agreed, she was sly as well for allowing her husband to tag along without informing me. I was utterly shell shocked when both of them appeared in my house.  I was in a fix. Instead of putting on an Indian drama, I accommodated. We then hopped into a close friend’s car, prior to arriving in Philea Resort & Spa. 


Located on the left going down slope, just after Ayer Keroh toll, Phileas Resort is recognized as the largest log cabin resort by Malaysian Book of Records. Sure, so far so good. Huge open area across where the reception is, I requested for an extra bed, though my guy friend didn’t mind sleeping of the floor or sofa, I then swiped my card for our two nights stay. My money. I didn’t even hear a thank you, never mind, no point crying over spill milk, Thereafter, we were driven by open air buggy to our cabin, nearby the man-made waterfall. You can actually walk if you want to, but think again. Carrying your bags to walk down the stone narrow pathway may not be a good idea. What if the expected becomes expected, not when we are in our mid-forties. Falling or angle twisted will lead to a painful holiday. So, take the free buggy service.

Once we stepped foot into our cabin, our eyes almost popped out. Oh-my-goodness-me. Stunning. Beautiful contrast of colorful furnitures and fittings against the rustic structure, spacious room and a bathroom as big as a medium size room. Amazing. Pow. Hundreds of wows! We admired our cabin, we rested for a while and then off to Malacca town. 


 





RM50.00 for a one way trip in not cheap, don’t forget another 50 for returning back to Philea Resort. I guess that is the setback if you didn’t drive, just wondering why Philea Resort does not offer shutter service? After spending a few hours in Malacca town, we were back to Philea Resort. Timing was perfect because by then, sun had gone down, time for a dip in the pool. Wondrous fun, all by myself, there were also a few more people in the pool, I didn’t bother making friends, I had my own water moment and returned to our cabin. I sat for a while outside, but since I didn’t want to donate blood to the flying happily blood suckers in this akin a mini jungle, it does get quite eerie too, I forced sleep onto me.


Breakfast next morning was at the small cramped up dining area within the huge open lobby or reception area. It didn’t help that there were big groups of foreign golfers. Back to back seating, buffet breakfast wasn’t out of the moon. Another morning meal between the standard Western and local dishes. I wasn’t really impressed, my guy friend on the other hand had a ball of time staring at the Korean beauty golfers at the expense of his wife nastily looking at him. I pretended I didn’t notice. Why would I ruin my holiday over other people’s eye infidelity?  I quickly finished off my meal and returned to our cabin.

When the couple came back, my plans for an outing went to deaf ears. Lady fair slept off, she wouldn’t wake up, whereas her husband was glued to the tv. I already knew, it affirmed that I made a mistake by holidaying with these people. Instead of sulking, I walked to Malacca Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary. Later, I followed the staff to a restaurant for lunch and I also packed back food for dinner. Back to the cabin, I rested for a while and then it was my moment of spa pleasure (up next). End of day two. Next morning, the day we will be departing, at about 9.15am, we had breakfast in another spacious dining area. Sadly though, but food was almost at the verge of finishing off. What? No refills? We helped ourselves to whatever is there, while eating, I sounded on what’s the plan for the day. They agreed for another trip to Malacca town. Returning back to Philea Resort by 4pm, we packed and left for home.

Should Philea Resort be on your mind? If you considering a rest and relax getaway, just slumberland, Philea Resort is spot-on. Log cabin is utmostly a sheer joy, noise pollution from loud and thunderous speaking guests can get on your nerves when it’s pin-drop silence night and besides breakfast and lunch, I doubt dinner is offered. On another note, don’t travel with lazy donkeys who are only interested in riding on you for a free holiday.





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18 comments:

  1. I am more interested on the melaka food.. kakaka

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  2. i just had a weekend in Malacca too:)

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  3. Gosh... its such a nice retreat...you should put me in your bag and bring me along.. =)

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  4. I would not be able to resist the pools even if I called for a cab (unless I had an appointment). The water is so inviting!

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  5. This spa is actually relaxation heaven without a doubt - beautiful :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  6. hi nava, looks very cosy and luxurious staying in a suite :)
    i like the wooden and bamboo finishing- very traditionally malaysian cultural heritage. have a nice day

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  7. So nice! I want to go to Malacca!! Sounds like such a wonderful time.

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  8. Wow...looks like a marvelous spa!

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  9. I feel very relaxing looking at those pics :)

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  10. This does look like the place to find tranquility! Love the waterfall pictures. You make a great choice for your stay in Malacca.

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  11. Back from Malacca! The place is super hot :< Feel like jumping into the nice cool water in your lovely resort.

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  12. What a beautiful place to relax and unwind, Nava! I'm kinda jealous!

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  13. ohmaygosh,,, such a wonderful , the waterfall make me wanna jump there too hahahaha!!!

    nava!! this place captivated me, i wanna go here someday!!! share me the address here please :D btw how much per night there?

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  14. it must be a wonderful trip down to malacca :) i'd love some melaka delicacies too

    Latest: Worst Shabu Ever

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  15. The spa looks so relaxing and I agree a nice dip int he pool after a long day is very refreshing.

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  16. am a malaysian that didnt went melaka before >.< any where it look good :)

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  17. the falls looks amazing! i think i just fell in love! i wish i can go there! hayyy..

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  18. Nice resort.I hope u had a nice time.nice clicks.

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