We made our way to the LCCT from Tunes hotel feeling very zombified. The same staff was still on their work shift and yes, it was a bit awkward seeing them again. I can’t imagine working the graveyard shift.
I was expecting the LCCT to be quiet at 430 in the morning but boy, that was just wishful thinking. There were so many people, some already queuing up at the eateries, some sleeping on the floor, chairs anywhere imaginable, baggage trolleys included, some were arguing with each other about their extremely overweight baggages etc.
It was like watching the documentary airports, hectic and ridiculously crazy at times! Amidst this chaos, check in was a breeze. Before going into the departure hall, we looked around for a place to eat. Both Starbucks and McDonald’s were closed. Old Town Kopitiam was packed. The only option we had was Marrybrown.
I only had a cup of hot milo while Aslan had a chicken burger with curly fries.
I don't know how can he work up such an appetite at 430am...
We regretted eating there, not that it was terrible or anything, there were other options inside the departure hall… Meh.
Anyway, the departure hall was not as chaotic as I remembered from my trip to Hong Kong via Air Asia in 2010. It was large, with a few dining options, Duty Free shops, toilets and a lot of seats.
Can't figure out why some people are in winter wear when they are about to fly to somewhere tropical?
The flight was uneventful. No turbulence. We only bought some mineral water. Slept throughout the flight.
Before the sun rises... Aslan took this photo, I was out zzz...
The last time I was there, immigration clearance took over an hour due to the crowd but this time, less than 15 minutes!
Once we got our bags, our driver was already waiting outside with our names on the signboard. Our ride was a shining BMW 7 series!
Smiling from ear to ear.
We bypassed the town and took the back road to the pier.
In order to reach the resort, we boarded a speedboat. Island hopping, y’all!
Pop-art photo of our ride
Walking towards the speedboat.
From there, we did not have to worry about dragging our baggages here and there. The hotel staff took care of everything.
5 minutes ride and it was super fast!
We were also given a cold tower scented with lemon grass. It was really refreshing! The excitement pretty much woke us up. No more a zombie, y’all!
Cloudy paradise island but nonetheless, beautiful!
We got on the buggy, where the lovely staff, brought us straight to our room.
On the buggy!
On the way to our room, we stopped by the gong to do a welcoming ceremony. We were given a flower bracelet each. Each wish we make, hit the gong twice. I only had one wish.
On our way to the room, we were also showed around the resort. Lovely place, more photos later.
Now, where we will be staying for the next four days is not exactly a room…
It is a freaking VILLA!!! Dayyummmmm. We also have our own bicycles to use around the resort. How awesome is that???
Fearing we might miss breakfast (Quite a silly thought as it finishes at 1030 am and it was only 830 in the morning?), after we’ve checked in (not at the lobby but in the villa!!!), we went straight to the restaurant.
Breakfast by the beach. <3
The most peaceful breakfast ever...
After I had my fruits, I ordered the warm meal. Poached eggs with spinach and chicken. It was lovely!
Just the right amount and delicious too!
I look forward to having breakfast here.
Buffet spread is good and simple but fills the tummy. I will take photos of the buffet spread tomorrow.
Now, let the tour of the villa begins.
Me posing at the entrance.
See that little rock to the left of me? It is in fact a privacy sign.
Eyes opened: Welcomed to enter to the villa
Eyes closed: Do not disturb
The rope with the small rock to my right is the door bell.
Reminds me of the recess bell back in kindergarten...
And this is the view that greets you as you walk through that door…
Our villa is not just a villa but a sea view villa with a plunge pool! How cool is that???
Close up of the plunge pool, the water can get quite chilly, especially on a cloudy day!
The front of the villa and lanai area as seen from the pool lounge
I kept on telling Aslan how I want our future house to be something like this.
The lanai for chilling in, or do some yoga or play a match of chess. Whatever you want to do, really.
The first thing one sees upon entering the villa…
Simple design, a room is a place of relaxation, meditation, not to do work etc
We were told by the staff that when we are here, we are encouraged not to think about work. Rest the body, mind, soul and spirit. We did exactly that. Explains why this post takes quite a while to be published (Went there in January, only publish it in March… )
The mini bar and coffee tea making facilities. The items in the mini bar are ridiculously expensive. Luckily I brought some healthy snack food from Kuching.
The iPod they loaned us at the villa, love their selection of jazz music!
Relaxing after a heavy breakfast...
Wi-Fi is available for free at the cafe but in the room, it cost THB400 or RM40 a day. A bit crazy but cheaper than having to use data roaming on Maxis.
I think the next time I go on a beach holiday, I ought to leave my laptop home. It distracts me from connecting with Mother Nature. Bad bad bad. But I can’t live without my laptop!!! I need therapy.
Anyway, tour of the room continues…
You can see the bathroom area from the bed.
One thing I find it a bit tricky about the villa is the outdoor bathroom. The mosquitos are a bit of a nuisance but I think we managed to cope. They also burn some insect repeller in the evening and do regular organic fogging.
The steps to the bathroom area
It is a lovely concept, but I can’t help feeling paranoid about people peeking. It is an open concept but cleverly designed to avoid any exposure. But I still keep myself covered all the time.
The bedroom/living room on the right, outdoor bath straight ahead and the bathroom area on the left
Beautiful design, don't you think so?
Although doing the ‘business’ can be a little bit awkward…
Oh well, we all do the business the same way, who cares. :p
The shower stall with built in steamer. The best invention, ever!
The outdoor bath!
There is also a door leading directly to the pool area from the bathroom area.
The view from the villa is simply breathtaking. In the day, it can get quite noisy, a lot of boats and ships around in the area but it is nothing that we can’t get used to, besides, everything seems to blend in harmoniously.
The view is more glorious on a clearer day, it was a bit misty today.
Taken later in the afternoon
See the little red boat on the bottom right corner? That is probably the noisiest boat in the region! No kidding!
Failed to resist temptation, Aslan went for a swim. The almost freezing water deterred me from a swim session. So while Aslan splashed around, I napped on the lounge.
How Aslan could withstand the chilly water is a mystery.
Once the food went down properly, we decided to do a little bit of exploring. They have sent another bike, that made our exploring easier. Our villa is situated about 8 minutes walk from the cafe, main pool, beach, spa etc, so it is a bit of a walk but very pleasant regardless.
One challenging part about cycling is the steep hills along the way and the fact the pavement is small, I don’t want to hurt anyone as I cycle downhill.
Posing with my bike
First stop was the Jungle Gym. You don’t need high tech gym equipment when you can have equally good workout in the jungle!
We monkeyed around at the jungle gym. See it for yourself:
Aslan being romantic, he changed into a casual t-shirt in the matching shade as mine!
I did okay at balancing
Training to be a ninja!
A very ladylike ninja
I came, I saw, I conquered!
The elegant way of doing this exercise
Aslan showing me the 'proper' way of the exercise
The monkey bars were a bit challenging but it did make us feel like we were some sort of gymnastic athletes.
Look at the determination on his face... Lol
I could only managed 5 seconds. How pathetic.
The face of failure...
Doing some weights...
Felt kiasu, so I lifted the heaviest rock. Thank Goodness I didn't drop it...
Aslan cheated. He walked all they way.
Time for the more challenging ones…
Damn, the gymnasts on the tv make everything look so easy... Not.
Gravity pulling Aslan down
I am not going to show you of my horrid looking photo trying to struggle to defy gravity.
Oh gravity, I miss you...
We then cycled on to the beach. They say the beach near the village is nicer but we missed it. Perhaps next time.
After a good workout, going to the beach is truly rewarding.
Tempted to go for a swim but did not cross my mind to bring my swimwear. =.=’
So beautiful and peaceful
The jetty on the left. I changed my mind about swimming here...
Aslan ecstatic about going for a swim
A resort would not be complete without…
Hammock! I wish I have one at my house...
Famished, we went to Tonsai cafe where we had a late lunch / early dinner.
Warm bread to start the meal, absolutely lovely!
Due to the majority of Muslims living on this island, pork is not served here. They have quite an extensive range of dishes and you can always request for dishes (minus pork) not in the menu to cater to your wants, provided it is easy enough for the chef to comply to.
We opted for something local. It was quite a daring move since most of the guests who stayed here complained about the quality of local dishes.
Tom Yam Goong
It is slightly sweet but it tasted wonderful. The serving portion is enough for two people. For hotel quality, this is alright. Honestly, not the best but edible.
Aslan loved his Thai beef fried rice, no complains from him
We retired to the villa early because of fatigue. Lack of sleep and the sudden increase in physical activities is not a good combo.
Here are some photos of the villa in the evening…
Stepping stones to the villa all lighted up with tea light candles...
So, by now you must be wondering, where on earth is this so called paradise? I will tell you.
The Naka Island. Such lovely place for a great peaceful secluded retreat. Click here for more information. And now, time for bed.
P/S: We got the sea view villa with pool at such affordable rates due to the opening promotion, 30% discount! On top of that, Starwood member benefits! Woohoo!