Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Primula Beach Hotel in Kuala Terengganu

We spent Eidhul Adha, 10 Zulhijah 1436 Islamic calendar year, which falls on 24th September 2015 in my home town in Kelantan. It was like a reunion with the rest of our big family members while attending Fatihah's wedding on Friday, 25th September 2015. So, therefore I suddenly thought about spending a night in Kuala Terengganu just to break the long journey through a heavy festival traffic into 2 parts when we return back to Kuala Lumpur.  

Primula Beach Hotel, view from the beach at night

On Saturday, 26th September 2015 at 5.15pm, we checked in at Primula Beach Hotel after a last minute tele-booking when we were about 2 hours away on the road to the hotel. We left my family home in Kg Kuau, Bachok, Kelantan at 12.30noon. Primula Beach Hotel is established in 1984 as an international class business resort. When the hotel was open, I was in Form 4 (Primary School) at Terengganu Technical School when the hotel was open. The nearest I've been at that time was the adjacent public beach, "Batu Buruk Beach" about a kilometer away.

Beautiful entrance to our room no. 1114, seated on 11th Floor
Reminiscing memories of 30 years ago, I told my family that the only thing that I could afford was admiring, dreaming 1 day I would be able to enter Primula Beach Resort private hotel. It could be a jackpot if I could stay a night in the so called luxurious hotel once in my life time. Alas, here I am at their deluxe room hotel at 11th floor, room 14 facing sea view. Having been to many other five star hotels in the country and abroad, I was quick to rank this hotel as an average ranking, 3 star maybe, in my head. This acclaimed resort is said as one of the famous landmark due to its unique beach front is just minutes away from the city centre. They are placed in the most strategic locations where the business hubs are and places of attractions not only to tourist, local and foreign but to investor and business associate. Many refers this hotel as the best in town, deserving their 5 star rank.

Deluxe room with 1 extra bed for the 4 of us
In their welcoming note, the management and staff said that guest has made a right choice choosing to stay in their place of stay of natural beauty and culture. Indeed, I absolutely in agreement with them. Terengganu is blessed with a diverse landscape ranging from pristine beaches, exotic islands, virgin jungles and lakes. There is so much to see as a tourist to this place to start with. Among famous shopping places and sightseeing attraction with Kuala Terengganu range are as follows:-
  • Batu Buruk Beach, next door within walking distance
  • Cultural Centre
  • Fotress Bukit Puteri
  • Handicraft Centre
  • Istana Maziah (ceremonial Palace)
  • State Museum complex
Pools's night view
We chose to have dinner in the hotel itself. There's only two restaurant in house. You may choose Bayu Restaurant or Anjung Bistro where both shared the same kitchen. We preferred to dine by the sea, outside the courtyard of Anjung Bistro, listening to live band, breathing the sea breeze. Simply order the foods from any of the restaurant's menu as the waitress shall deliver the meal to wherever you seat. We strongly recommend for you to take advantage of good weather (no rains) to experience our dining ambiance. Nasrul had chicken chop, hubby preferred for a local dish Thai Fried rice whilst I took chef's recommendation of Prawn Curry Mee and grilled sea fish which we shared with 2 stray cats. For dessert there's sago melaka and sticky rice durian. It was a perfect night.

Hubby was focusing on taking my photo
Nasrul enjoying his dinner
After diner, Nasrul and I took a stroll along the beach. It was a pity that the haze has covering the beautiful sky. As a result, the moon looks blurry and the stars all being covered by the haze. Our friends in Kuala Lumpur has reported how terribly bad was the haze situation in KL city on 26th September 2015 which forced people to only stay indoor. The next morning, Naim accompanied me for a walk at the beach after our breakfast. The restaurant was crowded with guests due to festival season. We enjoyed the tasty meal, especially local famous cuisine "Nasi Dagang" at our own relaxing pace.

The haze situation at 8.30 am
Beautiful mural wall at hotel car park with a new water breaker development next door. Photo was snapped from the 11th floor, our room balcony

Please take note that the hotel management provides a shuttle bus to Pasar Kedai Payang for the guest for wishes to shop. The shuttle usually depart from the hotel at 9am and will pick-up at 12 noon with another trip at 3pm. Pasar Kedai Payang is a famous shopping complex houses both a wet market and a handicraft bazaar that is great for souvenir hunting. That is the place where you can get all locals prouct, ie. batik silk and hand woven songket. The wet market offers fresh food and local delicacies whilst inside the handicraft bazaar there's rows of shop selling other locals handicraft beside batik and songket. I opined that a visit to Pasar Payang and to Kuala Terengganu, a capital city of Terengganu State is a must. Please give Primula Hotel Beach a place to stay in your visit. I'm sharing the hotel compound before we checked out and bid our farewell. 

Inside Anjung Bistro where we chose to have breakfast

Beautiful hut by the beach side for hotel guests
Pool facing Anjung Bistro where we dined a night before
A settled landscaping within pool compound
There's aMalay traditional "Gamelan" dance/singing show at the hotel that you may enjoy to watch
Terengganu is a famous spot for Sea Turtle, hence the hotel is full with turtle's deco
View from the road at the entrance gate
Last photo before we bid our farewell 

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