KL2013: Shangri-La Hotel KL

During our visit to Malaysia KL back in August, we stayed in the Shangri-La hotel (erm.. Yah, I’m so back dated in my post).

Location
I was kind of being misled by Google maps into believing that Shangri-La KL is at the heart of Bukit Bantang. Only to reach there and realize that it’s a few BTS stops away and KLCC is a good 15 minutes walk away. So we were “stranded” in a middle of nowhere.

The road sign near Shangri-La KL stating the directions and distance to the landmarks.
The road sign near Shangri-La KL stating the directions to the landmarks.

Although the location wasn’t so ideal, the hotel itself was still pretty good.

Price
We booked through Agoda and paid SGD488.9 for the executive room with extra bed for 2 nights. There is a king size bed which fits our little family of four comfortably and the extra bed is for the helper. Housing everybody in one room makes it’s easier for us. Do note that the price doesn’t come with breakfast as I was told by my friends that we should go out to have breakfast while in KL.

Room

The interior of  Shangri-La KL executive room.
The interior of Shangri-La KL executive room.

The room is quite spacious as seen in the pic. We chose the executive room partly because it comes with bath tub, which is a must for the kids as they simply love bathing in huge bathtub.

The kids enjoying their bubble bath in the bathtub.
The kids enjoying their bubble bath in the bathtub.

Looking at their smiles while having the bath is all worth to pay the little extra more each day.

We placed the extra bed to the right of the bed so we can keep the arm chair, and there is more space for the kids to run around.

The armchair beside the window became the boy favorite spot for his morning milk.
The armchair beside the window became the boy favorite spot for his morning milk.

The room also come with free Wi-Fi and daily fruits. The boy fell in love with dragon fruit because of this.

As for the view, ours was really bad. It was facing some construction site. My parents were the lucky ones who at least got the pool view.

Views from our room
Views from our room

Swimming Pool
Swimming pool is very important when you have young kids who love water. We took the kids down for a dip on one of the afternoon. There is a simple children pool which the kids have fun just splashing water and an adult pool where we bring them for a short while to really kick and “swim”. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my phone with me to take pictures.

Breakfast
As mention, our room doesn’t come with free breakfast. But on the last morning, Chubby decide to indulge and the two of us went for their buffet breakfast while we leave the helper and kids with my parents. Well, let the photos show you the spread.

Buffet Breakfast @ Shangri-La KL: Pastries
Buffet Breakfast @ Shangri-La KL: Pastries
Buffet Breakfast @ Shangri-La KL: Local and Western Spread
Buffet Breakfast @ Shangri-La KL: Local and Western Spread
Buffet Breakfast @ Shangri-La KL
Buffet Breakfast @ Shangri-La KL
And more spread at the Buffet
And more spread at the Buffet
And even more of the spread
And even more of the spread

As seen from the photos the selection of food is really huge. Some of the food was nice, some couldn’t make it. But the mere enjoyment of selecting food and not bothered by kids just make the whole experience enjoyable (opps).

Overall we enjoyed our stay at Shangri-La KL. The service was good. The place was well furnish, if only the location was better. And if they can make it more child friendly like having some kids playroom it will be perfect. Hahaha asking for to much?

Have you stayed in Shangri-La KL before? What’s your thoughts? Or do you have other family friendly hotel to recommend in KL? Drop me a comment. T.I.A.

KL 2013: Sunway Lagoon

We visited Sunway Lagoon last year when we were in KL. The kids had lots of fun and since both my Bro and Sis did not visit the theme park before, we decided to add it into our itinerary for this KL trip.

My family @ Sunway Lagoon
My family @ Sunway Lagoon

Basically, Sunway Lagoon is divided into 5 different parks. The Wildlife Park, Water Park, Amusement Park, Scream Park and Extreme Park.

The Wildlife Park is like a mini zoo. We spotted the Sun Bear, Panther, Monkeys, Birds (different kinds), Ducks, Peacocks, Chickens, Snakes, etc. What we like about it is that their Peacocks and Ducks are free ranging. The boy is intrigued by it and will attempt to follow them as close as he dares.

The birds were in an enclose area, however, they are free to fly inside. And one of them actually flew on top of the boy’s head. The boy was a little scared, but he didn’t wave or make big movement. Instead, he stayed still until we “guided” the bird away. It was quite an experience for him.

Wildlife Park @ Sunway Lagoon
Wildlife Park @ Sunway Lagoon

The previous year when we were there, there is an area that allowed visitors to “touch” some animals. I remembered the boy had a go on the tortoises and rabbits. Unfortunately, this time round the animals have been removed. So no more “hands-on” for the kids.

The Water Park is where the crowd is. There are a few slides for adults much like what we used to have at the big splash and the current Adventure Cove. For the kids, they have at least 2 play structures. One for older kids with steeper and longer slides and one for younger kids with shallower water and milder slides.

Water Park @ Sunway Lagoon
Water Park @ Sunway Lagoon

Apart from the slides, the kids also enjoyed the “lazy river” and “wave pool”. The girl enjoys lying at the edge of the wave pool and feel the water “washing” her up to the “shores”.

For adults, we tried the “World First 5D Waterplex”. Well, I will just say there wasn’t much 3D effect and the water splashes are just out to make you wet. With the air-con blowing from the theater, it makes you feel real cold. Hence, I think its a total waste of our time queuing for it.

The Amusement Park is where all the rides are. Chubby and my siblings tried on the viking which turns 360 degrees. However, they came down mentioning that it wasn’t fun as the fall was quite controlled. For the kids, they managed to ride on the carousel like 3 times. There were other rides like the ferries wheel, teacup, roller coaster and all. But we didn’t play much as the adults were all tired from waking up early that day.

Kids on Carousel @ Sunway Lagoon
Kids on Carousel @ Sunway Lagoon

The Scream Park is where the “haunted house” is. This is my second time walking in the “house”. The last time, we had to pay extra to go into the park, but they have since change it to a “free” area. Since its free I think it is well worth to spend the time to go in. There were some effects that I really like, plus the makeup they had were quite scary.

The Extreme Park is where all the other extreme activities like flying fox and bungee jumping are, we skipped that area as it is far and most of the activities requires us to pay more. Besides, we were all tired after the water play.

Loi Sleeping @ Sunway Lagoon
Loi Sleeping @ Sunway Lagoon

In summary some points to look out.

  • Go on a weekday and non-public holiday
    We make the mistake of going on Hari Raya Haji. The crowd was terrible. The last time we were there, it was a weekday and the crowd was better.
  • Apply sun block and mosquito repellent.
  • Bring along a stroller for young kids.
    Most of the area are stroller friendly. So there will be no issues with stroller and the kids will have a place to nap after they are tired from playing.
  • Bring along your own food if possible.
    The food choices are not kids friendly. They are mainly snacks, sandwiches and Malay dishes that contains chili. There is a Mary Brown “Fast Food” inside (Chubby queued for half hour and there is no progress in his queue so he gave up) and a Subway (we settled for that in the end).

Details of the park:

  • Sunway Lagoon
    3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Entrance Fee: Adults RM120, Kids (Above 90CM) RM 90 for Non-Citizens
    (There is a Maybank CC discount when we were there. Not sure when it will end though.)