Ultimate Overwater Luxury in Malaysia

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Forget the bustling beaches of Thailand and Bali for now, and instead indulge in a breathtaking overwater Malaysian getaway that will leave you feeling truly relaxed. Spend seven luxurious nights at the five star AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort, located in Sepang on Malaysia’s secluded west coast – the perfect (and largely untouched) relaxation ‘hide away’.

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Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort – Arrival

After we arrived at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport we were greeted by AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort’s friendly chauffeur who whisked us off to the resort. After a luxurious 40-minute drive through the picturesque Sepang countryside, we arrived at the resort.

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort Villas

Situated along Malaysia’s Sepang coastline, the resort has 392 luxuriously appointed sea villas, forming the shape of a palm tree. Each villa sits directly above the ocean, allowing guests to enjoy serene sunsets from their own private balcony.The whole concept of the resort is simply breathtaking.

On arrival, we were greeted by the resort’s friendly staff and quickly checked in to our room.We were then whisked off to our villa in a buggy. The buggy service is really handy and can be used throughout your stay to save walking back to your room.

Overwater Family Villas

The villa we stayed in for most of the trip was very spacious with a fantastic view as it sits on the ocean.

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

While we’ve been in hundreds of hotels, this was our first over-water experience and it really is spectacular. You can hear the sound of waves directly beneath the floor and see the sunrise and sunset above the ocean from your private balcony. Magnificent!

The suites are a spacious 82 square metres (about the size of a two bedroom apartment) and are beautifully decorated in traditional Malaysian style, boasting amenities including lovely fittings.After each day, you can wind down in front of the flat screen TV or enjoy a drink on the balcony.

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

The Family Villa is ideal if travelling with groups of friends or children as there’s certainly enough space for everyone. Or, for couples, the villa offers the chance to spread out in a romantic setting.

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The Swimming Pool

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

The resort has a spectacular infinity swimming pool in the centre of the palm formation, and we spent a couple of hours each day enjoying the sunshine and sipping cocktails here! When you’re in the pool looking out, you literally feel like you’re swimming in the expanses of the Strait of Malacca.

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

 

AVANI Spa

The Spa at AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort enjoys a lovely view of the horizon. With the wide variety of treatments on offer and the relaxing  island vibe, it’s a must visit. We tried the traditional full body massage, a head and shoulder massage and the signature massage. Each treatment was conducted by a professional massage therapist who regularly asked if we were comfortable, and whether the pressure was okay.

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

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Food & Drink

AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort prides itself on offering a large selection of cuisine at reasonable prices (despite being a five star resort). The atmosphere is relaxed and the prices are reasonable, especially for Australians!

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

Breakfast

The breakfast buffet is served at Bila-Bila restaurant. There were lots of choices on offer – the cooked food would change daily from a selection of sausages, hash browns, eggs and lots more (as well as lots of Malay options for variety). Of course, the continental options are plentiful with cereals, lots of breads and even locally made jams. It was hard to not indulge too much on the sweet selection, and there were plenty of fruits for those trying to stay healthy!

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

Three Course Dinner At Stimbot

The environment in Stimbot is relaxed with the restaurant being open space with just a roof (which gives it a lovely tropical feel).  Stimbot’s signature is the ‘Seafood Steamboat,’ a table full of food, a personal banquet for two. The Steamboat consists of huge selection of prawns, oysters and clams as well as salads, tofu skin and dim sum.

Yum Cha At Hai Sang Lou

We loved the Hai Sang Lou restaurant, which also maintained a relaxed feel while still serving delicious cuisine and fine table settings.

The staff were absolutely brilliant, taking care of everything we needed and were very attentive (with a lovely smile on their faces!). Hai Sang Lou serves a huge range of ‘yum cha’ style dishes like sweet buns, wontons, dumplings, tofu skin wraps as well as delicious pockets of lightly tempura style fruit.

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Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

Beachside Dinner

Perahu is known for its Malay-style BBQ, grilled seafood and live music. The atmosphere was just what you’d expect – the restaurant is located on the mainland section of the resort right on the beach, and sitting outdoors you can hear the waves and watch the sunset over the horizon. Overall the evening was relaxing and beautiful. For entree, we were served a pumpkin soup with home made garlic croutons. The main was a spectacular fish, perfectly marinated and balanced. There were also plenty of non-seafood and vegetarian options. Dessert was delicious, strawberry ice-cream with panna cotta.

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

Activities

There is plenty to do around the Resort with lots to explore. The resort has bikes, canoes, sailboats and access to pretty much any other water activity you could think of! Be sure to ask to go “cart surfing” which is like surfing on land in a cart. There is also a great gym at the resort, which guests can use for free.

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

There are lots of beach activities to join in – the staff regularly organises volleyball and beach soccer.

Avani Sepang Goldcoast ResortThe resort also has its own Adventure Park that’s perfect for those aged 12 and up. Entry is very reasonable (only around AUD$15 per person) and there’s lots of super fun stuff to keep everyone entertained, including go-karting, archery, paintball and even driving all terrain vehicles.

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

Getting to Malaysia

You can fly to Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi on Emirates (code sharing with Qantas), Air Malaysia and Air Asia. Flights range from only AUD$600 return (ex-East Coast and even less ex-West Coast).

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TripAdvisor Reviews

AVANI Speang Goldcoast Resort

“Sweet Memories”
5 out of 5 stars – Reviewed 1 September 2014
have been to the resort thrice but every trip was special and has its own memory. Great hospitality, beautiful view, excellent suites, delicious food, etc. Not only suitable for honeymooners but also for the rest of all ages. Only that, we had problems tolerating with the flies but thank you to the air-conditioned restaurants. No complaint! Keep up the good standards! TripAdvisor 

“Excellent Short Runaway”
5 out of 5 stars – Reviewed 27 September 2014
his is an excellent hotel to spend a weekend or any couple of days away from the city. I had a very enjoyable stay. I booked the 2 bed room villa as we are a family of 2 parents and 3 kids. Our villa very clean and very neatly furnished. Privacy is guaranteed as each villa has its own view to the ocean. Sitting in the balcony and watching the sea during night or during sunset or sunrise is a dream.There are different activities nearby including some sport games for the kids. The hotel has a leisure department who arrange many activities for the kids. Games like paintball, small car racing, cycling, 4 wheel motorbike riding, sailing, and many others for families are offered in low prices or free. A swimming pool looking over the ocean is another beautiful activity. TripAdvisor 

“About to Book my Second Visit”
5 out of 5 stars – Reviewed 3 September 2014
Avani resort is secluded, tropical and very relaxing! and lived up to its billboard slogan. My partner and I stayed there for 5 nights 24-30th April 2014, weather was perfect every day. even though the water wasn’t crystal clear the resort was very beautiful. The most wonderful part of it is the people, everyone is so friendly and happy. we spent a total of $1500 for our entire trip, we flew with Air Asia which was good.(not luxurious, just good) we got daily breakfast buffet which had a variety of choices. TripAdvisor 


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