Do you ever feel like you need a break, but can't afford to go abroad, or even have the time to waste on a plane flying somewhere exotic? Well, staycations are becoming really popular right now, and they're the perfect solution for a relaxing weekend right in your own city!
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Of course, as a KKian on a staycation, I definitely took full advantage of the 5 star hotel facilities.
|The rooms were cosy|
|The gym was fully equipped with a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi|
|The pool was gorgeous; there's an outdoor jacuzzi|
|And the sunset view? Breathtaking.|
|Tampatan stall at Latest Recipe: Authentic Kadazandusun cuisine.|
L-R: Prawn Hinava (also made with fish), Bambangan, Tuhau (wild ginger).
|Favola interior and sample of dishes|
Big points for tourists: Le Meridien is within walking distance from so many of our local
attractions, such as the Sunday Market on Gaya Street, the jetty where you
get the boats to the nearby islands (they're only a 15-minute boat ride from
the city!), not to mention the hotel is directly across from the Filipino
handicraft market, and the Waterfront where the night comes alive.
Big points for locals: It's in the middle of town! Looking for trinkets? Centrepoint is right next door.
Prefer a more branded mall? Imago and Suria are practically the same distance
away from each other, in opposite directions, not to mention everyone's
favourite Saturday night hangout: the Waterfront.
Breakfast - Non-halal: Right next door to Le Meridien is Sinsuran, where the famed Sinsuran Sang
Nyuk Mee originated, a must try as this is a Sabahan favourite! No pork
noodles anywhere else are quite the same.
Breakfast - Halal: Le Meridien Signature Breakfasts. Fusion food with a local twist, with dishes
such as Omelette Roulade stuffed with Black Glutinous Rice & Sambal, and
Sweet Potato Muffin with Chocolate-coated Tempe & Caramelised Mango,
they're definitely something different!
|We got to try out copying the food design:|
Mom made Poached Egg with Pan Fried Sweet Potato Cake & Lemongrass Hollandaise Sauce,
I made Toasted Layer Brioche with Coconut Jam & Honey Caramelised Banana
Coffee: Starbucks is right across the road! If you prefer Coffee Bean, you can find both in Palm
Tea: TWG Teas at Latitude 05, Le Meridien Hotel. Make sure to try the Silver Moon Tea - yum!
|TWG Teas & sweets to complement!|
best desserts - try the mango little balls!
|Fruto's Breakfast Bowls - Goodness with a view!|
seafood, which of course comes with a "better" price, Seremban Seafood in Segama is
definitely a fave if you have cash to spend. For an all-out tourist experience, try the seafood
at the Filipino market, right opposite Le Meridien!
|Seremban Seafood: Just look at that crab claw! =O|
lives up to its name as Best Entertainment Destination. For a Somersby and good pizza,
Lush is where you wanna be, while if you like playing darts, check out Beer Nest Mixo. If
you prefer a more relaxing evening, the jazz band and comfy sofas at Latitude 05 are your
|Latitude 05 @ Le Meridien|
pillow that was way too hard or soft for your liking? Le Meridien fixes that problem!),
the decor (loving the lobby now, and the Table of Curiosity is genius!), the service
(everyone is super friendly, and genuinely so!), the facilities (pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam
room), the food (great variety, and I love that they have hard-to-find local food!)
The Could-Be-Better: The TV in room (too small for such a big bed! But I did hear that the rooms
will all be renovated come next year), housekeeping (didn't replenish face
towels/all toiletries, left dirty face towel in corner), food (while variety is
amazing, quality control needs to be observed such as satay too hard, and I
feel there is definitely room for more desserts choices! =P)
Overall it was a great stay and would definitely go back for more! For those of you who are thinking of taking a family vacation, Le Meridien has also teamed up with Lego, and every child under 12 will receive a free Lego pack upon check-in!
|Free Lego upon check-in! =D|