My mother’s birthday was on 16 February 2017, and we headed to Johor Bahru, Malaysia for an overnight stay to celebrate on the 17th to the 18th of February. This was such a great way to spend time as a family again— away from work, school, and all the responsibilities.
We set out on our trip to Malaysia at noon on the 17th of February. Passing the immigration at Woodlands Checkpoint on a regular working day was so much easier compared to the weekends when most people would be on their way to Malaysia as well. When we got to Johor Bahru, Malaysia, we went to the mall across the street for lunch.
Lunch at Tony Roma’s, City Square Mall, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
The serving sizes at the restaurant completely caught me offguard— they were enormous! My pasta came in a plate that was bigger than my face! Despite the huge serving sizes, I did enjoy every morsel of the food we ate, simply because it was wonderful.
After lunch, we then got into a cab and headed out to where we were going to stay for the night— Austin Height’s Hotel & Golf Resort.
Highway in Johor Bahru, Malaysia on the way to the Resort.
Entrance to the Resort, Tamam Gembira, Johore, Malaysia.
We arrived in about 30 minutes, which was surprisingly quick. We then proceeded to check in to our room, so that we could head to the water park afterwards.
The huge family suite we were staying in at the Resort.
The Hotel Resort itself was amazing. Its architecture looked something that resembled a house where a Sultan would stay in, but with a modern twist.
Stairs leading up to the lifts (on the left) to the rooms.
The hallway outside the suites of the Hotel Resort.
The view from the room’s window, overlooking the golf course.
The hallway leading towards the lifts to the rooms above.
The view from the hallway to the exit of the Hotel Resort.
After we have settled into our rooms, we got ourselves ready to go to the water park nearby to enjoy quality time together. The water park was mostly empty except for maybe 2-3 other families there so we managed to get the full experience from all of the water slides.
Entrance to the Austin Heights Water & Adventure Park.
I wanted to have a go at both the indoor and outdoor Adventure Park too, but unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to do so as the place closes at 6pm.
Wristbands given at the entrance for admission to the Water Park.
One of the water slides in the Water Park.
The staircase leading up to multiple water slides.
A whole row of water slides separated from the main slides of the Water Park.
Well, more water slides!
And more water slides!
And even more water slides!
The children’s section of the Water Park, with typical structures and functions you usually see.
What was so great about the water slides was that all of them will lead you back to the Lazy River, so wherever you had the end splash, you’d still end up in the Lazy River.
An empty Lazy River at the end of one of the water slides.
The outdoor adventure part of the Adventure Park with all the High Elements.
Pretty soon, the park was closing and it was time to head back to the Hotel Resort for some rest time.
In the evening, we went to explore some of the facilities of the Hotel Resort. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to snap photos of it but you can take my word that it was amazing. There was a bowling alley on the very last floor of the Hotel Resort, but all of the lanes were used up by one big family. So we then headed to the Lobby, and from there we found the Lounge area which consists of: an indoor Theatre (that was showing a Captain America movie!), a Games Room, a Children’s Room, a Billards Section, an Internet Room, multiple KTV Rooms (for your late-night singing sessions), and even a Gym! We played billards to pass the time through the evening, and I even got to watch a movie! It was the perfect way to end the day, and it couldn’t have been better.
Morning came, and we then headed down for breakfast. Again, I was unable to take photos because frankly I was too focused on getting myself plates of food from the complimentary Breakfast Buffet. There baked beans, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, porrige, hashbrowns, crossaints, and even Nasi Lemak! It was definitely one of the few breakfasts I had that made me feel like royalty.
After breakfast, I decided to go check out the Jacuzzi and Steambath rooms. I didn’t actually go and soaked into the Jacuzzi (even though I really wanted to), because I always fall sick afterwards and I couldn’t afford to be sick because of work.
Fancy glittery sink inside the changing rooms.
The Jacuzzi bath, before the water was heated up.
I also found a small walkway which frankly I just found really pretty so I took some snaps of it.
Pretty walkway from the front.
Pretty walkway from the back.
After checking out the Jacuzzi, I headed outside to check out the pool.
The swimming pool right outside the main entrace of the Hotel Resort.
I would’ve definitely went for a quick swim, but due to time constraints all I could do was admire the huge pool.
Soon, time came and it was our cue to head back. We did pop by again at the mall for lunch at Seoul Garden, and I bought myself a cute bear from Famous Amos as a graduation gift for myself— just 5 months overdue.
Graduation teddy bear I got from Famous Amos in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
All in all, I had a great time, even if it was only for an overnight stay. I’d definitely come back and maybe even bring my friends along the next time I come here. Till the next adventure!