SOUTH­ERN COM­FORT

The Peak (Malaysia) - - Expression - TEXT KI­RAT KAUR IL­LUS­TRA­TION ELEEN TAN

One of the top ho­tels in Malaysia’s south, the Ber­jaya Wa­ter­front Ho­tel Jo­hor Bahru of­fers a di­verse range of fa­cil­i­ties, mak­ing it the fron­trun­ner in the busi­ness hos­pi­tal­ity seg­ment. The 23-year-old build­ing that houses the Ber­jaya Wa­ter­front Ho­tel Jo­hor Bahru is per­haps the most widely recog­nised land­mark in the state cap­i­tal, eas­ily seen from across the Straits of Te­brau. One can opt for a four-hour drive to Jo­hor Bahru or hop on an hour-long flight from Kuala Lumpur to get to the ho­tel. Fly­ing is, of course, far more com­fort­able and it’s only a 30-minute drive to the ho­tel from Se­nai In­ter­na­tional Air­port. If you’re com­ing in from Sin­ga­pore, good news! It’s sim­ply a five-minute drive from the Sul­tan Iskan­dar Build­ing, which houses the CIQ com­plex.

Strate­gi­cally lo­cated at the cor­ner of Stu­lang Laut, the 400-room ho­tel is a stone’s throw away from the Jo­hor Bahru cen­tral busi­ness district. Within reach of the ho­tel are the in­dus­trial ar­eas of Pasir Gu­dang and Tam­poi as well as the eco­nomic re­gions of Iskan­dar Malaysia and Nusa­jaya. At the mouth of the ho­tel lies a ferry ter­mi­nal, con­nect­ing the ho­tel to Batam and Tan­jung Pi­nang. This is an added bonus, for you can swiftly set­tle busi­ness deal­ings in this mini golden tri­an­gle of Sin­ga­pore, Jo­hor Bahru and Batam.

The fa­cade of the ho­tel looks de­cep­tively sim­ple, but re­mem­ber, still wa­ters run deep. Step­ping into the lounge area, one’s breath is taken away by the sight of floors upon floors, laid out in an open con­cept. You can’t help but stop in your tracks to take it all in. Sur­rounded by the sparkling sea and the Royal Jo­hor Polo Club, ho­tel guests get to en­joy dif­fer­ent views that eas­ily put them in a re­laxed mood, es­pe­cially af­ter a long day of meet­ings and sem­i­nars.

Though the ho­tel wel­comes many in­ter­na­tional tourists and busi­ness trav­ellers, it re­tains an air of ef­fi­cient calm, al­low­ing meet­ings and con­fer­ences to be con­ducted with min­i­mal dis­rup­tion. The ho­tel is proudly re­garded as one of the top ho­tels in the city for large busi­ness groups with 400 rooms and suites, cou­pled with an im­pres­sive ar­ray of MICE fa­cil­i­ties. Equipped with spa­cious meet­ing rooms and au­di­to­ri­ums, the ic­ing on the cake is the at­tached JB Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre that has hosted con­certs, con­ven­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions with a ca­pac­ity of 3,000 peo­ple. The lux­u­ri­ous Grand Ball­room is a vi­sion of grandeur with clas­si­cal glass chan­de­liers and rich hues of scar­let and gold that will add an aris­to­cratic air to any con­fer­ence.

Also linked to the ho­tel is a duty-free shop­ping cen­tre that of­fers a myr­iad se­lec­tion of spir­its, choco­lates and

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