En­joy a tran­quil stay in Lu­mut

The new busi­ness club floors and lounge at Swiss-Gar­den da­mai Laut pro­vide seam­less in­ter­ac­tion be­tween busi­ness and plea­sure.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRAVEL - By CHESTER CHIN star2­travel@thes­tar.com.my

THERE’S a neat lit­tle trick to un­lock­ing the door of my ho­tel room at the brand new club floors at Swiss-Gar­den Golf & Re­sort Spa Da­mai Laut.

“When you’re slid­ing out the ac­cess card, just tilt it up­wards a lit­tle bit for the sen­sor to de­tect the card,” ex­plained the friendly staffer who had come to my aid.

It’s such a shame that I only learned of this trick on the last night of my stay. The fear of be­ing locked out had made me pretty re­luc­tant to leave my gar­den view room the past two days.

Not that I was com­pletely against the idea, re­ally. The newly re­fur­bished rooms on the Da­mai Club Floors are out­fit­ted with pre­mier ameni­ties and posh neu­tral wood fur­nish­ings that would please even the most so­phis­ti­cated of trav­ellers.

To top things off, a pri­vate bal­cony opens up to the ver­dant green­ery of the trop­i­cal en­clave of Lu­mut, Perak, where the re­sort is nes­tled.

My ad­vice though, is this: In­sist on a sea-view room when you check in. The spec­tac­u­lar blue of the north­ern bit of the Straits of Malacca is sim­ply breath­tak­ing and is eas­ily one of the re­sort’s strong­est suites.

Ded­i­cated and spe­cially crafted for the busi­ness trav­eller, the newly in­tro­duced Da­mai Club Floors com­prise 33 rooms that cater for the op­ti­mum pro­duc­tiv­ity of cor­po­rate guests. Part of this is achieved through the rooms’ lo­ca­tion on the fifth and sixth floors at a qui­eter wing of the prop­erty, cre­at­ing a feel­ing of en­hanced pri­vacy. The sense of ex­clu­siv­ity doesn’t end there.

Guests at the Da­mai Club Floors also ben­e­fit from a pri­vate check-in and check-out ser­vice as well as com­pli­men­tary WiFi. Even then, it’s prob­a­bly wise not to ex­pect ur­ban In­ter­net speed or con­nec­tiv­ity dur­ing your stay.

The piece de re­sis­tance would of course be the Da­mai Club Lounge with its mes­meris­ing panoramic view of the sea. De­signed in soft pas­tels, the ex­clu­sive lounge pro­vides a great set­ting for so­cial en­gage­ments, cor­po­rate cock­tails Per­siaran Swiss-Gar­den Jalan da­mai Laut Off Jalan teluk Senan­gin Lu­mut, Perak tel: 05-6843333 e-mail: resvn­s_s­grsdl@ swis­sgar­den.com www.swis­sgar­den.com and busi­ness luncheons.

“The idea is to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment for peo­ple to think about busi­ness and min­gle with other like-minded com­pany,” said Henry Low, Swiss-Gar­den Da­mai Laut gen­eral man­ager.

To main­tain the ex­clu­siv­ity of the lounge, only chil­dren above the age of 12 are wel­come. This de­ci­sion, ac­cord­ing to Low, was to en­sure pro­fes­sional deco­rum at the venue.

Take away the cor­po­rate fa­cade for a sec­ond and you’d still be left with beau­ti­ful ar­chi­tec­ture. The lounge’s glass-clad ex­te­rior, with its cas­cad­ing wa­ter fea­ture, cre­ates an un­der­wa­ter am­biance that’s just ex­quis­ite.

As a mat­ter of fact, I even over­heard a guest say­ing over break­fast that she felt as if she was din­ing in­side an over­sized aquar­ium.

It’s worth not­ing that there’s com­pli­men­tary all-day serv­ings of hot and cold non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages at the Da­mai Club Lounge. But if you would like to in­dulge in a view of sun­set over Pangkor Is­land, then pop in be­tween 5pm and 7pm when you can en­joy cock­tails with pre-din­ner canapés on the house.

Other culi­nary op­tions at the prop­erty in­clude the Blos­som Chi­nese and Thai Taste restau­rants which of­fer an eclec­tic mix of Chi­nese and Thai cui­sine un­der one roof. When dusk falls, visit the Gayam Seafood Bar­be­cue & Bar for a din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence atop a rock out­crop over­look­ing the sea.

I made a stop at Gar­den Ter­race by the swim­ming pool to check out the break­fast buf­fet, but was told by an at­ten­dant that Da­mai Club Floors guests are to en­joy their break­fast at the Da­mai Club Lounge. While

Get­away: the spread at the lounge is of a more pre­mium qual­ity and is ab­so­lutely de­lec­ta­ble, it would cer­tainly be nice to be given the op­tion of tak­ing my com­pli­men­tary break­fast at the live­lier Gar­den Ter­race which hosts the ma­jor­ity of hol­i­day­go­ers at the re­treat.

If you’re look­ing for­ward to in­clud­ing some out­door ad­ven­ture into your busi­ness trip, talk to the Lounge Ex­ec­u­tive who will as­sist with trip rec­om­men­da­tions, tour reser­va­tions as well as re­cre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties.

The re­sort grounds of­fer a range of fun ac­tiv­i­ties, such as jun­gle­trekking, ten­nis, archery and paint­balling. There are even wa­ter­sports op­tions, such as ca­noe­ing and boat rides. Al­ter­na­tively, take a swing at the re­sort’s award-win­ning 18-hole cham­pi­onship golf course.

In the un­likely event that none of the re­cre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties ap­peals to you, make an ar­range­ment for sight­see­ing tours to nearby places of in­ter­est such as the Kuala Sepetang Man­groves, Se­gari Turtle Sanc­tu­ary and Pasir Salak His­tor­i­cal Com­plex.

I signed up for a tour of the Pan­tai Remis fish­ing vil­lage – a 30-minute drive from the re­sort – with the hope of see­ing fish­er­men de­liver their fresh catch at the dock. How­ever, the in­ces­sant rain the night be­fore dashed my hopes as most of the boats had yet to re­turn from sea.

In the end, we made a de­tour to the coastal town of Lu­mut. Lined with shops that sell dried sea prod­ucts and is­land-themed mer­chan­dise, the town is a good place to hunt for sou­venirs dur­ing your stay. Al­though most food items are priced at a frac­tion of the re­tail value in su­per­mar­kets, some bar- gain­ing will se­cure you even bet­ter deals.

True to its name (Da­mai Laut in Malay trans­lates as “tran­quil­lity of the sea”), the re­treat of­fers guests a lux­u­ri­ous stay amid the gor­geous ocean back­drop. And with the in­tro­duc­tion of the new club floors and lounge, Swiss-Gar­den Da­mai Laut has man­aged to pro­vide a seam­less blend be­tween busi­ness and plea­sure.

Swiss-Gar­den da­mai Laut is set amidst lush green­ery on the serene penin­sula of the North­ern Straits of malacca. — cHeSter cHIN/the Star

take a dip in the swim­ming pool which over­looks the sea.

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