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Friday, March 30, 2012

Penang Holiday

Every year in March, we travel up north for my late FIL's anniversary prayers. Since the whole family gets together, it's usually extended to be a family holiday as well. Pretty good tradition actually. This year, we went to Penang for 3D,2N after the prayers.

We stayed at a new boutique hotel called Hotel Penaga which is centrally located along the UNESCO world heritage site. Basically, we parked our cars in front of the hotel when we arrived and only sat in the cars again when it was time to leave. Yup, we just went around on foot (oh, plus a 40 minute trishaw ride which came with the room package).

Walking along the Heritage Trail

ZZZZZ.......just like her jie jie, Erin wasn't too interested in history :-)

ZZZZ. "Just wake me up when you'll are done ok?"

Went into the Pinang Peranakan House for the first time.
Not exactly cheap at RM 10 per person. We paid close to RM100 for all of us.
I was excited to visit since scenes from the series Little Nyonya (Chen's family house) were shot here.

Grand dining area
I mentioned my visit to my colleague from Penang. She said it was actually her ancestral home! But her granduncle sold it to a buyer who restored the home to its current condition.


My little princess and I

After the walk, we spent some time just chilling in the hotel. Loved it so much that I took loads of photos. (BUT I actually forgot to take photos of the yummy Penang food we had !). So here's more, on top of what was posted earlier.

Library Area
I love the combination of old and new. Btw, it's rather an artsy-fartsy hotel as it's designed/owned by the famous local architect Hijjas Kasturi.


Penaga Spa
We took their Monday promotion - RM120 for one hour massage for TWO pax.
The massage was really good.

Swimming Pool

View of swimming pool from the dining area
Such a clever idea in terms of space utilisation! Though narrow, the pool was long enough for doing laps (and for our group with kids, we may not have chosen this hotel if there was no pool) and it served an extra purpose of being aesthetically pleasing to the eye from the dining room.

Had our last day lunch in the hotel to utilise our RM40 food voucher
The package we took was RM670 net for 2 nights, inclusive of a 40 minute trishaw ride and RM40 food voucher (bowl of noodles about RM13 each).
For the nice hotel and great service, I think it was good choice to stay there.

"Mummy, we must come back to this hotel ok?"


Small Kucing said...

such comfy place :)

Leona said...

Strategic location...those are places that normally v hard to find parking if we were to drive there.
How was the occupancy there i wonder?

Adrine said...

Kathy - yes, it was! :)

Leona - I think occupancy wan't really that high esp on Sun nite. And yes, it was great not to have to bother with crazy Penang traffic :)

Merryn said...

I wanna go there too. Looks like so much fun. I've not visited the Peranakan HOuse in Malacca oso!

Mommy to Chumsy said...

this place is awesome! now you make me wanna go to penang asap!

Ai Sakura said...

I've never been to Penang! Looks so old and quaint.. Pretty!

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Unknown said...

RM120 spa massage for two? Wah, this I must remember to check out if got opportunity in Penang!

ZMM said...

nice plc.....
We usually just put up in Traders..