**Interim information and photos are provided by Swiss Garden Damai Laut Resort. I am scheduled to visit this property sometime before mid-2006.
The resort is easily accessible by road via the North-South Expressway. From the north, exit at Changkat Jering and turn off at Trong. Drive through Pantai Remis and Segari to the resort. If you are traveling from the south, exit at Bidor, bypass Teluk Intan and head for Sitiawan / Manjung district. From here it is only another half hour to the resort.
If you are traveling by air, there are regular scheduled direct flights from KL International Airport (KLIA), landing at Penang International Airport or Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh. From Ipoh, the resort is just an hour’s drive away.
Swiss Garden Damai Laut spreads out majestically on 425 acres of land surrounded by green hills, the traditionally Malaysian inspired architecture of the Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Damai Laut overlooks Pangkor Island and the Straits of Malacca. Lending to a truly spectacular backdrop to the south is the enchanting Dindings River estuary, while the Teluk Kapiah Forest reserve provides an equally captivating view of the north.
This world class beach resort houses 300 grand rooms categorized into Deluxe Garden View, Deluxe Sea View, Family Suites, Damai Family Suites, Executive Deluxe, Junior Suites, Bridal Suite, Spa Suite and the opulent Damai Suite, our presidential suite. Guests will be delighted to know that each room has a private balcony with a panoramic view of either lush green tropical forest or serene blue sea.
Each room is a tasteful blend of basic modern amenities with intricately designed furnishings reminiscent of wonderful Perakian heritage. All rooms are equipped with minibar, individually controlled air conditioning, electronic door lock, in-room safe, hairdryer, TV with 24-hour Movie Channel and satellite television, IDD telephone and coffee/tea making facilities. Other standard in-room dining services are just a call away.
DINING & LEISURE
Treat yourself to a gastronomical tour of Malaysia and selected international fare at any of our impressive F&B outlets, explained in detail below.
THE GARDEN TERRACE
The Garden Terrace commands a breathtaking view of the ocean and Pangkor Island just over yonder. With its rich, rustic traditional décor and Caribbean style layout, this open-air coffee house serves up an exciting range of authentic Malaysian cuisine, complemented by a variety of Western favorites. A new A la Carte menu has been put together by chefs with more than 70 years of combined culinary experience. The Garden Terrace is open daily from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. A la Carte menu is available throughout, while in-room dining service is available 24 hours.
THE NOODLE HOUSE
For a truly novel dining experience, visit The Noodle House for a delightful steamboat buffet dinner amidst the breathtaking view and the peaceful ambience of an old Chinese eatery, complete with bamboo screen blinds, wooden furniture, Chinese crockery and classical music. Indulge in a variety of delectable seafood, vegetables, noodles and many more. Open for dinner from 6.30 p.m. Last order at 10.15 p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays) *Subject to bookings / private functions
THE BLOSSOM COURTYARD PAN ASIAN RESTAURANT
Our master chefs at The Blossom Courtyard Restaurant specializing in exquisite Pan Asian cuisine will thrill your palates with meticulously prepared fusion dishes in addition to a variety of other tantalizing creations. An ideal venue for family dinners, corporate gatherings or a quiet dinner for two. Open for lunch from 6.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. Open for dinner from 6.30 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. (Closed on Sundays) *Subject to bookings / private functions
THE BLUE CHIP LOUNGE
The Blue Chip Lounge is superb for enjoying the daily newspaper with a long cool drink at a totally relaxed pace, especially in the evenings where you get to enjoy one of the most breathtaking sunsets. Chilled wine is ready for one's selection and an a la carte menu is available upon request. A new and different cocktail and mocktail awaits you every month. The Blue Chip Lounge is open daily from 11.00 am till 1.00 a.m. on weekdays and 2.00 a.m. on weekends.
THE GAYAM SEAFOOD BARBECUE AND BAR
The Gayam Seafood Barbecue & Bar is the perfect venue for that truly memorable dining experience. Sitting on stilts on a rock outcrop overlooking the Straits of Malacca, the quintessential ambience is created by the gentle lull of sea breezes and the sound of waves gently crashing on the beach. Seafood grilled to perfection will complement your evening as you wine and dine against the ever changing horizon as your backdrop. The Gayam is open from 7.00pm to 11.00pm.
THE NINETEENTH KARAOKE LOUNGE
The Nineteenth Karaoke Lounge features an advanced, computerized set-up for a quicker selection of more than 3,500 songs in English, Malay, Chinese and Japanese allowing anyone to browse and choose songs by artiste or song title with ease. The main hall of The Nineteenth Karaoke Lounge sports a large LCD projection screen on the stage for maximum viewing with a seating capacity of 50 persons. The Nineteenth Karaoke Lounge also has 3 separate private rooms ready for bookings. 2 rooms can cater up to 6 persons each, while the third room caters up to 8 persons. All rooms are fitted with the same computerized facility for convenience, thus adding enjoyment to hours of entertainment. The Nineteenth Karaoke Lounge is open from 6.00pm till late nightly; Karaoke rooms can be booked from 8.00pm onwards.
BUSINESS & LEISURE
The resort’s ballroom can accommodate a maximum of 1,500 people. With its high ceiling and pillar-less design, complete with state-of-the-art conference facilities, it is the ideal venue for major corporate events or social functions. Our banqueting team can also organize a host of theme parties such as Soccer Mania, Aloha, Ops Damai, Buka ‘Sarong’ and other exciting theme events for your function.
SWISS-COURT HOLIDAY APARTMENTS
Resting on another hill between the Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Damai Laut and the Damai Laut Golf & Country Club, the Swiss-Court Holiday Apartments offer cozy, spacious "home-style" accommodation. A total of 180 studio, 1 and 2 bedroom units make these value-for-money apartments ideal for family or corporate getaways. The apartments are also home to a number of long-staying guests who prefer the peace and quiet that the resort offers. At the reception building, table tennis, billiards and sauna are available. Overlooking the balcony of the main reception, swimming and wading pools welcome guests whereas the tennis and basketball court beckons the more energetic.
DAMAI LAUT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
The resort’s 18-hole (par 72) championship buggy-tracked golf course is cast against a tropical landscape with nine holes overlooking the Straits of Malacca and the other nine the estuaries of the Dindings River. Its inherent beauty, often bolstered by the presence of native trees, winding fairways and lakes makes Damai Laut Golf & Country Club one of the most exciting and outstanding golf courses in the country. Coupled with descending fairways, high trees and side hill lies, one can imagine the diversity of shots needed to cope on the course, which measures about 6,255 meters in total. Designed by American golfer and course designer Ronald Fream who remarked, "Every hole has an individual character while every green is designed to enhance the breathtaking view of the resort", there is no doubt that Damai Laut Golf & Country Club is truly a golfer’s paradise. The Pro shop that is housed within the clubhouse offers for sale golf accessories and merchandise to suit the most serious golfer. Rental of equipment is also available. The club also hosts regular tournaments and a variety of golfing packages all year through. The current term membership, Damai Card offers unlimited golfing, affiliation with other clubs across the country, golfers insurance and special discounts on food and room nights at any Swiss-Garden International properties in Malaysia.
The exclusive Samsara Spa next to the Recreation Centre provides a sanctuary for your senses in a traditional Balinese setting, with jacuzzi and sauna, private rooms and an open courtyard. Simple, practical, exotic and rare, Samsara Spa offers facial, reflexology and head-to-toe all-natural herbal treatments that are selectively chosen and combined to form potent mixtures for healing. Once kept away from commoners in the ancient Royal Balinese library, these secret recipes for healing and relaxation are now the for the privilege of our guests. A complete walkthrough of this spa will take about five hours, involving every part of your body for a truly pampering experience. Advance reservation is advisable. Samsara Spa is open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Take a dip in our spacious free-from swimming pool while the kids splash about in the wading pool. Two floodlit tennis courts are available and those who love beach ball games will be delighted to know that beach volleyball / football can be arranged upon request. In addition, our Recreation team offers a myriad of teambuilding, telematch activities and treasure hunts to suit the needs of any type of organization.
Water-sports range from sailing to canoeing to boat joyrides and trips. Our sunset cruise offers you the chance to witness a spectacular sunset at the northern-most tip off Pangkor Island, while the Dindings River cruise departs from our own jetty and takes you up the Dindings River, passing by Lumut Port and the Royal Malaysian Navy base before making a turn below the beautifully lit Tuanku Bainun Bridge. For a close encounter with Mother Nature, try the snorkeling package where a chartered boat will take you to the lovely Coral Island (near Pangkor Island).
Arrangements can also be made for sightseeing tours to nearby places of interest such as the Kuala Sepetang Mangroves, Charcoal factory, Turtle Sanctuary, Matang Museum, Pasir Salak Historical Complex, the historical town of Taiping, Tempurung Caves, Pantai Remis fishing village many more.
Our Team Outdoor Pursuit is the latest addition to our long list of recreational activities. This is an 8-element rope course that runs along the jungle skirts and is designed with safety in mind. The Flying Fox is the most popular element, which challenges your nerves by sending you flying 100 feet across the deep jungle ravine to a catch net on the other end. Coupled with our existing team-building packages, this is a must for individuals, groups or corporate organizations.
For individuals who simply want to explore, there are bicycles and tandem bikes for rental, making it a good opportunity to check out the Deer Farm where our resident Bambi lives, or to discover the different species of birds that have made Damai Laut their home.
For booking or further information, please contact the resort directly.
MY RATING: N/A