George and I really like the East Coast that we decided to drive there again during the long Chinese New Year holidays. This time, we decided to stay a bit longer in Kuala Terengganu and explore the unique city.
Being the adventurous couple, we did not make any hotel reservations, as usual…so, the first night of travelling we decided to stay at Vistana Hotel, Kuantan. Dinner was at Satay Zul – George’s favourite satay place and coffee was Hyatt Kuantan. The sound of the pounding waves of the South China Sea was so close to the Verandah. It was a high tide and I could sense the power of the waves as they surged towards the shore.
The next day, we drove to Kuala Terengganu passing through the beautiful coastal road. Stopped a few times at the scenic beaches to take in the view and continued driving. The 3 hour drive was not bad at all with less traffic on the road due to the holidays but we did have to dodge the cows, goats and the occassional mad drivers. One of the stops, the Mesra Mall in Kerteh was interesting. This big, clean and interesting Suria KLCC-owned mall was smacked right in the middle of between big cities of Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu. It has a good retail mixture ranging from Giant, to Guardian to some high end names. They even have TGV! Wowow! Definitely a place to explore again (which we did on the way back).
It was a good thing that the good ole Bessy-Bruce didnt give us any major headache during the trip as he/she had been coughing badly each time we start her/him in the morning. The temperature kept rising up each time we drove her/him up slopes so we had to switch off the aircond each time this happened.
Anyways, I digressed a little there.
Ri-Yaz Heritage And Marina Resort was an amazing resort. The only flip side were a) the spa was closed due to minor renovation b) it was not located near the beach. Otherwise, it has all the right elements of an excellent resort. I told George that it looked like Fantasy Island, almost. Just no Mr Roake waiting at the lobby.