My Deluxe Chalet At Kenyir Resort And Spa

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, December 11, 2009 | Published in


Something strange and frightening happened during my stay at Lake Kenyir Resort and Spa. I will tell you all about that in a future post, but for now, let us visit the chalet where I stayed for 2 nights with my blogger friend and travel partner.

The Lake Kenyir Resort and Spa covers over 60 acres and stands majestically on the banks of Lake Kenyir, reputedly Malaysia's largest lake. And guess what? It's actually a man-made lake! The 260,000 hectares lake contains an astounding 340 islands, with 14 big waterfalls to boot! Isn't that amazing?

Surrounded by the world's oldest tropical rainforest and in close proximity to Taman Negara, this is the ideal place to relax and refresh the spirit! One thing I can assure you is that you won't regret visiting Lake Kenyir.

Lake Kenyir Resort and Spa where we stayed is a world class 4-star resort and it comprises 135 individual timber chalets of traditional Malay architectural design. These chalets are all scattered around the lake and most of them have a commanding view of Lake Kenyir.

The above is the layout of the chalets. (Click to enlarge)

They have 4 different classes of chalet starting with the Superior Chalet at the low end, followed by Deluxe Chalet, Executive Chalet and the Kenyir Suite, which is the most expensive.

We stayed at the Deluxe Chalet which starts from RM290 per night. Although we stayed for 2 nights, we each paid about RM450 for the Firefly Holiday Package which comprises 3D/2N stay and return flight, plus daily breakfast and a lake cruise tour. I really do not know if it's a good deal - it may probably costs the same (or maybe less?) if we did not take the package! Oh, well....

This is how the more bigger chalet looks like.

The chalet we stayed in was smaller. Now this is how our chalet looks like.

That is the part that faces the lake.

On the opposite side is the entrance to the chalet as shown by this photo below.

My first impression was....What? You call this wooden house a 4-star resort?!

But when we stepped into the chalet, we were completely blown away!

The room was not bad at all complete with air-conditioner, fan, TV and refreshments.

But throughout our 3 days here, I did not touch the Nescafe drinks. Just the bottled water only.

I opened the glass door to the balcony.

Can you see the lake in front of the balcony?

Although there were many trees blocking the view, I was still pretty pleased with the chalet!

I guess if you want a better view of the lake, you would need to upgrade to a more expensive chalet, like the Executive Chalet or the Kenyir Suite! Well, if you can afford about RM400 for the Executive Chalet or RM1,000 for Kenyir Suite, go ahead!

I really do not mind lazing around here and reading a book for hours and hours!

The environment was just so relaxing! If you like to be close to nature, feasting your eyes on greeneries all around and listening to sounds of animals and insects, but do not like camping outside, this is it!

But what impressed me most was the bathroom!

It was huge and clean! There was a separate compartment for showering which was nice. It was such a pleasant surprise!

This looks more like a 5-star hotel to me. Definitely not what I expected!

Moral of the story - never judge a Kenyir Resort chalet from the outside! LOL!

After checking in and resting for a while, it was time to explore the place. Besides, the sun would be setting soon. I wouldn't want to miss the sunset!


(93) Comments

  1. Monica said...

    hey Foong!! :-D

    December 11, 2009 at 3:12 PM
  2. Mariuca said...

    Yahoooooooooooo!!!! CHopping on a holiday it seems, YAY ME!!! You at the Gardens now Foong?

    December 11, 2009 at 3:13 PM
  3. Mariuca said...

    Btw I stayed at the hotel there before, nothing great la, a bit disappointing oso...

    December 11, 2009 at 3:13 PM
  4. Mariuca said...

    ooooooh Monica right behind me hahahaha, morning Monica!!!

    December 11, 2009 at 3:14 PM
  5. Mariuca said...

    i love the bathroom here, sohuge and lawa Foong... when I stayed dhere it was for 3 days... oh free oso dat time so happily enjoyed the chalet la...

    December 11, 2009 at 3:15 PM
  6. Mariuca said...

    I remember the room being oh so huge!! But tiring la to drive down there, even though I wasn't driving la... my fren drove me and my ex colleague there LOL! Anyway it was one heavenly trip for me, loved it!

    December 11, 2009 at 3:16 PM
  7. Monica said...

    i think that's a good deal! LOL Mariuca woke up edi!! morning..:-D

    December 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM
  8. CheaHSan said...

    Thanks for the guided tour of Kenyir Resort And Spa and all those nice photos. Love the chalet & the greens.:p

    December 11, 2009 at 4:12 PM
  9. Becklee said...

    Nice place to rejuvenate and refresh the soul. The toilet looks good, at least from the picture.

    December 11, 2009 at 4:27 PM
  10. day-dreamer said...

    Peace and serenity indeed. :)

    December 11, 2009 at 4:45 PM
  11. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Just the perfect place for reflection..Probably once connected, you might be beamed up by UFO. TQ

    December 11, 2009 at 5:25 PM
  12. manglish said...

    not bad at all......and i also dun mind reading whole day, if they keep the food coming too, in the chalet hahhaa

    December 11, 2009 at 5:42 PM
  13. wenn said...

    such a nice place..

    December 11, 2009 at 7:36 PM
  14. lina said...

    The view stunning.

    The room (sleeping area) so-s0.

    But I'm like you, I'm blown away by the bathroom. Even Zaini likes the bathroom. Nice. If only can soak in the tub with the lake for a view. :)

    December 11, 2009 at 8:36 PM
  15. lina said...

    For me, I rather stay in a big hotel than individual chalets. I very "takut" one especially if staying near forest and the like. Sure cannot sleep one.

    December 11, 2009 at 8:37 PM
  16. lina said...

    Why didn't you drink the free coffee/tea? Any incidents with the drinks that made you drink bottled water only? Or were you just very health conscious? :D

    December 11, 2009 at 8:39 PM
  17. lina said...

    Got a lot of mosquitoes or not at night?

    December 11, 2009 at 8:41 PM
  18. HappySurfer said...

    Indeed, looks can be deceiving. Somehow, I'm averse to dark brown for chalets. Good thing the interior is not that dark color, huh?

    Avillion in PD has better-looking chalets but also dark brown but the ambience is really nice and relaxing. Have you been there?

    The bathroom looks pleasant enough. They probably encourage group-bathing considering its size. haha..

    December 11, 2009 at 8:42 PM
  19. HappySurfer said...

    Thanks for sharing the plan. So which chalet was yours, just to give us a better idea.

    December 11, 2009 at 8:49 PM
  20. HappySurfer said...

    You didn't talk about spa treatments. Can we expect that in a subsequent post? Or were there other activities?

    RM450 for the whole package is a good deal, Foong, though I wasn't sure if you were bored with just reading and nature. Maybe not if you just wanted to relax in a serene environment. Any mozzies?

    December 11, 2009 at 8:53 PM
  21. lina said...

    Group bath! Now that's an idea. LOL

    December 11, 2009 at 9:21 PM
  22. Borneo Falcon said...

    This place reminds me of Hilton Batang Ai Resort

    December 11, 2009 at 9:32 PM
  23. HappySurfer said...

    Lina, boleh jugak kan? LOL!

    December 11, 2009 at 10:50 PM
  24. CH Voon said...

    nice! great! wonderful!

    next post? you meet ghost???? it is lady ghost? what is the strange things happen to you? dont scare me oh...

    December 11, 2009 at 11:16 PM
  25. foongpc said...

    mariuca, yeah I was at The Gardens! Tweeting from there! LOL!

    Congrats for being my FC today! Lucky you read my tweets. Haha!

    Wow! You stayed in Kenyir Resort for free? So lucky lah you! The bathroom is pretty cool, right? I love it!

    You all drove there? That's tiring! Why don't just take plane?

    December 11, 2009 at 11:38 PM
  26. foongpc said...

    monica, oops! You missed FC very narrowly. Haha! So you think this is a good deal?

    December 11, 2009 at 11:39 PM
  27. foongpc said...

    cheahs@n, you are welcome : )

    December 11, 2009 at 11:40 PM
  28. foongpc said...

    becklee, yes it's an excellent place to rejuvenate. The toilet is really good! : )

    December 11, 2009 at 11:41 PM
  29. foongpc said...

    day-dreamer,yes indeed : )

    December 11, 2009 at 11:41 PM
  30. foongpc said...

    bananaz, haha that did not happen to me : )

    December 11, 2009 at 11:42 PM
  31. foongpc said...

    manglish, haha! Yeah the food will definitely make me stay inside the chalet : )

    December 11, 2009 at 11:43 PM
  32. foongpc said...

    wenn, indeed it is a nice place : )

    December 11, 2009 at 11:43 PM
  33. foongpc said...

    lina, yeah the room is just so so only, but the bathroom is really nice! But there's no tub to soak in! Only shower! : )

    Why you so "takut" to stay near forests? It's very relaxing and you can hear animals and insects sounds. Close to nature what!

    No reason why I didn't drink the Nescafe. haha! Just didn't feel like drinking. Actually I myself also wonder why! LOL!

    No mosquitoes lah, cos we switch on the air cond and shut the glass door. Haha!

    December 11, 2009 at 11:47 PM
  34. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, why are you averse to dark brown chalets? Yeah looks can be deceiving in this case! Haha.

    Haven't been to Avillion though have heard about it.

    Group bathing? Haha! That's quite impossible cos the size of that shower compartment can fit in at most 2 people. OK, maybe 3 ; )

    December 11, 2009 at 11:49 PM
  35. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, I am afraid I can't tell you the exact location of my chalet because of the unexplained phenomena which I would be blogging about in my future post! : )

    However, I will just hint that our chalet is near to the lobby/main building.

    Yes, will blog about the spa/massage in future post. Yes and there were other activities like bird watching and boat paddling and of course the lake cruise that brought us to the herbal island and waterfall.

    So expect many posts for this Kenyir trip! : )

    December 11, 2009 at 11:54 PM
  36. foongpc said...

    lina, why you also like the idea of group bathing? : )

    December 11, 2009 at 11:55 PM
  37. foongpc said...

    borneo falcon, oh I've never been there! Must be a nice place too! : )

    December 11, 2009 at 11:56 PM
  38. foongpc said...

    CH Voon, no I didn't say I meet ghost or even lady ghost for that matter. haha! Well, just stay tuned for that scary post! : )

    December 11, 2009 at 11:57 PM
  39. Jean said...

    hey i lik d toilet

    A smile from SJ =)

    December 12, 2009 at 7:27 AM
  40. lina said...

    Forests got birds,animals, insects. Got other "stuff" too that I'll be too sensitive also, the ones that may or may not like you being there. @_@

    Experiences being unable to talk or walk for weeks after a boisterous day out still haunt me lah.

    I'm a scaredycat!

    December 12, 2009 at 8:22 AM
  41. lina said...

    I'm top commentor! Yeay!
    Though I think I'll only be on foong's top spot for like, 2 seconds only. LOL

    December 12, 2009 at 8:27 AM
  42. Anonymous

    The deluxe room sure looked impressive! And the view of the lake from the chalet is nice.

    Room prices are pretty expensive eh?

    December 12, 2009 at 9:05 AM
  43. eiling lim said...

    wow this is very good deal. the chalet looks fine and the toilet is nice! I don't mind going there... hehe

    December 12, 2009 at 11:58 AM
  44. Gabriel said... luxurious. the price is also beautiful? how long u will stay there? any interesting activities going on?

    December 12, 2009 at 12:23 PM
  45. lina said...

    Spamming some more to ensure my top spot! :D

    December 12, 2009 at 12:25 PM
  46. HappySurfer said...

    Dark colors make the place gloomy besides more prone to attracting mosquitoes. The third picture is nice - nice angle.

    Nevermind about the chalet number then. Let's maintain the suspense for your story, shall we? Quick, tell us!

    December 12, 2009 at 12:27 PM
  47. HappySurfer said...

    Did you say 'herbal island'? That sounds interesting. Can't wait to read about it.

    December 12, 2009 at 12:31 PM
  48. jam said...

    Pretty nice resort! Sorry to say that my friend, if you travel with me I will never go to sleep in a resort. I will only choose guesthouse or hostel. That's my way to do traveling. By the way, is the television fully functioning, haha!

    December 12, 2009 at 3:21 PM
  49. Ken Wooi said...

    the place really looks good..
    very relaxing place to be for a holiday.. =)

    December 12, 2009 at 3:39 PM
  50. foongpc said...

    SJ, yes the toilet is nice! : )

    December 12, 2009 at 3:49 PM
  51. foongpc said...

    lina, what? You had the experience of not being able to walk or talk for weeks? What happened? You didn't blog about this?

    Congrats for being Top Commenter! And you are welcome to return as often as possible to maintain your top spot! Haha!

    December 12, 2009 at 3:52 PM
  52. foongpc said...

    mei teng, yes pretty expensive but it's a 4-star resort after all : )

    December 12, 2009 at 3:53 PM
  53. foongpc said...

    eiling lim, I wonder if Belum is nicer? : )

    December 12, 2009 at 3:54 PM
  54. foongpc said...

    gabriel, I stayed there for 3D/2N. Back already! Haha. Lots of activities but I only went for bird watching and boat paddling and of course the lake cruise which brought us to the herbal island and waterfall. You can go fishing, hiking, swimming, kayaking and many more : )

    December 12, 2009 at 3:56 PM
  55. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, Oh yes I agree dark colours attract mosquitoes. But I am not dark and I still attract mosquitoes! LOL!

    Yes, I said herbal island - it's just an island where they grow herbs! Will post about that soon! : )

    December 12, 2009 at 3:58 PM
  56. foongpc said...

    jam, once in a while, I will indulge in expensive resorts. It's nice - you should try it!

    Anyway, Lake Kenyir Resort is the most decent resort here in Lake Kenyir and comes highly recommended that's why I chose it. Also it is the only resort in the Firefly Holiday Package so could not choose others : )

    Yes, the TV is fully functional unlike the ones in Guilin Youth Hostel! LOL!

    December 12, 2009 at 4:01 PM
  57. foongpc said...

    kenwooi, yes perfect for a weekend getaway! : )

    December 12, 2009 at 4:02 PM
  58. eastcoastlife said...

    The room is so cool! I changed my mind about roughing it out. I want to book a chalet. hehe.....

    December 12, 2009 at 4:04 PM
  59. eastcoastlife said...

    That is what I call a relaxing holiday. I guess I won't even want to go out of the room. Too comfy. :P

    December 12, 2009 at 4:05 PM
  60. eastcoastlife said...

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    December 12, 2009 at 4:08 PM
  61. Blog and SEO tips to help you make money blogging said...

    I like the house in the picture :)

    December 12, 2009 at 4:27 PM
  62. creating my life said...

    what's to bet that the strange thing that happen in the chalet is a ghost.

    December 12, 2009 at 4:40 PM
  63. lina said...

    I thought I did, with my ghost story post way back but checking back, yalah, I didn't mention anything about that.

    Here goes:

    Once, after spending a day of fun in Kuala Medang(somewhere in Lipis); playing in the river, yelling, laughing, etc that kids my age would do once in water, I was unable to open my mouth for a month. Cannot eat, only can fit a small straw through my mouth. After being given some water by a dukun, only then I can open my mouth.

    Another time, I stepped on a "busut" depsite being told not to, just to show that I'm brave, and I couldn't walk for weeks. Despite checks after checks at the hospital, the doctors can't find anything wrong with me, so a visit to the dukun was needed. A horribly painful massage follows (not the nice kind like you had in Kenyir)I was back to normal.

    Let's just say, I don't appreciate going into forest with loud, playful crowd. I've learnt to respect my surrounding. There are others living amongst us, and I don't mean aliens coming in on a UFO. :D

    December 12, 2009 at 5:58 PM
  64. J2Kfm said...

    luxury amongst the wilderness.
    that's cool.
    least with a clean toilet, everything else doesn't matter.

    December 12, 2009 at 8:52 PM
  65. TZ said...

    dude, do you think it's value for money on this resort... from your picture, it's just a normal chalet type of resort. Looks like very basic :p

    December 13, 2009 at 12:54 AM
  66. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, haha! Yes the room looks comfy and the balcony is really great and of course the bathroom is just wow! But you must go to the lake and visit the islands and waterfalls for a complete holiday experience! It's not really "rough" : )

    You have a good weekend too! : )

    December 13, 2009 at 10:36 AM
  67. foongpc said...

    blog and seo tips, yeah it's nice! : )

    December 13, 2009 at 10:37 AM
  68. foongpc said...

    creating my life, OK that's a good guess, but I will not confirm or deny it at this moment. Wait for my post on this yes? : )

    December 13, 2009 at 10:38 AM
  69. foongpc said...

    lina, wah! So scary experiences you had! I didn't know! No wonder you respect the forests now. I think it's not a good idea to have a large playful crowd in the forests too - sometimes we might disturb and irritate those things.

    Btw, who knows maybe those things are actually aliens from outer space? Haha! Both are equally mysterious and unexplained : )

    December 13, 2009 at 10:41 AM
  70. foongpc said...

    J2Kfm, as long as it has clean toilet everything else does not matter to you? Haha! Yes I think I quite agree but then if I pay a high amount, I would expect better room : )

    December 13, 2009 at 10:43 AM
  71. foongpc said...

    TZ, not sure if it's really worth my money, maybe a little on the high side. But I love the bathroom and the balcony! : )

    December 13, 2009 at 10:45 AM
  72. molly said...

    I stayed there two years ago. Lucky I brought my girlfriends and children along, otherwise I would be a little scared at night.
    Nice place, but if go with more friends would be safer and more enjoyable.

    December 13, 2009 at 5:52 PM
  73. Unknown said...

    wow beautiful resort! and nice pics! :)

    December 13, 2009 at 8:46 PM
  74. iamthewitch said...

    Such a nice chalet at a reasonable price. I think I'll give the place a visit one day :)

    December 13, 2009 at 11:35 PM
  75. Tekkaus said...

    War...what so frightening and strange happened? :p

    December 14, 2009 at 1:41 AM
  76. Tekkaus said...

    Yupe! it is a man-make lake alright! :p Learnt this in our Geography right? But I didn't know it has 340 islands and 14 waterfalls. Goodness.

    December 14, 2009 at 1:42 AM
  77. Tekkaus said...

    From your post it is obvious you love it right? :p

    War...there's a 4 star resort there? Sounds like a little expensive o the chalet rates.

    December 14, 2009 at 1:43 AM
  78. Tekkaus said...

    War...I was blown away too. So looks can be very deceiving aye. :p I think this chalet is way better than most of the hostel you stayed in China. LOL :D

    December 14, 2009 at 1:44 AM
  79. Tekkaus said...

    Holy smoke...the view is really beautiful. No wonder they are charging you so much.

    Goodness gracious. Even the bathroom looks so damn professional. Just like the bathrooms found in some 5 stars hotel in KL. :p

    December 14, 2009 at 1:46 AM
  80. Tekkaus said...

    You know what bro? I have told my wife that I wanna bring her to Kenyir one day after reading your post. :p

    December 14, 2009 at 1:46 AM
  81. ladyviral said...

    Looks like a really nice room! How much was it for? Suite RM400? Not bad for the price :D.

    Wow... makes me want to suggest to my company to go there next year! Then I would definitely tag along! hahaha!

    December 14, 2009 at 5:15 PM
  82. eiling lim said...

    Belum is nice and has nicer rooms. but not chalet type. but belum is in a dam woh... not lake

    December 14, 2009 at 5:47 PM
  83. Ayie said...

    The bathroom is very big! Thumbs up for this chalet! This place is so nice foong!

    December 15, 2009 at 7:57 AM
  84. foongpc said...

    molly, it's good to go holiday with the right friends : )

    December 16, 2009 at 11:53 PM
  85. foongpc said...

    quachee, it's beautiful indeed! : )

    December 16, 2009 at 11:53 PM
  86. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, yes it's a great place for holiday. But looks like you won't be going there soon, since you still have so many places to go! ; )

    December 16, 2009 at 11:55 PM
  87. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, haha will let you know about the scary experience in future post! It's a little expensive but it's 4-star. And you get really nice bathroom!

    Oh yes! It's definitely better than most hostels I stayed in China. Haha!

    Really? Bringing your wife there? Well, hope you both will really go there and have a good time! : )

    December 16, 2009 at 11:58 PM
  88. foongpc said...

    ladyviral, yes do suggest to your company! : )

    December 16, 2009 at 11:59 PM
  89. foongpc said...

    eiling, oh so Belum is a dam! And nicer and more expensive room, I presume? : )

    December 17, 2009 at 12:00 AM
  90. foongpc said...

    ayie, yes the chalet is nice and the place is really nice too! : )

    December 17, 2009 at 12:01 AM
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