Okay, this is my story. Before my trip over there, i read lots of bad reviews about this hotel. Nevertheless, i wanted to give it a shot since holiday villa is internationally known. My fiance n i booked into the garden villa. I would say, the room looks much smaller than the pic in the hotel's official webpage BUT it is still cozy n comfortable. No complaints bout the cleanlines,heater,air cond etc. I had the perfect room.Talking bout the hotel generally, the environment is cozy n very laid back. U get the greens, the sun, the sand and the sea.Holiday villa is by the beach side like any other hotels in cherating n u get many ppl relaxing along the long wide beach in the evening.Staff at the front desk tried their best to cater to everyone's needs. The coffee house is facing the sea, so u get to enjoy the breezy air each time u dine in. The taste of the food was quite good for cherating standard for both ala carte n buffet. The buffet spread on the 1st day of raya was satisfying. Staff was friendly. Greeted us with a big smile all the time. :) The moment u drive out of the hotel, u'll have many malay restaurants around. There is one chinese nearby the hotel-Peninsular seafood, it was just alright. Not great. There is this place beside our hotel- MAA SRI RAMPAI, DO NOT go there. Ikan bakar was horrible n we got cheated on the price. Not as stated in the menu. They were rude when we approached them about it. There is this place opposite our hotel, D'Cherating Beach, it was crowded. By the time we got there for supper, ikan bakar was sold out. Upset! Also note that Intan seafood is well known among the tourist whoever u ask but their food sucks big time! Location is in some doggy area as well.Only tourist dine there, no locals. Best restaurant we tried is GOLDEN BEACH. Chinese food. Location is near RESIDENCE INN. When u pass this INN on yr left, golden beach is after that on yr left as u take a corner. Kong po chicken is one of the best over here. Prawns were very fresh. The only activity we did was river cruising that takes u into the mangrove forest. Fun experience. Rm20/person. If u are lucky, will be able to see quite a number of wild animals. We did not get the chance to go to the turtle sanctuary as they're close on public holidays. We also took a drive to kemaman bout 15 mins away to this very famous Hai Peng Kopitiam. Very limited choice but their toast n drinks were heaven. Try the lime blended n see what happens :p Coco lava was really good as well. Worth the drive in the raya jam. I will like to conclude that cherating is an amazing place to relax n get away from the hectic city life. Keropok Lekor is a must to try. Its everywhere along the streets. So fresh! Seafood is a must to every meal. There were only a total of less than 5 shops/restaurants that opened on hari raya. Tho its a kampung-ish place when u drive around but it all blended in well with the sun, sand, sea and most importantly when u're with the most wonderful guy in the world. Everythin simply went so perfect. I was sad to get back to reality but we will definitely visit cherating again. Not too soon, but we will. To those who have not been, it will worth yr shot-at least once. Bout 3 hours slow drive from kl. :)
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The hotel’s staffs and management is pleased that you like the Garden Villa concept that was provided during your stay, The Garden Villa is located in the Palace Wing. The palace wing has a different concept, as the concept is based on the ancient Malay Sultanate and also the main building in the Palace wing is a replica of the “Istana Lama Sri Menanti” of Negeri Sembilan.
We are also pleased that you like the service provided and also the great panoramic sea view in the Beach Restaurant.
However, the hotel would recommend to our entire guest to dine in our restaurant in order not to be overcharge by the local restaurants near by the resort especially during the peak and school holidays.
The local activities like fire flies trip and mangrove river trip is our guest favourite outdoor activities.
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We are pleased that you have enjoyed your holiday, Once again we thank you very much for taking the time in stating your thoughts of the experience at our property and we will ensure that we will do our best and work all the positive comments.
We do hope to see you and your love ones again someday as we wish to pamper you and your family the Manja way,
Best warm regards,
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