Singapore is just a causeway apart from Malaysia, which explains high figures of Singaporeans travelling into Malaysia –some just for makan (eating) or a day of shopping in Johor Bahru. I myself travel to Johor Bahru frequently, mostly for the enticing food.
In desperate need of a holiday, away from home without having to board a plane, Malaysia makes an ideal destination. Puteri Harbour is a destination in itself. Spend a weekend at this peaceful and tranquil locale booming with restaurants, retail outlets and popular attraction Sanrio Hello Kitty Town (its first outside Japan).
Easily accessible from Singapore’s Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints and only 20 minutes from Senai International Airport, Traders Hotel at Puteri Harbour offers comfort with 283 rooms in total.
I had the luxury of staying in one of the 90 Deluxe Harbour View Rooms, which gives me unobstructed view of the harbour.
Pssst… the sunrise is absolutely breathtaking.
Where the desk faces, one would feel at absolute peace while at work.
Major plus point: free broadband and Wi-Fi Internet access for hotel guests. Also, there’s complimentary suit pressing and shoeshine service, daily newspaper and fresh fruits.
Guestrooms and suites range from 33 to 96 square metres in size, each outfitted with a spacious bathroom, 40-inch television, motorised day and night curtains, iron and ironing board, in-room safe deposit, hairdryer, and coffee and tea-making facilities among other practical features. Noteworthy are two rooms specially designed for persons with disabilities.
The welcoming hotel lobby emanates style and modernity.
Grab a snack from “On The Go”.
Where chocolates can be purchased as a surprise gift for your traveling partner.
The SkyBar, Bar and Restaurant on the pool deck, known as the hottest place in the area, serves up cocktails, bar bites, grills and steaks. This is where you can gather a bunch of friends, watch the sunset, sip on libations and enjoy a night out. Opens from noon till midnight.
Facilities in the hotel include the rooftop infinity pool, a Health Club with a harbour-facing gymnasium, private massage rooms for singles and couples, an open Jacuzzi, a rooftop garden, a business centre and basement parking bays.
Rooftop infinity pool
Holidaymakers can arrive geared for golf, fishing, water sport activities or a boat cruise, but what I was really there for, apart from a much-needed getaway, was the food.
Harbour Café is an all-day dining restaurant bustling with live action from various buffet stations, offering an international spread of Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Western and Malaysian favourites.
Dedicated to all things seafood, the Seafood Fiesta happens only on Fridays from 6.30pm through 10pm.
The overwhelming variety of seafood includes mussels (New Zealand green and black mussels), prawn (tiger and freshwater prawns), yabbies, squid, stingray, mackerel, pomfret and crabs (Alaskan, mud and flower crabs).
Seafood cooked in a myriad of ways –baked, grilled, poached and more.
Rock Salt Baked Salmon –a personal favourite!
Fried Prawn Noodles
They happen to have one of the widest selection of sashimi I’ve seen at buffets!
Ice Cream, Crème Brulee, Chocolate Fondue
Great value for money spent, the seafood buffet is priced at MYR108++ per adult and MYR54++ per child (under 12 years old).
For reservations, call / or email .
Traders Hotel, Puteri Harbour, Johor, Malaysia