Since the design project I’m currently working on in my company is a hotel, my employer suggested for a short site visit to a beautiful beach resort located at Sepang Gold Coast. The hotel is called Golden Palm Tree Resort and Spa, and the site visit today offered me some kind of experience and enable me to learn a few things under my employer’s guidance regarding the atmosphere or feeling we can get from a hotel near beach.
The Golden Palm Tree Resort and Spa is very iconic due to its floating-like chalets sprawling out in a shape of a palm tree from a linear link that goes further to the sea from the main lobby building and banquet hall on the land. It somehow looks a bit like the Palm Island in Dubai, but in this case, there is no man-made island built for this hotel (with only the floating chalets in arrangement of a shape of palm tree). It is no doubt a 5-star resort which offers spectacular view to the wide open sea (Strait of Malacca) especially during sunset or sunrise. We couldn’t catch that moment as our site visit to that place is only in the afternoon for a short while.
It took us more than one and a half hour to reach there from Kuala Lumpur after we went for a wrong direction in the middle. It’s quite hard to find that place, since there is no main road that directly leads to that resort (need to pass through small village-side roads but the direction is just straight to reach the resort without much turning). It’s much further away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Sepang Formula One Circuit.
We walked around from the entrance to the cafe at the side (had a quick lunch there and it’s very windy and relaxing even in the middle of the day). Then, we entered the lobby before going on a buggy ride that takes us to the center of the palm-shaped resort where the main restaurant and the infinity pool are (and also a gym at one side). Next, we proceed to check the outside of the banquet hall (the pre-function zone) back on the land before leaving after an hour. We of course took a number of pictures mainly showing some beautiful details offered from the resort’s architecture and also some pictures of the exterior of those chalets. One night stay at there can easily costs over a thousand bucks as told. Then before we left, we realized that the layout of the resort is somehow quite similar to the layout of the current hotel project we are designing. Anyway, it’s a good site visit. But it would be better if I am not there for site visit but for a relaxing resort stay. Haha…