With newly renovated rooms and a choice of seven dining outlets, Loong Wai Ting enjoys a pampered stay at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel

MY final stop after a full day of sightseeing in Putrajaya is Putrajaya Marriott Hotel at IOI ResortCity, within walking distance of IOI City Mall.

The facade of the hotel looks a little outdated but at night, when all the lights are on, it looks like a castle in Europe. From the lobby, I walk down a flight of marble stairs and go through glass floor-to-ceiling doors to a garden.

My visit is perfect as tecoma flowers (otherwise known as the ‘sakura’ of Malaysia) are in full bloom. These flowering trees within the hotel compound make a pretty sight.

Everywhere I turn, my eyes catch sight of pretty pink and white flowers which transform some parts of the hotel into painting like scenery.

THE STAY

My room, the executive suite, is spacious - so big that maybe I can do cartwheels! It is divided into two rooms — the living room and bedroom, each has a large window providing plenty of natural lighting. I love hotel rooms that provide good lighting as it gives the interior a certain glow.


The comfortable room

The room has the strong Marriott brand design - thick carpet, plush bedding with fluffy pillows and custom duvet. Decor is kept to a minimum and is tastefully done. My favourite part of the room is the balcony that overlooks a lagoon-shaped swimming pool. Unfortunately, the glass door is locked, perhaps as a safety precaution especially for guests with children.


View of the outdoor pool

As I am staying at the executive suite, I get access to the Club Lounge which can be a great option if I want to have a quiet breakfast away from the crowd.

THE INDULGENCE

My stay at Putrajya Marriott Hotel won’t be complete without some me-time. I check into Dewi Teratai Spa for an hour of massage.

My therapist Fanillah recommends the ayurvedic massage treatment which uses warm oil. The treatment helps me to relax.

It is also good to relieve muscle aches and cramps. The wonderful treatment ends with a cup of warm ginger tea. At night, I get restful sleep as a result ofthe relaxing spa treatment.

Feeling hungry after my spa session, I head to Midori for delicious Japanese cuisine. Looking through its extensive menu, I have a hard time making choices.

A staff recommends the Midori bento set, one of the bestsellers at the restaurant. Huge slabs of fresh salmon sashimi, fried chicken, grilled mackerel in soya, crunchy salad and a bowl of garlic fried rice make up my meal.

To wash it all down, I have matcha ice cream with red bean paste. The sweet dessert helps to cleanse my palette after the heavy meal.


Summer Palace restaurant.

Before checking out, I dine on Cantonese and fusion-Chinese cuisines at Summer Palace. It also serves tasty halal dim sum.

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Pictures by Putrajaya Marriott Hotel

FAST FACTS

PUTRAJAYA MARRIOTT HOTEL

IOI Resort City,

Sepang Utara,

Malaysia

TEL: 03-8949 8888

FAX: 03-8943 3193

WEBSITE: www.marriott.com/kulpg

STAY The hotel has 380 elegant and spacious guestrooms, 73 executive rooms and 35 exclusive suites. All rooms have been renovated recently, regulated by the Marriott standard with the new Revive Bedding collection of custom duvets, fluffy pillows and firm mattresses.

EAT Seven outlets - Summer Palace, Midori, Lobby Lounge, award-winning Tuscany Italian American Restaurant with its Tuscany Bar & Bistro, d’Oracle Coffee Lounge and all-day dining Zest Lifestyle Restaurant.

DO Shopping at the adjacent IOI City Mall or pamper yourself at Dewi Teratai Spa. Swim at the lagoon-shaped outdoor pool.

GO Take a city tour of Putrajaya.

HIGHS Easily accessible, clean rooms and good service.

LOWS The building looks a bit dated.

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