Are you looking for a cheap-n-cheerful tropical getaway where you can party the night away with backpacking revelers and other budget travelers? If so, you may have stumbled upon the wrong article. However, if you are looking for the perfect blend of nature, luxury, and near-obsequious attentiveness at a rational price point, then please – oh yes, you must – read on.
Get ready to enter paradise!
A 45-minute flight from Kuala Lumpur followed by a 15-minute cab ride lands you in the The Danna’s sumptuous lobby, a high-ceilinged, British-Malay influenced, vaguely colonial design redolent of long ago Imperial days.
Rooms are very large, averaging at least 65 sq. meters, with bathroom suites larger than some of the famously tiny “business hotel” rooms in Japan. With “his and her” sinks, a giant bathtub, rain showers, luxuriant towels, and all the bathroom amenities you can dream of, you will pitter patter across the marble floor with a smile plastered across your face. The room itself is opulent without being showy, with beautiful furniture and gorgeous woods used throughout. Free wireless internet can be seamlessly accessed throughout the entire property.
Ambling (as you do while on vacation in a place like this) out to the pool area, you will find an expansive infinity pool, sparsely surrounded by umbrella covered and umbrella-less lounge chairs. There’s the requisite Jacuzzi area, kids (shallow) pool, and at the pool’s edge, a waterfall, all very tastefully done. Pool- or beach-side food and beverage service is attentive, of the highest quality, and imminently affordable, especially during the two-hour happy hour just before dinnertime when drinks are half price.
Fabulous breakfast spread
The lavish buffet breakfast (included) has order-made elements, including real cappuccino and a revolving menu of items such as eggs benedict, as well as a near indescribable assortment of hot dishes with Western, Indian, Chinese and Malay heritage. What you will not find is pork, for religious reasons. Grab a mimosa (bottomless, and also included) and worry not
A little adventure awaits
Tearing yourself away from the hotel grounds can have its rewards. The marina area next door hosts a number of restaurants, as well as more practical outposts such as a liquor store and laundry service, should you want to save on costs a bit. Further out (5 minutes by cab, but really you could just walk) is Oriental Village, which aside from being a village of sort in the Orient, does not particularly earn its eponymousness. The main event is the SkyCab (r/t RM 35, 10 USD), billed as one of the steepest aerial cable cars in the world. Excellent views are afforded from the top, though during ascent, some in your party may discover they are indeed afraid of heights
Leave your troubles behind!
Lest your shoulders stay weary from your travels, a quick, complimentary shoulder massage is provided while check-in details are expediently taken care of. By the time you are escorted around the hotel and on to your room, you will have forgotten everything disagreeable that the real world has ever foisted upon you.