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So last month, I took four days off to have a much longed-for vacation in an award-winning resort: Avilion Port Dickson. More specifically, I had a reading vacation - yes, a holiday where my goal was to read in beautiful surroundings. (And eat, and exercise too, of course.)
At fist, I wondered what the hell was I doing, parting with nearly RM800 for a 2N3D vacation, but my concern morphed into delight when I stepped into the resort's grounds. For one, it's absolutely gorgeous! Two: The front desk gave me a free upgrade to a fancier, and arguably, the best chalet type of the resort: The Premium Water chalet! (You'll find out why it's amazing below.)
Avilion Port Dickson is just stunning. Beautiful. My camera just cannot capture how beautiful the grounds are.
Photo 1: I love the garden chalets. You may think that since they don't have sea views they aren't worth it, but the chalets are surrounded by gorgeous greenery and is supposedly bigger than the water chalets.
Photo 2: There are lookout sitting areas around the chalets, so if your chalet doesn't have seaviews, you can still indulge.
Photo 3: A petting zoo - I found out that the peacocks have a habit of perching high above, looking down at us imperiously. Also, the roosters and chickens tend to fly the coop and wander happily around the resort compound.
Photo 4: If only I could live in a place this beautiful!
Welcome to the Premium Water chalet! The best thing about the chalet is the fantastic view from the patio - an unhindered view of the sea! On my first night there, there was a heavy wind and rain and it was absolutely awesome to listen to the sea roar. On my second night, I ordered room service and ate on the patio - how I ate by the beach! Only, I literally ate above the sea. I spent sunset throwing longan seeds into the ocean. Bliss!
Needless to say, with a room this gorgeous, I never wanted to leave it.
Photo 1: The room has an all encompassing view of the sea.
Photo 2: The open-air bathroom is a delight, and it rained when I was there and I thought it was so nice to have a shower from nature and a pipe at the same time!
Photo 3: Seriously, this King sized bed was super comfy.
Photo 4: My favourite spot in my chalet. I spent many hours reading books on his daybed. I opened the windows and let the cool sea air in (it was raining). Gosh, must I leave?
I loved almost everything about the resort. Sure, the furniture seemed a wee dated, and the buffet spread simple compared to KL hotel buffet standards, but I still had an awesome time. I, unfortunately, didn't indulge in spa time (the prices!), but I hear it's awesome.
Would I return? You bet. I count myself really blessed to have experienced Avilion, even if it's just for a few days.