Oh dear me, this is such a belated post, late for 3 months!!
For my birthday this year, we decided to do a short 2D1N road trip to Melaka. Initially was thinking of staying at Casa Del Rio which is located just next to Jonker Street. We stayed there previously and loved the convenience, overall furnishing of the hotel, moreover dear son loved the oversized bathtub.
But I wanted to try The Majestic which is a YTL property (we've been to 2 other YTL properties - Tanjong Jara Resort and Cameron Highlands Resort and were quite impressed by the service and overall ambiene and furnishing. Even though the location is rather inconvenient, I was keen to check it off my to-stay list in Melaka and more importantly, try the Spa Village. Have had heavenly experience at Spa Village Cameron Highlands and Tanjong Jara before, so Spa Village is a must-try for me! Well, take it as a birthday pampering treat :)
The entrance to the car park is located at a different road from the actual hotel entrance, and easy to miss but luckily I spotted it just in time. And I also spotted the coffee shop that we wanted to try, just at the entrance to the car park.
The boutique hotel consists of 2 buildings, the main building where the reception and restaurant are, is originally a Peranakan mansion dated back in 1920s. The new building is an addition, houses 54 rooms and suites, and mirrors the original architecture of the old building.
The staircase next to the reception leads to the restaurant.
The bar area. I love those pendant lamps.
Comfy sofas around the lobby area, for guests to relax. Afternoon tea is served here as well.
After the check-in procedures, we were led to our deluxe room.
The four poster bed looks so inviting, the first thing dear son did was to jump onto it. Luckily I stopped him just in time for a quick snap.
The lounge sofa overlooks part of the river, I love lazing about there.
We were served welcome Chinese tea by the staff.
The dining room known as The Mansion, serves breakfast and dinner. We only had our breakfast there the next morning. For dinner, we wanted to try the Chinese stall, Restoran Lee at the nearby coffee shop which is supposedly very good.
Breakfast is included in the room rate. It's semi buffet style, tea, coffee and juices are served at the table, bakery items and some hot food items like nasi lemak and fried noodles, as well as fruits and yogurt are served at the buffet table. In addition, we could order eggs, omelette, French toast, waffles etc. which would be cooked by the chef.
Modest selection of bread and bakery items.
Assorted cereal, milk and yogurt.
Nasi Lemak with curry chicken and condiments.
Assorted tropical fruits.
The nasi lemak and fried noodles were not bad.
But honestly, we didn't have such a good impression of breakfast. Thought that as a YTL property, they could do better, as in we had better experience at Cameron Highlands Resort and Tanjong Jara Resort. Firstly, there weren't enough baby chairs, good thing they provided cushions for dear son to sit on. Breakfast service was slow, the orders took a while to arrive and the kitchen delivered wrong order for hubby (he wanted soft boil egg and they served hard boil). Buffet items were limited with slow refills.
Restoran Lee which is recommended by C, and also received good reviews on tripadvisor.
Stir fried sweet potato leaves, very tender.
Fried egg with prawn for dear son. The eggs were very fluffy, surprisingly good for such a simple dish.
Stir fried deer meat with spring onion and ginger. The meat was tender and the sauce very tasty, goes well with rice!
The star of the meal, fried crab cooked in milk. It's not really like butter crabs, it tasted rich and milky, yet spicy but not too overwhelming on the palate. And toast is served together (to dip the sauce in). Very unique indeed! We like! The meal however was not cheap (can't remember the price now), I guess coz of the crab. Well, it beats eating at the Portuguese settlement (which we didn't have a good experience previously).
After the hearty dinner, we decided to walk to Jonker Street to help in digestion, but it was quite a long walk, took about 30 mins. As usual the night market area was too crowded and we just walked for a while, ate a bowl of iced chendol and took a cab back to the hotel to rest for the night.
Up next, my experience at Spa Village Malacca. Stay tuned!