Bandar Baru Bangi may not sound like a fancy staycation choice at first. After all, it is more known as a university town, otherwise sleepy and seemingly uninteresting. But, a weekend at the five-star Bangi Resort Hotel might just change your mind.
This picturesque five-star resort is located on Bandar Baru Bangi’s highest point, surrounded by lush tropical green that offers a serene environment, and hence, perfect for a quick relaxation weekend with the family!
A serene retreat
This hotel has been around for more than two decades, but it recently went through a facelift and a modern twist. Our Grand Deluxe room oozes practical minimalism — the king-sized bed takes center stage, complemented with a turquoise chaise lounge to laze on. The 36-square meter room is spacious enough for a family with kids!
The room is designed with guests’ comfort in mind. A work desk is provided if you need to meet some deadlines (we hope not!) with a table lamp and several USB ports to charge your phone. The luggage shelf next to it could fit two pieces of luggage, which is perfect when you’re traveling with a partner (or just an overpacker, we won’t judge!).
Each of the 256 rooms is equipped with tea-making facilities, a mini fridge, high speed WiFi, a flat-screen TV with local and international channels, as well as a bathroom that has a bathtub and a separate shower cubicle. We particularly loved the rain shower! Choose a room that either has views of the swimming pool, garden or magnificent views of the golf course.
Pool in an urban jungle
While the room may entice you to stay indoors all day long, a stroll in the hotel’s compound may just be what you need to unwind. We’d suggest starting your walk in the garden where you may admire the Koiin the pond and listen to the relaxing sound of water pouring out of a fountain. Want to keep up with your workout routine while you’re here? Jog around the golf course, surrounded by picturesque ponds and lush greenery!
Need to cool off in the Malaysian heat? Take a dip in the swimming pool, partially shaded by tall, coconut trees to provide you some shelter from the hot afternoon sun. The occasional breeze that makes the trees sway gently calms you even more.
Feeling hungry and don’t feel like leaving the resort? Don’t worry, the hotel has a range of quality yet affordable dining options. Choose from local and international buffet at Funtasia, fusion Chinese cuisine at Harmoni or contemporary Japanese fare. The hotel also has its own farm where every morning, the chef would harvest the day’s vegetables. That’s not all, the hotel is also the first one that has a robot barista called Robbie that serves you soft serve ice cream as well as coffee-based drinks!
For a refreshing city staycation, check out Bangi Resort Hotel!
Our verdict: The hotel is perfect if you’re looking for a quick weekend staycation away from the hustle and bustle of the city!
See and Do
Bandar Baru Bangi’s food and shopping scene has thrived in recent years. Do café-hopping at Section 3, which is filled with many Instagrammable cafés. Oh, you need to shop for baju Raya? Bangi Sentral is a one-stop-center where you could buy everything from branded scarves to affordable jubah. Read on for more activity ideas outside the hotel premises.
District 21 is an indoor adventure theme park inside IOI City Mall Putrajaya, where everyone can enjoy a variety of challenging obstacle courses. Spanning over 6,500 square meters and fitted with 11 attractions with varying levels of difficulty, you’ll be climbing over steel walls, and sliding down high-speed slides. Bangi Resort Hotel’s guests get free shuttle from the resort to the mall, so you won’t have to worry about parking!
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District 21 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 8.00pm (Monday – Friday), 10.00am – 8.00pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Address: IOI City Mall, Putrajaya, Selangor
Contact: +603-8328 8888
Bangi Wonderland Theme Park
The Bangi Wonderland Theme Park is the new kid on the block in the theme park department. It’s only a 20-minute drive from Bangi Resort Hotel, so you could spend some time at the theme park before returning to the hotel for a much-needed relaxation time. The theme park features 15 attractions, but don’t assume this water theme park is all tame and mild. From three storey-high slides to a water cannon that shoots you up in the air and into the water, you’ll be out of breath before you know it! Find out more about the rides and our tips to enjoy the theme park to the fullest here.
Bangi Wonderland Theme Park
Address: Jalan Bangi Avenue 1/2, Bangi Avenue, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
Opening hours: 11.00am – 6.00pm
Contact: 03-8912 8333
Shop for baju Raya at Bangi Sentral
Now you don’t have to go all the way to Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman to get your Raya essentials. The new Bangi Sentral is a shopping paradise for Muslim-friendly attire, especially during Raya season. There are more than 100 local fashion brands here — from affordable to high-end range, so there is something for everyone! Pro tip: Get there early so you’ll score a parking spot!
Jalan Medan Pusat Bandar 8A
Opening hours: Varies between shops
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