Such a good and sound sleep after the massive dinner that I spoke about in the previous post! Parents woke us up for Subuh prayers and my baby brother and I decided to make an early start by having our breakfast sharp at 7.30am and then to our morning swim. Breakfast at Vivanta by Taj hotel was without a doubt a variety although my brother kept stressing out about it capable of being better. To me personally, it is always about pros and cons. This hotel may have this and not have that and likewise for all the other hotels.
My sister and I booked for parasailing and jet ski water sport activities at 4.30pm (you can do the booking at the ‘Activities Counter’ near the reception) to avoid the afternoon heat. That meant having some time to kill and we still had a few hours before we had to return the car and so my family decided to again exit the island and visit shops in the main land.
Spot the ‘Underwater World’ signage! I have to say that I love the Pantai Cenang touristy spot area because it has lots and lots of restaurants and of course those shops too. My dad drove us to Kuah (17km from Pantai Cenang) but we did not get down the car, we were literally there to just get the feel and bring back memory. We straight away went back to Pantai Cenang to do some window shopping and guess what, we had lunch at Orkid Ria Seafood Restaurant again.
I highly recommend their Butter Prawns – so good! We finished lunch by 2pm and we made our way back to the hotel by catching the boat at 2.30pm. 2 hours passed by and we were ready and excited for our most awaited water sport activities. Headed to the hotel lobby and the ever friendly staffs took us to the Marina area where the parasailing boat and jet skis were located at. (I love that everything about this hotel belongs to this hotel and everywhere is not far from each other.) I’m not going to write a lot, I think the pictures would justify my points about how amazing and absolutely fun and exciting the whole experience was. The bird’s eye view was magnificently beautiful, gosh birds are so lucky to get to see so many wonderful things from above!
And now to the fun part. We got close to the Marshall so they were so friendly and fun to us. I tell you, he took 200 photos of us. This meant free time for my preggy sister because her job was initially to be the photographer.
Shot 2 – How much cooler could this photo get? We saw so many planes up there and they felt super close to us. The Marshall told my sister that we could have shared the same height as the aircrafts if he let go of the rope.
Shot 5 – No regrets. Okay maybe a bit. Guys, I forgot how high the pH for sea water is. It was soooo salty. The water splashed on my face and my eyes felt so strained for a few minutes. As for my hair, well, from soft it went to rough.
Shot 9 – All set, let’s go! The Marshall was there to watch over us and he told us to just explore everywhere we wanted to. We got to the middle of the sea and it was nerve wrecking in the beginning what with the rather harsh tides, I felt like falling off the jet ski anytime. I really prayed hard to Allah that please please please do not make me fall because although there was life jacket on, it would still be terrifying to be falling off the jet ski in the middle of sea. How did my brothers do? Well, they ski-ed like they were having some racing match.
We finished both activities by 5.30pm, thanked the Marshall for taking care of us and we came back to the jetty point to our sister. While walking back to the hotel, we saw our parents walking towards the 4 of us “ambil angin petang” they said. All of us walked back to room 306, refreshed ourselves and called the day off – too tired already.
I asked my sister to accompany me for an evening stroll around the beach and my sister took this amazing shot of me (I mean the background is amazing).
In summary, it was a wonderful trip, alhamdulillah. It really had been a while since all of us properly got on a proper family holiday together although the BIL could not join the trip. Just words of advice to future Langkawi travellers: Vivanta by Taj is suited for you if you are looking for a calm and serene and not “shopping + visit attractions” holiday as it is on a private island. If you are looking at doing “visit attractions” holiday, I do personally think it is best to stay at hotels that are located in the main land.