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Beach Bliss at Batu Batu, Malaysia

by admin on April 19, 2013

The pool, batu batu, Malaysia

Freshwater pool

Girls weekend, Batu Batu, Malaysia

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Girls weekend, The pool, Batu Batu, Malaysia

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Girls weekend, Long Beach, Batu Batu, Malaysia, weekend escapes, family breaks

Long Beach

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Not so long ago I was lucky enough to get a free pass from Mr C for a girls’ weekend (or perhaps I should say ‘ladies weekend’, now I am 40) with five friends to Batu Batu, the new private-island resort on Pulau Tengah, located off the east coast of Mersing in Malaysia. It was the first girls’ weekend I’d been on since my hen weekend SEVEN years ago, and my first time without my two children.

The destination

Batu Batu (which means ‘Rock Rock’ in Bahasa Malay) is a three hour drive and 20 minute boat ride from Singapore. The resort has been built-in the Malay vernacular style out of sustainably harvested, tropical hard woods and glass. It has 20 1-bedroom villas and two 2-bedroom villas. This gorgeous island has seven beaches around it, some more accessible than others, with a dense jungle interior. The waters are clear and the white sand beaches are unspoilt, and often deserted.  [click to continue…]

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Rustic retreat on Sibu Island, Malaysia

by admin on June 13, 2012

I love getting out of Singapore for the occasional family weekend break, especially as most of the beaches on the island are man-made and the view is line upon line of container ships, so we don’t tend to swim. This time our family break was to the tropical island of Sibu, off the East Coast of Johor. We went with 2 other families.

Sibu is a 3 hour, somewhat hairy, drive from Singapore to Malaysia (which unfortunately included a stressful hour and a half stop, with a crying baby, at the busy border), followed by a fun, fast and furious boat ride. We stayed at Sea Gypsy Village resort. The photo above was the view as we arrived on the boat.  [click to continue…]

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