E&O residences review

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This pool is an Oasis at EO Residences! No wonder kids wish to go swimming every day.
We are impressed with the amount of lush greenery and landscaping all around us.
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It took us about 4 hours to drive North to KL city (including lunch), familiar landmarks like Petronas Twin Towers and KL Towers can be spotted over the horizon. It must be at least 10 years since we last visited KL (Kuala Lumpur).

Most of the time, we bypass KL(吉隆坡) on the way to Genting, except 2010 Sunway Lagoon, and 2013 Kidzania (PJ).
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This time round, we were invited to KL’s E&O Residences for a 3D2N stay. It was a good opportunity for our family to catch up with what KL has to offer.

E&O residences is located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur metropolis, yet we are insulated from the bustling streets, traffic jams and hot weather. Luscious landscapes, water bodies ensure guests enjoy their vacation and rest.
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Lobby checkin.
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E&O Residences’ 2-bedrooms suites are 1400 sq ft, just look at the spacious hall.
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Bedroom and dedicated study room, did I mention wifi signal is good and free?
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Elegant and luxurious bathroom.
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Good thing about apartments are they allow you to cook something light, or wash and dry, and yet we can always rely on room service (just like hotels) to clean up if we are lazy 🙂
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Video : Boon Xin is too short for the basin (hahaha), and swimming pool FUN!

View of KL Twin Towers (Petronas) from our room, Towers look magnificent, day and night.
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Kids quickly make themselves at home, it means they are comfortable with their rooms 🙂
Friendly staff at E&O gave the kids some toys and drawing kits in case they need additional activities.
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Who could resist the alluring green view from our full screen window. The pool is so inviting!
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Kang loves the pool, so do we! You will notice that the pool is fringed by tall trees, providing shade and that sanctuary feeling.
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E&O Residences’ pool comes with jacuzzi pools and a view of KL Twin Towers.
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Kids help themselves with the jacuzzi pools.
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Boon Xin is trying to tip toe and show you she is 1.2m tall. Smaller kids will need to bring float along to enjoy the pool.
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There is a mini playground corner next to the gym. While parents jog on the treadmill, they can keep a close watch over the kids.
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Love the feature wall. Just follow the steps to fold a boat or an aeroplane.
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Relax on the swinging beds, do not swing too hard after a heavy meal :p
Needless to say, this swinging beds are very popular with guests.
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Lush green landscape all around us, can you spot KL Tower through the roof?
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Monorail station Rajah Chulan is just a 10min walk away. Just hop one stop to Bukit Bintang, where food and shopping awaits! Think Lot 10, Sungei Wang, Berjaya Times Square, and many more food options.
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Thanks to E&O Residences, we have rekindled our interest in KL and realised 3D2N is not enough to explore KL. Get the latest updates from E&O Residences Website and Fanpage.

Additional tips to enjoy KL :
– leave the car in the carpark and take public transport. GPS is not always pinpoint accurate, as the streets are too closely interlinked. Long detour if you miss one junction. Even locals will tell you to take the train.

– One station from “Rajah Chulan” (nearest to our apartment) to “Bukit Bintang” (for shopping and food) cost RM1.20
– E&O Residences is 10 min walk from KL Towers, and 15 min from Petronas Twin Towers (refer E&O map)

– the one-bedroom suite at E&O Residences were fully occupied during our stay, do enquire early to make your reservation

– do pop by our Malaysia road trip and safety recommendations (Genting, Cameron, Ipoh, Melaka, Cyberjaya, Legoland etc)

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We will share more food options on day 2 and 3, meanwhile, our 3D2N photos are available on our Fanpage (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3)

Read our KL 3D2N itinerary :
– Day 1 E&O Residences
– Day 2 walking to KLCC
– Day 2 Dinner at Jalan Alor
– Kuala Lumpur Good Food recommendation

Holiday Inn Mai Khao Day 3 and 4

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If you stay at Holiday Inn resorts, you are likely to see these themes repeated.
Stay Romantic – bathtub, sunsets
Stay Delectable – food bbq, buffet 🙂
Stay Relaxed – yoga, swim, Spa
Stay Connected – free Wifi connection (kids would associated Stay Connected with their PS3!)

We would add “Stay FUN”. There are enough activities in Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao to keep us entertained for 4D3N(checkout our Day 1 and Day 2 itineraries)
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Stay Relaxed
Where should we start? There are so many water places all around us, all FUN!
The lap pools, swimming pools, the Andaman Sea and even our bathtub!

Video : Beach and pool activities (planes spotting too)

Beach play after our breakfast. As the tides roll in, the waves grew stronger. Even swimmers must be careful. When the waves roll back, younger kids can be sucked in!

Sandcastle building would be fun on the soft sand.
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It is definitely safer (but no less Fun) to swim at Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao’s infinity pool. Besides water polo and other “scheduled” water activities, kids can choose some unofficial curriculum, such as throwing and picking-up of pebbles underwater.
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Yoga anyone? We attended an early 8am session. Not exactly soothing for first timers, the stretching can be strenuous and tiring.
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Family bonding with kids, it was pretty unique to be perspiring on the beach. Close our eyes, hear the waves lapping on the beach.

Breath in breath out, Zen, we got to remember to “Stay Relaxed” right?
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Stay Romantic and chill

Pickup a book, laze on the beach, watch the Sunset (Day 2 post).
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We saw a beach party under the evening sky and swaying trees, accompanied by live band and sea breeze.
The constant drift of BBQ meat was inviting.

A beach wedding ceremony at Mai Khao beach should be spectacular.
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(image credit Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao website)

Perhaps your definition of Romantic is couple time massage or spa?

Introducing the famous Tea Tree Spa. Rustic building, high ceiling and cooling interior. A cup of ice tea, and we are immediately shielded from the hot sun.

A quiet moment for Mummy and Daddy, away from the occasional kids’ screaming :p
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Inside the inner sanctuary, Mummy and Daddy chose the “Back, Head and Shoulder” massage (30min) and Feet massage (30min). The next hour was pure bliss as our masseuse soothes our stress away

Couple time again, our minds were with each other, until Daddy snooze away… (ooops)
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Parents would be happy to know that kids can join them in massage session too! We would have invited our kids down, but Tea Tree Spa was fully booked.
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We did enroll the kids for a massage session at the huts outside our resort. Kids were giggling away as they got tickled, but they were enjoying their own pampering session too.
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It can be pretty warm in the afternoon, sleeping can be a form of relaxation too.
Just grab a book and lie down on the hammock or pool couch.
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Just chill and relax.
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Stay Delectable

Enjoying our American breakfast at Pesto, while soaking in the sights from the vast horizon of Andaman sea.
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Yummy traditional and authentic Thai Food from Kin Dee, rated No3 in Mai Khao.
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We phone-order our lunch and enjoy a sumptuous meal on our balcony. No doubt the experience would be better if we dine at the restaurant.
Recommend Thai food Phuket Mai Khao

Go for the green curry and appetisers like salads, prawn/crab rolls. Their mango sticky rice is especially sweet.
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For the ultimate experience, the whole family can enroll in a cooking class and whip up some Green Curry, Tom Yam Gong and pineapple salad.

Under the real chef’s guide, adults proceed to dish out three Thai cuisines.
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Remembering to have Fun, even when we are preparing meals for our love ones.
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Newly minted Thai chefs, our green curry is quite good.
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Cute aprons, but the little ones are very serious when it comes to making their own pizzas.
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Otherwise, how would you explain Boon Xin rolling the dough with eyes blindfolded?
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Their pizza must be delicious, Boon Kang was caught pinching away 🙂
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The cooking class was a delightful experience for everyone, especially more memorable when they realised we are making our own lunch.
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Stay FUN
Over our 4D3N stay, there was always some activities to engage us.

If you are adventurous, run 4km to catch planes landing on Phuket International airport. Although Daddy would not recommend the kids to run along (it is tiring to run on sloping sand!)
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You might have spotted the beach when your plane is landing.
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Plane spotting real close, as you can feel the planes roar overhead. Do note that the best time to catch inbound planes (flying in from the sea) will be between 7am to 9am. I suspect afternoons will be outbound flights.
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You will notice that Mai Khao beach does not have any sea motor sports like jetski or parasailing. We overheard from staff that it was intentional to keep the beach untarnished.

Outdoor playground (outside Kid’s club) is popular with smaller kids too, but there is minimal shelter.
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Even up till the last hour, while waiting for our van, kids still want to pick up billiard.
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Princess treatment. Kids are really given VIP access at Kid’s Club. Parents should not be surprised when kids request to stay there from dawn to dusk!
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So, what will we miss about Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao?
Boon Xin will miss her Princess treatment and friends at Kid’s Club. We felt very safe whenever Boon Xin is in the hands of caretakers at Kid’s club.
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I will miss the Chocolate croissants from our breakfast at J’s Cafe.
Sweet, indulging, all holidays should be this good!
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Boys will miss the swimming pools.(Actually they miss the PS3 more, we need to pull them away from their room every day)
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Thank you Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao for your kind hospitality. Everyone was so friendly to us, and guests were warmly greeted at every corner.

Praew (Marketing) is friendly and accommodating, Maroo (activities manager) is always really to engaged the kids in sports, friendly Ploy (front desk) can speak Mandarin and always smiling while Jack (Pesto) is always attentive and ensures his guests enjoy Pesto’s services.

With your smiles and personalities, you made our holiday much more memorable. Even our kids are impressed, they were happily saying “Sa-wat-dee” with palms clasped whenever someone greeted them 🙂

Everyone needs a relaxing vacation to rejuvenate.
We would not hesitate to recommend Holiday Inn Mai Khao to our friends.

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More details about resort can be found on their Website, Fanpage and Instagram.
Our 4D3N Phuket Mai Khao Itinerary :
Day 1 Resort activities
Day 2 Phi Phi island tour
– Day 3 and 4 blog post (the pool, the sea, the massage)
– Day 3 and 4 photo albums on our Fanpage