Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes buffet breakfast
- The sheer bravura of the design — 315 villas built on stilts in the Strait of Malacca
- Free bikes for guests to use around the resort
- Fabulous free water sports (paddleboarding, surfing, kayaking)
What To Know
- Free daily shuttle service to/from Kuala Lumpur
- A choice of five restaurants
- Free WiFi
- The mud flats are pleasant underfoot, but they give the water a murky wash; don’t expect Caribbean clarity
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
All 315 Balinese-style thatch-roofed villas are built on concrete stilts in the Strait of Malacca, arranged in the shape of a mammoth palm tree. The central trunk starts at the open, airy lobby and extends almost half a mile into the water, terminating at the Club House, the circular hub (home to the pool, a couple of restaurants and the spa) from which eight branches of villas fan out. The scope of the project, which took six years to complete, is mind-boggling. Guests make use of free bicycles to get around. In addition, golf carts regularly loop between the lobby and the Club House.
Bed and Bath
All villas have stained oak floors, solid teak furnishings, a generous sofa, a work desk that doubles as a TV stand, a four-poster bed, plain white walls and lofty pitched ceilings that highlight the workmanship of the roofs. Each has a spacious balcony with views of the water, rattan chairs and sometimes a full-size table. Marble bathrooms are remarkable for their restraint, and the showers’ picture windows overlook the water. Family Villas have a spacious separate living area and Two-bedroom Villas feature a large master bathroom with a sunken tub, dual vanities, a study and two bedrooms. In the three-bedroom villas you’ll find spacious Jacuzzi tubs, daybeds on the split-level balcony, a kitchenette, and a consummate sense of privacy, since they are located at the ends of branches 5 and 6.
The five restaurants include Perahu, which specializes in Malay seafood and has a romantic setting by the beach, and Stimbot, which serves, not surprisingly, steamboat (seafood, noodles and vegetables cooked in a tableside hot pot). Hai Sang Lou’s Cantonese dishes are remarkably light, while Sepoi Sepoi’s all-day menu includes pizza, pasta and Penang street food. Bila-Bila, in the Club House, caters to guests who don’t want to stray far from the pool. The four-room spa is a classic dimmed-light, hushed-tone, corridors-lined-with-black-and-white-pebbles environment. The resort’s strongest card is the water sports center, where guests can attempt to master stand-up paddleboarding, surfing and blo-karting (three-wheeled masted carts propelled along the sand by the wind), all for free. At low tide the mud flats teem with sea life, including sand bubbler crabs scurrying into their holes. Daily bike tours take visitors through villages and past palm oil plantations.
In the Area
Extreme Park, across the road from the Golden Palm Tree, offers go-karting, archery, ATV/quad rides and paintball. About 25 minutes from the resort, the Sepang International Circuit (where the Formula 1 Grand Prix is held) is open to visitors to take a spin, though you’ll need to bring your own car. Alternatively, you can try the go-kart circuit. The village Tanjung Sepat, about 20 minutes away in the direction of Klang, is famous for its seafood joints, and also the immensely popular Hainanese steamed bun restaurant Hai Yew Heng, where six varieties of pau come filled with pork, preserved vegetables, red bean paste, coconut jam, peanut paste or vegetables. The resort also offers two free shuttle buses daily to Kuala Lumpur for anyone craving the urban life.
How to Get There
Just half an hour drive from home, this was a short weekend break for my family of 5. My kids love the 2 bedroom unit we got. Spacious and the beds were really comfy. Food selection is great for the breakfast buffet. Wished there was more activities for the kids.
The Fireshow was awesome, superb and thrilling...
The buggy guys, all of them are friendly and good. Sujit and Biswa are superb.
Food was ok but the stay, the room, the restroom, the swimming pool...Awesome.
Fyi, we booked RM 305, 307, 309 and 310...from 8 to 11 Dec 2018.
Thank you Avani...
A lovely place to bring the family.
Respectful staff, very helpful and many things to do throughout the stay. Also provides a free shuttle to and from KL for guests which is very handy.
George was fantastic and also the team in charge of Perahu and the beach bar out on a FANTASTIC seafood BBQ that impressed us all. The food was delicious and can't wait to come back.
Razman especially was very helpful and always catered to us and made us feel very welcome. Very polite young man.
Aidil buggy man was really helpful and great. It was nice resort and good environment with the helpul staff as well. Would recommend this hotel to all. Come and look for aidil he will help you all arpund the resort
I had the opportunity to experience 2D1N in Avani for a corporate Annual Dinner and Teambuilding event. Arrived to a warm welcome of complimentary drink and friendly faces. The lunch spread was great, a good variety of delicious food and the serving staff was quick and helpful.
One of the things that bothered me was the looong queue and wait for the buggy to transport us from the main lobby to our rooms. But then again, my company alone had assembled about 380 staff at this venue so I do understand that the resort was probably understaffed at that moment.We were only allowed to check in at about 4.15 pm and there were some items not replenished properly such as the toothbrush, laundry bags etc. Again, I understand the havoc that the cleaning crew was experiencing. Dinner was great, with everyone enjoying the food and drinks.
The view of sunsets, sunrise and the beach was wonderful although I didn't really had time to enjoy them. Will probably need to come back with my family to better enjoy what Avani had to offer. I'm sure my kids would love the simming pools and beach activties here.