Sinar Eco Resort in Johor, Malaysia

I like the kids to spend time in nature, and besides the usual zoo and bird park which my parents take them to every so often, I have discovered the Turtle Museum and Farmart.

Kate enjoyed feeding and patting the small animals that I decided to take it a notch up. An overnight kampung experience sounds about right for my urban kids.

I did our booking via Whatsapp (+60 14 2523678) and it was fuss-free.

Sinar Eco Resort
To be honest, I never intended to blog about the weekend, but their hospitality was so sincere that I just had share about this gem of a place tucked away in nearby Johor.

Once we arrived, the kids couldn’t wait to be let out of the car having been cooped up for so many hours due to the causeway jam. We plonked our bags in the rooms and headed straight out to feed the animals. It costs RM$1 per packet of feed.
Feeding the chickens

I was apprehensive about entering the chicken enclosure, but put on a brave front and cheerfully ushered the kids in. We taught the kids to splay the chicken feed as far as they could so that they wouldn’t come too close to peck us.

Horses

The horses were up next and I was surprised Kate dared to feed them. The handlers taught her to place the carrots on her flat palm and allow the horse to nibble on it.

Rabbits

We had another round of animal feeding on Sunday. Horses, cats, rabbits, cows, goats, fishes, chickens; the kids fed them to their hearts’ content.

Fishes
Cats

Meals: All the activities cease at 6pm and they start preparing for the BBQ dinner. The premium BBQ is at RM$70 and one portion is big enough to be shared with a kid. #5 really enjoyed the BBQ and I seldom see him eat so much!

Breakfast was a simple but adequate affair. Adults went for the nasi lemak with curry chicken while the kids had cereal, eggs (hard boiled/scrambled) and rice with ikan bilis.

For lunch, you can ask for the menu after breakfast and let them know what time you will be eating so the kids don’t have to wait a long time for food to be served. The kids had chicken chop with fries (RM28) while we had fried rice (RM18) which comes with fried chicken wing.

Up close and personal
gor gor to the rescue

On Sunday we went horse riding, but as the kids are still young, we simply trotted around the paddock. There are options to ride around the farm or if you are an experienced rider you can take the horse out.

The kids asked to go on the river cruise again as it was a different exprience from going out in the night. #5 enjoyed the night cruise as it was such an adventure going out in pitch darkness! Pity we didn’t see any fireflies. The 30 minute ride costs RM100 per trip for the whole group.

RM30 for 2 rounds
What made our stay memorable was the service. The manager Devaa tried to accomodate our many little requests for the kids, and I have to commend a most helpful staff, Mohammad. He happened to assist us with many of the activities, and even though we couldn’t communicate fluently, he was kind and considerate of the childrens’ needs. Nothing was too much trouble, and he attended to us with patience and sincerity. It made the stay a happy one for all the kids.
Thrilled

He carried the kids one by one up to the driver’s seat, and though they could only pretend to steer the tractor, that made their day. Kate spotted the cows in the enclosure and asked to feed them. He obliged, and also showed us where the milk collected was stored. That day, Kate finally learnt where her “supermarket” milk came from!

tug of war
Accomodation: The kids’ reactions when they unlocked the room door and burst in was quite anti-climatic. Looked, paused, and finally let out a “Huh, so small?” followed by “How come the TV got no 313?”

For me, so long as it’s clean, I’m ok. This farm resort was opened last year and the rooms are new and modern, albeit small.

What I loved was waking up at 6am, stepping out and hearing the stillness of the farm. Shortly after, the kids were woken up to the sound of cock-a-doo-da-doo, and it was not coming from an electronic book.
Container rooms

We stayed on the ground floor and it was convenient, without having to climb the stairs every time we needed to grab something.

All in all, I really enjoyed the slow weekend away, and it was definitely an eye-opener for the kids.

Such a lovely family-run farm with the guests’ experience at the heart of it. Every sheltered Disney/Lego-land kid should try coming here once.

Maybe I’ll book a whole week the next round. I’m sure to hear cries of “there’s nothing to do, we want to go home”. And home they will return to, with a grateful heart and rested spirit.

Just a few things to note:
– Insect repellent is a must. We protected ourselves with patches, arm bands and liberally spraying repellent.
– Slap on sun block and bring a cap.
– Wifi is available, but slow if too many people are logged on.
– We were lost getting there and ended up in a dumpsite (a first for the kids), but Devaa said it was just us. We keyed Pekan Nanas on our GPS, but it is a surburb, not a street, and our GPS decided we needed an adventure. I’m sure you’ll have better luck. Thankfully, on our return drive, it took us a mere 30 minutes to reach the checkpoint.


Sinar Eco Resort
Johor, Malaysia

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Day 2 of our splendid LEGOLAND weekend

We were invited by our very lovely sponsors, the team behind LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort for a weekend stay at the LEGOLAND hotel, complete with admission tickets to both the Theme Park and the Water Park, with meal vouchers included.

Read about our fun-filled first day of our LEGOLAND weekend.

DAY 2

7:30am: The kids were up bright and early and all refreshed for another day of fun. They quickly remembered they were in a whole new world and were all in a jolly good mood. They were chatting non-stop and Kate was happily climbing up and down the bunk bed, which left me in a jolly good mood too as I could get organised without interruption.

8.00am: Breakfast is included at Bricks Family Restaurant. When we went down to the lobby for breakfast, the kids just had to pay a visit to the Castle to play for a bit and told me to get a table and settle Kate in first and they will join us shortly. Of course they never did come back and I had to go get them. That’s how I managed to snap a rare shot of the lobby with absolutely NOBODY in the photo. 

Hotel Lobby at 8am

Bricks family restaurant is extremely kids-friendly. From the assortment of coloured, plastic cutlery for the kids to choose from, to the smorgasbord of food to cater to even the fussiest eaters, it clearly has the little ones’ needs highest on their priority.

Bricks family restaurant

Last night after dinner, Kate saw a life-sized Lego character walking around the hotel and this morning she kept asking to look for the ‘Legoman’. Finally, after breakfast, Captain Hook made an appearance and she was delighted.

Nice to meet you, Captain Hook!

I loved that there was so much to entertain the kids at the lobby and I could go up to our room to pack in peace. I don’t know about you but I find it very hard to pack properly with kids running around me and always end up getting agitated. So this was something I really appreciated. Kate stood here for a long time watching the older boys dance to the pirate Wii game.

“What are they doing??”

More Lego to ignite their imagination. Here, the kids are spoilt with Lego in a different form. Soft jumbo Lego blocks where they can built thrones, houses, and giant structures.

10.00am: We checked out of the hotel, ready to hit the Theme Park for another full day of fun. We decided to start from the right of the entrance with LEGO CITY as it was more suitable for Kate. Our first ride of the day was the Boating School where the kids get to steer the boat along the course. See Kate’s unhappy face? She wanted to steer but couldn’t do a proper job so #5 took over and she wasn’t pleased about that.
Our private boat

Kate continued with the other rides which were suitable for toddlers such as the City Airport and the Rescue Academy. Meanwhile, the older kids headed off to the other sections which were more suitable for them.

Kate’s private jet

Kate is at the age where she loves vehicles and is constantly asking to be taken on the bus, MRT, and even to ride on vans and trucks. She spotted the colourful train snaking through the park and got all excited. The LEGOLAND Express is tagged under #61 on the map. She spent the rest of her time with her grandparents at IMAGINATION and the LAND of ADVENTURE.

“Hi mummy, I’m going on a train ride”

The older kids moved on to MINILAND and marvelled at the intricate and amazingly detailed replicas of the models representing the different countries. The China Miniland has been adorned with a new scene to usher in the Year of the Goat.

China miniland

We made our way to the LEGO Academy and discovered that they ran 2 Robotics classes there with different time slots. The kiasu parent in me encouraged them to sign up quickly (free class, why not?). They were taught how to program the robot to place the ball into the receptacle, and to close it. They were thrilled when they succeeded, and I was impressed. It was also a good bonding experience for the siblings as #5 was stuck halfway and #4 helped him out.

The Robotics classes are for ages 8 and up. You have to go and register as they have limited numbers for each session. Their class didn’t start till about 20 minutes later so we ducked right across to the Asian Deli and the kids ordered the Chicken Nuggets Kids Meal (RM18), which comes with a drink and a little toy. The day couldn’t be more perfect for them.

LEGO TECHNIC arena

I didn’t know what to expect at the Star Wars Miniland, and was amazed by the exhibits on display. And boy, did it bring back fond memories of my childhood. We were pretty spoilt and my brothers had a huge collection of the Star Wars toys. To see them again after 3 decades, in painstakingly built LEGO pieces was extremely nostalgic. Suddenly I was transported back to when I was a child and I could hear my mum’s shrill tone admonishing my brother, “If you don’t pack up your toys, I will throw your Star Wars away!” Oh gosh, how many times did I say that to #5 about his Lego collection.

The older kids said that the 3 things they enjoyed the most were the Robotics class, LEGO MINDSTORMS (roller coaster ride) and the Star Wars Miniland. As it was a Sunday, which is a school day for the students in Johor, there were no queues and they must have gone for about 10 rides on the roller coaster!

Their faves

You know what was the best part of the whole weekend for me? I realized that this was one rare trip where I didn’t have to raise my voice even once. The kids were kept happy and entertained at every turn and so was I at all the well thought-out conveniences to make it that much easier for parents.


Having a room at the hotel is really handy especially if you have kids of different ages or came with the grandparents. The older ones literally made the most of it and played at the Parks for the whole 8 hours. I was happy that Kate (and my dad) still managed to have their naps in comfort and woke up cheery to join us for the rest of the evening. My parents made friends with another set of grandparents from Hong Kong and they were able to sit in the cool comfort of the hotel lobby while the grandkids had their fun in the sun.

I have to say that without a doubt, the LEGOLAND Malaysia resort experience is one that is truly unrivalled, for a fuss-free and happy family weekend away.

Express checkout

FUSS-FREE CHECK OUT:All we had to do was drop our room cards into the express checkout box at the reception counter and that was it! Check out time is at 11am. (Request can be made for a later check-out).

If you’re still not convinced, here’s 5 reasons to visit Legoland Hotel from Life is in the Small Things blog, and you can also read more from Lil Blue Bottle’s Legoland post.

Getting there:

By Car: Use the Tuas Second link and exit at Nusajara Exit 312. Look out for the LEGOLAND signage on the Left. That’s it!

By Bus: Coach service is available from the Singapore Flyer at $20 per person. Click here for more details.

Disclaimer: We were sponsored our stay at LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel inclusive of admission tickets to the Parks and meal vouchers. All opinions are my own.

~ www.mummyweeblog.com – a blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~