What tourists said about the Swiss Garden and Spa Resort
“Comfortable enjoyable stay”
Wife and I stayed in a large double room with en suite bathroom for one night. Very clean and it is what you can expect. Pool is safe and towels are provided. The breakfast was good as there is a large selection of various dishes to cater for all. Enjoyed the beach and the evening walk in the sunset.
There was a piano player playing different tunes which was enjoyable. Only problem was parking. The car park was full and we had to park around the back out of sight of the main hotel. However not a major problem. I drove up to the main entrance and dropped all the bags off first. The hotel is quite a distance from the town so you cannot walk into Kuantan to explore.
An enjoyable stay and the price was not too expensive.
Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple.
“Comfortable family stay”
We stayed 3 nights at this hotel by the east coast overlooking the South China Sea. The breakfast was as expected with a fair selection and nice spread but it could be difficult getting a free table at times.
The rooms are clean and comfortable while the kids love the outdoor and the sandy beach plus the occasional night movie. Overall a quite pleasant stay for us friends and families together.
Room Tip: Select a room with a sea view if you prefer the serene blue seawater and beachview.
Stayed August 2013, travelled with family.
“Elegance, enjoyable stay!”
Stayed in a family room. Feel so comfortable and surrounded by luxury and elegance touch! The hotel situated at the beautiful beach. The facilities is great! The gardens, trees, the swimming pool, just great for family vacation. Breakfast served was delightful! Amazing and romantic sound of performance by the pianist! Definitely will come again!
Stayed March 2014
“Perfect resort for beach holiday!”
Stayed at this hotel from 20-22 June 2014 with my family, and we enjoyed our trip as the hotel is strategically located in front of the beach. Beach was clean and the sands were soft and fine.
The resort had a big pool for my sister and niece to swim in, which makes it perfect.
Resort is a bit old, but overall it was an enjoyable experience.
There are eateries nearby to the resort, with good ones approximately 15-20 minutes drive away.
Definitely will choose this resort if I plan to visit Kuantan again.
Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
“Great Buffet Lunch”
Been there for a buffet lunch with quite a number of people. Their arrangement was very nice. Price for buffet is not very high but we enjoyed the food. I made a small check on the pool, beach and surrounding and all looks fine. I live within 40km radius of the resort and I believe I’ll try to spend a night there with my family.
If you planning for a calm & quite vacation, this could be your resort. The private beach is a quite place but still not very clear sea water. One of our friend was with a small contact with Jelly Fish, please be aware of that.
Stayed June 2014, travelled with family.
About Swiss Garden Resort and Spa Kuantan
Swiss Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan lives up to its tagline, Experience the Difference.
LIGHT FM was playing my favourite John Denver hit, Take Me Home, Country Roads. Very timely, I thought, for my “homecoming” as it had been a number of years since I last stayed at the Swiss Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan.
Humming along merrily, I gaze at the rustic wooden houses visible through swaying palm trees with intermittent glimpses of the turquoise blue waters of the South China Sea.
I flush with anticipation at the thought of the coming “Experience the Difference” programme in conjunction with their recent refurbishment exercise. In my excitement, I almost miss the signboard stating “Swiss Garden, 500m to the right”.
Located in Beserah village and facing the South China Sea, the resort has all the offerings for a laid-back holiday.
Attractions of the resort
Sited on a prime stretch of Balok beach, the resort takes pride in cleaning and combing the beach daily so that guests can leave their footprints on its fine powdery sand without tip-toeing over rubbish. It is also great for games of volleyball, frisbee and telematches.
The seawater there is one of the safest in Asia for extreme sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing.
What to expect
Drenched in sweat after a day of fun in the sun, I head back to my spacious, well-lit, warm, inviting room. It has a homely atmosphere with traditional features such as the “anyaman” style décor.
The new wood-like flooring with matching wallpaper and furnishings give it a modern look. The private balcony overlooks the South China Sea, pool and garden terrace.
My aching muscles prompt me to try out the Samsara Spa. As it is located next to the pool in a lush Balinese garden, I instinctively opt for the outdoor therapy.
Lying under a thatched roof, I could feel the soft breeze and the gentle lapping of the waves while hands trained in the ancient art of Balinese massage quickly take me on a journey to nirvana. I wake up fully rejuvenated.
Activities at the resort
In the evenings, a walk around the property lets me admire the newly refurbished lobby with its tall pillars that add a sense of grandeur.
The water features with cascading pool and warm lighting soften the otherwise hard concrete feel. What used to be wide open space are now islands of settees and chairs offering some privacy amidst soft sound of trickling water.
The resort’s general manager Anu Kumar said this is the first of its kind in the east coast. But for me, the ultimate pleasure is rising early in the morning to enjoy the cool air and watch the sunrise.
The tranquility, interjected with the shrill call of the Red-rumped Swallow, is something I will miss terribly when I leave.
Breakfast at the resort
After the quiet sojourn, I head for the Garden Terrace for breakfast. It’s like walking into a “KTM railway yard”. Large railway sleepers and pots blend in with the water elements and the use of earthy colour tones create a timeless ambience.
Seated in one of the two cabanas suitable for a family of six is like dining in your own private “island”. Life in Beserah village has changed very little but the Swiss Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan, with its new look, is offering an “experience with a difference”.
Getting To Swiss Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan
A drive to the resort is about 30 minutes from Kuantan airport and 15 minutes from Kuantan town. From Kuala Lumpur, you can take a drive on the East Coast Expressway or hop onto any of the daily flights.
Location of the resort
It is located at 2656-2657, Mukim Sungai Karang, Balok Beach, 26100 Beserah, Kuantan, Pahang. It has 304 rooms comprising 111 Deluxe Garden View guest rooms, 134 Deluxe Sea-View guest rooms, 23 Family suites, 16 Studio rooms and 20 Executive suites.
Room Promotions & Other Packages : Swiss Getaway: RM220++ per room per night Swiss Retreats: RM588++ per package (3D/2N) Swiss Meets: RM295++ per person (Single); RM195++ per person (Twin) Facilities include games room, swimming pool, outdoor jacuzzi and playground.
For details, contact Swiss Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan at 09-544 7333, fax 09-544 9555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dining at Swiss Garden and Spa
The Garden Terrace serves western and local food while the Blossom Chinese Restaurant serves halal Sichuan and Cantonese specialities. Sichuan Hot and Sour Soup and chef’s specialties like Baked Butter Prawns and Asparagus in XO Sauce are top favourites.
Swiss-Deli, located at The Blue Chip, offers pastries and cakes. Malibu Club – a thematic bar with a contemporary Fun Pub bistro concept – is a ‘watering hole’ where you can dance to the latest music. Parrot Bar is an ideal place for relaxing and enjoying the sea breeze. There’s also an outdoor karaoke with wide screen.
Attractions in Pahang That You Might Be Interested
- Genting Highlands – Genting Highlands is one of the most popular tourist destination in Malaysia. It’s one of the best city of entertainment. Head out to this highlands township for a cool and refreshing day.
- Bukit Tinggi Resort – This 16,000-acr retreat captures the essence of different cultures of the world in a single destination. The main attraction here is Colmar Tropicale, a French-themed resort town.
- Cherating – This is a seaside destination long popular with budget travelers. It is the site of Asia’s first Club Med and the charming Cherating Village.
- Fraser Hill – This quiet getaway is akin to a little Scottish hamlet with granite-colored mock-Tudor buildings dotting the landscape.
- Cameron Highlands – Known for its tea plantation and various plan gardens. It’s one of the best places for a family trip. The place is well known for its refreshing air and temperate climate.
- Janda Baik Homestay – There is nothing like taking a break from the busy city life by relaxing in kampung Janda Baik under the homestay programme which features traditional Malay life at the village, authentic Malay food and some wild fruits.