Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sights and Eats: Langkawi Day 3

I woke up on the third day with a throbbing feet. Flip flops and steep rocky terrain aren't really meant together . I got blisters at the most inconvinient corners of my feet. It looks hideous and hurt like Mummy-puker. I was limping all the way to breakfast , face grimacing like I've just eaten something rotten . Needless to say, I had nicer mornings. 

Din is picking us up at 1:30 in the afternoon. So to kill some time, we checked out the neighbouring Casa Del Mar Hotel. It was a memorable day, especially for my guy, who's  as nervous as a lactating cat. He is getting his very first professional massage after all!  I planned this very well. Our Spa itineraries for the coming  weeks greatly depend on this day .

Casa Del Mar's Satkara Spa is hailed as the best in Langkawi in 2013, or at least according to Tripadvisor . We were immediate tended to , seated and  given a refreshing , sweet tamarind juice the moment we stepped in. Along with it are chilled, fragrant rolled towels to wipe some sweat off our faces. I smiled for the first time today.  Promising, very priming indeed . There we met the masseur  Carina. Her easy going and engaging personally certainly put FF at ease. His sloppy smile was  less twitchy  and his laughter less forced when we were guided into one of the two massage rooms. The treatment room was not overly big, nicely furnished and smells clean and good. Privacy was kept the whole time. Two thumbs up for that.

We both had a foot bath, which was  absolutely divine. The warm water was  infused with aromatic oil, dried orange rind and some other things, tired feet simply need. I skipped the foot massage because of my blisters and FF followed suit since he can't have anybody touching his feet. He  still doesn't know what he's missing.

Then we both lay face down on  massage table. Light, medium or hard. You could choose how your massage pressure will be. Then the blissful  effleurage and petrissage   began.It did not take long before I was knead to complete oblivion and was out snoring at 12 noon! Yup, it was that good. FF, despite all his inhibitions and tension, slept like a new born baby as well.

I felt languid and so relaxed after that wondrous 60 minutes, I was smiling blankly when we were ushered to another room  for some post-treatment  tea. FF shared the same dazed, contented look. Before saying our goodbyes to Carina and her colleague, FF booked another appointment. Mission accomplished! Let's do some tap dance!

Din was  in front of the lobby  right on time. Check out was a brisk and with all our luggages in tow, he drove us to our next hotel. I asked him to bring us some where nice for lunch. Bless Din, he certainly know how to please his guest. He brought us to the Tegala Marina. It boasts a beautiful view of the Harbour with some flashy looking yachts moored just in front of the restaurants .  We invited Din to eat with us and I  almost choke  on my own spit when he said he'll just  ''destroy the romantic mood''. He looked pretty serious so we let him off the hook . Talking about hesitant third wheels.

Lunch was at Tapaz Restaurant. I had the best coconut juice in my life there. Food was also very good. Portion was huge, service prompt and attentive. Crowd was less since it's past lunch time .

We shared  and flavourful Hummus and some fluffy light flat bread for starters. It was delicious !

I had a burger. Cooked medium with some golden, lightly season and perfectly crispy fries.

 FF's Fish and chips. It was huge! Fish was fresh and lightly battered. It could easily feed two people.

Look who's very happy with every mouthful? I was not kidding about the portions. The plates are huge and it is filled with food. We skipped dessert because of that.

A post meal walk around the Marina is just what we need after that. Then, Din drove us  to our next hotel, the Berjaya Resort. The place is enormous ! You are totally dependent on the resort's buggy to go around the resort's vast property . Try to book a room near the lobby if you want to stay in this place, it will save you from a lot of inconvenience. Walking especially at night is certainly not an option. Unless, you want to end up in the middle of the Forest and sleep beside fanged and long tailed creatures. And no,  I don't mean Edward and Jacob...

Berjaya offers  free transportion to the Oriental village as well. We went back there to do this.

Ride the highest gondola in Asia! Appreciate the unparalleled view of Langkawi at 700 meter above sea level. Being on high altitude certainly has its comforts. For one, we stop sweating and looking like slimy eels .The cool gushing wind is such as relief. The Hanging Bridge is under renovation when we went there, so you could play fear factor some other time. Yay!

We hitch another ride to the resort's Pahn Thai restaurant . Setting is romantic. The picturesque view of the lush and green covered mountains, turquoise waters and blue skies  will certainly whet your appetite. Everything you could expect from a restaurant perched in the middle of the sea. Grab a seat outside and enjoy the sunset when you are there and pray hard, it won't rain. Dinner was  filling but it did not blow me away as much as the wind that day.

We feasted on Pomelo salad (top left), deep sea bass in mildly spicy sauce. I reckon fish was not caught that day. Grilled chicken ( bottom left) was surprisingly good and is not as dry as it looks and lastly, green mango salad ( bottom right) which tasted and looked relatively similar to the pomelo salad. I guess they simply spit the marinade in two. 

The clouds are threateningly dark when we left the place giving the backdrop a rather dramatic look. We were already back in our chalets when it rained cats , dogs and donkeys.  Despite the not so  sunny beginning, FF and I are still lucky, aren't we?!

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