Opened in April 2015, Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson Resort Hotel is the latest and hottest destination for a quick getaway for Singaporeans. Located a mere 3 hours drive from Singapore, it is an ideal holiday for families who do not wish to endure lengthy plane rides with the kids.
So what’s the big deal about Lexis Hibiscus? The way their water chalets are arranged in the shape of a hibiscus in the sea!
And each water chalet, also known as pool villa, has a private swimming pool – *almost* infinity pool style.
Tempted? Let me bring you through the resort facilities and our experience at Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson this June.
Getting to Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson
We stayed in Malacca before heading to Port Dickson and drove along the coastal route. Okay, it wasn’t really very coastal and we only saw the sea for a bit. It was approximately 1.5 hours drive. Click here to view the route on Google Map.
Driving along Route 5, look out for this giant Lexis Hibiscus sign board indicating the road where you need to turn into to get to the resort.
If you do not wish to drive, Golden Coach Express has coach service that drops you off right at Lexis Hibiscus’ doorstep.
Address: 371 Beach Road #01-25, Key Point, Singapore 199597
Tel: +65 63923623
Lexis Hibiscus Facilities
We were wowed by the lobby which was huge and welcoming.
And check out the hibiscus crystal lamp!
Right outside the lobby was an outdoor playground for children.
The kids hung out here A LOT during our stay. Mostly because the rest of the resort was not ready yet.
There were two communal pools for resort guests. Not that you would need them if you are staying at the pool villas.
The larger pool had water jets!
Currently the beach is still under construction. But in future, there will be one at the resort.
There was free buggy service to bring you from the lobby to your villa. To get back to the lobby, just call the operator from the room phone to request for a buggy and they would come and pick you up. The service was available 24 hours.
Do note that you may have to wait some time for the buggy during peak hours (breakfast hours and check-in / check-out times).
You can also rent a bicycle to get around the resort. It was a bit pricey though. A double bike cost RM20 for 30 minutes.
The best time to rent a bike is during sunset. The weather is not so hot and you can admire the sunset from the various areas in the resort!
One of the highlights of Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson was their Grand Fountain. At 400 feet, it was the tallest water fountain in Malaysia. But guess what, it was UNDER MAINTENANCE WHEN I WAS THERE. Seriously??? How terrible was my luck! Here’s a photo my friend took when she visited the resort few weeks before I did.
At night, there should have been a fountain show with changing-colour lights. Since I did not get to see it, here are photos from Lexis Hibiscus website and Facebook page for reference.
Works in Progress
Currently much of the resort is still under construction. In future, there will be a Kids Club, spa, karaoke and sky lounge.
Lexis Hibiscus Dining Options and Review
There were only two restaurants open when I was there. One was Umi which served Japanese food, the other was Roselle Coffee House which served a wide range of cuisines and drinks.
Umi Japanese Restaurant
The menu at Umi Japanese Restaurant was pretty limited. Here is the all of 2 page menu at Umi. You can click on them to enlarge them.
We ordered a soft shell crab roll and a Set B. They served the sashimi from the set meal and it was…. small. I just ate the smallest slice of sashimi I ever had in my life.
The soft shell crab maki was okay. Side-track a bit: Notice I’m actually in the photo below? On the left, that’s my arm. The photo was not taken by me, but by my two year old! Awesome right? LOL!
And then they placed THIS on our table:
So I was happily taking photo because I always take photos of my food and not realizing that this was not part of our set. This was clearly prawn tempura which belonged to Set A but we ordered Set B! So we told them they made a mistake and they took it back.
After some time, the waiter returned and placed the prawn tempura, together with the rest of the items from Set A on our table AGAIN! We were like, we ordered Set B! And the waiter said they were out of Set B and so they served us Set A. HUH??!!! Shouldn’t you tell us that when we were placing the order??
So eventually, we told them we did not want to eat Set A (where the main dish was teriyaki chicken). If we wanted to eat chicken, we would have eaten chicken rice in Malacca before coming. Okay, we didn’t tell them that. We just told them we did not want the set anymore. Period. So they took it back, and did not charge us for the Set. i.e. we got a free sashimi in return for a crappy dining experience.
Roselle Coffee House
There were both indoor and outdoor seating areas at Roselle. We went there for dinner, and initially I wanted to get a seat outdoors to admire the scenery. And you know, al fresco dining next to the sea made me look hip. Okay, trash that. The truth was that the outdoor seating area was next to the playground and I love dining next to playgrounds.
There was a candle on each table – not sure if it was for the ambiance or to chase away the flies.
There were SO MANY FLIES around that we decided to go indoors.
Not that we were totally spared from the flies indoors. There were still flies around, but not as bad as outdoors. There was ONE waiter armed with a fly swatter, but he was clearly outnumbered. Really.. they should get EVERY SINGLE WAITER a fly swatter. Or surely there is some technology out there to keep out the flies?? It is 2015 and the resort is new, no excuse for not having some latest-technology fly-killing machines around right?
Looking on the bright side, swatting flies gives the kids something constructive to do while waiting for the food.
Alright… Flies aside, Roselle Coffee House was actually quite pleasant.
Roselle Coffee House had a much more extensive menu compared to Umi. There were so many pages in their menu that I did not bother taking photo of it. Here’s just a sample:
For dinner, they had buffet for RM88 per pax. However, the buffet only started at 6.30pm. We were starving by 5pm, thanks to Umi for screwing up our lunch order. So we ordered ala-carte.
Overall I enjoyed the food and service at Roselle Coffee House. After the kids finished eating, I brought them out to the playground and continued sipping my coffee at the side while enjoying the sunset.
Breakfast was also served buffet style at Roselle Coffee House. If you booked accommodation without breakfast, the breakfast buffet cost about RM35 per pax.
There was quite a wide variety of food available: from local to chinese to continental to Japanese. Juices, cereal with milk, fruits, cheese etc were also available.
I thought the breakfast was very value-for-money. But again, the flies posed a problem and I noticed flies on the food at the buffet table.
Executive Pool Villa
I tried to request for a pool villa facing the Grand Fountain, but they said that there was a power outage and all the villas on that side were not available! Sheesh.. Maybe that’s the same reason why the Grand Fountain was not working. So anyway, here is a photo taken by my friend from a pool village facing the Grand Fountain.
We just made do with a room at the other end of the resort. Without further ado, let’s enter!
There were two big beds in the villa, which the kids jumped on immediately (and hence explaining the fallen pillow).
There were hibiscus pictures decorating the wall and the TV area had a beautiful hibiscus on the floor.
Tea (TWG, no less) and coffee (Nescafe… really? TWG tea but Nescafe coffee?) were provided.
The TV was an Internet TV with movies on demand (like airplanes entertainment systems). But the selection was pretty sad. The movies weren’t exactly blockbuster hits and the only movie on the list I heard of was… Interstellar *yawnz*. If you think I’m being picky, we were staying at Hotel Equatorial in Malacca before this and their internet TV had shows like Avengers, Captain America, Thor, Hobbits, Captain Philips, Frozen, The Maze Runner… and so on and so on. So yeah, the internet TV here was crappy in comparison.
There were wardrobes with bath robes, iron, ironing board and umbrellas. Bath towels, pool towels, toiletries (with a view) etc were all provided.
There was no bath tub, only a shower. Not that you really need a bath tub since you can go and soak in the pool (we’re coming to that.. be patient).
And last but not least, a hole for you to look right through to the sea below!
The kids were somewhat disappointed that there wasn’t any fish. Can’t blame them considering we just came back from Okinawa. They started looking for spiders below the glass instead. Oh well, at least the spiders were BELOW the glass.
And finally… Step outside to the POOL!
There were water jets in the pool!
There was a sauna next to the pool – our very own sauna within the villa!
And chairs and table to chill at. Even a float – in case of emergency.
Our room was supposed to have ‘partial sea view’. Well, it was more than partial to me! Here’s the view from our room. I loved that I could see both the sea and the resort. If it was all sea, it would have been kind of boring… no?
The pool wasn’t very big but we weren’t really planning to swim. Just wanna soak in the pool and admire the scenery so it was good enough for me. It was pretty deep for young children (my 1.1m tall kid couldn’t reach the floor), so you might want to bring their floats. And of course, watch the kids like a hawk in the pool because they would get pretty excited and want to lean over the edge!
Our Experience at Lexis Hibiscus
So how did we spend our day at Lexis Hibiscus?
We contemplated whether to have lunch at Malacca before heading over. But we had a very full breakfast and decided to go Port Dickson for late lunch. Bad move. As mentioned earlier, our lunch at Umi ended up with the whole family sharing one soft shell crab roll.
The official check-in time was 4pm. They only allowed us to start checking in at 2pm. So don’t bother arriving before 2pm. In the meantime, the kids went to play at the playground, which was crazy HOT in the afternoon by the way.
And with the kids occupied at the playground, I went around to admire the view of the resort.
At 2pm sharp, we went to check-in and took the buggy to our room. The kids LOVED riding the buggy! Buggy rides turned out to be one of the highlights of our stay.
The first thing we did when we reached the room (right after jumping on the bed that is) was nope, not dip in pool, but checking out the hole in the floor. The 2 year old was initially quite terrified of the hole and kept saying, “Didi drop down.” But after a while, he warmed up and started JUMPING on the hole. Now I was the terrifed one.
Alright.. and it was time to take a dip in the pool!
After swimming, we showered and the kids camped in front of the TV. I made some TWG tea and sat outside to drink while soaking in the scenery. It was super windy and I so loved the natural wind!
The kids got bored after a while because, as I mentioned earlier, the movies on the TV were crappy. So we went for a walk around the resort. I was hoping to go up the main hotel tower to see if I could get a view of the hibiscus, but it was under construction and we could only go up to the second floor.
We wanted to go to the tower at the centre of the hibiscus, but it was still under construction. So we decided to drive out of the resort to the nearby Cape Rachado. We reached the entrance and it looked like quite a hike was required to get to the lighthouse!
The kids were complaining that they were starving (remember we only had one soft shell maki for lunch?) and decided to go back to the hotel for dinner rather than take the hike. Because last thing I wanted to do was to carry starving kids who refused to walk up to a lighthouse.
If you are wondering why we did not have dinner outside, here are some reasons:
- We were not familiar with Port Dickson, did not have GPS nor internet access, so it was better not to drive out and get lost with starving kids in the car.
- We wanted to catch the sunset at the resort.
- We wanted to see the grand fountain light-up.
Anyway the dinner at Roselle Coffee House was decent enough, and the kids had fun at the playground again after that.
The sun started to set while the kids were playing and the view from the area just outside the lobby was breathtaking!
Reckon this would be a good time to actually dip in the communal pools?
We rented a bike to go around the resort to admire the sunset. Watch super daddy go!
The sunset at the resort made up for all the hiccups (no rooms facing the fountain, broken down fountain, flies infested coffee house).
At this time, there were suddenly many planes flying across the sky.
We headed back to our room after our 30-minutes bike rental was up. And the 4 year old said he wanted to dip in the pool AGAIN!
The water was getting cold so we did not let the 2 year old go in. He just stood at the side watching the planes fly by.
The next morning, we went for breakfast at Roselle Coffee House and the kids went to the playground AGAIN.
It started getting hot after a while and we went back to the room to take a dip in the pool AGAIN!
We bathed and just nice it was time to check-out. The check-out time was 12 noon, which gave us just the right amount of time to sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast, go back to the room for a quick soak in the pool, bath and check out.
- Private pool in the pool villa
- Spacious Room
- Beautiful scenery and sunset
- Buggy Service
- Many hiccups: Rooms facing fountain were not available, grand fountain was down, Umi restaurant screwed up our order.
- Too many flies at the coffee house.
- Limited movie selection on the room TV.
- The earliest time you can check-in is 2pm (subject to availability). Don’t bother arriving earlier, they will not allow you to check-in before that.
- Have lunch before reaching the resort as dining options are limited. You can consider going to Malacca for lunch if you are coming from Singapore.
- Bring floats for young children as the pool is pretty deep.
- Watch the young ones closely at all times in the pool.
- Go for a bike ride around the resort during sunset.
- If you are up for a jog or hike, drive to Cape Rachado which is a mere 4 km away.
- Manage your expectations if you are staying during the soft launch: There is not much activity and many of the facilities are not open yet. You are paying purely for the room. And at a discounted price, so no complaints.
12th Mile, Jalan Pantai, Pasir Panjang 71250,
Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan,
Telephone: +606 – 660 2626
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