A few weeks ago my husband and I were invited to Swiss-Court Holiday Apartments by the kind people from SGI Vacation Club to experience their stay and what SGI Vacation Club has to offer for those who sign up as their club members.
In case you didn’t know, there are a few types of properties within the holiday resort vicinity. Most people have heard of the resort which is Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Damai Laut. However, there are also the Swiss-Court Holiday Apartments (that my husband and I stayed in for 2 nights!), Swiss-Villas Damai Last and Anggerik Bungalow Damai Laut. All of these three properties belong to SGI Vacation Club.
Holiday-goers at the resort will usually receive free breakfast for your night stay. In Swiss-Court Holiday Apartments itself, there is an open-air food area near the pool, next to the recreation centre.
However, since the Front Desk at Swiss-Court Holiday Apartments informed us that our breakfast, lunch and dinner will be at Swiss-Garden Beach Resort’s “The Garden Terrace”, we spent most of our time at the resort for our meals.
Although it would take about 15minutes or so to walk from the Swiss-Court Holiday Apartments to the resort, I decided to just drive instead (because I do not like to sweat – especially not before a meal!). Instead of driving or walking to and fro the apartments to the resort, patrons can also rent a bicycle and cycle around the properties.
Buffet Breakfast at The Garden Terrace
The breakfast buffet is the best at The Garden Terrace. Although I was at Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Damai Laut on a weekday and it was low season, there were many people at The Garden Terrace having their breakfast when we arrived at 8am.
I like the different variety of food. There weren’t too many but enough to fuel my stomach for the activities that my husband and I were going to indulge in later on in the day.
My favourite of all would be the Roti Canai. I don’t know how the lady behind the counter did it but the crispiness of the Roti Canai and the curry does wonders to my empty tummy – not forgetting to mention, she made the Roti Canai slightly “garing” (which I like).
Other food at the island in the middle of the restaurant includes Malaysia’s basic necessity: Nasi Lemak. Along with the Nasi Lemak are sambal, cucumber, hard-boiled egg and fried anchovies. There are the usual suspects for breakfast too like Fried Noodle, Fried Glass Noodle, Bread with butter, Croissant, French Loaf, Fruits, Porridge and its condiments, Western Breakfast (hash browns, sausages, etc) and more. And of course, coffee or tea. I enjoyed the Teh Tarik – not too sweet and perfect to my liking.
After having breakfast in the enclosed and fully air-conditioned restaurant, we exited through the door leading to the beach and what a sight it was! I enjoyed the scenery although, I would rather have my breakfast indoor because it could be quite humid outside.
Breakfast: 6.30am – 10.30am
Lunch at The Garden Terrace
Lunch at The Garden Terrace was only ala-carte on that day but there are a few types of dishes available for my taste buds.
There are Local Menus, Western Menus, Pasta, Pizzas, Desserts and beverages too. My husband and I enjoyed our Western dishes. The prawns were juicy (I especially enjoyed the mussel in my pasta and extra cheese given). We loved the dessert and fruit platter.
If I was not mistaken, my plate of pasta is about RM20+.
Lunch: 12pm – 3pm
Buffet Dinner at The Garden Terrace
For dinner, it was a buffet. But, if you’re not interested in what’s served on the buffet table, you can also order ala-carte. The ala-carte menu is the same as the Lunch ala-carte menu.
On my first night at Swiss-Court Holiday Apartments, we arrived early for dinner – around 6.40pm (right after witnessing a breathtaking sunset at the balcony of Swiss-Garden Beach Resort). So, we decided to order ala-carte.
On the second night, we arrived for dinner at around 8pm and there were many guests in the restaurant already.
Everyone was chatting away, helping themselves to the buffet. Although the Dinner Buffet was not as many as the Breakfast Buffet, it had the regular type of Asian food on display – suitable for my Local palette.
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10pm
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The Garden Terrace is a large restaurant that has glass to ceiling windows. In the day, the brightness of the sunlight would fill up the restaurant giving you a happy and exciting feeling. At night, the restaurant will be filled with light and although you wouldn’t be able to see the ocean in the distance, you can exit using the door facing the ocean and “smell” the sea.