“Let us entertain you” could be LeXis Hibiscus Resort’s mission statement as clearly, this pool villa resort in Port Dickson, just one hour south of Kuala Lumpur, has been designed to do just that. Against velvety black tropical night skies, even the buildings and gigantic water fountain entertain as they pulsate with colour, light and just a sprinkling of stardust!
Checking in at the resort’s glamorous foyer, a musical duo is in full swing entertaining guests awaiting departure. A quick check of facilities points to three comfortably appointed Starz karaoke lounges – bookings essential – which are wildly popular with families or groups of travelling friends wanting to see whether they’ve got talent!
Opened just two years ago, this sprawling resort fronts the fabled Straits of Melaka and has been designed to represent a blooming Hibiscus, Malaysia’s national floral emblem. An astonishing 522 villas float on the water, all with private plunge pools that’s propelled LeXis Hibiscus into the Guinness Book of Records (verified on October 14, 2016) as having the “Most Swimming Pools in a Resort” and “Most Overwater Villas in a Single Resort.” It’s probably got the most buggies too judging from the constant flow of electric carts ferrying guests, luggage and housekeeping staff to villas some extending more than a kilometre into the sea.
The Guinness Book of Records claim gets no objections from me as we check into Premium Villa 320 with a delightfully modern, open-plan interior design, shimmering blue plunge pool and open water vistas. With temperatures soaring, a quick dip is in order before further exploration.
From the Sky Lite Bar, there’s a great view of Hibiscus unfurling its petals of architecturally placed villas while others form a long stem. At the Lighthouse Club, guests booked into one of the high-end villas have added benefits of brunch from 9am until 2pm and evening cocktails. Taking an even higher view, and at around AUD70 per person, queues form early for the 8-minute helicopter ride that swoops over the resort and Straits of Melaka. LeXis Hibiscus also caters for real and rock royalty who chose to helicopter in to stay in the superbly presented Presidential or Imperial Suites that jut imperiously into the sea.
But it’s kids who are the real VIPs here and there’s plenty to occupy them including a colourful range of jumbo-sized beach toys, electric scooters, segways and bicycles that give the resort a charming village ambience. You especially feel this in the evening strolling down Hibiscus Walk that parallels the waterfront where hawker food stalls are set up for families to enjoy inexpensive sand-between-the-toes dining.
Back at Villa 320, my little pool is framed by by glittering water and pretty pink and lavender flowers, their heads drooping in the sultry afternoon heat. Time for a siesta before stepping into the spotlight for cocktails, canapes and karaoke. Stand back while I release my inner Tina Turner – LeXis Hibiscus is “simply the best”…..
Getting There: Malaysia Airlines fly to Kuala Lumpur from major Australian capitals www.malaysiaairlines.com
Staying There: Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson, Malaysia www.lexishibiscuspd.com
For travel and tourism information on Malaysia visit www.malaysia.travel
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