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Staying at All Inclusive Overwater Bungalows

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Have you ever wanted to stay at an overwater bungalow? Ya me too. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, have you seen pictures or video of those beautiful villas on stilts over water in Tahiti or the Maldives or Jamaica? Well, these over water villas can run in the thousands per night. I know, you’re thinking there’s no way that’s ever going to be a possibility, right?

I found the perfect place and the most affordable way to experience sleeping in an over water villa. This particular place is called the Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort and it is by far the best option to stay in cheap overwater bungalows.

I first saw it when browsing through Facebook showing the most beautiful footage of the Avani Sepang as the largest over water resort in the world. Good thing I was in the midst of planning my Asia trip because I immediately sent it to my friend and, well, the rest is history.  It is truly one the most beautiful places I've ever stayed.

The Avani Sepang from an aerial perspective is shaped like a giant palm tree. The trunk being the long breezeway to the center of the branches where the infinity pool, spa and multiple restaurants are located. This infinity pool, by the way, is one of the most picturesque views you’ll see. Just imagine the water cascading into the blue water of the ocean just beneath the horizon.

This giant palm tree is actually so large that the most efficient way of getting around is by bike or golf cart.  They actually call golf carts buggies which just makes it sound even more fun.  We decided to take bikes around most of the time, but I'm not the best bike rider.  Word to the wise, don't bike down the path of an overwater bungalow because you could crash and your phone could also then go flying into the ocean 20 feet down.  True story.

I think I’d think of this resort as an all-inclusive resort.  You can definitely choose which level of inclusiveness you’d like when booking your stay though.  Ultimately, we chose to do breakfast only included. I’m glad we did since only one restaurant out of like 6 or 7 is the designated restaurant of choice.  Eating at one restaurant for an extended period without trying other options wouldn't be my first choice.  Thus, the breakfast only option.  I also say this is more or less all-inclusive because when you stay here, you don’t really need to leave the property nor is there much around outside of the grounds.

One of my favorite activities the resort provided was a fire show on the beach.  I don’t know if it’s because fire shows are incredibly mesmerizing or the fabulous guys dancing to all the pop queen songs, but it was wildly entertaining.  If you stay here, you most definitely will get wrangled into stopped by for the show.

Like I said the Avani Sepang is basically all-inclusive meaning there are lots of things to do and places to explore on the property.  Theres everything from beach activities, laying by the infinity pool, biking around and lots of eating options.  You can also book multiple activities and sightseeing adventures through the resort doing everything from venturing into Kuala Lumpur to a boat tour down the river.

If you didn't notice the theme to most of the pictures in this post is purple and pink.  This is undoubtably because the sunsets here are the most epic you will ever see in your life.  Hoping the Avani Sepang is now on your bucket list especially if you're interested in having the experience of staying at an all inclusive overwater bungalow.

Yours Truly // Shannon

Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon - Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur was our second to last place we stopped on our whirlwind Asia trip.  I can't tell you how comforting it was to stay in at the Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences.  When you've been living out of a suitcase for a few weeks already, having a great place to stay like this is key.

I think the biggest draw of staying in a time share is that you get more of homey feeling rather than just staying in a box of a hotel room.  At the Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences you get the comfort of staying in a residence, but you don’t have to pay thousands of dollars like you would with a time share.  It’s a win, win in my book.  These serviced residences are just the place you should stay the next time you’re in Kuala Lumpur.


The absolute best part about staying at the Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences is that you don’t just get to stay in a tiny hotel room, you get your own fully functional apartment.  It’s really a nice thing when you’ve been traveling for a while.  Lanson Place establishes a home base for you to kick back and relax.  Do your laundry, cook something fresh (in the full kitchen with an oven, regular sized refrigerator, stove and all cookware) or enjoy the full living room where you aren’t sitting right next to your bed.  Each apartment has a giant kitchen with a large island, living room, bedroom(s), bathroom and washer and dryer.


Every person I encountered here was not only extremely helpful but also very kind.  That’s something I always notice - kindness.  It really goes a long way especially in the service industry.  Everyone from the front desk, the management, the security guards and even the lounge attendants were very pleasant.


Let me just say that getting around Kuala Lumpur was not the easiest.  Not sure if it was because it was raining and people don’t seem to drive well in the rain, but traffic was heavy and I’m from LA! That being said, Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences are well located in Kuala Lumpur.  It is not far from the KL Tower, Chinatown and the Central Market.  You can also easily get to the Petronas Twin Towers with an Uber, just account for some drive time.

Kuala Lumpur is a little far from the airport.  Generally you should give yourself 1.5 hours to drive to the airport, however, in a freak of nature situation, it took us almost 3 hours to get to the airport just barely making our flight!  As with anywhere you are, be sure to give yourself enough time to arrive! 


The only thing that might be better than staying in spacious apartments is getting the perks of a hotel, as well! Enjoy a delicious, complimentary buffet breakfast each morning of everything from eggs and bacon to lox, a large pastry assortment and a gourmet cheese platter. You’ll feel like you’re staying in the lap of luxury while dining 50 floors up with views of both the KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers.

You also have access to an olympic-sized swimming pool, 2 floors of exclusive residents only lounge areas, fully equipped gym, iMac stations, a billiards table, rooftop barbecues and complimentary cookies in the lounge in the afternoon.

Check out the Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences, here.

*Sponsored Post: My hotel stay was provided in collaboration with Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences! All opinions are my own.