We're traveling First Class baby!
Did you know you could travel First Class all the way up to Genting Highlands on a coach? Pardon my crazy early morning hair but we had to get up in the wee hours of the morning to catch our First Class Transtar Coach all the way to Resorts World Genting.
We were going to Resorts World Genting Highlands to catch the amazing Il Divo perform with Lea Salonga! Weekends are never the same again when you can have a quick change of scenery for 2 days. The great thing is, you don't have to travel far.
The journey up to Genting Highlands started in the wee hours of morning before the sun rose. Settling into my assigned seat for the day, I gladly welcomed the spacious leg room in front of me. It was such a luxury to stretch out and relax. Add to that a comfortable reclining chair, I caught up on much needed sleep as the bus sailed smoothly through the busy roads.
We didn't even have to worry about food as an on-board stewardess served us food and refreshments throughout the entire journey.
If you've got your own entertainment - I brought my iPad - you can charge your gadgets on-board. Because just like the airlines, each seat on the Transtar First Class coach comes with its own power socket! My iPad never ran out of battery despite the long usage. But you might not even need to use your own devices because each seat on the Transtar First Class Coach is fixed with a personal TV pre-loaded with some of the latest movies!
Having everything provided for on-board by Transtar made the 6/7 hour journey to Resorts World Genting so much shorter and before I knew it we were there!
The fog was a clear indicator that we had arrived at our destination: Genting Highlands. We were at an average elevation of 1,740 metres and temperatures immediately dropped into the 10s. It was a refreshing change from the heat wave that was happening in Singapore.
Things to do in Resorts World Genting1. EAT
You MUST eat at the many restaurants in Resorts World Genting. There are a multitude of restaurants sprawled all over the massive Resorts World Genting compound to satisfy any craving. Our group had arrived just in time for lunch so we were immediately whisked away to be fed.
Lunch, for us, was at Imperial Rama, a Thai-Chinese restaurant with food so delicious it was fit for a king. We first feasted on each dish with our eyes before feasting on each tasty morsel.
The Mushroom Salad with Truffle Oil appetizer was absolutely divine. So light yet tasty at the same time.
The Steamed "Empurau" Fish with Superior Soy Sauce may look like something out of a movie but don't let its looks deceive you. Its tender flesh and flavour certainly justifies its cost - a WHOPPING RM$3000! The chef kindly explained that the fish is locally bred and cannot be found elsewhere.
The Alaskan King Crab steamed with egg white and superior stock was my favourite dish of the day. The flesh of the Alaskan King Crab was so fresh, sweet and juicy, simply thinking about how it melted in my mouth makes my mouth water.
The other variety of the Alaskan King Crab, served cold, allowed us to sample the true freshness of this spectacular dish.
In true royal style, Imperial Rama served dessert made with the king of fruits - a durian tempura, fried to a delicate crisp, served with a side shot of soursoup juice. The crisp tempura shell added great texture and crunch to the rich and creamy durian lovingly encased inside.
2. Rest and Relax
After lunch, with a happy belly, the next best thing to do at Resorts World Genting is check-in and unwind.
The MASSIVE Resorts World Genting compound has five hotels. Did you know that one of the five hotels, the First World Hotel, holds the Guinness World of Records as the largest hotel in the world? With a total of 6118 rooms, it held the prestigious title from 2006 until 2008.
Our choice of hotel was the luxurious Genting Grand Hotel.
Checking into our room, I was immediately drawn to the plush bed. It was so comfortable I had to pry myself from between the sheets to get ready for our evening agenda.
Filling the vanity table with my goodies.
A pre-dinner massage was the best thing to indulge in before the Il Divo concert, so I headed down to the Genting Club M Spa for some quiet time.
Massages are a must for me whenever I get some alone time during my travels, and it nothing shy of perfect that the Genting Club M Spa was conveniently located in the lobby of the Genting Grand. Having time to unwind lets me calm my mind and refocus my thoughts.
The Genting Club M Spa's ambiance was just perfect for that. We were treated to a one hour relaxing full body massage. With soothing music in the background, warm fluffy towels and the masseuse's therapeutic touch, I drifted off into a deep sleep, waking up recharged for the night ahead. Ahhhh.. Such luxury.
3. More eating
After your manicure/pedicure/massage at the M Spa, you will again be spoiled for food choices when dinner rolls around. But if you're looking for a sampling of all things delicious before the concert, the Genting Club is the perfect place to go.
Pick from the line up of international cuisine, all easily available in one location. The open kitchen concept gives you the freedom to walk around and pick to your heart's desire.
Choose from Taiwanese delicacies from the authentic Taiwan chef - Taiwanese oyster mee sua (noodles).
Or if Japanese tickles your fancy (I ALWAYS have space for some sushi), sample these delicate hand-made sushi, lovingly prepared by some of Malaysia's top chefs.
Meat lovers will enjoy the hearty lamb chops cooked to perfection.
Finally, save space for dessert. Because the culinary experience at Genting Club isn't over until you've had dessert. Not only was the strawberry, fruit cream mix and vanilla ice-cream a sight to behold, it was a a treat for the soul. I tucked into the sweetness of the ice-cream well balanced with the tartness of the strawberry and fruit mix. Mmm... Yummmm.
4. Watch amazing concerts
There is a plethora of entertainment in Resorts World Genting that will keep you busy day in and day out. Aside from the exhilarating casinos, the Resorts World Genting's Avenue of Stars showcases on a regular basis, some of the very best concert acts in the world.
I was absolutely thrilled that we were there the weekend Il Divo, the sensational quartet of opera/pop crossover singers, was performing with highly talented Lea Salonga. Il Divo, now on its 10th year, was performing a line up of the greatest musical songs from the most well-loved musicals in the world. Their repertoire included West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, Lion King among many other favourites.
It was such a treat to be able to watch and listen to these amazing singers LIVE. I grew up listening to Il Divo and Lea Salonga - both of whom have contributed so much to the music industry. The quartet have the most amazing voices and it was unbelievable how good they sounded in person. Pitch perfect and always singing in unison, Il Divo's performance was as flawless as their voices. Lea is the well-loved singer and actress who first got her big break in Miss Saigon and then went on to be the first Asian actress to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway. More importantly, Lea is the singing voice of the Disney Princess, Jasmine in Aladdin and that of Fa Mulan in Disney's Mulan.
It was mid-way through the concert that I almost fell off my chair. When the orchestra started playing the first few notes of "A Whole New World" from Aladdin, my skin prickled and my heart rate started racing. The moment Lea Salonga started singing, I squealed with joy. THE ACTUAL SINGING VOICE OF THE MUCH LOVED ALADDIN MOVIE. Singing LIVE, Lea sounded exactly like she did in the movie so many years ago.
The 5000 strong crowd cheered and clapped wildly at the end of every song and all too soon, the Il Divo: A Musical Affair Concert was over.
Our night, however, wasn't. Back at the Genting Club restaurant where we had dinner, we bumped into some very familiar people.
Carlos, the bass of Il Divo.
The very sweet and talented Lea Salonga.
Il Divo themselves and Lea Salonga were out and about at the Genting Club Bar 360 chilling and gamely posing for photos. There couldn't have been a better way to end the night.
Thank you Resorts World Genting for such an amazing experience!
I can't wait to head back again and even more so when the upcoming amusement park (pssst! Fox Studios) to be completed round about next year! In the meantime, check out their website to see the other exciting programs and acts that will be performing! So, where are you going this weekend?