If you, like me, haven't been up to Genting in a few years, you might just be in for a pleasant surprise when you head up for a quick respite from the heat. The glimpses on social media certainly do not justify the facelift the place has undergone. The old indoor theme park area is essentially completely transformed, now housing the mega lifestyle mall SkyAvenue, a casino, and the brand new, soon-to-be unveiled (in November, we hear) SkyTropolis Indoor Theme Park. Just next to the mall you'll find the newest, swankiest hotel on the highland: the Crockfords Hotel.
Despite its prime location, the Crockfords' discreet entrance makes it one of the highland's best-kept secrets; a peaceful retreat from the ever-bustling crowd next door. Taking after the exclusive club of the same name in Mayfair, London, the hotel exudes British grandeur with an accompanying air of luxury. This is illustrated as soon as you step into the lobby, where an elegant floral installation by Rebecca Louis Law is exhibited along the corridor leading to the rooms.
The Crockfords boasts 111 Superior Rooms, 8 Junior Suites, 18 Signature Suites in three different themes—Gym, Tatami and Mahjong—and three cream-of-the-crop Executive Suites. All the rooms and suites provide unobstructed views of the mountainous landscape outside the windows. If the weather permits, you'll even get a majestic sight of sunrise at dawn.
Our stay for the night, the Mahjong Suite, was luxuriously spacious. Aside from the living room (with an automatic built-in mahjong table and a massage chair), bedroom and bathroom, there is even an entrance foyer area with a sofa bed that can be converted into a second bedroom—its own powder room included. The emphasis on luxury was down to the details, from the steam sauna and elegant marble features in the bathroom, to the plush 300 thread count Egyptian cotton bed sheets and linen. Room service and butler service are available 24 hours for your indulgence too. Short of one player at the mahjong table? Just give the butler a ring and get your game on.
The breakfast spread at the Executive Lounge might not be elaborate, but it is basic and adequate. Besides, you can order your main off the menu, which includes their signature Lobster nasi lemak.
Outside of the hotel, there are plenty of dining options to be explored at SkyAvenue. From perennial favourites like Madam Kwan, Sushi Zanmai and Din Tai Fung, to quick meal go-tos like Boat Noodle and Nyonya Colours. There are even a few restaurants that you'll only find in Genting at the moment, namely Burger & Lobster and Beauty in the Pot—nothing quite beats hotpot in 16°C weather.
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If New York City has Times Square, then Genting Highlands has SkyAvenue to show for—except the near 360° LED screens are not wrapped around buildings, but the walls and columns of the main atrium area. The screens are complemented by an impressive installation of 1,001 winch balls to form SkySymphony, which presents free-for-all LED shows throughout the day. This includes Ocean Groove with Maestro Ning, an animated musical production by Genting Studios that involves direction from Guy Vailovich (Lego Star Wars) and original composition from Emmy Award-winning composer Gigi Meroni.
And then of course there is the shopping and the casinos. While works on the world's first 20th Century Fox World theme park are still ongoing, you can already cop some exclusive studio merchandise at the Fox World Studio Store in SkyAvenue. Did we mention the indoor theme park is slated for opening in November this year? Just in time for the school holidays.
Beyond the casinos and upcoming theme parks, Resorts World Genting has managed to establish itself as a destination for food, shopping, and more. With the Crockfords Hotel positioned as the pinnacle of stays up in the highlands, your sweater weather getaway just got a lot more luxurious.
For more information on the Crockfords Hotel, visit the Resorts World Genting website.