Somerset Medini Nusajaya, Johor, Review

Over the long Labour Day weekends, we headed to Johor Bahru to celebrate my birthday. Hubby scored himself brownie points when he smugly told me how he’s been whisking me away on holidays or staycation for my birthday ever so often. What can I say, I’m very very blessed and am utterly pampered by him 🙂

Having been to JB a few times now with the family, we realised it’s not as dangerous as some may make it out to be. Of course, you have to exercise caution and common sense so that you’re not making yourself an easy target for crime by like parking in dark and doggy corners in the mall, going to unfamiliar places and taking your own sweet time to load and unload your baggage into the car.

For this trip, we planned to go to Legoland Water Park at Sophie’s request because that’s what mums always do- put our kids first. It was an excellent choice as we had a splashing good time under the sun.

READ ALSO: Splashing good time at Legoland Water Park, JB

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Somerset Medini Nusajaya Service Residence, Johor

Usually we’ll choose to stay at Hotel Jen when we visit the Legoland themepark but this time, we stayed at Somerset Medini Nusajaya Service Residence, a relatively new accommodation that opened early this year.  A couple of my friends who stayed there recommended it as it is just 5  minutes walk away from Legoland and a mere 15 minutes drive from Tuas Second Link. But the plus point is that it’s a spanking new service apartment where they are eager to impress their guests at very wallet-friendly prices too.

As we anticipated crawling traffic on Saturday, the eve of the long Labour Day weekend, we took leave on Friday and set off at 2pm. It proved to be a wise decision ( no doubt my brilliant idea #notshyatall) and reached JB without any jams at both immigration check points. That’s my tip for you if you’re planning to go on the next long weekend.

We arrived at the service apartment around 3pm and proceeded to the 2nd floor for check-in which took longer than expected as they only have one staff at that time and I’m guessing they probably weren’t expecting many guests on a Friday afternoon.

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View of Legoland Park from the lobby

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Service Apartment Lobby

We were issued our room keys on the 10th floor but our room was not ready as we found the staff still cleaning away when we tried to enter. The staff was quick to apologise and offered us another room next door to drop our luggage, which is a much bigger 2-bedroom apartment!

Tour of our service apartment

I’m sure you’re keen to see how it looks, so I peeked into the rooms where 1 of the bedroom had a king size bed that comes with an attached bathroom with a bathtub. And in the other bedroom, they have 2 single beds and there’s a common bathroom.

Equipped with 4 seater sofa, dining table for 4 in the living and dining area as well as a kitchen, this is a ideal accommodation especially for larger families. I heard that 3 bedroom accommodation are also available.

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Master Bedroom in a 2 bedroom apartment

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Bathroom with bath tub in the Master Bedroom

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2 single beds in a 2 bedroom apartment

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Mini kitchen equipped with hob and hood, microwave oven, refrigerator, kettle and washing machine with dryer

And here’s what our more humble looking Studio Premier room looks like with a modern and contemporary furnishing. The full length sliding doors at the balcony filled the room with plenty of natural lighting which I liked very much. And if you’re a paranoid mum like me… no, the sliding doors are locked for safety reasons.

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Studio Premier Room with a king size bed

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Study table and a walk in wardrobe with shelving by the side.

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Same kitchen facilities but without the washing machine

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Utensils, pots and pans and you can even loan a rice cooker 😛

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Here’s the view from our room, Gleneagles next door.

So a tip I have for you is to ask for a room on the higher floor that faces the Legoland Park if you want to avoid facing the hospital.

We had a very comfortable stay in our apartment, the pillows were plush and the mattress was just right. And oh and remembered how I mentioned our room was not ready when we tried to enter. The hotel staff was so apologetic about it and came to our room with a small token to make up for the inconvenience caused.

Sophie found herself with a colouring book and was of course delighted to have another baby (which she really means a soft toy to add to her growing brood!) whom she affectionately named …SOMERSET 🙂

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Amenities in Service Apartment

The service apartment has your usual hotel amenities, so if you’re planning to hit the gym or pool, head to level 1.

They have an infinity swimming pool with a wading area for young kids, a fully equipped gym and even a children’s playroom with an under the sea theme complete with TV, Lego table and a mini slide.

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Selfie at the gym 😛

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I have a drama queen at home whom I always wonder where she gets it from…

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Bright and airy children’s indoor playground that’s suitable for younger guests and parents can chill out too. The facilities and toys all looked very new and that’s the best part of a fairly new establishment.

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Infinity pool with a view of Legoland Park at the background

Dining options

Our stay came with breakfast that is served  daily from 6:30-10:30 in a function room on level 2. They had a buffet line offering Continental choices like mee goreng, chicken porridge, scrambled eggs, hot dogs, potatoe wedges, bread and pastries, fruits, kuehs, sandwiches, cereal and hot beverages.

I would say that breakfast is fairly decent but nothing very fanciful. A friend who came back in February only a bento box for breakfast back then as their kitchen was not ready, so I kept my expectations real low and got a pleasant surprise.

Though the apartment lacks a cafe or restaurant and in room dining service is also unavailable, you can easily head next door to the Mall of Medini for your meals. They have fast food joints like Burger King and KFC, local delights like Old Town, Secret Recipe, Chicken Rice Shop as well as Absolute Thai, Shi Lin and also a few conveniences stalls. But do take note that most eateries open from  9am to 10pm.

Of course, if you’re prepared to cook, you can always make use of the kitchen facilities and whip up your meals.

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Review of Somerset Medini Nusajaya, Johor

We stayed at Somerset Medini for a night and paid S$100 a night before heading to Double Tree by Hilton hotel for the next 2 nights as we wanted to shop at the malls. Price wise, Somerset offered very good value for money given the convenience to Legoland as well as from the 2nd Causeway in Tuas.

READ ALSO: Review of Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Johor Bahru

Being a fairly new establishment, it always means the staff are generally more attentive and eager to leave a pleasant experience for  guests which can be felt from their warm hospitality. Security wise, we felt safe as there is security guard on patrol as well.

If you’re planning to go to Puteri Harbour for Little Big Club and Thomas Town or AEON Mall Bukit Indah where they have a cinema, Popular, Toys R Us, Watsons, Daiso and a huge supermarket, you can hop on the shuttle bus that departs 4 times a day.

And yes, they have complimentary Wi-Fi too 🙂

Would we return for another stay if we are planning to Legoland? You bet and I hope this review has been useful 🙂

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This is our second visit to Legoland Water Park and this time Sophie got to try a new ride, the Lego Slide Racer which made her declare it as the best slide EVER!!!! See I told you, she’s one drama queen.

There’s so much to love about the Legoland Water Park and you’ve got to read it for yourself to know why we’re back for more this year.

Somerset Medini Nusajaya, Johor
Address: Lot 5 Jalan Medini Utara 4, Medini Iskandar Malaysia
79200 Nusajaya Johor, Malaysia

 

If you’re heading to JB, then don’t miss these posts where I share some of my shopping finds and places to go cafe hopping across the causeway as well.

 

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Comments: 24

  1. Madeline May 10, 2016 at 9:00 am Reply

    Ooh we were curious how the inside of the building looks like! It’s very value for money although to me, I still prefer to stay in the magic that is legoland hotel hehee 😀

    • Susan May 11, 2016 at 2:05 pm Reply

      Well this is a good option if you’ve stayed at the Legoland hotel before and if you’ve the annual pass for the theme park and will be going more often 🙂

  2. Phoebe May 10, 2016 at 9:32 am Reply

    Woo.. the room looks big and I love the beds. Havent got a chance to stay in any of the hotels around that area.. Maybe need to explore them some day. 🙂 THanks for sharing!

    • Susan May 11, 2016 at 2:06 pm Reply

      Let me know if you find any other nice places to stay in JB too

  3. Pooja Kawatra Gupta May 10, 2016 at 9:32 am Reply

    This apartment is quite neat and clean, indoor playground area is so colourful and surely kids would have enjoyed it. We are still waiting to visit Legoland water park.

    • Susan May 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm Reply

      Oh I’m sure your kids will enjoy the water park. I brought my daughter there last year as well and she enjoyed the thrilling slides so much!

  4. Hazeldiary (@hazeldiary_) May 10, 2016 at 12:55 pm Reply

    I was there over the weekend! I enjoyed my stay with the hotel too!

  5. Hazeldiary (@hazeldiary_) May 10, 2016 at 12:57 pm Reply

    I was there over the weekend for Star Wars Day at Legoland. I enjoyed my stay at the hotel too!

  6. Michelle Hon May 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm Reply

    What a great value. The apartment looks pretty decent as well. Thanks for sharing!

    • Susan May 11, 2016 at 2:11 pm Reply

      Yes, so glad that my friends shared about this place with me too.

  7. Bumble Bee Mum May 10, 2016 at 4:08 pm Reply

    S$100? I’m so staying here the next time I’m in JB! Bath tub.. Washing machine.. Kids playroom.. What else could you ask for??

    • Susan May 11, 2016 at 2:11 pm Reply

      Such a good value right? But I heard they are getting more and more popular so prices could slowly go up…

  8. Dawn May 10, 2016 at 4:56 pm Reply

    It looks so luxurious and well-equipped! The indoor play area and pool looks pretty inviting too 😀

    • Susan May 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm Reply

      A pool bar would be perfect.

  9. SengkangBabies May 10, 2016 at 5:26 pm Reply

    Sommerset looks good, and price is reasonable too.
    Will definitely consider when we next pop by 🙂

    As for the causeway jam, it is always luck. We will just check the video-feeds (Cctv) before driving over (anything less than 2 hour jam is a blessing)

    cheers, Andy
    (SengkangBabies.com)

  10. Young Smarties May 10, 2016 at 6:48 pm Reply

    The apartment looks fantastic! Will bookmark this for holiday 😉 Thanks for sharing!!

  11. shubhadabhide May 10, 2016 at 10:20 pm Reply

    Actually JB can be really convenient destination for shop, stay and relax. Almost like staycation.

  12. Karen May 11, 2016 at 7:22 am Reply

    It looks really nice! And definitely bonus for being near Legoland. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Ai Sakura May 13, 2016 at 6:10 am Reply

    Wow thanks for the recommendation!! Very impressive. One day I will convince the boy to drive into Malaysia so that we can go Legoland. Yup, I’m probably one of the last few who haven’t been at all!! ;p

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  16. KY Tan December 21, 2016 at 9:26 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing. It’s definitely cheaper than staying in Legoland Malaysia Hotel if you wish to visit Legoland Malaysia with your kids or with your friends. All amenities & facilities provided. It’s awesome apartment to stay.

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