[编辑 Editor 吕大人 英译 Translator 刘大人 摄影 Photographer 黄大人]
So near, yet so far… this iconic landmark 30km west of Johor Bahru is making headlines for different reasons, but one thing is for sure – Forest City is not merely another property development project but a “city development project”. Sceptics and critics may beg to differ, and the project may sound distant like a futuristic city beyond our reach but hey, it is actually happening right now as we speak, and only a mere 30-60 minutes from Johor Bahru city centre. Seeing is believing, as we bring you the lowdown on one of the hottest topics in town…
• 10 分钟 到新加坡第二关卡
• 30 分钟 到柔佛州新山市中心
• 45 分钟 到士乃国际机场
• 55 分钟 吉隆坡国际机场中转航班
• 60 分钟 到新加坡樟宜机场
• 3 个小时 到吉隆坡
Even before the full completion of this iconic and extensively scaled project, a smart and intelligent city located near the second link bridge of Iskandar Malaysia and adjacent to Singapore, it is easy to lose your way for first-time visitors, given the lack of adequate signages. Be sure to seek help from the guards on duty along the way, and they will be most glad to point you in the right direction.
Just how accessible is Forest City to the rest of the world? You would be surprised…
• 10 minutes drive from Second Link
• 30 minutes drive from JB City Centre
• 45 minutes drive from Senai International Airport
• 55 minutes via connecting flights from KLIA
• 60 minutes drive from Singapore’s Changi Airport
• 3 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur
Hotel lobby fit for the royalty
如此宽敞大器的酒店大堂 (1,100平方米) 在本地并不常见啊～ 大人得用俯视仰视环视的全方位视角才能完美羡赏这以柔佛海峡为设计蓝图的景致！瞧瞧顶上所悬挂着参差不齐的水母巨型雕饰，够壮观吧！大堂右侧设有酒吧，访客们可於此享用各类冷热饮，夜间也能到场聆听乐队的现场表演，欢度休闲而轻松的假日。
You know that thing they say about first impressions, and what’s the first thing we see upon entering a hotel? The lobby (no prize for guessing right). While it’s also important that the bed is comfy and the bathroom sparkly, the lobby can somewhat make or break a hotel’s reputation, so how’s this for a welcoming reception when we enter the spacious lobby of Phoenix Hotel, which features marble flooring and wood panelling. As if that weren’t enough, the grandiose space is topped off with a magnificent ceiling that draws inspiration from the ocean waves of the Straits of Johor, as we revel in the natural wonders of the sea amidst spectacular lighting fixtures that are reminiscent of the marine life gathering to celebrate our arrival. As we walk further back into the 1,100 m² space, we will see the property’s gardens through the lobby’s floor to (very high) ceiling windows, where a bar sits on the right for us to take in the sips and sights in a casual and relaxing ambience.
So, what’s the fuzz and buzz surrounding the latest hotel kid on the block? Located on a 4.23-acre land, Phoenix Hotel @ Forest City is the first hotel ever built outside the China province among 50 other hotel chains. It is also the largest mixed-green Phoenix Hotel in Southeast Asia totalling 54,554 m² where every of the 283 well-appointed rooms is guaranteed to look out into the Straits of Johor through the floor-to-ceiling glass window and balcony!
Deluxe Suite for the entire family
森林城市凤凰酒店一共有283个舒服宽敞的客房，从沙滩折射进来的自然光线可透过落地窗引入房中，图中所示的豪华套房 (Deluxe Suite, 全酒店共备有4间) 虽非大人今夜将下榻的套房，既已到此一游当然也得让看官们开开眼界！哇～ 户外的L型阳台还真是无敌啊！ 「这比Studio型公寓还大上许多哟～ 而且在房内就能观赏到270度视角的柔佛海峡，就连卫浴间也超大的！」全室以雅致砖色搭配，多了家的感觉，少了毛毯所致的鼻敏感，这点极得人心。
Judging from a glimpse of the Deluxe Suite which trounced most studio apartments on offer (all 4 rooms were unfortunately fully booked at the time of our visit), we dare say this is truly waterfront living at its best! We couldn’t take our eyes off the carefully-appointed suite, especially the unbeatable L-shaped balcony which offers a sweeping 270-degree view of the Straits of Johor, even from the bathroom. Gasp! This is literally “breathtaking”!
Superior Room unlike any other
这就是大人今晚入住的8035号房，高级房 (Superior Room，全酒店共备有195间) 内的走道比起一般酒店房间仍显宽敞，就算摆再多行李也不必担心哦！「哇～ 原来凤凰酒店里的所有客房皆设有独立阳台和大型落地窗！」
8035 maybe a lucky number to some but for us, this is where we would be calling it home for tonight. The Superior Room (as most other rooms were fully booked too) has indeed set the standard for others to emulate, with its 42 m² room size the largest in its category with ample space for our luggage. And YES! We still get to enjoy the privacy of our own balcony which looks out into the garden, and you guess it – The Straits of Johor LOL!
Again, we spent most of our time looking out to the balcony, which is also home to our evening snacks and Saturday morning “add on” breakfast on the go from the nearby cafe!
Actually, the poor weather turned out to be some kind of a blessing in disguise, as we get to savour the “seasonal change” between spring and autumn all in one night! So much about an “overseas” trip of sorts in home soil haha!
In all, the hotel comes with 7 different room types that suit every accommodation needs:
• 高级房 Superior Room – 195 (间 / rooms)
• 豪华房 Deluxe Room – 67 (间 / rooms)
• 花园房 Garden Room – 4 (间 / rooms)
• 花园套房 Garden Suite – 2 (间 / rooms)
• 高级套房 Superior Suite – (10 间 / rooms)
• 豪华套房 Deluxe Suite – 4 (间 / rooms)
• 总统套房 Presidential Suite – 1 (间 /room)
酒店设施 – 大型泳池
Make a splash at the infinity pool
All hotel guests get to enjoy this unusually large infinity freeform pool next to Chinese restaurant, with the bottom of the pool spotting a pattern of a lotus flower adding a touch of grandeur to the surrounding meticulously landscaped garden. If you think this is cool, wait till you see how everything seems to “come alive” when dusk falls, as we leave you to see and imagine it for yourself from our shots below. So much for many thousand words…
PS: These are not photoshop tricks but actual sights seen through our eyes and lens!
酒店设施 – 健身房
Stay fit and healthy
每日从8.30am起至晚上10.30pm，位处一楼的健身房 (附卫浴间，无桑拿房) 皆有两位健身教练随身指导房客们使用健身器材，「就连健身房内的装潢也非常豪华呢！」
Like most gyms in other hotels, the Gymnasium (with private shower facilities) opens from 8,30am to 10,30pm. But unlike most hotel gym, we get to enjoy (again) full height floor-to-ceiling views of the garden and a distant bit of the Straits while on the treadmills.
酒店设施 – 会议厅
State-of-the-art conference halls
在森林城市凤凰酒店里共有三个不同类型的会议室任看官们选择哦！占地最大 (760平方米)的就是位处一楼、可容纳至900人的柔佛会议厅 (人数视不同主题而定)，全场以歌剧院的形式设置，超大型屏幕可升降调整高度，亦可用作教学、宴会、自助餐、鸡尾台型等，「柔佛会议厅里也附设超宽敞的化妆间与厕间让主人家在上台前好好装备自己。」
位处二楼的柔佛II厅 (180平方米) 与柔佛III厅 (90平方米) 则为面积较小的会议室，可容人数从20人至60人不等，有意者不妨向酒店咨询详情哦！
Paying tribute to the state, the conference halls are named Johor Conference Hall I, II and III respectively, with the largest ballroom (760 m²) located at Level 1 accommodating up to 900 guests for any occasions ranging from banquet, theatre or classroom style setting. The best part? The Johor Conference Hall comes with the state-of-the-art height adjustable stage featuring the largest LED screen in town, as well as having its very own VIP holding room and private changing area at the backstage.
For those looking for a more intimate setting for smaller group events, Johor Conference Hall II (180 m²) and Hall III (90 m²) located at Level 2 can accommodate between 20 to 60 guests comfortably.
酒店设施 – 沙滩婚礼
Wedding reception by the beach
举办一场浪漫的沙滩婚礼可是多少情侣们的梦想啊～ 天地为鉴，好风如水，就让树影婆娑为你起舞、让海浪为你响起掌声… 「想要拥有毕生难忘的婚礼却又毫无头绪？大人刚帮各位勘察了场地！由于此处乃热门婚礼圣地，需提前至少一个月前向酒店预约噢！白纱碧海蓝天，还有什么比这画面更美？」
For an exotic island wedding in JB, there’s no better destination than Phoenix Hotel, offering hotel room block rates for wedding parties and well-appointed event space for bachelor and bachelorette parties. Situated between the hotel’s private garden and coastal park, nestles the tranquil Beach ROM. This hidden gem which boasts magnificent panoramic sea views from its slightly elevated position can host both small and large wedding parties and a beautiful area for wedding photos, particularly as the sun sets on your special day. As the dream destination even for honeymooners and couples seeking a starry-eyed island escape, advance booking up to one month is highly recommended.
Apart from the Beach ROM and walkway, the coastal park is also an exciting playground to many exciting water sports and beach parties.
酒店餐饮 – 私人池畔用餐体验
Dining by the pool
谢谢森林城市凤凰酒店为大人安排这场以中西合璧为料理主题的私人池畔用餐体验！大人突然变得好腼腆 (羞~) 还是有请各位陪大人一起“视吃”吧～
Nothing screams “vacation” like private fine dining in a chic poolside setting under the sunshine or moonlight. Thanks to Ms Shu and her F&B team, Phoenix Hotel has alfresco feasting covered to ensure our staycation time is filled with memorable moments.
大人今日所享用的餐点很丰盛哟～ 先尝一口鲜榨的浓醇苹果萝卜汁；开胃菜则为菌菇脆饼派搭配以黑醋、橄榄、玉蜀黍匀和而成的沙拉；餐厅巧施新意以中式药材炖汤取代平日常见的西式浓汤，滋补清甜，大人好想再来一碗啊～；主食则为烹至九分熟的水煮三文鱼，搭配爽脆的芦笋与香浓薯泥；终极甜点则为带有橙味的 Crème Brûlée！
Dinner tonight is made special with a special 3-course menu that spells “Fine Dining”, with the Mushroom Ragout Vol-au-vent, Stewed Premium Herbs Soup (unusual for a Western menu but taste superb), Poached Salmon with Seasonal Vegetables & Mash served in Dill Cream Sauce, and Creme Brulee infused with fresh oranges! Kudos to the live band for putting up a mesmerising performance that adds further enjoyment to our evening by the pool.
Think you can do better than us? For sure, you can. Just get in touch with Ms Su and her team will take care of the rest.
酒店餐饮 – 凤凰轩中餐厅
Modern Chinese cuisine @ Phoenix Restaurant
The Chinese Restaurant combines a modern art deco design masterfully blended with the essence of a traditional tea house, creating a warm and unique dining experience for authentic Chinese cuisine. The main dining hall is filled with natural sunlight through floor-to-ceiling windows, while four private VIP rooms with ten to twelve seaters are also available, offering privacy and different design themes perfect for intimate gatherings of our families and friends, or an impressive business banquet to help us seal the deal.
房号为V1-V5 (无4号房，V1与V2可分隔) 的四间独立包房需提前预订，无用餐时限，唯需至少10人。各包房内备有独立或共享洗手间 (视何包房而定)、电视、沙发等设施。
Exquisitely decorated and tastefully finished for any occasions, each private room V1-V5 (except V4 for the apparent reason) comes complete with plush sofa, huge LED screen and ensuite or shared washrooms, while the partition between V1 and V2 can be removed to accommodate a larger group. Advance reservation with a minimum of 10 pax is required with no time limit. Fit even for royalty, don’t you agree?
酒店餐饮 – 华莱餐厅
East meets west cuisine @ C&M Restaurant
位于一楼大堂旁的华莱餐厅 (C&M Restaurant) 是间全天开放的自助餐厅 (用餐之余，看官们还能欣赏餐厅外的无边泳池)，同时也是大人熟睡了一夜后享用自助早餐之处。这儿所呈献的料理以无国界环球美食为主，属混合式菜肴，自助早餐还加入了马来西亚各民族平日最爱的美食精华，从餐厅的巧妙命名即可窥一二。「享用了早餐后，就让大人带看官们到海之焦滨海商业街逛一逛吧！」
Our hotel breakfast is served at the atmospheric all-day C&M Restaurant conveniently located beside the hotel lobby, serving the best of local and international fare with its emphasis on balancing both the visual and taste to suit the local and visitors’ taste buds. Natural sunlight fills the restaurant again through floor-to-ceiling windows, where diners may choose to sit indoors with air-conditioned comfort or outdoors in the comfort of the cool natural sea breeze.
早餐 / Breakfast (6.30am – 10am)
• 成人 马币58+ / Adult RM58+
• 小孩 马币29+ (5岁或以下免费) / Child RM29+ (Children aged below 5 dine for free)
晚餐 / Dinner (6pm – 9pm)
• 成人 马币80+ / Adult RM80+
• 小孩 马币40+ / Child RM40+
(如有晚餐需求请提前预约 / Special request available by reservation in advance)
同场加映 － 海之焦滨海商业街与海之贝销售中心
Shop to your heart’s content at Harbor Commercial Street
从酒店旁步出后记得沿着左边的商业街迈进！海之焦滨海商业街距离森林城市凤凰酒店只有几步之遥，是东南亚最大的绿色综合免税区噢！「大人此生最办不到的事应该就是window shopping啦～ 光看不买总觉得走宝… 嘿嘿这回又入手了几件物超所值的战袍！」
For those who wants a change in scenery, the Harbor commercial street is just a few steps away from the hotel. Arguably Southeast Asia’s largest mixed-use green duty-free area, the commercial street comprises a broad range of leading international brands, and F&B outlets, making shopping (with pleasure) or window shopping (always a tough challenge) an important part of our itinerary!
At the end of the leisurely stroll comes the familiar sight of both the unmistakable vertical garden and the massive scale model the centre of attraction. To our surprise, the large scale model which shows our current location on Pulau Satu (Island 1) is only slightly over a quarter of the entire project, due for completion in 2035!
For the (still) uninitiated, Forest City is made up of 4 man-made islands near Tanjung Kupang, which adopts a multi-layered design and features vertical “greenification” with green facades and parks without vehicles. Built with a green construction standard for sustainable development, the city is representing a model for a low-carbon, green eco-city of the future which we hope to be still around to witness 😉
森林城市凤凰国际酒店管理公司拥有多家外资品牌酒店，并与国际酒店集团 (如希尔顿和迈瑞泰姆) 合作，在全球拥有50多家星级酒店，此次大人入住的凤凰酒店即是其一，眺望周遭仍在如火如荼进行施工中的整体计划，大人心想下次再度莅临时想必应比现时所见更为壮观吧！谢谢这一回森林城市凤凰酒店的热情招待，后会有期！
With over 300 high-quality property projects delivered or still under construction throughout China, serving over 3,000,000 homeowners, there are certainly reasons to cheer for what is to come. After half a year’s building and development, the city is already taking shape where currently, the Forest City’s International Clubhouse, Transportation Hub, Coastal Park, Harbor Commercial Street, SECOO flagship luxury store and not forgetting Phoenix Hotel are already in operation. In partnership with international hotel groups such as the Hilton and Maritime Group, it would not be long before Phoenix Hotel can rise above the rest and help place the destination on the global tourist map. We wonder how things would change from now till our next visit, say in 1, 5 or 10 years?
Once again, special thanks to Forest City for an eye-opening staycation that took us on a journey “back to the future”! Till we meet again!
Phoenix Hotel, Forest City
Address: Jalan Forest City 1, Forest City, Pulau Satu, 81500 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, Johor Bahru. (Exit 313 towards Port of Tanjung Pelepas Interchange)
Contact: +607 – 505 3333