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Meet Jen, our friend and host (from Hotel Jen by Shangri-La) that simply adores life, fun, adventure and discovery since 2014, whom we had the pleasure to experience up close and personal the one-of-a-kind “Jen” hospitality at her home in China (Hotel Jen Upper East Beijing) and Singapore (Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway). With her homes located in some of the best locations across the Asia Pacific, Jen is always ready to welcome anyone with open arms, whether we are in Hong Kong, Brisbane, Manila, Maldives, Beijing, Shenyang, Singapore or nearer to home (Penang and Johor). We simply could not forget “That Jen Feeling” from our previous visits, so when the opportunity arises for us to spend yet another weekend staycation with Jen at Puteri Harbour, our response was a resounding YES without hesitation!
Unlike our previous visits with pre-arranged airport transfer via the hotel limousine, the Jensetters in us promptly arrived at her home in Puteri Harbour on our own, and guess what? Parking at the hotel basement car park is complimentary! For those first time visitors out there, here’s an idea just how Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour is easily accessible via land and water transport:
- 20 minutes drive to JB City Centre
- 35 minutes drive to Senai International Airport
- 60 minutes drive to Singapore’s Changi Airport
- 5 minutes walk to the Port of Puteri Harbour Ferry Terminal
- 1-minute walk to Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town
- Close proximity to Asia’s first-ever Legoland Malaysia Resort
- 15 minutes drive to Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club
- 20 minutes drive to Johor Premium Outlets
🖱️ Click here for directions from Senai International Airport or Singapore’s Changi Airport if you are arriving by air.
Jen’s living room interior cleverly mimics its seafront setting, with the lobby at Level 2 and most public areas painted in shades of warm, natural colours and the high point in the ceiling that emulate the undulating waves of the sea. Noticing a prominent “J” icon at the hotel lobby, we took our favourite wefie (and selfie), upload and hashtag #thatjenfeeling #staywithjen #hoteljenputeriharbour to our Facebook or Instagram account and hey presto, our pictures made it instantly to the gigantic wall-mounted LED screen that screamed, “Show Me Some LOVE!”! Amazing, isn’t it?
At only 4-storeys high, Jen’s massive home layout is quite distinct and actually spread across several adjoining towers, sharing space with commercial outlets and even two indoor theme parks under one roof! With a total of 283 rooms available, take your pick from a wide variety of options from the Deluxe Room, Deluxe Harbour View Room, Premier Room, Club Room, Club Harbour View Room, Executive Suite or the Specialty Suite, and Jen will be more than happy to accommodate all of your requests. The check-in process was a real breeze, without having to wait long for the lift to the Deluxe Harbour View Room on Level 3, our home for the weekend in no time at all.
Deluxe Harbour View Room
Our Deluxe Harbour View Rooms (Room 2312 & 2314) feature beautiful scenic views of Puteri Harbour and give off a similar vibe. Jen had certainly done the hard job of balancing form and function very well, and include almost everything we need to relax in comfort. We even found a personal note from Paolo, the general manager on our desk – a warm touch that simply adds to some of these fantastic room features, including:
- 33sqm space for many of us to be up and about
- Wooden flooring instead of the usual carpets
- Piped in audio in the bathroom so that we won’t miss anything on TV
- The control panel at our fingertips by our bed
- Luxurious linens and ultra-comfortable King-sized bed
- Fast, free WiFi to keep us connected everywhere, always
- Steam iron, ironing board and hairdryer to keep us looking sharp
- Complimentary welcome fruits, coffee and tea
- Getting our whole bag of laundry done for only RM70
At 53 sqm that boasts a spacious floor plan with a separate bedroom and living area, the Premier Room is suitable for our family to make ourselves truly at home LOL!
Our Speciality Suites offer scenic views to marvel at breathtaking views of Puteri Harbour and Singapore from the private sitting room, and plenty of spacious comfort at 96 sqm and all that we need to feel at ease. With a separate living room, dining and working space as well as two ensuite bathrooms, it almost felt like living in a luxurious and self-sufficient 2-room apartment on its own!
True to her name, Jen has never failed to surprise and “touched” us with her Jen-nuine hospitality whenever we were in her company. Honestly, many of these “touch points” are certainly unexpected for any hotels, let alone an international 4-star property in our view!
TOUCH POINT 1
Complimentary welcome fruits
One of the first things we did when staying with Jen anywhere (including Beijing and Singapore) is to check out our bar fridge, for Jen would always make sure they are well-stocked with complimentary fresh fruits of the day for a refreshing start to our stay.
TOUCH POINT 2
Automated vending machines
Forgotten something in a hurry, such as your earphone, USB thumb drive, power bank or personal grooming kinds of stuff and accessories. No worries for Jen has everything taken care of with convenience at our fingertips, and at a price more affordable than the nearby convenience stores, and it’s also operational throughout the clock (24-hour) too!
TOUCH POINT 3
Fast charging stations
Mobile warriors rejoice, this has gotta be one of our favourites, for our mobile phones, iPads and even laptops will never run out of juice. Feel free to drop our power-hungry devices at any of these private and see-through lockers convenient located in the lobby, restaurants and even the gym, so that anyone and everyone can work out or go about any of our other business with a piece of mind. Well done Jen!
TOUCH POINT 4
Complimentary welcome drinks
It is just like Jen to ensure we are completely at home and hydrated throughout her place so that every guest and even visitors could pop a glass of fruit-infused waters or two during the check-ins or checkouts.
TOUCH POINT 5
Free rental of bicycles & go-pros
Wanna explore and see what’s cool and what’s great around? Just ask Jen for one of her bikes to roam around her place freely on wheels, we could even have all our adventures captured in motion. Just remember to bring your own memory card or pick one up from the nearby automated vending machines, it’s that easy!
TOUCH POINT 6
Kiddyland and business centre
For the young ones, there’s always the little “playground” to keep them busy. For the young at heart, there’s iMacs to surf and a printer to print your itinerary or even boarding pass last-minute LOL!
Our stay would not be complete without a dip in the stunning infinity pool which sits beside SkyBar Bar & Restaurant, with views of Puteri Harbour. The kids get to have great fun in the pool with the giant unicorn and swan float come every weekend too.
Having powered through laps in the pool and still have the energy to burn, we decided to work up a sweat in the fitness centre? In the words of Jen, a one-hour workout takes up just 4% of our day but leaves us feeling great for the rest of it. How very true!
[#大人在现场] 你的双手是如此温热，你的指尖是如此有力道 … 大人说的是谁？是以巴厘岛传统按摩手法享誉全球的 Mandara Spa 旗下的 Chavana Spa 里的按摩师们啊！…
We would never say no to a little rest and relaxation, and Jen kinda gets that everyone’s sense of “unwind” is different, so she really got every option covered. Thanks for letting your personal masseur ease our tension knots away with the hour-long Deep Cleanse Massage, so we can let off some work stress. Now, how is that for some quality ‘me’ time?
Fancy some all-day dining that serves up scrumptious signature dishes alongside local and international cuisine in bustling surroundings? There’s no better place than Jen’s favourite Harbour Cafe for some live action at the different buffet stations that will make our dining experience both fulfilling and entertaining. Here’s what we had when we joined Jen’s family and friends in celebrating Ramadhan back in July earlier this year.
- 🕙 OPERATING HOURS: Breakfast: 6.30am – 10am; Lunch: 12noon – 2.30pm; Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
- 👕 DRESS CODE: Casual
- 🚭 SMOKING POLICY: Smoking is not permitted in the Harbour Café (indoor area). There is a designated balcony for smoking.
- 📞 RESERVATION: +607-560 6411
Staying in a Club Room, Executive Suite, Speciality Suite or being a member of the Golden Circle Membership certainly has its perks and added extras, with complimentary access to the Club Lounge for that something a bit special, and a totally in-the-know concierge to help us get the most out of our stay.
- Exclusive check-in and check-out
- Complimentary evening cocktails and snacks
- Exclusive breakfast buffet in a private setting overlooking the harbour
- Lounge facilities
Nonetheless, Jen would still welcome you if you prefer some privacy with an additional touch of luxury and exclusivity.
- 🕙 OPERATING HOURS: Breakfast: 6.30am – 10.30am; Evening cocktail: 5.00pm – 7.00pm
- 🍳 BREAKFAST (Other room guest or non-GC member): RM 59 for adults, children at half price
- 🍹 EVENING COCKTAIL (other room guest or non-GC member): RM 85 for adults, children at half price
- 📞 RESERVATION: +607-560 8870
- 📧 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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MAGistrate 杂志大人 X Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, Johor by Shangri-La
A sun-kissed poolside outlet by day, SkyBar, Bar & Restaurant transforms into a chill lounge and grill by night that serves fresh steaks and seafood, refreshing cocktails, desserts and quality wines.
- 🕙 OPERATING HOURS: Bar (Daily – 12 noon to 12 midnight); Restaurant (6.30pm to 10.30pm)
- 👕 DRESS CODE: Smart Casual
- 🚭 SMOKING POLICY: Smoking is not permitted in SkyBar, Bar ＆ Restaurant (indoor area)
- 📞 RESERVATION: +607-560 8888
The Black Pearl’s Family or weekend cruise
Fancy an opportunity to de-stress from the hustle and bustle of your daily life routine, for some good bonding time with your family and friends or simply appreciate nature for its beauty on board The Black Pearl? Get the most out of your stay with Jen, and her friends at Flying Colours Marine Solution (FCMS) will be more than happy to do just that!
Looking to throw a birthday bash with a difference or simply hiring a boat and setting sail for some island hopping in Singapore and Indonesia? Hitting the water from Puteri Harbour is a very cool option and thanks to Jen and Captain Jones, we got to set sail in The Black Pearl – a 45ft cruiser boat named after the famous movie The Pirates of the Caribbean and enjoyed a weekend cruise along the Straits of Johor and caught a glimpse of the Second Link at its best during sunset!
With Australian Celebrity Jamie Durie onboard alongside other famous personalities (including yours truly), now’s your chance to travel and party in style with Captain Jones and his crew this year-end season, starting from RM1000 per hour for a 3-hr cruise (inclusive of refreshment)!
🖱️ For chartering, cruise packages or other enquiries, kindly contact:
- 📞 Ms. Gill +6016-775 5782, +6014-754 4041;
- 📞 Michael +6016-775 5783
- 🌐 www.flyingcoloursmarinesolutions.com
Sanrio Hello Kitty Town [Closed]
Like Jen, she may frequently travel the world, but Hello Kitty and friends have their very own permanent home right here in Malaysia. So drop by SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN to explore her home, watch her live on-stage, ride the fun, and get together with your friends and family for a one-of-a-kind Hello Kitty interactive themed experience.
Thomas Town [Closed]
Ready for an unforgettable adventure with Thomas & Friends® and the ride of your life (for the kids at least)? Just come aboard and hop on Bertie the Bus, Harold’s Helitours, and even Colin Crane Drop. There are just tonnes and tonnes of fun to be had.
Since April, the nationwide Thomas & Friends™ “Mini & Mighty” Malaysia Tour has made its way from Petaling Jaya to Melaka and Penang before arriving at Thomas Town – Puteri Harbour, where it will stay for an extended period of seven weeks till 7 Jen-uary 2017.
Bring your little engineers to check out not one but 70 life-size Thomas & Friends mini engines, with lots of games and activities too, including the Sodor Island Maze Challenge and Thomas Town Trivia Game. What’s more, young visitors can experience the Thomas Bouncy Castle with purchases of two or more theme park passes or a minimum RM200 combined spend at any retail outlets or hotels in Puteri Harbour, so what are you waiting for?
3 countries and 3 cities later, we look forward to more of “That Jen Feeling” as we make plans to visit explore all of Jen’s home. The only question now being, which home shall we visit her next?
Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, Johor
📍 Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Iskandar Puteri, Johor
📞 +607-560 8888
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