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Accommodations in Ipoh and Royal Belum to Suit Every Budget

( Visit Perak 2017: 4D3N )

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For travellers looking for a weekend getaway, Perak ( 霹雳 ) in Malaysia may be your idyllic retreat since it is just a short flight away from Singapore. The once sleepy mining state is slowly transforming into a thriving holiday destination and this year, Lonely Planet has listed the entire state of Perak as the 9th of 10 Top Regions in the World to visit in 2017!

Perak was one of Malaysia's wealthiest states during Malaya's colonial period. Holiday makers planning to visit the Land of Grace can fly directly to Ipoh via Firefly or Tigerair to check out tourist attractions such as the Royal Town in Kuala Kangsar, Kellie's Castle in Batu Gajah, the Art of Old Town, or head to the Lost World of Tambun theme park especially if you have kids tagging along. The city is also known for its great food, limestone mountains and caves.

For the adventurous, try jungle trekking at Royal Belum Rainforest in Gerik, one of the largest untouched forest reserves in the peninsula. Perak has a lot more to offer than you think.

During our recent Visit Perak 2017 trip, the media got to experience different categories of accommodations which I will be sharing with you in this post.
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Discover the Beauty of Royal Belum State Park Rainforest

( Visit Perak 2017: 4D3N )

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Escape to tranquility in a rainforest getaway with no mobile network coverage, only scenic landscape, serenity, lush greenery and beautiful people. Now how often do you get that as city dwellers?

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Seek refuge in the pristine Royal Belum State Park in Perak where it was given the royal status in 2003, putting it under the protection of the Perak royal family. Embrace one of the world’s oldest rainforests dating back over 130 million years, the largest continuous forest complex in Peninsular Malaysia, making the Royal Belum Rainforest older than the Amazon rainforest in South America and the Congo rainforest in Central Africa.

Located in Gerik, it is said that 14 of the world's most threatened mammals such as the Malaysian Tiger, the white-handed Gibbon, Asiatic Elephant, Malaysian Sunbear still roam freely in this natural habitat. The spectacular rainforest also houses over three thousand species of flowering plants, including three species of Rafflesia aka Corpse Flower.

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Belum Temenggor has also been recognized by Birdlife International as an “ Important Bird Area ” with some 316 known bird species and home to large numbers of hornbills. There are a host of activities you can do in the Royal Belum State Park, like hiking in the forest reserve of Belum Temenggort, take a dip in waterfalls, visit aboriginal villages, spot wild animals and more!
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Tourism Perak: Ipoh Food Guide + Popular Restaurant Picks

( Visit Perak 2017: 4D3N )

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Explore the streets of Ipoh’s Old Town, discover popular restaurants, eateries and more! Known as food paradise in Malaysia, join us as we uncover the town’s gastronomic heritage, sampling an array of food arranged by Tourism of Perak for our media tasting sessions. I have to admit they are pretty decent and way above my expectation. Be it lunch, dinner or tea-time, you won’t go wrong with the following dining picks which are also Halal-certified.

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From the unpretentious humble stalls to popular restaurant dining, a trip to Ipoh is never complete without a whiff of Malaysia’s authentic cooking with a blend of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Nyonya flavours.

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Savour the city’s culinary traditions such as their most talk-about Bean Sprouts. Famous for its plump and crunchy texture, Ipoh Bean Sprouts are produced in Buntong where the rich calcium carbonate underground water adds to its unique taste.
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Malaysia Tourism: 8 Must-Go Sightseeing Spots in Ipoh City

( Visit Perak 2017: 4D3N )

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Discover Ipoh's ( 怡保 ) old world charm and hot spots as Luxury Haven went on a mission on Firefly, from Singapore to Perak ( 霹雳 ) in Malaysia ( 马来西亚 ) to unearth the treasures of Ipoh. The endearing city has got a lot more to offer other than just Sar Hor Fun and Coffee. With just 1.5 hours flight from Singapore, Perak makes a wonderful weekend getaway with family and friends.

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Our first stop was to Bangunan Perak Darul Ridzuan, a state government building to meet with Y.B. Dato' Nolee Ashilin Dato' Mohammed Radzi, Perak State Executive Councillor for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Communications and Multimedia. It was indeed a pleasure joining other Malaysian magazine editors and couple of other bloggers from Kuala Lumpur for the Visit Perak 2017 event.

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I am not exactly sure what the official dress code for visitors to parliaments and government buildings in Malaysia is, but I was advised by the organizer to use a Batik to wrap around my short dress. Thanks to the two Malaysian editors who helped me with the wrapping! What do you think of this fashion?


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Ipoh is the capital city of Perak, a place of rich history, heritage, culture and folklore. The city, listed as one of the best Asian destinations to visit in 2016, is surrounded by limestone hills which can be found around suburban areas to the northeast, east and southeast. If you plan to visit the awaken city, be sure to put on a good pair of walking shoes and follow the Ipoh Heritage Trail………..
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DisneySea Shopping: ShellieMay, the Disney Bear ( シェリーメイ )

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Do you know who ShellieMay ( シェリーメイ ) is? Well, #ShellieMay the Disney Bear is a Disney character found in Tokyo DisneySea and only couple of other Disneyland theme parks worldwide!

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ShellieMay has a lovely shade of pink, and has a pair of sparkling blue eyes. I love my ShellieMay bag, bought during my recent trip to Tokyo DisneySea. I was told it is the iconic item there and it is a must-by, and I did! Never mind my age, you are only young once!

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Louis Vuitton or Disney Bear? I mentioned I traded my LV for ShellieMay in my last DisneySea post, and yes, I chucked my LV backpack into my cargo bag and carried my new plush toy throughout my entire stay in Tokyo!
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Asakusa Nakamise and Sensoji, Must-Visit Places in Tokyo!

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Traditional snacks, local food and souvenirs, find them all at Asakusa Nakamise! Temple visitors to the Sensoji ( 浅草寺 ) aka Asakusa Kannon Temple will also get to enjoy Nakamise, a shopping street that is filled with tasty lovely treats.

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Asakusa ( 浅草 ) is definitely one of the must-visit attractions in Tokyo, and it is easily explored by foot. The area is easily spotted with their huge red lanterns through the famous Kaminarimon ( Kaminari Gate ) leading to the Sensoji Temple, which is also known as Thunder Gate ( 雷門 ).

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Upon entering these gates, you may find the Asakusa Nakamise Shopping Street with more than 50 shops stretches over 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. Here, you will find typical Japanese souvenirs such as Yukata ( 浴衣 ), handkerchiefs and local snacks like Senbei rice crackers ( 煎餅 ). This is one of the best places in Tokyo to buy souvenirs home.
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Visit Perak 2017: Instagram Spots in Ipoh and Royal Belum

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Just back from a 4D3N media trip in conjunction with the Visit Perak Year 2017, and I must say that the expedition was quite different from what I had imagined.

Perak ( 霹雳 ) is one of the 13 states of Malaysia, and is the fourth largest state in the country. I can see why Perak has been voted 6th Best Place in Asia to Visit by Lonely Planet in 2016. This trip to the rugged Malaysian region has definitely expanded my horizon, allowing me to step out of my comfort zone to explore deep into the jungle, away from the Ipoh city I knew.

Ipoh ( 怡保 ) is known for their vibrant food scene available in any corner of the town, but there is definitely more than just food in the capital city of Perak. This post also takes you to the Royal Belum State Park, a huge park in the northern parts of Peninsular Malaysia.  So if you are planning for your next vacation in Malaysia, below are some of the Instagram spots in Perak worth checking out:

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Evolution, Tin Mining Town With Chinese-Style Painting
Jalan Bijeh Timah, Perak, Malaysia
‘ Art of OLDTOWN ’, a collaboration between homegrown kopitiam chain OLDTOWN White Coffee and Ernest Zacharevic, a renowned Lithuanian artist to create the Ipoh wall art murals.

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Plan B at Ipoh Old Town
75, Jalan Panglima, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Relax, indulge in a cup of artisan coffee at Plan B Ipoh, aimed to be a space for people to dine in, hang out, and get inspired. The indoor planting element offers a green oasis to the laid-back pre-war building that houses a trendy cafe, and acts as a platform for local designers to showcase their products.
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Win FREE Adventures in Australia + Sony Action Cam FDRX3000!

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Does your family want to explore the best family friendly attractions and destinations in your area FREE each school holidays? Would you like to be featured in videos online on Bound Round and inflight with Virgin Australia? How about winning a 2-night holiday voucher, or recording these videos on your very own, new, Sony Action Cam FDRX3000 valued at $649? If you said yes, then you could be one of their Families of Australia!

As part of a national campaign, Bound Round is teaming up Experience Perth in an initiative focused on boosting domestic tourism within the family segment.

The 'Families of Australia' initiative will see a group of families become the face of their local regions in Virgin Australia's inflight entertainment system and on Bound Round, sharing the top family-friendly attractions and destinations around the country, including Perth.
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Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town Park Tickets Promo!

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SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN launches the “ Candy Parade ”, a new interactive Hello Kitty show featuring an exciting choreography that promises a sweet experience for all visitors to the theme park.

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Expect an entertaining medley of music, dance and candy carts in this full 25-minute show featuring Hello Kitty and friends in an entirely original piece incorporating the use of roller blades and hover boards. The show is wholly produced by the attraction’s own entertainment team, and is available only in Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, Puteri Harbour, Malaysia.

“We are always aiming to keep our entertainment content fresh and exciting for our loyal guests. Right on the heels of launching the Hello Kitty Themed Rooms by Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, the introduction of Candy Parade will not only elevate the overall Hello Kitty experience but also create a strong connection with her fans out there.” said Fahruddin Najumudeen, General Manager of Sanrio Hello Kitty Town.
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Western Australia’s Swan Valley Unearthed In Singapore

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A Showcase of Extraordinary Food and Wine
from Western Australia’s Oldest Wine Region
The rich and bountiful plethora of gourmet products and produce from the Swan Valley in Western Australia were recently unveiled at a cocktail reception at ME@OUE hosted by Mayor Mick Wainright and Chief Executive Officer Mike Foley from the City of Swan.

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Featured Food in Swan Valley:
Morish Nuts, La Boutique Lavender Lollies, The House of Honey
Over 100 guests from the travel trade, media and food import sector had an enjoyable time tasting products specially brought in from the Swan Valley such as olive oil, dukkah, jams, lavender products, finger and seedless grapes, honey, nuts, nougat, spirits and wines. Swan Valley Humane Food Ambassador Caroline Taylor conducted a cooking demonstration using products from the region while Singapore’s own wine specialist and consultant, Lim Hwee Peng provided an insight into the wines of the Swan Valley.
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British Airways Unveils Special Fares for UK-bound Students!

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Special all-in fares from SGD 1,211 inclusive of a return trip to London and
one free trip to a destination in the UK or Europe!

Students heading to the UK can take advantage of British Airways’ year-round special student fares that will be available at the Education UK Exhibition by British Council on 11 March (Saturday). Starting from S$1,211, the student fares also come with a double baggage allowance of up to 46 kg checked baggage and a one piece hand baggage of up to 23kg per person per trip!

Studying in the UK is now more affordable than ever with the weak sterling. Students using this special fares offer can also enjoy one free destination within the UK or Europe as a flight stop-over, or take Heathrow Express to one of the 16 First Great Western destinations including Bath, Bristol Parkway, Cardiff, Exeter and Oxford. The fares are valid for one year and students have the flexibility of changing their tickets at no extra cost.
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Keio Plaza Hotel: Hinamatsuri Doll Festival Exhibition

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Keio Plaza Hotel ( KPH), one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will host a special exhibition of traditional Japanese arts entitled “ Enjoying Japan’s Traditional Hinamatsuri Girls’ Doll Festival at Keio Plaza Hotel ” displaying various traditional art ornaments on the third floor lobby of the hotel till March 27, 2017.

This annually held exhibition has been extremely well received by guests, and this year features some 6,500 finely hand woven silk doll decorations, Japanese art items depicting scenes of “ Japanese female culture ” from the Meiji Period ( 1868 to 1912 ), and “ Bonsai ” miniature decorative sculptured plants to give visitors a taste of Japan’s traditional arts representative of the “ Hinamatsuri Doll Festival ”. In addition, ten of their restaurants will serve specially prepared menu items and will be specially decorated to commemorate this celebratory event.

The hanging decorative art ornaments are specially hand stitched by the quilt artist Mitsuyo Matsuo and the some 90 members of her art group expressly for the Keio Plaza Hotel exhibition using finely woven silk cloth from old kimonos. Each of the handiworks has been carefully created for this exhibition and symbolically reflect the hopes for the health and happiness of children. For example, the decorations created for this exhibition have various symbolic meaning such as monkeys with the capability to ward off calamities, mandarin ducks reflecting love between spouses, and pillows representing children who sleep well and grow healthily. Also, traditional wooden Mataro dolls from Kamikamo Shrine in Kyoto will also be displayed along with the 3.3 meter high hanging decorative art ornaments in the third floor main lobby area to welcome guests to their hotel. Guests from around the world are awestruck by the grandeur of this central exhibit, which offers the perfect opportunity for guests to take pictures as memories of this exhibition.
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Catch Bintan Lagoon Resort 3D2N Valentine’s Day Package!

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For an exceptional Valentine’s Day getaway, stay over at the Bintan Lagoon Resort, a short ferry ride away from Singapore. Cozy up with your partner over romantic moonlit strolls and sunset cocktails at Nelayan, the chic beachfront restaurant.

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With over 300 hectares of sprawling landscape and more than 50 land/sea activities including a day spa, there are plenty of opportunities to bond together.

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Bintan Lagoon Resort Valentine's Day Package @ IDR5,566,000,000 per couple (approx SGD 568):
  • 3 days/2 nights stay in Deluxe Room with complimentary upgrade to sea-facing room subject to availability.
  • Daily breakfast at Fiesta.
  • 1 four-course set dinner for 2 persons with a glass of wine at Nelayan Restaurant with stunning views of the sea.
  • 1 hour in-room full body massage for 2 persons.
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Dynasty Restaurant Review, Hilton Tokyo Bay’s Shanghai Specialty

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Speaking of Shanghainese cuisine, the distinctive hotel nestled on the shores of Tokyo Bay offers diners a fine dining experience at their Dynasty Restaurant ( 王朝レストラン ), a modern and sophisticated Chinese restaurant located in the basement of Hilton Tokyo Bay.

Your gastronomic delights begin right from the restaurant’s entrance with grandiose marble flooring and well-manicured bonsai plant welcoming you.

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With the dining room richly decked out in teak wood complete with oriental elements amid shades of red and black seatings, the restaurant exudes a cozy atmosphere with special charm.

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If you are the indecisive sort, Dynasty’s set menus that come with a selection of ineffaceable seasonal classics thoughtfully prepared by their chef would be just perfect. We were at the right place at the right time, where Hairy Crabs were in season during our stay at Hilton Tokyo Bay. So the 3 of us opted for their Creative Chinese Course, reasonably priced at ¥8,500 per person. * Approx USD 75/pax.
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Keio Plaza ( 京王プラザホテル ), Tokyo’s First Skyscraper Hotel!

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What would you say to staying in a 45-year-old grand dame situated right in the heart of Tokyo city? Well, together with my family, I had the pleasure of spending couple of nights in Tokyo’s first skyscraper hotel serving the global community since June 5, 1971 – the Keio Plaza Hotel ( 京王プラザホテル )!

Consisting of 2 towers, Keio Plaza Hotel offers both leisure and business travellers a choice of 1,437 rooms, boasting 16 restaurants and 9 bars, 38 banquet rooms and 3 wedding chapels, an outdoor sky pool, fitness room, and even a clinic, all under one roof!

Just like a grandeur standing tall, the 47-floor hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Tokyo’s most accessible transport hub, the Shinjuku Bus Station and Shinjuku Train Station. Flamboyant chandeliers adorned with dazzling Christmas tree illuminated with hues of blue greeted us at the hotel’s main lobby upon our arrival; it was certainly a welcoming sight! Isn’t it such an eye-candy?

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Keio Plaza Hotel Stay in 2016: Plaza Deluxe Room
This would be my second time staying at Keio Plaza Hotel, a 5-star hotel in Japan’s bustling capital. My first was a very different experience, one that's totally out of this world. So I am really pleased to be back again, trying their new Plaza Deluxe Room which was renovated just last spring.
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Coral Expeditions’ Flag Ship Multi-Million-Dollar Facelift!

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Coral Expeditions’ flagship Coral Discoverer has just completed a refurbishment ahead of its inaugural South East Asia expeditions, commencing 25 November 2016.

The ship, which has concluded its dry dock in Singapore, has received a multi-million-dollar facelift, incorporating the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms, the first on any Coral Expeditions vessel. The remaining 30 staterooms have received full upgrades to bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork. The intimate expedition character of the ship that guests have come to love, has been maintained.

Mark Fifield, Coral Expeditions Group General Manager said, "Our inaugural Asia season is the perfect opportunity to welcome guests to a new chapter for our company. The Coral Discoverer was built to very high standards in Australia and this refit has ensured she remains the most comfortable small expedition ship afloat today."
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Christmas at Tokyo Disney Resort, DisneySea 15th Anniversary

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Discover the magic of Disney with all your favourite Disney Characters coming alive at Tokyo Disney Resort ( 東京ディズニーリゾート )! A totally integrated entertainment destination, Japan's first " theme resort " Tokyo Disney Resort comprises of two theme parks - the Tokyo DisneySea Park ( 東京ディズニーシー ), and the Tokyo Disneyland Park (東京ディズニーランド ), bringing dreams and magic of Disney family entertainment to Japan.

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Christmas-themed special events, programs and activities await you at Tokyo DisneySea Park, Tokyo Disneyland Park, the Disney Hotels, the Disney Resort Line and Ikspiari from now till 25 December 2016, and as part of its “ Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary: The Year of Wishes ” celebration, Tokyo DisneySea will offer its annual special event “ Christmas Wishes ”.

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I have always been a Disney girl as a child and had embarked on a solo trip to Disneyland Resort in California in 1985 at the age of 20. Oh yes, I travelled all the way to USA just to meet my favourite Disney characters! Disney is a place where dreams come true! You can imagine the excitement and back then, it was a big thing for someone to travel so far alone unlike these days. Thereafter, I visited Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland on numerous occasions, and not forgetting Disneyland Paris. Now I am left with Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Shanghai Disney Resort, and of course the Aulani Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii to complete my Disney therapy!

My last visit to Tokyo DisneySea was probably more than a decade ago when it first opened. So I was really looking forward to this trip, and certainly thrilled to be part of the “ Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary: The Year of Wishes ” celebration!

Located adjacent to the popular Tokyo Disneyland Park on the shores of Tokyo Bay, DisneySea is themed to the myths and legends of the sea. The Park features seven distinct themed ports, and it is designed as a world filled with adventure, romantic stories, discovery, and fun, where adventure and imagination set sail.

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The instant we stepped into Tokyo DisneySea, we left all our worries behind and transformed into big kids overwhelmed with excitement, entering into a world of fairytale. My family and I, like many others, have always been fascinated with theme parks. Hubby and son love the rides especially roller coasters, and the rides in Tokyo DisneySea appeal to almost all ages; there is something for everyone and that’s the magic of Disney Resort.

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Our day at Tokyo DisneySea started at 9am, meeting the resort’s representative to collect our Disney park tickets followed by a media briefing, and we were off to Mediterranean Harbor for a special event to watch “ A Perfect Christmas “ ( パーフェクト・クリスマス ).
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Hilton Tokyo Bay Review, Disney Resort Official Hotel!

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Offering spectacular views of the oceanic Tokyo Bay with endless horizon is Hilton Tokyo Bay ( ヒルトン東京ベイ ), one of Tokyo Disney Resort’s official hotels.

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Conveniently located within the Tokyo Disney Resort, Hilton Tokyo Bay makes it so easy to explore the two theme parks – namely Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, as well as the Ikspiari Mall with 4 floors of fashion outlets and restaurants.

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Sporting a capacious chic lobby, Hilton Tokyo Bay welcomes you with its 823 modish rooms and plush amenities, such as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness centre and gymnasium, spa and massage services etc. Guests can choose from a variety of rooms ranging from 35m² to 80m² with a choice of either Disney Park or Tokyo Bay views, which means that every guest room will have a great view.

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As we checked into the elegant contemporary property surrounded by greenery for my week-long vacation, we were instantly drawn into Hilton Tokyo Bay's spacious spanking new look as the hotel was given a face lift from 2008 – 2015; everything looks so clean and neat.
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