Johor Bahru Staycation: Our 3D2N Stay at Amari Johor Bahru Junior Suite!

Amari Johor Bahru’s Junior Suite was our base for a 3D2N Johor Bahru Staycation! Thanks to the great folks at Amari Johor Bahru, we got the opportunity to stay at the well-located Amari JB for easy access to all the attractions in Johor Bahru! In this post, we’ll show you what we did during this staycation at Johor Bahru!

Amari Johor Bahru Staycation Day 1

If you have read our day trip to Johor Bahru City Square, we described the method to reach Johor Bahru in the shortest possible time. However, this time, due to the school holiday period, we were stuck at the Malaysian customs for close to 2 hours! Hence, to reward ourselves, we started the day with a refreshing cup of Gong Cha (貢茶) at JB City Square. 🙂

Gong Cha Johor Bahru City Square
Gong Cha Johor Bahru City Square

A cup of Earl Grey Milk Tea with pearl and jelly costs RM8.90 which translates to $3. This is about 20 to 30 percent cheaper than that in Singapore. Hence, when we’re in City Square, it is definitely one of our pit stops to freshen ourselves. After getting our drink from Gong Cha, we took a 5 minutes walk to Hua Mui (華美) restaurant to try out the famous Hainan Chicken Chop in JB! To reach Hua Mui (華美) Restoran, exit from JB City Square, turn left and head along Jalan Wong Ah Fook until you see a bridge across the road. Cross the bridge and head towards the corner of Jalan Trus and Jalan Dhoby.

Hua Mui Restaurant Johor Bahru Chicken Chop Hainan
Hua Mui Restaurant Johor Bahru Chicken Chop Hainan
Inside Hua Mui (華美) Hainanese Chicken Shop Restaurant Johor Bahru
Inside Hua Mui (華美) Hainanese Chicken Shop Restaurant Johor Bahru
Menu of Hua Mui Hainan Chicken Chop Restaurant
Menu of Hua Mui Hainan Chicken Chop Restaurant

As we were already delayed at customs, we only ordered the signature Hainanese Chicken Chop as well as the Hua Mui Noodles…

Hua Mui Johor Bahru Chicken Chop
Hua Mui Johor Bahru Chicken Chop
Hua Mui (華美) Noodles Johor Bahru Hainanese Chicken Chop
Hua Mui (華美) Noodles Johor Bahru Hainanese Chicken Chop

We were glad that we ordered the chicken chop at Hua Mui. It was tender and juicy with a buttery taste to the batter. At RM15.90, it was quite reasonably priced. However, for the noodles, it was too yeasty for our liking. Ingredients wise, there were only a few slices of chicken and vegetables. Definitely not recommended to have the noodles at Hua Mui (華美) Restaurant.

Address of Hua Mui (華美) Restoran: 131, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours of Hua Mui (華美) Restoran: 8:30am to 6pm (Closed on Sundays)



Staycation at Amari Johor Bahru Junior Suite

Located conveniently opposite Komtar JBCC, there are 2 ways to get to Amari Johor Bahru Hotel once you’ve crossed the road to Zenith Mall

Lift up to Amaya Food Gallery (Lobby Level of Amari JB Hotel)
Lift up to Amaya Food Gallery (Lobby Level of Amari JB Hotel)

Next to Morganfield’s there is a lift up to Amaya Food Gallery at Level 6. It is the in-house restaurant of Amari JB Hotel. After walking through the restaurant, you’ll arrive at the lobby. The second way to reach Amari Hotel JB is to walk through Zenith Mall. Following the signs, you’ll arrive at the concierge of Amari Johor. From there, you can take a lift up to level 6 to the lobby of the hotel.

Lobby of Amari Johor Bahru
Lobby of Amari Johor Bahru

As we were staying at the Junior Suite of Amari Johor Bahru, we were led to the Executive Lounge at level 20 for our check-in. After some refreshments, we were checked-in to our room at level 15 where we were pleasantly surprised…

Amari Johor Bahru Junior Suite
Amari Johor Bahru Junior Suite
Sofa in Junior Suite Amari JB
Sofa in Junior Suite Amari JB
Expansive views of Johor from Amari Hotel Junior Suite
Expansive views of Johor from Amari Hotel Junior Suite
Bath Tub and Rain Showers in Junior Suite Amari Johor Bahru JB
Bath Tub and Rain Showers in Junior Suite Amari Johor Bahru JB

The room was so spacious! There was a huge king sized bed, large bathroom (complete with vanity sinks and rain shower/bathtub) as well as an unparalleled view of the JB city skyline! Do check out our post for the complete review of Amari Johor Bahru Junior Suite. We also took the opportunity to have a dip at the swimming pool and visit the facilities around the hotel…

Swimming Pool Amari Hotel Johor Bahru
Swimming Pool Amari Hotel Johor Bahru
Amari Johor Bahru Gym Facilities
Amari Johor Bahru Gym Facilities
Dip Bar Amari Johor Bahru
Dip Bar Amari Johor Bahru
Breeze Spa Amari Johor Bahru Hotel
Breeze Spa Amari Johor Bahru Hotel
Lido & Rex Ballroom JB Amari
Lido & Rex Ballroom JB Amari
Fun Meeting Room Johor Amari Hotel
Fun Meeting Room Johor Amari Hotel
Library Johor Bahru Amari Hotel
Library Johor Bahru Amari Hotel

When you stay at the Executive Club, Junior Suite or One Bedroom Suite of Amari Johor Bahru, you’ll have exclusive access to the Executive Lounge. Hence, we were able to check out the cocktail hour at the Executive Lounge held daily from 5pm to 7pm…

Inside Executive Lounge of Amari Hotel JB
Inside Executive Lounge of Amari Hotel JB
Hoegaarden Rosee Radler Beers at Executive Lounge JB Amari Hotel
Hoegaarden Rosee Radler Beers at Executive Lounge JB Amari Hotel

For dinner (so soon?!), we tried out the Buffet Dinner at Amari Johor Bahru’s signature restaurant – Amaya Food Gallery.

Amaya Food Gallery Amari Johor Bahru
Amaya Food Gallery Amari Johor Bahru
Roast Lamb Buffet Dinner Amaya Food Gallery Amari Johor
Roast Lamb Buffet Dinner Amaya Food Gallery Amari Johor
Live Cooking Concept Amaya Food Gallery Johor Bahru Amari Hotel
Live Cooking Concept Amaya Food Gallery Johor Bahru Amari Hotel
Live Performance Amari Johor Bahru Amaya Food Gallery Buffet Dinner
Live Performance Amari Johor Bahru Amaya Food Gallery Buffet Dinner

Amaya Food Gallery takes on the concept of local foods and interactive live cooking where guests are able to see how their food are prepared. For us, the local foods such as nasi briyani and roast duck were firm favourites. The freshly shucked oysters were pretty good as well. To top things off, the live band was amazing! The contemporary pop songs (and happy birthday songs) made the atmosphere that much more lively. After the sumptuous meal, we turned in for the evening to rejuvenate for an exciting day on day 2 of our JB staycation!




Staycation at Amari Johor Bahru Day 2

On day 2 of our staycation in Johor Bahru, we woke up to an amazing sunrise from our Junior Suite at Amari Johor Bahru

Sunrise as seen from Amari Hotel Johor Bahru Junior Suite
Sunrise as seen from Amari Hotel Johor Bahru Junior Suite

After washing up, we headed to Amaya Food Gallery for our breakfast. As expected, the local food selections of prata, rendang and nasi lemak were delicious!

Signature Nasi Lemak Buffet Breakfast Johor Amari Hotel
Signature Nasi Lemak Buffet Breakfast Johor Amari Hotel
Local Delights and Eggs Station @ Amari Johor Bahru Breakfast Buffet Amaya Food Gallery
Local Delights and Eggs Station @ Amari Johor Bahru Breakfast Buffet Amaya Food Gallery
Delicious prata and rendang chicken Amari Hotel JB Breakfast
Delicious prata and rendang chicken Amari Hotel JB Breakfast

Next up, shopping and movies at City Square Johor Bahru!

City Square Mall opposite Amari JB
City Square Mall opposite Amari JB
Metrojaya Komtar JBCC
Metrojaya Komtar JBCC
Cinema Johor Bahru City Square
Cinema Johor Bahru City Square
Laser Battle JB City Square
Laser Battle JB City Square
Little Red Bus City Square Mall JB
Little Red Bus City Square Mall JB
llaollao at City Square JB for RM17.90
llaollao at City Square JB for RM17.90
Sesame Street comes to Johor Bahru City Square!
Sesame Street comes to Johor Bahru City Square!
Neway Karaoke Box City Square Johor Bahru
Neway Karaoke Box City Square Johor Bahru

There are actually so many things to do in Johor Bahru. Just at JB City Square, you can go for a karaoke session, do a laser battle, shop and catch a movie (at half price!). We caught Murder on the Orient Express this time and really enjoyed the surprising outcome at the end of the movie. If you’re watching a movie at City Square JB, remember to have the popcorn set at RM11.90 for the large popcorn and drinks. 3 times cheaper than in SG! :O

Kam Long Curry Fish Head JB
Kam Long Curry Fish Head JB
Kam Long Curry Fish Head Johor Bahru
Kam Long Curry Fish Head Johor Bahru

At RM25.20, we had a small curry fish head and 2 small portions of rice. Given the generous portion of curry and vegetables, we left Kam Long Curry Fish Head Restaurant with a full stomach. Taste wise, the curry was good but a little on the watery and salty side. The fish on the other hand was perfect. Fresh, sweet and tasty. Probably cause of the constant flow of patrons to the restaurant. After the meal, we had a short rest in our room before doing the full coverage of the cocktail hours of Amari Johor Bahru’s Executive Lounge…

Salad Fruits Cocktail Hour Executive Lounge Amari
Salad Fruits Cocktail Hour Executive Lounge Amari
Desserts Amari Johor Bahru Executive Lounge Cocktail Hour
Desserts Amari Johor Bahru Executive Lounge Cocktail Hour
Amari Hotel Johor Executive Lounge Alcohol Selection
Amari Hotel Johor Executive Lounge Alcohol Selection
Amari Cocktail & Sake at Executive Lounge Cocktail Hours JB
Amari Cocktail & Sake at Executive Lounge Cocktail Hours JB

After visiting 2 nights of cocktail hours at the Executive Lounge of Amari JB, we realized that the food selection actually changes. Moreover, the alcoholic selection was pretty extensive, ranging from beers to wines and even sake! Amari Johor Bahru Hotel definitely has one of the best variety of food and drinks for an Executive Lounge’s cocktail hour. *Thumbs Up!*

Inside Breeze Spa Amari Hotel JB
Inside Breeze Spa Amari Hotel JB
Treatment Room of Breeze Spa Amari JB
Treatment Room of Breeze Spa Amari JB

As the evening winded down, we headed over to Breeze Spa for a relaxing massage treatment. We were pleasantly surprised by the skill and professionalism of our masseuse at Breeze Spa. Our “Dreamy” and “Rejuvenated” mood massages definitely left us in those moods. Tom actually dozed off during part of the massage and drooled involuntarily! Goes to show the level of relaxation that the massage at Breeze Spa Amari Johor Bahru Hotel offers.

Johor Bahru Staycation at Amari Hotel Day 3

On day 3, we woke up to a sumptuous breakfast at the Executive Lounge of Amari JB Hotel. This morning, we tried the ala carte menu and ordered Eggs Royale as well as the Banana French Toast…

Eggs Royale @ Amari Johor Executive Lounge
Eggs Royale @ Amari Johor Executive Lounge
Banana French Toast Amari Hotel Executive Lounge
Banana French Toast Amari Hotel Executive Lounge
Fried Kway Teow Executive Lounge Breakfast Amari
Fried Kway Teow Executive Lounge Breakfast Amari

Eggs Royale had a wonderful fusion of flavours from the mushrooms and onions on top of a toasty bread. On the local selection, we loooved the Fried Kway Teow. Reminded us of the standards of Penang Char Kway Teow – without travelling to Penang. We ended our 3D2N JB staycation by exploring the cafe scene of Jalan Dhoby and Jalan Tan Hiok Nee.

Jalan Tan Hiok Nee Johor Bahru walking distance from Amari Hotel
Jalan Tan Hiok Nee Johor Bahru walking distance from Amari Hotel
Jalan Dhoby Johor Bahru walking distance from Amari Hotel
Jalan Dhoby Johor Bahru walking distance from Amari Hotel
Sultan Ibrahim Building Johor Bahru Heritage
Sultan Ibrahim Building Johor Bahru Heritage
Jalan Pahang Johor Bahru
Jalan Pahang Johor Bahru
Best Chicken Chop in JB?
Best Chicken Chop in JB?
Cafes that were still not opened at 9am
Cafes that were still not opened at 9am
Salad Frozen Yoghurt Coffee Johor Bahru Still Closed
Salad Frozen Yoghurt Coffee Johor Bahru Still Closed

As we were still pretty early, many cafes were still not opened at 9am – eventhough Google says they would be open. This was the 2nd time that Google’s Opening Hours were wrong. Nonetheless, we were able to drop by Kafe Culture Street for some toasts…

Cafe Culture Street Johor Bahru
Cafe Culture Street Johor Bahru
Inside Kafe Culture Street JB
Inside Kafe Culture Street JB
Kaya Toast Set Cafe Culture Street Johor Bahru (RM6.90)
Kaya Toast Set Cafe Culture Street Johor Bahru (RM6.90)
Almond Peanut Toast Cafe Culture Street (RM6)
Almond Peanut Toast Cafe Culture Street (RM6)

Didn’t particularly like the taste of the Kaya. Tasted a little diluted. However, the peanut almond toast not only looked good but tasted great as well. Can’t go wrong with peanut butter 😉 After sharing the set, we headed upstairs where you’ll be able to enjoy some exhibits put up by the cafe. As it was not air-conditioned, it was a little stuffy and hot during our walk through. Interesting artwork nonetheless…

Art Gallery Kafe Culture Street Johor Bahru
Art Gallery Kafe Culture Street Johor Bahru
Art Gallery Cafe Culture Street Johor Bahru
Art Gallery Cafe Culture Street Johor Bahru
Art Gallery Cafe Culture Street JB
Art Gallery Cafe Culture Street JB
Artwork on Display
Artwork on Display

After our first stop at Kafe Culture Street, Flower in the Window Cafe was now open!

Flower in the Window Cafe JB
Flower in the Window Cafe JB
Inside Flower in the Window Cafe Johor Bahru
Inside Flower in the Window Cafe Johor Bahru
View from level 2 of Flower in the Window Cafe JB
View from level 2 of Flower in the Window Cafe JB
Menu Flower in the Window Johor Bahru (JB)
Menu Flower in the Window Johor Bahru (JB)

During this visit, we tried the pita bread (RM22) and matcha latte (RM15.90). We realized that the mains were of similar numerical value as that in Singapore (ie probably 22SGD for a similar item) but the drinks were as expensive as SG. Taste wise, they were average, no “wow” factor there. But given the “old school” feel to the cafe, we can understand why millennials would come back to this cafe again. One thing that left an impression was that the wifi password was “talktoyourfriends”. An interesting way to remind patrons to enjoy the company of your friends.

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With that, we ended our 3D2N staycation in Johor Bahru. We checked out at 2pm, bought our mandatory kueh kueh at Nonya Leaf (5 pieces for RM5?!) and left for home. The entire journey back only took 1.5 hours. Oh, if you’re at the Malaysia Custom, do remember that you can take either 950 or 170x SBS bus to the Singapore Customs. We actually just missed 950 at berth 20 and learnt (by observing other passengers) that you could cross the bus bay and board the 170x at berth 3. This saved us a little bit of time as well. We hope you have enjoyed our Johor Bahru Staycation coverage. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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