Just an hour’s drive from the city centre, Resorts World Genting (RWG) is a holiday spot that’s high both in profile and altitude. It sees in a stream of visitors year-round, who have a memorable time enjoying a spectrum of lifestyle attractions.
There are numerous things you can squeeze into a weekend at this cloud-cloaked highlands, making it a brilliant destination for a quick getaway. We take a look at some of them here!
You can go the distance by car on the dedicated road that leads up to RWG, or you can pull into Awana SkyWay halfway up and complete the journey via one of the resort’s famous cable cars. It’s a superb way to fill up on stunning views of the valley, especially if you take a glass-floor gondola. Both routes send you to the summit where you’ll find the heart of RWG; its collection of retail, dining, entertainment and accommodation structures crowning the mountain.
RWG’s legacy of casinos is maintained today by multiple gaming spaces, but there are other entertainment mainstays here as well. Among these is Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park, a 400,000-square-foot, vibrant indoor space that fits in thrill rides, family favourites, and arcades. It’s also the home of The Void, heralded as Asia’s first hyper-reality venue that takes VR to new heights using fancy equipment and popular culture content. An elaborate horror experience based on Train to Busan has taken residence here too, with terrifyingly convincing settings to sift through.
Next door is SkyAvenue, a lifestyle mall that has its own share of fun pursuits. There’s the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Adventureland, brimming with interesting oddities and curios. Jurassic Research Centre lets you have close encounters with prehistoric beasts, while Zombie Outbreak is a playground for the undead that dares you to enter. For some crazy photos, head to Alive Museum where 4D illusions make you the star of some outlandish scenes.
Elsewhere in this mall, you can catch a movie in an IMAX or D-Box theatre at Bona Cinemas, or simply marvel at the audio-visual theatre that is SkySymphony, whose dynamically suspended 1,001 winch balls move fluidly to create breath-taking sights .
Theatrics abound as well in Imaginatricks at Genting International Showroom, where performers from across the world draw gasps and cheers with high-flying acrobatics and stage acts. On the Arena of Stars stage meanwhile are regular concerts from top-billed artistes and bands.
Located inside First World Plaza is a quaint recreation of a European winter village. It’s what you might expect to see when you peer into a snow globe, only this is a substantial setting that lets visitors explore its sub-zero environment.
SnowWorld is not a one-dimensional backdrop, for it is a play land for all that offers snowfall, igloos, and even a Cresta Run Toboggan slide. There are also 3D Tricks Art attractions that let you take some creative photos; become a knight on horseback, or be a centaur on ice, or throw yourself into other fantastical scenes!
It’s called high street on top of a mountain, and SkyAvenue does well to live up to that name as one of the retail spots at RWG. Its outlets cover everything from gadgets to luxury wear across its five floors. Nearby is the revamped First World Plaza with a range of shops and offerings of its own, including SeniKome Peng Heng. This arts and culture centre highlights native traditional works, particularly those of the Pahang state in which RWG lies.
Said to be the first hilltop premium outlet centre on the globe, Genting Highlands Premium Outlets meanwhile dishes out exceptional savings on high-end products. Over 150 designer brands and stores can be found within this newer Genting structure, located a only short way from the summit.
Hardly a turn can be made without seeing a place to eat or a sign pointing to where you can partake in food at RWG, as there is no shortage of restaurants, cafes and their brethren around.
Within SkyAvenue are a number of dining places, including familiar F&B chains and casual food courts. Grabbing attention is the London brand Burger & Lobster, whose first branch in Asia opened here with Australian beef burgers and Canadian lobsters on the menu.
Over at High Line, SkyAvenue’s rooftop dining avenue, are more foodie havens. Motorino was brought in from New York to offer Neapolitan-style pizzas direct from the wood-fired oven, while Cafés Richard tempts with Parisian artisanal coffee and vibes.
Diners can also chill with a few beers at Brooklyn Brewery while enjoying the views of the foggy sky outside. There are plenty of other eating spots as well in the vicinity, including Harry Ramsden and its world-famous fish & chips.
Upping the exclusivity a bit are RWG’s own LTITUDE Restaurant, Bar & Lounge and The Olive, serving up Western-Asian fusion and Continental cuisine.
Close to the peak is a range of other attractions too, including the the Chin Swee Temple, which was conceptualised by the late Genting founder Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong. It opened in 1994 and has numerous attractions, such as the large statues of Buddha and Kuan Yin, a nine-storey pagoda and of course, a panoramic view of the mountainside.
The 18-hole Resorts World Awana golf course is situated 3,100 feet above sea level and provides linksmen a fresh golfing experience not typically found in Malaysia. Staying on the green topic, the natural wilderness surrounding the resort is teeming with life, from graceful plants to mystifying creatures that can be explored through via a cool trek.
Zouk Genting has become the place to go for your nightlife needs at RWG, courtesy of its multiple spaces including the 5,000-square-foot Empire that is swimming in hip-hop vibes. Warm up for a wild night by playing life-sized beer pong at Redtail and stretching your vocal cords at Redtail Karaoke. Food is available from Zouk’s first-ever vibe-dining restaurant, FUHU Restaurant.
Besides Zouk, Cloud 9 is another place to spend an evening of drinks and music, whereas Park Avenue Lounge is a spot for a more laid-back time, with coffee and alcohol the nightcap norm.
End the night at one of RWG’s collection of hotels for every taste and requirement, including First World, Theme Park Hotel, Genting Grand, Maxims, and Crockfords!
WHERE Resorts World Genting, Pahang
TEL 03 6101 1118