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YTL Platinum Plus Membership

2.29.2016

I'm finally a YTL Platinum Plus member YAY
(thanks to Dee Leonard for recommending this to me)

I have been a fan of YTL since my visit to Pangkor Laut Resort in 2011. The lovely hill villas, the white sandy beach and 5-star service. I admit I have a weakness for luxury stays but dining? I'm not really the "tai-tai" or socialite kind. I just like interesting dining places where the ambiance transports you to another world. Starhill's Feast Village, for example never ceases to amaze me. The architecture, the interior, the ambiance makes my heart go ba-bump. I also like to chit chat with my friends over a cup of tea and interesting playground of pastries.

My favourite afternoon tea spots are Newens Tea House (Starhill Gallery), Orchard Conservatory at Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Mandarin Oriental's Lounge on the Park, Ritz Carlton's Lobby Lounge and TWG Garden's Mid Valley.

So finally, I gave in to the YTL Platinum Plus's membership programme at RM768 per annum.
YTL Platinum Plus' main objective is to deliver the best service whilst offering a wealth of experiences and exclusive benefits to our members. In keeping with these intentions, our programme is designed to better enhance your experience as a YTL Platinum Plus member by furnishing you with exclusive benefits and privileges. We would like to take this opportunity to update you on YTL Platinum Plus' exciting membership programme which will entitle you to special discounts at our restaurants, retail outlets and also our hotels. To find out more about the rewards you will gain by being a YTL Platinum Plus member and how such rewards will enhance your experience as a member, please visit our YTL Platinum Plus Lounge located at Relish Floor, Starhill Gallery.

my welcome letter & certificates

This membership allows you to enjoy discounts at participating restaurants in Ritz Carlton and Starhill Gallery, accommodations at YTL hotels & resorts and shopping discounts at participating outlets in Starhill Gallery. However, it's the welcome certificates that come with the membership that would make paying for it worth while:
  • One (1) lunch set at participating restaurants in Starhill Gallery;
  • One (1) dinner set at participating restaurants in Starhill Gallery,
  • One (1) brunch at Shook! Starhill Gallery;
  • One (1) 2LB Birthday Cake (3 flavours to choose from); 
  • One (1) afternoon tea at Newens Tea House;
  • One (1) bottle of house wine when dining min 6;
  • Three (3) Member Day certificates;
  • One (1) Deluxe City View room at JW Marriot.
I mention only 8 because these are the best rewards to point out. You can find out more examples and information about YTL Platinum Plus membership here or e-mail contact@ytlplatinumplus.com (don't forget to say referred by me okay). The benefits are seriously good if you frequent Starhill Gallery a lot. Great for business lunches, talks, "tai tai" syndrome, and celebrations.

free bottle of wine & birthday cake

For my boyfriend's birthday, I planned a staycation solely from using my membership welcome certificates. A surprise luxury weekend at JW Marriot Hotel. Here's what I planned which I share on Facebook and well I think I can't keep on emailing people the membership programme so that's why I'm blogging about this. If anyone is keen to be a member, I can refer you *smiles*. I get referral benefits you see (like food certificates if I refer more than 3).
  • Book Uber Black to ferry us to Bukit Bintang
  • Check-in to our lovely room in JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur
  • Dim Sum lunch at Luk Yu Tea House
  • Have an aromatherapy bubble bath in bath tub (hotel room)
  • Listen to Jazz and drifting off to wonderland on the feather down duvet & pillows
  • Exercise at the gym (it's big) / swimming in the pool (hotel)
  • Romantic dinner at Fisherman's Cove (TimeOut KL finalist for best seafood)  
  • Make a birthday wish on the 2LB JW Marriot Chocolate Cake
    (2 days advance order to be pick up at restaurant)
Next day:
  • Check-out and head to Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur for Afternoon High Tea
    *this is not from membership, I won this from a contest. 
Which after today, I realised, this has been a weekend spent fully at YTL hotels! Totally a YTL weekend. Mr. Gareth Tucker has totally transformed into a "tai-tai" for the weekend.

book a Uber Black to ride in style to the city

JW Marriot Hotel Kuala Lumpur (heart of the city)

top notch service from Marriot never fails

elegant room with separate bath and shower

pool and gym facilities available till late

the birthday boy amazed at the lunch set at
Luk Yu Tea House, Starhill Gallery

Colonial Cafe at Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Baby G enjoying his cup of tea
(and playground of pastries)

So yes this is how you can plan an awesome birthday or celebration for someone special. Maximised to minimise. Sometimes spending a bit more can be quite fulfilling. Just paying for the membership alone, you'll get back so much more (only if you like the restaurants and hotels). Beats just booking a room which costs as much. A great way to surprise someone, or reward and pamper yourself with some me-time. The dining, don't get me started on the dining.

Luk Yu Tea House, I would highly recommend this restaurant for dim sums. They're a premium dim sum restaurant so don't compare to your average joe dim sum restaurant. They're like Ah Yat Bao Yee pricing and it's pork free. I redeem my free lunch set certificate here and the service was so good, I need to mention it. Sometimes, I feel a bit "shy" when I redeem Groupons / Free vouchers for dining and the service will be less than great because you're seen as a "non-paying" customer. This place, wow the waitress was so helpful and attentive to our needs I felt like a star.

The lunch set was also complete, from starters to the main course to desserts. We were so full! The restaurant brought out their signatures in this lunch set so we got to sample their popular dim sums, dishes, and desserts. I love love the crabmeat corn soup.

The same can't be said for Fisherman's Cove. What a let down on service. We went early to asked if we can be seated upstairs after reading a review of this being one of the romantic places to dine in. The manageress or hostess said no because she was shorthanded (what?). That's alright, I'm not a black-hearted person so I forgave the way she spoke.

By dinner time, we were seated at a small table. Presented with the dinner set menu exclusively for Platinum Plus members. I could see Baby G's face changed from bright to gloomy in seconds. It was just soup, main course (limited to only either white fish or salmon) and dessert. Unlike Luk Yu Tea House's who had so many choices to try. I assumed it would be more colorful than this.

We changed our mind and politely explained to the hostess that we find the selection unappealing and would like to cancel our dinner reservation. WOW, it made her unhappy (her face). I'm sorry if you didn't have a great day being short handed but we seriously don't want to spend a birthday dinner that's not appetizing. I apologized repeatedly and she could not even give a damn to even answer. What snob.

She told the chefs to stop preparing our food out loud (we haven't even ordered?!). I find Fisherman's Cove not only poorly managed, boring and overpriced but service was uncalled for and rude. We will not step foot in this restaurant again.

Ops this post has become TMI (too much info) but I hope my sharing of another fine example of a great deal not to be missed, worth reading. Please leave me comments if you have any questions you would like to ask me about the membership and/or restaurant recommendations in Starhill Gallery. I can also refer you to the membership, just give me your email :)

P.S: The lady that I disliked from Fisherman's Cove is no longer there so I went ahead to dine there after speaking to a man about the menu. Went ahead to dine here for my partner's birthday and food was good! Portion was satisfying (not small) and service was top notch now.

UPDATE: DO NOT BUY THIS MEMBERSHIP. YTL IS NOT HONORING THE MEMBERSHIP ANYMORE. EVEN IF THEY ARE, BRACE YOURSELF FOR THE ISSUES YOU'LL FACE AS A MEMBER. READ HERE.

6 comments:

  1. if i jadi u .. i will complaint or write a letter to Fisherman's Cove management, and YTL ...

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  2. Exercise at the gym (it's big)... i read it differently.. thought i saw bed instead of gym. kakakakakakaka..

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  3. I read this blog, thanks for sharing another great article.
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  4. Hi...im planning to go to pangkor laut in april...if i apply now will i get the 20% discount in time?

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    1. Hi reddaisie,

      I'm sorry the membership is no longer a good one to go for. Please read https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiFlY2Qt7LUAhUKNI8KHRfFBqMQFggnMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.plusizekitten.com%2F2017%2F02%2Fytl-hotel-membership-scam.html&usg=AFQjCNGgJE8qZx8R97NaCNssymdo2G7Dqg&sig2=B2VDfF2lSvLfpJKjw89FTQ

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