A Guide To The Pearl Of Johor, Puteri Harbour: Hotels, Attractions And Halal Food


Qistina Bumidin •  Jun 15, 2023

There's a reason why we make countless trips to Johor: there's always something new for us to explore! This time around, we're giving you a guide on this underrated quayside town in Nusajaya, a mere 20-min drive from Tuas Checkpoint. Puteri Harbour is a perfect change of scenery - calm waters, a bougie marina, plus loads of family-friendly activities! Time to head out for a quick weekend getaway! ?

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Note: Prices for hotel rooms are for 1 room (2 adults, 2 children). The price is taken from the period between September and October.

Trinidad Suites Puteri Harbour

This 4-star hotel is the ultimate location for families and couples alike. Located conveniently nearby top attractions such as Legoland and only a 20 min drive from Singapore, Trinidad Suites will promise a restful stay! Some of the top features to check out are their infinity pool overlooking the marina, an indoor golf putt, and comforting suites that comes fully equipped with a kitchenette.

Address: Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

Contact: +60 7-283 0488

Rate: From SGD146 per night on AgodaWebsite |Facebook |Instagram

Fraser Place Puteri Harbour

If you're staying in Puteri Harbour for longer than a weekend, why not check out the serviced apartments of Fraser Place Puteri Harbour? It's a home away from home, except a lot fancier - kitchenette, washing machine, dryer, and in some rooms, a bed with a view of the marina.

What a breathtaking sight to wake up to; it kind of feels like you're in Sentosa Cove eh?

Address: Residensi & Hotel Marina, Jalan Persiaran Tanjung, Pengkalan Puteri, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

Contact: +60 7-530 8888

Rate: From SGD172 per night on AgodaWebsite |Facebook |Instagram

Sunway Hotel Big Box

This 4-star hotel is located in the heart of Sunway City Iskandar Puteri! Guests can book the comfortable Deluxe King or Twin Rooms, which fits two adults and two children. If guests have a bigger family, they can opt for the spacious Family Suite, which offers a large bedroom with a Super King or Twin Beds, a separate living room, a sofa bed and two bathrooms.

Guests can enjoy cycling paths, hiking trails and other soon-to-be-revealed activities that will make guests feel one with nature. A 7.3 sq km playground surrounded by the forest is also available for children to play in the evenings. Adrenaline-fueled activities such as ATV driving, go-karting, paintballing, indoor snowboarding and more can be enjoyed by guests at X-Park, one of the largest adventure theme parks in Malaysia, which is just a stone's throw away from the hotel. Legoland Malaysia is also only 3.3km away from the property too.

Address: Persiaran Medini 5, Sunway City, 79250 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia (located in Sunway Big Box Retail Park)

Contact: +60 7-533 6688

Rate: See their website for more information Website | Facebook | Instagram


ONE°15 Estuari Sports Centre

If Sentosa Cove has Quayside Isle, Puteri Harbour has ONE°15 Estuari Sports Centre! You can find a variety of sports facilities such as indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a martial arts studio, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a squash court and even a rock wall. It feels like you're truly rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous in this marina club! ? If you need something to soothe those aching muscle aches away, there's even a spa with sport massage treatments starting from RM152/60 mins (SGD$47.50).

Address: Persiaran Laman Estuari 1, Jalan Laman Estuari, 79000 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs (7am-8pm); Fri-Sat (7am-10pm) Website |Instagram

Sunway Big Box Retail Park

Situated in Nusajaya, Sunway Big Box is the first hybrid retail park that opened last February. Besides having a warehouse-style branded store, dining options, trampoline park, and a kid-friendly play area, it also comes with a brand new bookstore, BookXcess!

Towering bibliophiles with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, it's also one of the biggest bookstores in the southern region of Malaysia and marks the 9th bookstore under the BookXcess brand. Packed with one million titles, ranging from self-help and autobiographies to non-fiction and children's book, the well-illuminated bookshelves are a sight to behold and it's hard to resist taking a photo for the 'gram! ?

Turn up the adrenaline and head to EnerG X Park, an indoor activity park where the worlds of trampolines, high elements, and sports collide. With over 5 zones of high-adrenaline fun, you'll be working up quite a sweat! ?‍? There are also themed photo booths for the Instagrammers and cheap arcade games from RM1, making it a perfect day spent at the mall! ?

Address: Pusat Komersial Sunway Marketplace, Persiaran Medini 5, Sunway, 79250 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily Website |Facebook | Instagram

LEGOLAND Malaysia (12-min drive from Puteri Harbour)

Whether Singaporean or Malaysian, you've heard of this exciting theme park in Johor: LEGOLAND Malaysia! ? Home to 3 different parks filled with loads of rides, a hotel and stores of halal food, this thrilling theme park resort has everything you need.

With over 8 awesome themed areas, Legoland Malaysia's theme park is home to over 40 rides and attractions perfect for the whole family. Kids can ''earn their driving license'' at driving school, race and splash each other at Aquazone Wave Racers and even discover their adrenaline-seeking side with the kid-friendly roller coasters!?

Need to cool off from the hot tropical sun? Legoland Malaysia's water park is where all the splashing good fun is at! Race your family and friends on the LEGO Slide Racers, feel the adrenaline rush of sliding down a 240-feet high tunnel, or unleash your creativity and build a boat.

For the curious child in you (and with you!), SEA LIFE Malaysia is an aquarium built to engage and inspire everyone's love for the ocean. Enjoy compelling storytelling, as you explore the 25 display tanks and 11 habitat zones. With so many areas to gaze at sea creatures in wonder, you'll meet at least 120 different species! ? To get real up close and personal, we recommend heading to the Rockpool, where experts will guide you through touching starfishes, sea anemones and more!

Address: 7, Persiaran Medini Utara 3, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: Mon, Fri-Sun (10am-6pm); Tues, Thurs (10am-5pm), closed on Wednesdays Website | Facebook | Instagram

Mall Of Medini

Located right next to LEGOLAND Malaysia, Mall of Medini is where you will definitely shop until you DROP. A mix of high-end and fast fashion brands, plus multiple food options as well, it's easy to spend an entire day in a mall! ? Don't forget to bring your camera, though - you might be able to snap up aesthetic photos like these!

Address: Jln Legoland, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 10am-9pm daily Facebook |Instagram

Halal Food

As Muslims, we're blessed to have a variety of halal food all over Malaysia, and Puteri Harbour is no exception! From local eateries to cafes, it's a foodie trip like no other! We'll highlight two popular restaurants, which we think you should check out.

Spice Grill

This fine dining restaurant is located adjacent to Hotel JEN Puteri Harbour and serves a scrumptious array of fusion and authentic Indian food. Tantalise your tastebuds with the SG Platter, a surf-and-turf delight (we're not too sure if SG alludes to Singapore ?), Pan Grilled Salmon made with ricotta tortellini on the side, and heavenly Indian dishes such as Masala Chicken, Briyani and more.

Halal status: While they serve alcohol on the premises, note that all ingredients, meats and other dishes do not contain alcohol, and are sourced from halal-certified sources. Pork is also NOT served on the premises. Do dine with discretion

Address: Little Red Cube, Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, 81300 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 12pm-10pm daily Facebook |Instagram

Mana Cafe

If you're staying at Trinidad Suites, you're in luck! Mana Cafe is located on the ground floor of the hotel. Packing on chill outdoorsy vibes plus delicious international and local cuisine, it's simply worth a drive! Many of us love heading over to Johor for our yearly Ramadan buffets, and you can also add Mana Cafe to the list for a more intimate experience! Plus, there restaurant opens 24 hours, so if you need a club sandwich at 2am, you know where to go ?

Halal status: Halal-certified

Address: Ground Floor, Somerset, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Opening hours: 24 hours Facebook |Instagram Johor offers endless activities beyond your usual trips to Johor Bahru, so it's time to explore underrated destinations like Puteri Harbour for a rejuvenating weekend getaway! Here are other underrated places we think you should check out in Johor! ?