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 Ahmad Alias and his children enjoying a karaoke session at Ri-Yaz Heritage Resort and Spa in Pulau Duyong yesterday.
Ahmad Alias and his children enjoying a karaoke session at Ri-Yaz Heritage Resort and Spa in Pulau Duyong yesterday.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Life has never been the same for Ahmad Alias after his wife walked out on him almost a year ago.

Left with six school-going children, aged between 6 and 16, the 43-year-old odd job labourer said it had been a constant struggle to juggle time between running the household and earning an income.

He said putting food on the table had not been easy as suitable jobs, especially at construction sites, were few and far between due to the economic slowdown.

“Now that I am a single parent, I can no longer venture out too far from home to work and that has made it harder for me to bring home regular pay.

“But we are learning to adjust to our new life and my eldest child, Siti Nur Shafikah, has been a big help in keeping things together at home,” said the resident of Kampung Tajin in Hulu Terengganu, who was caught by surprise when he received an invitation to celebrate Fathers Day at Ri-Yaz Heritage Resort and Spa in Pulau Duyong.
Ahmad said that was the family’s first Fathers Day celebration, adding that the boutique resort was kind enough to pick up the family on Saturday morning for a two-day, one-night stay at its royal suite.

“We have never set foot in a hotel before, let alone spend the night in a royal suite at the resort, famous for the Monsoon Cup competition.

“It has been a memorable experience for all of us, being treated like royalty even if it is only for a couple of days,” said Ahmad, adding that he accepted the invitation because he knew his children needed a break.

Siti Nur Shafikah, who is in Form Four at Sekolah Menengah Kuala Telemong, said she and her siblings had never seen or eaten so much food on Fathers Day.

“We had so much fun splashing in the pool, singing to a karaoke set in the living room and having a dip in the jacuzzi. But the best treat for us was to see abah (father) smiling again,” she said.

Ri-Yaz Heritage Resort and Spa general manager Malizan Zakaria said the presence of Ahmad’s family had made the Fathers Day celebration at the resort special.

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Salah satu penginapan menarik yang disediakan Ri-Yaz Heritage Resorts & Spa, Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu. – UTUSAN/ AZLAN BAHRUM

KUALA TERENGGANU 21 Mei (Utusan Malaysia) – Sudah hampir setahun, Ri-Yaz Heritage Hotels & Resorts mengambil alih pengurusan satu-satunya resort di Pulau Duyong di sini.

Resort bertaraf lima bintang itu yang dikenali sebagai Ri-Yaz Heritage Resorts & Spa itu merupakan tuan rumah kepada salah satu sukan layar berprestij dunia, Kejohanan Kapal Layar Piala Monsun.

Pengambilalihan itu juga menyaksikan pihak pengurusan melakukan perubahan dengan melancarkan beberapa program sukan rakyat dalam usaha merakyatkan resort tersebut.

Pengurus Besar resort itu, Malizan Zakaria berkata, ia merupakan sebahagian daripada promosi yang dilakukan bagi menarik orang ramai terutama penduduk tempatan menggunakan kemudahan di resort itu.

”Ini kerana masih ramai yang berpandangan bahawa resort ini eksklusif dan mahal untuk orang biasa.

”Selain itu, mereka terutama penduduk di sini juga mempunyai persepsi bahawa kawasan resort ini tidak boleh dimasuki tanpa kebenaran,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, keadaan itu mungkin berlaku kerana resort itu menjadi tuan rumah kepada Piala Monsun.

”Ia juga berlaku kerana ada yang menganggap resort bertaraf lima bintang ini mahal walhal harga penginapan yang ditawarkan sangat berpatutan,” jelasnya.

Justeru katanya, pihaknya telah mengadakan beberapa aktiviti untuk menarik kedatangan orang ramai ke sini bagi mengubah persepsi tersebut.

”Aktiviti terbaru yang akan diadakan ialah Festival Sukan Rakyat dan Pertandingan Memancing selama tiga hari bermula 4 Jun ini.

”Kami berharap program seumpama ini akan dapat mengubah tanggapan mereka terhadap resort ini,” ujarnya.

Selain itu, tambahnya, pihaknya kini memperkenalkan pakej penginapan terbaru untuk penduduk di Pantai Timur.

”Penduduk Terengganu, Kelantan dan Pahang ditawarkan dengan pakej serendah RM260 untuk penginapan di bilik kategori deluxe,” katanya.

Beliau menambah, sebanyak 52 bilik deluxe yang pada harga biasa berjumlah RM388 ditawarkan dalam pakej penginapan baru itu.

”Kami juga menawarkan penginapan di 26 bilik executive deluxe, executive suite (4), cemara Suite (2) dan suite diraja (13),” ujarnya.

Selain itu katanya, pihaknya menawarkan perkhidmatan dewan pameran secara percuma kepada mana-mana pihak yang berminat bermula bulan depan sehingga Oktober.

”Ini merupakan sebahagian daripada rangka promosi bagi memperkenalkan kemudahan-kemudahan yang ada di resort ini kepada orang ramai,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu jelasnya, pihaknya juga menawarkan pakej minum petang pada harga berpatutan pada setiap Jumaat bermula 2 hingga 5 petang.

”Pengunjung akan dihiburkan dengan persembahan nyanyian secara live dan aksi badut,” jelasnya.

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