|Tanjong Jara Resort, Terangganu, Malaysia|
|Lazy spot by the beach|
|Bedroom in Junior Suite|
|Outdoor Bathtub in Junior Suite|
|Sunchairs by the main pool|
|Adult's only pool|
|Rooms built in traditional Malay style|
|King and Queen Procession - saved for couples (especially newlyweds) as a ritual for opening the spa each day|
|The beach facing the South China Sea|
Tanjong Jara Resort, Terangganu Malaysia
|The Welcome Gong|
signifies your arrival
Based on the architecture of the 17th century Istanas, Tanjong Jara Resort is elegantly crafted to replicate the wooden palaces of the Malay sultans. Occupying a 17 hectare site, the property faces the South China Sea and while gardens are clearly landscaped, there remains a tropical rusticity about them enhancing guests' connection with nature.
Even when the resort is full, you feel as though you have this tropical paradise to yourself. Spread across lush gardens with lawns sprouting coconut palms leading out to the wild blue sea there are plenty of private nooks for you to immerse yourself in. Tanjong Jara Resort is a sun seeker’s paradise in the dry season or a cultural getaway in the wet. You don’t have to have sunny days to enjoy the sea. The ungovernable monsoon waters are a sight to be viewed from the wall to ceiling windows of Nelayan restaurant or your room’s balcony, while the calmer hum of the sea gently rocks you to sleep in the sunny season.
|Bathroom Junior Suite|
Rooms are huge with comfy bedding and luxurious amenities. Places to sleep, sit and spread are a plenty with every room offering a day bed and balcony to enjoy the scenery. TV, mini fridge etc are the standard provisions of every 5 star resort. Our Junior Suite had the added luxury of an outdoor tub. A call to room service saw it filled and sprinkled with bath salts ready to ease our weary bodies after a day full of sun and sand. Turn down services saw our curtains drawn, mosquito coiled plugged, water and slippers by our beds and aromatherapy oils burned.
Two restaurants give a taste of western and local cuisines. Nelayan sets you up with contemporary beachside dining, offering sumptuous seafood either in the chilled indoors or al fresco seating on the patio. A light airy atmosphere during the day is transformed into a romantic ambience after sunset with the assistance of lanterns, a bonfire and the moon. Di Atas Sungei gives a village feel with its dark timber and Malay structure overlooking a stream. A semi-buffet breakfast provides staples such as breads, cereals, fruits and noodles on a smorgasbord, while a limited menu of mains can be ordered a la carte. Dinner proposes an exciting culinary journey, without menu, shaped instead by the Resort’s Menu Masters. Based on the catch of the day and seasonal ingredients purchased at the morning market, tell your master what you feel like and they will prepare the high quality produce of the day in the style that you desire. A third outlet, Teratai Terrace serves evening cocktails poolside and steamboat upon request.
|Bridge over creek running to the sea|
An adults only pool with a depth of three metres and bordered by lush gardens is a quiet location to relax. The shared infinity pool is stylishly adorned with white umbrellas and blue cushioned deck chairs. A gymnasium, tennis courts and water sports centre encourages the active. A host of activities such as cooking classes, water and land excursions, cultural activities and entertainment allow you to connect with the local heritage through hands on experiences with local customs and traditions. Not to be missed is a cooking class with Chef Ann, the outdoor cinema and the Kampong Sucimurni Lifestyle activities.
A stage of lawn, coconut trees and blue ocean set the scene for the Saturday evening activities. Local townspeople come to the resort to demonstrate kampong life through their hobbies, food and music. Pancakes, fried fish sausages and roselle juice feed the hungry. A celebrity monkey, Jara, picks coconuts from the palms, which are then skillfully dehusked and handed to guests with straws for refreshment. Watch ladies paint batik, join in a local board game or be more active with a local version of football or masterful stick jumping.
The Spa Village is reason alone to visit Tanjong Jara Resort. Hours can be whiled away in the peaceful surrounds. As is the theme with Spa Villages around Malaysia, each location is distinctly different, basing treatments on local resources and traditions.
Accessible by car, approximately five hours from KL, or by a one hour flight followed by another hour’s car journey, Tanjong Jara Resort is located on the East Coast in the state of Terangganu. Special monsoon packages are available with a host of experiences included such as spa treatments and cooking classes. At any time of year, the residents’ packages are excellent value for Malaysian and Singaporean residents including full board with accommodation. Call the YTL Travel Centre for the best deals.
|Creek leading out to the sea|
Reason to visit: a charming escape far from the worries of the city, landscaped tropical gardens, sounds of the sea, magical Spa Village
Tanjong Jara Resort
Batu 8 off Jalan Dungun
YTL Travel Centre
+6 03 2783 1000