Live like royalty at Tanjong Jara Resort on the East Coast of Malaysia. Designed according to traditional Malay tastes and with more than a hint of the regal about it, this particular beachside retreat is all about rejuvenation and serenity. From the minute you enter the lobby with its wall of lily ponds and low-lit interiors, to the sad moment of departure, you can expect nothing but calm and relaxation here, with a good dose of Malaysian hospitality and charm thrown in for good measure.
Set right on the shores of the east coast of Terengganu, Tanjong Jara boasts breathtaking views out over the South China Sea. Despite sitting directly on these stunning sands, parts of the resort are completely surrounded by lush forest – making this little slice of luxury feel a world away from urban life. We’ll let you into a secret through, Tanjong Jara is in fact just a short drive away from the vibrant neighbouring town of Dungun; meaning there’s a whole host of local shops and market stalls within easy reach of your sun lounger.
Inside your spacious abode, locally sourced timber furniture reflects the natural beauty of your surroundings whilst plush fabrics ensure total comfort. Sink into your outdoor black granite bathtub and listen to the sound of birdsong as your soak in sumptuous bath salts, or take in the view out over the ocean from the comfort of your very own private terrace. Feeling a little sleepy? Slip into a daybed swathed in fine white silk for an hour or two before hopping into your rainfall shower and dressing for dinner. In fact, the rooms here are so luxurious you may find your lie-ins last a little longer.
Why we like it
There is more to this resort than just the beach it sits on. You can get involved in as much, or as little, as you like with TJ’s extensive programme of activities. Head off to the morning market with local celebrity Chef Ann, before returning to the resort to put your purchases to good use with a Malay cookery class. Or if you want to learn the secrets of ancient Malaysian art, we strongly suggest partaking in a batik painting lesson where you can create your own beautiful masterpieces to hang on the wall at home. From jungle walks and scuba diving courses to days spent within the sanctuary of Tanjoy Jara’s Spa Village, you’re guaranteed to return home with a whole lot more than a tan.