Stayed 3 nights at the end of a tour round Malaysia to chill and relax after many miles, temples and street markets.
The grounds, and the look and feel of the resort is gorgeous - surrounded by some lovely trees and well planted with attractive flowers. The rooms are all facing the see as either single or (mainly) 2 storey 4 room complexes. We stayed in a Bumbung room on a 1st floor. The room was spacious and really nicely furnished - lovely wooden floor, huge bathroom with both large shower and bath plus 2 sinks. Also single bed to accommodate families. The stairs to the room had recently been partially renovated (see other another guests review about the stairs) however could have been done with more sympathy and consistency (stairs were uneven and hadn't been similarly stained/coloured). The large bed, linen and pillows are fabulous and comfortable and the best in Malaysia ! (well compared to 9 other hotels we stayed in). No balcony and hence nowhere to sit outside which was a minor disappointment.
2 pools, the larger being 'family' and the smaller for adults only. The majority of guests appeared to be couples or grown up families and so not sure of the balance between the 2. Far less sun loungers around the small pool and most in shade due to trees so for sun bathing it was either the beach loungers (difficult to secure) or the large pool. Arriving at either pool anytime later in the day did cause issue with finding a space. Bars and eating areas were available around both pools - the food was always good and we thoroughly enjoyed the cocktails ! Drinks prices are not cheap - 'Happy Hour' reduces the price by a little (cocktails 18RM as also Carlsberg - 350ml bottle) - otherwise they are 28RM. This is taking advantage of the guests and the ease of drinking at the resort - as a comparison a 'jumbo' Tiger (700ml) at an equally 'exclusive' resort cost us 28RM. Better beer and much cheaper.
We were hoping to enjoy the highly regarded spa at the resort however the prices were well out of budget - at 355 and 400+RM per session this doesn't compare very favourably to other resorts we went to. What was also disappointing was that there was no 'simple' and cheaper options that we would have preferred rather than going for the complete spa experience.
Food at the resort was also not cheap but was of a great standard and variety and so this we accepted. Would recommend both restaurants - budget 150RM per meal (for 2) with a couple of drinks. Breakfast was a bit busy and frantic - get there early (8 to 8:30)
Went on 2 trips organised by the hotel - turtle watching and the river cruise (both 150RM pp). Both were really enjoyable. We got so see turtle hatchlings and helped their release plus (the highlight) saw a mother nesting and delivering her eggs. Should there be an age limit on attendance ? Appreciate the need for children to experience this however with 20 people all trying to surround the mother it wasn't easy for everyone having an equal view (as the children were always rushing to the front and weren't controlled by the parents). The river cruise (guide was 'Zul') gave us a fabulous insight into village life in and around the river. Zul had great knowledge and this was relaxed and well worth the visit - loads sea eagles and water monitors to see.
All the staff were great, friendly, courteous, and always with a smile. Special note of thanks to Nadia on reception who helped with our flight check-in and Hisham (waiter) who offered advice on food and help plus great conversation.
Overall this was a really pleasant resort and would recommend it for others. There is need for the hotel to consider who they are catering for and to perhaps manage the prices plus the balance of loungers on the beach and pool areas. More on the beach may just take some pressure off the pools.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fronted by palm fringed, emerald seas, Tanjong Jara Resort is a sanctuary of luxury and well-being steeped in the unmistakable grace of age-old Malay traditions. Here, in the comfort of a room furnished in local timber and rich fabrics, guests are lulled by the sighs of waves and the warm tropical breeze. The award-winning architecture of this resort reflects the elegance and grandeur of 17th century Malay palaces, offering an authentic taste of the region’s spirit and an enduring embodiment of gentle Malay arts and hospitality. Seamlessly integrated with the resort is the Spa Village, dedicated to combining the therapeutic properties of natural local ingredients and the innate healing practices of the area, providing a special, restorative experience. Guests can choose to experience an eco-adventure river cruise, explore teeming coral reefs or browse in a night market. Whatever the activity, every breath is pure refreshment, a relaxation of the soul, a pure journey of revival. In Malay we call this Sucimurni, in Malaysia it is Tanjong Jara Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tanjong Jara Hotel Dungun
- Tanjong Jara Dungun
- Tanjong Jara Resort Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia