Had a very short and sweet stay here end of November. A lovely resort on Tioman island accessed by speedboat from the main harbour next to the airport so feels like you are on a bit of an adventure. The resort itself is very spread out so there is definitely an air of privacy about it. I stayed in one of their tree top chalets which felt quite tropical, but they also have sea cliff chalets which offer fabulous sea views. I would probably opt for one of these next time, or if you have enough time split your stay between two. The chalets are accessed by heightened walkways, luckily there are staff on hand to help with your luggage. I did not lift a suitcase once from being picked up at the airport – there was always someone there to help you. Aruni and her team were exceptional and the detail was noticed, the complimentary cocktails at sunset and the mid afternoon snacks which just appeared at your side. I also treated myself to a thai massage which I would highly recommend, the treatment room was set up high but the sounds of the jungle and the sea complemented the massage. The beach is lovely and the sun lounger huts are a great way to while away some time. Delicious food - a mix of Italia, Vietnamese and Thai. Rooms were beautifully decorated and equipped with mod cons. Bathrooms had refreshing rain showers and also had an outdoor plunge pool and private patio area which was lovely. It is definitely the place to head to if you are after some privacy, seclusion, good food and excellent service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- JapaMala is Tioman Island’s only boutique resort, and one-of-a-kind in Malaysia. This small and exclusive resort of 13 rooms is hidden amidst 11 acres of lush tropical rainforest. A one-village-one-resort property, JapaMala has its own private and quiet beach. While some charming Malay village-style villas and chalets dot the jungle and beachfront, others nestle in the most breath-taking spots.Best described as an ‘eco-luxe’ resort, JapaMala transcends the experience of living close to nature by redefining it with a touch of luxury. Designed by natural streams, steep cliffs, towering boulders and where no trees are felled, the entire resort borrows from nature its elements to offer an exceptional sense of paradise, freedom from the real world. While serious relaxation is an elusive commodity for many, one can truly succumb to the healing effects JapaMala imparts through its holistic blend of sumptuous gourmet treats, intimacy between man and nature, unique spa experiences and truly unprecedented hospitality. Many say JapaMala is not just a place, but a state of mind. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Japamala Hotel Pulau Tioman
- Japamala Resort
- Japamala Pulau Tioman