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Resorts World Kijal
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kijal
Reviewed September 28, 2010

Its quite a large complex this place is, they have apartment and hotel rooms, a golf course and everything is just next to the South China sea. Check in was fast and courteous, at least 3 staff attending the checking in guest, and I checked into the room on the club floor on the right side of the main building.. right above Taman Sari spa and smack at the end of the room is a large bath tub next to that big bed. And I was thinking should I sleep in the tub or the bed tonite as both looks inviting :). Quite a sizeable room, I see it all clean with a firm bed, the only snag is there is no LCD tv.. small matter lah. Yes from the outside the building may need a coat of paint etc but I couldnt find fault in the room

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 29, 2010

Rather sad cos Awana Kijal looks like it can be a fantastic hotel (big in size with a nice beach) however not sure if any effort at all on hotel maintenance. Hotel need a new coat of paint, room & furniture are outdated. In the swimming pool - tiles are uneven, water somewhat murky and kids slide are damaged (wear & tear). Breakfast is only 1 star for a 4 star hotel. Customer service, non-exist at all - no smiles, no hospitality.

Positive : - nice beach and room is clean.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

For our weekend getaway, my fiance and I initially wanted to chill out at Cherating Beach. Unfortunately, all the hotels were fully booked on a Saturday, and it doesn't make sense for us to check in one night, and check out on the next day. Some hotels like Holiday Villa, Eastern Pavillion and Legend Hotel Cherating are seriously overpriced... plus, they appeared very run-down.

The both of us decided to drive up further and we ended up at Awana Kijal. The hotel was huge and beautifully lighted up (we arrived and check-in at night). The first impression was already very good.

The room rates were reasonable too. RM300 for Deluxe room (you can opt for normal or seaview!) on weekdays, and RM330 on weekends (low peak season). The room was squeaky clean, king-sized bed, clean pillows, three layers of blankets/sheets, decent sea view (blocked by trees), fully equipped and modern looking bathroom facilities (looks very new too!).

The staffs were friendly and courteous.

The beach is decent too. We were both very surprised as we were the only ones at the beach most of the time. Definitely recommended to those who dislike overcrowded/commercialized beaches. Sand is clean, water is clean. We could even see fishes swimming around our feet.

Cycling by the beach is recommended for too (RM10 per hour), a nice side activity.

We didn't try out the swimming pool as it was crowded, plus it doesn't really look outstanding. So we didn't feel we missed out.

The area around Awana Kijal is rather dead though. It is recommended that you have a car (or rent a car or hire a driver/tour guide) as you may want to experience local culture/food, outside of the hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 14, 2010

Was with a 4x4 motorsport event which put the participants in Awana Kijal. Hotel is big(lobby, pool, beach, parking..etc) but shows its age and could do with a refurbishment otherwise acceptable and clean. Beach have nice fine sand and clean of litter. The undercurrent is strong so watch your kids when in the water. Nothing shouts for me to return but nothing bad for me to criticize as well. Personally I'd prefer Swiss Garden Hotel in Cherating which is 45 minutes drive further South. Cheers.

  • Stayed: June 2010
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Reviewed March 18, 2010

I've read a few of the reviews on here and one thing is for certain, this hotel has changed over the years. I first started viviting this part of Malaysia in 1997. This hotel is the only one of a decent size and quality in the area, so for my work, I have little other choice.
Due to management changes, changes in local governance etc. this hotel is now run under failry strict Islamic ideas. Hence no alcohol. You cannot get wine, spirits or beer in any of the eateries, only in a little club called Studio one. It doesn't open on Thursday nights (Friday is the Holy Day), they only have a choice of bottle lagers and they are around 25 - 30 RM per bottle (current eexchange is 4.9RM per 1GBP (£) at point of writing). The club is nearly always dead. Very quiet, apart from the resident singers, and empty of customers. Those that want a beer walk to the little bar run by a Thai gentleman by the name of Tan. Beer there is 10 RM per bottle and he does have spirits too. Alternatively, the two chinese restaurants on the corner of the little huddle of outlets also serve Tiger beer.
The hotel itself is bright, light and airy. Tis true that the roof leaks and reception is wide open to the elements. The rooms are situated in a U or V shape facing away from the beach with the expensive rooms having a sea view and LAN internet connections and the cheaper rooms having neither but a view of the carpark.
The reception area is one huge atrium with nothing above you but the roof beams over nine floors up!
The whole place needs a refurbishment. I don't think the rooms have been painted in all the times I've been here, but that being said it is clean.
I've never not been given two fresh bottles of water, even if I've only half used one. If it's not in the fridge, they replace it. Talking of which, there is no minibar facility. Coffee and tea, a fridge with two bottles of water, but that's it.
Laundry is promptly returned by 5pm the same day on the standard service. Shirts neatly repackaged as if new.
The beach is lovely, but not for swimming. Currents are too strong, but the hotel watersports does hire jet ski's and catamaran sailing boats.
Also quads and cycles are available. The quads are poorly maintained and usage is limited to a 1500m stretch of the beach. (you don't need more than 15mins to go up and down four or five times)
The breakfast buffet is great, but seating is overcrowded and as a single you may have to share a table in order to have breakfast when you want it, this week was a school holiday and the place was packed with families.

This hotel is ok. The people are friendly, staff courteous and polite. English is widely spoken throughout.
I come back as there is little option, but I'd holiday here if you did want a little beach sun without a beer!!!!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 4, 2010

Was here on a business trip, brought my wife along. A golf resort that does not look like one, where the greens are not that green, probably due to extremely hot weather. This hotel has one spacious lobby (the ceiling is higher than the 9th floor and I'm not joking!). Ironically, the hotel seems empty and quiet (off-peak season, maybe). Love the Malay architecture of its buildings, but somehow it feels as if the place has seen better days. The private beach looks nice but not for swimming though.

Our room stinks of cigarette smoke and the smell stays even though you switched on the air-conditioner. We got a room with a nice view: sunrise over the sea horizon, directly into your windows. The food spread was OK, but could be improved in terms of variety. In-house restaurants are available with authentic Chinese and Western dishes (halal) but you may need to fork out some money to enjoy them. Managed to buy some snacks from KFC nearby.

Other than that, my wife enjoyed the spa treatment, which she believed was a good bargain indeed in terms of service and price.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 15, 2010

  • Stayed: January 2010
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Address: Jalan Kemaman-Dungun, Kijal 24100, Malaysia (Formerly Awana Kijal Resort)
Location: Malaysia > Terengganu > Kemaman District > Kijal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kijal
Price Range: $59 - $102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Resorts World Kijal 4*
Number of rooms: 340
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Take your family on an East Coast adventure, and experience Malaysia’s heritage traditions that you would otherwise only seen and heard about. Immerse yourself with your family on a journey filled with exotic cuisines, historical architectures and the beautiful 7.6km stretch of white sand beach while being surrounded by the tranquil ambience away from the usual daily pressure of work. Make your family bonding fun and memorable. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Awana Kijal Hotel Kijal
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