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The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Pulau Redang
Reviewed April 8, 2013

The resort is gorgeous and the beach even more so. We had adjoining suites on the cliff overlooking the beach (free upgrade -thank you, Taaras!) and the view was to die for. The suites were beautiful and extremely well appointed although a bit far from the main buildings which necessitated calls to reception for them to send a buggy to pick us up whenever we needed to leave the rooms (my daughter had a foot injury and couldn't do long walks especially up or downhill).

The resort has undergone not just a name and management change but seemingly a complete overhaul. Service was very good although it was often difficult to find serving staff to attend to you in the buffet restaurant. They seemed to spend most of their time in the kitchen or elsewhere.

Food: for the quality (ok to good) and the variety (lots of Asian, not enough Western) it was way too pricey and not what I would consider 5star. We only ate the buffet because although a friend recommended the beach restaurant, that was even pricier. I would say this was one area that was not 5 star quality.

The reason I've given a rating of 'very good' and not 'excellent' is because in addition to the food there were a few little things that took away from the experience slightly and detracted from the expected quality.
Sometimes it seemed like they just didn't have enough staff to do the needful and things looked sloppy. Dirty room service dishes sat outside rooms for days; no one removed dirty dishes and used towels from beach loungers even though it was pretty obvious that the users were long gone.

All in all it was a wonderful resort. The front office manager was brilliant. I would love to return.

Room Tip: Don't be turned off by the distance or steepness of the cliff suites. They are gorgeous! We almo...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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TaarasBeachSpaResort, Management at The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting this review about your recent stay at The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort. We are very happy to hear that you are pleased by the resort and the facilities it has to offer. With a selection of Asian delicacies served all-day long, our buffet restaurant is a great hit with the patrons. Besides, the pricing of the menu can be best explained by the quality and variety preserved in the food served by us.

We took note of all the concerns voiced by you especially the lack of the serving staff in the buffet restaurant and the dirty room service dishes being ignored for days. Please be rest assured that we will be taking the necessary initiatives to fix the problems once and for all.
Once again, we thank you for choosing to stay with us. While there may have been some trays in the customer services, we believe that our location and well appointed suites were a good trade off. We look forward to hosting you again with a perfect guest experience.

Thanks and Regards,
Management @ The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

The Taaras, is an amazing resort, the service is excellent! The staff are very accommodating and ready to help with anything. The beach is absolutely stunning, private, beautiful, and everything you can imagine out of paradise.

Definitely recommend this resort and their restaurant B by the Beach.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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TaarasBeachSpaResort, Management at The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Dear Guest,

We thank you for checking-in with us recently and for writing your valuable comments.

With perfection and comfort weaved in every aspect, our property takes the crowning glory with its excellence at guest servicing. Our property aims at organizing the best stays and offering immense relaxing as well as adventure options that keeps the guests entertained throughout their vacation. The breathtaking location leaves guests awestruck without a doubt.

We are glad that your stay with us was up to mark and that you were able enjoy yourself thoroughly with no worries. It’s great to know that you appreciate the scenic location, property and the staff.

It’s been an utmost pleasure to have hosted you on recent visit and we would love to accommodate you again.

Thanks and Regards,
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

We stayed 3 nights in Taaras and then went to Perhentian islands and came back for one night in Taaras as we loved it so much the first time !!! The beach is amazing, the rooms are very nice.
Only negative point: food, drinks and activities are way too expensive so we never ate at the hotel, and we never booked activities through the hotel. The spa is very expensive, same prices as London. But this negative side didn't affect us too much as we managed to do what we wanted by booking activities outside the hotel.

Room Tip: Go for the sea cliff bay view room, you will have an amazing view and a bathtub/ jacuzzi with a view...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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TaarasBeachSpaResort, Management at The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying at our resort and rewarding us with your positive feedback. The entire team is pleased to know that the room, service and location left you completely satisfied and prompted you to make a second visit.

Taaras Beach & Spa Resort is a popular luxury resort in Malaysia and the price structure is in accord to our state-of-the-art amenities. However, we offer an assortment of offers to make guest stay economical and pleasurable. We would request you to kindly glance them when you plan your next visit.

Once again, thank you for your patronage and kind words. We hope you would soon give us another opportunity to welcome you for a pleasant stay.

Thanks and Regards,
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Super nice clean beach, stretches the Resort. The sand is so fine and white, it's as though its been sent for cleaning, walk straight into the sea and its the same at the bottom - a carpet of fine sand!
Warm and Friendly service and lovely people from the island now work and share their hospitality with visitors and guest. I'll be back again! But don't wait for me, go there yourself!

Room Tip: If you wish to lavish yourself in style, try the hillside chalets.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Julesido
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TaarasBeachSpaResort, Management at The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Dear Guest,

Many thanks for staying at our resort and encouraging us with your kind review. Your positive feedback about our beach resort has left us highly elated.

Located on an unspoilt island in Malaysia, The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort is flanked by pristine beaches and Clear Ocean. We are glad that you enjoyed the spectacular location of our property along with our Asian hospitality and prompt service. Guest satisfaction is our prime objective and we are thankful to you for acknowledging our endeavors.

Once again, thank your patronage, and we would deem it a privilege to host you again at our luxury resort in Malaysia.

Thanks and Regards,
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Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

Currently staying at The Taaras.
The beach and sea are great. Very clear water and warm too. Need to swim out a bit to see fish though.

The rooms are good size and well equiped. Everything you need is there. One negative if you do decide to sit down in the evning and watch a movie the walky talkies the staff use interferes with the tv sound and you can hear what they are saying.

The food is very good but slightly pricey if you go for the B&B option. We walked down the road for 5 minutes and went to Asmadi local restaurant. The entire meal at Asmadi was the price of two cocktails at The Taaras.

The staff at The Taaras as very welcoming and helpful.

In all I would recommend the hotel as a good place to stay but look at All Incl or eating more local.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank Richard22b
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TaarasBeachSpaResort, Management at The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2013

Dear Richard,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us at The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort and for your kind feedback here on TripAdvisor.

Tucked on an unspoilt island of Malaysia, our luxury and private beach and spa resort provides an unparalleled stay experience to guests. The idyllic setting of the resort, combined with the impeccable service makes it perfect to unwind and relax. We are glad that you are impressed with clear views of the beach and the sea, the spacious and well-equipped rooms and the food.

However, we did notice your concern for the disturbance caused while you were watching the television. We have duly noted this issue and will take corrective action on top priority.


Thank you once again for your feedback. Hope to be your host on your next vacation.

Thanks and Regards,
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

This is our 3rd time to the Taaras, as we consider the location absolutely perfect. Beautiful beach, quiet bay, clear sea and great service. My 2 children and I are Coeliac and so require a strict gluten-free diet, which is often near impossible to get in Asia. Here, the Director of F&B, Ms Veronique, responded to our e-mails prior to our arrival and met us off the plane! We were introduced to the chef, Azri, who made our stay absolutely perfect. We did not get sick once and each day he prepared gluten-free bread for us (a first in Malaysia) as well as special meals chosen by us each day. It was fantastic not to worry about food and so we could actually enjoy the amazing surroundings. We had friends staying at other resorts on the Island, who came to meet us for lunch and were very jealous! (The other resorts on the Island are often very busy with hordes of snorkelers on the beach each day, with loud karaoke music all night long).
If you like peace and quiet as well as great service in a beautiful setting, the Taaras is the place to go!!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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TaarasBeachSpaResort, Management at The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2013

Dear Guest,

It was a pleasure to host you for the third time at our luxury resort and spa in Malaysia and to read your experience here on TripAdvisor. The entire team at The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort is extremely happy to receive such an appreciation which further motivates us to continue to strive for par excellence services and hospitality.

Thank you once again for your feedback and look forward to your next visit with us.

Thanks and Regards,
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

The layered view of native trees and vegetation opens up to the immensely wide view of the blue-green sea bordered by forested cliffs and the white powder sand private beach. That was the view my 6 year old girl experienced from the jacuzzi, within 10 minutes after entering our "Cliff Bayview Suite". But while bubbling, she preferred to watch Tom and Jerry on the dedicated lcd, kids have their own priorities!

We came to the Taaras, for peace and relaxation and we got it, no jet skis, motorboats or other noise pollutants, just the rhythmic breaking of waves. Within a short swim from the beach we discovered Nemo and friends hiding between the Corals and on a solo daybreak snorkel swim I was suddenly surrounded by thousands of yellow lined fish forming a swirling wall around me..... amazing!

The buffet food is good but can be improved. Breakfast would be nicer on the beach, so I slipped away with my plate and coffee to the beach seating area. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

Probably our best holiday in Malaysia.

Room Tip: Sea view from a high floor is excellent. You can walk down to the beach by stairs and come up (or bo...
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TaarasBeachSpaResort, Management at The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2013

Dear Guest,

Many thanks for checking in at our resort with your family and giving us a five star rating. Your positive feedback has made our staff very happy and they are looking forward to hosting you again.

Tucked on an unspoilt island of Malaysia, Taaras Beach & Spa provides an unparalleled stay experience to guests. The idyllic setting of the resort, combined with the impeccable service, makes it perfect to unwind and relax. We are glad to note that you enjoyed our amenities and had a relaxing outing with your family. We request you to plan Experience Dinner on your next trip where you can choose to dine on a floating pontoon in the middle of the sea.

Once again, thank you for your kind words. We would deem it a privilege to welcome you again.

Thanks and Regards,
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Address: | PO Box 126, Main Post Office, Pulau Redang 20928, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Terengganu > Pulau Redang
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Pulau Redang
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Pulau Redang
Price Range: $148 - $242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 191
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
‘The Taaras’ is a bespoke Private Beach Residence, tucked away and hidden from the outside world on a small Island found just off the unspoilt East Coast of tropical Malaysia. Considered to be one of the most beautiful Island locations in the South China Sea, the Isle of Redang is home to our natural, yet stylish resort found on one of the most spectacular bays surrounded by one of the bluest oceans on earth. The resorts ethos is to provide a contemporary, barefoot luxury experience with warm Asian hospitality, remembered with a smile long into the future. The name of the property is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘TAARA’, meaning ‘Star or Apple of my eye’ as well as ‘Goddess of the Sea’ which are all represented and epitomised by our mermaid figurehead. The resort is managed by The Taaras Luxury Group, and was formerly known as Berjaya Redang Resort managed by Berjaya Hotels and Resorts. With the stylish suites and rooms, as well as a stunning five bedroom Private Villa perched high up on the cliff overlooking the ocean and resort below. The resort boasts commissioned furniture and bespoke photography of Redang Island and the landscapes of Malaysia. Each suite or room contains oversized beds and hand-picked linens and fabrics for your comfort. Most rooms and all suites have larger washrooms containing both bath tub and separate rain or monsoon shower (some with spa bathtubs looking out over the rainforest or the bay). Most residences have an outdoor balcony or verandah and our suites at the top of the cliff summit have spectacular views over the beach and ocean below. For clients who prefer or require further privacy ‘The Cliff Private Villa Bay & Sea View’, our private five bedroom residence perched high up on the cliff more than meets the requirements; private access, a Villa Host at your ‘beck and call’ as well as twenty four hour security; should it be a necessary requirement. The residence also enjoys a sixteen meter Infinity swimming pool, personal fitness room and both interior and exterior lounge. ... more   less 
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Berjaya Redang Resort - Malaysia Hotel Pulau Redang
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