We spent 3 nights here on our honeymoon in April, The Taaras was our luxury part of our trip - we did a one night stop over at The Sutra Beach resort in TGG before getting a boat transfer over, that was about $60 a night - so we had high expectations.
We had a hill deluxe room, it's spacious, the bathroom is very big and it has a large glass window between the bathroom and the bedroom. I'm not sure what the point of that is though, we had to put the blind down when one of us was doing a poo. The room wasn't spectacular but we didn't book here to stay in our room, so it wasn't a priority for us. The Hill rooms are a bit of a walk from the beach, pool, lobby but if that bothers you, you can get ferried in the little golf carts. It's about a 2 minute walk so not the end of the world.
The main reason to stay here is the beach, it was amazing. White sand, 3 different shades of crystal blue water, no waves, very peaceful. There are a good amount of sun beds and umbrellas but I could imagine it peak times, these would go quickly. We stayed in late April/May and had perfect weather and it didn't seem busy at all. We read a lot of reviews about Chinese tourists taking over the resort, their set time breakfasts, snorkelling tours and lunch making the resort seem busy but I didn't see any of that at all. We booked a snorkelling tour the same day, went out with a group of about 12 to a reef only a few minutes away. For an hour I think it cost us about 60 RM each. There are half day, full day tours.
In general, food, service, amenities are all good but nothing amazing, Drinks and food always seemed to take a decent amount of time to come, the breakfast was the standard buffet but I gave up on poached eggs as they couldn't actually get them right. Not like I'm being picky and they were overdone, as in a puddle of water and yolk. Dinner was ok, a limited malaysian menu with a few western dishes. There is a very authentic restaurant right at the door step of the Taaras, a bus full of locals came and ate which is a good sign. It was very cheap and we enjoyed everything but don't go there if you only like fine dining, it's a very basic set up and I know some would turn their nose up at it.
I did have a bit of trouble organising my ferry transfer with the hotel, I was getting different responses about getting the public ferry vs their privately organised ones. We ended up getting it sorted the day before and were picked up at the jetty, which you'll need to get a taxi too and make sure you go to the right jetty and have cash on you, there are not bank machines around. The public ferry back was much less comfortable, quite packed but someone from the ferry did show us to a seat downstairs. If you can time your connecting flight to land in TGG early, you should have enough time to go straight to the jetty. We did a one night stop over to avoid the stress but there is little to do in TGG.
If you're unlucky with the weather, there isn't much to do on this island. Everything revolves around the beach, snorkelling and diving so it would be a risk going in the off seasons. Only head here if you want to relax on a beach, snorkel or dive.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Berjaya Redang Resort - Malaysia Hotel Pulau Redang
- Berjaya Redang Beach Hotel
- Berjaya Redang Beach Resort
- Hotel Berjaya Redang Beach