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Tanjong Jara Resort

Tanjong Jara Resort

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1558 Reviews
Guide Price £2,119 per person
Based on 04 August 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Malaysia Airlines, staying for 7 nights bed and breakfast in a Bumbung Room (2 adults sharing) including return transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

A sanctuary of luxury and well-being

Set on the golden sands of Malaysia’s east coast and surrounded by lush rainforests and sprawling gardens, Tanjong Jara is a charming resort designed in a traditional Malay style. A member of the highly respected ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ group, the resort is designed to reflect the elegance and grandeur of 17th century Malay palaces and features authentic Malay furnishings and design. The resort’s 100 rooms are spacious and beautifully appointed. Most rooms feature verandas or balconies with garden or sea views.

Ideal for those looking for complete rest and relaxation, the resort is based on the Malay concept of Sucimurni which encourages rejuvenation of body and spirit. Indulge yourself at the award-winning Spa Village with its unique restorative treatments or enjoy romantic views of the ocean and drinks at the Terrace, for a truely rejuvenating experience. Delicious seafood can be enjoyed at the beachfront Nelayan Restaurant.

  • Traditional Malay style accommodation
  • Spectacular diving between March and September
  • Excellent Spa Village
  • Cultural activities

Top Tips from our Experts

Tina

Destination Specialist

"From March to October each year you can enjoy snorkeling and diving at the reef off nearby Tenggol Island, just ask reception and they will help arrange a trip".

Valerie

Destination Specialist

"There is an onsite turtle hatchery at this hotel and as a guest you can even sponsor a nest in return for regular email updates and photos on the progress of the hatchlings."
This is a natural seasonal occurance which usually takes place between April/May and October each year.

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Luxury

Location Type

Away from it all

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Boutique
  • Eco-friendly
  • Hidden gem
  • Off the beaten track

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
  • Bed & Breakfast

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Family Entertainment
  • Kid's Pool
Location Highlights

Tanjong Jara Resort

  • Away from it all
  • approx. one hour by road from Kuala Terengganu Airport
1558 Reviews 90% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1081
  • Very Good 349
  • Average 81
  • Poor 29
  • Terrible 18

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Feb 14, 2019

Tanjung Jara Resort, Dungun, Trengganu, Malaysia - A Heaven For Holiday

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tanjung Jara Resort located in Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia is one of the best four resorts located on the East Coast side of Peninsular Malaysia, the others, southwards are: The Kasturi [Cherating], Royale Chulan [Cherating] & Mandala Resort [Gambang]. Tanjung Jara Resort was once owned and run by the State of Terengganu but it has been taken over by YTL Group who runs 5-Star Hotel in Malaysia. Our last visit was about 30 years ago which tempted us to re-visit and find out how it has progressed. Tanjung Jara Resort is on its own and not bordered by any other resorts, its a paradise in a lonely planet. Those coming must have read reviews after reviews before deciding to come to this place. It is about one & half hours drive from Kuala Terengganu Airport if you fly by Air from KLIAor KLIA2 or 5-6 hours by road from KL depending on your driving and time of departure. As it is a resort, all rooms are big in size to give you a relaxing feeling and there is also a balcony. There are many categories of rooms including upper floor by staircase. However we were at the Ground Floor with balcony and facing the sea & beach. The sea and beach is not directly visible if you stay at the Ground Floor as there are coconut trees and flower trees and other vegetation except those which are located northwards from the restaurant near the reception where the rooms are nearer to the beach. The beach is private and clean but as the rooms are comfortable not many guests venture out to the beach as we noticed only a few people were at the beach every time we ventured out. Instead of sunset, the beach is facing sunrise and it was so beautiful just like a painting around 7.00 am to 7,30 am when the sun comes out and start rising. Again as it is the best time to sleep not many guests woke up early to witness this. The welcoming is nice, the Guard at the guarded entrance will inform the reception that you are entering the Resort and they would be ready to welcome you with fresh hand & face towel and strike one sound of gong. Three sound of gong when you depart. Check-in should be easy and most staff also came from YTL's own college of hospitality. The Resort itself is spread out in a large area and depending on your location you may need to walk quite a distance to the room as there is no buggy service. But it you treat it as a good exercise and a place to relax and wonder, it should not be difficult. Otherwise ask for the rooms nearest to the reception. All staff were well trained and we have no problem communicating with them and they do smile most of times from all levels.We guessed that we already paid for the smile. Of course you may opt for inclusive of breakfast on without breakfast. Our advise is to take with breakfast as there is no other place to have breakfast within its vicinity. The DiAtas Sungai Restaurant [meaning Restaurant Above The River] has a beautiful setting especially if you could get a seat overlooking the river, It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and our favourite restaurant thus far and No.! in the list of restaurant in Dungun.. Breakfast is excellent with lots of choices local & western menu. The famous local menu of Nasi Dagang can be found wrapped in banana leaf and gravy topping next to it. There is another restaurant, Nelayan located at far end next to the Family Swimming Pool which has adult and children swimming pool and also the Spa. This area has one of the most picturesque for taking photos especially in the early morning or late evening. However Nelayan Restaurant serves below par Hi-Tea, something I could not understand for YTL's reputation and during our entire stay this was the only downside factor. The Resort could also offer connecting rooms if you are coming with a big family to keep you connected without the need to go outside. The Bed is comfortable to sleep and they provided both air-condition and fan as the resort could be very breezy during the evening and early morning. Toilet and shower and long bath are separated and you do not need to wait for your turn with your partner. There are two umbrellas in case of rain and electricity run mosquito deterrent. Parking is available for free all around the drop zone. The nearest town is Dungun about 6 km and 10 minutes drive. Here you can find Warisan Ikan Bakar Square where you can have dinner with grilled seafood at a fraction of the hotel's price. There is also the public beach along the coastal Dungun for a change and the town you get anything that you may need including Domino Pizza, KFC and Old Town Coffee. Tanjung Jara is for total relaxation and for you to enjoy nature in traditional local Terengganu Kampung [Village] Setting and there are activities conducted by the Resort. Well, you have to be here to experience it. No doubt, we will be coming back soon. Tanjung Jara Resort a Heaven for total holiday lovers. Saha & Yam Stayed February 2019 Reporting 14.02.2019
Feb 12, 2019

Just amazing..can’t wait to be back

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We had a last minute plan to stay at tanjong jara during the chinese new year holidays.we booked the room only 2 days before coming and the price was more than usual. my tips would be, book early. Arriving at the hotel was easy. Once at the lobby,the staff greeted us with smiles on their faces and one knock on the ‘gong’(a traditional malay musical instrument). All throughout check in we were made comfortable by letting us sit at the sofa and served with some snacks and drinks. A very considering touch since we just arrived from a long drive. After check in, we were brought to our room which was about 3-5 minutes walk. The resort was surrounded by beautiful greenery and a long stretch of private beach. Beach chairs and hammock are provided throughout the resort for guests to enjoy. There were also swings attached to the trees. The room was just wow! We stayed at serambi. It has a king bed and a day bed which was perfect for our two sons. The bathroom was just HUGE. There is a bathtub, a separate shower area and the toilet. The whole room was just big and comfy. They also provided mosquito repellent for us which we didn't need to use since there were none during our stay. The pool was ok. The poolside staff was really helpful. He came to us with towels before we even sit down on the pool chair. There were also lots of chair provided along the beach. You can actually sit down and enjoy the beach view anywhere you like. Our kids also get to enjoy the lovely beach. It was lovely. One suggestion is, maybe the hotel could provide the sandcastle tools for guests to play with. Luckily we brought ours. We have stayed in multiple beach hotels before and these tools were always provided which is awesome since we sometimes forgot to bring ours. The hotel also provided some activities that you can enjoy. But, most of them needs some payment and are outside of the resort. Maybe the management can arrange more activities for the guest to enjoy inside the resort and maybe make it complimentary? My suggestion would be more activities that kids & adults can enjoy together such as traditional games, board games, etc. We would want to enjoy more time in the resort itself. Breakfast the next morning was quite good. There was no long queue although they were full house. They served nasi lemak, nasi dagang, egg station, nasi goreng, noodles, porridge, selection of fruits, salads, bread and pastry and a juice bar. After breakfast, we head to the reception to feed the fish and turtles. They provided some fish food for you to feed. Our kids totally loved it. We went to tour around the resort to take pictures before check out. It was really hard to leave the resort. We wanted to continue one more night but decided to wait until june - september since it will be the time when the turtles would lay eggs. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and are already planning for our next visit.
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Tanjong Jara Resort

Facilities

Two Swimming Pools

There are two swimming pools at Tanjong Jara Resort, a free-form pool by the lobby and another adjacent to the beach near the Spa Village. Each pool is surrounded by loungers and refreshments are served at the pool deck.

Sports & Entertainment

A range of activities can be enjoyed at the resort including tennis, snorkeling, jungle tours, kayaking, bird watching, river cruises and bicycle tours. A range of dive sites can be found a short boat journey from the resort whilst a number of eco tours to waterfalls and areas of natural beauty can also be organised close by.

Tajong Jara Spa Village

Tajong Jara's spa village is located amidst gardens, pools and has Thai-styled treatment rooms. Enjoy a range of massage and beauty treatments to promote well being and good health.

Library

A wide variety of magazines and novels can be found in the library located in a quiet cosy corner of the resort.

Classes

Enjoy a Malaysian cooking class to take home the Malaysian flavours and vibrant memories. Alternatively try some Batik Painting or kite making. Some classes are payable locally.

Tanjong Jara Resort

Room Types

Serambi Room

Serambi Seaview Room

Serambi Seaview Rooms come with 55 square metres of living space and are located on either the ground floor or the first floor. Here you can enjoy panoramic views of the South China Sea and verdant tropical gardens from your verandah. Your bathroom features a separate bathtub and shower.

Maximum occupancy: 2 adults, 1 child and 1 infant

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Serambi Room

Serambi Rooms come with 55 square metres of living space and are situated on the ground floor with a partially covered verandah overlooking the tropical gardens. Your Serambi Room is fitted with a king-sized bed whilst your bathroom comes with separate bath and shower facilities.

Maximum occupancy: 2 adults, 1 child and 1 infant

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Bumbung Room

Bumbung Sea View

Bambung Seaview Rooms come with 55 square metres of living space and are located on the upper floor. The room’s windows and veranda look out to breathtaking vistas of the tropical gardens and the South China Sea.

Maximum occupancy: 2 adults, 1 child and 1 infant

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Shower over bath
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Bumbung Room

Bambung Rooms come with 55 square metres of living space and are located on the upper floor. The room’s windows and terrace offer magnificent views of the tropical landscaped gardens.

Maximum occupancy: 2 adults, 1 child and 1 infant

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Shower over bath
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Tanjong Jara Resort

Food & Drink

Restaurant

Di Atas Sungei Restaurant

The name of this restaurant is Malay for 'Above The River' which is exactly where you will find it, surrounded by greenery and shaded by trees. Enjoy authentic local cuisine this venue is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Neyalan Lounge

Nelayan Restaurant

'Nelayan' in the Malay language means 'Fisherman'. Situated by the sea, the atmosphere at Nelayan is relaxed and informal. A variety of local and western meals are served for lunch and seafood is the main attraction at dinner.

Swimming pool

Teratai Terrace

Overlooking the sea and set beside the main pool, the Teratai Terrace serves snacks for lunch, cocktails in the evenings and also offers private dining experiences under the stars.

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast

Breakfast is served at Di Atas Sungei Restaurant.

Full Board

Full Board includes three course lunch at Nelayan Restaurant and three course dinner at either Nelayan or Di Atas Sungei Restaurants. House mineral water, coffee and tea are included.

Tanjong Jara Resort

Family Friendly Facilities

Kids' Pool

There is a children's wading pool near to the main pool.

Family friendly activities

A range of activities are on offer at the resort including batik painting, fish feeding and traditional handicraft making. Older children may also like to join their parents on the Jara Hill walk or a bicycle tour. Please note some activities are payable locally.

Baby Sitting

A baby sitting service is available and payable locally.

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