This is a resort with 5-star service and but not 5-star amenities.
There were some renovations going on but never disturbed us.
The resort never seems busy and is an hotel for people physically in good shape.
To our room (treetop nº13) we had more than 100 stairs... not all together, not that difficult and the walkway through the jungle has now handrails.
Location - I have never seen water so clear and snorkelling is great off the end of the jetty ... but :
To swim and enjoy the sea we had to walk till the end of the jetty as the beach is full of rocks and dead coral.
As the location is on the jungle, we had to live with it : the first night was a bit scary cause of the noise made mainly by monkeys and squirrels. The tree above our room was a food station for them...
There are only 3 beach pavilions to sunbathe - but you can sunbathe at the end of the jetty, on the Italian restaurant
The pool area was always desert-one uses it!.
There is no safe, furniture and no space to hang clothes – not even a chair.
The room has only bamboo blinds - there is light in the room from sunrise to sunset.
The a/c was weak and slow to cool the room.
There are several holes in the walls/floor of the room. Never had problems with small animals or bugs – except for the ants – those were the only visitors we had but the staff immediately solve the problem.
The Tamarind serves breakfast Thai & Vietnamese. The Mandi Mandi restaurant serves Italian.
The food is of good value, there are always enough tables so you will never have to wait for a table.
The breakfast was average due to the limited choice. The juices were really good.
Our first impression was not to like – specially the room - but we ended up really enjoying and have a great holidays
Unique Quality: The location is fantastic
This has to be the best place I have ever stayed at, overall, for a total I-am-pampering-myself time.
Mind you, it is not for everyone.
First, if you like the big Berjaya type of places (I don't), then this is not for you.
It is very expensive, especially taking into account Malaysian hotel prices in general. They also charge a lot for pick up from airport jetty and diving, but we just took a private "taxi" voat from the airport. For diving, it would be possible to arrange for some of the centres in Tekek etc. to come and pick you up from Japamala.
However, I did not regret any of the money I spent.
Second, there is no mobile phone, phone, tv or internet coverage of any kind. You can phone from reception's landline. So if you love your TV, Internet and cannot live without mobile phone, this is not the place for you.
I myself cannot describe the relief of not hearing ANY phone ringing for 3 whole days! There Is a large flat screen TV (but no TV reception) in each chalet, and the reception have dozens of movies you can borrow.
The huts can be best described as jungle luxury, loved the furnishings, the fantastic array of natural toiletries included, robes and slippers, etc.
11 cabins, perched on the steep slopes rising from the beach, and 2 excellent restaurants for how many? maybe 30 people maximum (if you count extra beds), certainly less than 20 guests when we were there, but both restaurants were fully open all the time.
I loved the Indo-chinese food in the Tamarind terrace (see my restaurant tip) but the setting of the jetty restaurant is unbeatable. Beautiful seafood sitting under the stars with the South China Sea lapping under you (or coral fish swimming by in daytime).
Towels, snorkels, fins, kayaks..are free to just pick up and use. At 4 o'clock staff will locate you to give you your afternoon snack. There is no connection to anywhere by land in Tioman so you are forced to relax.
Stayed in a Treetop villa, as Seacliff was not available: those would be best for me.
Unique Quality: Totally cut-off from the world quality holiday. The first time the actual place actually looked like or was even better than the photos. Claims to be totally ecological.
Directions: Pulau Tioman. Ferry from Mersing or Air Berjaya from Singapore (Selator Airport) or KL. Take boat from airport jetty if you don't want to pay expensive Japamala pick up rates.
Tioman Island Only Boutique Resort
Japamala. The small hidden jewel of Tioman Island. Secretly hidden at the corner of the island.
A small boutique resort wth fantastic accomodations, food & spa. By the way it has its own private beach. No doubt abt the tiptop services frm the staff. Facilities & amenities is only ok, as they are now gg thru an upgrade & expansion. Come Sept 07 there will be more amenities for e.g cable, internet & in villa phone. Facilities wise, more villas, a bigger main pool and a spa centre will be ready by then. Basic water sports equipments, books & dvds are provided free of charge. Accomodations varies frm Treetop Chalets, Seaview Chalets, Sarang Villas & Hilltop Plunge Pool Villas. All come wth their own balcony. Watch out for the Seaview Pool Villas! It shld be ready by late 07. For those who are hungry for a midnite snack, they maybe disappointed as they hv a schedule for serving meals due to the fact of the small number of occupants. For pool lovers, u maybe disappointed as the current main pool is kinda small. U will hv to patiently wait till Sept 07 or later for them to finish up the new bigger main pool.
Would strongly recommended for those who are looking for a quiet & romantic getaway.
Unique Quality: The resorts concept itself is eco-friendly. U could see frm it by the way the villas are built, the walkways and even the restaurants. Every detail is taken into consideration not to disturb the natural landscape. Fresh seafood is a must as the chef served it wonderfully! Hv the seafood meal right above the sea. U will love it! The resort's Tamarind restaurant seems to be quite well known on the island itself. Treetop Villas & Seaview Villas hv the best seaview.
Where space is comfort & luxury is seclusion!
Even though I did not stay here before but I'm shocked to know that Berjaya Tioman Beach/Spa/Suite Resort may not be the best resort in Tioman island.
Japamala is a boutique resort in the heart of nature. Hidden amidst 11 acres of lush tropical rainforest are 4 exotic villas & 6 charming chalets, flanked by a quiet beach. In true seclusion, this resort is often besieged by nature-lovers & honeymooners or those who yearn to simply self-indulge.
Unique Quality: In its naturalistic state, Japamala's magnificent landscape is designed by natural streams, steep cliffs & towering boulders on which some of its Malay kampung-styled chalets on stilts sit. While these chalets offer the most hypnotic ocean views of the South China Sea, those hidden up in the forested canopy allow a life of uninterrupted pleasure.
Imagine the simplicity of the traditional living space adorned with a modern chic.
Japamala aspires to evoke your inner senses by leading you on a unique journey of Asian Experience - a refine blend of gourmet, green space & great recovery from a hectic lifestyle.
Directions: South-west of Tioman island & futher south of Genting village
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Address: Tioman Island, Pahang, 26800, Malaysia
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Amenities at JapaMala Resort
- Swimming Pool
- Room Service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High Speed Internet
- Bar / Lounge
- Airport Transportation
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