Awana Kijal Resort Terengganu
KM28, Jalan Kemaman-Dungun, Kijal, Terengganu, 24100, Malaysia
Best location but bad service
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Great location by the beach, clean sand and good cooling breeze.
However, surprisingly rude hotel staff with odd routine- checking out bed linens before guests check out.
Beds are too soft (presumably too old) - got a bad backache in the morning.
Breakfast- wide selection but mediocre quality, many items not replenished.
No free wifi- even wifi at lobby will be charged RM25.
Tips- go to KFC to have your meal, cheap- and complimentary wifi.
If you don't like fast food- go to Restoran Pertama Kijal, corner shop, reasonably priced (fixed price on menu) and relatively good Chinese food.
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Directions: Between Chukai (famous stuffed crab restaurant) and Kerteh (oil rich Petronas town)
Longest Private Beach
General: Went on a family trip with my double brother-in-law's (he married my sis and I married his) family. We drove in a Toyota Innova and it took us about 4.5 hrs (thankfully to the newly opened East Cost Highway). Being RCI members we booked the apartment units which are located just beside the main hotel units. We booked 2 units and each had 2 rooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen and dining room.
Amenities: The apartments look rather run down on the outside and initally we regretted our choice of coming to the resort. However the inside of the apartments looked better. The only complain is there was a strong smell of fish like someone had been cleaning fish in the kitchen but did not do a good cleanup job. We had to buy some deodrants that we kept spraying through out our stay there. The kitchen had the basic utensils for some light cooking and enough of plates, cups for use.
Facilities: Swimming pool - The kids will enjoy the pool as it has a nice kids area with slides, hippo and crocodile float, fountain. Adults will enjoy the 2 large jacuzzi that is attached to the pool. Its is covered and easily seats 8 adults.
Hotel - We ate at a Italian restaurant at the hotel and had some wood oven cooked pizzas, pasta, etc. Good food and it was reasonably priced.
Outside - There is row of shops on the main road outside the hotel. There is a good chinese seafood restaurant, an indian restaurant and KFC (for your fast food junkies)
Unique Quality: The Beach: It is probably the longest beach I have seen any hotel have. All 7km of it which is directly facing the hotel with no other hotels in its vincinity. The beach had really nice white sand that was extremely clean. We went during low season so we had practically the whole place to ourselves. It was too long for us to explore it all during our holiday of 4 days.
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Fun for the Whole Family-Part II
We stayed there using our time-share. I believe you can rent the apartments on a weekly basis if you belong to a time-share or vacation club. Nice views and well-landscaped with golf driving range and beautiful golf course.
Pool is very, very big and in some parts, very deep but the water was always cold.
Two large outdoor jacuzzis, one of which was always filled with delightfully hot water.
Nice children's waterplay area, however do keep an eye out for your kids, because the water IS VERY DEEP in certain sections. There are vigilant life-guards on duty, but they can't be everywhere at the same time!
Pool & jacuzzi were a bit sandy - no thanks to people who would trapize in and out from the nearby beach.
Golf, Spa, Beach-everything is here !
A large and low-rise resort style hotel that has been well-maintained. A favourite among golfers and convention groups. The spa is a new addition.
Staff are efficient and friendly.
Large lobby area, quite expansive when viewed from above.
Unlike at the apartments, there were no water pressure problems here and the showers worked just fine! Good food at the Coffee House, including themed dinners (Haiwaiian Luau, BBQ, Japanese Buffet...), at reasonable prices.
As mentioned in previous tip, the pool is very big, at the deepest, it is 1.5 m. I swam laps there every evening because no one was there. Most people and their kids were crowded around the kids waterplay park.
7.6 km private beach, 800 acres of gardens and golf course. Land & Watersports : boardgames, bicycles, water-scooters, catamaran, etc. are available for hire.
Fun for the Whole Family
The serviced apartments that we stayed in were comfortable for a family of 4-6 people. Master bedroom comes with a double bed, the other room with two singles and the sofa outside can also be converted into a bed. There are 2 bathrooms, an almost fully equipped kitchen (two electric stoves, pots, cooking utensils, cutlery, plates, cups and glasses~ but no microwave oven).
I liked the little additional touches: providing dishwashing liquid & kitchen towels, a broom and dustpan. Essential when you stay here for a week!
Cleaning service and change of bed linen is provided every other day. Apartments were average on the outside but well maintained on the inside. One peeve: water pressure was low: not fun at all when showering!
A convenient store (for those daily necessities), a handicraft and t-shirt store, KFC and some restaurants were just a 2- minute walk away.
Upside: those who stay in the apartment do have full access and use of the hotel facilities. (next tip has more details on the facilities)
To Awana Kijal Resort-You're almost there!
After Cukai/Kemaman, when you have driven past the row of lemang stalls, look out for the signs that reads Awana Kijal Resort, which will be on your right. Just before that sign, you will come to a Star Cruise Jetty sign, followed by a row of shophouses, immediately before the junction.
When you see this sign (see pics), you'll know that your journey is over and you have reached Awana Kijal Resort.
Time taken from KL: about 4-4.5 hours
Awana Kijal Resort
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land transport from Kuantan to Awana-Kijal
I will be travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Awana-Kijal, Trengganu in October, 2009. I intend to go via Kuantan. Is there a bus from Kuantan to Awana-Kijal and what are the schedules like?
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Awana Kijal Resort Terengganu
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Address: KM28, Jalan Kemaman-Dungun, Kijal, Terengganu, 24100, Malaysia