Tanjong Jara Hotel
Batu 8, (off Jalan Dungun), Dungun, Terengganu, 23000, Malaysia
Perfect for a honeymoon...
Winner of the Aga Khan architecture award, this exceptional resort is a masterpiece and showcase of 17th Century Malay architecture.
Facing the South China Sea, the property (17 hectares which I did not fully explore...) is located about 9 km from Dungun, a sleepy seaside town. As Kuala Terengganu is not a very "happening" place, visitors tend to give this town a miss and head straight for Pulau Redang instead. However, this resort, which was first set up in 1979 by the Tourism Development Corporation has been taken over & re-furbished by the YTL Hotel & Properties Group (who also run the world famous Pangkor Laut Resort), is certainly worth a visit.
Even if you do not get to stay there, do visit the resort and take a stroll around on the beach and its gardens. Although tended by a bevy of garderners they have been left for the most part untouched, and therefore exude a natural, and untamed feel.
Monsoon Season: the winds blow incessantly, reminding us that Mother Nature is everywhere and capable of unleashing her fury upon us! It does add to the character and charm of the resort. In the dark of the otherwise quiet night, snuggle up with your loved ones and listen to the waves pounding on the rocks and beach just 100 meters away from your chalet window!
Tips For Corporate Groups: The staff (under the guidance of the affable & friendly Cap't Mok) can organise some interesting and fun team-building activities on the beach, or if you like, a night treasure hunt which takes you through the grounds searching for clues!
Unique Quality: I was really lucky and got to stay at the Anjung Room, (total size 88 square meters & there are only 10 such rooms in the Resort). The bathroom is a marvel, it features two sinks, a shower that is practically outdoors, an outdoor sunken bath set within your own private garden (walls high enough so you can bath privately) Be warned - there are mirrors everywhere ...if you're in the bathroom with the sliding door open, your reflection will be seen by anyone who's in the room (oops, no visitors when I'm in the shower please)!
Luxurious toiletries (I loved the Banana Shampoo) such as those available at their sister resort, Pangkor Laut are available to all hotel guests.
Laze your day away on the Day-Bed (See pics) or on the King size bed. The day bed is set in front of the floor to ceiling windows, and you can relax in cool air-conditioned comfort just a stone's throw from the beach. This would be perfect for a honeymoon couple who want to do little more than gaze into each others eyes or at the sunset together! (and perhaps also the reflections of their lovers from all angles!)
Serambi (ground floor with large verandah) and Bumbung (first floor with balcony) are the other types of rooms. All are spacious and equally charming in their own right.
Hot Tip For Locals: Visit during the tail end of the monsoon season each January for a fixed 3D/2N package, which includes meals and accommodation. Dine in style at Di Atas Sungei or by the beach
Monsoon season warning: Do NOT swim in the sea, because even when it looks calm, it can be dangerous!
Directions: Fly to Kuala Terengganu or Kuantan from KL.
(either MAS or Air Asia), then take a taxi or coach to the resort
1 hour drive from Kuala Terenganu (69 km)
2 hours drive from Kuantan (219 km)
5 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur
More about Tanjong Jara Hotel
TANJONG JARA BEACH HOTEL
Back in 1982, this was a very good hotel. I noticed on the net that it still exists, so I guess, it's still a nice place to stay at the East coast. The design of this resort is derived from the elegantly crafted wooden palaces of Malay sultans with 17th century traditional Malay architectural structures.
It was an 8hrs drive from singapore. Quite tiring for the driver thou. But the moment i stepped out of the car i was greeted with such wonderful smiles. I was attended by their bell boy and ushered in by the another hotel staff served with cold towels and refreshing welcome drink. Service is excellent for tg jara. we don't even need to go over the lobby counter to fill in our particulars but they come to us instead.
As we walking to our rooms with their satff providing us information of their activities and event that will be going on, my eyes wandered the luscious landscapes and nice architecture surrounding the resorts. They provide 3 types of accomodation, the Anjung Suite, which was a 2 unit side by side, Serambi & Bumbung suite have the same layout. Only thing Serambi (the word itself means patio) so its understood that there's a patio space. My stay was the Serambi, layout is spacious and bathroom size is like another bedroom size!
This is a place you may want to consider staying in as it's rich culture is seen and felt all over the resort. I would definitely come again. Lucky us that we reached on a saturday because they were having, i believe its some sort of culture introduction to their guest introducing the activities of their ppl from 5pm to 6pm. Their staff gathered to play sepaktakraw, congkak, kompang...etc and they little huts preparing delicacies like cucur pisang, otak-otak (extremly delicious!), keropok lekor, lemang w/ beef serunding (must try!), apam balik. I must say that you try all food. The great thing is, delicacies are on the house. How sweet is that.
All rooms are facing the sexy beutiful tg jara beach ;)
Two numbers of pool. The horizon and the freeform. Spa village is nicely tucked with a beautiful landscape surrounding. Gym is fully equipped. Activities like going over to waterfall at Chemerong, cycling, diving and snorkelling. I may say they have almost everything here. A perfect place rest and relax.
Village Style Hotel in Terengganu
This is a beautiful hotel along the beach, resembling like a typical Malay village with tall coconut palms.
The traditional Malay style rooms and the individual chalets provide privacy and relaxing atmosphere.
Great place to stay if you can afford the budget.
TANJUNG JARA BEACH HOTEL
TANJUNG JARA BEACH RESORT
Located 9 Kilometer from small town Dungun in the State of TERENGGANU..East Cost of West Malaysia. Traditional Malay Sultanate Palace. During construction, they avoid to use any Nail or Bolt & Nut to strangthen the structure. Emmm..
this is the first hotel equip with Mosquito Net...may
be the Sultan in the old days sleeping in the Mosquito Net..just to show nearly the Malay Palace's Life or may be this place having sooo many Mosquito (lol).
nice beach and sun
I really enjoyed massage and sunbath while staying here. You can probably enjoy swimming in the nice pool or into the ocean. But there is no local stores around just inside the resort. So if you want to enjoy shopping, better choose Hawaii instead. But if you want to relax and do nothing, this is one to choose. But I was turned down by one thing, which is food here. You probably get tired of eating malaysian food at main restaurant every day. Seasoning they use here is almost same everyday and price is expensive( about 250 US for 5 dishes). Pool and Villa by the ocean. IF you like to see beautiful and crystal clean ocean, stay there during March to May.
Tanjung Jara Resort
at Tanjung Jara Beach
Tanjong Jara Resort
Would anyone recommend staying here or should we go to Redang Island?
Re: Tanjong Jara Resort
Depending on what you want.........!!
Tanjung Jara is a Deluxe 6-star property located on the mainland with a long romantic beach. The hotel area & rooms are spacious and cosy and quiet.. Service is very good. Everything you can expect from a 6-star property. Of course you have to pay for it. The price range for per room per night is about RM600 to RM1500 per night.
Redang Island is a haven for snorkeling & diving. Tend to be a bit crowded during peak seasons. For accommodation, you can have a budget resort to 5-star resort. There is about 15 hotels or more in the island. Price range from RM150 to RM500 per night.
Romantic getaway...relax....quiet....recharge, go for Tanjung Jara. Want a bit more crowd and water activities go for Redang.
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Tanjong Jara Hotel
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Tanjong Jara Resort
- Tanjong Jara Dungun
- Tanjong Jara Hotel Dungun
Address: Batu 8, (off Jalan Dungun), Dungun, Terengganu, 23000, Malaysia