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06 December, 2012

Tanjong Jara Resort in Terengganu


Tanjong Jara Resort in Terengganu is one of the few unique holiday destinations that offer a very traditional and local experience. In 2012, I had visited this place twice as I was on my way to Perhentian and Tenggol Island so the long 8 hour drive there required me to spend a night there. As Tanjong Jara is located in the Dungun area, it is also situated in a private and isolated area within the local kampung.

The beauty about this resort is that the owners, YTL Hotels brand it under the tag line 'Unmistakable Malay' where the traditional Malay influences are used overall here where the majority is based on 17th century Malay palaces. From the restaurants right to the room, you will see a fantastic fusion of Malay and Asian cultures. When you talk about the scenery here, it is something out of a postcard where lush greenery divides the beach from the resort. And yes, it is a beach front property and a private one too.

Tanjong Jara Resort

Just to give you a heads up warning, this will be a picture heavy article with lots of pictures from the resort. Click on them to see the full sized photo of Tanjong Jara Resort. Anyway, back to the resort - branded 5 Star, you are sure of quality holiday makers minus the loud teenagers and screaming kids and this was a plus point for me as I wanted a place where I could relax and lay back. They have two swimming pools where one is only for adults and the larger one open to all. I kind of like this concept where if you want some peace and quiet, you have the option to do so. 

Resort grounds are beautifully taken care of with lots of foliage especially the greens. Occasionally a hornbill or two will make their presence while many other migrating birds can be heard in the mornings and evenings. The 99 rooms and suits are divided into blocks where you have a sea view or garden view and maintain the traditional wooden architecture. Facilities are placed strategically around the entire resort that sits on a 77.7 acre land area.


The Beach

A private area spanning over 1 kilometer long, you will find beach tables and chairs well spaced out. Sitting here facing the South China Sea with book in hand and cocktail on table was one of the things I managed to do without any interference with someone trying to sell you something or screaming kids running up and down. The sound of fairly large surfing waves complete the experience but it is advised that you check with the resort if you want to go swimming there. Usually a red flag is visible when the waves are strong and if you are bringing very young children, you need to be a little more alert while on the beach. 


The Pool 

With two swimming pools offered here, you are definitely in for a treat as the main infinity pool overlooks the sea and is located just by the Nelayan Restaurant. Wooden pergolas in drapes provide a relaxing time by the pool while deck chairs are available around the pool for those wanting some sun. The other pool, called Teratai Pool is awesome for those seeking privacy. Set in an almost enclosed area, there is a bar near by where you can order cocktails or juices and simply lounge by the pool.


The Rooms

All the rooms there have a wooden finishing which gives you a warm and comfortable feeling. Tanjong Jara offers 99 rooms in the form of deluxe, suites and villas which are located around the premises. All rooms come with a private mini balcony area with no obstruction. They are not on the beach but facing the sea. Spacious and well decorated with modern amenities, I cannot help commenting about the bed and bathroom. The bed was super comfortable, one of the best sleeps I had in a long time while the bathroom was half the size of the room. This goes to show that you are getting what you deserve while on holiday.


The Food

One thing I have to take my hat off to is the chefs here at TJR. From breakfast till dinner, I could not compliment them enough with the amazing quality of dishes churned out. There are three main restaurants here - Di Atas Sungai which translates as Above The River serving some amazing local fusion dishes, Teratai Terrace by the pool which serves private dining experiences from an overall menu and Nelayan which means Fisherman offering fine dining western cuisine for dinner. Was the food good? Yes, yes and yes plus I simply cannot get enough of the local fried rice at Di Atas Sungai.


The Spa

Spa Village which is an award winning spa that uses only traditional methods and ingredients in this ancient way of the Malay life. Local Malaysian therapist and masseurs who are highly trained perform programs for relaxation, re-invigoration and stress relief based on traditional healing methods. If you have never tried any of the YTL spas before, this is one of the recommended ones and I say this due to my first hand experience here.You will not be disappointed.


The Island

Tenggol Island is located about 45 minutes away from Tanjong Jara Resort (TJR). Therefore, the resort offers snorkeling and scuba diving packages to the island which includes a barbecue lunch. Transportation to the jetty and then a return boat ride is also included in the package.

All you need to do is bring your swim wear. If you are a scuba diver, TJR has a very experienced in-house dive instructor and guide that will take you on a very interesting dive at Tenggol Island. full diving gear is also available for rental. If you get seasick easily, I would advise against going for this trip as the waters can be a little choppy depending on the season.


The Activities 

Turtle watching at Tanjong Jara was one of the main highlights as this special package is only available during the turtle season at Rantau Abang in Terengganu. Seriously, this is one of the most amazing things to witness when the mother turtle lays her eggs and even more joyous when the baby turtles are released back to the sea. There are plenty more activities available here and you can find them at the end of the article.





The Pictures

As far as I know, photography is a big part of my travel experiences and I love taking pictures of resorts, attractions and just about anything that comes in my way. I do not claim to be a professional photographer but I do enjoy taking photos during my trips and sharing them on my social media networks. Here are a series of random pictures taken around the Tanjong Jara Resort in Terengganu. Click on them to see the full picture.

Seaside gazebo picture

Sea facing villas at Tanjong Jara Resort

Tanjong Jara sea view from the pergola

Teratai Pool - Adults only

Tanjong Jara beach

Beach chairs

L - Activity Board at the resort, R - Outdoor area at Nelayan Restaurant

Spa Village at Tanjong Jara Resort

Inside the room bathroom

Spa Village relax area

Anjung room bathroom with outdoor jacuzzi

Finally before I pen off, there are many things one can do here at TJR. For example, if you love nature, this place is perfect for you as a number of nature related activities are readily available for guests. If you love exploring your taste buds, there is a cooking class that can be arranged and you can explore the local and traditional Malay cooking. For craft lovers, there is batik painting and for those who want to do absolutely nothing, no one is going to disturb you.

For activities at Tanjong Jara Resort, you are spoiled for choices from the list below;
  • Snorkeling or Diving in Tenggol Island 
  • Nature Walk
  • Cooking Class 
  • Chemerung Waterfall Excursion
  • Eco-adventure Marang River Cruise 
  • Guided Bicycle Tour
  • Batik Painting 
  • Traditional Handicraft Tour
  • Birdwatching around the resort 
  • Turtle viewing (subject to season)
For more information or booking, please see the Tanjong Jara Resort website. They have on going promotions from time to time as well. TJR is a 4-5 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur city therefore most guests prefer to fly in to Kuala Terengganu and the resort will have the driver come pick them from the airport.The journey is only and hour and a half from the airport to the resort. As for me, I love driving out of the city as there is much to see along the way so if you are up for a good mixture in a driving holiday, take that challenge and head over to Tanjong Jara Resort in Terengganu.

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5 comments:

Ma'am IEDA said... 7 December 2012 12:23

This is really a nice resort in the East Coast. Plan to stay there next year, hopefully :).

Elal Jane Lasola said... 7 December 2012 13:54

Lovely beach! And the food... Oh I miss being in a resort and just enjoying the view.

David Jr said... 7 December 2012 14:12

Thanks Ma'am and Elal. Tanjong Jara is absolutely one of the preferred resorts this part of the country. Hope you make it there one day.

Meanwhile, do look out for the YTL promotions for 2013.

tala said... 17 December 2012 15:24

it looks amazing! But can ladies wear bikini on the beach area?

David Jr said... 17 December 2012 15:46

Tala - Thank you and yes, at Tanjong Jara, you can do so. It's a private resort.

Item Reviewed: Tanjong Jara Resort in Terengganu Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: David Jr
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