Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa is one of the few resorts that cater to Eco-tourism in Malaysia. Located on the banks of Lake Kenyir (Tasik Kenyir), the resort covers an area of 60 acres and is surrounded by the world's oldest tropical rainforest in the region and is the one of the main gateways to Taman Negara, Malaysia's national park.

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa

Lake Kenyir Resort and Spa is also one of the best getaways I have had because it is in the middle of nowhere. Getting to Kenyir Resort is fairly simple as from the town of Terengganu, one has to self drive for an hour heading towards Kuala Berang and then to the resort. I was lucky as when I arrived here, it was low season and the place was very quiet. Just perfect for a nice and quiet holiday at Kenyir.

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa - Outside the main entrance

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa comprises of 135 individual chalets which almost all of them are facing Lake Kenyir. This was one of the perks of staying at the chalets as you could witness the beautiful rainforest sunsets against the lake while listening to the pure sounds of nature.

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa - Main entrance

The main entrance of the Kenyir Resort is mainly made from wood with hints of traditional Malay wood carvings on various pillars of the structure. It gives you a warm feeling when you walk in as the entire place is open aired.

Beautiful architecture throughout the resort

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa - Resort buggy service

After checking in, I was ushered into a waiting buggy from the resort which would take us to our lake view chalet. The polite staff helped us carry our bags and we were off for a 10 minute ride around the resort grounds before reaching our Malay styled wooden chalet.

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa - View of some chalets along the banks

Passing many other chalets, I could not help notice that most of them were by the banks of the lake while some were perched on the hillside opposite the buggy path.

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa - Room view

Reaching the chalet, I must say I was totally shocked to see how nice they were from the inside as from the outside, they just look like any other chalet. So, judging from the pictures you see, these were all taken by me. Not some stock footage taken from a website. Pretty impressive I thought to myself when I opened the chalet door.

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa - Sitting area in the chalet room

There was no Plasma or LCD Television but for a 29" inch, it was good enough for me. Not that I came here to watch TV. The sofa was comfortable but I used it to put my bags.

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa - Bathroom

The bathroom was equally fantastic. It was large and spacious with a hint of modern design. I absolutely had no complaints whatsoever here. The showers were fantastic!

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa - Sunset view from my chalet balcony

Actually I had checked in late on that day so by the time I had settled down in my room and went out to the balcony, I could not believe the beauty which was waiting for me outside. It was about half past six and the sun was about to set behind the mountains and rainforest. That night, I had one of the best sleeps in a very long time as the sounds of crickets and night creatures were such a lullaby to my ears.

View of Kenyir Lake from the restaurant balcony

The next morning, I headed out for the buffet breakfast and I choose to sit outdoors where the views were spectacular. In the picture above, I had finished my breakfast and walked not more than 10 feet to the balcony to capture that view.

The Kenyir Resort Restaurant has two sections to have your meals, one being indoor with air conditioning and the other which is outside. I am guessing, it is the outdoors that most guests would be sitting as the air is fresh with excellent views of Lake Kenyir.

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa - Restaurant

The restaurant is located one level below the lobby so looking up from the restaurant, you can see part of the main lobby and reception area which is a favourite area for viewing the lake. If you go one level lower, you are at the pool area.

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa - Coffee House view

Inside the lobby coffee house, one could also have amazing views of Lake Kenyir. Generally, from almost anywhere in the resort, you can see this beautiful lake. A plus point is that there are no other resorts visible when you stay here.

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa jetty

I had booked a boat trip around Kenyir Lake from the resort sport and recreational department. They offer various activities from kayaking, fishing, nature trips, waterfall visits and all things related to Kenyir Lake. Right after lunch, I met up with my local guide who then took us to the resort jetty where our custom cruiser was waiting.

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa - Boat trip to the lake

The boat took us for a 3 hour tour around Lake Kenyir and mainly to the waterfalls and to see the famous Kenyir Dead Trees. Along the way, we saw various fishing boats, boat houses and even a boat hotel (uncompleted one though). Fishing in Kenyir Lake is a big thing for locals if you should know, you can read about this in my other blog posting at the end of this post.

Along the way back to the Kenyir Resort and Spa jetty, I asked the boat man to cruise pass the resort chalets as I would like to see them from the lake point of view. So from the shots you see here, they are nicely built along the banks of the Kenyir Lake having one of the best views.

Ulik Mayang Spa at Kenyir Resort

Even the Kenyir Ulik Mayang Spa was an entire bungalow unit which had a beautiful lake view. Sadly I did not have time for a spa or massage at this famous local Kenyir Ulik Mayang Spa. I had put this for my next trip here as I have heard great reviews about the Malay Traditional Massage.

Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa - Chalets lined along the banks

My conclusion to the Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa - It is a very beautiful nature loving place. If you are the sort that loves the city or shopping, this is not the place for you. This place caters to those who love nature, eco-tourism, the wildlife, fishing, bird watching and just plain relaxing without any worries.

In the resort, there is a convenience shop, gift shop, laundry and even air ticket confirmation here. Everything revolves around this resort and Internet broadband is available if you need to keep in touch with the cyber world.

Kenyir Resort is also an excellent place to bring your kids for a full rainforest experience and connecting with nature. The resorts recreational department is full of activities so please inquire with them. I would suggest you book a boat trip to explore the lake.

Take note that this place caters to a lot of western tourist who come here to enjoy our beautiful rainforest so you may see a lot of them around the resort.

Room Rates here are from;
  • RM380 (US$108) Superior Chalets
  • RM440 (US$125) Deluxe Chalets
  • RM620 (US$177) Executive Suite
  • RM1200 (US$343) Kenyir Suite
For more details on this resort, please visit the official website of Lake Kenyir Resort and Spa

The address for the Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa:

Lake Kenyir Resort and Spa
P.O. Box 32, 21700 Kuala Berang
Terengganu Darul Iman, Malaysia
Telephone: 609 666 8888
Fax: 609 666 8343

Kuala Lumpur Sales Office
Level 1, Wisma DRB HICOM
No. 2, Jalan Usahawan U1/8, Section U1,
40150 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Telephone: 603 2052 7766
Fax: 603 2052 7767

Map to Lake Kenyir Resort and Spa

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Getting to Kenyir with various transportation
  • Flights from KLIA/LCCT to Terengganu and then a taxi to the resort
  • Bus to Terengganu and then taxi to resort (time about 7 hours from KL)
  • Car (Self Drive) to Kuala Berang and then to Kenyir (About 5-6 hours drive frokm KL)

I have another blog posting on my Kenyir Lake Boat Trip with more details on Kenyir and also some videos.

~ David Jr
Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa Reviewed by David Jr on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Rating: 5


yoon see said...

Lovely post David!
This is one of my must go local destination. Thanks for sharing:)
Happy day and make a wish.
You are invited to come by and make a wish.
Bye David:)

Nicholas Leong said...

This is a beautiful place to stay. Those chalets look awesome :)

J2Kfm said...

the place looks gorgeous, david.
a perfect getaway for two, or a get together BBQ trip with a bunch of frens.

David Jr said...

Thank you Yoon See, wish made :)

Nicholas, they are really nice. No regrets going there.

Robo, Perfect in an All-Nature setting! Sadly, I didn't have time for a BBQ...


QuaChee said...

looks beautiful. we sure have lots of things in our country.. and this is just one of the many to be explored :)

Cath J said...

NICE!!! Must go 1 day..

David Jr said...

Thanks QuaChee, in fact, you are absolutely right about so many things in our own country.

Cath, so many places, so little time and money...right?


Johor Bahru Guy said...

Awesome! such a nice view..

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