Find Treasured Moments At Sun-Kissed Resorts

05 January 2018

Travel to sunny Malaysia and Indonesia for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Across these tropical destinations there are three resorts where you’ll encounter moments you’ll treasure forever…


Tanjong Jara Resort

Delight in bespoke, unmistakeably Malay experiences at Tanjong Jara Resort. Located on Malaysia’s pristine unspoiled east coast, fronting a crescent-shaped stretch of golden beach, this resort is a secluded paradise with 100 rooms & Suites, which is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Choose from a selection of rooms whose décor is inspired by 17th century Malay palaces, with local timber and rich fabrics. Dining is an absolute delight as it’s delicious, scenic and informal. Here you can sample authentic Malaysian cuisine at the Di Atas Sungei restaurant, and enjoy delicious western style dishes and freshly caught local seafood in relaxed settings at Nelayan.

A selection of exciting amenities awaits at the Tanjong Jara Resort including tennis courts, two pools, an award-winning Spa Village and a dive centre. Discover the rich culture of the Malay heartland with tours, cooking classes and guided excursions that offer a unique insight into the local way of life.

Between March and September explore the reefs off Tenggol island. The seasonal diving and snorkelling in its waters is one of Asia's best kept secrets, as the tropical latitudes give the clear waters around the island an extraordinarily rich seabed and great marine biodiversity

No trip to Tanjong Jara Resort is complete without a session in its spa village, where you can indulge in treatments that draw on natural ingredients and age-old traditions to make you feel energised and revitalised. Only 75 minutes from Kuala Terengganu and 4.5 hours from Kuala Lumpur, here you will discover the natural charms of sleepy fishing villages and long stretches of golden beaches at this tranquil hideaway.


Gaya Island Resort, Sabah Borneo

An intimate, sun-kissed retreat awaits you at Gaya Island Resort. Surrounded by coral reefs, amid Pulau Gaya’s Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, this unique hotel is a treat for the senses. Nestled within the hillside and surrounded by a tropical rainforest, Gaya Island Resort looks out over the South China Sea towards Mt Kinabalu. You will stay in hillside villas designed to blend in with the natural environment, created with local materials to reflect the glory of nature throughout your living space.

Enjoy culinary treats from the Asia-Pacific region at The Feast Village – the resort’s interactive dining experience – charming seafood restaurant Fisherman’s Cove or two-storey Japanese eatery Omakase. Take a 5 minute speedboat ride to the resort’s private beach at Tavajun Bay where you can enjoy ‘bajau’ beach BBQs, a picnic or private dining. Here too is the fascinating Gaya Island Marine Conservation Centre, where one can meet the Resort’s resident Marine Biologist and learn about the vital work being done in reef preservation, as well as turtle rescue rehabilitation and breeding.

A must at the resort is to visit the Gaya Island Resort Wildlife Centre. Here you can take a guided jungle trail with the resident naturalist which may reveal many unique Bornean jungle inhabitants, including perhaps - the intriguing Proboscis Monkeys.

Above the Mangroves within the forest is one of the most renowned spa villages in this region Gaya Island Resort Spa Village, here one can be pampered with unique treatments incorporating many traditional Borneo forest ingredients. Experience healing treatments like rolling wave massages, inner light facials, relaxing ‘honey and avocado seed facials’ and revitalising ‘Borneo vanilla orchid and honey cocoon’ skin care packages. Gaya Island Resort can be reached via a 35-minute car journey and 10-minute speedboat ride from Kota Kinabalu International Airport, so you can also discover the region!


Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali

Situated on the quiet, northeast coast of Bali, the gentle spirituality of the island and its rich culture infuses every encounter in this tranquil sanctuary. Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali provides the perfect holistic retreat. The peaceful atmosphere, warm sunshine, fresh air and soothing sounds of the ocean lend an ideal environment to de-stress and recharge.  

All meals are included in this adult-only resort.  The Wantilan restaurant, overlooking the sea, provides beautiful views of the ocean and a menu that changes daily; adapting freshly prepared dishes to each catch of the day and using seasonal ingredients available from local farmers in Bali.

In addition to simply relaxing at the magnificent infinity pool overlooking the lapping waves and surrounded by traditional outdoor pavilions, you will enjoy a complimentary daily 50 minute spa treatment per person.  You may also choose to experience complimentary in house daily group activities drawn from the creativity, history and traditions of this Island of the Gods.

Many other additional activities and excursions are available to discover such as a serene spa set under a sea of stars. Dive and explore the rich marine life that surrounds the island or cycle to a nearby waterfall for a picnic breakfast. Watch the sunrise from the peak of the island’s sacred mountain, embark on a sunset cruise or simply indulge in the traditional spa treatments and healing therapies of the Balinese.

To preserve the peaceful sanctuary of the Spa Village experience, the resort welcomes children the age of 16 and above, advocates the absence of mobile phones in public areas, a smoke-free environment and no televisions in guest rooms. Your resort, which has 31 rooms, suites and villas, is located within 2 hours and 30 minutes of Denpasar Airport, offering you the freedom to check some Balinese landmarks off your bucket list. Chill on the sands of Kelan Beach, find spiritual clarity among the Jagatnatha Temple’s impressive stone motifs or stroll through the Ngurah Rai Mangrove Forest.

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