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Over Tanjong Jara Resort
Dit weelderige resort kijkt uit op de Zuid-Chinese zee. Bij de Teratai Pool Terrace geniet u van heerlijke traditionele gerechten als nasi goreng en er is regelmatig een 'gamelan' voorstelling. In de omgeving kunt u tijdens een riviercruise hagedissen, apen, riviertrotters, ijsvogels en zeearenden spotten. Als u hier in de periode van april tot september verblijft kunt u zelfs, als u geluk heeft, gigantische zeeschildpadden hun eieren zien leggen op het strand. In deze periode kunt u ook uitstekend duiken bij het prachtige eiland Pulau Tenggol. Om bij te komen van alle activiteiten kunt u zich heerlijk terugtrekken in de prachtige Spa Village. Ook de inwendige mens komt hier niets te kort, naast de spa vormt de keuken een van de troeven van dit resort: zeer afwisselende menu's voor fijnproevers en traditionele Maleise ingrediënten.
- gourmet en wellness
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Airco, plafondventilator, WiFi, LCD-televisie, telefoon, kluisje, koelkastje, koffie- en theezetfaciliteiten en badkamer met bad en aparte douche.
Zoals Bumbung, met zeezicht.
Zoals Bumbung, ruimer met een veranda.
Gelegen aan de oostkust van het schiereiland van Maleisië, op een uur rijden van het vliegveld.
• 2 Restaurants
• 2 Zwembaden
• Watersportmogelijkheden zoals duiken, snorkelen, kajakvaren en windsurfen
• Golfen in de omgeving
• Diverse dagexcursies
Verder zuidwaarts langs de oostkust ligt op 8 kilometer ten oosten van het plaatsje Dungun het geweldige Tanjong Jara Resort. Er zijn witte zandstranden langs de kust en regenwouden in de binnenlanden. Met name in de zomermaanden vormt dit resort een uitstekende uitvalsbasis.
"Heaven on Earth"
Wow, what an experience from start to finish. Staff wore exceptional from the moment we arrived to the moment we checked out. Personally words cannot describe it. The room was as expected, the staff wore extremely helpful and welcoming especially as this was a surprise birthday treat to my wife. The resort is definitely heaven on earth.
"Tropical paradise, with excellent service and superb food"
Living in England this isn't the easiest place to get to. It's a 45 minute flight from Kuala Lumpur, and then approx. 75/90 minutes taxi ride to the resort. But when you arrive it is unquestionably worth the effort. The resort itself is huge , about 17 hectares, so it's possible to do a decent walk without ever leaving the grounds. No roads to cross to get to the beach - it's right there when you step out of your room. It's beautifully soft and golden, and cleaned every day by the staff. The grounds are filled with local trees- in good variety which attracts interesting bird life. There are also monkeys and monitor lizards on the fringes of the resort but they didn't trouble us. There are abundant sun loungers -in the shade- outside every room, and with a gentle breeze blowing off the south China Sea, and being blessed with 7 days of unbroken sunshine ( early March) we experienced something close to perfection in a holiday resort. Mention has been made in other reviews of the unintrusive level of service, and the spotlessness of the rooms, and the overall levels of service have to be experienced to be believed. One short example- I was standing by the fruit bar at breakfast time and the Executive Chef was standing next to me. I noticed that there was a dragon fruit and asked how it was prepared, as it was still in its skin. He asked me if I would like it and when I said yes he picked it up, went in the kitchen, and two minutes later presented a beautifully prepared dragon fruit for me. It just doesn't get better than that. The serving staff realised that we were happy to try local dishes and quite often we would be offered items which were not on general display, such as a fruit called "cats eyes". This again raised the level of our enjoyment. The main restaurant, Di Atas Sungei, works on an unusual principle. There is a list of ingredients- fish, prawns, crab, squid , meats, etc, and underneath each ingredient is a suggested sauce accompaniment. The only difficulty you will have is selecting which delicious sauce to choose. We loved the chicken roselle. This also means that you can chose the level of spiciness for each dish, so end up with a perfect meal. Our room was large with ample storage space and the bed was exceedingly comfortable. Mosquitoes were not a problem, and the resort carried out fogging whilst we were there to ensure they kept on top of the problem. We reckon on average one bite every two days but they were not an irritant and most of the time I would only become aware of them when my wife pointed a bite out. For a very relaxed and pampered holiday , Tanjong Jara is hard to beat.
WOW! What a find. Well worth the effort of getting there - 22 hours from Sydney, Aust. Malaysia Airlines flights from UK and Australian have very long layovers in Kuala Lumpur before the connecting 1 hour flight to Kuala Terengganu, followed by a 75-90 minute drive south to the resort. Try AirAsia for the KL to KT leg. On arrival at KT airport, there is a very simple and well organised system for booking a taxi for the RM110 fare to TJR. TJR certainly does live up to the endless praise heaped upon it in previous reviews. The number and length of these is because there are so many good things to say about TJR. The resort offers very professional, friendly, attentive, but low key service from all staff - from Terence the manager (regularly visible throughout the resort), through all the restaurant, pool, spa and room staff to the gardeners. Happy, well trained staff make for good service. The prevailing feeling is one of relaxation by guests and generousness by staff. The extended dining times played a great part in this. Many little extras apart from the industry standards such as welcome drink and cold towel. There was a welcome bowl of tropical fruit salad waiting in our room and shortly after unpacking, we were surprised by a delivery of 2 glasses of chilled wine and small taste treats. This 'generous' attitude showed itself several times throughout our stay - and was commented on by other guests. We stayed for 10 wonderful nights in Feb/March which was at the end of the monsoon season (extending later than usual this year). The positive of this was low occupancy except from midday Friday until Sunday when many locals, mainly from Kuala Lumpur arrived. This was the only time we needed to book for the restaurants and activities. The negative of late in the monsoon season was that the beach was closed for swimming as the sea was so wild, many excursions and snorkelling and diving activities were not running. The latter normally commence on 1 March, but this year were delayed until 7 March. WELCOME...... began with the gong sounding our arrival, a refreshing roselle drink, cold towel and bite size pancakes. With checkin formalities completed, we were taken on a guided tour of the grounds and the facilities. BREAKFAST...fantastic! Being a Malay themed resort this was reflected in the vast breakfast spread, along with a generous selection of western food. Extended hours (7-11am) made for lazy meals where you could take your time, not have to rush, and chat with other guests. Friendships were often made over breakfast POOLS...both are of generous size and well serviced for sunlounges, towels and ordering of snacks or lunch through the afternoon. Very attentive poolside service of iced water with slice of fruit, constantly topped up was a much appreciated refresher. The dinners at both Di Atas Sungei and Nelayan restaurants were delicious ...... the lobster bisque is SO delicious. SPA..... the best massages I have experienced by practitioners who really know the body's muscles. It took hard work but over 3 massages the tight knots in my shoulders were released. Big thanks to Yuni and Aida. The spa has all the usual little touches of a welcome drink and chilled cloth, a drink and relaxation time after your treatment, attractive grounds and atmosphere. However, it excelled in it's spacious very private spa suites, and pampering little touches such as carrying the client's bag for them. This all adds to the feeling of being special while at the spa. BEST THINGS From an expensive device to a simple straw bag, and many things in between. 4G Mobile Hotspot ..... a fantastic device for overseas guests, allowing WiFi access throughout the resort. You are asked to pay a security deposit but this is totally understandable as the 4G is an expensive device and being so small, could easily be lost. The straw bag provided for guests use at the resort and beach was great, especially as it's the one thing I forgot to bring! Several interesting excursions and some complimentary activities: I loved the Sucimurni session daily at 8:30am. A gentle exercise class to awaken your mind and body for the day. Finishes with a laughing session to start the day happy! Stay here for a special celebration: I celebrated my birthday with special treats from morning to night thanks not only to the resort's regular celebratory treats, but even more so due to the wonderful, special attention from many of the staff. On return from breakfast we were welcomed by a prettily decorated bed and a full size towel turtle decorated with orchid flowers. That evening at dinner I received a super rich, beautifully decorated, mini lava cake while the staff sung Happy Birthday. All this done with such a sense of genuine good wishes for me. Then on our departure Kime gave me a card with a photo he took of my birthday cake and signed by numerous members of staff, with very warm wishes..... with the condition I didn't open it until we had departed the resort. What a delightful thought which I will treasure. BE AWARE On weekends the resort gets very busy, with higher demand on the facilities, including the spa. Book any desired activities before the weekend, or take part mid week. If staying in a ground floor unit of a 2 storey building, the noise from footsteps above can become tedious, depending on how heavy and how frequent they are. I felt that the constant professional and charming service continued to be a surprise and a delight, because everything about the resort (the setting, facilities, staff, etc) is so relaxed and unobtrusive you tend to forget this is a 5star resort, not a quiet tropical hideaway. No staff member failed to impress us, but these are the ones with whom we had most contact and came to regard as friends: Reception: Kime, and fellow staff Di Atas Sungei: Chef Ann, 2 senior women, Ricky, Hamdam, Arun, Dipendra Warung Teratai: Oliver, Rakesh Nelayan: Marlon, Mukunda, Aida and many more who were among the endless friendly faces of TJR.
"Stunning Setting, Amazing Staff"
On arrival in the reception we were greeted with cold flannels and complimentary mocktails with a smile from courteous staff. Prompt check-in process followed by a guided tour around the grounds and lots of information on the resort by Two members of staff, followed by an explanation of our room and its facilities. Our room overlooked the tropical gardens with stunning vistas of the South China Sea, and was both spacious, clean with every facility you could possibly need. The bathroom was enormous with an amazing rain shower, oversized bath and double sink. Each day the room was serviced and made up as if it was your first day of arrival with all cushions and throws replaced on the bed(unlike a lot of hotels who fold them up and store them in a cupboard), with top up of all toiletries and an amazing amount of teas and coffees and complementary water. The pool areas were superb with all sun beds located under shade, and discreet attentive service by pool staff including constant top ups of complimentary iced water. In addition early afternoon ice lolly's were served (complimentary). The service in all restaurants was exemplary, and nothing was too much trouble. You only had to ask and they were more than happy to oblige. The overriding ethos of this hotel is relaxation with the friendly polite caring staff who make this hotel a class above all the rest, Their attention to detail, makes you feel important and that you mattered. Its the staff that make this hotel. Do not hesitate to book to stay you will be treated like royalty.
First impression of Kuala Terengganu - clean, roads well maintained and not overcrowded. Journey to the resort from the airport took approximately 90 minutes and cost RM110. Don't book transportation through any hotel as their average prices are around RM400. After exiting customs head straight for the taxi counter (spelt kaunter). Tell them your destination (fixed price) they will hand you a chit. Proceed outside where a driver will meet you and take you to your destination. Taxis are in good condition and air-conditioned. Got chatty with the driver and immediately arranged a return pick-up. Nothing like helping the local economy. Your journey will take you through some interesting local street stalls. It is like going back in time. Look out for the South China sea on the left. Kuala Terengganu is famous for their keropok (fish crackers). On arrival at the resort a 'gong' will sound to denote your arrival (a tradition used to summon help). Check-in was seamless. A welcome hibiscus drink and a cold hand towel was offered (nice touch). You are also given a 'huddle' (optional) in order for you to access the internet. Deposit is RM400 but that is included in your pre-authorisation charge. Room was very spacious - we stayed in the Bumbung room. One super king bed and one day bed. Free bottled water was on offer - rooms and bathrooms clean with ample toiletries. The resort was very quite but then I guess we were there at the start of the high season (4.3.17). Two pools on offer but one was for adults only (Tertai Terrace) as one part was 3m deep. Movies under the stars at 2100 every night was on offer FOC. There is one main restaurant and it is called Di Atas Sungei (above the river). Interesting idea on how meals are served. No menu available you just tell Chef Ann or Chef Maz what you would like for dinner and how you like it prepared. On average we were spending something like Â£25 per couple for dinner (without alcohol). Beware, like all muslim countries alcohol is expensive. The other restaurant is called the Nelayan (fisherman) by the main pool. Here lunch is also served. Staff all around were very attentive and helpful however, one or two were not knowledgeable on dishes of the day but don't le that spoil your stay for me it was just a minor irritation. The beach is outstanding - miles of clear sand and water. Though it was choppy (back end of the monsoon season) there were days I managed to get into the sea. Was told that as weather improves so will the sea condition. Loads of daily activities on offer. Bicycle ride (RM55) through a fishing village (recommended), Kenyir elephant village (RM285) snorkelling and diving to Pulau Tenggol (RM640). Special thanks to Kathy, Yanna, Kimie, Hamdan, Chef Ann, Chef Maz and Chef Muhammad Saleh Bin Samihan for their undivided attention and for making our stay memorable. Their hospitality was in the true Malaysian style. If there is something special you wanted for breakfast or dinner let them know and it will be on your table the next day. Also, thanks to all the other staff (names I have forgotten) who looked after us during breakfast. Also noted that the GM Terence was visible at all times which we found very unusual as in most resorts we visit no senior managers are out and about. The impression we were given is that staff was always looking for ideas and suggestions to improve and excel in their service. Will I return again 'yes' but I will also include Pulau Redang for 3 nights to do some snorkelling.
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