My husband and I had such a great time at Japamala. It wasn't action packed and full of exciting adventure jungle treks, scuba diving and day-long snorkelling expeditions but instead it was peaceful, relaxed and slow paced. Just what we were after. But, if you wanted more adventure, you could do that too (for a price!).
The staff are wonderful, the food was always delicious (and the cocktails!), the beach is stunning and the accommodation was simplified luxury. We cannot wait to go back. If you're expecting a Four Seasons type of resort, you'll be dissapointed. Rather than the 'over the top' luxury, there is something more authentic and rustic about the place.
They have only 13 "nests" so you wont have to battle the crowds at breakfast altough you might have a fight on your hands for one of the beach side cabanas. And that was a downside to the beach experience. Only 3 cabanas. But, they are building a new pool on the other side of the peer with 4 more cabanas. The sun gets quite fierce and uncomfortable in the afternoons so the cabanas as a lovely respite for those lucky few.
If you're looking for seclusion, serenity and relaxation in a beautiful setting, Japamala is the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- JapaMala is Tioman Island’s only boutique resort, and one-of-a-kind in Malaysia. This small and exclusive resort of 13 rooms is hidden amidst 11 acres of lush tropical rainforest. A one-village-one-resort property, JapaMala has its own private and quiet beach. While some charming Malay village-style villas and chalets dot the jungle and beachfront, others nestle in the most breath-taking spots.Best described as an ‘eco-luxe’ resort, JapaMala transcends the experience of living close to nature by redefining it with a touch of luxury. Designed by natural streams, steep cliffs, towering boulders and where no trees are felled, the entire resort borrows from nature its elements to offer an exceptional sense of paradise, freedom from the real world. While serious relaxation is an elusive commodity for many, one can truly succumb to the healing effects JapaMala imparts through its holistic blend of sumptuous gourmet treats, intimacy between man and nature, unique spa experiences and truly unprecedented hospitality. Many say JapaMala is not just a place, but a state of mind. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Japamala Hotel Pulau Tioman
- Japamala Resort
- Japamala Pulau Tioman