When my husband and I decided to take a short weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, we looked up a number of places that would give us the complete relaxation we both needed. We found Tanjong Jara Resort! It was not coincidence but fate that led us to this remarkable place. We found a toll-free number to call to make our reservations and on a Sunday, someone answered our prayers and before we know it, we were packing our suitcases to head out to the east coast of Malaysia in search of something wonderful.
Upon arrival at the resort, we were warmly welcomed by Mr. Kumar and the concierge team. Later we were shown to our room and much to our delight; we were upgraded to the Serambi room instead of Bumbung as per our booking. All this at no extra cost. The Serambi room is so spacious and comfortable with complete amenities in the bath and mini-bar. It is on the ground floor with a spacious verandah where we could relax and read or just listen to the birds chirping all day against the background of waves crashing onto the shore.
There are two restaurants and a pool bar / outdoor dining area that cater to all guests. We thoroughly enjoyed a private steamboat on our last evening al fresco complete with 5-star service from F&B staff. At the Di Atas Sungei restaurant, we had an experience that we will remember for a long time when we were asked what we wanted to eat by the walking and talking chef because there is no written menu. The other restaurant, Nelayan, is located at the far end of the resort. It was here during a storm when we had our taste of fine dining and winds howling away and a group of young ladies serenading their friend who was about to get married.
At the Spa Village, we booked for a one-hour massage together and found the experience to be very relaxing at the capable hands of Pak Yah and Sue. They made us feel comfortable and completely rejuvenated after the session - so much so that we wanted more!
We also discovered that at the resort, there were a multitude of activities ranging from morning exercises to biking, walks up Jara Hill, souvenir shopping, batik painting, tours of Dungun town, etc. available for the adventurous guests. On Saturdays, the resort also organizes a series of activities depicting Kampong Life. Food and drinks are available at no charge. The management and staff are always available to assist guests. Even the GM, Peter Neto, is seen mingling with guests and making everyone feel welcomed.
This has been the best weekend getaway we have ever had in Malaysia. Thanks to the wonderful team at Tanjong Jara Resort. To quote Mark Twain, "Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been." Keep smiling!
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- Also Known As:
- Tanjong Jara Hotel Dungun
- Tanjong Jara Dungun
- Tanjong Jara Resort Dungun, Terengganu