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East coast luxury beach hotel

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East coast luxury beach hotel

hi

we are looking at going to the east coast of malaysia in june (better weather) and are looking for a hotel recomendation. travel agent has a hotel called; Tanjong Jara Resort in their brochure; is this my best option or are there better? We are looking for a very good 4star if not 5 star hotel for a week of pure relaxation.We will prob fly into KL and then on from there.

any suggestions would be really helpfull

thanks

mark

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1. Re: East coast luxury beach hotel

JapaMala Resort on Tioman island is an alternative, but it's more a boutique hotel than a 5* hotel. It's a good place for relaxation.

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Tanjung Jara should be a good stay. I personally have not stayed there recently (last was over 15 years ago while under different management) but it is managed by one of the better luxury chains (who also own Pangkor Laut Resort).

There are not many 5 star properties but a great many 3/4stars which really are quite decent esp considering the locations (islands highly recommended : Pulau Redang, Perhentian, Redang etc).

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thanks guys...reason i'mlooking at the east coast is baecause of the weather otherwise i would maybe look at langkawi ( excuse spelling) am i right to head for the east coast??

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You are probably going to find just Tanjong Jara. There are not many luxury hotels on the east coast, unfortunately due to the lack of development. If you are not wanting to worry about good food and beers, just sitting by the beach and swimming or taking a tour to the Lake Kenyir, the TJ is probably the best choice. If you plan to visit other islands like Redang and Tioman, you will need more time for transport and less choices for food and wine. TJ is only 2 hours drive away from KL or you can take a plane from KLIA (with Malaysia Airlines if you book long distance with them, this extra route shouldn't costs more than $60 if you book Dublin-KL-Kuala Terengganu with Malaysia Airlines) or Air ASia (www.airasia.com); the budget airline if you need the extra flight. Ask your travel agent on which is the cheaper option or compare the prices between the two carriers.

Upon arrival at Kuala Terengganu airport, you can arrange for the hotel to pick you up or you can just get a normal cab from outside. You need to bargain for the prices with the local cabs because they don't have any system for pricing there but do not pay more than RM 100. The resort is 70km south of the airport and the journey should take you less than an hour and the views from the roads are beautiful.

The Serambi rooms are slightly nicer and more expensive than the Bumbung rooms upstairs; and they've got a nice balcony where you can sit and enjoy the ocean views (esp best with rooms 1201 - 1205). The best rooms are the the Anjung villas with their private outdoor bathroom and gardens.

there are lots to eat in the hotel and plenty of restaurants. If you get bored of the hotel food, take a cab out to the little town of Dungun (5 mins away) for Pizza Hut and KFC or some local food. Many eateries DO Not serve beer because of the Muslim community; but you will find plenty of beer in supermarkets and chinese coffeeshops in Kuala Terengganu or Dungun. Buy a stock back because the hotel charges quite a lot of alcohol.

Its nice to go around the town and visit a few places like Lake Kenyir and snorkelling if you have time. Hope it helps and have a fab time in Malaysia!

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Both Langkawi and Tanjong Jara is fine for holidays during that time BUT - Langkawi is a more popular destination for locals and Singaporeans because its more affordable so you will have to pay more surcharges during that peak season because of the school holidays in both Malaysia and Singapore (end of May till early July). Expect a larger crowd in Langkawi and even the luxury hotels will be very crowded with locals during that time. Stick to the Tanjong Jara if you want something quiet and less crowdy.

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hi

thanks for that; i thought langkawi gets twice as much rain as the east coast of malaysia in june??? is it rain in the evenings due to the build up of heat dureing the day or just generally a bit more rainy?

thanks

mark

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7. Re: East coast luxury beach hotel

The weather is very unpredictable in Malaysia. The monsoon is suppose to be at the east coast at the moment, but KL still suffers from heavy thunderstorms almost every afternoon. Don't worry to much though; cause these downpours are very sudden and gone very fast usually. Its a relief from the humidity and the scorching sun!

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