This resort is the best on Tioman. It's isolated, well organized, the staff are outstanding- they provide a very personalized service, as there are so few guests- the resort is pretty small and the ratio of guests to staff probably isn't more than 9:1. The food was fantastic- an italian and a thai/ malay restaurant. My only complaint was an aggressive male monkey trying to scare me off my balcony. While my room was extremely pleasant, with a well-stocked refrigerator and so on, what I really needed at that moment was a crossbow.
Frankly, though, this resort is slightly hamstrung by location. I mean, it's in Tioman. The place is good if you need a weekend retreat from Singapore or KL, but if you have the days off to go further, then please do so. Sabah is much nicer. To expand upon being hamstrung by location, Tioman is in Malaysia, and that's disadvantageous as well. Sorry, but everything in Malaysia feels like a cut-rate Indonesia. Malaysia has great marketing, and Indonesia is not good at marketing itself at all. But in Indonesia, the water's bluer, the people are friendlier, the varieties of regional cuisine are better, the diving is amazing (diving on Tioman was like diving in a parking lot relative to places in Indonesia), etc etc etc.
- 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