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Japamala Resort by Samadhi
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

We had really high expectations of Japamala and they delivered on every level. If you are looking for an away from the world exclusive retreat then there cannot be many better places to visit.

Email communication was exemplary throughout the booking process and our private resort speed boat was on time to pick us up from Tekek. The quality of the service was excellent throughout. Sani our boat host welcomed us with a refreshing drink before we started our journey in the gorgeous speed boat round to the resort. He worked hard throughout our stay popping up in several different roles, always cheerful. At the resort we were again welcomed with more refreshment by Aruni the resort manager, walking down the jetty you knew immediately that you had come somewhere special.

The chalets are tucked up on the hillside and have a minimal impact on the aesthetic of the beach and forest. Walking along the wooden walkways gave the impression of a real jungle/tree house experience. Everything is well designed. There are two pools which hardly ever had anyone in them and were both gorgeous in their own way, we liked the more natural looking pool which had a cascade running down a huge rock. From here we could watch monkeys and black giant squirrels feeding in the nearby fruit trees. There were sun loungers inside pavilions, some on the beach, but our favourites jutted out high above the beach and were over the water when the tide came in. The quality of the food was excellent in both restaurants but the Thai restaurant had a more romantic setting. All of the staff were great but Ayuoi made a real impression. She has a huge enthusiasm for wildlife and took time to show us some of the insect life and the best places to look for squirrels, bats, monitor lizards and so much more.

We stayed in two of the chalets firstly a jungle one and then a cliff top one. Both were to a very high standard and offered a different experience. I preferred the jungle one, surrounded by vines and trees but my wife really loved the view from the cliff top chalet. It was possible to snorkel from the jetty with equipment borrowed from the hotel and we really enjoyed this. We also booked a trip to coral island. The whole thing felt very exclusive and it was nice to be on a snorkelling trip without lots of other people to worry about. The schedule was flexible and Sani took us to the best spots given the wind conditions. The coral was great as was the diversity of the fish species. Without doubt a highlight was observing squid communicating through colour changes to each other. We also booked a couples massage experience which we can highly recommend. It made our wedding anniversary very memorable and the treetop spa and aromatherapy bath was an incredible place to enjoy champagne whilst watching the sunset.

In the evening time the resort serves complimentary cocktails on the end of the jetty whilst the sun goes down. This was very relaxing and gave us an opportunity to meet some of the other people staying at the resort. Watching the White bellied sea eagle every night was an added bonus!

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Unbelieveable place, amazing views, good food, great service. Just a leaky roof that kept me awake a little but it happens, the staff were super helpful and friendly. The snorkelling trip is a must! Amazing coral reefs.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank stewartwils0n89
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

we took advantage of monsoon season prices to book the unit with private pool -- worth every penny! Beautiful huge bedroom, bathroom, ocean view and privacy for this unit. We would have liked a screen door on the balcony so we could have ocean breeze at night rather than having to use AC in such a nice location where it is not necessary. We also wonder about the huge electrical wires marring the view of the restaurant and parts of our unit -- can they be moved to the back of the building? Otherwise, a wonderful place, a great way to unwind for a few days.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank LesterLee1234
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

Just wonderful, special place for couples, walks, beach, snorkeling, meals, sunsets. Speedboat over was fun, ferry ride back was tiresome and slow in a well used older ferry boat that stayed tied to the dock well past departure time.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank James B
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

great place to take a rest, worth the long trip from KL or Singapore. Great staff, good Service. Thai food dominant which is a pity in Malaysia. Dependent on ferry service from Mersing during rainy season - somewhat a risk!

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank Peter E
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