Tioman Island, Malaysia
Japamala Resort is a gorgeous rustic retreat off the east coast of Malaysia, just a short flight away from Kuala Lumpur. An idyllic getaway for those in want of a picture postcard perfect beach and some light activities.
At a Glance
Ideal if you are looking for a place to unwind in a scenic location
Mandi-Mandi restaurant is built on stilts 100 meters away from the beach which is quite a unique place to dine
Perfect way to spend some or all of your honeymoon
Complimentary sunset drinks are served 6-7pm
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Japamala Resort is located on Tioman Island which is accessed by a small plane from Kuala Lumpur. It is quite a rustic retreat with wooden chalets dotted around the resort, they are very comfortably furnished and spacious. The beach it is located on is sublime with gorgeous white sands and clear waters and this is definitely the main selling point of the resort and where you will spend most of your time.
Accommodation options vary according to view, some rooms are located more into the jungle whilst others offer unobstructed sea views. All are accessed by wooden boardwalks and you may well come across monkeys, lizards and interesting birds en route!
There are two restaurants at the resort serving Italian and Thai food, or you could also opt for a private dining experience which can be particularly fun for a special occasions. If you can tear yourself away from the picturesque beach you should take a snorkeling or diving trip to explore the amazing coral life. You could also embark on a trek further inland with a guide or kayak into the nearby mangroves.
This is a great place to get away from it all, it feels very secluded and the atmosphere is very calming. You wouldn't come here for an activity packed stay, put it that way!
There are 6 room categories at Japamala Resort - Treetop Chalets, Seacliff Chalets, Jungle Luxe Sarang, Hillside Sarang, Seaview Sarang and Penghulu's House. They all have a very similar design with lots of wood furnishings. It is mainly the size and the views that differ. Some are nestled more in the jungle, some higher up and some nearer the beach. The Sarangs have private plunge pools and wooden sun decks in addition.
Perched high above the luxuriant jungle canopy, these chalets are secluded yet situated only a short walk up from the beach. These rooms offer an entirely different resort experience, in fact their very proximity to nature make these chalets so keenly sought after. Here you'll find the noise of the jungle predominates; the soft rustle of windblown leaves; the chirping of crickets and birds; and the foraging of wild creatures at night.
|Jungle Luxe Sarang||
Our Jungle Sarangs are 'nests' tucked away on the lower terrain of the resort. They're adorned with an open-air bath tub with the rainforest as its backdrop, hidden enough to allow total privacy. A spacious private living area good for dining, sunning or simply relaxing, you will be forgiven for never venturing out of your nest. The Sarang is distinctively designed for the total experience of living comfortably in the jungle without foregoing the finer things in life.
Perched high on the edge of the Mountain or Cliff or Hill with the turquoise lagoon right below, be mesmerized as you soak in the views of the South China Sea. Each chalet is unique and offers an unobstructed view even from the shower room. A day-bed built on the balcony over the cliff is designed for one to either laze around and day-dream or drift idly by on the ebbing tide and catching the balmy breeze, or simply marvel at the sight and soak up the luxuriant energy.
These Sarangs with plunge pool are split-leveled rooms with an additional TV on the ground level which serves as a family area. Tall glass windows open on to views of the jungle terrain where the Sarang nestles high on the hillside. These 'love nests' also come with private features - a cliff, both indoor and outdoor showers, timber deck and tanning bed. Stunning views of the jungle, divided only by a glass pane in the shower room.
There is only one such villa of this kind at JapaMala currently. Secluded and romantic, this villa evokes a dreamlike state filled with opulence and adventure - a distinctive ambience that relaxes yet inspires. This 'love nest' rests on a low terrain and is built with an adjoining kichenette, a small dining room and a semi-outdoor lounge with a conjoining dip pool with your own timber sun deck to laze about all day gazing out to sea.
Resting on the beach, the Penghulu's House is the resort's only 2-storey-2-bedroom villa. Sitting on low terrain, this modern village-house has the jungle at its doorstep and the seashore, its backyard. While ancient-aged boulders fashion the interior, the rustic-style rooms are furnished with the modern comforts of an urban home. There are two bedrooms and it has its own swimming pool.
Children are welcome to come and stay here, however there are no specific facilities for them. There aren't any interconnecting chalets but an extra bed can be added to most rooms.
Tamarind Tioman is the restaurant located in the main part where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with a beach or jungle view. The food served here is Thai and Indo-Chinese cuisine - delicious! Mandi-Mandi restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and here you can enjoy an Italian inspired menu. It has a unique location on the jetty 100 meters away from the beach, so really quite a special dining experience. There is also a spa here with treatment rooms tucked away in the trees, no music is necessary as the jungle sounds and the distant lapping waves are soothing enough.
There are not many activities available here as you come here more to completely unwind. However, if you do find yourself getting a little restless you can go on boat excursions, do some fishing, visit local villages, trek to the next village or trek to the sunset view point. If you are a keen diver, there are lots of opportunities to explore the nearby coral reef here too.
Location & Directions
Tioman Island, Malaysia
Japamala Resort is located on Tioman Island which is just of the east coast of mainland Malaysia. The resort itself feels quite secluded and is best accessed by boat.
When to go
Best weather between March and September, but as with anywhere in the tropics, afternoon showers shouldn't be a shock. Temperatures rarely drop much below 30 degrees.