Tioman Island is renowned for its lush jungle, pristine beaches and laid-back atmosphere. Japamala Resort is tucked away on a remote corner of the island, with timber chalets nestled amongst the trees and natural boulders, reached by winding walkways and bridges.
With only 13 rooms, Japamala Resort promises a peaceful and intimate stay. The chalets have been built with minimal impact on the natural surroundings, so much so that some of the boulders have been incorporated into the design. The chalets are spacious, with some featuring sea views and plunge pools.
Despite its small size, Japamala Resort has a good range of food and beverage options. There are two restaurants. Tamarind Tioman offers a delicious selection of Thai, Indochinese and Malaysian dishes and Il Tempio serves hearty Italian cuisine. Mandi-Mandi is the resort's overwater bar, providing the perfect spot for sundowners.
There is an inviting seafront pool, and there are cabanas or mats available on the beautiful beach. There is a small but welcoming spa, which offers a range of treatments using high-quality natural products from the renowned doTERRA brand.
Coral reefs lie just off the shore, best reached by snorkeling from the end of the jetty. Whilst the resort does not have its own dive center, they are able to easily arrange this for you with the nearby Tioman Dive Center. There are also a number of other boat trips and jungle treks available.
There are only 13 rooms at Japamala Resort, located in wooden chalets and villas, tucked into the jungle, accessed by winding walkways. The treehouse-style buildings have been crafted using plenty of natural materials, including bamboo and wood salvaged from old Malaysian villages. All of the rooms are slightly different, but they all feature modern amenities including en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, overhead fans, TVs and a minibar. Each has a super-queen size bed, and Penghulu's House has two storeys, with an additional twin room.
Due to the design and layout, Japamala Resort is not suitable for children under 12. Whilst teenagers are welcome, and Penghulu's House has two bedrooms, there are no other interconnecting room options. In general the resort is much more suited to couples.
Tamarind Tioman is the resort's main restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a beach or jungle view. The food served here is Thai and Indochinese or Malaysian. Il Tempio offers hearty Italian cuisine including pasta and delicious meat cuts. Mandi-Mandi is set overwater, at the end of a 100-meter long jetty. Here you will find refreshing drinks and delicious cocktails, and the bar will also sometimes offer a BBQ.
The resort's spa offers a range of treatments in unique spots, using natural products and wonderful essential oils from the doTERRA brand. There is a lovely seafront pool, and the resort is set on a picturesque sandy beach.
A stay a Japamala Resort is more about relaxation, and so there are not a huge amount of activities. However the resort can provide snorkeling equipment for exploring the coral reefs just off the shore, and they are also able to arrange diving with the nearby Tioman Dive Center. There are also a number of boat trips, including fishing, and it is possible to go trekking in the jungle.
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.