Tanjong Jara Resort sits on a long crescent of golden beach fringed by palm trees, overlooking the turquoise waters of the South China Sea. The resort's fairly quiet and remote location creates an appealing local-feel, whilst still offering a high-standard of facilities and accommodation. There are 100 en-suite rooms, decorated with furnishings crafted from local timber. The design is modern, but also features elegant local touches. The higher room categories have large outdoor verandas, many of which face the sea.
Dining at Tanjong Jara Resort is an experience in itself. There are no menus at the Di Atas Sungei restaurant; instead the resort's 'Menu Masters' will guide you through a personalised choice of dishes, using the best fresh local produce. Other dining options include Nelayan, where you can have freshly cooked seafood by the beach, and Teratai Terrace, where you can enjoy light meals for lunch, steamboat for dinner and enjoy cocktails and private dining in the evenings. The resort has an inviting infinity pool with views towards the sea, and there is also a separate adults-only pool. The award-winning spa is a peaceful sanctuary housed in an area of tranquil ponds and gardens, and the unique restorative Malay therapies have been handed down from generation to generation.
Culture and appreciation of the natural surroundings are an integral part of the Tanjong Jara Resort experience. Cooking classes with the chef include visits to the local market, and it is possible to go a walk with the resort's naturalist to learn about the area's flora and fauna. The seasonal snorkelling and diving in this area are excellent and the nearby Tenggol Island is part of the fabulous Terengganu Marine Park. The hotel has its own PADI Dive Centre and caters to every level of experience. Tanjong Jara Resort also works in conjunction with Lang Tengah Turtle Watch - a local initiative introduced to better protect the resident turtles and to raise awareness for sustainable food practices. As such a turtle hatchery has been launched at the resort for guests to enjoy - discover more about these magnificent creatures and learn about the conservation efforts in place to ensure their survival. Guests can listen to informative talks or get involved in inspecting the nests (during nesting season and subject to availability), there is also a turtle adoption programme running alongside the sustainability programme allowing guests to protect the turtles long after they have left Malaysia.