Just back home form 6 night at Japamala and I can't describe the resort as anything but a slice of paradise. A tranquil paradise with 13 chalets,(approximately 26 guests) with two pools, two beaches and enough pavilion/beach beds space for all. I'm not sure how I will adjust to a normally crowded resort again...
The chalets are made of wood giving a charming rustic feel which is enhanced by the shower and toilet being half-way outside. If you have issues with animals this might however be an issue since geckos will most likely show up in the shower, the day bed might be occupied by monkeys and ants are to be found all over. If that is not an issue you will find the rooms lovely with a comfortable not too soft bed, fan and AC, enough space to store luggage, large bathroom with clothes rack, tv with international channels and a reasonable priced mini-bar. There is no room-service or store but you will most likely not miss it. A stay at Japamala includes a complimentary afternoon snack, served at the beach or you room depending on where you are (they will find you), a complimentary drinks and hour d'oeuvres hour before dinner and turn down service with night cap and chocolates.
The two restaurants, Italian on the jetty and mixed Asian at the main building, serves high quality meals and drinks to a reasonably price (average entree price 40-50 RM, bottle of wine from 105 RM) which is a big plus since leaving the resort will require boat transfer.
Overall, a stay at Japamala will be pampering in a discretely luxury environment.
- 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