At first we planned to stay at the Alaya Malai guesthouse as a stopover for one night as it is very close to the Merang jetty (shuttle service is for free) to get to Redang island the next day. In the end we expanded our stay because we liked staying here so much..
The accomondation is located outside of the small village Merang right next to the beach. Although the beach is not that nice to go swimming it offers a great possibility to go for a really really long walk without seeing anybody.
The Guesthouse itself is completely new and very nicely and modern arranged (the photos on the Internet can discribe it most suitable). But the best thing are the owners. These guys are truly amazing! They are extremely friendly, caring and helpful. The food they offered for breakfast and dinner was awesome (concerning both taste and quantity) and we got a lot of tips for the further planning of our trip around malaysia. They informed us really good about other accomondations as well as busses, trains etc.
All in all we felt like home far away from home and we would definitely recommend staying here sometime if you are planning to go to Pulau Kapas (2h by bus) and or Pulau Redang (45 min by boat).
Thank you guys for the great time!
Very impressed with this quaint bed & breakfast.
Charming Malaysian styled bungalow in nice big grounds in Merang.
Super clean & tastefully renovated. Warm & hospitable personalised service. Beach facing property with a pool gives it a very relaxed atmosphere.
Hosts are extreemly friendly & go out of the way to help make this a very pleasant stay.
Will definately recommend this place & I’ll definately choose this place to stay every time I travel to Redang Island.
Wish there were more places like this in Malaysia!
4 relaxing days at Alaya Malai, was exactly what we needed after the Chinese new year celebrations. The building is beautifully build, well kept, clean and with great views of the sea. The rooms are spacious, bathrooms clean and the beds are big and soft. Yunus is an excellent host, who knows the area very well, He recommended us several excellent local restaurants nearby. Its a shame that the beach nearby is a mess, but the pool at the guesthouse makes up for that.
What a great find!
Beach Villa with clean comfortable rooms, great breakfasts and friendly staff. Close to the jetty for transfers to Redang Island and they even provided free shuttle to the boat. Views from the rooms were awesome.
Unfortunately there were no bikes for hire at the time we were here, as the beach roads looked interesting and worth exploring.
If I dream of a perfect beach house, it would look like this. Comfy room, quiet beach , gorgeous, breezy, colorful setting - perfect for a lazy, chilled downtime. I especially love the courtyard in the middle of the house! There is a cute pool with jacuzzi fronting the beach, or you can enjoy stretches of deserted beach (which sadly should be cleaner but that's another story). The place is new so the host is super eager to please. He helped us get Terengganu breakfast and a trunk full of lekor to bring back. They also do a mean cheese pizza and several types of pasta. I wish my stay was longer. Will be back for sure.
If you are looking for a spot to escape KL for a few days and lose yourself in pampered relaxation - perfect retreat with loved ones and family, then this is your place.
Alaya Malai is a small property located in Pantai Merang. The location is amazing, the beach is on the doorstep, so beach is easily accessible.
The room was clean, new and spacious. The pool come with jacuzzi and the staff were friendly/ helpful.
Foods are soooo good, especially the nasi dagang, pizza and pasta!
I would strongly recommend this to everybody! Go and have a relaxing holiday!
Would definitely return again to this lovely and charming place!