Over 2 million years in the making, this renowned resort sits within a landscape of ancient forests where the trees are as old as the land itself, where sweeping bays are deserted and quiet but for the cry of the macaque monkeys. It is home to Emerald Bay, an unspoilt crescent of sand hugged by the tangle of tropical jungle. This beach is regularly voted as one of the best in the world and it is easy to see why.
Only a tiny fraction of the islandís 300 acres has been developed and the resort blends effortlessly into its jungle surrounds Ė Mother Nature herself could have been the architect! The resort is expansive, however, the clever design means itís not difficult to find your own perfect piece of paradise.
Hill and Garden Villas are two storey spaces close to the centre of the resort; Garden Villas are lower level and set in beautiful gardens, while the Hill Villas are elevated with magnificent views. Beach Villas are freestanding with lovely views, although this beach is not suitable for swimming. Sea Villas are built on stilts over the lapping waves at the end of the beach and are very romantic. The Spa Villas are the most recent addition and are set within the Spa Village, linked by wooden walkways. These charming villas are also set on stilts over water. All villas offer stylish bathrooms with an oversize bath, some in private courtyards and some with fabulous rainforest views.
When it comes to dining you are truly spoilt for choice. Feast Village serves up a veritable smorgasbord of Malay and Asian delights, while Uncle Limís Kitchen is an exceptionally popular Chinese restaurant set on a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea. Fishermanís Cove has fabulous seafood with a slightly more refined ambiance, whilst The Straits is an adults only fine dining establishment and offers an elegant, exotic blend of South East Asian cuisine.
If you do nothing else whilst you are here, a visit to the spa is an absolute must. Extolling the healing virtues of the region, enjoy a pre-spa ritual to leave you totally revitalised.
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