Gracefully lounging in the emerald green waters of the South China Sea, the tiny island of Tioman is home to a blissfully unspoilt boutique retreat – the JapaMala. Boutique in every sense of the word – just 13 suites; this tropical hideaway is for those who crave solitude and immersion in their natural environment. If you prefer marble bathrooms and sleek, sophisticated surroundings, this is possibly not for you, however, if you want to wake each morning to the sound of the jungle, swim in the warm waters of the sparkling ocean and kick back and relax without a care in the world, JapaMala is made for you.
This tiny outpost houses 13 villas and chalets emerging from the jungle canopy; for a real ‘Tarzan & Jane’ experience, go for one of the secluded Treetop Chalets; for those who need a view, the Sea Cliff Chalets have some of the best in Malaysia. Jungle Sarangs are closer to the beach and have an open-air bathtub, whilst the Sea View or Hillside Sarangs have a plunge pool or private rock pool. JapaMala is certainly a million miles away from the glitz of some well-known über-luxury resorts, but you should still expect an excellent level of comfort and rustic-chic style, with cool linens, and local wood which is totally in keeping with its enviable location. You may be on a remote jungle beach but essentials such as air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations and full mini bars all come as part of the experience.
Considering the location, the dining here is undeniably superb. Tamarind is a stylish space with the jungle rainforest as a backdrop and the beautiful beach just a stone’s throw away; here you can devour Thai and Indo-Chinese delicacies. Mandi Mandi hovers on stilts over the ocean, where global cuisine, in particular Italian, takes centre stage. Make time to indulge in a sensory journey at the Samadhi Spa, try a pedicure in a natural cave or soak in a hot tub perched on a cliff!
Many guests succumb to the gentle pace of life and never move more than to roll from the comfort of their sun lounger into the cool of the pool, but for those who want it, paradise is just waiting to be explored. From jungle trekking, to sensational dive spots including night dives for qualified divers, to village visits and island hopping boat trips, this magical world truly is your oyster!
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