Tanjong Jara Resort, Borneo
Peace, solitude and oodles of charm sum up the beautiful Tanjong Jara Resort, located on the unspoilt East Coast of the Malay Peninsula. Fronted by the sparking emerald waters of the South China Sea and shaded by the soaring palms which rustle gently in the breeze, this beautiful resort has long been a favourite with Turquoise. For us it encapsulates all you would anticipate a beautiful Malay resort to be. Think of it as a natural sanctuary designed around the intricate grandeur and elegance of the long-ago palaces, where the staff, chosen from local villages, display a genuine warmth and that irrepressible and uncontrived gentle Asian charm.
Tanjong Jara Resort
Bumbung and Serambi Rooms are on the ground or first floor and beautifully appointed with cool linens and warm local wood. If you prefer to be close to the beach then we recommend the Anjung Rooms: they come with fabulous outdoor bathrooms and a canopied veranda overlooking the tropical gardens or the Anjung Seafront Rooms which are directly behind the beach.
Dining here is exceptional and we particularly love the setting of Di Atas Sungei, perched above the river and serving authentic Malay cuisine. There are no menus here, you are simply guided by the resort’s menu masters. Nelayan is set by the sea serving a mix of Asian and Western cuisine, perfect for long and lazy lunches. By night the restaurant is transformed into a romantic space lit by candles and lulled by the sound of lapping waves.
The beach here is big and beautiful – you can walk the endless sands for miles without seeing a soul and there are plenty of experiences to indulge in. From lazy and languid, energetic and active to cultural and enlightening, the culture here is an integral part of the stay and it manifests itself in many ways. Cruise or trek through the jungle, explore local village life on two wheels or seize the opportunity for seasonal snorkelling and diving at one of the most beautiful islands in the Malay archipelago.
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