At Kijal beach, some 30km north of Kemaman, or 100km north of Kuantan, or 135km south of Kuala Terengganu.
One of the only few 5-star establishments in the East Coast of Malaysia, this resort boast a staggering 7.6-kilometre long beach. While the hotel may seem to be a little out of the way, but it thrives mostly on business travelers to the nearby petrochemical industries, offshore oil & gas installations, as well as regular tourists seeking a nice beach retreat.
Proud to be in the Awana group of hotels, this resort used to host the disembarkation of Star Cruise passengers (it has a deep-water jetty for that). Nonetheless, the cruise has since stopped coming in, whether it was due to political reason or economic, I could not ascertain.
The resort host various facilities. It has, perhaps, the biggest swimming pool in the East Coast. It also has an 18-hole golf course around the resort, making the resort very green and coolly shaded with landscaping.
The rooms were average of average standard overall, although all of them are equipped with bath tubs in the bathrooms. Throughout my frequent stays, I had once been upgraded to a Premier Room, which has an oval bathtub right next to my bed!
The resort architecture is outstanding. Vast open-air concept, complete with sound effect of chirping birds and forest-themed lobby. Also the roof thatch follows the traditional Malay architecture. Something to look up to.
The beach is nice. Soft powdery sands. Yes, it is very long. A great beach for relaxing. Also the recent addition of Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa which provides Javanese-theme experience seems pretty decent for the resort.
Many times, from 2002 to 2005.
A good place for weekend outing.