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Penin­su­lar Malaysia’s east coast is about to wit­ness the open­ing of a lux­u­ri­ous, smallscale re­sort. Less than an hour’s drive to the north of Kuan­tan, the Pa­hang state cap­i­tal, The Kasturi over­looks a 1.3-kilo­me­ter-long beach near an es­tu­ary where the Pak Siak river emp­ties into the South China Sea. Its 24 rooms are mostly beach­front pool vil­las— distinc­tive A-frame struc­tures that fea­ture pri­vate deck ar­eas with gar­dens, out­door showers, and more. The re­sort’s main build­ing con­tains six sin­gle-bed­room suites and two pent­houses that can be opened up into one gen­er­ously sized two-bed­room suite, while com­mu­nal fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a res­tau­rant, bar, spa treat­ment rooms, and a beach­front 20-me­ter pool. The Kasturi also runs a tur­tle hatch­ery with daily re­leases sched­uled be­tween May and Oc­to­ber. Green cre­den­tials ex­tend to sourc­ing or­ganic pro­duce for re­sort kitchens, along with the con­ser­va­tion of the ex­ist­ing on-site for­est and man­groves. Km 32.5, Jl. Kuan­tan–Ke­ma­man, Cher­at­ing, Pa­hang, Malaysia; 60-9/582-5000;

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