The Mal­dives of South­east Asia

A re­sort in Tereng­ganu has been ranked as among the top five most ro­man­tic is­land re­sorts in the Asia Pa­cific, writes Adrian David

New Straits Times - - Jom! -

IT was once a co­conut plan­ta­tion and rest­ing place for fish­er­men off the Tereng­ganu coast. To­day, a hol­i­day fa­cil­ity in Lang Ten­gah Is­land has been ranked as among the top five most ro­man­tic is­land re­sorts in the Asia Pa­cific.

The Sum­mer Bay Lang Is­land Re­sort has been billed as the “Mal­dives of South­east Asia” by Asian Diver mag­a­zine. It en­joys high oc­cu­pan­cies, ex­cept dur­ing the mon­soon sea­son, giving Tereng­ganu its much needed tourism rev­enue, and jobs for lo­cals.

An es­ti­mated 12,000 tourists flock to the re­sort an­nu­ally and it’s no dif­fer­ent now with Visit Beau­ti­ful Tereng­ganu Year 2017 in full gear.

Re­sort gen­eral man­ager John Chong, 33, says the re­sort is much favoured as it faces the main­land, pro­tected from strong cur­rents and waves. “More fas­ci­nat­ing are

the re­sort’s pris­tine waters and one-of-akind co­ral dust beach that is pro­duced from dead, bro­ken co­ral.

“What is also as­tound­ing is the ‘bi­o­lu­mi­nes­cent blue sand’ waters of the sea that sparkle at night,” he says.

John says an­other at­trac­tion is the ex­is­tence of more than 100 fish species, in­clud­ing baby sharks, which can be spot­ted 80m

from the shore. “Ow­ing to its rocky ter­rain, only 10 hectares of the is­land can be de­vel­oped into a re­sort,” he says and plans are on to ex­pand the re­sort.

The present re­sort pro­vides 89 mod­ern rooms that can ac­com­mo­date 277 guests at its three-storey fa­cil­ity run by 85 staff. “We started from scratch, groom­ing main­land Tereng­ganu lo­cals, boat op­er­a­tors and fish­er­men

into our em­ploy,” says John, a mar­ket­ing grad­u­ate. “We have 11 twin-en­gine boats that ferry tourists to and from Merang jetty daily.

The re­sort comes with three restau­rants, a lounge, a 50-me­tre swim­ming pool, a dive and snorkelling cen­tre com­plete with pro­fes­sional train­ers, and an is­land-hop­ping tour.

Sum­mer Bay Re­sort Lang Is­land GM John Chong dis­plays the fa­cil­ity that is billed as among the top five most ro­man­tic is­land re­sorts in the Asia Pa­cific.

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