A new addition to the east coast of Pahang is this gem on Chendor Beach, which is 10km away from Cherating. The Kasturi is a collection of villas and suites designed and owned by the esteemed Malaysian architect Hijjas Kasturi and his wife, Angela, who are also known for their support of the arts. Designed to meld with the natural surroundings of the rainforest backing the resort and the beach in front, this small resort entices with its rooms and activities. Choose between beachfront family villas with two rooms which can accommodate a family of four very comfortably, and ocean view suites with views of the beach; rooms are fitted with all the mod-cons needed to have a great holiday. One of the best things about The Kasturi is its proximity to nature; be it a family of otters, turtles or even fireflies at dusk. The Rimbun Dahan turtle hatchery is a main feature of the resort and follows an effective method of ensuring turtle eggs (mostly Green Turtles) have a chance to hatch – eggs are bought from local boys who legally collect the eggs and rebury them in the hatchery. When the little turtles hatch six weeks later, guests are encouraged to give them a send-off. Head out on a nature walk with a local guide, indulge in a cultural tour of a nearby village, or just chill and watch the sun set. KM32.5 Jalam Kuantan/ Kemaman, Cherating, Pahang (+609 582 5000/the-kasturi. com). From RM810nett per night.