The Kas­turi

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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.

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