The languid pace of life in Terengganu on Malaysia’s East Coast is a throwback to a calmer age. From local market scenes to fishermen on boats returning from the sea, happy with the day’s catch, life is perfected into an art form.
At the award-winning Tanjong Jara Resort, a similar spirit of sharing and hospitality comes to the fore. The property’s staff, who hail from nearby towns and villages, are eager to show guests the ways of their homeland. From cultural dances to tasty snacks and even a game of sepak takraw, the country’s version of volleyball, played with deft feet and legs, the daily pastimes of villagers are made available for guests willing to immerse in vignettes of authentic East Coast life.
Inspired in its design by 17th-century Malay palaces, the resort exemplifies an aesthetic and a spirit that are unique to Terengganu. All rooms, which face either the South China Sea or lush gardens, evoke a style of living that’s the best of both worlds – plush
along with dark and rich woods, framed by classic Malay design.
Guests are encouraged to dive into Sucimurni – a state of being said to exemplify peace and purity, one that reflects a way of life respectful of one’s fellow man and nature. Start the day with a Sucimurni class – a stretching programme focusing on the body’s seven chakras or energy centres.
Or learn about the local flora and fauna by hiking up Jara Hill, followed by a tour of a Malay herb garden – an all-natural pharmacy with healing plants whose curative powers have been known for many millennia.
At dinner, the resort’s restaurant Di- Atas Sungei transforms into a convivial spot where guests chat with Menu Masters who suggest a constantly changing selection of dishes, serving the tastiest curries, succulent grilled meats and fresh seafood.
After all, there is no better introduction to the East Coast than a delicious meal.
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