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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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