Heaven is a place on Earth. Or that’s what rumours has it. And I’ve been there. To Paradise, I mean. It’s located in Terengganu, the East Coast of Malaysia. It’s Resorts World Kijal.
You see, my family and I were invited to spend a weekend away in Resorts World Kijal and so we embarked on a road trip to Kijal, Terengganu. Resorts World Kijal is located along the East Coast in Kijal, Terengganu and offers an ultimate leisurely getaway for those who are game for some hassle-free beach holiday.
Resorts World Kijal, previously known as Awana Kijal is literally Paradise on Earth. It is rated five-star for not only the size of its property but for its first class hospitality as well.
With pristine sandy private beaches in its background, the place offers a somewhat idyllic and romantic back to nature eco- retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Our journey from Kuala Lumpur to Kijal is just a short 4 hours drive and rather leisurely and enjoyable via Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT). Pretty easy and straight forward to reach if you navigate through Waze, so no worries about getting lost along the way.
My husband, my son and I spent a memorable 3D2N Media Retreat in Resorts World Kijal and here’s briefly sharing our experience in the wonderful place:
Upon arrival, we were welcomed by Resorts World Kijal welcoming committee and a lively Silat performance and indulge in a kampung style lunch at Restaurant Kampong Meraga Beris before being ushered to check in to our lovely room with magnificent seaview. You may check it out HERE.
But if you are looking for some romance, though, this Premier Suite is definitely recommended; with private tub and outdoor jacuzzi with direct access to the beach.
After checking in, it’s time for some action. While other members of the media opt to stay dry and go for leisurely bicycle ride, buggy ride and ATV ride, my family and I opt for something more extreme, which is the Banana Boat Ride. More about it HERE.
We were already wet afer our Banana Boat ride as it toppled over in the sea as most Banana Boat rides usually does, so instead of trying out other rides like the ATV, Buggy and Bicycle, we decided to stay wet and frolick in the huge swimming pool instead until the sun sets.
Dinner during our first night was at Oasis Beach Bistro. It was a romantic setting by the seaside, and with bonfire, no less. You may read about it in detail HERE.
Turtle watching is an activity that one should participate in while in Resorts World Kijal and we were privileged enough to experience it after our dinner at Oasis Beach Bistro.The sea turtles were rather shy and we did not stumble into any sea turtles coming up to shore to lay eggs but Resorts World Kijal has taken the initiative to ensure that guests who signed up the Turtle Watching Package get to experience releasing turtle hatchlings back into the sea. More about it HERE
Our host has arranged for a tour in Kuala Terengganu for us during our second day in the resort. Kuala Terengganu is just two hours away by road. The attractions that we visited included Kemasik Beach, Noor Arfa Batik Craft Complex, Restoran Payang Serai at the Kuala Terengganu Waterfront, Crystal Mosque at the Taman Tamadun Islam and of course, the famous Pasar Payang.
Pantai Kemasik. More about it HERE.
Hands-on batik painting at Noor Arfa Batik. More about Noor Arfa Batik HERE.
Chinese and Thai-style lunch at Restoran Payang Serai at the Kuala Terengganu Waterfront.
Crystal Mosque, Kuala Terengganu. More about the beautiful mosque HERE
Buying local goods and souvenirs in Pasar Payang. More about Pasar Payang HERE.
After touring Kuala Terengganu, we were brought back to Resorts World Kijal for dinner at Open Herb Garden. You may read more about it HERE.
There’s also nearby tourist attractions to visit in Kemaman itself which can be arranged by the resort so if traveling all the way to Kuala Terengganu for sightseeing sounds tiring and such a hassle for you but you still wanna play tourist, just request for the resort to arrange a Kemaman town tour for you instead.
One must do thing while you are in Resorts World Kijal is enjoy the the sunrise. Unlike the beaches in the West Coast where you can only see the sunsets, here in the East Coast you will be able to see the sun rising from the beach and it’s quite a refreshing and breathtaking sight to behold.
We woke up early during our last day in Resorts World Kijal to see the sunrise and go for a nature walk after that before visiting the Resorts World Kijal Hatchery where we were given a chance to plant turtle eggs.
More about the hatchery HERE
There’s more to Resorts World Kijal than just it’s sandy beach. The resort not only offers golfing challenge to golf lovers with its Golf Course, but also sea and land sports for Adrenaline addicts to indulge in. More about the Golf Course HERE.
If that’s not your cup of tea, and you prefer some leisurely indulgence, just give a visit to it’s Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa. More about the spa HERE.
There is something for everyone in Resorts World Kijal, be it honeymooners, golfers and even sea sports enthusiasts.
Basically, Resorts World Kijal is an ideal place for a family weekend getaway. My family and I spent a 3D2N, 1 weekend there and I have to say that we were absolutely pampered and had such an amazing experience over there that I’d revisit again soon should the opportunity arises.
Having underwent a rebranding exercise quite some time ago, Resorts World Kijal is currently offering all sort of holiday packages to its guests.There are currently three packages being offered by Resorts World Kijal:
* Kijal Weekend Golf Package is offered at only RM276 (or RM138 per person). This package includes one-night stay in a Deluxe room with a unique work of art deco bathtub, and a round of golf in the championship 18-hole course for two. Both room options come with breakfast for two at the resort’s Restoran Kampong Meraga Beris
* Kijal Weekend Promotion, offers a night’s stay in a Deluxe room for RM199 or Premier Seaview room at RM249. Both room options come with breakfast for two at the resort’s Restoran Kampong Meraga Beris.
* Turtle Watching Package includes a three-day, two-night stay in a Premier Seaview room, inclusive of breakfast for two. Price is RM670 nett.
Resorts World Kijal is currently running a promotion until 31st December, 2016, so if you are looking for some great escapade, you might want to consider Resorts World Kijal.
For more information on Resorts World Kijal, please refer to the information below.
Resorts World Kijal
Add: Km 28, Jalan Kemaman-Dungun, 24100 Kijal, Kemaman, Terengganu.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (609) 864 1188
Fax: (609) 864 1688