Written by @Joehairie
It was a memorable trip; an escape into serenity at Resorts World Kijal in Terengganu, a beautiful state in the east of Peninsular Malaysia. It has private beach of 7.6km in length and boasts of amazingly beautiful 18-hole golf course. 146km to the north is Kuala Terengganu, the state capital while Kuantan, Pahang is 76km to the south.
Imagine waking up in the morning and seeing that beautiful golden sunrise. That was exactly what we both have experienced. This is one of the many ‘magic moments’ that guests can expect to experience while being at Resorts World Kijal. Perhaps, a highly recommended mandatory routine for all that will surely leave lasting great impression; right before hearty breakfast at Kampong Meraga Beris Restaurant.
Impressive, insanely amazing white sandy beach, beautiful blue sky and turquoise waters await guests. Well, turtles too, in the evening. Expect to see no crowd here. Not the public. It is there, exclusively for Resorts World Kijal guests. Turtles included.
We’re here in the month of September, perfect timing for Sea Turtle hatchling release; one of the many fun and educational activities organized by Resorts World Kijal. Guests coming to this resort may indulge in various recreational activities and facilities or opting for unique and priceless experiences of local culture and lifestyle. In addition, Palma and Rimba Nines will surely excite golfers.
The resort management was kind enough to give us a nice welcome surprise; traditional welcome dance by students of Sekolah Kebangsaan Air Jernih, Kemasik, Terengganu. It was indeed one great insight into what Terengganu culture has to offer.
The young dancers presented a meticulous, skillful performance. Color us impressed. At such young age, they have the determination to proudly showcase their heritage. What a great start for all of us. First minute of arrival and we’re already so into Terengganu distinct cultural personality. We have no doubt now that Terengganu is a beautiful state with beautiful culture.
The main reception desk is in the main lobby, to the right after the grand entrance. Again, we’re impressed but this time with the many symmetrical pillars. We felt that we’re in the world of architects, with genius thoughts and precise concentration towards Terengganu’s rich myriad of customs and traditions.
Check-in was quick but performed professionally by the polite, jovial and friendly receptionists. They were far from being robotic, addressing us by names and most importantly they smiled genuinely. It took less than a minute for us to get the key cards as everything were properly prepared in advance.
We’re assigned to room 815, obviously on 8th floor and from up there, the view of the lobby; architecturally beautiful. It’s airy, open and the floor, colorful. The lobby houses one of the three F&B outlets in this resort, Hainan Express; a cozy lounge that serves non-alcoholic cocktails, special coffee, tea and light snacks.
Premier Sea view Room
Our cozy, comfortable and colorful Premier Sea View Room wowed us. We’re less than an hour being in the resort but the elements didn’t fail to impress, from the lobby to the room! The carpeted floor, blue in color; indicates the view we’re about to enjoy from the large window. This particular room gave us that comforting warmth and shelter, a great retreat in the evening, so to say.
The identical twin beds are actually big enough to fit in 4 people. It’s quite large individually and we slept like a baby, refusing to adhere to the alarm’s sound in the morning. The colorful duvet added jovial mood to the already beautiful room. Extra pillows are provided in the closet.
Be warned, the view is absolutely something to die for. It’s incredibly, insanely, unbelievable stunning and breathtaking. The lap pool, beach, sky, trees and sea were the ultimate reasons that successfully pulled us out from our well-appointed room.
The room itself had everything that we need, from working desk, to TV and even a moderate size of dining table.
It’s great that the room comes with a ceiling fan, an alternative to the central air conditioner. Power plugs are everywhere, conveniently charging our many gadgets.
The en-suite bathroom comes with a marble counter top, with single white sink, complete with sufficient toiletries, face and hand towels, large mirror as well as mounted hair dryer.
In the en-suite bathroom, there are 2 individual smaller rooms for shower and toilet. There’s also a bathtub that has horizontal sliding window that open up to the bedroom.
Separate Shower Room
Essentials in the closet
Other essential amenities offered to meet guests expectations are bathrobes, iron/ironing board, free WiFi, coffee/tea making facilities, mini fridge and complimentary bottles of mineral water.
Other Room Categories
Premier Suite Living Room
Premier Suite Bedroom
Premier Suite Patio
Premier Suite Patio
Premier Suite Pantry
Premier Suite private entrance/exit to the beach
Deluxe Suite Living Room
Deluxe Suite Bedroom
*It is possible to book both Premier Suite and Deluxe Suite, with both connected via stairs (Deluxe Suite on the upper floor)
There are 3 dining outlets available in Resorts World Kijal. Each enable guests to uncover a world of gastronomic wonders, offering mouth-watering cuisine with unique flavors.
Restoran Kampong Meraga Beris
We had our buffet breakfast and lunch here and some dishes were served on top of a “sampan“. The restaurant opens at 6.30am – 10.30am (breakfast), 12.00pm – 2.30pm (lunch) and 6.30pm – 10.30pm (dinner). Read our full review HERE (Buffet Breakfast)
Oasis Beach Bistro (OBB).
We came to this open air Bistro for Saturday BBQ Nite Fever. If you are in Kijal and are looking for a great BBQ Buffet on Saturday Night, we highly recommend this place. We also recommend the open-air dining area!
It is located right in the center of the Lobby. This cozy lounge serves non-alcoholic cocktails, special coffee, tea and light snacks and opens from 11.00am – 12.00am on weekdays) and 11.00am – 1.00am during weekends.
Things To Do
There is always something that guests may do while staying at Resorts World Kijal. It is recommended that you stay here for more than 2 nights to enjoy all the facilities provided at the Resort. Here are some of our recommendations.
3 Days 2 Nights Sea Turtle Room package (Seasonal) (RM682 per night)
Turtle hatchling release
Reconnect with nature at one of Malaysia’s most beautiful tropical locations. The package includes 3D2N stay in Premier Seaview Room, Buffet breakfast for Two @ Restoran Kampong , Turtle hatchling release or planting of egg.
Golf-2 Days 1 Night (RM426 per night)
Opt for the 2 Days 1 Night Golf Package and pit yourself against the forces of nature in an exciting game of beach side golf. Test your skills in an arena where sudden winds and sea breezes might play havoc with your game. Rise to the challenge! The package includes 2D1N stay in Premier Sea View Room, Buffet breakfast for Two and Golf for Two (inclusive of insurance).
Dip in the pool
Resorts World Kijal boasts of its big swimming pool and it is perfect for all ages. Serious swimmers may take advantage of that lap pool while the kids will have a section exclusive for them, with slide!
Rent the bicycle
There are some bicycles for rent and guests may cycle around the resort, well a bit further outside, if you are adventurous enough. There is a special lane for bicycles inside the resort which is also being used by the Golf Carts.
Walk or jog on that long beach!
Take advantage of that private beach which is 7.6km in length! Walk around or jog if you feel like to!
Organize your Family Day or Team Building events
Our jovial team
Talk to the Event Specialist at the Resort and organize your Family Day by playing some games or friendly competitions! As recommended by the resort’s event team (led by Mr.Ragu), we played 5 games with our friends and it was really fun.
There are Tennis Courts available at Resorts World Kijal!
Form 2 teams and play that Beach Soccer!
Talk to Mr.Ragu at Resorts World Kijal and ask how you can help to prevent future beach erosion by planting some coconut trees. Educate your child on the importance of preventing beach erosion, keeping the environment and places safe and liveable for the future generations.
Keep in shape. Work your abs. Take advantage of that state of the art equipment. Burn some calories. The fitness center is free for guests to use anyway.
Beyond Resorts World Kijal
Explore places of interest beyond the resort such as the state capital, Kuala Terengganu or nearby Kampung (Villages). Talk to the team at the resort to organize the tour. They will be more than happy to help you with the arrangement. Alternatively, rent a car and simply drive to your destination. During our stay, we had the opportunity to visit Pantai Penunjuk (Penunjuk Beach). Apart from appreciating the beauty of that beach, we had the opportunity to meet the locals who are into Anchovies business.
Laid back fishing village, Jalan Pantai Kijal
In one of the village’s houses
At Oasis Beach Bistro
The experience at Resorts World Kijal was an unforgettable one. We’re very much impressed with the scenery at the resort. Blue sky, turquoise waters, the breeze, long sandy beach, well-appointed Premier Sea View Room, delicious foods and exceptional service by staff were all the factors that contributed to our positive thoughts about the resort.
We felt that said tranquility but at the same time were able to enjoy ourselves in the various fun and educational activities organized by the resort. We do think that Terengganu in general has what it takes to become the preferred destination for holidaymakers. It is a beautiful state with rich culture.
For both of us, the Resorts World Kijal is indeed the hidden jewel in the state of Terengganu. It is the Ulitmate Tropical Holiday Destination. We couldn’t agree more when they said that it is here that magical moments are made in the east coast. We look forward to be able to re-visit this resort and especially for Lan, he is eager to see his planted tree; expected to grow slightly bigger in 4 years time!
Resorts World Kijal
Km 28, Jalan Kemaman Dungun
Phone: (+6) 09-864 1188
Website: Click HERE
Facebook: Click HERE
Getting to Resorts World Kijal: Click HERE (By Air and Road)
For your reading pleasure:
Witness The Circle of Life as Turtles return to the beach at Resorts World Kijal Terengganu (Click HERE)
Breakfast @ Restoran Kampong Meraga Beris, Resorts World Kijal, Terengganu: Our Story (Click HERE)
*This FAM trip is sponsored by Resorts World Genting & Resorts World Kijal
Friends from Media fraternity with performers from Sekolah Kebangsaan Air Jernih (Credit: Micheal Marvin-Blogger and Photographer)