“A super-stylish island retreat, with luxurious treetop living and an unspoilt private beach - ultimate romance and total relaxation”
There are 13 Kampung-style villas dotted between the trees and boulders, complementing the natural landscape and providing plenty of privacy. Each is rustic-chic unique and feels impossibly luxurious. Bathrooms all feature powerful rainfall showers.
We were in a Tree Top Chalet and spent a lot of time on the terrace, curled up in our suspended wicker chair. We often had monkeys perched on our windowsill and the jungle provided a soothing soundtrack. Sea Cliff Chalets are similar, but they jut out over the canopy, with mesmerizing views of the ocean.
The Sarang rooms are more luxurious. Jungle Luxe Sarangs have a living area and an outdoor tub. Spilt-level Hillside Sarangs have a veranda, a living space and a plunge pool. For ultimate romance, opt for the super-secluded Seaview Sarang, where you can gaze out to sea from your private plunge pool.
The more modern two-storey Penghulu’s House can be found at the end of the resort, right on the beach. It has a double and a twin bedroom, lots of living space, and its own pool.
There are tree restaurants at JapaMala: split-level Mandi Mandi pavilion (Barbecue and Grill), nestled in the jungle; beachfront Tamarind Tioman (Asian, with a focus on Thai cuisine); and newer Italian restaurant Il Tempio.
Come sunset, everyone gathers at the end of the jetty for complimentary cocktails from the bar. It’s the definition of romantic. They also host the occasional barbecue here.
We took dinner at Tamarind Tioman, where spicy Thai fusion is served by candlelight. Spring rolls were crisp, stir-fried vegetables spicy, and lemongrass prawns plump and juicy.
Our lunchtime pizza at Italian Mandi Mandi was light and full of flavour, but we got serious food envy as we watched plates of grilled fish and bruschetta pass us.
An indulgent and leisurely breakfast, served at Tamarind Tioman, was a sprawling spread of fruit, yoghurt, pastries and cakes. An a la carte menu of hot dishes includes eggs, pancakes and some local dishes.
Fresh juices, coffee and cocktails are served throughout the day at all three locations, and drinks and nibbles can be ordered to your sun spot.
This is predominantly a grown-up resort for couples, so if you are travelling as a family, we’d suggest you stay here only if you have teenagers.
Teens (over 12)
Two-storey Penghulu's House is the resort's only family villa, right on the beach. The double bedroom has a vast living space opening to a spectacular view of the sea; the twin has direct access to a beautifully decked plunge pool.
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking