JapaMala Resort – A Samadhi Retreats Property

Kampung Lanting, Pulau Tioman, Kampung Genting, Tioman Island, Malaysia
13 Rooms
Contemporary Classic & Secluded
Starting at:
taxes included per/nt
20 /20
Public Spaces
Overall Experience

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Modern eco-resorts often tout the back-to-nature qualities of their settings, but the journey to JapaMala Resort might just have them all beat. Whether you fly to Tiomen Island (just off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia) or take a ferry, the change in mood from the churning metropolis of Kuala Lumpur to this rustic collection of villas at the edge of the jungle could hardly be more pronounced. With its open-plan chalets designed for equal levels of privacy and exposure to the unspoiled surroundings, this resort makes an art form out of leaving the busy world behind.

To backtrack a little bit, we should point out that the villas are equipped with wi-fi — but out here, it shouldn’t be too hard to unplug. Built to coexist with the landscape rather than subjugate it, the accommodations vary based on their location within the resort’s eleven-acre slice of the island. Treetop chalets are very much of the jungle, skimming the top of the canopy, while Seacliff rooms provide unobstructed views of the South China Sea. A sustainable theme runs through the building materials, and the interiors are soothing havens of exposed wood, with open-air baths and plunge pools adding an air of romance to the proceedings.

The grandest villa is a two-story beachfront affair, complete with a kitchenette and tanning beds on the terrace. For those less inclined to cook, there are two restaurants — Mandi-Mandi sits on stilts over the water while Tamarind peeks out of the jungle — and a spa that adds cliffside hot tubs to its wellness menu. What keeps these modern resort trappings from flying in the face of the hotel’s philosophy is the intimacy of the island setting, which provides a peaceful, inclusive harmony that’s impossible to fake.

How to get there:
Regular daily flights to Tioman from Kuala Lumpur are available all year round. Please note that Tioman is a relatively undeveloped island, so getting around is done mostly by trekking or by sea taxi. JapaMala Resort has its own boat which is available for hire on an hourly or per day basis.
Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm

Credit cards accepted

  • Please be informed that that during this time, we have limited facilities available such as Tempio restaurant is not open, however guest is able to order food from Tempio restaurant from our Tamarind Restaurant.
  • Children below the age of 16 years old are strictly not allowed in the property. The property features elevated boardwalks and is set in a fragile rainforest environment and therefore it is imperative that children are supervised at all times.
  • All foreign passport holders will be subjected to a mandatory Tourism Tax of RM 10.00 per room per night. This amount will be collected upon checkout by the hotel. This tax does not apply to Malaysian Nationals and Permanent Residents.
  • Japamala Resort requires a deposit of RM 500 for per room per night on check-in, remainder amount shall be returned upon departure. Deposits can be paid by cash or any major credit cards.
  • Kindly note that the swimming pools are not fenced off and there are no life guards present at the swimming pools or on the beach. All guests are advised to swim at their own risk.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited in all rooms. Guests are permitted to smoke on the balconies and in the outdoor living spaces of their rooms.
  • Raining Season: Please be informed that the East Coast Rainy Season in Malaysia is generally between the months of November to February, when frequent rains and rougher seas are punctuated by intermittent sunshine. Guests who booked on the Japamala's operated boat transfer, will be entitled for a refund or voucher for the value of the un-utilized stay in the event Japamala cancels our operating boat service and no public ferry option is available. Guests who opt to book the public ferry, Japamala Resort will not be held liable/responsible for any disruption/cancellation of services effecting the arrival to the Resort. Please be advised that any cancellation or unused nights due to disruption of the public ferry services or by guest choice, will not be subjected to refunds.
  • Please be informed that Japamala Resorts utilizes TM Fiber Optics service, providing download speeds between 30 Mbps to 90 Mbps. Exact internet speeds are not guaranteed.

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JapaMala Resort – A Samadhi Retreats Property
Kampung Lanting, Pulau Tioman, Kampung Genting, Tioman Island, Malaysia

Amenities & Services

  • Free wi-fi
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal)
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Swimming pool
  • Beachfront
  • Shuttle service
  • Designated smoking area