[UPDATED 31st May 2022]
Everyone needs that island getaway at least once in their lives. Imagine opening your windows to the view of a serene white sand beach and lots of coconut trees, away from the noisy urban jungle of skyscrapers all around where you barely even have time to look up at the sky?
is a trending destination among Malaysians who are looking for a nice island holiday without spending too much money, and it’s easy to understand why. If you’re still looking for the perfect place to stay during your vacation, let this list give you some ideas!
: The prices are based on July 2022 for 2 adults, 1 room on Agoda, or stated otherwise.
1. The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort
Wake up to a magnificent sunrise over the stunning beach at the luxurious The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort. The spacious rooms come with a balcony where you can sit down with a book or a cup of tea (or both!) and watch all the blues and greens outside. In some rooms, you can even do so while soaking in your tub!
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If you don’t feel like spending the day roaming around the island, why not just stay in? Go take a dip or chill by the hotel’s swimming pool, work out at the fully-equipped fitness centre, or relax with a massage or body treatment at the spa. Not being pampered enough is not a concern here. With all the comfort of your room and these facilities, you’d probably refuse to leave the resort!
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And that’s not all! Is a cosy and intimate island wedding ceremony with only your family and close friends your dream? At The Taaras, you can celebrate your love with your partner under the blue sky surrounded by the wonders of nature. Just reserve your dates and leave it to the professional team to work their magic.
From SGD535 per night on Agoda
P.O.Box 126, Main Post Office, 20928 Redang Island, Terengganu
2. Redang Beach Resort
Located right on the beach, Redang Beach Resort is where you can put on your shades, stretch out your legs and let the sun and breeze embrace you. The direct access to beach also means you can (almost) catch the wave you see coming from your room’s window!
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This sunny resort offers 120 newly built chalets - all air-conditioned and with attached bathrooms - to cater to your vacation needs and size. Whether you’re here for a honeymoon or with a large group, Redang Beach Resort has enough space for you!
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If you find planning activities too troublesome, worry not because Redang Beach Resort also offers a 3D2N package which includes a visit to Marine Conservation Park, snorkelling trips (twice daily) as well as 5 meals a day! At night, there’s a live band or DJ to provide entertainment at the restaurant.
From SGD480 per night on their websiteAddress:
No. 2, Jalan Kampung Dalam, Pulau Redang, 20100 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Contact:0 3-2031 5079Website
3. Redang Island Resort
Located at Teluk Siang, south of the island, the architecture of Redang Island Resort will blow you away. The boutique resort will greet you with its aesthetically stunning main building, where the breezy open-air lobby with wooden furnishings and a high ceiling is at.
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All 98 chalets are equipped with a private balcony, ensuite (modern!) bathroom, cable TV and other amenities. Also, you can choose to be surrounded by the tropical greeneries or the gleaming sea, as Redang Island Resort lets you pick between Rainforest Chalet or Seaview Chalet. Choosing the right ambience determines the mood for your vacation, so pick well!
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Redang Island Resort also offers a package that includes the ferry transfer between Shahbandar Jetty and Redang Jetty, a visit to the marine park and snorkelling trips. Of course, if you’re not in the mood to spend the day in the sun, just head to the resort’s spa to treat your body! According to a search in Agoda and their website, it seems that slots are all booked! Do give them a call to check if you intend to stay here.
Teluk Siang, Redang Island, 20710 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
09-630 8888 (for reservations)
4. Wisana Village
Name a better way to spend your holiday than waking up and falling asleep to the sound of waves, I’ll wait.
Located on a private beach of Teluk Kalong Kechil, Wisana Village is run by a small yet close-knit family-like team who built the village with so much love and care so that it can be a home to the guests as much as it is home to them. Since the resort is the only one there is on the white sandy beach, privacy and peace can be guaranteed here. Stays are offered based on package rates which include accommodation and meals (though please note it excludes the boat transfer and any diving/snorkelling equipment).
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Being only several steps away from the beach, Wisana Village also offers panoramic views of the neighbouring islands including Kerengga Island, Lima Island and Ekor Tebu Island. Aside from that, the resort’s house reef which is just a stone’s throw away is home to colourful fish and corals. That’s not all! If you’re lucky, you might even come across some turtles here.
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Well, while you might not find a spa at Wisana Village, you’ll find a simple yet charming open-air communal reading area here where you can simply lounge with a novel in hand (they have a rack full of books for you!) or just laze around there while enjoying the best view of the blue sea from the best seat.
From SGD545 per night based on their website rates
Teluk Kalong, Redang Island, 21090 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
5. Laguna Redang Island Resort
Some of you might recognize this place from the Hong Kong film “Summer Holiday”, starring the popular Richie Ren and Sammi Cheng. Laguna Redang Island Resort sits along the shore of one of Redang Island’s best beaches and boasts of grand traditional Malay architecture with a contemporary touch. It’s no wonder why this resort was picked to be the filming location!
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6 types of room are available, including connecting rooms as well as a disabled-friendly room. The rooms, which overlook the sea or forest depending on your choice, are remarkably comfortable and clean with plenty of space to move about. Some rooms even have an extended balcony with lounge chairs where you can chill and bask in the sun.
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Another great quality of the resort is the wide range of facilities it has to offer. Besides having the largest swimming pool on the island, Laguna Resort also has the best Dive Centre where you can rent all sort of equipment and get lessons and courses from their PADI-certified instructors.
Also, don’t forget to drop by and snap a picture in front of More More Tea Inn Gift Shop. The iconic pastel colour building was initially built and designed for the movie filming, but it was restored and kept and currently operates as the resort’s souvenir store.
From SGD233 per night on Agoda
Pasir Panjang, Redang Island, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
6. Sari Pacifica Beach Resort & Spa
Leave your problems behind and de-stress at the sunny Sari Pacifica Beach Resort & Spa. Set right by the white sandy beach with the lush green forest as the backdrop, this resort is a paradise for those who wish to escape the hectic city for a while.
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The tropical style villas are spacious enough to fit a sitting area complete with TV and mini fridge, a walk-in closet, a private balcony and even a tub in the bathroom! Go for the seafront villa so that you can watch the sea without leaving your room and listen to the sound of waves lapping the shore even as you lie down in your bed.
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One of Sari Pacifica’s unique features is the swimming pool that sits right next to the beach and without barriers or gates so you can walk right over anytime you want. If that’s not enough, Sari Dewi Spa is always ready to welcome you with their massage and spa service, which they can do by the beach pavilion or lounge if you like!
From SGD246 per night on Agoda
Redang Island, 20000 Pulau Redang, Terengganu
7. Redang De’ Rimba Resort
As the name suggests, Redang De’ Rimba Resort is not exactly situated right off the coast but tucked away in the jungle. The resort sits on a highland, which gives you the best view of the green forest and the emerald sea.
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Since the resort is a little isolated from everything else, there’s not much going around. But fret not because all the water activities will keep you occupied! You can rent the necessary equipment for snorkelling or diving, and you even can rent a boat if you wish to go further out. Meanwhile, if you prefer to travel by land, rental motorcycles are also available.
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All 4 types of rooms come with a private balcony where you can sit and listen to the crickets. The rooms are simply equipped with air-conditioner, water heater and Wi-Fi.
: The rooms on the higher grounds also mean that you would need to climb more stairs to reach there, so if you’re not up for that, make sure you request for a room on the lower ground!
From SGD60 per night on Agoda
Lot 171, Kg Baru Pulau Redang, 21090 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Contact:0 9-630 2887Website
8. Coral Redang Island Resort
Located on the vibrant Pasir Panjang beach, the Coral Redang Island Resort is a modern, cosy hotel that offers a little more privacy and respite from the busy beach area. It features a restaurant (where you can even arrange a special candlelight beach dinner), a cafe, a convenience store as well as a recreation centre for you to book exciting beach and water activities! There's 61 rooms available, each one given a modern touch in terms of furnishings and all the amenities you need!
: Unfortunately, they do not show their rates on their website. If you wish to enquire about the rates, you can email [email protected]
: 9 Jalan Dato Issacs, Terengganu Darul Iman, 20100 Malaysia
: 09 6307110
9. Redang Reef Resort
The Redang Reef Resort is a popular pick for many due to its strategic location, where it's located between a rich coral bay and the Pasir Panjang beach! You'll be able to enjoy magnificent, unrestricted views of the ocean as you relax at any of the resort's gazebos!
This laidback, all-inclusive resort also features simple rooms with classic wooden accents and cosy furnishings, offering you a place to unwind in after a long day out under the sun. Their rooms also include a terrace space if you'd like to spend some time lounging outdoors to enjoy the sea breeze! They offer exclusive 3D2N packages which starts as low as RM300 (~SGD100) perfect for either individuals or large groups!
10. Redang Pelangi Resort
The pioneer of offering full board packages at Pulau Redang, Redang Pelangi Resort offers great value accommodation paired with buffet meals and snorkelling trips. Some amenities you can check out include a pool table, beach volleyball, board games as well as a dive centre!
The resort is simple and features comfortable rooms, with the beach located just right outside. You'll feel right at home here with their efficient service, and of course, a variety of packages to choose from to suit whatever your travel needs are!
: An average of SGD300 for all packages
: Pasir Panjang, 20000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia
: 0 9-624 2158Website
Choosing the right accommodation according to your budget and preferences isn’t one simple thing to tick off your vacation to-do list, but don’t let that stress you out and ruin your holiday mood! To make the process easier, you can list down the pros and cons of each place you have your eyes on and compare them. Once you know where to stay, it’s time for that much-needed island getaway!