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Alaya Malai Review: A Hidden Beachfront Boutique Villa In Merang, Terengganu

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Faruq Senin  •  Aug 06, 2020

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This story about Alaya Malai in Merang, Terengganu is written by one of our contributors, Nafisah. Some parts of the article may have been edited for length and clarity.  We went on a 2D1N trip to Alaya Malai B&B, with my husband and two kids, my sister and my parents. As we were tight on leave, a 1-night escape to the seaside was what we were looking for. I had been eyeing Alaya Malai for quite a while but could not find a reason to go. Now that we really needed a break post-MCO (me, my husband and my sister are front liners) and we can only afford somewhere near home (we live in Kota Bharu) so Merang/Setiu it is! P.S. Love hidden gems? Check out our reader's review of the gorgeous Pulau Tinggi in Mersing!
Alaya Malai is an underrated B&B nestled right in front of Merang Beach with Pantai Penarik nearby. P.S. Check out this amazing beachfront stay at The Magellan Sutera Resort in Sabah!  The beach was beautiful and sandy with crystal clear blue water as it is nearby to the jetty to Redang, Perhentian and Lang Tengah islands. There are 7 rooms in the B&B, nice big pool, and it's just a few steps from the beach! 
Ambience and rooms at Alaya Malai
I liked the privacy and calmness of the house. The environment reminded me of Bali. The hosts were super friendly. Most rooms were the same - the Deluxe Double Room with Balcony and Sea View. The price for my room was RM399. There is one bigger room with sofa bed which can accommodate more people but it is on the ground floor.
We spent one evening in the pool.
The next morning, we went for a stroll along the beach, and the kids enjoyed building sandcastles and swimming in the sea. P.S. Travelling to the East Coast? Check out these 6 awesome beachfront resorts in Kuantan!
Food at Alaya Malai
They serve a really big breakfast too, and the food is halal. You can request for lunch and dinner at additional costs. Rest assured, they followed SOP strictly. For halal food recommendations around the resort, I would suggest a seafood place nearby called D Tunggal seafood, very cheap and good seafood about a half-hour drive from Setiu. P.S. Have you been travelling around Malaysia? Want to share your tips and stories to help Muslims travel better?  Click on this link to share your experience !