You don’t have to travel far to indulge in 5-star luxury. Just a mere 3 hours’ drive from the city of Kuala Lumpur, you can enjoy a relaxing weekend at the luxury The Kasturi in the coastal village of Cherating
Cherating – located in the state of Pahang is essentially a fishing village, which became a bit of a backpacker spot. It’s also one of the only places to surf in Malaysia during the monsoon season.
1. Uninterrupted views of the beautiful ocean
Nestled between a strip of mangrove forest and Pantai Chendor, The Kasturi commands perfect view towards the sunrise over the forested point of Tanjong Geliga and off to the South China Sea.
With rainforest behind and beach in front, the villas and suites offer a superb retreat encapsulating the reality of being embraced by land and sea.
You enter the villa’s door through the forest, and then come face-to-face with the beach as you walk across the deck.
2. Designed by celebrated architect, Hijjas Kasturi
For those who are not aware, The Kasturi designed and owned by one of Malaysia’s most acclaimed architect, Hijjas Kasturi and his wife Angela. The resort is spread over 15 acres and has generous beach frontage. It is also a site of turtle landings, eagle, hornbill and otter sightings.
3. 19 luxury villas to escape from city stress
Accommodation comes in several forms with the two-bedroom beach-facing villas. The villas come with their own pool which is suitable if you want privacy. The two-bedroom Rooftop Penthouse is a great option if you wish to have fantastic views and loungers for sunbathing. There are also smaller rooms that are ideal for couples.
The individual chalets are reminiscent of traditional Malay architecture but have a touch of modern expression of A-frame structures with roofs like folded origami.
4. A magical place for nature lovers
The 15 acres resort has 800 meters of beach. The site has virtually exclusive excess to another beach towards the north, wonderful for dawn walks or evening runs. You can occasionally see a family of otters basking on the banks. Sea eagles regularly swoop over the villas, and fireflies twinkle beside the walkways. The beach is famous for the endangered green turtles, whose eggs are safely buried in the resort’s hatchery.
5. Wide selection of local dishes
There is also a small spa called Ketapang Spa located on the second level of the clubhouse. You can find a bar lounge, fitness facilities, spa, meeting room and the main pool at the clubhouse too.
Where to dine? The Kasturi serves traditional food at the main restaurant called Kenyang. You can have a wide selection of buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
6. Local activities to do
Besides a dip in the pool or sea, other things you can do at The Kasturi include wandering along the beach to Pak Siak River or paddling through its mangrove river in one of the resort’s inflatable canoes. You may find a bunch of interesting birdlife and even a family of otters.
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