Paradise Found: Redang Island, Malaysia

Taya Ng 15 February 2013 2 comments

Just off the northeast coast of Peninsular Malaysia lies the idyllic tropical island of Redang. The ultimate paradise, this unspoilt isle is blessed with palm tree lined white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. And since it’s part of a protected marine park, the area boasts spectacular snorkeling and scuba diving.

How to get there

The quickest and easiest way to get to Redang Island is to fly to its tiny airport (RDN) from either Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. Berjaya Air is the only airline operating seasonal direct flights (approximately one hour) from these two cities. Alternatively, some resorts provide complimentary ferry transfers included with their vacation packages from Merang and Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.

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Where to stay

There are a dozen hotels on Redang, but the top property on the island is The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort. Located on the northern tip of Redang, this luxury resort is nestled on its own picturesque secluded bay, making it an ideal destination for discerning travelers wanting to get away from it all.

The resort is a quick five-minute drive from the airport and provides complimentary shuttle service. Upon arrival, check-in is a breeze as you’re greeted with delicious welcome drinks and refreshing cold towels.

There are a variety of lodging options available on this beautiful property including ocean front suites, hillside rooms with soaker tubs and lush rainforest views, and even an exclusive clifftop villa with stunning sea views complete with a personal butler at your beck and call.

Animal lovers can enjoy daily visits from monkeys on your room’s patio. Ensure you don’t leave any personal belongings outside because these little visitors have an affinity for tossing items off balconies trying to find any remnants of tasty room service orders.

Pro Tip: If you book online directly through the resort’s website, then you gain access to exclusive package deals that include accommodation and meals.

Where to eat

Dine on fresh seafood at the Beach Brasserie, sip cocktails on the sprawling chill out deck, explore the complex flavors of authentic Malaysian cuisine and taste an array of international dishes at Asean Terrace Lounge.

To celebrate a special occasion, you can book customized dining experiences. Ocean highlights include an intimate meal on a private yacht at sunset or lunch on a floating pontoon in the middle of the calm sea. Beach lovers can partake in a Robinson Crusoe ‘castaway’ for two, enjoy a traditional feast under the stars, or take pleasure in a bespoke candlelit dinner on the water’s edge.

Your holiday is not complete without drinking fresh coconuts on the beach with sand between your toes. These hydrating beverages are ordered from Bayu Bar for a few ringgits, but if you ask the groundskeepers, they’ll harvest some coconuts from the palm trees right on the beach and open them for you free of charge.

Additionally, there are a couple shops and small open air eateries located just before the entrance of the property. They offer quick meals, snacks and cold drinks for a fraction of the resort’s prices.

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What to do

From relaxing and sunbathing to enjoying water and land sports, there is something for everyone on this ultimate tropical island. Spend a leisurely day on the beach swaying in a hammock and take respite from the equatorial sunshine by lounging on cushioned sunbeds in thatched cabanas. You’re guaranteed peace and quiet since the property is on a private cove (Teluk Dalam Kecil) and only resort guests have access to this beach.

Feel like getting active? This beach is excellent for swimming as the sheltered bay always has calm waters. Pick up a game of beach volleyball, play some tennis, or visit the fully equipped marine center to book diving excursions. Adventure seekers can trek into the jungle towards Teluk Dalam Besar beach, equally as pretty and often deserted.

Pro Tip: Rise before dawn and you’ll be mesmerized by the spectacular sunrises the island has to offer.

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When to visit

Book your trip between March and October when Redang is blessed with sunshine and blue skies. It is advisable to avoid monsoon season during the months of November through February.

Redang Island is the perfect destination for a honeymoon vacation, romantic getaway or to celebrate a special anniversary. If you’re looking for a luxury holiday on an exclusive white sand beach with crystal clear water, then this is the ideal paradise for you.

Taya Ng

Taya Ng

Life-long traveler and former expat, Taya has lived in Seoul and Brunei, and spent extensive time in the United Arab Emirates. As editor and co-founder of 9to5 Travel, she searches the globe for the world's best gourmet restaurants, tropical beaches, and luxury hotels.

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  1. Taya Ng Taya Ng Says:

    I appreciate all the lovely responses. Thanks everyone!

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