Where to Stay in Terengganu
Editor's Guide to Recommended Hotels in Terengganu
A fairly conventional, strongly Islamic state, the discovery of oil just off the coast of Terengganu has made it a prosperous settlement. Kuala Terengganu (the state capital) lies 160km south of Kota Bahru and evidence of its wealth is almost immediately apparent as high-rise office buildings and banks jostle each other for prime real estate in the busy commercial centre. The nouveau-rich city still bears the outward trappings of Muslim conservatism but for the casual visitor there’s immediate appeal from the Istana and Chinatown to the lively street markets and waterfront.
For those prepared to dive deeper, there’s offshore Pulau Dayong and the marine park at Pulau Redang. What more? Experience the state’s renowned interior when you venture inland to the famed Tasik Kenyir and Sekayu Waterfall. There’s a good deal of lodging choices here – you’ll find that the inexpensive options we’ve chosen for our Terengganu’s Editor’s Guide are a cut above the average and the deluxe ventures listed certainly put some of the best in the country to shame.
Set on the tiny island of Pulau Gemia, Gem Island Resort & Spa is a three-star boutique retreat with 49 waterfront airy wooden chalets featuring king-sized beds, private balconies and attached bathrooms. 800m north of Pulau Kapas, it’s a peaceful spot with a private beach, games room for kids, a restaurant and spa. The hotel’s unique because between May and October it offers guests a chance to watch as baby green turtles emerge at the resort’s own turtle sanctuary. Though there’s not much surrounding it, the isolated location is what makes Gem Island Resort & Spa so appealing. Read More...
One of Kuala Terengganu’s biggest options, Primula Beach Resort is a three-star venture with 249 attractively-furnished spacious, air con rooms feature comfy beds, attached bathrooms and private verandas; some suites have four-poster beds and balconies which feature beautiful views. Popular with young families, the beachfront hotel’s facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, business centre, restaurant and a popular coffee bar. Just down the road is the Hotel Grand Continental Terengganu; the property is close to the town centre. Read More...