The Taaras Resort – a Hidden Gem!

If anyone asked me what’s my favorite type of holiday destination, I would, without any hesitation whatsoever say “somewhere where there’s a beach!” I just love resorts where I can relax and enjoy the beauty of nature and the feeling of soft white sand under my feet as I stroll along the beach. With the heat of the sun beating down on my skin and the cool sea breeze blowing on my face and through my hair, I always feel like I am in paradise as I listen to the sound of glittering waves gently crashing onto the shoreline. I have been to many beach resorts, but the beach at The Taaras Resort is just truly magnificent!  No matter how I describe it, I can never really capture the spellbound beauty which The Taaras Resort really holds. I loved it. My husband loved it. And my kids were crazy about it.

So where is the Taaras?

‘The Taaras’ is a bespoke Private Beach Resort, tucked away and hidden from the outside world on a small Island found just off the unspoilt East Coast of tropical Malaysia. Considered to be one of the most beautiful island locations in the South China Sea, the resort found on one of the most spectacular bays in Redang island, surrounded by one of the bluest oceans on earth.  Redang is located 45 km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu and is the largest among a group of Islands dotting the north east coast of Malaysia and surrounded by the South China Sea.

And how to get there ?

  1. By Land: Getting to Redang Island from Kuala Lumpur by bus and coaches is one of the convenient way. All express bus and coaches are available daily via the central bus terminal for eastern region (Hentian Putra Station) located nearby PWTC. The journey will take about 7-8 hours with few stops and the final stop will be at the Kuala Terengganu Terminal (MPKT). The Kuala Terengganu Shah Bandar Jetty will be 5 minutes away if you opt for public ferry transfer to the Redang Island.
  2. By air: You can book a charter flight with Berjaya Airlines flying directly from Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur to Redang Island. Or flying with local airlines such as MAS or Air Asia.
  3. By private boat transfer: TheTaaras offers private boat transfer (chargeable) to  shorten  your travel time to Redang Island. They also has their own lounge at the airport for their customer to refresh while waiting for transportation to the island.

We had a good deal booking with Agoda Our villa was big and nice with sea view, easily access to the beach, the pool and restaurants. If you prefer to book directly with The Taaras I think you can do so. And don’t forget to check with them for their closing period. It is closed from November to February every year.

Everything has its pros and cons. The food is a minus point for the whole trip. If you want to enjoy good food there I’m afraid that’s the thing that the resort can’t provide. I’m not saying it was bad but it just doesn’t meet the 5 stars standards. The only good meal in a day was breakfast. Every lunch and dinner we had to wait at least 1 hour, sometimes 1 and half hour for the food to arrive. After 2 days we got fed up, we looked up on the internet and found a local restaurant which is just 5 minutes walk distance from the hotel with much nicer and cheaper food. Since then, that local restaurant became our favorite.

Over all, it was a very memorable trip. The experience was fantastic. We love the place, the beach and we definitely be back there again soon.