The Kasturi Resort in Pahang

Imagine soft sand between your toes, and waking up in a luxury villa to the sound of waves and a sprawling rainforest around you. This is definitely a getaway we all need.

If your time off calls for just this, look no further than The Kasturi Resort. This beachfront resort in Cherating, Pahang, has villas flanked by the sapphire ocean and lush tropical rainforest so you’ll get to lounge around on the beach and check out nature activities like kayaking through a mangrove forest.

A-frame villas by the beach

The Kasturi - above
Image credit: The Kasturi

A stay at The Kasturi will feel like an escape to a secret sanctuary – the resort is located on white sand coves along the edge of a forest, much like a private island. 

Sitting on Chendor Beach in Pahang, the resort comprises 23 exquisite 5-star rooms. This includes stunning A-frame villas that each has its own gate to access a sandy beach, and are backed by lush verdant tropical rainforest. This is perfect for city folks who crave views of the ocean and nature. 

The Kasturi - villa
Image credit: The Kasturi

The villas here boast contemporary designs with tasteful modern furnishings. Each room features hardwood-framed glass doors that open up to a personal deck with sun chairs, and a private infinity pool that overlooks the sea horizon. 

There is even an impeccable garden with a pond, where you can feast on breakfast at to enjoy the views.

The Kasturi - poolImage credit: The Kasturi

Fenced by gorgeous rubble walls and dense greenery, the villas ensure that guests will have much-needed privacy whether they are lounging in the pool or an indoor bathtub.

The accommodations comes with stylish private living rooms and bedrooms that are spacious and breezy.

The Kasturi - insideImage adapted from: @jmin_wee & @_tripperh_

Guests can opt for their choice of view – the ocean or the tropical rainforest – when choosing from the selection of villas. If you would like to wake up to the view of the cerulean sea, there are rooms perfect for romantic getaways with your SO and meaningful holidays with the fam:

  • Ocean View Suites (RM730/night) for two pax
  • Beach Front Villa (RM1,350/night) for two pax
  • 2-Bedroom Rooftop Penthouse Suite (RM1,450/night)
  • 2-bedroom Family Beach Front Villa (RM1,600/night) 

For those who find comfort with nature right outside their abode, you can opt for the Corner Studio (RM580/night) or 3-Bedroom Forest Family Villas (RM1,750/night) instead.

Kayak through a mangrove forest

You might feel the urge to just chill by the beach and listen to the lapping of waves all day with how serene things are at the resort. But if you feel a call to adventure, this resort has several nature-filled activities for you to check out nearby too.

The Kasturi - treesImage credit: @soothengho

Guests can opt to have a leisure stroll along a walkway lined with tropical trees, while feeling the warm glow of the sunlight on your skin. But to fully indulge in the experience, we suggest paddling a kayak along Sungai Pak Siak, a mangrove-shrouded river.

The Kasturi - kayakImage credit: The Kasturi

Bask in the beauty of picturesque nature as you paddle away on kayaks, offered complimentary to hotel guests. You’ll be able to spot wildlife while you’re making your way through the tranquil river – from otters lazing by the river banks, to giant sea eagles or playful sunbirds roaming overhead.

If you’re lucky, you might even spot the occasional kingfisher.

The Kasturi - turtleImage credit: The Kasturi

The Kasturi is also located just a stone’s throw from a turtle hatchery site – The Rimbun Dahan Turtle Hatchery, where eggs of endangered turtles are incubated. So, when the turtles hatch, guests are invited to watch the baby turtles make their way to the ocean for a small fee that’ll help support the conservation efforts of the non-profit organisation.

The Kasturi - foodImage credit: The Kasturi

After a day filled with adventure, you’ll be looking forward to some relaxation back at the resort. Pamper yourself to a therapeutic massage at Ketapang Spa, which is located on the first floor of the resort’s main building.

Or head to Kenyang Restaurant for some food-venture. Guests can choose to dine in air-conditioned rooms, or at the open-air verandah to gorge on food with views of the vast sea. Their menu features scrumptious East Coast dishes, such as nasi ulam, ayam percik, and sotong sumbat.

The Kasturi in Cherating, Pahang 

If you’ve been craving a getaway on a private island with comfy rooms to spend a night in, consider booking a stay at The Kasturi. This resort is where you can have a therapeutic and relaxing stay, with access to amenities like a spa and infinity pool for a pamper retreat.

The kayak rides will also satisfy your itch for a holiday in a paradise of nature.

Address: KM 32.5, Jalan Kuantan, Kemaman, 26080 Cherating, Pahang
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily
Telephone: 09-582 5000
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Cover image adapted from: @ewaninahani, @kryaaia & The Kasturi

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