My wife and I had an experience like this at the Holiday Villa Resort at Cherating, on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
“The hotel is located right on Cherating Beach.”
It is about 40 minutes north of the city of Kuantan. The resort consists of multi-story blocks containing apartments, chalets, and a section called the eastern Pavilion that is very upmarket, and consists of larger cabins, each with its own plunge pool.
We were shown to a chalet that was near the pool, but had lovely ocean views from its verandah. It consisted of a bedroom with king bed, a sitting area with a sofa and TV, and a verandah with table and chairs, and it was very nice and comfortable.
The resort had absolute beach frontage, and there are lovely gardens throughout. Cherating Beach is long and sandy, and curves into the distance like a crescent. The resort caters primarily for the local market and so was practically empty when we arrived, remaining that way until the Friday evening when the locals began to arrive.
As we had been travelling through Malaysia for some time, we decided that we would have a “veg out” day, just so we could relax a bit. We had a great time reading, lazing by the magnificent beach, swimming in a pool which we had all to ourselves. We had room service bring lunch to our chalet and rested in the afternoon before hitting the pool again.
“The Holiday Villa Resort is quite isolated in that there is no town of village within easy walking distance.”
We were told by reception staff the village of Cherating was only a five or ten minute drive away, and that the local teksi wanted RM30 for a one way trip. As we had paid RM60 for the 40-minute trip from Kuantan, we declined the offer of a local cab as we had decided to rent a car the next day, so could visit the town then. There were a couple of local shops nearby, so I stocked up on drinks and Pringles.
We breakfasted in the open-sided restaurant which overlooks the South China Sea, and it was just a great way to start the day. A good breakfast, with a really nice freshly-cooked omelette and a fantastic view was pure luxury with just a touch of indulgence – but at a very reasonable price.
On Friday night a lot of Malaysians from Kuala Lumpur and elsewhere arrived for their weekend retreat, so breakfast on Saturday morning was busier than usual, and the pool was already in use. It didn’t worry us too much as we were checking out. We bid our farewells to John the Resident Manager, with whom we’d had a few pleasant conversations, and told him how much we had enjoyed our stay.
The Holiday Villa Resort was comfortable, affordable and its gardens and setting right on the beach is gorgeous. It was a nice place to relax without any hassles to bother us.