A tranquil getaway

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  • Monday, 08 Apr 2019

A spacious living room with a view in one of the cosy villas.

KUANTAN: With choices aplenty, holidaymakers will want nothing but the best in terms of facilities, services and hospitality.

At the Mangala Resort & Spa in Gambang near here, the award-winning boutique hotel is the talk of the town among travellers – both locals and foreigners.

Many who have stayed here often come back because they enjoyed their time at the resort.

Located within an oil palm plantation, it comprises Balinese-inspired spacious villas with scenic views and serene surroundings.

Chief of resort Jimmy Yeo said the resort was transformed from an almost barren, ex-mining site into a lush, green and tranquil garden of palm and fruit trees.

Yeo said there were 65 units, comprising garden, orchard, wetland and lake villas in the resort.

“A total 34 units have private swimming pools that are salt water based, for the comfort and privacy of guests.

A scenic view of the public pool.
A scenic view of the public pool.

“There are also four spacious family units and outdoor bathtubs, surrounded by a tropical landscaped garden,” he said.

One unique feature is that the units had several types of fruit trees, including a Musang King durian tree, and guests can pluck them once ripe.

Last year, Mangala Resort won the FIABCI World Gold Award 2018 in the environmental (rehabilitation and conservation) category, the first resort in the country to receive the prestigious award.

It is organised by the Internatio­nal Real Estate Federation, a world property award that recognises projects that best embody excellence in all real estate disciplines involved in its creation.

The resort was also declared the winner in Malaysia Property Award 2017 (environmental category).

Recently, it added another feather in its cap after Trip Advisor’s 2019 Travellers Choice voted the resort as second best in the country.

The name Mangala is a Sanskrit word meaning “auspicious.”

Guests trying their hand at archery.
Guests trying their hand at archery.

Yeo said the name was chosen as it best summed up what guests could expect – friendly staff and good service – from the moment they set foot in the lobby receiving welcome drink and buggy ride to their rooms.

“We emphasise the purity of spirit and the state of being happy and healthy.

“Our aim is to inspire a sense of well-being in a natural surrounding, as well as through the facilities available,” he said.

Some of the recreational activities include visits to orchards and vegetable farms, archery, canoeing at the man-made lake, paddle boat, cycling, table tennis, volleyball, basketball and a morning nature walk.

As for children, they can try out fish feeding, giant snake and ladder game, blow pipe, handicraft and sand art.

Yeo said nature and bird lovers would be thrilled as there were some 100 different species of birds, including migratory ones, and stingless bees.

“We have binoculars and guests can borrow them at the front desk for bird-watching activities.

The lakeside villas at the resort.
The lakeside villas at the resort.

“In addition, there are various spa packages with facial treatment by our trained therapists,” he added.

Yeo said peak season was during school holidays and eve of public holidays, with many guests from Klang Valley, Johor, Singapore and China.

He said the management was also promoting the resort to Middle Eastern and European travellers.

Food and beverage, and operations director Fazil Ahmad said couples seeking privacy and those who want to rediscover the beauty of nature should visit.

“Corporate functions and weddings can be arranged upon request.

“Our executive chef can plan a romantic meal by the lakeside or a picnic at the gazebos,” he said, adding that one of their most sought after signature dish was smoked salmon spaghetti.The resort has two premium food and beverage outlets, offering a selection in the menu alongside Western and Asian cuisines and premium beverages such as wines, signature cocktails and mocktails.

For more information, call 09-505 7788 or visit its website at www.mangalaresortandspa.com

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