Japamala Resort by Samadhi
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9.0
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  • Twin Peaks4.73 km
  • Mukut Waterfalls7.07 km
  • Asah Waterfalls7.09 km
  • Pulau Tioman Airport9.11 km
  • Marine Park11.96 km
  • Senai International Airport133.33 km
  • Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport153.51 km
  • Singapore Changi Airport155.14 km
  • Hang Nadim Airport180.12 km
  • Kerteh Airport214.44 km
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Japamala Resort by Samadhi

    Kampung Lanting, Pulau Tioman, Kampung Genting, Tioman Island, Malaysia, 86800 - See map
    "The room we had was very nice, it had a living area, a balcony, a huge bathroom and a large bedroom."
    Yock Y. - July 2, 2018
    Exceptional comfort
    9.3 room quality and comfort
    Fantastic breakfast
    92% positive mentions
    • Airport transfer

    • Private beach

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Hot tub

    • Air conditioning

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    Cleanliness score
    8.9/10
    Room comfort score
    9.3/10
    Location score
    9.0/10
    Review score - United States
    8.7/10
    Better than
    99
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    of Tioman Island properties
    Better than
    97
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    Better than
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    Value for money8.2
    Location rating9.0

    Rooms available at Japamala Resort by Samadhi

    9.3
    Exceptional
    Room comfort & quality
    Penghulu's House
    Penghulu's House
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    • Room size: 140 m²/1507 ft²
    • Beach view
    • 1 king bed & 2 single beds
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    Seaview Sarang
    Seaview Sarang
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    • Room size: 75 m²/807 ft²
    • Ocean view
    • 1 king bed
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    Jungle Luxe Sarang
    Jungle Luxe Sarang
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    • Room size: 65 m²/700 ft²
    • Nature view
    • 1 king bed
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    Tree top Chalet
    Tree top Chalet
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    • Room size: 50 m²/538 ft²
    • Nature view
    • 1 king bed
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    Sea Cliff Chalet
    Sea Cliff Chalet
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    • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
    • Sea view
    • 1 king bed
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    Hillside Sarang
    Hillside Sarang
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    • Room size: 65 m²/700 ft²
    • Nature view
    • 1 king bed
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    Luxe Tree Top Sarang Room
    Luxe Tree Top Sarang Room
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    • Room size: 55 m²/592 ft²
    • Nature view
    • 1 king bed
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    Chalet Sea View
    Chalet Sea View
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      Luxury Room(jungle,sarang)
      Luxury Room(jungle,sarang)
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      • Balcony/terrace
      • Shower
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      Sarang
      Sarang
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      • Shower
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      What people love about Japamala Resort by Samadhi

      • 10.0
        Exceptional
        Staff 

        "I can not express how friendly, inviting and personable the staff was."

        Randy

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        December 26, 2016

      • 9.2
        Exceptional

        "The resort is an eco resort and is quite luxurious."

        Yock Y.

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        July 2, 2018

      • 7.6
        Very good

        "Very pretty resort, very decent food, good for romantic gateway"

        Lionel

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        June 30, 2016

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      8.8
      Excellent

      "Great place with nice view, quiet and good privacy."

      Wing L.

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      August 5, 2018

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      8.4
      Excellent

      "Minimum staffing but with great service and availability of..."

      Esther

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      July 15, 2016

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      From September 1st, 2017, as per Government of Malaysia requirements, hotel guests who are not Malaysian citizens or long-term/permanent residents of Malaysia will be levied a tourism tax of RM 10.00 per room per night stay. Please note these changes in tax structure will result in revised taxes being charged and will be payable additionally during check out.

      Reviews of Japamala Resort by Samadhi from real guests

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      Cleanliness8.9
      Facilities8.4
      Location9.0
      Room comfort and quality9.3
      Service9.1
      Value for money8.2
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      7-8 Very Good (26)
      6-7 Good (15)
      <6 Below Expectation (23)
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      7.6
      Very good
      Trang from United States
      Solo traveler
      Tree top Chalet
      Stayed 3 nights in June 2019

      Not as good as expected”

      Japamala is a high end place for mostly couples who do not like too much activities such as swimming/snorkeling/diving. Japamala is a quiet place where people sit around on lounge chairs all day long, reading or watching the ocean. The bungalows are large, beautiful but have issue. The A/C was not strong enough to cool up a large wooden unit. The A/C got overheated often (after running for close to 1 hour) and turned off automatically. Once the A/C power got low or turned off, it needed to be turned on again. As the bungalows are in wood, the A/C did not make the room very cool. In order to cool off the bungalow with low A/C, all window coverings needed to be close to prevent the sun to come in, making the room very dark. Paying a high price for the accommodation, I felt going on a tiptoe to make the A/C running. It was a terrible feeling for the guest to accommodate the room and not the other way around the room to accommodate the guest.

      Reviewed July 06, 2019
      8.4
      Excellent
      Miguel from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Sea Cliff Chalet
      Stayed 4 nights in June 2019

      Slight improvements needed”

      Very good overall, however the resort does not quite reflect the cost. Slight improvements are needed and attention to detail must be enforced. We really like the food and the hard working and friendly staff but we also noted overworked staff not fully engaged with guests. We believe management needs to consider extra staff during the breakfast time and around the beach cabanas as it felt like were not properly looked after. This would be in a 2 or 3 start resort but a 5 start resort should exceed a customer expectations and go the extra mile. Additionally, we felt like the boat transfer from the nearby Genting village to the hotel should be free of charge as boat is the only reliable a d easy accessible method of transport to the resort. We will be back

      Reviewed June 10, 2019
      2.0
      Ravi from Singapore
      Family with young children
      Penghulu's House
      Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

      Simply sont waste your time here”

      This resort claims they are 5 star. They have no stable electric facility and no internet. Be prepared for blackouts and suffer in the pitch darkness for many hours. They do not even have a back up generator Dont bother to stay here i do not want to write much as i am frustrated i spend $1500 for 2 night for this trash of a place. Please skip this resort there are much better resorts in tioman way cheaper and more reliable

      Reviewed April 18, 2019
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Finn from Germany
      Couple
      Sea Cliff Chalet
      Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

      Amazing location with luxury elements and amazing staff ”

      This was my second visit at this resort. Everybody is just amazing, especially Aruni the manager and Rashid from Bangladesh in housekeeping. So friendly,helpful and always smiling. He really brings everything you need for a company like this!! Food amazing, drinks tasty and the sea cliff chalet is super beautiful. Nice clean Beach, will definetly come back again. Greetings from Germany!

      Reviewed April 11, 2019
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Anja from Germany
      Couple
      Sea Cliff Chalet
      Stayed 6 nights in January 2019

      Exceptional”

      This was easily one of the very best experiences we ever had traveling together in terms of the resort itself, the way the place is run, the amazing people working there, food, drinks etc. It is so many small things that made it the perfect stay. We felt so welcome and enjoyed the friendly and accommodating service throughout our entire stay and will definitely come back.

      Reviewed February 01, 2019
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Yock from Singapore
      Couple
      Tree top Chalet
      Stayed 1 night in June 2018

      Beautiful resort, helpful and friendly staff ”

      The resort is an eco resort and is quite luxurious. We had originally booked a sea cliff room but got a jungle sarang instead. The issue seemed to have been on the Agoda platform as the resort had gotten the booking in the system as jungle sarang. As the resort was full and the jungle sarang was a bigger room, we had no choice but to accept it. The staff at the resort was apologetic and nice about it and are also trying to find out what happened to the booking. Other than that. We enjoyed the experience. The beach was clean with crystal clear water. We saw great corals, fishes, stingray, even a turtle while snorkeling. The room we had was very nice, it had a living area, a balcony, a huge bathroom and a large bedroom. It was a giant tree house and was quite an experience. They made quite an effort for the food and it was rather enjoyable. But the whole fish at market price was not worth it as it did not taste fresh and was pricey.

      Reviewed July 02, 2018
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Fathin from Singapore
      Couple
      Sea Cliff Chalet
      Stayed 3 nights in November 2017

      Exceptional”

      All staffs are commendable for their warmth and friendliness right from the ones that is responsible fetching to and fro with the speedboat. Hats off them being a superb multitasking in different scope. I see passion and teamwork that keeps them going. That makes our stay even worth in that tranquil location. Thank You!

      Reviewed November 10, 2017
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Hishamuddin from Malaysia
      Family with teens
      Penghulu's House
      Stayed 2 nights in June 2016

      Perfect place to hang out with family.”

      If the flight service is available...would give perfect 10 to the vacation at Japamala...however travelling by speedboat from Mersing is not that bad either....only 4 and half hour travel by road from KL to Mersing a bit of a challenge. Once you arrive...you forget about the journey...only the destination. Memorable....unforgettable.

      Reviewed June 06, 2016
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Foo from Malaysia
      Couple
      Tree top Chalet
      Stayed 3 nights in January 2015

      Heaven on Earth!”

      Serenity, Staff Performance and Seclusion

      It was excellent, the team that is behind the resort provide us with excellent services. From knowing each name personally, customizing food and entertainment according to our preferences. Due to the absence of telco signal on the island, you will enjoy the serenity and seclusion that is provided by the island. It is the place to be if you need to disconnect from the world just to be with your significant other. Kudos once again to the team, I would certainly come back to the resort if given the chance.

      Reviewed September 03, 2015
      9.3
      Exceptional
      Rahiza from Malaysia
      Couple
      Jungle Luxe Sarang
      Stayed 3 nights in January 2015

      Amazeballs!!!”

      Beautiful scenery, cozy room, fantastic service

      We had great pleasure staying at Japamala although it was monsoon season. The view is simply breathtaking..the staff are amazing..they really pay attention to every little details to make ur stay a pleasant ones..the food is delicious..a lil bit pricey but it suits the quality of the food served..the room is superb..extremely cozy..the housekeeping staff ensure that the room is tidy..smelling great at all times..the candles are lit..cold drinking water is replenish..The staff..James, Ayuni, Mike, Zamani and Sam were ever so helpful and friendly..we felt we were at home.. When we first arrive in our Jungle Luxe Sarang..we were welcomed by a fruit basket and coconut lengkong..the lengkong is simply delicious so we thought of ordering it from the menu on the next day..but James told us that the kueh is not avaiable in the menu..to our surprise..the next day..someone knocks on our door and delivered our coconut lengkong!!! Tq James!! U r awesome!! We have enjoyed our stay at Japamala and hope to go there again...a great resort if u r looking for tranquility and total relaxation..

      Reviewed January 22, 2015
      8.7
      Excellent
      Kulnan from Thailand
      Couple
      Seaview Sarang
      Stayed 3 nights in January 2014

      Excellent, but need to know what to expect”

      Staff, staff, and staff

      Overall this has been a great stay. Service is excellent - Aruni, Mike, and all the staff have been extremely accommodating of every request possible. Very courteous and friendly but not overly overdoing it. I think the service is overall the part that made this stay very comfortable and smooth. Room is good - The sea view Sarang is large, naturally built. The room is made from wood and in some area in need of renovating and repair. There is an outdoor tub connecting to the room and a large balcony with another dip pool with waterfall. The area has a few insects like ants around, so if you are freaked out with this kind of thing, then this is not a place for you. Surrounding - The hotel is at the beach, beautiful area, not much snorkelling opportunity in terms of coral but many fish around. Food - We ate mostly on Mandi Mandi on the jetty, super nice setting on the beach, food is good. Activity - This place is for relaxing, food, and spa. They do arrange boat trips as well. There is no in house diving center but they do arrange dive trip with other dive centers.

      Reviewed February 06, 2014
      9.3
      Exceptional
      huang from Singapore
      Couple
      Hillside Sarang
      Stayed 1 night in May 2013

      fantastic!! definately a wonderful trip.”

      superb view, super nice food and superb relax environment

      this is definately a great hotel. however, the only draw back is that, been surronded by forest. there tends to have lots and lots of flies. We booked hill side sarang and ended up not using the pool, as there's just too much flies out there.

      Reviewed June 30, 2013
      8.7
      Excellent
      Sau from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Hillside Sarang
      Stayed 3 nights in November 2012

      Quiet resort with a castaway feel”

      Quiet resort on a beautiful island

      Such a beautiful island. Well worth a visit (and may be more return visits to come) after first hearing about this paradise more than 20 years ago. Resort is small and really quiet, and facilities frankly not that great. But that is how I like it, without the trappings of the big brand names. The hillside sarang is really well designed in Malay style (I suppose), great for a getaway for doing absolutely nothing! Nice fruits and food as well, and surprisingly at very affordable price.

      Reviewed November 12, 2012
      9.3
      Exceptional
      Wei from Malaysia
      Couple
      Tree top Chalet
      Stayed 2 nights in September 2012

      Great place to stay”

      Simple, Cosy & Clean

      We enjoyed our stay. Staff were nice and friendly. Unfortunately, there is no phone reception at all in the island. If you want to experience fishing squid at night, you can try it at the jetty. Bring along your fishing gear....

      Reviewed September 18, 2012
      9.7
      Exceptional
      wong from Malaysia
      Family with young children
      Tree top Chalet
      Stayed 1 night in September 2012

      Tioman's best secret resort~”

      own private beach,Snorkeling

      We took a very early morning trip from mersing jetty to genting village at around 6.30am. Reach genting village at about 8.30am, we didnt need to wait long and japamala speedboat arrived. Finally reached Japamala’s very own jetty, the water beneath so clear that we could see colorful fishes swimming and even live coral. The jetty also serves as one of their dining place, Mandi Mandi Restaurant where you can dine under the sky, or better, stars if you’re lucky! we then brought to reception area with built as a glass house.We were served lemongrass welcome drink. We only had 3 days 2 night at here. First night, we stayed at tree top chalet,with no#13, i think thats the best room with best view for tree top chalet, thanks Aruni for the arrangement. WE love mandi mandi restaurant, and met a very nice friendly staff , Jon, who is from Myanmar. The staff there are very thoughtful, and even gave my 2 kids a beach play set and ball,to my 2 kids when they had nothing to play at the beach. We met nice family who are from itali too, they will have a conference at singapore soon. Very amazing that they took 3 weeks to travel all around Malaysia before they reach japamala. Second night, we moved to seaview sarang which apparently the one and only there and the most lavish villa they have for couple..

      Reviewed September 06, 2012
      10.0
      Exceptional
      wong from Malaysia
      Family with young children
      Seaview Sarang
      Stayed 1 night in September 2012

      Great resort with private beach, natural.”

      Great location, with a beach full of coral and tropical fish and even a turtle!!

      We stayed at japamala for 3 days 2 nights. We chose seaview sarang for our second night. Aruni,the manager walked us to our Sarang. The moment Aruni opened the door we had to agree the Sarang worth all! It was super hugeee, about triple size of their smallest villa and very secluded to offer us utmost privacy. Thanks for the staff thoughtful, they had already prepared extra 2 beds for our kids. From info we read, very minimal trees being chopped during construction of this resort and to not disturb the natural landscape, you’ll find each and every villa is rather designed to fit their original location. One obvious example seen in our Sarang, the big rock was not moved but instead made a nice, natural hide for our small plunge pool :), the rock pool, hot hot small jacuzzi pond.. During the last night we were at japamala, our 2 kids were in sad mood.. and telling us that they wish to come back again soon. They can't even bear to leave here. Hahaha.. my cute boy told us, he wished to get photo with aruni, other staff too so that if next time he comes back here, he could remember their face. Thanks Jon, aruni, and other staff whom I dont know their name. Thanks for your thoughtful and wonderful day we had spend in japamala. See you next year

      Reviewed September 06, 2012
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Maria from Argentina
      Couple
      Jungle Luxe Sarang
      Stayed 2 nights in June 2012

      Amazing”

      Great service, best location and great food

      Japamala resort is stunning. Beautiful rooms with all the facilities. Great location, with a beach full of coral and tropical fish and even a tortle!! the hotel staff looks after you without being overwhelming, food was great, specially the Italian restaurant. I couldn't ask for a better place to stay!

      Reviewed June 29, 2012
      9.7
      Exceptional
      Yeon from Malaysia
      Group
      Hillside Sarang
      Stayed 2 nights in December 2011

      Unique resort with great service”

      Well Design Sarang, privacy, very thoughtful service provided

      I love this resort very much, though i stayed there during raining season. Very relax, good view, good food, great service.The staff there are very thoughtful and helpful, it was a wonderful and relaxing short trip for me and my sis, we enjoy it very much. Will definitely return to this paradise during sunny season to explore more about Tioman. And, the Spa is wonderful, must try.

      Reviewed March 10, 2012
      9.0
      Exceptional
      Stephenie from Singapore
      Couple
      Tree top Chalet
      Stayed 2 nights in January 2012

      One of the few last paradises left”

      Exclusivity, pristine private beaches, great service

      This resort is truly one of the few untouched paradises left. Rustic and untainted, it really brings you back to nature. JapaMala only has 13 villas so it can provide very personal and attentive service to every guest. Once you arrive, the Resident Manager will escort you to your villa where it is already pre-cooled and jazz music filled. No check-in is required nor signature requested after each restaurant meal as they know every guest by face. Even for the beach cabana drinks ordered, they will know which villa you're from before you tell them. As this is a private beach/part of Tioman, the only way to get there is via their sea taxi and a 2-way transfer for 2 will set you back

      Reviewed January 27, 2012
      8.7
      Excellent
      JIAYIN from China
      Couple
      Sea Cliff Chalet
      Stayed 2 nights in December 2011

      Friendly staff”

      Away from the world

      went for holiday for 3 days 2night. i love the place. it's away from the world without huge crowded and network. lol. itf you really want to relax, go japamala!!! staff are friendly adn great, food is delicous thought a bit pricey and limited choices but nevertheless l love the 3days 2 night holiday. basically doing nothing. lol. for people who is looking for exceitment, this is not the place for you. seriously nothing much to do, it's a great place to short get away to relax and spend more time with your partner. they will tidy up your room whenever you left the room and they will provide chocolate every night. they have lots of dvd for rent. foc. however the dvd quality isn't very good. 2 out of 3 dvd which i borrowded only can watch half way. that's quite annoying. we went during the moosoon season but very lucky that the weather is very good during our holiday there. the view from the balcony is super nice. beautiful sunset!!! we will be back!!!

      Reviewed January 12, 2012
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