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Pristine white sand. Clear blue waters. An amazing underwater world admissible only by diving. Virtually unspoiled nature. These are just a few things that describe the beauty of east coast beaches in Peninsula Malaysia, with Pulau Redang being one of them. There’s a reason why there are so few resorts in Pulau Redang, and it’s because there is a need to maintain its natural beauty.

If you’re a diver, then you will already know that there’s much to see in the clear waters of Pulau Redang. There are smaller resorts in Pulau Redang that offer you packages for diving trips, but provide the bare minimum when it comes to luxury accommodation. But for those who wish to visit and be comfortable, we have several recommendations for you. There are four-star accommodations in this listing — no five-star ones, as too much development would undermine the natural surroundings of the beach and cause pollution. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll be ensconced in sand flies and non-flushing toilets. These resorts are equally as stunning, giving you a well-deserved beach holiday getaway.

Redang Reef Resort

On a rocky ledge surrounded by lush greenery and overlooking the ocean is the Redang Reef Resort, a simple retreat that delivers all your needs in the form of a laid back, casual, yet serene resort. There are only 38 rooms in the two-storey wooden building designed with authentic Malay architecture in mind. If you’re in the mood for a homey-feeling resort that doesn’t provide in excess, then the Redang Reef Resort is perfect for you.

Laguna Redang Island Resort

Picture this: Out in the waters, you see a resort with a backdrop of the stunning green rainforest, framed by pristine white sand and crystal clear waters. That resort is in fact, Laguna Redang Island Resort, a modern interpretation of traditional Malay architecture. There are 276 rooms and suites in the low-rise building. The resort also provides several water sporting activities including diving.

Sari Pacifica Resort & Spa

Don’t let looks deceive — despite the sprawling grounds of this resort, there are only 74 rooms onsite. But don’t let that worry you, because those are 74 very well maintained villas with views of both the ocean and the forest. The resort also boasts a number of amenities that will astound you: a swimming pool, international kitchen, ferry service, dive and sports equipment, business centre, restaurant and bar, jungle trekking, snorkelling and scuba diving, turtle watching, and a marine park.

The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort

This gorgeous four-star resort is located 45km off the coast of Terengganu and is close to 30 popular diving spots including Big Mount, Pulau Paku Kecil, and Boulder Dash — something to think about if you’re planning for some great dives. Beyond being a great place for diving enthusiasts, The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort is also perfect for couples looking to have an idyllic time away at the beach. There are several dining outlets in the resort that have romantic settings, and the rooms are beautifully fitted too.

Redang Island Resort

Need a no-frills getaway to the beach? Then Redang Island Resort is your go-to place in Pulau Redang. There are private chalets that give you your own slice of personal paradise. However, do note that this is the only resort on Pulau Redang that doesn’t have beachfront access. Not necessarily a problem, especially if you prefer the tranquillity of the forest compared to the sound of waves on the beach.

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.