Location: Malaysian Islands | Malaysia & Borneo

Price guide: £££££ Less than £100 per person per night

The most resplendent resort on the tropical island of Tioman, Japamala is a luxurious hideaway nestled in the jungle. Its traditional Malay-style villas overlook stunning white sands, and in undisturbed tranquillity you can wallow in the warmth of the South China Sea, relax the hours away by hidden waterfalls, or dine on incredible cuisine beneath a blanket of glistening stars.
Perfect forImmersing yourself in the jungle, and indulging yourself in island luxury.
In the know
  • Beautiful Malay-style villas with stunning ocean views
  • Set in 11 acres of tropical forest
  • Enjoy award-winning cuisine on the clifftop or beneath the stars
  • Bliss out in the heavenly spa
  • Trek to hidden waterfalls, go on boat trips around the island or relax on the pristine beach

Recommended for...

  • Beach
  • Eco-tourism
  • Hideaway
  • Honeymoon

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Japamala sits on the beautiful island of Tioman in the South China Sea, nestled in 11 acres of lush tropical forest.

Rooms at Japamala

Japamala prefers to call each of its villas a Sarang, a Malay word meaning 'nest'; and it’s not hard at all to understand why. Its charming wooden Sarangs embody a rustic-luxe philosophy, and are built using salvaged timber from Malay villages, with interiors created by local craftsmen. They lie tucked away in the jungle, some by the beach gazing over the South China Sea, others totally secluded high up above the canopy, and all totally unique, unlike any other.  On your sundeck or in your open-air bathtub or plunge pool, simply sit back and relax to the sounds of the jungle, accompanied by champagne from your mini-bar.

We love the two-storey, two-bedroom Penghulu's House. The 'Penghulu’ is known in Malaysia as the top dog of the village, and accordingly this large chalet has the best of everything, with the jungle at its doorstep and the beach as its backyard, alongside a private pool and spectacular sea views.

Food & Drink

Decorated with awards, Tamarind Tioman, set against a rainforest backdrop, is a superb place to eat local, where you can dine on a magnificent array of Malay, Thai and Indochinese cuisine. There's also Italian restaurant Il Tiempo, where you can indulge in expertly-prepared specialities including signature pasta dishes as the skies are ignited orange. Or head to Mandi Mandi, at the tip of a picturesque jetty stretches 100 metres from the beach into the sea, where you can enjoy sunset cocktails. Alternatively, for an extra-special occasion, dine under the stars in an exclusive and private setting.


There's a floodlit pool, and in Japamala’s spa, treatments and massages using pure botanical ingredients are accompanied by the soothing sound of gently lapping waves, whether that's a massage in the treetops or a soak in the clifftop hot tub. We think there’s no better way to conclude your day...

Activities at Japamala

The pristine private beach is blissfully tranquil, though at times you may have to share it with a passing turtle or two. Those with a lust for exploration can snorkel and dive in the glistening waters, head to the fairytale-esque waterfalls hidden in the rainforest or marvel at the roof of the jungle from the sunset viewpoint. You can also visit nearby villages and go on boat trips to nearby islands for lunch on the beach. 

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Hotel location

Japamala is a 45-minute boat ride from Mersing jetty, which is four hours from Singapore or six hours from Kuala Lumpur. During your return trip, you can stop off for some boutique shopping en route to Singapore, or explore historic Malacca en route to Kuala Lumpur.

Stay at Japamala on these trips

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