Long since upstaged by the likes of Phuket and Langkawi, Tioman is today all about tranquillity – and there’s plenty of it at this secluded luxury hideaway on the southwest side of the island. Access is via private, twin-propped plane from KL or Singapore, and then speedboat, which deposits you at a wooden jetty enfolded by a cove backed by soaring, jungle-covered mountains. Clinging to the forested slopes above the beach, Japamala’s 13 wood chalets are blissful havens – some have their own alfresco hot tubs and daybeds cantilevered over the sea. Spend your days kayaking, crab spotting on the beach or snorkelling around the vibrant inshore reef.
Japamala, Pulau Tioman
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