Japamala Resort

Set into the rugged hillside of Tioman Island, Japamala offers a series of accommodation in the form of wooden houses, hillside sarangs and beachside villas, many of which have private plunge pools and wooden sun decks.

All of the rooms have been designed and built to compliment the surrounding landscape and many profit from wonderful sea views. With the addition of two new Luxe Treetop Chalets and a wonderful freeform pool, Japamala continues to be the go to place on the Tioman Island.

WHY WE LIKE japamala

This romanticly rustic resort blends beautifully with its hillside setting and offers a real back-to-nature experience. The rooms offer an individual experience, including waterfall pools, courtyard jacuzzis and secluded sun decks. Dine at Mandi-Mandi at least once during your stay and create your own cocktail from an overwater pavilion 100 metres offshore.


  • Day Spa
  • Freeform Swimming pool 
  • Italian dining at Il Tempio
  • Cabanas on the beach
  • Signature Tamarind restaurant 


If you can drag yourself away from your sun lounger there are numerous boat trips on offer to visit the islands. Try your hand at fishing. The hotel has kayaks to use close to shore To explore further afield book a diving trip out to the reef to swim with the sharks. Onshore, the interior of the island is teeming with birdlife and there are plenty of simple treks available to explore. Why not visit the neighbouring village.


Located on the island of Tioman, nestled in the waters of the South China Sea. Just off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, this tiny island was the setting for the 1958 film South Pacific. The island is reached by a  one-hour boat journey from Mersing jetty. Mersing is accessed from both the cities of Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, approximately four hours by car.

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