Renowned for some of the best beaches in the Malay Peninsula, Kuala Terengganu is an enchanting destination. White and gold sands line the coast, a lush rainforest decorates the interior and the city skyline is dominated by ornate mosques. A luxury holiday in Kuala Terengganu offers a wealth of experiences like snorkelling excursions, village bicycle tours and Malay cooking classes.
Kuala Terengganu is on the eastern coast of the Malay Peninsula situated right on the Terengganu River. The city is home to unique attractions such as Masjid Terapung, a beautiful whitewashed mosque that floats on a lake, Taman Tamadun Islam, a park filled with models of famous Muslim landmarks, and the renowned Masjid Krystal, a stunning mosque made out of crystal, glass and steel. The state also hosts the prestigious annual yacht race, the Monsoon Cup.
Just south of the city, you'll find the Tanjong Jara Resort. An elegant place steeped in Malay traditions with the welcoming spirit of the region. The resort rests along a golden crescent of sand lapped by turquoise waters that are home to an abundance of tropical fish. Enjoy a gentle climb up Jara Hill and capture panoramic views of the coast. Discover the Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village and bathe and play with elephants. Take a day trip to Tenggol Island and find paradise.
Part of the Terengganu Marine Park, this island is celebrated for its white beaches, its colourful, untouched coral reefs and its diverse marine life. It's a world-class diving destination, with over 20 spectacular locations, and is considered by many to be one of the best in Malaysia. Journey below the waves and swim with rainbow coloured fish, turtles and more.
With highs that linger around 30 degrees Celsius, Kuala Terengganu is a year round destination. The most popular time for luxury travellers to visit is from February to October when rainfall is at its lowest, the days are clear, and the sea breezes are cool.
From November to January, the north-east monsoon brings the rain. However, sunny days are still plentiful and the temperature is still warm. It's also a great time to find luxury deals and explore the many attractions of the city at your own pace.
Expect fine dining on your luxury retreat to Kuala Terengganu and begin your day with a breakfast of Western favourites and local delicacies. In the evening, try a variety of Asian dishes and European specialities prepared to perfection by experienced chefs with an eye for detail and lots of visual panache.
Sample a five-course set dinner gazing over the moonlit sea by dining on the beach lit with candles. Or try a unique dining experience without menus where experts in local cuisine help you craft your own personal dishes.
As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you, and keep a photocopy of your passport. British nationals do not need a visa to enter Malaysia and can stay up to 3 months. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on visas and travel.