The Taaras (Pulau Redang, Malaysia): A Showcase of Rooms
Following on from my previous review on The Taaras, I wanted to highlight a few room categories that the resort offers for readers who may be interested.
When it comes to room types, guests are spoilt for choice. The Taaras has over 13 luxurious room categories to choose from. Here are 4 of the 13 that I saw.
The Grandest of Them All: The Tarras Villa
Going up to The Taaras Villa, you would need some form of transport like a golf buggy. Or you can opt to hike up about 15 minutes from the hotel’s main beachfront. Up to you. But I reckon if you are booking this villa, you won’t be stepping out its front door much because everything you need is right in the villa! Except the beach.
Designed by the billionaire owner Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan’s wife, The Taaras Villa exudes a comfortable luxury that is elegant, simple and contemporary. As you walk through the main entrance, you are greeted by sky high ceiling and a generous living space furnished with lots of wood elements in its decor, building material and furniture.
This super grand, large, two-storey, five-bedroom private clifftop residence has both indoor and outdoor verandahs that overlook the island’s bay and resort below; not to mention a sweeping view of the South China Sea.
The design of the villa is awe-inspiring. The main floor is equipped with an indoor home gym and yoga studio, 16meter infinity pool and indoor and outdoor lounge areas. Decorations were mostly subtle with at least one decor talking piece in every living space.
|Villa’s gym and yoga area|
|Villa’s fully equipped kitchen|
|Villa’s kitchen overlooking the open-concept dining and living room|
There are 4 guest bedrooms and one grand master bedroom. Each guest bedroom is the size of an entire studio apartment with their own walk-in wardrobe, lounging and dining area.
|Villa’s guest bedroom 1|
|Villa’s guest bedroom 2|
|Villa’s guest bedroom individual lounge area|
The master bedroom located on the second floor is probably the size of two guest bedrooms put together. This room has been used by former guests including the Princess of Jordan and Andy Lau, who is a close personal friend of the owners for many years.
|Villa’s master bedroom|
|Villa’s master bathroom|
|Villa’s master walk-in wardrobe space|
Probably the most stunning of all about this villa is its poolside view. Access to the villa’s infinity pool is on the first floor. Here, you can see everything from the resort below, bay, house reef and out into the ocean.
With a room rate of RM30,000 per night, this grand villa comes with an in-house elevator, 24-hour butler service, two housekeeping maids, a private security office and a private Chef.
Location-wise, the oceanfront studios beat all the other room categories hands down. It is literally five steps away from the beach. Each studio looks out unto the bay with its own private verandah. Contemporary-styled with french bay window concept, each room has a walk-in closet and an over-sized bathroom with a free-standing spa bathtub and bidet. Perfect for a lazy holiday by the beach.
Cliff Seaview Premier Suite
This is one of their most requested over-sized suites on the property. These rooms have separate living, dining and bedding areas. Each suite comes with an over-sized balcony overlooking the bay and South China Sea, as well as walk-through bathrooms with tons of walk-in wardrobe space. You can get these rooms to interconnect with a Premier Twin Room for families and friends traveling together and want to stay close.
Cliff Seaview King
The Cliff Seaview King is the studio version of the Cliff Seaview Premier Suite – basically an inflated version of a bachelor pad with a freestanding tub overlooking the ocean. They come with a separate over-sized bathroom, monsoon shower, walk-through closet and bathroom rest area. These rooms have wall-to-wall glass windows giving guests a panoramic view of the resort, bay and ocean beyond.
Do not be surprised if you see this “Cheeky Monkey” sticker on the sliding glass door to the balcony. It is against the law in Malaysia to feed the monkeys. Staff at The Taaras have plenty of stories to tell of previous guests and their entertaining, but most times – nuisance encounters with these wild monkeys.
The Hillside rooms (choice of Twin or King bedded) are similar to the Garden rooms that I stayed at. They all come with a private balcony overlooking the island’s lush green landscape and resort’s garden areas. Again, notice the beautiful use of wood furnishing in this room. All bathrooms come with a separate bathtub and rain shower facilities (and see through glass wall into the bedroom – for privacy, don’t forget to pull down the blinds!). The main difference with these rooms is they are slightly further from the main beachfront area; but because it is situated on higher ground, you can get a great aerial view of the property and inviting ocean breeze.