Best attractions and activities at Terengganu Resorts World Kijal Hotel, East Coast of Malaysia

Turtle, turtle, turtle... The star of Terengganu on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia during the month from April to September every year. Big pregnant mother turtle will make its way back by instinct to the coast, the area where it is born to lay eggs. The eggs will hatch naturally under the soil in the beach and the turtle hatchlings will creawl back into the sea to live and come to lay eggs at the exact spot to complete the whole life circle. But, the eggs are exposed to various dangers on the beach including humans digging it our to  sel in the local market. Therefore turtle conservation is imparotant and we can learn about it at Resorts World Genting, Kijal, Kemaman, Terengganu.

Resorts World Kijal is four star hotel resort with lots of facilities to offer. From out door activites such as tennis court, bicycle ride, archery, golf course, swimming pools to indoor fitness centre, table tennies, snooker, pool, children's playroom and others. The food is delicious with western and local cuisines being served.

1. Turtle attraction
Resorts World Kijal has 7.6 KM long beach along the east coast of Terengganu facing the South China Sea. Turtle conservationa program is carried out where turtle eggs are saved and being hatched in the hatchery. Turtle hatchlings are then released into the sea at the appropriate time. Here guests can learn and experience first hand turtle conservation and the process from eggs to hatchling to being released. The turtles here are mainly the common Green Turtle (Chelonia Mydas) and the occasional rare Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys Imbricate).  
 I have made two videos, one on hatching the eggs at the hatchery ( here) and another  on how the release of the turtle hatchlings to the sea.

Resorts World Kijal welcomes the turtles and has been cooperating with the Fisheries Department of Terengganu in yearly cleaning of beaches and conservation. For those who would like to know and have hands-on hatching turtle eggs, it is RM49 per session. For those interested in taking the Sea Turtle Package of 3 days 2 nights (2 pax per room) is RM682 valid from 1-30 September 2018. This is an exhilarating experience that should not be missed if you are in Malaysia.

2. Team building, Jungle trekking and Obstacle courses

The gem in Resorts World Kijal is that it is very conducive for the outdoor games by the beach. The vast beach cater for big group of up to more than 100 pax or even small groups or even families gatherings or friends get together of 10 people. Beach Volley ball and basket ball can be played and there are hammocks for others to relax (older folks) to relax if they are not interested in the games. shaver and many others. 

During my stay there, we bloggers had so much fun playing telematch games of traditional games such as Tarik Upih, ie pulling dried coconut palm branch with a friend sitting on it and shaving coconut using way back old traditional coconut shaver and human power.

3. Facilities - Aqua facilities, Child friendly facilites and indoor facilities
As a seasoned resort, Resorts World Kijal has a huge swimming pool and small outdoor Jacuzzi and sauna by the side of the pool. Water polo can be played on the pool, and the children's pool is on a separate pool. Guests can get the blood pumping with in the fitness center or a game of tennis or table tennis, or take a joy ride on a bicycle or play a game of snooker. For children, there are outdoor huge snake & ladder, hopscotch, chess drawn on the ground. I was most impressed by the colorful decorated children's playroom!

4. Seaside BBQ dinner and romantic dining under the moon with specially set up dining table for two

For newly weds, honeymooner or even senior couples this is the ideal place to rekindle your romance! 
"I love you to the moon and back!" 
Who wouldn't love to hear this?

Oasis Beach Bistro serves freshly grilled and barbecued local fish, octopus, prawns and many other local cuisines too. There are Yong Tau Hu and a bar quipped with assorted varieties of drinks. Savour this experience of dining on the beach with sand under your feet, breeze blowing in your face and local live bands are crooning slowly with the mood. 

Vast, serene greens beautifully landscaped with trees lined up along this 18 hole Golf course.

5. Golf - Rediscover beach side golfing
Imagine golfing by the natural seaside with the backdrop of sparkling white sands and glittering turquoise waters! Check up the prices of greens and equipment here. The driving range is free for those who would like to learn and have a try at the driving range. Guest have to pay a token of only RM30/token for 50 balls. 
 There are many golf carts available.

6. Dining - Exquisite local delicacies 
Restoran Kampong Beraga Beris

 Food, yes, wherever we go, we need to eat. At Resorts World Kijal, guests can indulge in delectable mouth watering cuisines from Restoran Kampong Beraga Beris, Hainan Express in the hotel premises. Restoran Kampong Beraga Bergis serves exquisite local delicacies that tantalizes your tongue and senses. Buffet and dishes are served atop a "sampan" a real fishing boat placed in the middle.

Hot Soup!  Ox tail soup, 'Soup Kambing' (lamb soup), or Beef entrails soup
There is also a Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 300 pax for functions, meetings, events and weddings.

There are many other activities other than the ones mentioned above such as a tour to nearby fishing villages, tasting of local fruits such as mangosteen, Durian (seasonal), shopping for dried anchovies or salted fish. To get to this Land of the Sun and Sea resort for a revitalizing and rejuvenating experience, you can either come by air from Kuantan airport (50 minutes) or Kuala Terengganu airport (1 hour) or by  road from Kuala Lumpur (3hours) Check the details here

This is a media trip and we were welcome by graceful little dancers from Primary (Darjah) 3 & 4 pupils, Sekolah Kebangsaan, Kijal, Terengganu. Thank you, girls for the lovely performance!

For more information:
Resorts World Kijal

Check out another related blog on turtle releasing into the sea and the video on it here

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