Saturday, June 10, 2017

Twenty Something Travel to [The Taaras Beach and Spa Resort at Redang Island]


Rise and shine from my favourite beach vacation spot - Redang Island! 

The previous post on Redang Island is rather visual-heavy so here's a post with detailed information about the resort we stayed, how to get there, best time to visit etc.

Taaras' beachfront

How to get there

View from the airplane window

The most convenient way of getting there is by taking a domestic flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Kuala Terengganu. The airlines which you may check for available flights are Air Asia, Firefly, Malindo Air and Malaysia Airlines

After reaching the Kuala Terengganu Airport, also known as the Sultan Mahmud Airport, you need to take a taxi to Shahbandar Jetty. From there, there are two ways in which you can get to your resort: 

1. By public ferry

There is a public ferry departing from Shahbandar Jetty and will arrive at Redang Jetty. From there, most resorts will offer a complimentary ride on a shuttle bus/van to the resort. The public ferry transfer rate is about SGD 18 per person per way and will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to reach Redang Jetty. You can purchase the ferry ticket at the Shahbandar Ferry counter. 

The ferry departure time are as follows:

Shahbandar Jetty to Redang Jetty: 1030hrs or 1500hrs

Redang Jetty to Shahbandar Jetty: 0700hrs or 1300hrs

2. By the resort's speedboat

Taaras' Speedboat
Some resorts do offer their own transport for transfer the minute you touch down for a fee. This is a more convenient and easier way to arrive at your resort because everything will be arranged and you do not need to worry about missing the shuttle bus/van or not being able to hitch a taxi on time to catch the public ferry at the jetty. 

Additional Costs (subject to change)


To enter Redang Island, all guests will have to pay a Marine Park Conservation Fee and a Jetty Fee. The costs can vary depending on your nationality, 

Marine Park Conservation Fee


Malaysian: approx. SGD 1.60
Other Nationalities: approx. SGD 9.70

Jetty Fee 

Standard for all: SGD 0.32

Best Time to Visit


The best time to visit Redang is between April to July because the weather is clear and the water is peaceful and calm. In September, the weather starts to be slightly gloomy with occasional sea storms so traveling to Redang may not be very ideal. Most resorts close between November to end of February because Redang is affected by the Northteast Monsoon. So during this period, the sea will be in a raging mess, with strong waves, high tides, and stormy weather.

Telecommunication


I'm not sure about other resorts on Redang Island, Taaras offered WIFI in all room types but the connection was as good as non-existent. The connection was "strong" and "fast" enough for Whatsapp and basic Googling only. Luckily we got our SIM from Digi at the airport with 2GB of data + RM10 credit for approx. SGD 11.30, so we could watch some Youtube during our free time at night. So if you are a heavy internet user, get your SIM/pocket WIFI beforehand!

Our Resort: The Taaras Beach and Spa Resort


We chose Taaras because we loved their modern decor and interior! Besides, the fact that they have a private beach is a plus for people like us who do not like crowded places. Our stay with Taaras was pleasant and we really enjoyed every second spent there! Thanks Taaras for the wonderful beach vacation!

p/s: Although Taaras claims that it's a 4.5-star hotel, I would say you get what you pay for. The resort is really not for fussy guests. If you choose Taaras thinking that it is on par with Ritz-Carlton or Marriot or other 5-star Maldives resorts, I would say you should look elsewhere. Taaras is really not for nitpicking guests. 

The Room 

We booked our room few months in advance and opted for the Garden Deluxe, which was the cheapest available room. We were upgraded to Cliff Hill Deluxe and of course, we were elated! The room was really spacious and the sheets were so comfy! It came with a patio with garden view which offered total and complete privacy away from everyone. There was also daily complimentary buffet breakfast that came with every room type so we get to fill our tummy before all the water sports and activities!

The bed with super comfy sheets!

Our bath tub

There were also a walk-in wardrobe, a separate standing shower and toilet which are not featured in the pictures above. 

Tips



The private beach at Taaras is just a swim away from the Turtle Island and there is also a snorkeling spot with beautiful coral reefs right in front of it. You can just swim over to snorkel with the fishes and sea turtles. There is really no need to sign up for their additional snorkeling/turtle viewing day trips. If you do not own a snorkeling gear, you can rent it at the recreation centre for a small fee (I would recommend bringing your own to minimize expenses if you plan to snorkel every day). Life jacket can be rented at no cost. 

I hope the information above is detailed enough for all of you who wish to visit this beautiful island! If you have any further questions, drop them in the comment box below and I'll answer them as soon as I see them!


Thanks for reading!