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Aryani Resort

The Aryani Resort has been selected by Darn Good Digs as one of the best locally-owned hotels for budget-minded travelers!

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Darn Good Digs Review - Editors' Choice

Aryani Resort, Merang, Terengganu, Malaysia
Nominated By: Jim, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, May '08

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Price Range: RM308-1055 (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 20 Kid-Friendly: Yes

What makes the Aryani Resort so Darn Good? This place is incredible. The Aryani is on a fabulous white sandy beach that stretches for miles on the South China Sea. All rooms are in separate bungalows designed in a very Malay style with outdoor bathtubs.

Location: Guests at the Aryani can view lovely islands in the distance and funky commercial fishing boats just off shore. The resort is in the state of Terengganu on the northeast coast of peninsular Malaysia near the small village of Merang. Ferries leaving Mereng will take you to the Redang and Lang Tengah Islands, both part of the Terrangganu Marine Park and known for their excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. Kuala Terengganu, 45 minutes away and the closest city to the resort, is a center of Malay culture, crafts, and cuisine.

Rooms: The Aryani bungalows are incredible, all with a very Malay style and design. Each room has the normal hotel amenities, as well its own little private yard with a sunken bathtub and shower. The resort’s architect and owner has created the Aryani in the image of a traditional Malay royal settlement, even relocating parts of a 19th century royal palace to house its spa and Redang Suite.

Food: The Aryani has two restaurants, the Serai Restaurant and the Pulau Beach Club, both serving Malay and Western dishes. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the sweet treats served every evening.

Vibe: The Aryani is very Malay, very quiet, very secluded, and very laid-back. The staff is wonderful and extremely helpful. Spa enthusiasts can indulge in traditional Malay massage and body treatments made with local fruits, flowers, and herbs.

Things to Keep in Mind: The prices listed on the internet are high but we have been able to get them for a fraction of the cost by booking directly just before arriving.

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Our Aryani Resort Online Bibliography

We spend hours and hours researching each new nomination before we decide to post a review on For those hotels that we call Darn Good Digs (our editors' choices), we post a bibliography of our online resources.

"Where Time Stands Still" - article from The Star, a Malaysian English-language daily newspaper, 2004

"Merang" - interesting article about development around Merang, Malaysia

"The Aryani Resort" - Frommer's review

"The Architect of Terengganu" - article about the Aryani's traditional architecture, 2005

"The Aryani Resort" - photographs and hotel review, 2007

"Time Out" - article from The Guardian Unlimited, 2003

"It is honeymoon time again…" - Yahoo 360 blog post and photographs, 2007

"The Aryani Resort" - reviews on TripAdvisor





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