Back in the Philippines, the rainy season already has begun. Heavy rain showers are flooding, as usual, the streets of Espana, Malabon, and a lot more. Here in Malaysia though, we’re still able to enjoy the summer heat, despite the often rain showers in the afternoon.
Since the monsoon season only begins on November, Pats and I have decided to go for a trip to Redang Island for some more beach bumming, and ’twas really a laid-back one.
We checked-in at Laguna Redang resort, a not-so-cheap-not-so-expensive resort. They offered a 3-days, 2 nights package, which also included: buffet (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and snorkeling trips (9:30AM and 3:00 PM).
The package was worth it. However, the RM5 Marine Park fee and snorkeling trip isn’t, IMO. But then again, it’s for the preservation of marine life.
Here are few details on how we got about our trip:
LCCT Airport (KL) to Sultan Mahmud Airport (Kuala Terengganu).
A 45 minutes flight via AirAsia. You may also opt for Berjaya Air or Fireflyz to reach KT, I’m not quite sure though if it will be landing on the same airport.
Sultan Mahmud Airport to Merang Jetty Port.
It took roughly 30-45 minutes bus ride. The shuttle service was provided by the resort, which is very convenient for the guests.
Merang Jetty Port to Laguna Redang Resort.
Upon arrival at the jetty port, we paid RM5.00 for the Marine Park fee, which we later on used for the snorkeling trip. After the crews have loaded all the luggages, we set sail, and it took us around an hour before reaching the resort’s port.
After a few minutes of briefing from the hotel staff, waiting for the room’s availability, and then sleeping for a few hours, we started to stroll and bum around.
Beach and Pool.
It was great. The white sand is fine and quite powdery, similar to that of Boracay’s. The water is very clear and not too cold. We definitely liked it, compared especially to Tioman and Langkawi.
There are also enough beach chairs in the pool area and beach side. So, there’s no need to reserve early on. Unlinke in Maldives, you have to get up and reserve early to get a good spot, else you’ll be spending the day on the sands.
But to be sure, we still did reserve. 😛
In addition, they also have a jacuzzi at the pool area, which is simply nice.
As I’ve mentioned above, we had buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food was not awesome, but it’s not bad either. It was OK and satisfying. I have to mention that their chicken satay and nasi lemak suited my taste buds perfectly. Everything, from appetizer to dessert, was good. And, there’s a variety on the dishes served – asian to western, and they didn’t serve the same dishes (lunch and dinner) on the duration of our stay. It’s definitely worth the package’s cost.
We took the Garden View room, which is spacious (has 1 queen-size bed and 2 single beds) and can accommodate up to 4 persons. It was a typical resort room with all the typical stuff. Unfortunately, we can only see the Recreation Center on the veranda. So much for “Garden View”. I bet the Ocean View rooms are much more better. Too bad they’re RM200 more expensive than ours.
All the staff were friendly and accommodating. The resort has a tram, which brought us back and forth the port and the reception area. They also lent us wine glasses, and didn’t even charge us for corkage fees, or maybe we were just lucky.
Bottom line: Redang Island is a beautiful place to spend the hot summer days.
And, Laguna Resort offers a good package for beach-bums, beach-lovers, divers, and wannabe’s.
I wonder how Berjaya Resort is… Maybe next time. 😉
Few more photos below… Enjoy! 🙂