A Weekend In Kuantan
Main photo: Puteh Beach Bar
One of the best activities to do if you’re spending a weekend in Kuantan, Pahang is to simply relax by the beach. This capital city of the state of Pahang in Malaysia is located quite close to the coastline and is known for its pristine beaches. If crowds are a concern, though, make your way to the amazing private residences or villas featured here. You’ll get to enjoy the sunrise and sunset from your room and maybe even plan an exclusive campfire session with your loved ones on the beach.
3 Beautiful Lodgings For A Perfect Weekend In Kuantan
When standard high-density hotels may not be what you’re looking for when spending a weekend in Kuantan, consider alternative lodgings. Here are 3 picks we would love to check out once we can make our way to Kuantan.
Hygge Home at Timur Bay Seafront Residence
For a taste of the Scandinavian Hygge (pronounced “hue-guh”) lifestyle in a tropical setting, make your way to Hygge Home. The cosy and chic space is perfect if you would like to unwind, relax and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. The owner, Adeline became inspired to create the cool concept of a “hygge” home – which represents happiness, comfort and cosiness for visitors, after she read the book entitled Hygge by Marie Tourell Soderberg.
You’ll love this place not just for the home, but also because there are so many chilling activities to be done here. First, you can check out Puteh Beach Bar, only a few minutes’ walk away from Hygge Home. Be awed by the beauty of sunset while dining on the beach, or have a picnic with your loved ones while enjoying the sea breeze. If you are a seafood lover, you should not leave before visiting Pantai Balok where there are various must-try seafood restaurants including Nurin Seafood, Ombok Cherating Surf Café and Balok Mesra Seafood. If all you want to do is relax your mind and body, we feel you! Take advantage of the sauna or simply relax by the pool at Timur Bay Seafront Residence.
Last but not least, if you are planning to explore Kuantan Town, don’t worry as the distance between Hygge Home and the town is only a 10-minute drive!
Price: From around RM300 per night
Address: Timur Bay Seafront Residence, Jln Kuantan – Kemaman, Kampung Sungai Karang Pantai,26100 Kuantan, Pahang.
Villaku Residence actually consists of two villas than can be booked either separately or both at once. Each villa, both nestled in a sprawling building of sleek and modern design, has 6 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. The first villa is Villaku (A) – equipped with a modern kitchen, BBQ and dining area, and a pool. Meanwhile, Villaku (B) features a children’s play room and a massive pool overlooking a spectacular manmade lake. Bring your entire family here for a gathering and have a great time doing various activities on the wide, open lawn or the beach. Speaking of the beach, it’s so near, you can witness an amazing sunrise over the ocean right from your bedroom! Also, do try all the cool activities offered at the beach such as ATV rides and private boat rides, among others. If you’re hungry and looking for a seafood feast, there are a few seafood restaurants within walking distance of the villas.
Price: From RM2,500 per night
Address : Lot 28195, Kg. Pantai Balok, 26068, Balok, Kuantan, Pahang.
Website : villakuresidence.com.my/
The Kasturi Resort
Located on Chendor Beach, Pahang, about a one-hour drive from Kuantan’s airport, The Kasturi Resort is a five-star beach resort with exclusive individual chalets. It’s so exclusive that it faces the beach while the magical rainforest is in the background – definitely nature at its best! The resort’s main building has six suites perfect for guests who long for that perfect sea view. The beachfront villas all have a private deck with plunge pools, extra large king-sized beds and an outdoor open shower. Or, you could opt for the 2-bedroom rooftop penthouse with a spectacular view of the South China Sea. If you’re planning to bring your family along, choose to stay at their Family Villas – double story villas with either 2 or 3 bedrooms each.
For fun, there are plenty of activities to do here! First off, you can visit the Rimbun Dahan Turtle Hatchery, located at Sungai Pak Siak, up north from The Kasturi Resort. Pay RM20 to be part of the “release the hatchlings” program and the money will be used efforts to protect the turtles. Other than that, you might also spot interesting wildlife like the dusky leaf monkeys when taking a walk in the forest (don’t worry, there’s a walkway for guests). If you are up for an adventure, try kayaking at Sungai Pak Siak and catch a glimpse of amazing local birds such as kingfishers and giant sea eagles.
Don’t call it a day until you’ve tried a variety of delicious meals at The Kenyang Restaurant located at the resort’s main building. Here, you’ll get to taste the best Malaysian cuisines and local favourites. As the dishes are mainly influenced by Kelantanese-Thai cuisine, menu items include include nasi dagang – a combination of rice and fish curry as well as ayam percik – grilled chicken marinated with a mix of coconut and spices. The ingredients used are sourced locally and they’re all fresh as the herbs and vegetables used are grown by local farmers. Not just that, the resort will also prepare a special beach barbecue for all guests if you prefer the outdoor vibe. Small celebrations cans also be hosted here! All you need to do is give them a head’s up.
Last but not least, the resort has special offers for couples, from a 2 days/1-night package to a 4 days/2 nights package with a price range between RM1,388 and RM4,488. If you’re planning to go on a honeymoon once the condition is better, these packages are perfect for you.
Price : From RM1,350 onwards
Address : The Kasturi Resort, KM 32.5, Jalan Kuantan/Kemaman, 26080, Cherating, Pahang.
Website : the-kasturi.com/
Chilling On The Beach
Spending some sweet time at the beach is a must when you’re in Kuantan, and when you do, you’ll want to chill at Puteh Beach Bar. Here, you can experience casual dining in an extraordinary beachfront setting while enjoying some awesome music. Their mouthwatering meals include Puteh’s very own PUTEH Wings – deep fried wings with a flavour of your choice, from BBQ to Thai to even curry! There’s also the all-time favourite PUTEH Nachos – Tortilla chips combined with beef or chicken chilli con carne, melted cheese and sour cream as well as the delicious Smoked Salmon Bruschetta – smoked salmon on toast with feta cheese, and loads more!
If you prefer a more private activity, opt for a private seafood barbecue and campfire session with your squad. All you need is a minimum of 5 pax up to 20 pax to start an intimate singalong session topped with delicious food.
There’s more! Puteh Beach Bar also offers cruise and fishing trip packages starting from RM800 per trip. The trip could be an all-day trip or even a 3D2N fishing trip depending on your preference. Finally, perhaps one of the best ways to end you weekend in Kuantan is by hosting an exclusive “Barbecue On The Boat” or “Barbecue On The Beach” session with your familia.
Address : Puteh Beach Bar, Lot 1260, Adena Beach Resort, Pantai Balok, 26080, Kuantan, Pahang
Website : putehbeachbar.com/
It is just the beginning of 2021 but there’s no harm in planning your upcoming trip with either your best friends or your family in advance. Then, all you need to do once the situation is a lot better is to pack your bags, get on your ride, and make your way to that perfect weekend in Kuantan!
Alea began her career as a Corporate Communications Executive before becoming a full-time content writer. Her recent projects include crafting articles for Convergence e-magazine by Malaysia Airports and Tropicana Magazine. She loves exploring various cultures around the world and be inspired by the beauty of nature. At Gadabout, Alea’s main goal is to make the readers’ days better through fun and interesting articles on travel and lifestyle.