The capital of the largest state of the Malaysian peninsula, Kuantan is found at the mouth of the Kuantan River, on the South China Sea. It has much to interest the foreign visitor, but without being touristy. The Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque is a highlight, and if you want to spend some time at the seaside, head to Teluk Chempedak Beach. Or explore a little further afield; Panching Cave and Pandan Waterfall are beautiful and incorporate a nine-metre-long reclining Buddha, and the Cherating Sanctuary provides the opportunity to meet the local Leatherback turtles. Here are the hotels to check out in the area.
Mangala Resort & Spa
Built around a large lake and wetlands, the Mangala Resort accommodates guests in villas designed to integrate with their natural surroundings. Public spaces are found within small-scale pavilions, with greenery and wooden decking joining the structures together. The Lakeside Restaurant serves signature local and international dishes, both inside and al fresco. Once barren mining land, the grounds now bloom with palm plantations, exotic flowers, herb gardens and fruit trees, forming an environmental conservation area. Take an eco-tour, a nature walk to spot the indigenous wildlife, or book a treatment at the onsite full-service spa.
Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort
Situated right on the beach, the Hyatt Regency is just a 15-minute drive from the town centre. The hotel offers watersports, has two stunning outdoor pools with lounge areas and a spa. Rooms have wooden flooring and furnishings, minibars, tea/coffee makers and some have private terraces with sea views. Guests can play tennis, go to the gym and take excursions organised by the front desk. The Hyatt Regency has three dining options; Kampung Restaurant for authentic local food; an award-winning Italian Bistro with an open kitchen and split-level dining room; and Coals on the Beach for Malaysian tapas.