2 weeks ago, i took a trip to redang island and by far, redang has to be one of the best beaches i have ever visited. White powdery sand, and crisp clear water that looks like a swimming pool, it was really gorgeous. in fact this is the first beach hotel i have seen where everyone is in the sea and the swimming pool is empty. Why go to a man made pool when you have natural pool which is just as clear.
Me and wifey went there with Berjaya Air, so we flew from Subang and it was a direct flight to redang island itself. I liked this because it cut our traveling time to just an 1 hour and 15 minutes. As we arrived we were taken by a bus to Berjaya Resort (which has now changed name and changed management). After checking in, we were taken to our hillside rooms. I was a bit skeptical about the room because we got it on promotion but was i shocked when i walked in. It was a newly refurbished room and it was beautiful. Check out some of the pics below.
This hotel was undergoing a transformation at that time, so we were basically enjoying 5 star service at 4 star prices. The hotel management is being changed and the plan is to upgrade it to a 5 star world class resort. So it was nice to be pampered for the 4 days that we were there. We went for some deep water snorkeling but it wasn't as impressive as Tioman. Tioman had far better and more colourful corals to checkout. But beach wise, i would give Redang a thumbs up over Tioman anytime.
Activities - there are load of activities to do from snorkeling, to diving to island hoping. Best thing i liked, just outside the hotel is a small gerai makanan, so if you don't fancy spending RM 50 per person for a meal at the hotel restaurant, you have an option of eating at an affordable price outside. There are also kedai runcits just outside this hotel so you can easily stock up on your supplies if you need to. But bear in mind, it does cost a bit more than KL but that's because there is the logisitic factor of bringing these things into the island. I even found out that 1 year ago, you couldn't even find ice cream on the island. You can find ice cream now, but be warned, its more than twice the price in KL.
And yes, the gym. I noticed the gym while i was swimming in the sea. It was up on the hill and i was curious to what it was. Then i saw people moving in there and upon a closer inspection, i found out that they were exercising. Imagine running on the treadmill and having the view below?
I mean watching TV while running on a treadmill is ok... but this view? I went and personally checked it out and besides having gorgeous view, the gym was also very well equipped. For a resort gym and for the space available, i was impressed with the choice of equipments they made. Was hoping to talk to the Manager of the gym, but i never saw him. I saw him occasionally while i was swimming, but never got a chance to speak to him. But for me, this is definitely one of the gyms with best views i have ever seen. Kudos to who ever designed it.
All in all, thumbs up to Redang and i highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in an awesome beach holiday. Best i have been to thus far. Another beach destination to add to my belt of awesome beaches. As usual, look forward to hearing your comments.