Marriott makes its debut in Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands

Marriott International has debuted on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with the opening of Perhentian Marriott Resort & Spa on the island of Perhentian Kecil in Terengganu.

The local heritage, culture and great natural beauty of this environment will define the experience found at this new resort within Perhentian Island Marine Park.

A reflection of its surroundings

The just-opened Perhentian Marriott Resort & Spa places guests on the northwest coast of Perhentian Kecil Island, which is easily accessible by ferry from Kuala Besut Jetty, an hour’s drive from Kota Bharu.

The resort draws inspiration from this coastline and the beauty of the South China Sea for its design, which minimises environmental impact in line with the area’s status as a marine park. A seamless transition has been created between the indoor and outdoor space, with natural elements, such as tree trunks, and decorative design details reflecting woven craft.

Commenting on the opening, Ramesh Jackson, Area Vice President, Malaysia and Indonesia, Marriott International, said: “We are excited to open the first Marriott Hotel in stunning Terengganu in the East Coast of Malaysia. Perhentian Marriott Resort & Spa is an important milestone in our journey of expansion, not only is it the first Marriott Hotel in the beautiful Perhentian islands, but also our first in Terengganu and the East Coast of Malaysia.”

“We are raising the bar in this part of Malaysia with heartfelt service reflecting the Marriott Hotels’ legacy of wonderful hospitality and sharing elevated experiences with the aim to make Perhentian and Terengganu a must-see destination for domestic and international travellers alike.”

Connecting guests to the coastline

The resort is home to 200 deluxe rooms and 17 villas, which are all designed to follow the natural contour of the land and ensure unobstructed views. The Royal Villa spans 120 sq m, making it one of the largest pool suites on the island.

Wellness facilities here range from a 24-hour fitness centre and yoga deck with sea views to The Qi Forest Spa & Wellness, three outdoor pools and a Jacuzzi. Additional facilities span the Beautiful Terengganu Arts, Crafts & Cultural Centre, a kids’ and teens’ club and a dive centre making the most of the resort’s direct beach access.

Guests can dine at the all-day dining restaurant Dapur serving local and international favourites and the specialty restaurant Sekoci for a poolside dining experience. Locally infused cocktails are served in the Greatroom bar and lounge.

Events are hosted in a 551-sq-m pillarless ballroom, which is joined by a sea-facing pre-function area and outdoor terrace, as well as two additional function rooms equipped with the latest technology.

“We are very excited to welcome guests to Perhentian Kecil, an island within Terengganu’s Marine Park, as rich in natural beauty as it is in local culture and tradition, offering visitors a unique glimpse of Malaysia”, said Anne Busfield, General Manager, Perhentian Marriott Resort & Spa.

“Our commitment to delivering exceptional service, combined with contemporary locally inspired design, ensures that every guest experiences the true essence of wonderful hospitality.”