Need to know
Six chalets and seven villas
Noon; check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $271.75 (MYR1,105), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include buffet breakfast.
You'll need to be an early riser to nab one of the six cushioned cabanas that line the beach, but latecomers aren't left out: staff will happily spread sunloungers and bamboo mats on the sand.
There's currently some (relatively quiet) construction taking place near Japamala's Penghulu House.
At the hotel
Gardens, day spa, boutique, library, free WiFi in common areas. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, Samadhi toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
With a day-bed cantilevered out over the ocean, the views from Seaview Chalet 16 take some beating. If privacy is your priority, plump for the Seaview Sarang, which has a cool waterfall pool, courtyard Jacuzzi and a secluded sun-deck.
A curvaceous, seaside stunner, Japamala's main pool is complete with overwater cabanas and a soothing waterfall. There's a petite, older pool in a courtyard behind Tamarind restaurant, but the beachfront oasis is the prime spot for splashing.
Leave the sarong at home – there are colourful batik wraps to borrow in your room. Be sure to stash some hard-core insect repellent – the sandflies here are vicious.
This is more of an adults' retreat – leave the smalls at home.
When building the 13 chalets, the resort's natural environment wasn't altered in any way, so rooms are reached via winding bridges and walkways, and huge boulders inform the interiors of some of the rooms.