Need to know
21, including 10 suites.
Midday. Check-in is 2pm, but flexible subject to availability.
Double rooms from $174.69 (MYR777), excluding tax at 6 per cent.
Rates include à la carte breakfast.
Bespoke experiences are yours for the picking: ask about pamper sessions at nearby day spas, or private cooking classes and market tours with the chef.
At the hotel
Gardens, laundry, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, Samadhi toiletries. Luxe Cribs and above feature private plunge pools, and Sarang's also have kitchenettes.
Our favourite rooms
Luxe Sarang 15 lured us in with its oversized bathroom, complete with an open-to-the-elements plunge pool, soothing water feature and double rainwater shower. For even more space, book the top-tier Loft, which features a striking sloped timber ceiling in the bedroom, expansive living area and sun-drenched deck with plunge pool (skinny dippers take note: the rooftop bar overlooks this inviting space).
Surrounded by cabanas and tropical gardens, the blue-tiled, lagoon-shaped pool weaves through the heart of the hotel. Ladders from ground-floor terraces allow guests to swim out from their rooms.
Channel manager Cherie's refined Japanese style with avant-garde designs from Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garçons.
Team a stay here with a stint at sister property Japamala Resort, on idyllic Tioman Island, known for its laid-back beaches and diving.
Little Smiths can come too. Families should book room six, which has two bedrooms on the ground floor and pool access via a balcony.