Tanjong Jara Resort

Winner of the 1981 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the design of Tanjong Jara was to be unmistakably Malay, a sanctuary of traditional luxury and elegance


Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia


76 acres
100 cottage rooms


Local materials of timber and bamboo and stone are used in traditional architectural forms and harmonious proportions, while incorporating contemporary design principles.

Malay Palaces of the 17th century provided inspiration for the design of buildings including the pitched roofs, decorative elements, verandahs and high ceilings for ventilation.

The Palace theme is brought to life in water features with giant urns and lighting that hug walkways. Guest journeys covered for the rain and heat of the tropics yet open to the elements.