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Duta Sands Resort is located in Balok Village just outside Kuantan. The resort is fronting Jalan Beserah which is one of the main roads leading into the city centre of Kuantan. If you are coming from north from areas like Cherating, Kuantan Port, Kemaman or Kuala Terengganu, you will first pass along Duta Village Beach Resort and Swiss Garden Beach Resort & Spa before arriving at Duta Sands Resort a few minutes later.
Duta Sands Resort is one of the many leisure properties owned and operated by little-known Tanco Resorts Bhd, which boasts a number of medium-class resorts in Kuantan, Pulau Kapas, Kuala Lumpur and Port Dickson. I am quite impressed with the overall resort setting which exudes the feel of a laid-back village-style arrangement. The resort lobby features an open-air theme which hosts a small restaurant called Duta Café as well as a reception counter. The lobby area seems to take on a little bit of Balinese-inspired landscaping of tropical flowering shrubs and a small rock fountain. That being said, I feel that the overall landscaping is not excessively done with plenty of natural grass coverage interspersed with tall coconut trees.
The resort uniquely features three distinct types of accommodation, namely semi-detached chalets, standard rooms as well as caravan-style rooms. This is probably among the few resorts that I know which offers mobile caravans as a part of its lodging option. Be that as it may, I do not fancy a stay in such confined space of a caravan as my observation seems to point to a more rough-it-up style of accommodation, not to mention the shared outdoor bathroom in a walking distance away. These caravan-style rooms are affordable and they seem to hold a certain appeal for those seeking an eclectic style of vacation commonly found in certain western countries.
The chalet room is generally decent in term of interior arrangement. I find the polished timber floor to be rather appealing. The choice of natural timber strips certainly adds a touch of modernity amidst a village-themed resort like this. There are choices of two separate single beds as well as one double bed, which is actually a combination of the former. The beds are best described as comfortable although usage of an actual king- or queen-size bed is perhaps much more welcome. I do applaud the usage of plain white-coloured bedsheet instead of those unappealingly clad with striking floral motifs which are often found in most medium-rated resorts and hotels. The internal furniture and features such as rattan chairs, shoe rack, clothing drawer, TV cabinet and built-in wardrobe are quite old. The bathroom is also of a run-of-the-mill design with blue ceramic tiles while the shower space, wash basin and water closet are combined together.
The resort does not host many facilities typically found in most ocean-facing leisure establishments. In a way, I feel that the resort is trying to keep things as minimal as possible and it is more suited for those seeking a peaceful village ambience without many activities being pre-arranged by anyone. There is actually a small swimming pool right in the middle of the resort compound. If you are wondering if it is indeed a swimming pool, you are not alone. The so-called swimming pool is too shallow and narrow, with two basketball rings are placed on the opposite ends for water polo-style activity. Fronting Balok Beach are a number of sunning beds and beach huts for relaxation while enjoying the tranquil ocean view. The only restaurant at the resort, Duta Café serves mainly a la carté meals throughout the day.
A surprisingly good small-size resort for unique village living experience. Exquisite chalets that exude traditional style of architecture. I am not too sure about the caravans though.