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On the southern side of Teluk Cempedak Beach. Located about 10 minutes away from the city of Kuantan.

DESCRIPTION:
Fronting the most popular beach in Kuantan, the resort offers everything you would expect from a Hyatt chain. The resort is set in the architectural style of a typical Malaysian kampong, it boasts a whopping two swimming pools, one in each wing of the resort.

The lobby is of an open air concept, with plenty of spots to relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the swimming pool and the beach. Right below the lobby is the Kampong Restaurant, which is the main eatery of this resort. In fact, I had a buffet lunch here with the beach view to boot. The restaurant offers a typical selection of local and western delights. For something different, Hyatt Regency Kuantan also offers the Italian Bistro, which naturally, serves delectable Mediterranean fares, and the Yuen Yuen Chinese Restaurant for those fancying a taste of the Orients. Then, there are pubs and bars such as the Coco Loco, the Verandah, Coals on the Beach and the Sampan Bar, which I find very interestingly decorated in the shape of a wooden boat right by the beach.

Hyatt Regency Kuantan boasts a whopping 336 rooms and suites, which makes it one of the biggest resort on the east coast of Malaysia (apart from Awana Kijal Beach, Golf & Spa Resort). Each room has its own verandah, but depending how much you are paying, you will get either a garden view or the sea view. I stayed in a Deluxe room, which I thought was pretty decent with minimal decoration and an artistic bed poster. If you are up for it, financial-wise, you can also opt to stay in either The Regency Club, Executive Suites or Presidential Suites.

The resort also has an open-air spa facility located in a garden setting. The spa is quite close to the tennis court, so it is hard to miss if you are looking to soothe the tired joints. If two large swimming pools are not enough, there is always the "private" beach section of Pantai Teluk Chempedak. The resort puts a few beach huts for sun worshippers to get away from it all, although during my visit, the red warning flag was up due to huge sea swells which made it impossible for a quick dip.

REVIEWED ON:
Feb 2006

MY VERDICT:
Everything you would expect from a Hyatt chain. Nice room, exquisite architecture, and great facilities.

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