Seeking Samadhi at JapaMala
[SPONSORED CONTENT] Along the wooden jetty, with crystal blue waves lapping gently beneath your feet and jungle-fringed powdery sand ahead of you, take your first steps towards total tranquility.
Published on Nov 11, 2016
APTLY NAMED FOR THE PRAYER BEADS traditionally used in meditation, JapaMala immediately instills within you a sense of calm, which can perhaps be attributed to the 10 years of patience and restraint that went into its manual construction. From luxurious Penghulu’s House to the wooden sarangs (‘nests’ in Malay) hidden among the foliage or perched on the cliffs, every nook and feature is meticulously hand-built from natural materials.
Wend your way up elevated walkways of timber sourced from the indigenous Orang Asli and ensconce yourself within walls salvaged and restored from old village houses. As you relax into your new habitat, you might find your space uniquely enhanced by a tree trunk never uprooted or an ancient stone left unturned. Gazing over the ocean from the reading loft of your Jungle Luxe Sarang or lazing away the days in the bedroom of your Treetop Chalet, you are surrounded by fittings borrowed from nature and carefully wrought by skilled island craftsmen.
So rooted in its own environment, sitting quietly amid 11 acres of unspoiled rainforest on Tioman Island, JapaMala removes you from the outside world and invites you to roam unhurried along the deserted golden beach or beneath the shady canopy. Here, sculpted into natural caves and set among the trees, Samadhi Spa awaits. Feel the stresses of life slide away as you slip into the invigorating waters of a cliff-top hot tub or indulge in age-old therapies as the practiced hands of native healers administer soothing oils made from ingredients harvested from the tropical forest. Not limited to wellness experiences, locally sourced ingredients have a starring role on the menus of JapaMala’s restaurants. The international flavors you enjoy while sitting suspended over the ocean at Mandi Mandi, as well as the traditional Asian dishes of Tamarind Tioman come courtesy of the island’s farmers and fishermen.
Unrushed and meditative, you fill your days with reflective pursuits: snorkeling and diving or trekking through the forest. Ever so gently, JapaMala lures you to that intensely relaxed state known in Sanskrit as Samadhi.
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