A little slice of paradise

April 14, 2014
'The view is always better from the top'...'Seeing the big picture'...'A change of perspective makes all the difference'...'It's funny how some distance makes everything seem small'*...all of that and more, when one of my regular local destinations, Redang, an island off the east coast of Malaysia, sheds its 'twee school holiday getaway with the family' image in my head and matures into 'my private little piece of heaven' just because of a change in location. And some elevation. And no small amount of upgrading. It's all about perception, everything is, this is why people make money to buy things, or rather an illusion of the big promise.

*no, I won't stop with the Frozen references. I just can't Let It Go. 

Redang has always been beautiful. A sleepy island fringed with powder white sand, surrounded by turquoise blue waters hosting abundant coral reefs and diverse marine life with the best visibility in Malaysia making it a snorkelling and diving destination. But being an idyllic place, one doesn't get around or do much beyond lie around the beach or swim. Great if you're a mermaid, I suppose. But I'm more like a pygmy hippo. With a gimpy leg. Who harbours secret dreams of being a seagull, perched high up on a rocky cliff surveying the domain beneath and beyond from above. All while having any need anticipated and tended to, pampered beyond whim. So essentially I'm a pygmy hippo with the disposition of a house cat with aspirations of being a large bird. 

Happily I found just the place to make those animalistic desires come true. The Taaras Villa on the cliffs of Redang, a 3000 sq ft residence, equipped with everything I ever need including staff so that I never had to leave my perch. My little slice of paradise. A little private piece of heaven. 

Here, a preview of sorts:

View of Redang from the plane.

All I ever had to do was swim in the elevated privacy of the infinity pool, spy from the sun deck on the people diving off the rocks into the waters below, look out and wave to the boats on the sea, make out squid, fish, and sometimes sharks swimming near the rocks, gaze at the happy families playing on The Taaras' private beach, and enjoy the comfort and luxury of the villa. 

But I did more, I actually ventured out twice to snorkel, exploring shallow water coral reefs and spotting turtles at Turtle Bay. More to come soon because good things should be shared.

But for now, perhaps peruse The Taaras website and maybe consider Redang as your next holiday destination? 



  1. GORGEOUS!! I want to be there now (please!)

    Rosie xx

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