OK, let me be the first to admit it: I have a lot of “favorite” places: Italy in early summer, Munich at Christmas, New England in the fall, and so on. But, in all these years of living abroad, I’ve always been looking for that one place (aside from Italy – my official home away from home) that I knew I could return to again and again. I had an inkling I had found my ultimate favorite place when we went there last October, but I wanted to visit a second time before officially making the declaration.
And here it is: After 2 trips, I would like to officially declare my newest favorite place: Redang Island, Malaysia.
We just spent another long weekend on Redang and it is just amazingly beautiful. I always look at pictures of powdery white sand beaches and crystal clear blue water and think “I want to go there.” Well, Redang is “there.” The sand is so soft we didn’t even mind the having half the beach in the bed with us the whole weekend. The water is that perfect temperature which cools you off, but never makes you shiver. The beach is an idyllic crescent shape with the rain-forest reaching down to the cliffs at either end. And there are all sorts of colorful fish swimming right up to shore. Alex even had a little panic attack when 2 teeny tiny yellow fish were “chasing” him around in the water.
The best part about this recent trip to Redang is that, not only was the beach just as wonderful as we remembered, but the hotel has improved the rooms:
Before we were in moldy, stinky, barely air conditioned “chalets” (and believe me, they use the term “chalets” loosely), but now, it seems that the Berjaya Redang has decided to step into the 21st century and offer beautiful rooms with stunning views. And that makes the whole thing just that much better for me. Because I have a problem. I am a bit of a princess (Not surprised? Shocking). I like my hotels to be nicer than my house. And my house is pretty nice. So, Redang has moved up in the world for me.
And, there you have it: Superkimbo’s Newest Favorite Place.