Talk about Terengganu, and what springs to mind immediately are the islands of Perhentian and Redang. Rightfully so, as these destinations are beyond compare. But there is so much more to Terengganu than that, and if you plan on making it your next vacation destination, consider it a wise choice.

There’s so much culture to soak in, from history to arts and crafts and food. Make your time away in Terengganu memorable and comfortable by booking a stay at any of these non-island rentals with your loved ones.

1. Cahaya Villa, Kuala Terengganu

Want a piece of Bali in Terengganu? Cahaya Villa is our top pick for this. This stylish villa that transports guests to Bali with its interior is perfect for group trips or big families, though we recommend 10 pax per time at most.

With three bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a private pool, guests can truly relax no matter the time of day. Like most villas, this one comes with barbecue amenities, making it perfect for groups that love to fire up the grill!

Address: 117, Lorong Pak Su Haji Abas, Kampung Kolam, 20400 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Contact: +6013 355 1212

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2. Villa Padu, Kuala Terengganu

If you’re looking for a luxury stay at a reasonable price, then Villa Padu may be the right choice for you and your group. Its pool gives us major One&Only Desaru vibes without the hefty price tag — especially if you’re chipping in with loved ones! Within walking distance from the beach, this villa gives you a beachside stay with complete privacy.

Moreover, you’ll never be bored with entertainment features like karaoke and a pool table. As if that’s not enough, guests will be delighted to know there’s an in-house chef, and complimentary, freshly-cooked breakfast is served every morning!

Address: 1275A, Jalan Belukar, Kampung Seberang Baruh, 21000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Contact: +6019 311 1333

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3. DatzVilla, Pantai Air Tawar

A wooden cottage by the beach? Why not! Datzvilla at Pantai Air Tawar is a hidden gem you wouldn’t have thought existed. Especially in Terengganu! Its English cottage vibes almost make you feel like you’re in a scene from The Holiday. With three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, this villa can comfortably accommodate up to six people. There’s a private pool, but if you’re looking to sink your toes in the sand, there’s beach access as well.

Address: Exact location to be provided upon booking

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4. Tamu Beradu Guesthouse, Kuala Dungun

Imagine waking up to a sea view. At Tamu Beradu Guesthouse, that’s a reality. A stylish accommodation equipped with a swimming pool and patio, this is the perfect stay by the beach. This holiday home comes with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, private parking, and a cute little garden!

The kitchen is also fully-equipped, making whipping up meals easy, and of course, there’s Netflix! Working on holiday? A dedicated workspace will make it convenient for you to work remotely.

Address: 2358 Jalan Pantai Taman Sura Jati, Kampung Sura Tengah, 23000 Kuala Dungun, Terengganu
Contact: +6017 382 9872

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5. Awan Cactus, Kuala Dungun

Located along the coast of Kuala Dungun is a Mediterranean-style homestay that is simple but incredibly stylish. A close match to the houses you see in pictures of Santorini, Greece, its calm ambience will have you feeling relaxed as soon as you pull up in the driveway.

The two-bedroom villa will easily fit two adults and about four to six kids. Tastefully decorated with all things rattan, the villa has a private pool and a sunken resting lounge. Who says you have to whip your passport out to experience the Mediterranean?

Address: Lot 9144 Jalan Seberang Pintasan Kg, Kampung Kubang Putat, 23050 Kuala Dungun, Terengganu
Contact: +6011 3749 4946

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6. D’Villa Kasih Kenanga Homestay, Kuala Terengganu

With access to a swimming pool, in-house gym, and a business centre, D’Villa Kasih is a popular pick for leisure and business travellers. Located not too far from the State Museum of Terengganu, this homestay has seven bedrooms, so staying with a big group of loved ones will be fine here. There’s a fully equipped kitchen, private swimming pool, free private parking, and barbecue facilities.

Address: Lot 71171,Kampung Banggol Donas, Manir, Kuala Terengganu.
Contact: +6019 955 8489

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7. Terrapuri Heritage Village, Permaisuri

Fancy staying somewhere with a bit of history? Look no further, because Terrapuri Heritage Village has it all and more. Inspired by a 17th-century Terengganu palace, this resort boasts classic Malaysian-style villas that are a century old each! How’s that for history?

This fine example of Terengganu architecture features all the amenities you could want from a holiday stay: sea or pool view, wooden bathtub, rainforest shower, and private balcony. Fishing and diving trips can also be arranged with the help of the front desk staff!

Address: Kg Mangkuk, 22120 Setiu, Permaisuri, Terengganu
Contact: +609 624 5020

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8. Sekepeng Penarek, Permaisuri

Located near a fishing jetty, the holiday homes of Sekepeng Penarek are only a 30-minute boat ride away from the Redang, Perhentian, and Lang Tengah islands. The two- and three-bedroom beach houses come with air conditioning, TV, a fully-equipped kitchenette, and, best of all, unobstructed views of the South China Sea.

There’s a swimming pool if you feel like taking a dip. Otherwise, rent a bicycle and explore the area. There are barbecue facilities available on-site as well.

Address: Lot 1058, Jalan Penarik, Kg Mangkuk, 21090 Permaisuri, Terengganu
Contact: +6019 911 0346

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9. Villa Kaseh Ain, Marang

Fit for 20 people, Villa Kaseh Ain is one of the biggest villas on this list, with seven bedrooms and six bathrooms. Situated in Dungun, the villa has a ping pong table, pool table, barbecue pit, foosball table, and swimming pool. Suffice to say, your group will not be bored during your stay. Did we mention that a white sandy beach awaits outside this holiday bungalow?

Address: Lot 2460, AH18, Kampung Pasir Putih, 21610 Marang, Terengganu
Contact: +6012 315 5755

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10. Nipoh Beach Cottage, Kemaman

Another hidden gem in Terengganu is none other than the charming Nipoh Beach Cottage located in Kemaman. Each chalet features one bedroom and bathroom, all of which overlook the private pool on the property. There’s also free private parking here, and it is less than a kilometre from Penunjuk Kijal beach, known for being quiet and unexplored.

Address: 287-2 Kampung Che Wan, Kijal, Kemaman, Terengganu
Contact: +6014 292 4547

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