Life cycles on the East Coast are driven by the weather: going to sea and drying fish in the off-monsoon, repairing boats and nets when it’s unwise to go out. Apart from fishing and farming, the local Muslim community heeds the calls of the azan from the Chendor mosque.

The Kasturi has a Malay gamelan set especially commissioned from Solo in Java, which staff and neighbours are taught to play and enjoy. Guests may also join gamelan classes. A residency programme invites artists to stay at the resort to be inspired by the environment, and guests can visit the studio and see work in progress. Our original artists’ residency programme at Rimbun Dahan is well known in Selangor and Penang for supporting artists, so the East Coast is a new frontier.

A local nature guide conducts nature walks, and cultural tours are lead by people with deep local connections.