My husband and I stayed for 10 nights in June. Weather was excellent the whole time, late at night there were some fantastic storms, lightening etc – beautiful to watch!
We stayed in a Serambi room on the upper floor, would recommend paying the extra as not all rooms have balcony’s, room excellent size, lots of towels etc , bed very comfortable.
2 lovely pools, the adult’s pool had a lot of dappled shade which was nice but all of the bean bags which you could sunbath on were ripped and needed replacing. At night time this area turns into an open air cinema, loved this.
The other pool was bigger with a shallow-end for children, unfortunately when we were there every one seemed to take their children into the main pool to teach them to swim, which made swimming for us a little difficult, it was also very noisy at times.
The beach was lovely and we walked both ways, there’s a cave 45 mins walk to the right and to the left there is a little area full of fishing boats. We found some fantastic shells and also saw where the turtles had come out of the water to lay their eggs. Every morning we visited the turtle hatchery before breakfast to see if any of the turtles had hatched, which was lovely.
Saw monkeys in the trees by the Spa and lots of monitor lizards; also saw some stick insects and tons of butterflies. Didn’t hear any mosquitoes but did get bitten to pieces, applied tons of DEET but nothing seemed to help, can only assume Malaysian’s mosquitoes are very clever and fly silently!!
Food excellent but after 10 nights a bit same-ish. Our package included meals at the main restaurant and also, as it was the end of Ramadan, we got to eat at the buffet on the beach on the sand, loved this but not sure it’s available all the time. Food in the main restaurant is all Malay and very tasty. 2 chefs came round to take your order, there were clearly waitresses in chef’s uniform as it would be impossible for them to cook and take orders. All of the staff were great and service was generally good.
Breakfast was lots of Nasi goring etc, I liked the sweet Dosa’s best and had these with butter and maple syrup – amazing! Some western breakfast food and an egg chef. Also liked that they have a small oven next to the breakfast stalls, so all of the baked goods are fresh and hot and you can help yourself.
Had a treatment at the Spa, excellent and can recommend highly. Prices slightly more than the UK.
Enjoyed the Saturday when the hotel put on local food and showed their traditions, excellent Malay coffee, couldn’t get enough of the stuff!
Visited Dungun, wouldn’t recommend going, nothing much to see. Mainly phone shops, shoe shops and super markets. We bought snacks and cokes whilst there but there was nowhere selling alcohol as it’s a dry state.
Flying home to the UK, internal flight fine but in KL found it strange that they don’t show the boarding gate No’s, so you have no idea where to go until the flight is called. You have to get the train to international departures but you can get on any, they just go backwards and forwards.
All in all an excellent holiday, the only down sides for us was that there was no snorkelling anywhere apart from paying £60 each to go on the snorkelling trip, there were also lots of jelly fish and we were advised not to swim in the sea. Also the alcohol was stupidly expensive; we drink Gin and Tonic and noticed they serve it by filling the glass with ice then gin and then tonic, this mean you only get a tiny bit of tonic and its mainly water and gin, plus they don’t open a fresh tonic per person, you have the left over tonic from the previously bottle. We opted to drink our G&T without ice purely so it wasn’t’ so watery and always asked for a new tonic to be opened. I know its silly, but at those prices you don't want flat tonic!
Lovely stay, great place but on balance prefer Redang as the snorkelling there is fantastic.
Have a fantastic holiday!
- Jul 24, 2017