I stayed here for 2 nights. The rooms are basic but comfortable, with fan and fully functioning traditional mandi (bucket shower). The staff were very friendly especially as I was the only English speaking tourist - most tourists are from China. The food was ok but they were seriously lacking in drinks. I did have to keep asking the kitchen for water but there were no soft drinks available to buy, just beer.
My biggest bug bear was how people were allowed to snorkel. Most people couldn't swim and were crashing about in the water. There were no warnings about how to treat the coral. Aside from the actual resort much of the beaches are covered in plastic bottles. If you walk around to the villagers side of the island most of the kids are playing with the plastic waste in the sea.
Ths island is beautiful but an ecological disaster in motion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bembaran Beach Resort is a charming beach dive lodge located on Mantanani Island of the coastal area of Kota Belud. Kota Belud is well known for its beauty and concentration of cultures.DescriptionThe long term goal of the dive lodge is to become the best choice in Mantanani Island, Kota Belud for beach lodging by creating a differentiated experience capitalizing on low budget rates and its unique location in one of the most attractive parts of Sabah West Coast. BBR plan to be more than a great beach lodge. We plan to create an atmosphere that surpasses the standard fare for Kota Belud. Expanding our exposure via the Internet and introducing Kota Belud to people those have not yet discovered this year-round paradise will allow us to maintain an average occupancy rate and average profits.Creating an “Eco friendly Dive Lodge” which is often more beautiful and palatial than where they are traveling from will ensure many return guests. The riches of Kota Belud have always drawn a significant number of tourists to the West Coast area. BBR has two distinct competitive edges that differentiate it from the competition. The first is the low budget rates. Despite this, we recognizes that their mission is to ensure that their guests have a comfortable stay with them. BBR second competitive edge is the location where we are secluded at the Southern Point of the island.The facility is so wonderful in part because of the traditional style chalet which is a memorable place to stay. It is also unique because of the location, overlooking the ocean, a beautiful area surrounded by our own beach front and our second beach (dugong beach, Mantanani Paradise) which is a 8 minute walk. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bembaran Beach Resort Kota Belud, Sabah