Have been looking at going to Batu Batu since August last year - and finally - the weekend was here. The drive from Singapore to Mersing went without any hassle,and we arrived to the Jetty well in time for the departure of the speedboat. We were met outside of the Cafe at 11 AM as agreed, the boat was abit delayed, but we headed to the island about 20 min past 11.
At the jetty we were met with alot of staff that smiling took our luggage to the rooms and while they did that, we were met in the restaurant/lobby with fresh juice.
We checked into villa S9 that had an annex for the kids. The villa was large, clean and had everything we needed. Loved the "daybed" on the balcony. The kids loved the little annex with their bunkbed and the cool aircon. Yes, their room was cooler than the main livingroom.
Good curtains kept the room dark, so had two good nighs of sleep.
There was a TV and DVD player there, but we did not use it.
We used the docking station for the Iphone that worked perfect
Also the wireless was ok to work with from the villa. (more slow in the restaurant area)
As it was high tide, we could swim at the beach just outside the villas, hence we started our day there. After lunch there was low tide, and we went to the jetty where the rest of the family jumped into the sea - great activity - but wished there was a ladder there to climbe back up again.
The Long Beach was beutiful both at low and high tide. The bar just opened at this beach, so not far to walk to get something cold refreshing.
Next day we hiked around the island. The trail was good marked and easy to follow.
We also rented kayaks (at Long Beach), but as the water still was a bit choppy after the monsoon, the kids got tired fairly quickly.
Pool - Beutiful infinity pool that looked nice, but we did not use it.
Breakfast - limited choices, but the food that was there was good. Fresh fruit juices. Egg station. You could see the staff was new, ad it could take a while before you got the omellett or egg, but it came and tasted good.
Lunch - a choice of 3 main dishes on the menu every day pluss 2 or 3 desserts.
First day we had the choice between Hamburger, salad and ...sorry, do not remember the third one. I am not a big hamburger-fan, so I have to admit I was dissapointed of having hamburger on the menu on a hotel in an Malaysian island...but that is me;-)
All we tried tasted really good. I went with the noodles from the kids menu
The kids menu had 8 dishes on, and was the same menu every day and same for both lunch and dinner. Found this abit boring, but talked to the manger on day 2, and found that the kids could also order smaller portions from the adult menu. Good!
Dinner - same as lunch -3 main courses. The portions Saturday was small, but we found they were perfect for not over-eating. We ended up surprised when the Sunday portions seemed to be at least double the size. Could not eat it all. All of the meals we had tasted really good. The chef was new this week, so again...some starting problems. Not with the taste, but the timing... We had to wait very long to get our various dishes.
All in all - a lovely week-end. Abit expensive, but guess that is what we have to pay for a paradise..so cannot do it every week-end,-even if I want to.
Hopefully the spa is open next time we visit.
Also, I have to admit I would prefer to have ala carte menu instead of full board. I am not keen on dessert every day, and would be nice to have abit more choices. There is really no other restaurant to choose around in the area :-)
As pointed earlier in the review - a ladder at the jetty would be nice as well.
A proper lock on the doors would be nice as well - at least I would have felt more safe with regards to items in the room
- Also Known As:
- Batu Batu Mersing, Malaysia - Johor