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“Reasonable, if not fantastic, hotel in a place where running a decent hotel must be difficult” 3 of 5 stars
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Coral View Island Resort
Palau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Perhentian Besar 22300, Malaysia   |  
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“Reasonable, if not fantastic, hotel in a place where running a decent hotel must be difficult”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We stayed in the Coral View for 4 nights and 3 days and enjoyed our time in the Perhentians hugely. As others have commented, being able to snorkel directly from the the hotel is a real bonus and we saw all kinds of reef fish/corals off the hotel beach plus turtles in the next bay only 5 minutes walk away. Our package was full board and included a half days snorkelling trip, which was one of the highlights of our holiday and really recommended. The gardens are well maintained and pretty - but only lower down the hill near the restaurant - the further you go up the hill, the denser the chalets and the garden is non existent. We did enjoy the monkeys which visited and the lizards and huge bats at dusk. If wildlife is not your thing, the Perhentians may not be your sort of place.

The restaurant was good and had an interesting and varied menu, but the serving staff and kitchen struggled at peak times to provide a reasonable service and on two out of the four nights we ate there, we had to wait more than one and half hours for our order to be taken and the first course to be served, which we considered to be an unreasonably long wait. No alcohol is served or can be drunk in the restaurant, so take your own for consumption in your room if this is going to be a problem for you. There is a bar about 5 minutes walk along the beach, which does serve alcohol as well. On the plus side the restaurant does do really good fresh fruit shakes and juices.

Our rooms were so called deluxe hillside view rooms, for which read very ordinary rooms with no view at all. They were perfectly adequate, but poorly maintained and in need of update. 5 our of 7 light bulbs in our room were not working on arrival - and when we left 4 days later. The garden and sea view chalets looked a much better bet and by virtue of being closer to the restaurant and closer to the action - our rooms were a good 5 minutes walk uphill from the restaurant - better maintained and looked after. Where our chalet was is so enclosed with trees that little breeze reached it and nothing dried at all, whilst damp things quickly got mildew. The bathroom was poor with only cold water in the basin, mouldy grouting and inadequate water pressure. The generators were noisy. The bedding was tired and faded, as were the towels, which we passed every morning hanging out on the banisters of the steps down hill to dry. Not your average hotel solution to trying to dry stuff.

Wifi is only available within a very limited area of the front desk, which was normally crowded with people manically checking their e-mail, but nearly having to sit in each others laps in order to be within reach of the signal. This signal was also pretty erratic.

Given the situation in the Perhentians where there are no internal roads, no ATMs (take all the cash you might need with you), no village on Pulau Perhentian Besar and no mains electricity or water so that everything for the 200 or so guests has to be brought from the mainland and transferred from a large boat to a small boat to be brought ashore, (romantic when you arrive, but not straightforward, specially given tides, if you are running a hotel) the standard the hotel maintains is surprisingly good, and the hotel staff were generally helpful. The transfer process was efficient. I am sure there are many worse places to stay in the Perhentians, but do not come expecting real luxury - we felt this was almost camping under a solid roof. The location makes up for quite a lot; the view is great when you are on the beach and the water and beach were clean.

Room Tip: Go for a sea view chalet or garden chalet. Avoid chalets near the centre of the hotel because the g...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

Chill area, took the boat to long beach at night for dinner and drinks. Loved being able to get good snorkeling in right at hotel- saw clown fish, sharks, and a turtle all very close by. Reataurant food ok, no alcohol, can be pricey, service varied between great and poor. Hillside rooms clean, nothing to write home about, took a few minutes to walk to. I'd recommend staying here, but keep your eyes open if any better deals.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

Coral view is a well run proper maintained resort. Its supposed to have been built about 20years ago so accomodation is in 'retro' wood style. Although some signs of wear and tear nothing major or problematic.
We were staying in the seaview deluxe chalets and it was an amazing experience. Food served in the restaurant was good but the service just takes ages before taking your order. ( i have seen 10+ people walking to staff asking about their order or when their order is going to be taken). Aircon seems to be old and only able to take down temperature a few degrees.
Be that as it may, still a highly recommendable stay, very very friendly staff.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Stayed here for 3D2N with my family.

Reservation: They need 30% down-payment to secure your booking or your credit card details which will be charge upon check-in. Driver also will be arrange to pick you up at the airport.

Check-in: We arrived early but no room available 'early' check-in. Have to wait almost 1 hour for our room. Can't blame the resort since this resort is very popular among tourists. Welcome drinks provided while you are waiting, just relax at the beachfront table and enjoy the view.

Room: Air-conditioned & fan, fridge, bathroom and 24/7 electricity. Basic and clean. No TV. Each chalet comes with terrace for sunbathing/sun deck.

Location: I don't need to tell more. Everyone knows Perhentian Besar is beautiful. If it helps, this resort is located next to Perhentian Island Resort - less than 5 minutes walk.

Overall, Coral View Island Resort offer good value and suitable for families. I can see both my parents are treated well with excellent service. The staff are really friendly and resort with great ambience. It cost us less than USD 500 for 3D2N stay inclusive land and ferry transfer for 5pax.

Recommended.

Room Tip: i) Deluxe Sea view: Room 318 ii) Family Deluxe Garden: Room 541 (Garden room with sea view)
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

We are a family of 4 with two teenagers. We stayed in a garden view deluxe room as it was the last room available for our dates. This room has a double bed and a single bed and then they gave us a mattress to put on the floor for our other teenager. Despite needing to put the mattress up each day so we could walk across the floor, it actually did not seem too crowded and for the room price (compared to other accommodation prices on the island) the price was very good. That said, do not expect anything above basic and simple.

Arriving at the Coral View Resort office in Kuala Besut, we were able to relax on a sofa in the air conditioning while waiting for our boat trip to the island. The office staff personally escorted us to the jetty, showed us where to pay the RM 5 marine park fee and helped us board the boat. This process went so smoothly I was amazed.

The staff at Coral View resort were all very accommodating and friendly. We kept hearing clucking sounds from under our chalet (on stilts) and told a receptionist about a chicken being under our chalet. She laughed and told us there are no chicken on the island and what we were hearing was a lizard! She offered to change our room, but we decided to stay where we were.

The rooms are quite dark due to dark wood paneling and small curtained windows. Electricity runs all day and our air conditioner worked great. The room had a small fridge that we stocked with drinks we bought on the mainland before coming over by boat.

We booked room only and it did not come with meals. We ate all breakfasts and most dinners at Coral view, and the food was very good. Meal prices again were quite good compared with other resorts on the island. We all loved the banana pancake for breakfast and liked the pineapple fried rice for dinner. Also recommend the restaurant at Mamas chalet at the end of the beach.

We all did diving courses at Universal Divers on Tuna Bay beach. This was cheaper than the dive centre at Coral View and they picked us up and dropped us off at the jetty daily for free. The jetty is located next to Coral View but to get to it you have to go up a big flight of stairs, cross a bridge at the edge of the jungle and then go down a big flight of stairs. The jetty is just off of the large beautiful beach at Perhentian Island Resort beside Coral View. We were happy there was no loud music at night at Coral View, because we had to wake up very early each morning for our dive trips and course. We were all able to get good rest each night.

There is amazing snorkeling just off the Coral View beach in the waters that are marked off by buoys. We saw reef sharks!!!, nemo fish, lots of other colorful fish and nice coral, just literally steps from the shore in quite shallow water. No need to do a snorkeling trip, just rent snorkels and masks from the little shop by the beach for RM 10 per day.

One night we took a water taxi to kecil island to have dinner at Bubbles Resort. It was very good food, but the price was ridiculously expensive.

It is easy to get water taxis to go to other beaches or to the other island (Kecil). The price for water taxis is more expensive after dark. One day we trekked through the jungle to the next beach (Tuna Bay). You follow the path at the far side of Mamas Chalet, walk along the water pipe to get to Cozy Chalets at Tuna Bay. This took maybe a half an hour. Water taxis are quicker.

Recommend you bring an electric mosquito coil or you can buy a traditional one and a lighter from the small resort shop (but this kind smells so smokey) Also bring your own shampoo and conditioner as the shampoo provided is very generic. We recommend spending your days diving and snorkeling. If you want to watch movies in the evening, bring your own computer and DVDs.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

We stayed in a basic A/C room in the upper part of the island, after moving from Watercolours. This was a more upscale offering, and the rooms had nice furnishings, TWO balconies, and a great view.

On the minus side, no hot water (usual), and the bed was rather uncomfortable.

Otherwise, it's an excellent value for the money and I would certainly stay again. The staff were very helpful and responsive.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We stayed in 3 places on the island. First was Coco Huts which was noisy due to the taxis coming in and out on the jetty, plus they had shabby chalets. It was also more expensive than Coral View which is unbelievable when you compare the two hotels. We then moved to Coral view I. R. which is very quiet and boat noise is really very minimal. The setting is perfect and the chalets are very comfortable and cleaned every day ( never cleaned at Coco huts). The only thing is they don't have a wardrobe which is a bit of a pain. The food was good with a combination of Malaysian and Eastern choices. No alcohol but good fruit juices. The staff were charming, in particular the manageress Faridah Binti. She was always on hand to advise re travel arrangements and kindly organised some food after the kitchens had shut. I can recommend this hotel with complete confidence.

Room Tip: Spend the money and go beach front.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Palau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Perhentian Besar 22300, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Terengganu > Pulau Perhentian Besar
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Pulau Perhentian Besar
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Number of rooms: 23
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