When we booked our stay, at the now Wisana, the resort had a different name and different owners. The night before we left for Redang I decided to recheck the contact details of the hotel incase there were any issues upon arrival, which at the time was called Amannagappa. They didn't have a website, only a Facebook page which stated the resort had been closed, not just for the rainy season but ENTIRELY!
I struggled to find a contact number, and when I did find one it was answered by someone who couldn't help me. Eventually I was given the number of someone on Redang Island who apparently understood the situation. The resort had been sold, renamed and restaffed. We were told our booking was still valid but that all contact details had changed. We nervously set out for Redang the next day.
The above situation is typical of Malaysia and Malaysians in general. They're not great on details or customer service. So if you book anything make sure you recheck and reconfirm dates and prices etc.
When we arrived on the Island we found our lift to the resort hanging out in the car park. We got into a pretty old van where none of the seats were attached to the floor and headed to the ferry. After a bumpy ferry ride we finally arrived!
From then on it was very good. Simple accommodation - which is over priced (as are all resorts along the East coast). We did have air conditioning which was helpful and the rooms are big and have a decent bathroom. The staff were very pleasant and very helpful. The food was impressive, they even managed to make a passable pizza on our last day. Considering the limited facilities the chef has she does an excellent job. Take note that you will need to use a boat if you wish to see other parts of the island or try restaurants, we didn't so I don't know how you would make your way back. And also - there is no alcohol served at the resort.
But the real reason you come is the beach. Truly wonderful, one of the best I have ever been too. Beautiful clear water with a coral reef nearby. You can spend the day lounging on the beach and following turtles in the sea. The sand is super fine and when the sun gets too much you can take shade under the palm trees in a hammock.
Overall it I would recommend the resort, now that the communication issues are resolved. I do think it's slightly over priced but you would be hard pressed to find a nicer beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Regarded as a 'home beach resort', Wisana Village, Redang Island is a seafront heaven. Located in a private beach of Teluk Kalong Kechil, which is known for its white sandy beach, crystal clear waters and panoramic views of neighboring islands. Only 10 rooms available with in-house cafe and can organize daily excursion within the island. A place for a peaceful moment and to get even closer with nature. ... more less