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Coral Redang Island Resort
2.0 of 5 Resort   |   9 Jalan Kampong Dalam, Pulau Redang 20000, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Pulau Redang
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I booked a dive trip at the last minute so took what was open to me. After some of the reviews on here I didn't have much expectation. I found the chalet rooms to be very peaceful and zen like, well provisioned and beautifully clean. The beach was gorgeous, the diving pristine, the beach bar well provisioned with some fun cocktails as the evening sun dipped over the palms. The only let down was the bland buffet style dinners and next time I would opt B and B and explore other options for dinner. However this place was exceptional value for the package we had and the diving was very well organised.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012 via mobile

White sand, lovely pernonal, go 100 meters from resort fore snorkling to see wonderful underwaters world. The Chalet was nice too clean and you have all what you want. Personal in the bar was so lovely, we where here 2009 on july month! Redang is a paradise! I mean it!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We stayed at Coral Redang for a few nights in early October 2012. When we arrived at Redang island we were greeted by a very friendly staff who took care of our luggage and led us to the resort. Our check in was handled at the poolside bar and we were welcomed with very sweet drinks.

We had to wait a bit for our rooms but were pleasantly surprised that the housekeeping staff had switched on the air con and sprayed air freshener in the room in readiness for us. The superior rooms were housed in a double storey villa, very basic and the bathroom and toilets very small.

The buffet lunch and dinner did not have much variety and each day was roughly the same thing but cooked differently. Very plain food really... the BBQ was nothing to shout about, everything was overcooked, dry and spiced up with accompanying sauces.

One morning at breakfast, we were shocked when the general manager stormed into the restaurant and shouted swear words at his assistant. They argued in front of guests and staff alike... it was really so unprofessional. The coffee corner had a signage that says we can't bottle up water, guess we have to pay for everything. One of us came a bit late for breakfast and asked for coffee but the restaurant staff said that breakfast is closed at ten. It wasn't even ten yet and only after he had complained, the staff in question brought the coffee and a dirty coffee cup.

We had bought snorkelling packages. One morning a very rude Malay boy came shouting outside our rooms, "Snorkelling, snorkelling, Hurry up! Hurry up!", whatever happened to common courtesy?

The beach was littered and the cushions on the beach chairs were dirty and we had to clean them ourselves before we could use them. Though the rooms are nice and comfortable, a request for late servicing of our rooms resulted in no servicing at all. And even when our rooms were serviced, the beds made, towels changed, rubbish removed, but the floor was not swept and the bathroom and toilet were not cleaned at all.

There is nothing much of a landscape, the grass was uncut, plants not trimmed and dried leaves lay everywhere. Maybe this was the cause of so many mosquitoes which attacked us day and night.

The day we wanted to go jungle trekking, we took a wrong turn and ended up at the staff quarters behind. The stench of rotting food outside the staff canteen was nauseating, flies were buzzing around but the monitor lizards were happily eating away...

Overall, the resort staff were friendly and helpful but some of them lamented that though they work hard, they were not even paid for working on their rest days... what kind of management would treat their staff so unfairly?

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Coral Redang Island Resort is, in our opinion, the best resort on the island. It is a relaxing, comfortable, small, well-kept 3 star resort. After reading bad reviews of the 4 & 5 star resorts on the island, we are so glad we chose this place! (NB: we flew from Sydney to Redang, via a taxi from the international to domestic airport, a local plane from mainland Malaysia, a taxi bus from the airport to a jetty & a local boat from the jetty to the island!)

1 bedroom tidy villa on the top/first floor (up 1 set of stairs). The reasonably new villas still had a 'new' look about them (see photos). Our queen bed was reasonably comfortable and the villa at overall was clean. It was obvious that the bathroom had been superficially cleaned at best, in that there was soap residue still on the shelf in the shower and on the taps & faucets, as well as the same on the sink in the bathroom, and the mirror hadn't been cleaned. But to be honest, whilst we would describe ourselves as 'clean-freaks', we had to let this go, knowing that we were staying in & paying for a 3-star place, and that on the whole the villa was clean. The fan & aircon worked well. There was a small fridge (no mini-bar service), a safe, hanging space for clothes, a separate door to the toilet as well as to the shower, bedside tables with lamps, and small balcony.

The staff were either from mainland Malaysia or Redang locals and were friendly. An Aussie guy worked at the bar, and the Padi dive centre manager was a young Australian guy, too. All the staff were accommodating, welcoming, and spoke very good English.

Clean pool, poolside bar with reasonably priced drinks (in our opinion & on the Australian dollar) but limited bar snacks, and some ice creams. The resort grounds are well-maintained & the resort has a medium-sized restaurant serving a good buffet breakfast that varies slightly from day to day, a la carté lunches & a reasonable dinner menu. The food was good but not something to write home about, however, after chatting to tourists staying at other resorts, we didn't even think about eating at another resort. In fact, a couple from another resort were having meals at our resort (even though they'd paid at the other resort) because they had to queue for the food for such a long time, then there'd be not enough food left, and then the food wasn't that great! Coral Redang Island Resort is literally right on the beach. It has a Padi dive centre and my husband went on a number of well-priced & well-run dives, including a night dive from shore. We were lucky enough to befriend a professional scuba dive master who was on holidays with his family & who used to work on Perhentian Island, so he took my husband & I on a boat trip one day with his family from Redang to some dive spots around Perhentian, including having lunch on Perhentian. Having visited Perhentian, we are so glad we stayed on Redang. To us, Perhentian looked like cheap, "back-packer central", and without the beautiful white sand & blue water beach of Redang. Having said that, we had an amazingly good, fresh stir fry on Perhentian for about AU$3, which you can't get on Redang! The snorkel trips that the crew at our resort take you to are, from our experience, much better than the other resorts. The other resorts along the same beach & neighbouring beach take about 50-100 people at a time to a small snorkelling spot & guests at those resorts said you see more people than fish when you're snorkelling. We found the opposite when we went with our resort guides. We saw baby sharks, a turtle and beautiful fish.

Beautiful, soft (but not sticky!) white sand and warm, blue water - what more could you ask for! My husband likes the surf & there's not much of that there, but I like it nice and still, with a few little slow waves at most. Bliss! About 2 resorts away is the boat jetty that you arrive in on and depart from. During the busy times of the day, we noticed the water sometimes had tiny little black particles in it, presumably from pollution from the boats. It didn't ruin our swims, though, and most of the time it was clear. There are sunbeds & beach umbrellas set up in front of the resort to relax on.

We have put up a photo to show you that we're not exaggerating. This boatload of people was not only a daily occurrence but a 4-5 times a day type of occurrence. The most 'people traffic' is on weekends when tourists from mainland China come to Redang for a weekend holiday (because we were staying for 7 nights, we were advised to wait until the weekend was over before going on our snorkelling trips). They tend to just stay at the big resorts, so Coral Redang attracts more Australian & European guests, as well as some Asian guests who don't like the big crowds. The big crowds of Chinese seem to have a group mentality, so they go snorkelling together, they all eat together at the same time, and therefore if you stay at the bigger resorts, you may feel 'crowded out' by them, as some tourists we met reported.

There is no 'resort shop' or corner store at Coral Redang, but there is one at the resort next door. However if you want a bigger corner store that has pretty much everything you need while on holiday, from clothes, jewellery, toilettries, swimmers, flip-flops, cans & bottles of drinks, chips, chocolate, etc, etc, take the 5-10 min walk down the beach to your right from the resort, keep walking to the end of the next beach and right at the end is a well-stocked corner store at reasonable prices. No one told us about this; we just 'chanced' upon it.

A couple of other guests recommended we do a little bush walk through the jungle on the island, which we did and enjoyed. It's a 30-50 min walk, depending on how fast you walk and how often you stop to take photos. The walk starts from the back (road-side) of the resort, down & across the road. Just finding the road from the resort was tricky for us! But then once you start the walk, you follow a bright orange pipe over the top of the island and down to a private, secluded, white sand/blue water beach all to yourself! It was from this beach that we looked over the bay to the Berjaya/Taaras resort and realised just how secluded that resort was, set on its own private beach & up on a hill, away from everything. The jungle is humid so prepare to get hot and sweaty, but wear your swimmers, because a beautiful beach awaits! Some locals say they do the walk in flip-flops, but we wore good running/walking shoes with socks & recommend that. It can be slippery in small sections. Sometimes you can lose sight of the orange pipe as it goes underground for a few metres, but just stop, look around and you'll eventually see it again!

SUMMARY: If we ever chose to return to Pulau (Island) Redang again, we would definitely stay at Coral Redang. We saved our 5 star Shangri-La stay in Kuala Lumpur until after our island stay, and I think that meant we had a realistic 3-star expectation of our resort & villa. By the end of our 7 night island stay, we didn't want to leave, and that is a good sign for us!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

We just spent four nights at the Coral Redang. We had booked a suite room, for around 200 euros per night (including breakfast and ferry from Kuala Terengganu).

We left our rented car at a guarded car park right at the jetty in Kuala Terengganu, for 10 myr a day (2.5 euro approx). Found our boarding cards at the counter (as arranged with the resort via mail) and everything was pretty smooth. The speedboat (old, but not crowded) took about 1 hour and a half to get to Redang. At the main jetty, we had to wait 10 mins, then we took a smaller boat to the resort. We were dropped off at the beach, and welcomed by resort staff that took care of our luggage. Good start.

The resort is very small and cozy, and as far as I could tell, on the best part of the beach.   Behind the resorts lining the beach, there's the jungle. No roads. 
Our detached chalet was right on the beach. A little veranda with table and chairs (table always full of ants, so forget eating there)', an entrance room with a sofa and coffee maker, bedroom, dressing room and bathroom. On the whole, new, clean and well kept. There's no tv or wifi in the room, so bring some books, you'll need them.
We had a "guest" in the bathroom: a massive spider. Tried to kill it the first night, but he was rally fast, and ended up hiding under some ornamental stones in a corner. I gave up, and eventually got used to the idea of having a pet in the bathroom. He appeared again on the last night, next to the loo.. But was harmless. 
The only real issue with the room was that they only give you two towels, one each. And no bath mat.  I went to the main office on the first day to ask for more, and the lady seemed shocked by my request. She kept asking: what do you need them for? I wanted to ask her if she dries her face with the same towel she uses for her a##, but decided to be polite. After this surreal discussion, she agreed to send two extra towels to the room. The next day, when housekeeping came, the two extra towles disappeared. We had to ask again, every single day. Someone should explain to the management that two towels per person (and a freakin bath mat) are the standard well below the price i was paying for that room. 
Also, empty minibar, no complimentary mineral water, and - of course -  no slippers. 

Breakfast is ok for my standards (continental). Never tryed eggs or similar.
Avoid the buffet meals (really looked bad). The a la carte food was just decent. If you want a better meal, walk to the redang beach resort (good asian food) or to the laguna redang (the largest resort, with a more expensive international restaurant, good for pizza, a burger or a proper steak.. You will need it after a few days. Only warning: service is slow, i mean real slow).

The beach in front of the resort is stunning. White sand. Crystal clear water. Never crowded. (will post photos). BUT beware:
- the few sunbeds (some of witch are broken) provided by the resort are the most unconfortable thing I ever lyied on. I still have back ake. And you have to wake up at 7 to get one free. The ultra-thin materasses they provide, are old and dirty. As for other shortcomings of this place, management just doesn't care. 
- there are boats coming and going all day long to transport tourists, divers, food, luggage, garbage.. At times we found the water covered with a layer of gasoline, leaked from the boats. No one seems to care (and that's why i think this place will be destroyed within a few years), and it really hurts to se such beautiful water polluted every day in such a useless and reckless manner (just keep the gasoline from leaking from the engines.. It's easy).
- since there's no road, there are buldozers and tractors going up and down the beach carrying luggage and other stuff to the resorts. That could be annoying for some. 
- theres a green and murky stream of water (sewage?) running right next to the resort (and another one a few resorts further down on the left).

We went for a two hour snorkeling boat ride, and it was really worth it. Swam with a giant turtle.. Saw a reef shark, and millions of differnt kinds of coloured fish swimming around you. 

Wifi at the bar works every other day..

All of this to say that the resort is so-so and the beach is stunning and beautiful, but you can see this place turning very quickly in another overconstructed party island with dirty water and cheap beer. So hurry up and go. 

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

We last visited Coral Redang in 1999 for our honeymoon. Back then, we had the beach to ourselves, enjoyed amazing snorkelling on the house reef, and stayed in very tired wooden huts. We loved it and have always wanted to return.

This year we took the kids with us on our second honeymoon. The area has certainly changed, mainly because of the Hong Kong movie 'Summer Holiday' which was filmed there, and brings in twice daily herds of lifejacket-clad tourists hoping to visit their favourite film locations. There are numerous new resorts, and the beach has a pontoon jetty with numerous boats coming and going. The house reef still has plenty of life, but has been pretty trashed by the changes. The beach has plenty of tractors and diggers coming and going.

But it's not all bad. I didn't recognise other reviewers' claims that the beach is filthy - it's not groomed in the way one would expect of a private 5-star resort, but it's far from dirty. The tractors are certainly around, but I rather enjoyed watching the comings and goings. We came here from the Danna in Langkawi, and their beach is so quiet that the kids got bored there. The Coral Redang dive instructors are immensely efficient, friendly and professional, and run twice daily snorkelling trips to reefs that are very much alive and well.

Coral Redang's new rooms were basic but clean and comfortable. The bed could have been a little bigger (4'6" feels a little small for westerners) and the toilet could only be accessed by a skilled contortionist, but the A/C worked very well, and the rooms were quiet. The bar and restaurant are the same as they always were, with basic but tasty food, and a friendly welcome from the bar team.

The best bit was the diving. My 11 year old son qualified as an open water diver, and I felt he was completely safe under Phill's expert tuition. We dived together, seeing turtles, sharks, rays and eels, and loved it.

Coral Redang isn't a 5-star resort, and doesn't charge 5-star fees: comparing like for like, it was just over a quarter the price of the Danna. It's fantastic value for money, and we had a wonderful time there, much more fun than the 5-star venue. We're hoping to be back in less than 13 years this time...

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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 August 21, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights and 2 days and had a great time there. We were welcomed warmly and our rooms were ready on our arrival. The rooms and bathrooms were spotless and clean - only thing I didn't like was the smell of the tap and shower water - it came from the river - it was filtered but had that "whiff" ! The rooms were spacious and bright - fan and aircon worked well. Safe and fridge and plenty of storage/hanging space. The food at the restaurant was tasty but not a very extensive menu - however all the meals we had there were good. The restaurant staff service was great - very attentive but not "in your face". They always smiled and couldn't do enough to help you. The dive Centre was very good - my husband and two teenage children did all their diving from there. Very convenient to the resort and great staff there too. The bar served cocktails and other alcohol and there were no restrictions due to Ramadan - which was a relief! The beach was gorgeous - clean and practically empty - and if you walked to the end of the beach there was fantastic snorkelling. I would snorkel when the hoards of package tour boats had gone. We saw baby reef sharks, sting rays and lovely colourful fish. I would recommend the Coral Redang Resort to anyone staying on that island. It was well away from some of the noisier resorts so you could have good night's sleep. Our transport to our next resort was also organised by the staff there and overall we thought this was the best resort we stayed in for location, value for money and experiences. (We stayed at 4 resorts on 2 islands in total - Perhentian and Redang). Would defintitely go back there. (Perhaps a few more sunbeds on the beach wouldn't go amiss!!)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 9 Jalan Kampong Dalam, Pulau Redang 20000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Terengganu > Pulau Redang
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