I stayed during mid-Jan with my wife and toddler. The place is more amazing than the photos suggest. Secluded island, amazing beach and wonderful ambience are what we experienced. The hotel staff, service, hospitality and attentiveness set this resort apart from some of the other hotels that we have visited elsewhere in Asia so far. The staff is amazingly helpful and is always willing to attend to all of your requests, even if these requests are quite peculiar related to food, variety, etc. At any point, there are hardly many souls on the island as this is the only resort on the island, so you do feel relaxed and calm. The early morning and evening walks on the island beach are simply unmissable. Would definitely recommend this resort to anyone. Quite reachable from Singapore.
We were a group of five and this island practically belonged to us during our stay, except for another couple. A team of smiling staff served us like royalty and we were so pampered. Food was good and the accommodation was very comfortable even though it was not air conditioned. Sleeping in a mosquito net is so comforting and romantic. Although the beach is not great but the beach facilities were good. We had a great time spending 3 nights 4 days there.
Wonderful architecture and beautiful island with stunning views , far from the maddening crowd, very friendly and sweet staff. the Massage was fantastic and very relaxing with the beach view as well . Food and service is great! ! we are looking forward to our next visit .
My family love staying here where Pulau Joyo has a family room which can stay connected together with their family ( Beach Palace 3 & 4 ). The service that they provide here is very awesome and the staff are very friendly.. We could even ask the staff to decorate the room for special events like anniversary and birthday before we arrived.
Gorgeous island with all the ingredients to be a real five star venue (or at least compete with Nikoi or Cempadek whose price point is similar). Yet there are so many niggly simply things that they get wrong. All could be easily solved and I am writing this review in the hope manAgement (and its billionaire owner) will pay attention. Mosquitoes - everywhere in south east Asia of course but no need to Deliberately attract them. Lovely terracotta pots all over the island filled with water to wash your feet- however these become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. We got 30-40 bites each despite covering ourselves in deet 24/7. They really just need some rinsing taps instead. Run down Water sports - 4 of us went out paddle boarding. Couldn’t work out why two of us went around in circles - the fins were broken off! When we pointed this out to the staff they said they hadn’t noticed (!). Also the mechanism to adjust the length of the paddles was broken on all the paddles. Staff couldn’t really explain which way the tide was going. To be fair though they do have a rescue boat which goes out on the water whenever guests are out on the water. You need this as ———— CARE- there are no proper life jackets at the water sports hut. Tiny toddler ones which are broken and won’t fit older children. Adults ones are no more than polystyrene slabs covered in ripped cheap orange tarp that you would expect to find on a local fishing boat. Fit so badly you can hardly paddle in them. In the water they float up to the top of your head. I know it’s Indonesia but water safety is an obvious one to be scrupulous about. you really expect More for your money. Food - hit and miss. I think the cooks are talented but speak no English so what is possible to create is lost in translation. Every day when we asked the front of house staff what was on the menu for lunch and then dinner they didn’t know. Couldn’t then describe things beyond “fish, chicken etc”. Desserts were poor quality. they served some beautiful dishes (particularly any type of curry or fresh fish) but also some random ones. When we asked for something different for the children they struggled to come up with options (and my kids pretty much eat anything). chicken was very poor quality but the fish and beef were lovely ... Conservation - the saddest thing is that there is zero focus on the environment or conservation on the island. Cigarette butts lie strewn around. There is visible rubbish around the sides and backs of villas. Rubbish washing up on the beach is not cleared. In fact the beach could have been cleared of sharp stones and shells or at least a path made so you could walk around it more easily but it wasn’t. Rubbish is burned on the island. Underground pipes are visible through the soil everywhere. They are overrun with monitor lizards who inhabit the swimming pool throughout the day. Staff - lovely, sweet, obliging, great at entertaining the kids , really trying to do their best but slightly hapless (Ie poorly trained) except for the two front of house staff. They have barely any English. It’s hard to make yourself understood. They are so obliging - will do anything you ask. But I guess my point is at S$800+per night you shouldnt have to ask. Breakfast buffet (which is lovely by the way) is laid out in the open for hours. It was covered in swarms of flies. When I asked them to cover it they came out with sheets of paper which blew away in the wind. When I asked them if they have any food nets, they started unwrapped new ones and hey presto all the food was on lovely baskets covered in nets. But it didn’t occur to them to put it undercover in the first place. Loads of flies at breakfast tables and finally on day 3 they agreed to put candles on table which immediately solved the problem. Housekeeping staff were hit and miss. They didn’t remove dirty coffee cups from the room, and failed to replace glasses despite being asked. Despite all of the above, it’s still an idyllic hideaway and the niggles didn’t spoil our trip (even the lack of vip service at the ferry terminal that Nikoi and Cempadek provide). the villa was lovely. The pool area divine. The staff put on a dinner on the beach for the last night with a private fireworks display which was stunning. They played ping pong and games with my children all day long and would do anything you ask. two wonderful massage ladies. These lovely kind Indonesians actually deserve better than the owners are currently giving them relative to what guests expectations might be - and with owning a super yacht that cost USD18m you would think Anto Marden could deliver ...…