First of all I like to say that my Family had a great vacation at Mabul Resort. Its a great Resort which fulfil all your needs and is even Family friendly. From the booking to the Airport pickup, transfer via Speedboat to the Resort, check in and the diving everything was well organized and there are no hidden surprises. The rooms are clean whit good aircon (stand alone chalet), full range of sat TV hot shower and comfortable beds. All people are friendly and make you welcome even it is a big operation with lots of guest. The food was okay as expected I would just be more happy that if you have guest from Asia (China) it is not recommended only to offer Seafood and Duck especially when we wrote that we dont like seafood and have allergies in our booking form. We complained and the next day was fine. Thanks a lot for immediate consideration which is not usual. Because it was our sons 2nd Birthday we ask if they could bake a cake for him a few days ahead. I was shocked when during our Dinner suddenly the whole staff brought the cake and played guitar and sing happy birthday for him. You couldnt have done it better! Diving: As mentioned by other Divers most interesting is Sipadan and thanks to the Management that they were able to give us 4 days Sipadan during our 7 days stay. The rest around Mabul and Kapalei not really impressive with tons of garbage on the surface and underwater (you should talk to the other Resorts and clean that up weakly and not once year). Diving in Sipadan is awesome. You see all you need and dont want to see. Thats why I gave only the 4 Point in the rating even the rest was 5. SMART as one of the leading Dive Operators should take more positive attitude in saving the corals and environment and not animating divers and guests to hold on to corals because of strong current. I even saw Reef Hooks and Tank Banger hammering into the Corals which shows already advanced damages. I was shocked that nobody care about that. Not the Guest, not the DM or Instructor. I talked to the DMs about this but not much understanding for my concern. Because of this I couldnt enjoy some of my dives seeing people breaking corals which takes ages to grow. I was very happy that my wife and me were also allocated into Advanced Dive Groups as we both have plenty of dives. Special thanks to Ronny who shows us the Turtle Tomb! Was one of our best dives beside South Point and Barracuda Point. All in all great experience but please guys become environmental friendly and respect the nature and the habitat. Its your income. Special thanks to Jenny who was lovely taking care of our son, E-one for a great movie, Jasny, Rommy, (Macro) King, THE Manager for the plenty of Sipadan permits (you safe our vacation!), Sun and all others who let us have a nice vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SIPADAN-MABUL RESORT (SMART) is situated at Mabul Island overlooking the well-known Sipadan Island. It is a dive destination resort that began its modest operations back in 1993 and has since grown into a well-established and reputable resort as it is today. SMART has 42 land-based chalets (22 unit stand-alone detached chalets, 18 unit standard semi-detached chalets and 2 unit suite chalets) which can accommodate up to 84 guests at any one time. All chalets are built from native materials of Borneo, mostly twin-bedded, equipped with mosquito screens, air-conditioning and come with attached bathrooms with hot shower facilities as well as free Wi-Fi internet access in the room. Other facilities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi whirlpool spa, large dining hall and bars. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sipadan Mabul Hotel Pulau Mabul