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Sea Gypsy Village Resort & Dive Base
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Mersing
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 24, 2014

A truly relaxing place away from all the hassle for those who do not need luxury around but just a place with no distraction other than the jungle, fantastic sandy beach and the coral sea around you. Great diving sites nearby. This is definitively a family oriented place with young kids.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

Good place for a quick getaway at the beach. I'm not a diver so can't comment on that, but the rooms were quite nice for such basic accommodation. Food was good and the staff were mostly friendly and helpful. They stayed up late to wait for us after our arrival was delayed by traffic. The only thing to complain about - we wanted to go snorkeling, but on the first day there weren't enough spots on the boat. The staff hired another boat for us on the second day, but after telling us multiple times that we had to guarantee to fill the boat because they had paid extra to hire another boat, it turns out that they didn't have enough snorkel gear for everyone in our group so we had to either share or just enjoy the boat ride.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

We were visiting Singapore in August from Europe and wanted to squeeze in 10 days of quality beach time with no news, no shoes and three kids, two of which are teenagers. On arrival I was a little worried my older kids would get bored because there was nothing to do except go swimming and fishing - but what was I thinking?! Why would they be bored in paradise? Sea Gypsy and its lovely, welcoming staff gave us the perfect injection of fun, quiet time, home food, quality time and the simple possibilities to go diving, fishing, hiking, snorkelling we were looking for with our kids. It was a lot like leaving home when we left and we will def be back. Especially the very motivated group of young internationals who shape the fun activities impressed us and we hope that our kids return there one day maybe as one of them?! If it weren't so darn far away from Munich, we'd be there every year!

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Sea Gypsy in February and found it to be a great little place to get away to from the hustle and bustle of Singapore!
The resort's boat picked us up from the jetty and took us across to the island which is about 20 minutes away. We were warned before boarding that 'the winds had picked up' so needed to dock at Coconut Village 15 minutes walk from the resort. The boat ride was not for the faint hearted! The sea was really rough (and at times quite scary!) and by the time we got off we were all soaking wet!
As many others have written the resort itself is basic but lovely. The rooms are clean and many of them overlook the beach. The meals are really nice although I did find it strange that staff started cooking dinner at 6pm but don't serve until 8pm by which time all the food is really cold.
The thing that was quite astounding (and many others have written this too) is the amount of litter that washes up. Sea Gypsy take care of their stretch of beach and every morning the boys are out cleaning up the large amounts of rubbish that wash in over night. However if you walk 200 metres up the beach it is covered in rubbish. I think the resort should take more responsibility for the entire stretch of beach (it isn't long) and send some of the staff to clean up that part as well. I say this because a lot of the time it seemed like the staff didn't have enough to do and just messed around with each other.
After saying this the sea is fine and quite lovely to swim in.
Overall a really pleasant stay - we'll be back!

Room Tip: If you're a light sleeper ask for a villa away from the sea - it's pretty noisy!
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Having been sick for most of January, we were looking for a 4 day break over CNY. Sea Gypsy fit the bill. After an easy drive, the boat took us from Tanjong Leman to the island. Due to the winds, it wasn't possible to drop us on the beach, so we docked at Coconut Village (which looks like it has seen better days) and walked over the island. All good, except that getting on and off the boat was a little difficult for my parents, as it might be for anyone with knee or back problems.

We'd read the reviews, and the detailed Sea Gypsy website, so thought we knew what to expect - something a bit more rustic and perhaps a little dated. But I have to say it was lovely! Perhaps being the beginning of the season, we saw everything at its shiny best. Crisp linen, brightly coloured towels, new mozzie nets, fresh paint...and staff that were keen and eager to please!

We went on one of the snorkelling trips - excellent - since the sea at the resort was not as calm as needed for snorkelling there. That said, our 9 year old had a great time in the waves (noted as his favourite thing!). The beach is great, though it is sad to see how much rubbish is washed up from Singapore and JB!

As mentioned everywhere, no hot water, but that didn't matter. All that was needed was a quick rinse of sand from body and hair before dinner, so it wasn't like we froze...

Meals were excellent. All included and no choice, but we were really impressed with both the adults and children's meals. I actually really liked the fact that everyone eats together too. It lends itself to more mingling to give a nice friendly atmosphere. If you want to feel like you are the only people on the island, this isn't the resort for you!

And the kids club was also great. Organised activities, and then movies until 10pm. Our boy was shattered at the end of each day, and slept really well.

All in all, we had a great stay, and we'll definitely be back. Thank you to all at Sea Gypsy.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

We visited the Sea Gypsy in July 2012 with over 30 people and had the most amazing weekend.

This isn't a luxury resort so come expecting bugs, average food, weathered looking decor and a lot of beach debris. This isn't 5 star luxury but it's 5 star fun.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

I've been several times - it is very basic, no hot water or air con, no wifi, and exactly what we want as a break from bustling city life. The buffet food is fine, and caters to young palates very well. The Malaysian staff are consistently fabulous. Very helpful, polite, and ready with a joke. The foreign staff (often what appear to be young British backpacker types), can be a mixed bag. Sometimes brilliant, most recently, pretty neglectful of the guests in order to hang out together, although this improved a bit when the manager was around. I have dived here, and wouldn't dive here again - I don't think the dive masters are up to scratch - one changed the tanks and put a used one on a beginner divers BCD (with only 80 bar), and then did a buddy check and let her get in the water for the second boat dive! This was noticed by a more experienced diver after a few minutes under, but still, diving should be taken more seriously than that. So in summary - great family holiday to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, fabulous for kids, easy to get to.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: | Pulau Sibu, Mersing 86800, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Johor > Mersing District > Mersing
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Mersing
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Mersing
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Easy access form Singapore or Johor Bahru Airport with our own non stop direct airport transfers. Complete relaxation on an undeveloped island within a Marine Park. Delicious food, fully stocked bar which never closes for drinkers, amazingly beautiful safe almost private beach. Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Excursions, Nasty Activities, Sailing, Paddle Skiing, Boogie Boarding, Games, Beach Volleyball, and freshly baked Scones every afternoon! Special rates for kids up to 17 years of age. ... more   less 
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