The problem I usually have with holidays in Malaysia is that they tend to be neither here nor there : standards are usually not as high as in Singapore, offerings not as good-value as in Thailand or Indonesia - for what you pay/get.
Tioman is beautiful especially where Minang Cove is situated - in the southern tip or a 30-min boat ride away from the airport. The transfer was smooth and worth it as it took one away from the more crowded places. However, I wouldn't be the first to take issue with the price - 100RM return per adult regardless of whether you are alone or sharing the boat with 10 other people. When you are paying for 6 like I was, it didn't make sense. A rip-off if I may say so.
The view was lovely and welcoming when one arrived at the small resort. Welcome drink, briefing by the owner and we were then taken to our beach-front villa with its 3 bedrooms. Situated on one end of the small beach, it was private with a great view of the sea - though you could end up either sleeping very well or not at all because of the waves.
Room was reasonably clean though easily invaded by ants. Light flickers on and off all the time but there was air-conditioning and it worked.
The price included breakfast (choice between eggs cooked differently or banana pancake), afternoon tea (only one sweet item, often banana, so if you don't like it or cannot eat it you have no tea to speak of - but I love bananas so whether they were fried mashed up or whole, in a cake or just battered I ate them) and dinner. Dinner was often a small buffet and once we had grilled satay which was good. There was enough food and the offering though simple was delicious enough (e.g. nasi lemak, beef rendang, steamed fish, vegetables...), but I would suggest they stick to cooking Malay and not venture too much into Thai or Chinese until the cook really masters these cuisines.
Lunch was another matter - e.g. 28RM for a plate of fried rice! Even a very good hotel in Singapore wouldn't charge that much. Unless you pay for a boat ride to "town" or walk 45 minutes to the almost-dead village next door, you have no other dining options, so...Ditto for bar prices, so stock up when you do walk to the village.
Kids spent their day on the small beach (watch out for crabs on the rocks, my youngest was pinched by one on the toe) or snorkelling in the water. Hub dived with the small diving centre in the resort. A number of excursions were organised for a fee. Fish feeding after dinner (i.e. the day's rubbish was dumped into the sea) was a highlight as you usually get to see sharks. Quite a simple, quiet, relaxing holiday.
Local staff were kind and friendly especially the owner's stepdaughter. The massage was good if a bit pricey, especially love the tree-top feeling up there in the tiny spa.
All in all it was a good 5 days at Minang Cove though for the price you could probably do better in Indonesia or even Thailand.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Minang Cove Resort & Spa, a tropical island paradise. Located in the south of the beautiful island of Tioman, a truly stunning location. Off our private beach you will enjoy the warm crystal clear waters, of the South China Sea. Where you can snorkel or scuba dive with the abundant marine life, living in and around our live reef. Including Turtles. Those who are looking for small friendly resort, surrounded by nature, with glimpses of local wild life and unspoilt rainforest. Look no further !! To access the resort, you can take a ferry from the Mersing ferry terminal. Then getting off at the 1st stop, at Genting Village. There our resort speedboat will transfer you to the resort. The second way is to fly, on Berjaya Air from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. Again our speedboat will transfer you to the resort. One of the resort representatives will meet you on your arrival at the airport. ( For flight and ferry transfers you need to inform us in advance to arrange this transfer.)We have 18 rooms at the resort, which are perfectly clean, well maintained and all with incredible views. We serve authentic local food for evening dinner, changing its theme every night. Lunches are ala-carte and a mix of local and western.You will also enjoy a variety of cool beverages served at our restaurant and beach Bar. Watch the sunset with a tasty cocktail or have a glass of wine over dinner. Our room rates included half board, which is breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner.Some of the activities offered at the resort are, snorkelling, scuba diving, jungle tracking, fish feeding, fishing and island tours.The facilities which are available are, The Minang Spa, private jetty & beach, sun deck with loungers, sun shades, a library, fully equipped dive centre (with resident instructor) , laundry service and baby sitting. Room as well as beach towels provided.The overall atmosphere is very chilled and relaxed. Helpful, friendly staff providing an unforgettable experience, in your Island Paradise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Minang Cove Hotel Pulau Tioman
- Minang Cove Pulau Tioman