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Pom Pom Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Pulau Sipadan
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Reviewed February 12, 2013 via mobile

REALLY lovely staff, really good food, beautifully maintained grounds.

Good diving centre and snorkelling.

Nice big rooms.

That said I don't think I can give a full 5 stars. Whilst everything was great there wasn't much of a wow factor, considering the price tag. I know you have to pay extra to be on an island. But it is a bit too expensive given that the rooms weren't quite up to the mark of the price tag. I am being picky, but I've stayed at other island resorts in Asia that have had more of a wow factor. For instance, we stayed in a beach facing villa. It was great, but it didn't have free water, wifi and crucially the bed was in another smaller room so you couldn't see the sea in the morning or at night.

The resort wasn't crowded at any point during our stay although apparently it was a busy time of year and a LOT of Chinese come here for their new year.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Actually I would wanted to keep this paradise to myself but in the hope it's not going to expand orso I 'm writing a review.
The Pom Pom island resort was 1 of our 2 highlights during our 23-day Borneo trip January 2012.
I choose the resor due to its positive reviews on Tripadvisor and was so glad I did.

We booked a half year in advance through a bookingoffice (down below or something) a 4 night package including all meals (buffetstyle) and the amazing Water Villa!!

I would def. recommend choosing such a Water Villa, they are more expensive but your view, terrace and your own stairs to the ocean is priceless!

During our stay we did not more than relaxing, but if you like you can book activities through the resort. We off course did rent snorkeling equipment and around the pier are turtles (big ones!) and many many sorts of beautiful fishes. I recommend to rent the watercamera from the dive resort - good camera and they burn all foto's on a dvd for you.

Well what else:

The Spa is not cheap but def worthwile!
The beach is postcard-perfect!
The views are priceless
The boatride to and from the resort is quick and comfortable!
The food is great!
The wine-choices are extensive!

Only thing that would make it even more perfect is if the resort would ban children under 12.
Than it would really be the most romantic spot!

Room Tip: Watervilla are more expensive but amazing!! Book early because they only have 5 or 6!
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank nora-amsterdam
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

From the first second att Pom Pom me and my family just loved it! The staff were so friendly and helpful all the time. I've never met so friendly staff before! One of us has gluten allergy and the chef made really nice special food for her every day.

We spent five days in january there. The weather was really good! Just a litte rain one day or so. We lived in a beach villa. You should really chose beach villa if you go there. Your villa is located just a few meters from the sea and you'll be almost alone at the beach! We saw SO many beautiful turtles just at the house reef. And you can come really close to the turtles. One day we took an snorkeling tour, but it's acutally no need to do that. The house reef (which you reach just from the pier) is SO beautiful wich so many different fish and corals. We snorkeled every day and it was such an experience. No one of us had ever been snorkeling before, but it was easy and we loved it.

I could continue forever. You should really, really go to Pom Pom. Don't hesitate. It will be a great memory for life. I'm so glad i went there! GO! It's worth it.

Room Tip: Beach villa! We lived in a Beach Villa, and after seeing the whole island and the different vilas we...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank bangbang86
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Recently returned from a trip to pom pom booked by my GF

i had read the reviews briefly and seen the pics and was very excited.

Flight from KL early morning to Tawau. then a 1 hour car journey to Seporna. we were collected at tawau airport which i was pleased about and taken to the jetty, the car journey was smooth just lots of palm trees not much to see in tawau. we then jumped into a speed boat along with luggage, again boat was waiting for us and no delays, very pleased. the boat journey took around 40 mins and you could see islands after around 10-15 mins, as we got closer & closer to pom pom got very excited and we were not disappointed, we were greeted by the picture esq clearn sea, beautiful sea, welcome to pom pom sign and a welcome drink and quickly signed in and had luggage taken to room.

the island is small only taking 30 mins to walk around with only around 26 villas. we decided on the garden villa rather than sea huts and were happy.

the island is pure, clean & stunning beautiful and a kept secret feel about it. there were very few other guests during the time we went, we got the feeling not many knew about it and hoards go to Malbu or maldvies etc.. we were actually the only 2 guest doing diving, and enjoyed relaxed one to one training with dive instructor mason who was fantastic and a great laugh. we saw some amazing sea life including daily sea turtles, but the lion fish scared me to death lol

very few downsides other than maybe i'd prefer not to have had buffet style food (breakfast/lunch dinner) all you can eat. quite a few of the days seem to have grilled tuna & chips when i was hoping to get some great sea food.. but hey life too short to worry about food, but did enjoy afternoon tea & donuts after a long day dive training.

one of my best holidays ever. the sea and beach very few places can rival


Thank you Pom pom. hope see you again soon :)

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank benlinney
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

My family and I spent 3 days at the Pom Pom resort (2 teenagers) and all thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a beautiful place to chill on the beach and to dive or snorkel. We have snorkelled all over the world and this was right at the top of our experiences. The water is amazingly warm and clear and full of abundant sea life. In fact we saw many things just from the pier including sea turtles, stingrays, cuddle fish and lion fish. On that note there are many lion fish that hang out under the pier, so beware as they have a deadly sting. However we never saw any on our snorkelling trips so it wasn't a problem. We did see many giant sea turtles on our snorkelling trips and a huge variety of fish and corals. The prices were also quite reasonable at about $30 (US or Canadian) per person for a 3 hour trip.
We stayed in the beach villas, which were very big and comfortable. The food was reasonably good but a bit bland compared to what Malaysian food can be. The highlight was that the baked a variety of fresh breads and donuts on site which were delicious (although not very Malaysian). The staff were all friendly and helpful although not quite as well organized as they could be (ie. not as good as the service in the Danum Valley, Borneo Rainforest Lodge).
I would recommend this place for anyone that likes a quiet beach location and great snorkelling/diving.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank TorontoTraveller10
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Pros:
Staff are very friendly and helpful
Rooms are big, clean and functional
great diving and snorkeling

cons:
not much to do other than diving and snorkeling
coral around the island is quite damaged (although apparently its getting better every year)

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

The paridise for snorkling and diving even for young children. Once has so much sea life next to the beach.
A perfect place to go for your Padi licence with Eleonora and Ferdinando. My younger son passed it with pleasure while we went for Nitrox certification. All done seriously in good humor.
The villas are large and all close to the central loundge.
Yes its an expensive place to go to but you get what you pay for.
The Italian manager is looking closely to the good service we expected ( no always the case in other hotels in Malaysia ...)

Room Tip: All good , depends what you want to pay.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Address: A-2-1 Jalan Karamunsing | Lorong Kapital, Block A, 2nd Floor, Pulau Sipadan 88000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Sipadan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Pulau Sipadan
Price Range: $352 - $519 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pom Pom Island Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful peaceful, paradise island resort with PADI Dive Centre, dive packages available with luxury accommodation. Enjoy diving the 6 nearby islands surrounding Pom Pom Island, amazing macro plus beautiful coral fish and turtles. Resort has range of luxury detached beach and water villas constructed for every comfort. Packages include 3 meals per day plus snacks, juices, coffee and tea, etc in our famous traditional Malaysian restaurant. ... more   less 
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