I recently stayed for a week at the Sari Pacifica in Lang Tengah and have to say it was a stay with mixed feelings. First of of all lets start with the good. Lang Tengah is a beautiful island and I have to say it was very easy to get to. Just a quick flight from KL to Terengganu with malaysian airlines (30min flight) then a 40min (50rm) taxi to the jetty and a 30min boat ride. Over all the journey was very easy and painless. Once we got to Sari Pacifica you are met by the most wonderfull setting and beautiful beach you could imagine. White silky smooth sand and clear waters with plenty to see while snorkling, however this is where the dream ends. The hotel is self is far from impressive, although the grounds are pretty well maintained the rooms were damp, dirty, full with oversized furniture and had the stranges of things wrong with them, take our bathroom for example. It was a great size and also have a very large Jacuzzi however you could not get enough water to ever fill it up so it had absolutely no purpose, also the bathroom had a great large mirror over the two wash basins whish was great however when they put the mirror up they have rested it on the waste leaver so you couldn't close the waste hole to fill the basin with water. The walls were dirty and the aircondition only worked add hoc and not very well. The room had a constant damp smell and you could see mold growing under the wallpaper and in the celing. The hotel only has one resturant and also have a what they call beach bar but this was never open. The resturant was very disappointing with a small menu (same for lunch, dinner & snacks) which mainly contained pasta, pizza and frozen western food such as salmon. If you have lunch and dinner at the hotel in 3 days you would have had everything on the menu. Like I said most of the food served was frozen western food and western attempts at local food such as Nasi Goreng. I have had far better food from street stalls in KL or frozen microwave food from 7-11 then this hotel. The only little bright light was that the chef is really good and if you talk to him he will try and prepare other dishes for you based on the ingredients we has available. There are also some fishing boats docked not far from the hotel which if you are lucky you can buy some fish from and take back to the chef to prepare for you. The staff was over all friendly and tried to help the best they could and it's also clear that they feel embarrassed about the standard at the hotel and they also appologised for this a number of times saying that compared to other hotels they have worked in this is a 2-3 star hotel at best. The hotel lack the most basic things such as even a first aid kit in case you cut yourself snorkling. I have stayed in many many hotels all over the world and I have to say the location and setting is great but everything else lets this hotel down. It's very very overpriced not much on offer appart from the beach. I could not recomend this hotel to anyone, but would say if you are concidering coming here don't instead go to the perhentian islands or Redang where you will get more for your money and also have more variaty.
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- Sari Pacifica Hotel, Resort & Spa - Lang Tengah island in Terengganu state, Malaysia. Resort with perfect private beach not too far from the mainland. The closest big island - Redang, closest city with the airport - Kuala Terengganu. We offer 3D2N packages the same as common booking room. Our resort has a DIVE CENTER with PADI courses. Special WEDDING packages could be created on request. ... more less
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