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Perhentian Island Resort
Belfast, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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“Superb location for a scuba trip.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

This was our second trip to Perhentian - previously we had stayed at Kecil. But this was our first time staying on the larger Besar island. To be honest it doesn't really matter where you stay in Perhentian - you are guaranteed a spectacular trip especially if you are into scuba diving and / or amazing beaches. The resort is in need of a major facelift, there's no doubt about that. I won't go into the litany of things that need fixed because this would detract from the fact that we had an amazing three nights there. The food is not great - but you can take a boat taxi over to Long Beach on Kecil where you will find better food and a more hip and swinging nightlife. Everything is kinda crumbling and in need of some TLC. But it's a resort and so you shouldn't be in your room anyway. Oh, and look out for the huge monitor lizards! They make an excellent photo op.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Casablanca, Morocco
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

I stayed there for two night , The room we got had a view on forest way back from the beach , it had no TV , no WIfi connexion no nothing, there even lot of electricity blackout , the service was medium and what i hated the most that price of everyhitng was exagerrated, don't think about snorkeling there ,it'a way too expensive!, the only good thing was the staff were nice and the food wasn't that bad

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland
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58 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2014

We've spent great 5 days at PIR. Although the resort itself has its best years behind and some refurbishing is needed the overall quality of stay was fantastic. We had a bungalow just about 10-15 meters from the beautiful beach (imo best on Perhentians), the atmosphere was laid back and with quiet evenings. Well, besides the wildlife ;-) There's a footbridge connecting the resort with other beaches - there are restaurants, hotels and shops with alcohol. This is important if you like to wash down the delicious seafood with beer, as most of the island's hotels and restaurants are alcohol-free zones. From the PIR you can take a canoe, scuba diving lessons and take a jungle trek, but what is truly amazing ? The jungle comes to you in form of monkeys jumping from the mango tree, great monitor lizards walking near the pool or colugo (not to be confused with flying squirrel) landing on a palm tree next to your house. If you are animal lover this is a place to be ! And if you can handle a suprise such as spider the size of a man's fist invading your walls from time to time ;-) The water is great for snorkeling and diving, you can reach the coral reef just swimming from the beach. I've had a wonderful holiday there !

Room Tip: Rooms with a seaview are pricey but worth it !
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oslo, Norway
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2014

I stayed at PIR on April 2014 for 3 days 2 night under full board package with my friend. Breath taking view around the resort and the best beach for sure. With Marine park exactly in front of the resort, you can just jump in to the beach and enjoy the snorkelling! Everything was smooth from the moment we arrived in Kota Bahru airport till the resort for the check in.
Our disappointment begin when we got our room key. The room was big but the air conditioning not working at all. It's like we stay in sauna room in very hot day!! The bathroom not clean at all. The toilet bowl and sink very dirty. No chair for dressing table. Smelly pillow and duvet. Only at 6pm maintenance guy came in and fixed the air conditioning. And same thing happened next day which is the air conditioning not working and it's turn to be very hot! Another maintenance guy came in and fixed the air cond. The housekeeper did not clean the coffee cup for some reason and I wonder why? I have stayed in many hotel & resort before but never come across this situation. Definitely the room we stayed need a refurbishment.
The buffet for lunch & dinner also biggest disappointment for us. The fruits plate not fresh at all. The foods too oily and tasteless. I ended up ate outside the resort and wasted our full board package!! Definitely big no for the full board package!
On our last day, we already hang the DO NOT DISTURD sign in the door. Unfortunately, at 830am in the morning someone claimed from maintenance loudly knocked the door and said want to fixed the air conditioner!!! But why must on our last day and in the morning and when we already put the DO NOT DISTURB sign???!!
It's terrible experienced for the holiday. I will definitely come back to Perhentian Island but not to Perhentian Island resort.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Zurich, Switzerland
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17 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

This ressort consist of bungalows directly at a wonderful white sanded beach with coconut palms and amazing clear water. The bungalows are not luxurios but clean. The restaurant is not recommendable (food not so nice and expensive). There are nicer restaurants within walking distance.From the ressoerts close by I believe thisbis the bestvone:Bungalows do not stand too close and the beach is stunning.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2014

We stayed at Perhentian Islands Resort wih friends in March, 2014. We booked via Booking.com two Deluxe rooms with breakfast. We arrived early morning (8 A.M) with the first boat from Kuala Besut. They were given welcome drink to us. Check in time usually is in the afternoon, but we were waiting only one and half hour, and the rooms were ready.
The rooms was very big, with big bed and big bathroom. We liked it. Every day, if you want, they give you a new towel and complimentary water and coffe/tea.
The breakfast is average with some local food.
The beach is the best in Perhentian. White sandy beach, turquoise water… it’s amazing! There are turtles, fishes, sharks and some corals int he crystal clear water.
In the garden live so many animals, like thomas leaf monkey, monitor lizzard, flying squirrel, squirrel.
All in all, if you like nature and wildlife, this hotel is a good choice for you.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bandung,Indonesia
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515 reviews
64 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014

Stayed at Perhentian Islands Resort on 18-20 April 2014, booked from Agoda , $ 265 for 2 nights , for 3 people ,with breakfast.
At first we're a bit concerned about the transfer to the resort, , but at the end, we booked all the land transfer (RM 60 per person) and speed boat transfer (RM 70 ) all return trip, from the resort.For 3 persons we paid RM 390.It was easy , and hassle free.Journey from KBR to Kuala Besut took us exactly 1 hour ,and from Kuala Besut to Perhentian Besar Pier was 30 minutes.We have to buy Marine Conservation Tickets for RM 5 per person.Thank you Fika ,and Faz, for replying our emails !
We arrived a bit early to PIR ( about 10- 10.30 am) , and could not go to our room ,because , check in time is should be on 3 pm.Welcome drink was given.
So we leave our backpacks at the front desk , and changed our clothes and went for a swim.On 1 pm , they gave us our room the 321.
Observed that there's a certain time for lunch and dinner, cannot buy food other than the time stated.Buffet lunch is pricey ,RM 55 per person.So we went to neighboring resort for lunch and dinner throughout our stay.Glad that we found them !
The beach in front of the resort , is obviously the best beach in Perhentian Besar ,white sandy beach ,turquoise water , variety of marine life can be seen , just merely several metres from the beach.Further , you can snorkel among live corals , water visibility was quite good.In fact ,we saw a Moray Eel with just snorkeling here ! The best and only spot for Turtle Watching is on the sea, right in front of the hotel.We spot 2 big turtles over here.
A dive shop , located near the boat pier , they arrange snorkeling trips 2 times a day , on 10 am and 2 pm. A trip to Shark Point is a must !! We saw and swim with several harmless Black Tip Sharks.Thank you David , we had such a good time with you !
This resort have many interesting creatures can be seen , we saw a lot of Squirrels , Flying Squirrels, Bats , and 2 Huge Water Monitor Lizards , on a pond next to the swimming pool.
In the morning , we saw families of black monkeys behind our bungalow ! Please PIR, preserve these animals, its a nice surprise we could see them ,a very nice addition to your resort.
No complain about our room , complete bathroom amenites,except toothbrush, hot water is working , AC is great , beds are comfy ,spacious, quite clean.
There's a small fridge but no TV nor a safe deposit box, we have to put our valuables , on the front desk.3 bottles of water were a compliment ,daily.Delicious breakfast.Friendly staffs.
For the price we paid , we liked what we got from it.Would we come back ? Its a definite Yes ! The food might be better if served a la Carte ,serve food all the time ,not in hourly basis.

Room Tip: Ocean view would be nicer..
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Perhentian Island Resort
Address: | Daerah Besut, Pulau Perhentian Besar 22200, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Terengganu > Pulau Perhentian Besar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Pulau Perhentian Besar
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Pulau Perhentian Besar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Perhentian Island Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 106
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perhentian Island Resort is an ideal beach resort for a leisurely family vacation in Malaysia. Surrounded by lush greenery, facing white sandy beaches and a warm blue sea, Perhentian Island is a holiday paradise not to be missed. Perhentian Island, or Pulau Perhentian as the locals call it, is well known as a marine paradise and forms a parts of the National Marine Park of Malaysia. In the surrounding areas of Perhentian Island Resort, you will find many things to see and do. Take a jungle trek up the hills under a canopy of large trees, and you might see wild magpies, giant fruit bats or the Nicobar pigeon. Perhentian Island lies along the flight path of this migratory bird. You might also see the harmless monitor lizard or even the unique lutong monkey species. The nearest jungle trail is less than 100 metres away from our resort. Or gather your family and head to the inviting sea for a swim. For those who enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving, the Resort is strategically located, fronting a coral-rich bay. The marine ecosystem of this area is well documented and held in high regards by snorkellers and scuba divers. If you come between June and September, you might get lucky and see giant green turtles laying eggs along the beach. Enjoy your next family holiday at this paradise beach resort, where reality is like a dream. ... more   less 
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