My 2 cents:
- The restaurant/accomodation and the dive center are 2 seperate operations, however, e-mails are answered for both by the native english speakers working in the dive center (english skills of the reception staff are poor).
- The accomodation is just terrible, no other adjectives come to mind. I booked a "basic" room with fan for 90RM/night, I got a room in a hot, damp shack, holes is the floor and in the cealing (latter ones elegantly stuffed with TP). The bathroom is _really_small, smelly (and stinks up the whole room), toilet didn't work correctly (bucket for hand-flushing is provided, lol), sink empties to the floor. I had plenty of moskitos (sleeping drenched in DEET can't be healty) and some jungle sized cockroaches in my room, every morning the resort chickens woke me up, seems like they live on the huge mountain (like 3-4m height, 4-5m diameter) of garbage which is stacked right behind my bungalow.
Also: the fan didn't work properly (when set to "3" it just stops), no electrical outlets in the bungalow.
I complained at the reception, the answer of the girl (seriously, half of the staff in high season are students working there) behind the counter was that they are fully booked, if I didn't like it I should move to another resort (also full).
Also: no room service the whole 5 days I stayed, couldn't exchange towels at the reception ("sorry, we no have dry ones").
The restaurant is relatively pricey compared to the neighbourhood, also no alcohol sold there (at the neighbouring restaurant: 9RM/0,33l Carlsberg), be prepared that you'll hear "beef is finished" or "no prawn today, maybe tomorrow" quite often. Service is poor (had to wait 45min for my food to arrive quite often), quality is ok, portions can vary depending on the cook. BBQ in the evenings, slight changes on the dinner menu every day.
Last but not least: the diving center on the premises is well staffed (lots of experienced instructors from all over the world working there), diving is cheap (about 80-90RM/dive) and their equipment good, most is relatively new and well maintained.
- Also Known As:
- Perhentian Paradise Hotel Pulau Perhentian Besar