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Coral View Island Resort
Reviewed May 21, 2013

We stayed there 13 nights and enjoyed our stay. The location of the hotel is just perfect between 2 beaches. One of them has a reef directly in front so you can see a lot of different fishes. The turtles are not far away neither (they live in front of the PIR). Staff was always very helpful and friendly. The transport from the mainland worked well.
First we stayed in a Deluxe Garden View room. It was nice, they change towels and bed sheets every day. Air con and fan worked well. Make sure to bring mosquito repellent if you want to be outside in the late afternoon/evening. After a few days we changed to a Deluxe Sea view, and it was definitely worth it! They are directly at the beach, you get a nice fresh breeze from the sea and you have a bigger veranda with two sunbeds. We loved it!
Food: We tried all the restaurants on the island, and we think that the breakfast buffet in Coral View definitely isn´t worth it, try Mamas instead. Snacks and dinner are a little pricier in Coral View, but the service is better too. For BBQ I would recommend one of the others (Mamas, Watercolours) as they serve the same dishes for less money.

Room Tip: Deluxe Sea View is really worth it!
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

The best place to stay on the islands, we decided for the last few nights we would upgrade and get a deluxe beach villa - we were so glad we did! The sea and beach were 20 feet from our veranda and the view was amazing.

The room was massive, with a single and king size, the fan and aircon worked really well, and we had some nice sofa chairs to relax in. The room was clean, tidy and I loved the wood work that has been done inside as well. Again no mosquito net and nowhere to hang it up, but we were away from the jungle so it was ok. The food in the restaurant is excellent, although the BBQ is not as good value as on the small island on Coral Beach.

if we go back will definitley be staying here again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Gareth L
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Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

Having read some reviews about deluxe garden view rooms, I think it's definitely worth paying the extra RM10 for a deluxe beach view. Our view was amazing and we could dry clothes etc on our balcony as we had sun all day. I agree with other reviews that the service was a bit mixed as it kind of depends who is serving you. The towels and sheets do need updating. The value for money though (by European standards) is excellent and my boyfriend & I had a very memorable stay at Coral View.

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1  Thank JessicaSmith1982
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

After the variety of reviews on the 'net and TA we were a little unsure on what the accoms would be like here and at Redang (Redang Beach Resort).

Well, we got to breathe easy as both were fine and fit the bill perfectly.

We stayed in the most expensive chalets at Coral View: our friends stayed in Deluxe Seaview Chalet # 317 and hubby and I stayed in the Family Deluxe Seaview Chalet #212. Neither are what we would call 'Deluxe' but both were kept clean enough, serviced daily and in an ideal location.

Both have:
- good working air con (a little noisy but not too so, although hubby said they need a 'good clean out' after going and inspecting the outside unit)
- fans
- mini fridge that kept everything really cold
- good hot water pressure
- few steps to being in the water
- both cleaned daily and sheets and towels changed daily
- both have a large, airy drying rack outside on porch for drying clothes
- both have taps outside porches for washing feet, etc.
- both have personal bins with lids directly outside porches

Differences between the 'family deluxe seaview' (FDS) and 'deluxe seaview' (DS):
- FDS had queen bed and single bed; DS a queen bed
- FDS had 4 chairs and small table on balcony; DS has 2 chairs, small table and 2 lovely reclining lounges on a larger porch area
- FDS has clear windows facing out to beach; DS has frosted glass
- FDS has a good working fan mounted high on wall and has 3 speeds which can be set to fixed direction or oscillating across bed and table/chairs area; DS had a benchtop fan only
- FDS had a spare powerpoint over near the desk area; DS had no spare powerpoint but this was gotten around by unplugging the fan
- FDS had a larger bathroom but not so much that it makes a huge difference (may be handier if more than two of your sharing the room). FDS shower head was also up higher on the wall which made for better hair washing.
- FDS sits on a lovely stretch of white, soft sand (few bits of coral here and there but nothing you need shoes for) with a few hammocks and wooden beach recliners under umbrella's in front of it amongst the palm trees looking across at jungle of Kecil and the village a little more south. Very pretty and literally 30 steps or so and you are in the warm clear water (31C water in late April - hubby had his dive watch on and was telling us the temp everywhere). Need to watch some of the boats coming in though; esp if you had little kiddies with you.
- SD sits on a lovely stretch of coral beach with pretty good snorkeling and a great sunset view and lovely view over the Perhentian Island Resort (PIR) beach (superb white powder soft sand beach). So view best from SD.
- FDS is closest to restaurant but only 10 seconds further walk to SD ones; SD rooms closer to dive shop and to the wooden walkway that takes you to PIR (plus nice view of this beach).
-FDS had more lights and brighter; SD was dimmer (but did have mosquito net across part of room near bed which made it look more romantic overall).

There is a dive shop, snorkel shop, souvenir shop and small convenience store onsite.

Free WiFi in the lobby which works okay (sometimes a little slow but overall did the job).

A small bookswap table near reception.

Snorkeling out around the rocky headpoint of the two adjoining beaches sees regular small sharks (not harmful) and these were sighted everytime one of us snorkeled.

We encountered one trigger fish (attack if protecting their nest in a sandy area) but this one didn't have a shot at any of us so presumably not nesting.

Snorkeling is okay directly in front of the Deluxe Seaview chalets; some coral dead but others growing. Some small black/white wish sometimes nipped our legs when entering or leaving water which the first time gave us a fright. Hubby said to stop the whinging and just get in and just look out for the trigger fish instead. Once swimming these little black things didn't bother you (I think they see your legs and think you are going to feed them bread like so many people do at the waters edge).

Walking across the wooden walkway to the jetty and the PIR beach finds you amongst lovely palm trees, really powder soft white sand and azure blue waters. Swim out in the middle to about level with the jetty's end or a bit beyond (esp about 30 or 40 feet in front of the jetty) and you will see the majesty and gracefulness of about 3 or 4 big turtles. They feed on this small green algae that is out further down on the seabed (in water that you cannot stand in - all the water where you can stand is just powdery sand bottom) and they lazily graze then every 15 mins or so glide to the surface for air next to you. AMAZING SITE.

We saw these turtles EVERY SINGLE DAY AND TIME that we snorkeled this part of the beach.

Further along to end of PIR beach and rocky end is really good snorkeling amongst colourful fish and again a mix of dead and live corals.

Food at Coral View was fine (some meals really great; others okay). The large fresh juices were enormous and superb.

Beer, wine, vodka and the local jungle juice could be purchased both at tables and to take away at the Reef Resort's bar next door. 1 large Heinekin beer RM15, 1 glass white or red wine RM20, 1 Tiger beer RM10, small packet peanuts RM3.

Watercolours Diving next along the beach which hubby dived with 3 times and said they were a good, pro outfit; both safety and environmentally conscious. He went to The Pinnacles, Police Wreck and another site just up past Romantic beach. They took us 3 snorkelers and dropped us at Romantic beach for 1.5hrs while they went off diving and picked us up on way back which was nice (snorkeling here was pretty okay too but no turtles seen here; then again, no trigger fish either haha). Hubby also dived with Universal Divers down near Tuna Bay to Pinnacles and Sugarwreck (will be in JBR) and also said they were great; boat bigger but bit slower - less cramped and stay out for the 2 dives with a bite to eat in between.

Watercolours Restaurant was brilliant food one night which all came out hot and together with a fantastic waitress called Irene (normally housekeeping staff she told us but she really should be front of house as her personality is terrific) but very ordinary the next night with very average staff and every meal came out separately with long waits between, one meal was wrong entirely and one didn't arrive at all! So the jury is out with it being so hit and miss.

Then Mama's Cafe which we loved the breakfasts at (great omlettes and banana pancakes and a fresh mixed juice here) but their lunch wasn't anything to write home about.

Finally Turtle Divers is the end of the line for this beach (no cafe) and hubby was impressed with their staff and happy with their gear (but didn't end up diving with them this time around).

Can walk 10 mins across pretty easy bush track to get to Cosy Chalets, New Cocohuts, Tuna Bay and Abdul's easy - another 10 min or so walk past them and 5 or 10 minutes further and you are at the bottom of the island at a good snorkel spot called Fish Garden or Teluk K.K Bay. We walked down with our gear from Coral View and hubby caught a water taxi for RM10 to join us after diving one morning. Beautiful walk. Beautiful beaches. Beautiful water.

Electricity was same as for Malaysia so Aussie's need a UK adapter. If you want to run the fan and charge your mobile, etc, you will need to also take a UK to Universal double adapter.

I will put other area's and Kecil island in a JBR as this review is about CVIR and the area directly around it. If (when) we return to the Perhentian's we will definitely stay here again as our 1st choice of accoms (although if you are after a fan/cold water room then the Reef Resort next door had pretty okay accoms right near the beach too and a girl I met was staying at Mama's and her room was very basic but was clean and she was happy with it for the cheap price she paid).

The FDS room cost me ~$90 00 AUD a night; the DS was ~$75 a night.

We'd be more than happy to stay in these lovely simple but very clean and functional chalets right on the sand again anytime and can certainly recommend them.

Room Tip: Family Deluxe Seaview #212 is the closest of the FDS's nearest to the Coral View restaurant and...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

It is very difficult to rate this resort - because it has quite extreme pros and cons.
Let's go from negative to positive:

1) We had one of their most 'luxurious' chalets, and though the airco, the hot shower and all that worked, the interior was very outdated. When we opened a window, the glass fell out. The bathroom was a pain to the eye - as said, it worked but it needs a bit of renovation. The prices do not reflect this properly.

2) The breakfast buffet is very limited and not so good quality. Of course, getting ingredients to the island is making things more expensive, but I feel the resort could offer better.

3) The dinner was actually quite good. I found the service in the evenings quite ok, the best service on this little part of the beach. Based on tripadvisor we also went to the other restaurants, but we found the service chaotic and almost anything on the menu was "sorry, but not today". Later, we found out that the best thing to do is walk over to the bbq, select there a fish and have them grill it for you - you can ditch the menu. Coral Views restaurant was not more expensive, similar quality but service was far more attentive, also to the needs of the children.

4) Stunning location - on one side there is a bay with coral and lots of fishes, crabs. During snorkeling, we even saw a decent sized shark there. A bit further on, walking along the beach, you can find enormous turtles in the sea. On the other side of the resort, there is a more sandy beach with some water taxis and children can play in the sand.

How to weigh all this? Well, as we lived outside all day long, we did not need so much a good quality chalet, and we had a wonderful time enjoying the snorkeling, the views, the island. But I agree with other reviews that prices just seem a bit too much for the offer, and the owner of the resort will have to make some choices: either reduce the prices or renovate fast. This resort should definitely not be the nr 2 resort on the Besar island, as it was when we booked.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

I agree with the latest reviews, this place is overpriced and badly managed. Try others like Tuna bay and Perhentian Island resort, or in the small island, Bubu. I haven't been there but they inspire higher level of service. In details, GOOD: the area and the beach is quite nice, particularly the nearby Turtle point is good to spot turtles. The restaurant is also average/good.
BAD: it's dirty, the towels and bed linens were in a very bad condition, with spots and straps. We had insects, dead and alive all over the room, such as colonies of ants in the bathroom. The room is very dark even during daytime, basically no windows (we were in the deluxe garden view) and towels and swimsuits struggle to get dry for the next day, particularly if it rains. They don't provide or rent towels. Toilet was broken, continously flushing and basin too. There were woodworms eating the front door (with holes and cracks) and other furniture. The furniture itself is old, and not suitable for equator climate. The cushions of the armchairs outside get wet with the first rain and never get dry. So you cannot use them. Anyway it is difficult to sit outside without being eaten by mosquitoes.
The staff hardly speaks English and not always are useful/friendly. Hope you don't go there as the management deserves an empty hotel, I believe it's all due to their greed. For the money we pay, the could spend a little money and at least provide new spotless bed sheets, or some candle anti-insects. or have a more thorough cleaning.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank samesame2011
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Expensive for what you get but we justified that we required a fridge, hot shower and AC is imperative, so we had to pay big bucks for it.
Location on the beach is very good though the chalets are in a rabbit warren all together so personal views are dire, despite the high charge. You'd have to fork out even more for a beach front chalet.
Sheets and towels changed daily however the overall cleanliness of the chalet was not great  (rug full of hairs, mighty splatters all over bathroom, dust covered ridges, fridge was a state  etc)
Food in their restaurant was rotten and horribly over priced,very poor western options, we ate else where. Breakfast buffet is an unbelievable £5 per person!
avoid their shop as everything in it can be purchased cheaper down the beach. Snorkel rent only 5 ringgit two doors down, 10 in the resort, etc.
Wifi is poor and only obtainable at the front desk, it cuts out in the afternoon and after ten.
The resort are extremely unhelpful, make sure you have onward travel info with you as they won't help. No showers after check out, packed meals or bus booking available as you'd expect from s resort. Also is the weather is bad there is literally nothing to do but read books in your chalet. Rather dissappinting.
PROS- the beach is dandy, coral laden and full of sea life including turtles and reef sharks if you're lucky enough to spot them. You don't have to stay there to enjoy the beach!
We took a 10ringit (per person per way)  taxi over to turtle beach, secluded, fluffy white sands and practically by ourselves.

Picking a location on the perhentian islands is a minefield and as we didn't stay else where we can't compare Besar to anywhere else. The beaches surrounding us were very nice, lots of young families and couples like ourselves. I did feel that £50 was far too much money for the level of comfort provided, £30 is what it if worth.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Jalan Besar, Pulau Perhentian Besar 22300, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Terengganu > Pulau Perhentian Besar
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Price Range: $42 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Coral View Island Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
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