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Review of Perhentian Tuna Bay Island Resort

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Perhentian Tuna Bay Island Resort
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

Great location, good food and very friendly staff. We were a family with two interconnecting rooms that worked really well. Great snorkelling in front of he hotel and a good choice if you are looking for a relaxing holiay

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

Have you been to Pulau Perhentian? If you haven't you need to schedule a trip ASAP. It is beyond beautiful, white sandy beaches and great coral reef. I particularly love this resort because it is clean and you can snorkel right at their beach to see gorgeous colourful corals! I have stayed here as a couple as well as with child (3yo). The room is spacious and staff is friendly and helpful. You need to pay for WIFI at the lobby. Food is a bit pricey but that's OK since there are a lot of options nearby. I have been here twice and have planned for another trip next year, I'm definitely going to make it a yearly affair. I will stay at tunabay again. That is how much I love the resort!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012 via mobile

What a beautiful place to stay, pehrentian islands gorgeous, Tony the waiter & Ian the cocktail bar man, chefs on the BBQ & the entertaining reception guys really did make our trip one to remember. Food @ tuna bay was AWESOME, we tried a variety of stuff from traditional Malay to salads & burgers- as Tony says it's all good! The margaritas and half bad either. The water is amazing & tuna bay is one of the few places that has sun loungers...only thing that would be a plus is grieves in the rooms! Thanks for making our trip one to remember!

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

I loved the Perhentian, but must say that it is getting crowded there, from Tuna Bay Resort you see the small island and lots of construction there. Resort is quite ok, especially the food is good there and they have house reef with nice corals and tons of fishes (which are not scared of humans and tend to bite you if you get to close:)

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

The beach is beautiful, the house reef has great coral with loads of fish (Barracuda and turtles 10 m from the beach). the children loved the platoons to dive from. Rooms are good and comfortable. Restaurant is excellent with barbaques each night. Food is very reasonable (£4-5 a main dish). Great dive school (Universal) next door. Forest at the back of resort with monkeks regular visitors.

This place is beautiful. Service is excellent and great value

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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brisbane
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65 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

Hi fellow TA travellers , just back from 7 nites at Tuna Bay Perhentian Resort . We booked this resort back in February as TA reviewers had warned us to book early & they were right . I emailed Jimmie ( brother of the owner ) & wanted a superior deluxe sea view chalet & needed to be there on 7th August ( our 30th wedding anniversary ) . We were lucky & got the last one available ( room 3a) , Jimmy was very helpful & answered my many email questions patiently . We booked the taxi & boat transfers through Tuna Bay as it made the whole process easier . On arrival we were shown to our room & we were very impressed with the resort & its location . The superior deluxe sea view chalets ( 5 in total ) are brand new & well worth the extra 50RM over the deluxe beach front chalets - difference is 1) room has a fridge 2) as well as a small verandah with 2 chairs & a table there is a patio in front of each chalet with 2 sun lounges with a great view of the house reef . These chalets are also stand alone so you have no noises from your neighbours . We met their asst manager Michael on the first day who had only joined the resort last month - he was ensuring that each guest was happy with the resort - unfortunately he left the resort days later .. We found the meals to be good value although we only ate dinner there 2 nites as it can get very busy . We had lunch at Nia's Cafe next door nearly every day - loved their shakes & rotis . We enjoyed Tuna Bays house reef but were upset about the number of Tuna Bay guests using fins ( even though there were signs saying NO FINS) I personally spoke to one family ( Chalet 5a ) but they ignored me & continued snorkelling the reef with fins on . Can I remind all TA travellers not to use fins unless diving as otherwise there will be no reefs on Perhentian for us , our children & all future travellers to enjoy .We loved Tuna Bay , had tears in our eyes when we left & would definitely stay there again .

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

We arrived at the Perhentians after an hour long boat ride from Redang (90 MYR/pax). Since we were here around 11:30 as most of the other folks who came from the mainland and check in time isn't before 2 pm we didn't have much to do except eat&drink. Which is kind of smart move on part of the management:)) We were here before we had our kid, 4 years ago and not much has changed from then except for the prices which are not what we are used to in Asia but I guess one cannot expect that they will stay ridiculously low forever right and specially if they are catering mostly for Europeans. Resort has a nice house reef but the beach fades compared to long beach at Perhentian island resort (10 MYR/pax with boat taxi). If you don't mind the walk you can hike your way to the other side, it will take you about 30 minutes to get there but the walk is well worth it. There are also a few dinning places with fine selection of food at a much lower prices than at Tuna. Compered to Tunas beach theirs is a lot nicer, wider with white sand (less dead corals lying around) and crystal clean water.
Rooms are the same as they were at our previous visit which is sadly practiced all over SEA as they only milk the money from tourists and not putting it back in infrastructure because they rely only on their beautiful nature resource as crowd magnet. Food is really overprized here (plain spaghetti 10 MYR, Malay/Asian food as rice, noodles 20MYR which is higher even then at mostly more expecive Redang). And you don't want me to start on western food:). But you can go and eat at Abduls (left from the resort) or New cocohut chalets (right from the resort, behind the Dive school) where food is also good and prices are more affordable. Breakfast was sufficient and you can choose from buffet offer. You also have to try chocolate banana pancake at Nia cafe just left on the beach near to jetty (7 MYR).

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 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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Property: Perhentian Tuna Bay Island Resort
Address: | Perhentian Island, Pulau Perhentian Besar 22300, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Terengganu > Pulau Perhentian Besar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Pulau Perhentian Besar
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Pulau Perhentian Besar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Perhentian Tuna Bay Island Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perhentian Tuna Bay Island Resort is located on the south west coast of Pulau Perhentian Besar (Big Island), a quiet, untouched part of the island surrounded by tropical jungle, on a broad expanse of powdery white sand. The resort commands a breathtaking view of Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Island) and the South China Sea, right on your doorstep. All chalets are just a minute's walk from the beach and are tastefully built with wooden furnish. ... more   less 
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