This is not a 5 star resort and it does not pretend to be. Rooms are 3 star in size, layout and decor, but everything works ! And that includes enough lighting to read at night, while many so called 5 star hotels don't do this properly. Black out curtains also work well and you can sleep during the day. There is No TV in the room, but if you have spent the whole day out, you will sleep early anyway ! All in all room is adequate.
Restaurant is Ok and food is generally good, plentiful and not overpriced. Loved the seafood BBQ at night, fresh eggs and fresh waffles in the morning. They have beer available and will charge you RM 20 for corkage if you bring your own wine. Off course, you can also drink it on the beach while watching sunset ! Much better than other Perhentian resorts that ban alcohollic drinks outright.
Airport pick up was on time, boat transfer was on time and seamless. So yes, a good experience on the hotel side.
The beach at Tuna Bay is good and partially shaded by mature coconut trees - nice after a few hours of sun. The house reef is also very good for snorkelers and safe enough for kids and toddlers playing in the sand. You can walk from Tuna Bay to Coral View and Perhentian Island Resort (15 min forest & beach walk), and find some small restaurants on the way. From Perhentian Island resort you can trek across the island to Pantai Dalam and back to Tuna Bay in about 1 hour; which makes for a nice morning or late afternoon walk.
So all in all a very good experience. Had a package for 2 days and a la carte for 2 days. Package includes some snorkeling trips which were excellent. A la carte gives you more freedom in meals. But both are good.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Perhentian Tuna Bay Island Hotel Pulau Perhentian Besar