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“More like a $6 guesthouse in India rather than a $45 resort in the Perhentians”

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Watercolours Resort & Dive Centre
Melbourne, Australia
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“More like a $6 guesthouse in India rather than a $45 resort in the Perhentians”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

After backpacking for many years around the world we decided to pay a little more for comfort travelling with a toddler. The accomodation was nowhere near the standard it should have been for the price. It resembled a lot of the cheapest rooms we could find in India. Some staff were overly friendly while others had no customer service skills whatsoever. Restaurant food was good but very slow and sometimes never turned up (very annoying when you have an early morning dive and want to eat first!).

  • Stayed August 2013
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

We stayed at Watercolours for 2 nights and changed to Mama's (next door) for 3 more nights. Mama's was definitely the better choice. Although the staff at Watercolours was really nice and helpful, we found the rooms to be quite dark, simple, a bit dirty and overprized (at Mama's we paid half the price for a nicer chalet (both garden view)).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

We were in watercolours for 3 days. The staff were friendly and the restaurant food was good. I would give the BBQ dinner a thumbs up.
The chalets were very rundown. Rooms were clean, not smelly and very basic. No hot shower and bathroom doors not working. Good water pressure but bad drainage.
The dive equipments were well maintained at the dive centre. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Our dive master, Lee is a shy guy and was very patient with us. Keep up the good work!
Overall we enjoyed out trip very much and we will be back.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Malaysia
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Is suit to backpacked/diver to stay, affordable price of room and well service in diving!
Room has no hot water and no plug. dissapointed can't dry my hair after shower. Bathroom no lock also. Overall of cleanliness is good.
but a lot of mosquito at evening in perhentian, is better to bring some prevention along.
Fun dive is lead by Azam, funny guy! well take care of team member, and provide some additional tips to diver especially for begginer. Very clear explanation before went to dive spot: what will see at the spot, what should take note, hazardous fish and so on.
Excellent diving with Azam

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Room sucks. Ants everywhere... No hot water and moldy walls and bathroom. The bed was good as solid. But actually, after treated ants problem, it didn't matter so much as we only go back to a room to sleep. The rooster will wake you up every morning. This place is good for people on bear-foot for 24 hours. Don't look for plug points in your room. You must charge it at the reception!! If you want your room to be clean(no housekeeping during your stay), you need to ask receptionist and leave your room key to them. Once it is done, wow, you will love a room although it is run down:) Diving center staff were very friendly and they have good equipments. Special thanks to Sabrina, Nazran and boat boys who works all day for divers. Nice snacks after diving and a cup of tea! Food and drinks at restaurant are great! They can BBQ for you in your style~! One missing thing was beers.... You need to go to a neighbor (Chinese restaurant) to enjoy it. Well, if you are divers, this is the place you should go.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

Stayed on a package deal with diving, it's a phenomenal value. The service at the front desk and dive shop is great, their Malaysian employees are so kind and friendly. The room was a bit shabby, the curtains were moldy, the pillows were rocks, and it was a bit hard to control the ac. But the room isn't too important, you should be diving or at the beach!

Would certainly stay again on a dive package. If you're diving, make sure you have Nazran as a guide, he's awesome!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Vence, France
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

I've stayed in a lot of places on Perenthian Islands but this one was my favourite: the staff was very nice and friendly, the room was ok but I didn't spend much time in it as I was there for diving. The diving centre that is just nearby is great: friendly and helpful instructors and DM, nice cake to get some energy post dives, beautiful dive spots.
They offer packages including everything so on the whole, you can have a great stay for a quite low budget.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Watercolours Resort & Dive Centre
Address: Lot 136 Sebarang Genting, Pulau Perhentian Besar 22300, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Terengganu > Pulau Perhentian Besar
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant
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#6 On the Beach Hotel in Pulau Perhentian Besar
Hotel Class:3 star — Watercolours Resort & Dive Centre 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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Watercolours Impiani Resort & Restaurant Hotel Pulau Perhentian Kecil
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