Okay, so when you rock up to an island like Perhenthian Kecil, you need to be aware that you're not headed to a plush beach resort - pretty much ALL of the accommodation on the little island is basic. So although this review is average, I'd still recommend Maya as one of the better options on the island (and believe me, we looked at them all!)
Maya have 2 different chalet options - garden chalets at RM 60 or beach front at RM 80. We opted for one of the four beach front ones available and those would be my recommendation if you're going to be staying there. The room itself isn't amazing so the balcony and the view make up for it.
Inside the chalet is pretty small - a bed, a dresser, a fan and an attached bathroom with cold shower. It has wooden floors which is good for brushing out the sand and a pretty big balcony with views of the beach and the jetty. You'll be able to watch an amazing sunset from your balcony. There is a back door and also a front door with additional front sliding doors so it's easy to keep the room cool by opening these and letting the sea breeze blow through the room. We had the doors open most of the time and had no trouble with bugs or mozzies - always a good idea to burn some mozzie coils though (which we did).
Downsides of the room? It could have been a little cleaner. On the surface everything was clean - the bed linen was good and the toilet of a clean enough standard but as I was tucking in my mozzie net I noticed loads of dust and cobwebs on the wooden bed frame headboard. Probably the most annoying thing was the bathroom floor which didn't run on a slope meaning the water puddled after a shower and took ages to drain away (not so nice going to the loo and having to step in puddles of cold water).
Overall though, it was decent enough and as I said it's one of the better budget accommodations on the island. We'd have happily stayed there longer but availability came up at another newer and cheaper resort we'd already stayed at so we headed back there after 4 nights at Maya.
They also run a snorkelling trip which is fantastic, but I'm going to leave a separate review for that as it deserves 5 stars!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Maya Resort. Beautiful central location on Coral Bay, the 'Sunset side' of Perhentian Kecil. Four beach-front rooms, plus eight rooms fringing tranquil, half acre garden. All en-suite and fan cooled. 'Nightlife' of Long Beach just 10 minutes walk away. Nearby restaurants serving fresh BBQ fish plus local / western dishes. Adjacent Dive resorts with full range of PADI courses. Or there's snorkeling, boat trips, volleyball, jungle walks, reading, sunbathing...zzzz! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Maya Guesthouse Hotel Pulau Perhentian Kecil
- Maya Beach Hotel