Hands down this is the place to go on Pulau Redang if you are looking to relax and enjoy yourself for on a beautiful uncrowded beach, have a quality dive experience with some outstandingly expert yet wickedly funny and fun dive masters, and find yourself be looked after – unobtrusively but professionally – by a team of real great resort managers and staff.
Just over the very small headland separating it from the southmost of the Pasir Panjang Beach resorts (the Laguna Island Resort), the peaceful and nature-centric Redang Kalong is worlds away from the depressing collection of package tour resorts, karaoke and banana boat riding outfits, and low-rent local college kids party places) that, unfortunately, populate pretty much all of Pasir Panjang Beach (something that you should keep in mind while reading the reviews of some of those other places here, as even at the less party-oriented places at the northern end of the beach, the relentlessly blaring pop/rap/disco music from the southern places is loud enough to be heard in all its annoyingness all up and down the entire beach – including, possibly, in your room).
But it’s not just in comparison to those other options that this place is a real standout. The rooms are simple, clean and comfortable (the walls are a little thin and do let in even talking from the adjoining room, but as most people are out of their rooms all day and asleep before 11 pm, this is not really a problem - also, turning on the air con will provide just enough of a hum to drown it out), the 3 buffets and 1 “tea time” each day are all plentiful and as varied as can be expected on an island resort (in addition, there is self-serve coffee, tea, toast, jam, butter, peanut butter, fresh water and juice drink that are available all day free of charge), and the beach itself is a long one – maybe a 20 minute walk from one end to the other – with no other resorts on it (except the remnants of a two other abandoned ones). The water here is crystal clear and great for swimming, though the house reef is a good kick out and just okay when compared to some of the other nearby reefs that you can visit by jumping on one of their two day snorkelling boat excursions, which are also available free of charge.
As alluded to earlier, however, the real standout here though is the friendliness and the professionalism of the staff. The owner is a dive master himself, and the dive outfit that he has assembled here – dive masters and instructors Johan, Liam and Tim – are absolutely top notch: you’ll see the best of whatever there is to see on a given day, as well as learn at least one new useful diving tip for technique improvement on virtually every dive. (This was my experience, anyway, because there’s still so much I have to learn – but I could tell that the far more experienced divers on the dives also felt that the dive masters here were a cut above the norm). There are at least two morning dives and one afternoon dive every day, plus night dives, discovery dives, courses, etc when wanted. In my four full days there, I did 10 dives. A girl who left the day after I arrived had just done 26. Get the feeling that its fun to dive here?
Back on land, the resort staff are as friendly and as super-competent as the dive staff: everyone seems to have incorporated the dive master mentality of being on the lookout for anything out of place, and of then taking steps to set things right before they become problems. And no one embodied this principle more so than the super-sweet and always on top of everything Angelin, who makes what must be a very complicated and demanding job look both effortless and fun.
All the staff were really great to me, and I cannot imagine staying anywhere else on Pulau Redang after staying at the Redang Kalong
- Also Known As:
- Redang Kalong Hotel Pulau Redang