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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Where to Stay in Perhentian Island: Coral View Island Resort

We stayed in Perhentian Besar's Coral View Island Resort. It is located at the north end of Besar's main beach. It is just a 5-minute walk to the popular Perhentian Island Resort which has the nicest white sand beach among all the resorts.

From afar, you can see the thick forest at the back of the resort. I love that jungle and tropical feel at the same time.

approaching  Coral View

It was low-tide when we arrived. Not only that, it is very rocky. Now I know why it is called "Coral View" :) The speed boat couldn't get any more closer to the shore. A small boat approached us and took us to the resort. We asked how much we should pay but the lady said "No, it's for free." Apparently, the resort has a free-pick up service. I've read somewhere that in Kecil, you have to pay for it. So staying in Besar has perks. ;)

resort exterior/front desk

The resort has a very quiet and laid-back atmosphere, very conducive to total relaxation. I liked it instantly. I'm not the beach party animal type.

family deluxe hill view

Checking-in was fast. Considering that it was peak-season and they were entertaining so many guests at the same time. The front desk staff were all nice and helpful.

huge bed

We were actually surprised to be given a big room. It is a Family Suite, located not too far from the reception and the beach.

a few amenities

Every room has a mini-fridge. It is also complete with other necessities such as towels, toilet papers and toiletries.

storage for your stuff

The room is clean. Carpets and rags are a bit worn out but still okay. The lighting is perfect for resting and sleeping.

Deluxe Garden View rooms

They have 10 room types to choose from. Rates varies of course, depending on its view or location.

perfect for nature lovers like me :)

We transferred to another room on our second night. We got a Premium Hill View room. It was smaller but I liked it better. We didn't need big beds anyway, there was just the two of us.

our second room

Everything was the same except the smaller space. But hey, it was cheaper. :)

same amenities

our mini-living room

Another thing I liked here was the view. Yes, it was located farther from the beach and higher in the hill but the view is much more nicer. Walking to and from the beach was like walking in a park.

i love it here! our private balcony on a tree! :)

Every time we walked going to and from the beach we see different animals. We had some monitor lizard, salamander and monkey sightings. It was really like staying in a jungle.

from the top

The resort also has a full-service restaurant that serves both local and Western dishes at an affordable price. Their dishes taste good I must say. Our favorite spot there was outside, right on the beach. Water taxis are also readily available at the resort, so going to the other islands is a breeze.

I highly recommend this to couples, families and even group of friends who likes peace and quiet. This is not for solo travelers because the rate will be too steep for just one person. Those who love to party will also find Besar boring. Find some place in Kecil if you're any of the two.

We had a great time in this resort. It was quite unexpected but we really had a nice time. I, in fact am thinking of coming back here when I go back to Perhentian. :)

Accommodation Information:

Coral View Island Resort
Address: Daerah Besut, Pulau Perhentian Besar 22300 Besut Terengganu, Malaysia
Contact No: +609-6974943
Room Rates: From RM 140 for Premium Standard Fan to RM 550 for Executive Suite Sea View

Accommodation Rating: ♥♥♥

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