I stayed in Arung Hayat with my boyfriend for a week in July 2011, and we really enjoyed the stay.
Sure the room was very basic and not particularly clean, but the owners were nice, the food was fine, and the overall atmosphere of the place was brilliant. Perfect for backpackers.
Don't expect luxury, but look forward to falling asleep listening to the waves right under your bed, enjoying a beautiful sunset, talking walks in the very cute fishing village right outside your door, playing with cute kittens in the common area (at least we got the chance to do that), and just hanging out and relax. Arung Hayat is a very 'local' and 'authentic' experience.
When we first arrived we forgot to ask about lunch hours, but when we got back from the beach too late, the owners quickly made us a nice leftover lunch anyway.
Compared to other places in Malaysia, it's quite expensive, but in comparison to local prices of this area, I think it's about the cheapest it gets.
If we were to go back to Mabul, we would probably stay in Arung Hayat again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Live like a locals with Arung Hayat Homestay!! Located just above the sea water, our guesthouse provide clean, nice and comfortable place for you to stay. The beautiful scenery of pulau mabul with its clear blue sea water will surely amaze you. Since its early years as a guesthouse, Arung Hayat has undergone major renovations and improvement. It begins with a single house with 5 rooms but as our guest increased we extended into 10 rooms but over the years our guest keep knocking at our door hence we decided to built more rooms so today we have total 31 rooms already. (Meals are served 3 times a day with unlimited hot drinks). The long houses are built on stilts overlooking the turquoise waters of the Celebes Sea with a splendid sun set view. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with 3 types selections either fan, Air-conditioned and VIP room. Electricity runs from 6pm to 6am, like in most places on the island. ... more less
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