I liked the look of the place at first, being a little more secluded and away from the hustle and bustle of town. However it turns out I was nearly the only guest staying there for a couple of nights, so that somewhat skewed my experience and made it feel a little like the start of a horror movie.
While the staff did their best to make me feel at home, at times their hospitality was nearly suffocating (3 hugs on check-in, telling you their room number twice and leaving a general feeling of being alone on an island with a creepy stalker). Certain staff need to understand when to stop. That said this was a singular incident and I have the highest respect for all other staff for working under the conditions of what appears to be a hotel going downhill fast.
The choices with regard to the restaurant on site are not at all pleasing. There seemed to be about 5-6 different dinner mains, and they only ever had lychee or soyabean soft drinks.
Overall the room itself was huge, and was relatively clean (bathroom could have done with a bit more of a scrub), however you get what you pay for and I didn't end up paying that much.
The boat trips to the island are a good bit of fun, however this can be a bit time consuming should you miss the boat and there can be a fair few hours in between.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful tropical island set amidst virgin jungle, Pulau Jerejak is every nature lover's dream come true! Coupled with her rich historical background, a holiday here promises to be refreshingly different.Relics and artifacts share a home with the rich flora and fauna of this island.Get ready for an adventure as you step into one of the few remaining rainforests of Malaysia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jerejak Rainforest Hotel Bayan Lepas
- Jerejak Hotel Penang
- Jerejak Rainforest Resort Penang/Bayan Lepas