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Manukan Island Resort
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

We had one of the best holidays here.
Initially I was a bit put off by old-looking bathroom and crowds during day times. I got used to it and didn't mind these at all. Crowds didn't show up until 10am and left most of the time around 4pm.
Snorkeling was best before the breakfast and before the crowds came in. Maybe we were luckily, but the water was very clear for 2 days in early hours, and we could see a lot of fish.
The island gets really quiet without the crowds, and it is possible to enjoy silence early in the morning, later in the evening.
The sunrise and sunsets were stunning, again one of the best. I won't forget the colors. In order to see the sunset it is better to leave 30-40 mins early.On the way back, have your torch ready and watch out for snakes and mice.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner: Basic but plenty of food. We were really full.
The hotel is going through a transformation, and we wish they go the right direction by not destroying the nature and damaging the delicate ecosystem of the island.
The best thing about the hotel is the staff. They were really friendly, attentive and helpful. In the restaurant Chris, Ronney and Vivian ran a great service. Ronney is the guy you can have a nice chat with about anything, and he is the guy you can consult on various activities.
Actually I had an unfortunate accident. I sprained my ankle very badly. Chris and the rest of the staff went and beyond to get the first aid done in the hotel, then they arranged a transfer to a local hospital in K.K. Chris even stayed with us in the hospital until the treatment was done. Thanks to them I could spend the night in relatively less pain.
Overall we had great time. The time we had in Manukan will remain with us for a long time.

Room Tip: Two-floor rooms can be ideal for families.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

This island allows day trippers which means that (particularly on Fridays) the island fills up with hoards and hoards of loud Chinese tourists. Not exactly relaxing. The food served is mediocre at best, the breakfast paltry. The chalets are ok but the bathroom was filthy with black mould between all the tiles and the edges of all the rooms were full of old dirt and sand. For a fairly expensive resort this really didn't offer the level of luxury and relaxation expected. Also despite advertising to the contrary there are no spa treatments available on this island.
Regards the island itself, it's nice enough - white sand and nice water but good luck finding a sun lounger or a square foot of free sand amongst all of the day trippers to enjoy it.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

The resort is pleasant with very friendly and attentive staff. Unlike the previous reviewer, I did not find the beaches dirty. Reasonable food and well supplied rooms. Swimming towels are provided. Good swimming pool for resort guests only near restaurants and bar. Various water sports activities available such a parasailing, scuba-doo etc. Snorkelling was ordinary, and vastly improved by a day trip to nearby islands. Restaurant and bar prices are higher than the mainland, but not excessive. There is a cheaper food and drinks option from a shop open until 5pm in the resort. Lots of day trippers on Fridays and Saturdays from the mainland so avoid these days if you can. Most are gone by 5pm though and peace settles in. Overall, had a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2014 via mobile

We were advised to go to Manukan island as the most popular. The beach is very dirty and the sea as well. There are a lot of rubbish in the water. Very disappointed, don't go there! I don't understand why should we pay money on arrival, what for? It doesn't worth your money and time! :((((((((((((((((((((((((((

Stayed: February 2014
3  Thank AyJana
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a lifeguard (Alex) who volunteered to take us for a snorkel trip. It was indeeed amazing to get the close up view of under the sea scene! Spectacular view. Putting me in awe all over again. Alex even brought us for another tour without the life jacket, as it could be an amazing experience and even assure us that he will keep us safe! It was really great and I had fun time adventuring. The tour could be more exciting but we stopped halfway because I felt weak; too much energy channelled out in the morning for the scuba dive. Haha. Yet, I will definitely come again for another snorkel tour to Manukan and savour each moment! Manukan island is absolutely a great paradise to escape from the busy-city life!

Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

When you read some of the reviews you might think that they have been to another place entirely! This was a really nice place to relax. Excellent food and really friendly staff. Of course there are a lot of people on the public beach, but as a hotel guest you have your own part of the beach, and after 5 oclock; total silence. The only "problem" was a shortage of wine, probably due to all the day-time company guests.You can even borrow flashlights for the sunset walk. I can only assume that all the negative reviews are from people who only has been here during the day.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

We had a two story villa with two queen sized beds and two bathrooms, an old school CRT TV with astro.. And that was the best part of the trip! But massively overpriced.. The Perahu Restaurant is a massive joke with its RM20 mee goreng and terrible service.

In particular one server, Feris, was the grumpiest person you'd meet! Exorbitant and unfortunate. Crowds were huge and started swelling as early as 830 am. Trash is everywhere and there seems to be no limit to the greed of the people running the island.. There were just too many people! And absolutely terrible facilities for the public. As always.. Any island in Malaysia that gets big 'resorts' tend to ruin the island.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Lot G15, Wisma Sabah Ground Floor, Manukan Island 88000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Manukan Island
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Manukan Island
Price Range: £149 - £302 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Manukan Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Manukan Island Resort is located just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and provides an island getaway with luxurious accommodation options. A mere 10 minutes by boat from the city of Kota Kinabalu, Manukan island is the second largest island of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine National Park and provides an idyllic option for island accommodation in Malaysia. ... more   less 
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