We had a 3D /2N stay at the resort. The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Tg. Leman jetty took nearly 5 hours. We used the longer route of KL-Kulai-Kota Tinggi-Tg. Leman instead of the shorter route KL-Kluang-Jemaluang-Tg. Leman as advised by the resort operator and also from other sources. There's no other way other than to drive to Tg. Leman jetty for us and the journey seems very far especially when the only option is to use the only trunk road passing through all the FELDA settlements along the way. The road after exiting Kulai interchange to Kota Tinggi is quite bad but from Kota Tinggi to main junction to Tg. Leman (Jalan Jemaluang) is very comfortable. However from the main junction to the jetty, the road is very narrow and unavoidable since it is the only access to the jetty.
The boat/catamaran ride to and from the island was punctual and good handling of the luggage from boading until check-in to our room. Upon arrival, we were welcomed with a welcome song and welcome drinks which was nice. We stayed at Layang-Layang Suite (room 1110) which located in between the lobby/pool area and the beach no.2. The room interior is very nice but a little bit run down. The wooden panel at one of the window was broken and my wife was afraid of any dangerous reptiles that may enter our room through the hole at night. The problem was quickly fixed by the resort after we lodge a complaint. Another incident was when it rained heavily a few hour after we checked in that the plaster ceiling came off. The dirt fell on our bed and again we had to call the front desk to settle the problem. Our room was cleaned up and the bed sheet was changed to a new one later after that. The toilet become smelly every time we flushed out and this could have been better if the resort place a freshener or fragrance in the room and rest room.
We were surprised with crystal clear waters of Sibu Island despite the island is very near to mainland (Catamaran ride just took about 15-20 minutes). The beach is clean, we had picnic at beach no.2 and feeding the coral fish. We took a sunrise walk to beach no. 3 & 4, the route was made also use for jungle trekking which we didn't took part. A lot of dead corals but my daughter definitely had a great time discovering a few marine life along those beach.
We also had fun with the deers, peacocks and chickens roaming free around the resort which some of them even came looking for foods near our room. So we had a really great close encounter experience with these animals. The goats were kept in captivity but we can still interact with them.
Sadly, we were advised not to go for the complimentary snorkeling trip as there were a lot of jelly fish near the snorkeling spot. We were told by one of the staff that the waters are clear from jelly fish normally from June onwards. So we resorted to other facilities like flying fox and archery. We definitely had the island for ourselves because we were at the island at the lapse of re-opening after a French TV production booked the whole island for a month for filming some sort of 'Survivor' reality TV show. The resort was closed down for public during that period. We've seen a few French crews there and were told that they will come back for another filming in September. The crew also built the wooden route to transport their stuff.
The pool is okay and kids pool has slides but slightly broken. Hopefully the resort can take immediate action to resolve it before it hurts anyone.
In overall, it was a great stay, nice beach, cool outdoor activities can be done there, and staffs were very friendly and nice. Definitely come back to this island and hoping the resort management has some plans to improve the resort before it become worst.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sibu Island Resort is Johor’s idyllic island gateway. It is located off the east coast of Mersing, a town in the state of Johor, Malaysia, on the South China Sea. The island presents 3 sandy private beaches and 7 separate small islands.Sibu Island Resort is considerably close to Singapore, since it is only one and a half hours’ drive away from Johor Bahru to reach the Tanjung Leman jetty. From there, the journey to the island is only 30 minutes via a comfortable ferry.Sibu Island Resort is the perfect island resort for relaxing, adventure and corporate teambuilding. It has completed a make-over involving the refurbishment of its 121 deluxe timber chalets surrounded by lush greenery and equipped with well-appointed amenities. Featuring wooden flooring and furnishings, air-conditioned rooms all come with a cable TV and minibar. Some rooms have a balcony. Each bathroom is equipped with shower facilities. Free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and a tennis court are available. There is also a spa and water sports activities.There are no lacks of activities at the resort. Guests can take part in an obstacle course, trek across jungles or go fishing along the coast. Snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking are available at the beach.The open-air Lumba Lumba All Day Dining Restaurant offers international buffet spreads, as well as specially packed picnic baskets. Drinks can be enjoyed at Tenggiri Pool Bar and Suji Lounge.Merak Spa offers all the elements of an out-of-this-world spa experience – calm and relaxing surroundings, serenity of its ambiance, and unparalleled world – class treatments that is set to honor you as our guest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sibu Island Hotel Mersing
- Sibu Island Resort Mersing, Malaysia - Johor