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“Beautiful & Clean Island, Resort A Little Bit Run Down”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Sibu Island Resort

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Sibu Island Resort
Ranked #10 of 12 Hotels in Mersing
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Beautiful & Clean Island, Resort A Little Bit Run Down”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

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.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

Four Malaysian adults on 3D/2N stay in mid April 2014

Pros:-
- punctual catamaran ride to and fro island
- bags were carried to room
- beaches are around the island
- clean room
- food is alright
- deers, peacock, chicken and turkeys roaming freely
- close encounter with goats
- good varieties of activities
- experienced, friendly and informative staff handling archery and jungle trekking
- good view around the area after a challenging trek

Cons:-
- poor coordination among staffs, inefficient and lack attentiveness
- a staff told us to wait till 9pm for moonlight walk but never came
- you need to ask for anything
- Sibu Kukus Island - speechless, not with the RM50/pax paid for "snorkeling trip" here, but the dying marine life (almost all gone...), a lot of jelly fish in the sea, beach is very dirty with plastics, styrofoams etc. in sight
- beaches 2 and 4 at Sibu Tengah are very dirty, including the mangroves.

Very sad that the marine life around Pulau Sibu is dying...

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

Transport from SG-Tg Leman Jetty:
Call up the resort and they will provide a mini van for you. It costs about 200RM for 2 persons (return), from Newton Hawker (Outram option no longer in place) and it takes about 2 hours to Tg Leman Jetty. There are breaks in between so don't forget to change your Ringgits. Do remember small changes as you'll need them for your toilet breaks.

Jetty-Sibu Island Resort:
At jetty you'll have to fill in your particulars at the counter, not forgetting to pay levies for their island charges. That you'll have to set aside around 40-50RM per pax. It is for the Marine life if you're asking about the levy. Hop on the small ferry and it will lead you to their beautiful waters surrounding the island.

Resort:
It was very laid back, with goats, peacocks and deers running around. Don't expect too much for cleanliness. Beach was okay as water was getting more used and commercialized. Suffice for 2D1N. For team retreats they have activities for bonding, and most people there go for water sports. Work or school sports team retreats are also recommended. Stayed in the cheapest available room as I bought this on DEAL, only breakfast is provided for the next day. Room was located on the highest, sort of on a hill. Be prepared to climb and sweat throughout this vacay with your loved one.

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Bringing cash is good, but do bring along your cards for meals at the resort. They only have one restaurant there. So I recommend AMEX/UOB/StandChart as they had discounts for the meals. You can try Maybank too but if I'm wrong just the 3 above. Swipe for discounts!

Activities:
Mostly free but you would have to take your own initiative to see if there's people there to assist. Snorkeling was free in our package but they didn't make it readily available to us. We had to take the gears from some kids who were playing by the beach. Archery was also free but do note their schedules as it's only certain hours of the day. Deer/goat feeding was also available at your own risk.

I would recommend this only if your partner is okay being closer to nature, as your rooms are cabins, small and peacocks just at your doorstep. I would not recommend any longer a stay than 1 night. You wouldn't have much else to do.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Taiping, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

We got our welcoming drinks upon arrival and the staffs offer to help to transfer our luggage to the jetty upon our departure. The beaches are clean and the water is crystal clear. We went for flying fox, snorkeling and we also watched the sunset and the sunrise.

Although it's just a 2 days trip, we did enjoy ourselves very much. the water is much more cleaner compared to the Langkawi's. And there's so much land activities you can do there.

One more thing that I like about this resort is that you can see deers, chickens, and peacocks wander around the resorts!

You'll be amazed by how clear the water is. One of the best beaches I ever seen.

One important tip: Never go to the Mersing Terminal, Mersing Terminal is only for Redang Island, go to Tanjung Leman instead if you are heading to Sibu Island. Ferry departs daily at 11:30am and 4:00pm from T.Leman to Sibu Island.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

We went there from Singapore for a weekend getaway. We went through discovery tours, SG. A mini van dropped us at Tanjong Lemun. We took a ferry from there to this island. From Johor Bahru, the ferry terminal is about 2hrs drive. And from the Ferry terminal the Sibu island resort is about 35 mts.
The resort is quite big with a mini zoo that had goats, deers (spotted, grey), turkeys, poultry. A swimming pool that's not quite big. It could have been maintained better as we spotted some 2-3 big beetles dead & floating on the water.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner had a buffet. There were pizzas on the offering from A-la carte.
One of our friends was a vegetaria and the staff quickly spotted this and made freshly cooked vegetables along with a vegetable curry. Both dishes were great. For the lunch, they repeated it with a vegetable fried rice. Nice gesture from the staff at the dining area.
The hotel rooms were like cottages. Old & just okay. Air conditioners were not working 100% well. But the rooms had a TV & quite a few good channels to catch up with. The mini bar was empty though.However, we could not call the reception as neither the handsets reflected the numbers to dial in nor there were any guides who reflected the numbers to dial.
The staff at the reception were friendly. The club room translates into a karoake room by 9pm. No bar service though.
Internet service was very weak at the room. Its a relaxing place; agreed. However, to check some weather details, etc, internet is neeeded. The internet at the room is very bad. Almost non-existent. At the reception, it was marginally better.
There are 3 beaches but two of them are close by & in the surroundings of the resort. (Beach 1 and Beach 2). Beach 2 is smaller but more cozier. Thats the place where snorkeling is done. Not many varieties of marine life or corals but still the snorkeling was fun.
Island hopping tour, banana boat ride, etc are separate activities that can be availed on payment of additional charges.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2014 via mobile

We had a 3 day 2 night stay at the resort, with meals. Transfer by ferry was smooth and timely. The return was also punctual. When we arrived, we were greeted with singing and a welcome drink.

The check-in was quick and staff were friendly. Our initial room was a superior room which was cosy and nicely sized. However the air con was noisy. We asked for a change and were given a partial sea-facing deluxe room, which had a balcony.

The room had basic amenities like TV, kettle, mini fridge and a safe. There were 2 beds, one double and one single, and also a couch. But we noticed that the room had no been maintained too well. There were stains everywhere - beddings, tables, toilets. And beddings had a strong musky smell. Otherwise, we were quite comfortable.

Food was buffet style and was not too bad. There was always more than sufficient amount, and a big enough variety. Dessert was average though, and beverages were weak. Staff at the restaurant were friendly but seem to lack initiative. We had to ask for water and utensils, almost too often.

There was a small pool just outside the restaurant, and during dinners, there was live singing.

What I enjoyed most was having free roaming creatures around the premises of the resort. There are deer, peacocks, goats walking freely around the resort and the huge patch of land in front of the resort. There is also an enclosure, with chickens and turkeys. We really had a good time watching the animals in their natural state.

What was disappointing though, were the lack of activities we had wanted to get involved in. We wanted to go offshore snorkeling but were told there were insufficient people to form a group and even then, we could only go to one spot. The staff suggested we do some snorkeling at the beaches near the resort and when we tried, we hardly saw anything - not even dead corals.
Kayaking was also not offered and so was not banana boat.

We think that this resort will be more suitable for families with children and also those who just want to chill out, and enjoy resort life. As for us, we will prefer to be where the activities are.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014 via mobile

Spent Chinese New Year here with the family
Highly recommended family getaway, really friendly staff and complete relaxation in lovely surroundings
Basic rooms but absolutely fine an very comfortable.
Buffet food was plentiful and very tasty.
All in all very satisfied with our stay, the resort organisation and quality of food and staff very good
Will definitely recommend and return....

Stayed February 2014
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Property: Sibu Island Resort
Address: Pulau Sibu Tengah | PO Box 81, Mersing 81900, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Johor > Mersing District > Mersing
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #10 of 12 Hotels in Mersing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 121
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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