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“Relaxing paradise”
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Rawa Island Resort
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Mersing
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

There is many foreigner from western country , very suitable for family and kids to come for holidays, there is water park beside sea side. We had all day buffet and very satisfy with the food. Staff are friendly.

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Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

Travelled with family and friends for a short weekday stay for 2 nights. Stunning island and accommodation excellent. We had Frangipani Villas which were right up the other end of the resort so we had a private beach and did not suffer from any of the noise mentioned by others. Staff were very helpful and help make the resort what it is. Food is buffet style - very good to be honest. Coffee could be better if I were being picky. Snorkeling very good with plenty of fish and coral to see. It is a family location so don't go expecting peace and quiet on the main beach. We will return.
Check your bill carefully before departure (you actually settle your account at the Mersing Office) as some others chits got swept up in our total. Rectified without any issue.

Room Tip: Frangipani Villas nice and quiet.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank brillinsing
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Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

The island is magic. Very nice beach and also actually very nice view. The hotel infrastructure is not in a good shape and some things like running warm water I would except at this price.
Staff is friendly
Food is ok and tasty but clearly not very special. So little local dishes but the normal "European Family all you can grab and eat stuff".
Annoying is that at the beach there are almost no chairs but a poor old dog who vomits everywhere.

Stayed: April 2014
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

This could just be the best short getaway destination from Singapore, depending on what you are looking for. It is basically one resort split into two - backpacker and more upmarket. We stayed in the the backpacker dorms which were basic but adequate. The beach is amazing and you can do as little or as much as you want. You can paddle round the island, play on the slides, fish, swim, snorkel...or do absolutely nothing! At night the more upmarket resort pretty much shuts down as far as I could see but that's when the party starts on the backpacker side. And a good party it is too! I can't say how much the noise affects the resort next door but I do know we had an amazing weekend! I will definitely be back.

Room Tip: If you want a relaxing time, you know which part to go to!!
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

This is a pristine beach, unspoiled compared to most other islands. The food is good and staff are friendly and helpful. The only things I wasn't happy about was our hillside room which was tiny and the bathroom which really could use some renovating. Having said that, the room condition only bothered me coz I had my 14 month old baby with us, and we spent most of our time outdoors on the breezy deck, lovely white sand or out in the clear blue sea.
My recommendation is if yo're travelling with kids, spend money getting the beach front rooms which are must more spacious. All in all we had a lovely time and would definitely return!

Room Tip: Get the bigger room.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

I wouldn't say the accomodation was terrible but neither is it fantastic/luxrious. I stayed at room 65 Waterfront Bungalow for 2D1N on 22 March to 23 March 2014. Despite paying approximately SGD300/pax/night, dont expect too much from the resort itself. Its very basic accommodation tho the scenic view. The bed is clean, shower has no hot water, aircon was not cold. But the entire bungalow has full length windows which means if you do not close the curtains, the sea is right infront of you just beside your private patio. The room has no tv and phone so its very much a place away from technology, but that would also mean that if you needed any help or etc when you're in the room, the only thing you could do is walk back to the main lobby. Free wifi is provided at reception and dining area.

The beach is fantastic and it has slides. Snorkeling is not too bad, you could see many corals, nemo fish and some other small fishes. The sand is soft and water is extremely clear. You'll love this place if you truly love the beach! Which I really do. The beach could make up all the imperfection of the room itself & I would have to say I really love Rawa.

A speedboat would pick you up from Rawa office @ Mersing jetty & its only less then 30mins ride to reach Rawa. Food is included in the package and its good. On Saturdays, they provide BBQ as well ;) However you'll have to sneak some own soft drinks/snacks/food else a can of coke is about SGD5.

In Rawa Island Safaris Resort massage is available there. You could also do kayaking, table soccer, island hopping, fishing, trekking to hill top (took me about 30 mins to reach the top). Sunset there is amazing.

The island itself is rather small & Awang Rawa is just located beside Rawa Island Safaris Resort.

In conclusion, I still love this trip & Rawa Island. Just lower your expectation on the accomodation. Its not a luxurious stay but still acceptable. Food & service level is good too. On top of that, its a rather good getaway from Singapore over the short weekend since its just approximately 3 to 4 hours drive (incl custom clearance) from Singapore to Mersing jetty.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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7  Thank jasmine6868
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

it was a good experience except that the island is too small. but the beach was 5 star [it was the main reason we came hear]. we are going hear again. because i went snorkelling and i could see tones of colourful and beautiful fish see you soon...

Room Tip: near the beach.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Tourist Centre, Mersing 86800, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Johor > Mersing District > Mersing
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites
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Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Mersing
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Rawa Island Resort, an idyllic tropical island for guests to unwind from the stress and strain of modern life. Feel the grains of white, sun-baked sand between your toes as you stroll along the beach. Take a dip in the warm waters of the South China Sea. Enjoy the green scenery. Snorkel along the natural coral reef just metres from the shore. Or simply relax as you watch the sun disappear lazily over the orange horizon. Situated within the archipelago of the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park, Rawa Island is accessible by a twenty-minute boat ride from Mersing, Johor. This beachfront resort features 77 rooms, each individually designed to blend in with the natural landscape. Modern furnishings provide guests with the comforts of home. We invite you to take a break from the monotony of daily routine. Experience the island's natural beauty and our Malaysian hospitality. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Rawa Island Safaris Hotel Mersing
Rawa Island Safaris Mersing
Rawa Island Resort Mersing, Malaysia - Johor

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