I booked this place from reading TA's recommendations.
It is a quiet place - located along a river stretch where fishing boats are moored just before the jetty that is undergoing construction. It's not very shady during the day so best to enjoy the place in the early mornings and late evenings and nights. I would also recommend that you have your own wheels to move about although several TA reviewers use a shortcut to get to Pantai Cenang. It's still a fair walking distance and the inner roads are not lit at night. For this reason, I would have rated the location as 'poor' but since I was already driving a car, I'm rating it as 'average'. The owner has motorbikes and cars for rental.
The brown beach is not easily accessible. The entire front portion of the resort fronting the beach have concrete pilings with rusty steel rods coming out and rocky boulders. There is a spot where you have to walk to the other block of rooms, then descend down to a sandy part of the beach before gingerly crossing over these obstacles without getting too close to the steel rods.
The room is clean and spacious (I requested for a room facing the beach if available) and got one of the corner rooms so I could draw open the curtains on the side windows to see the white sandy courtyard and the Andaman Sea beyond. The floor though felt as if there was an oily slick like that of sun block lotion - maybe it was the floor cleaner to protect the ceramic tiles - but I brought my own house slippers which I used.
Outside each room is a laundry line so you can hang out your swimwear or clothes as well as a table and two chairs to view the sea (and every time you angle the chair to face the sea view, it is always later returned to its original place - facing the inner courtyard) showing how the local family who manages the place likes everything prim and proper. The resort's courtyard of white sand is dutifully cleared of leaves - a lady goes round with her sack and garden rake every morning without fail.
In the centre, between the two blocks of rooms, is an open-sided rotunda with hammocks but with only one usable one - the rest are hung just too low. This is nice to catch the evening breeze but beware of mosquitoes and there are a few hanging about.
At night, you can lie on the deck chairs at the edge of the resort just before the drop to the beach and see, on cloudless nights, an amazing star spectacle. I'm not sure how possible this is on Pantai Cenang where there are more hotels and light pollution. Mosquitoes also like this area. This is also the flight path of arriving and departing planes, so you can also see and hear them crossing the mouth of the bay - night or day.
At the mouth of the bay is a permanent barge, which at night, has a noisy generator going and pop music - sounds as if there are people living there. With the air-conditioning on in the room, the sounds are however muffled.
Priced at RM150/night, it is rather steep - you could get similar rooms with a nicer beach with easy access for RM120-RM130 on Pantai Cenang and daily room cleaning. Here, your rooms are cleaned every 2-3 days but if you need anything - whether it's a toilet roll or fresh towels, you can always request and get them from the family who stays on the premises. Security was not an issue here either.
I've not had a hospitality problem with the owners - I saw more of the wife than Mr Mangsor - and she was always asking about my day, whether I've eaten etc. In fact, although I texted them that I will check in later at 3.30pm, I arrived at 2pm because I was feeling tired. My room was not ready because another guest had opted for a late check-out. The wife graciously allowed me to have a nap in another room and provided me with a litre of cold bottled water. They said they would inform me when the room was ready, but I suspected they didn't want to disturb me until I was awake and that was two hours later.
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