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Tioman Horizon Condotel
Ranked #16 of 19 Hotels in Pulau Tioman
Singapore, Singapore
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Not crowded”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2013

This resort is actually an apartment. We occupied unit 9505 during our stay which was booked through RCI. From the Tekek jetty or the airport, Berjaya bus can pick you up for a 15-20 minute ride before reaching the main gate of Berjaya Tioman. Along the route, look out for the duty free shops and eating places which you may visit again for groceries or meals. For RCI bookings, check in will be done at the Berjaya Tioman resort before boarding the bus again for another 10-15 min ride to the apartments which is atop a hill.

The units while not luxurious, provide decent and clean accommodation. There are frayed edges of the door, detached lipping of wardrobe, even cracked faceplates of electrical sockets but these are not an issue for us. The living room is at the end of the passageway past both bedrooms. It has a balcony where you can have a good view of the sea. But on our first day we saw a monkey staring at us through the glass door with paws on the door. Lucky it didn't take away the towel we left on the railing to dry.

Although the mini kitchen has cutleries, it would be good if they could add toaster and/or microwave. There is also a shower cubicle which is actually larger than many other European resorts, but no bath tubs. The accessories for pedestal toilet is positioned very awkwardly. The toilet tissues are placed behind the user. Similarly the bidet spray is also placed behind such that you will need to feel for it before you could grab it.

On the day we arrived, the lift was not working. It remained inoperational one week later when we checked out. Fortunately our unit was only one floor above the ground level.

The pool was reasonably big and it was not crowded. Wifi available free at the lobby and pool area.

We understand this apartment is not fully owned by Berjaya. A part of it is manned by Selasa as can be seen from the uniforms worn by the reception staff. The reception however also served RCI guests.

Note that the activities organized here are different from those organized by the Berjaya although they have similar activities. They appear to be slightly cheaper, but the vendors are different, eg for scuba diving, this resort uses Padi Dive Centre at Tekek Village while Berjaya uses Berjaya dive centre which is a 5 min walk from Berjaya Resort.

Groceries are available in Tekek village which is about 20 min walk from the main gate. Do not expect a comprehensive range of produce. Prices can be 30-50% higher than mainland Malaysia as everything was brought in from the Mainland. You can see items transported by the cartons in the ferries. Frozen food is also limited. So if possible buy all that you need from the mainland before boarding the ferry. But the apartment fridge may only have sufficient space for 3 days of food.

There is a Malay stall just outside the Berjaya main gate which sells reasonably priced food which I found to be better than some stalls in Tekek village. But you may have to tolerate the many flies. There is anotherChinese stall across the road nearer to the beach which is now open for business after it was closed after a fire.

Free shuttle bus leaves the apartment 15 min past the hour for Berjaya resort. Sometimes it takes you to the main gate saving you 10 mins of walking between the Berjaya main lobby and the gate. From Berjaya resort the shuttle leaves on the hour for the apartment.

All in, we were quite satisfied with our stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank singsky
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Turku,Finland
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013 via mobile

Stayed for ten days. Ok, it is a little bit isolated , but for us the free shuttle service worked up fine.( once every hour )
The flat had most beautiful view ( room 9515) and was very clean and neat. There were two bedrooms , living room , small kitchen and the toilet. Round 48-50 squaremeters I'd say.
Not luxury but cosy and comfortable. Furniture was quite new but the walls needed re-painting. Though in my opinion the spotless housekeeping and that everything was kept so clean mean more to me !
There was free wifi in the small lobby, but it worked fine also in the pool area.
Tiny minishop provided water , lemonades , crisps etc, sometimes you could also find bread for the toaster.
Maybe they would broaden up the selection if someone would suggest ? I was missing maybe jam, ham and cheese.. All those you found though in the shops in Tekek.
The staff was friendly and very helpful. We considered us lucky that we ended up booking our accommodation here instead of the Berjaya Resort what we were considering first.
I wonder why this hotel isn't more popular !!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank NinaPTurku_Finland
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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2013

We actually stayed at this resort in July 2012 (I know - it's taken me far too long to get this written). We travelled as a family (2 adults, 2 children) and had travelled from London via KL (where we stayed a couple of nights each way).

We arrived on Tioman via Berjaya Air which was thoroughly entertaining, slightly nerve racking, but fundamentally easy and efficient. Large golf cart type buses met the plane and took everyone staying at the resort off to reception there.

We were slightly different to most other travellers as we are timeshare owners in the USA and had 'swapped' our two weeks in Orlando for two weeks in Berjaya Tioman. This meant that we were staying at the 'Aparthotel' up on the top of the hill, rather than down in the main resort - and we were staying for much longer than most other people. A golf cart schedule took guests from the aparthotel up and down the hill to the main resort on an hourly basis. It is walkable via the golf course, but we only did this once or twice due to our aversion to monkeys (our eldest got bitten by one in KL and we remained a bit wary of them after that)! The location of the aparthotel was a pain at first, but actually fine by the end as we got used to it.

Our allocated two bedroom apartment was a bit disappointing to be honest. It was very tired and a bit poky - think 1970's bedsit. It didn't have a bath (only a shower) which was a pain with a 4 year old. Nontheless we unpacked and vowed to make the best of it. A couple of days later my husband went out for a run as soon as it got light and from the beach level, noticed that there appeared to be much larger apartments on the floor above us. A trip to reception and a small surcharge later and we were deposited in a three bedroom penthouse. The additional bedroom was neither needed nor used, but boy what a difference the new apartment made to our holiday. It was well appointed with beautiful views, much more spacious, a proper kitchen and two full size bathrooms. We actually enjoyed spending evenings in the apartment once we had moved - a couple of beers, a take out meal, a game of cards and the Olympics on TV (in Malaysian of course!). In the first apartment we avoided going back until we were ready to sleep, but this was totally different.

So what did we do on Tioman for two weeks?

Lots of sunbathing and swimming! The pool area was extremely suited to families, although availability of loungers was an issue. We saw quite a disagreement between two families over the reserving of loungers. Boat trips! By far and away the highlight of our trip. Snorkelling was excellent, beaches beautiful and short jungle walks were easy and interesting. We ate quite a lot of food too! Cooking in the apartment was very difficult as the food available in the local shops was quite limited - I remember my husband's joy when he came back with a bag of eggs! Most days we had a breakfast in the hotel's main restaurant and in the evenings we varied between the restaurants around the hotel and the ones in Tekek. We generally skipped lunch - who needs three big cooked meals per day - not us!! Outside the hotel food was much better value. The main centre of Tekek is an easy walk if you are mobile - our 4 year old managed it every time and we saw plenty of others doing the same. Incidentally, the restaurant immediately outside the hotel gate (on the right) is very friendly, very good value and they will cook any meal for take away!

We were quite worried about the size of our hotel bill when we left as we had upgraded our room, had plenty of drinks, eaten breakfast every day, had loads of evening meals, sent two large loads to the laundry etc. We needn't have to be honest. It was probably large by Malaysian standards, but our total expenditure for the two weeks was far, far less than it would have been in Europe and certainly a lot less than if we had gone to the USA as normal. We had taken our money in cash (£ sterling) and returned to the UK with £1,000 unspent.

Tioman is very safe. We had no security concerns whatsoever during our stay and happily let our elder child (age 11) move around the resort alone. The complete darkness was quite a surprise - going out before sunrise was pretty pointless, so we tended not to get up until it was light (after 7 when we were there).

Do I regret going? No. Would I do it differently knowing what I know now? Yes. I would probably only go for a week and I would have upgraded my room as soon as I arrived. Would I recommend the resort to others? Yes, but with a health warning - don't go here if you're uber fussy or expect Barbados style luxury. You'll find something which will be quite unlike anywhere you've ever stayed before and something which I'm glad to have experienced. As the title says - we look back on this trip with fond and happy memories. I'm proud to have brought my kids here from London and let them see a different way of living.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank druryslane
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Umhlanga
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76 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2013

We spent 14 days at this self-catering ( R.C.I. ? ) resort. First the Cons; The rooms are small, no windows. The lounge and kitchen areas are tiny, the furniture is almost as old as the building and in need of urgent upgrade. The Pool is enclosed on all sides... no view from the pool or deck, But,on the positive side; the apartments do have air-con, and small as the apartments may be, our unit offered a lovely sea-view, and it was cleaned regularly. Cutlery and crockery is supplied. There is a small microwave, electric plates, and fridge.... we were able to prepare our own dishes on the evenings we felt like dining on our own sea-view patio.The pool area is quite large, and is never crowded. Pool towels are supplied at the pool desk., and there is free Wi-Fi around the pool deck. The Berjaya shuttle bus does regular free runs, but this hill-side resort is not all that far from the hotel. we are both in our 60's and enjoyed the walk to the hotel. In fact, the Watersports centre is only 5 minutes walk from this resort.
Although Berjaya hotel claim that the hilltop Condotel does not belong to them, you will see the same staff working both complexes, and all the checking-in, admin etc is done at the Hotel. Guests are free to use all the hotel facilities. Looking at the size of the hotel rooms, and their very limited views, I think the Condotel offers much better value, and at a lower price.
We thoroughly enjoyed the facilities at the Berjaya hotel.... we tried all their restaurants, and yes, they are expensive, but the food was tasty, varied and fresh
The staff at both the Condotel and Berjaya hotel were friendly, helpful.
The restaurants in Tekek village offered some really exciting dishes, at less than a third of hotel prices ... but try not to look at their kitchens.
The snorkelling off Berjaya beach was good, although visibilty was limited, as it always is in August. The Dive centre is well-equipped and we enjoyed diving with them.
A tip; dont rent or even bring Dive mask or Flippers... you can buy these at very low prices at the Duty free shops in Tekek. And the same goes for drinks; Don't bring wine to Tioman ... the duty free shop sell all liqours at very low, tax free prices

Room Tip: Upper floors offer stunning sea-views, and there are lifts
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank SvB-CvB
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Mödling, Austria
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82 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2012

This holiday appartment condo complex is located just beyond the big and eye-catching Berjaya resort, which is the dominating place in Tekek village. It either still belongs to Berjaya resort or has previously belonged there. An hourly free shuttle transport takes you the 2km across the golf court to Berjaya resort and from there on to Tekek village.
The hotel rooms are clean, furnished in simple standard, have air-con, small balcony, working showers, kitchenette, although not furnished with cups, plates or cutlery.
No restaurant available at the hotel, but small food store providing self-cooking stuff.
Swimming pool in the center-yard is large, clean and nice. A beautiful beach is 20 min walking distance past the condo (away from the village), white sand, clean water, no tourists.
For local food and night-life, a driver can take you the 5km straight to Tekek village for 20RM per trip. For tourist food, alcoholic drinks and clichee-style beach life, just go down to the Berjaya resort and mingle with the tourist crowds there, mostly Singaporeans.
Good value for money, a bit off from the crowds, fine restful place if you are with family or friends.

Room Tip: Rooms on higher floors have a better view to the sea, else jungle-view. Clever monkeys will snatch...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Markus U
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Property: Tioman Horizon Condotel
Address: Kampung Tekek, Pulau Tioman, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Pahang > Rompin District > Pulau Tioman
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #16 of 19 Hotels in Pulau Tioman
Number of rooms: 96

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