I love nature so I chose to stay in the wooden cabins. It was everything I would like. Rustic wooden cabin appointed with furniture that had character. The room slept my beautiful wife and our child comfortably with another extra bed just for little James to romp around. When I got to the restaurant, the first thing I asked " Do you serve Shark Fins?" Thank goodness, the answer was "no". I learnt later that the owners of the resort love nature and that was why they built the place. In support of shark conservation, they do not serve shark fin soup. Next test. I asked them what they would have for my wife who was vegetarian. I took a risk because I did not check if they served vegetarian food or not before I made a reservation.
My question must have been a tough one because the waiter kindly excused himself and got the Executive Chef to speak with me. First thing I asked him "Where are you from buddy?" Immediately, he smiled and said "Malacca". I told him I was from Malacca too and my parents still stay there but now I work in Singapore. MY wife is from KL. So I asked him "Do you have any vegetarian food for my wife?" He smiled and said " I not only have that on the menu, I will cook it for her myself!"
She had Vegetable curry, Vegetarian Duck, Spaghetti Primavera and Spaghetti Carbonara. Not all in one go la. She is slim and petite and still the most beautiful woman to me! He asked if my wife ate eggs and I said she did and he organised a delicious smooth steam egg custard just for her! I was getting a bit jealous and wondering if he maybe shared my view that my wife is the most beautiful woman in this world? No, I know he was just trying his best to make her feel comfortable.
That was something I noticed throughout my 4 day 3 night stay there. The staff were all personally keen that we were comfortable and had a good time. The eco guide Hafiz offered to bring us over to the next beach to see the turtle sanctuary. That was a great afternoon snorkelling trip and we enjoyed it so much.
I hear that they also organise tours with specialist biologist but we have to make the arrangements before hand. Next time, I will do that. My whole family also went for a diving familiarisation programme where the guides, after a 2 hour session in the pool, brought us out to sea for one dive. That was an exhilerating experience and I signed whole family (only 3 of us although I make it sound like we have so many people) for a course in Jun when my boy has his school holiday. I look forward to going back to this wonderful and hospitable resort for our diving course.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located next to one of the world’s oldest mangrove swamps and the Tropical Rain Forest, this Beach Front Resort also boasts having a spectacular House Coral reef. Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort is the perfect getaway on the Tioman Island, the infamous volcanic island covered in rainforest, white sands, turquoise water, and unforgettable experiences. Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort is ideal for visitors who seek to enjoy the nature’s gift, nestled in a secluded beach with rooms overlooking South China Sea. The wide range of facilities at the hotel includes spa, outdoor pool, beach bar, Grill, conference and meeting rooms, restaurant, and PADI Dive Centre. Moreover, fishing, Snorkeling and Ecological trekking tours of the Mangrove Swamp and the Rain Forest can be arranged at the Activities Centre. Restaurant and Grill is driven by a passionate Executive Chef with the team who create the works of gastronomic art in the only open kitchen in Tioman Island. Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort invites all visitors to come and experience the unforgettable experience of picturesque view of the sea from our rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paya Beach Hotel Pulau Tioman
- Paya Beach Pulau Tioman