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Minang Cove Resort
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Pulau Tioman
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 May 2011

Everything was perfect! The food, the service, the scenery, the price! If you are looking for a secluded getaway in a very family-like resort, u cant go wrong!

A not for experienced divers however, the diving around Tioman was not as good as I hoped. But for people that dont have much experience, you wont be disappointed!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2011

We just returned from a short two night stay at Minang Cove, and loved everything about it. The only negative was that we didn't have long enough there. I'll definitely be going back again. This was my third trip to Tioman and this is by far the nicest place to stay from what I've seen. The resort has a nice, relaxing, welcoming atmosphere and everyone was really friendly. The snorkelling and diving right from the beach or the jetty is some of the best I've seen. The waterfall nearby is worth going to for a very refreshing dip in the cold water. We stayed in a standard room, which was perfectly adequate, not luxurious or anything, but had everything we needed and was clean. The food was nice too, consisting of a buffet breakfast with good selection of food, and set menu 3 course dinner. One nice extra touch was the afternoon tea which was laid out by the beach at 4.30 each day; you could wander straight from the sea, grab a drink and cake and have them sitting right by the beach.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 April 2011

When you just need a few days away, relaxing by the beach and a short hop from KL or Singapore you should think of Minang Cove. It is a real place, it has charm, warmth, intersting things to do and a beach to just sit back and enjoy Happy Hour on.
Set beneath the impressive twin peaks of Tioman island it is an idyllic location.
we did not manage to get any diving in thiis time but we promise that we will on our return. It is a small and personal hotel and takes 30 minutes by boat to reach it from the airport. Its remote location means there is no mobile phone, no internet, no TV and no worries.

The activities you can do are diving, bush walking, snorkelling and relaxing with a book.

This is not 5 star luxury just a great honest and real place to relax, unwind meet interesting people and enjoy Tioman's natural environment.

we took Grandparents, a 5 and a 3 year old and they loved the beach, rockpools, stream and calm water to play in. This was coupled with the freedom we all got in the comfort of such a small and friendly resort.

We are already looking for our next time we can visit

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 April 2011

I staid at Minang Cove for 6 days and it was absolutely lovely.
Service was impeccable. Staff was very helpful though most of them have a limited grasp of English (not that this mattered)
The food was amazing, and they do not limit you on it: the breakfast and the dinner is pretty much all you can eat and while the breakfast is standard each day, the dinners are extremely varied: fish, seafood, BBQ, meat. The lunch is separate, and I did find these meals to be a bit on the small side.
The diving was good, the dive master attentative and also made sure that the diving was varied.

All in all, next time I am able to travel to Malaysia and visit Tioman I am defintely staying here again.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 March 2011

Definitely one of the best stays we've had at a beach resort. Cosy and such friendly people gives warmth to the place. Everyone is made to feel like family and you almost forgot that you are the customer! Food is good but not for the greedy. Really cool owner who took the effort to give personalised service. Great staff too.. ;)

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Thank feezzio
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Reviewed 14 March 2011

I have stayed at Minang Cove 3 times already. From the reveiws I have read here I would like to explain why Minang Cove is a place that either people love or don't. The rooms are quite basic (I would reccomend staying in their slightly more expensive rooms), and it is really quiet. The food is good and not 5 star hotel standards (I bring snacks along with me when I come).
You should stay here if you love peace and quiet, trekking through the jungle, relaxing swimming and diving. The place truly is somewhere where you spend all day in the ocean or relaxing and reading a book, no television watching, no mobile reception (unless you walk out on the jetty), and is a great place to get away from everything. I simply love that the rooms are basic as it kept my younger brothers (aged 12-14) outside instead of watching movies on the tv.
There is never really anyone around and at night, unlike many other places there are no rowdy drunks at the bar, or loud music playing till 2am. If you want a party holiday, this is not the place to go.
All in all, I love going there, even if it takes me 8 hours of driving/ferry catching if I feel like getting away from everything.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank jessierose07
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Reviewed 9 December 2010

We read about the rave reviews of this resort in Trip Advisor and decided to give it a try.
So in early September, we stayed at this resort for 6 nights and (as is stated in the title) we came away with a most unusual and undesirable experience.

First, a note about us... my wife and I are advanced recreation divers. We have been going for dive trips twice a year for the last few years, mainly in resorts in Malaysia.
We have been to Tioman twice, staying in Berjaya Resort, and Panuba Resort. This is our third trip to Tioman.

Now, our review on this resort...

First, even though we prepaid, we think the boat ride from Tioman Airport to the resort was rather expensive at 100 ringgit per person per way.

The staff was friendly, and they came to the jetty to welcome us.
They took care of our bags, and carried them to our room.

Upon entering the room, we found that there was no lock at the door, and throughout our stay, we felt rather unsafe staying there.
The toilet was not well cleaned before we moved in, and we had to do some flushing ourselves before we could use it.
In addition, the coffee maker had leftover tea or coffee with a layer of white fungus in it and we had to take it to the restaurant to have it washed.

Food was a hit or miss affair.
On our first day, we ordered a 'Chinese' dish for lunch. It was bland, tasteless, and there was nothing 'chinese' about it.
Breakfast had the same limited options every day.
We enjoyed it for the first two days or so, but got a little tired of the selections after a while.
Tea time was mainly one sweet (local cakes, donuts, fried banana, or vegetable fritters) and nothing to shout about.
Most of the stuff was deep fried and too greasy for us.
They serve dinner at 8:00, which was very late for us.
We found ourselves starving for dinner everyday, even after having the oily snacks at about 4:30 to 5:00 pm.

On the good side, the resort was very quiet and peaceful, something that we cherished very much.
We took a walk to Mukut, and were very happy to see several giant squirrels.
The walk was worth the effort.
The beach was small, tiny, and rocky, but luckily, was of no concern to us as we were there to dive.
We went shore diving every day, and the dives were pretty good.
The area around the jetty was a good spot to hang out and watch the fishes.
There were some bleaching of the corals, though.

All went pretty well, until the shock that came after we reached home.
Upon opening our check-in luggage, we found five fist-sized stones in the side compartment that we hadn't pad-locked.
They averaged about a kilogram each.
This is the first time that such a thing had ever happened to us while on a holiday.

We emailed the management immediately, asking for an explanation.

They expressed embarassment, and were apologetic that such a ridiculous incident can even happen at their resort.

They promised to look into the matter, but it has been three months now, and we are still waiting for the follow-up explanation.

To this day, we remain puzzled as to why the five stones were placed into our luggage without our permission or knowledge.

Well, this is the experience we had with a so-called 'paradise' in Tioman...

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank HouseReefDiver
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Address: Pulau Tioman 86807, Malaysia
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Region: Malaysia > Pahang > Rompin District > Pulau Tioman
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Pulau Tioman
#3 Spa Hotel in Pulau Tioman
Price Range: £108 - £163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Minang Cove Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Minang Cove Resort & Spa, a tropical island paradise. Located in the south of the beautiful island of Tioman, a truly stunning location. Off our private beach you will enjoy the warm crystal clear waters, of the South China Sea. Where you can snorkel or scuba dive with the abundant marine life, living in and around our live reef. Including Turtles. Those who are looking for small friendly resort, surrounded by nature, with glimpses of local wild life and unspoilt rainforest. Look no further !! To access the resort, you can take a ferry from the Mersing ferry terminal. Then getting off at the 1st stop, at Genting Village. There our resort speedboat will transfer you to the resort. The second way is to fly, on Berjaya Air from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. Again our speedboat will transfer you to the resort. One of the resort representatives will meet you on your arrival at the airport. ( For flight and ferry transfers you need to inform us in advance to arrange this transfer.)We have 18 rooms at the resort, which are perfectly clean, well maintained and all with incredible views. We serve authentic local food for evening dinner, changing its theme every night. Lunches are ala-carte and a mix of local and western.You will also enjoy a variety of cool beverages served at our restaurant and beach Bar. Watch the sunset with a tasty cocktail or have a glass of wine over dinner. Our room rates included half board, which is breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner.Some of the activities offered at the resort are, snorkelling, scuba diving, jungle tracking, fish feeding, fishing and island tours.The facilities which are available are, The Minang Spa, private jetty & beach, sun deck with loungers, sun shades, a library, fully equipped dive centre (with resident instructor) , laundry service and baby sitting. Room as well as beach towels provided.The overall atmosphere is very chilled and relaxed. Helpful, friendly staff providing an unforgettable experience, in your Island Paradise. ... more   less 
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