Tioman, whilst a beautiful island with amazing diving and snorkeling, is not known for its fantastic accommodation and both my partner and I have had bad experiences in the past at other resorts. HOWEVER, after not expecting much, and going only to complete our open water diver certification, we were pleasantly surprised at the great standard accommodation at this resort. We stayed in a beach front delux room which couldn't be closer to the ocean, was extremely spacious with a beautiful vaulted ceiling, great comfy bed, excellent aircon, safe etc.
The accommodation was certainly not cheap, and far more expensive than you would need to spend in Thailand/Vietnam to get a similar or better standard but it is an island and considering everything must be imported you can understand why they must charge higher. I would certainly rather pay more then stay at some of the other substandard places on Tioman.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, the food was good and plentiful (ironically the Asian themed night was the worst food by far but the other nights were great!). Nick is a great host and even bought us a beer to congratulate us on passing!
The beach is a lovely small cove which I imagine would be perfect if you have small children as very safe and not far for them to run to!
As I said, I completed the open water dive course with Seamus, an English instructor who was fantastic. There were only two of us with him and he completely put us at ease, explained everything very clearly. He is very experienced and I would recommend him thoroughly to all.
There is not a huge amount to do apart from water sports and lying on the beach reading but that was perfect for us and many others I would think! It did rain a bit whilst we were there but as we had the diving to focus on we were kept busy, otherwise we may have gotten a bit bored after a few days if the weather stayed bad. During the summer however although there can be rain it usually doesn't last so don't let this put you off. With no TV and wifi there are few places left where you can really cut yourself off from the outside world but this is one of them!
Overall, had a fantastic 4 nights here and would definately recommend for those going to Tioman.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Minang Cove Hotel Pulau Tioman
- Minang Cove Pulau Tioman