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Minang Cove Resort
Ranked #4 of 19 Hotels in Pulau Tioman
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 August 2013

We thourgouly enjoyed our stay at the Minang Cove Resort, even if the stay was short. Loved the quiet and relaxing atmosphere, the room was comfortable and clean, As we were a young couple didnt find it difficult to move around the Resort.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

The nature there is just awesome, very beautiful mountain and clear water, a very isolated place to relax. Snorkelling is very good, the waterfalls are close and very nice (eventhough might be tough for non sporty people) .
the hotel its self is not a resort, the room is good (just the view is blocked by electrical cables, whyyyy??)) , the bed is comfortable, cleaningness is ok.
the food is very good and since we are not too picky the set menu of the dinner didn't bother us that much.
For us the big problem of this hotel was the management and especially the boss:
It seemed that the welcome was kind of a military introduction and non personal ( very cold, I guess it's a chinese attitude)
Apart than this the atmosphere was a bit heavy since we felt watched and everything is made for us to consume more, the prices of the food for the lunch and the drinks are just ridiculous (like in Paris), the transport is another big problem since it costs 50 euros both ways so a 100 euros for a couple, also ridiculous.
The manager lied to us saying that there is only one boat to come back to Mersing and it's very early in the morning and we knew it's not true, this is a really bad behaviour, also he didn't want to offer a replacement for the breakfast that we've paid and that we will not get since we were kind of kicked out of the resort at 7 am in morning !!! just ridiculous.(anyway we got a discount for the lunch)
the manager is not an honnest person so be careful !!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank gasdao
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

... you might think that you've come across the epitome of "getting away from it all" in Asia. In many senses, you are right - there is no internet access, no TV, selective mobile coverage (only GSM) at the jetty most of the time.

However, for the price that you're paying (and I see that I'm not the first reviewer to remark on this), you'd expect a little more, such as - decent water pressure in the shower, rooms that were cleaned better (after our beach-loving 5 year old trekked sand into the room, we asked for the room to be swept again, and this didn't happen), fewer ants and lizards (coming from Singapore, we're used to our fair share of creepy crawlies), and not so much rubbish stashed under the villas (at last count, there was a baby cot underneath one of them).

With not so much as a tissue box in sight in any of the rooms (we stayed at the Hillside Villa with 3 bedrooms - perish the thought of any luxuries you might associate with "villa"), the only upside of note was that the air conditioning worked really well! Though there was only one remote to be shared amongst all 3 rooms. Though there was a kitchenette, we managed to find just one wine glass and the giant lizard there deterred our attempts at exploring the other drawers.

Throughout our 4-day stay at the resort (we were part of a wedding party), we thoroughly enjoyed the water (that accounts for the first * in this review) which was home to an abundance of marine life and the beach, as well as the company of new and old friends enjoyed at the wedding (that accounts for the second *). Have you noticed that these qualities do not relate to the resort directly?

To would-be guests, I would caution against the Hillside Villa if walking up many many steps to the top-most rooms sounds daunting.

Also, please eat up at mealtimes. Though the rate includes breakfast, tea and dinner, it does not include lunch. Moreover, the menu is not only very limited (with a strange lack of local cuisine) but very expensive, for eg. Fish & Chips (by far their best a la carte dish) is RM38. If you're a beer drinker, please bring your own unless you're a huge fan of Tiger because that's the only one they've got. The same applies for wine but be warned, they apparently charge RM50 corkage!

When it comes to meals, be prepared to eat what they serve when they serve them (breakfast is 8 to 10am, lunch 12 to 2 and dinner 8 onwards). Hopefully you do not have special dietary requirements. On offer for breakfast - buffet bread, cereals and coffee/ tea plus American breakfast (4 mini sausages, one fried egg, baked beans), banana pancakes or eggs. As for dinner, we had BBQ night, Chinese night and Malay night.

If you're there to dive, the resort does provide the gear and equipment, though I'm not sure if it's through a tie-up with a dive company.

And one final but important note. There is a trek that you can take to the Mukut village and onwards to the waterfall (its name escapes me). Though we were told that it would be 45 minutes to the village and a further 45 minutes from there to the waterfall (on a concrete path no less), we were not warned that it could be challenging for kids (we had two healthy and active 5 year olds). The heat and humidity add to the undulating path with many stretches of sheer uphill climb. If you are in any way unsure of whether you'll make it, please do not try. While we made the 5 km trek to the waterfall (which we all loved), we had to pay RM100 for a speedboat to take us back from the village on the way back.

One final gem - when we suggested to Nicholas that he could have warned us that the trek could prove challenging for young children, he said "of course I'm not gonna tell you it's difficult, if not, you wouldn't see the waterfall!"

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

If you need a full relaxation, without people around you, no mobile, tv, internet, this is your place (but mobile is working if you can not ignore it). There are 3-4 good little, almost-white-sandy beaches between Mukut and the resort, you can easy find them and its worth.(bigger than in the resort) and about 10 to 25 minutes walking to them. The food in the hotel is a good value, we liked very much the bbq and the chinese night. The spa is relative expensive (5x to the 1 hour middle-range massage in Bali) about 40 Euro, but it is really good. I have never had before such a good massage. The room 3 has a perfect, awesome view, i can warmly recommend it. I dont understand why is going the electrical cable before the balcony, it is little bit pity. We come back again, it is a really special place:)

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

We paid about 150 Euro for sea view room per night. The room was o.k., but not great. I would say 3.5 stars. The view was very nice, but just in-front of the balcony was a disturbing electrical cable.
The food was good in taste, but definitely not worth the price (breakfast may be worth 4 Euro max. and dinner maybe max. 10 Euro, for island condition). The boat transfer was additional (50 Euro per person for 2 ways; one way max. 10 min. and the other way max. 20 min.).
The beach was clean and nice and the water was clear Snorkeling was good. All the staff was very friendly and committed, and have tried to make our holidays as nice as possible. For the resort you can walk to a waterfall, but over there everything quite run-down (typical Malaysia).
Just a few month before a snorkeler was overrun by a boat and dieted (not in this resort but on this island), so it would be only logical that the authority would have done something, but unfortunately not, the motor boats are still passing with a very short distance to beach, and I am curious, when will the next tourist die.
The ferry transport from Mersing was 3rd world standard as well. The distance between the seats for people with a max. height of 1.75 m. Taller then that will be tortured for 1.5 hours. To the island the temperature in the ferry was freezing cold and on the way back the aircond was not working. Because of complains from the passengers the ferry crew started to clean the airconds using a vacuum cleaner. the last 20 min. of the journey the air was a bit cooler but smelled like old dust...
Still some word about the jetty in Tioman - dirty, rubbish around, old lorries at the road side, scrap, damaged children playground (also typical Malaysia.

Room Tip: Not worth the money, look for another resort or even chose another country
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

Little hotel at the bottom of the island. Ideal for snorkeling, you can snorkel just in front of the hotel. We were supposed to stay 3 nights but we stayed 6. Nice walk to the fishing village. Wonderful deserted beaches on the way. Nicolas the hotel manager is incredibly attentive to his guest he made our stay. Amazing theme buffet every night and tea time with different homemade snacks every day. Mandatory half board, fully worth it. Watch out for the monkeys!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

What makes Minang cove special is not the rooms, the facilities or the menu (all quite basic, even a little tired in places). Quite simply, it's the staff and the exquisite location that make this such a slice of heaven on earth. It's very family friendly but don't expect lots of 'entertainment' except what nature provides. There's no wi- fi or in room TVs etc. if you want/need to be 'connected' to the outside world. Our children passed a blissful week snorkeling, diving, jumping of the pier and playing with the resident family of kittens. Everyone was entertained by the monkeys, squirrels and iguanas that share this special place. Because it has so few rooms you tend to chat to other guests and swap travel stories, which makes for a very friendly scene. If you do venture here, my best advice is to take take diving lessons with Seamus and try a Thai massage with Renn, flooded by a leisurely Tiger beer. aaahhhh - bliss.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Address: P.O. Box 74, Pulau Tioman 86807, Malaysia
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Region: Malaysia > Pahang > Rompin District > Pulau Tioman
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
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#2 Top resorts Hotel in Pulau Tioman
#3 Spa Hotel in Pulau Tioman
Price Range: £92 - £144 (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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