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Qimi Chalet
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pulau Kapas
Reviewed 11 June 2012

We spent 3 days 2 nights at Qimi chalet and were extremely happy and glad that we picked this little chalet. Run by a family with additional help from 2 locals and 2 tourists who stayed with them, we felt we are at home always. They are very friendly and warm. Language is never a problem because each one of them speaks excellent English. Rose (the mother) is an excellent cook; food is delicious, nutritious and the portion is generous. Best of all, dinner is served under the stars on the beach - sand on our feet. We brought our own wines to enjoy with and after dinner. Rose was happy to chill them for us - passed to her few hours before dinner. After dinner, we spend an hour or two recollecting what we did during the day and our plan for the next morning while they play soothing selection of music from Jason Mraz's 'I'm yours' to 'Hotel California' and also Bob Marley's masterpieces.

My advise - even if you don't stay in Qimi, you must have at least one of your dinner here. Price - very reasonable. Lots to do and play here - Swimming, snorkeling, kayaks and jungle trekking to indoor games like chess, carrom and checkers when the weather doesn't permit outdoor activities.The chalet itself is not the typical 'by the beach' chalet type; at Qimi, you are surrounded by lush greenery with constant birds chirping, insects buzzing and wave hitting the beach.

An experience not to be missed. The cheapest room is a little small with dim lights (water and solar electricity is very expensive on this island) so if you are not the backpacker type, pick the more expensive room and you'll be happy. Basically, you get what you pay for ~ this resort caters for all types of travelers. It's unfair to pick the cheapest room and expect that you get top notch room. The service from the guys manning the place is top notch though. This post doesn't do any justice, you need to be there and experience it yourself. I know I will definitely return next year.

Room Tip: Put the right expectation for room chosen. You will get with what you have paid for.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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6  Thank leekian
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

Last week, we stayed for 4 days in Qimi Chalet on Kapas Island.
It was a wonderfull place, quiet, a private beach ( that is really clean!), very friendly owners who make you feel at home. The food is really excellent, they cook as the best!
The rooms are very basic, don't expect big luxuriously: just a bed, a toilet and cold shower. But we were never in our room except for sleeping. The place, environment, beach,... are too great to spend any time in your room. Every evening the dinner is on the beach, with covered tables for every room with candellight... very romantic!!!
The only thing you can hear there is the sound of the sea and the jungle. Just great!

A good recommondation is also the divers club. I did my Padi diving course in 4 days with a very good professional club on the island. The owner Azam is a very good instructor. The owners of Qimi will help you to get there. We were picked up with the boat every morning and afternoon.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank lienrolf
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

The bathroom is disgusting, and the pipe water is rustic.There's no CLEAN WATER in our bathroom. The bed is "sandy" and they need to rid those bed as soon as possible (So uncomfortable). And it's way TOO EXPENSIVE for something that doesn't even worth it. No internet provided there, it's hard for tourists to do their businesses. Their place desperately needs some renovation or the people will not come again.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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12  Thank HappyTourist59
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

We booked 2 chalets, one facing the sea and the other behind it as we were a family of 4. All was confirmed by phone and followed up by e-mail. A week later, Ros, the proprietor, sent an e-mail that the seaview chalet had been given to someone else and offered the non-seaview and tree chalet. After insisting that we wanted the family to be near, we were offered the new room. She even offered to supply extra mattresses free of charge. Upon arrival, we were not greeted, we were ignored and kept waiting. Each query went unanswered until she finally told us it would not be vacant till midday (we had arrived at 9.30). We were given Ros1 temporarily. It was full of mosquitoes and the toilet was filthy.
The room was nice but again the bathroom was not clean, especially the toilet. We stayed 2 nights and never ate there due to their unfriendliness (we never got a single smile nor did we feel welcome). On the morning of departure, we were presented with a bill which included the cost of the mattresses. This went against what she had offered and agreed with us. We were not given any indication that this was to be so and we left with a sour taste. The island itself is very beautiful and we would recommend Kapas Beach Resort where the service was excellent and the staff were friendly and welcoming.

Room Tip: Walk along the beaches and shop around.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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15  Thank Chocokl11
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Reviewed 20 June 2011

I rate this place as "very good" because the overall experience was great. However, if you look for a luxury room, this is not you place to stay. Rooms are pretty basic, but clean enough to spend your relaxing holidays there. we stayed in the Nibong room at 100MYR/night and it was enough. But when you try the food, then you just think you are in heaven. Rose is a genius in the kitchen and prices are more than reasonable. Meals are 9MYR per person and drinks 3 to 6MYR. I personally recomend the seafood noodles, the coconut sauce with either chicken or prawns and the black pepper sauce with chicken.
The room is only for sleeping, so do not ask more than that.
And please, bring insect repelent because it is necessary!
Enjoy

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank AroundTheWorldBCN
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

We booked 2 triple chalets two weeks earlier and Rose (lady owner) told that we didn't make any booking at all. We showed her the text message we received from her confirming that both, Bouganvilla and Hibiscus chalets, have been booked for us. Unfortunately only Bouganvilla chalet available and Hibiscus chalet was occupied during our arival. She gave us Rose 2 chalet instead.

Their services, for everything, were very slow. When we asked Rose how long will it take to prepare Garlic bread & Vagetables salad, she said we were trying to rush her. We were actually tried to plan our time. If it will takes time, we will swim and snorkel for awhile and come back for the food, else we will wait. We had a chit chat with Norly in the evening, on arrival day. His voice was not pleasant and not friendly at all. We don't know what went wrong. We assumed that's how he is.

Their snorkeling area also full of rocks. Boats' anchors are everywhere. Its really dangerous. The snorkeling area also full with sea porcupines and jellyfishes. We didn't know that this snorkeling area are full with these creatures until one of the guests was stung by the jellyfish. He was suffered. To make it worse, he also stepped on the sea porcupine 2 days before. Snorkel gears and life jacket are not properly maintain.

Next day, in the morning, my friends called me and said that Rose and Norly asked us to leave their place. Since I was the one who dealing with them from the beginning, I went to the counter and asked them whats happening. They started to yell and scolding me in front of other guests. They said that they were not happy with us from the moment we arrived. I tried to ask, what is the problem but they said we all creates so much problem. Norly yelled that Qimi Chalet is their place and we need to leave instantly at me in front of other guests who were not local. Rose said loudly that they prefer whites people compared to locals.

We are not beggars and we paid them for our stay. We have been to many places around the world. This group is the most decent group I ever have but because we are locals they treat us like stupid. They don't even respect us as guests and human. Norly has no respect to woman at all. We left this disaster place in morning itself.

We will never come to Qimi Chalet ever again and will never advice our friends to stay there. Its not worth staying at all.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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36  Thank Cik_Traveler
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

Booked trip for 3D2N but checked out the next early morning itself! Why? we (5 of us) were treated badly by the owner. Day first: i asked for mosquito repellent then hot water in the evening, they didnt like it. Day second: early in the morning i went to the restaurant and asked for breakfast they got mad. they dont like people coming one by one and asking for it. the owner just came and told that we all are sterssing them out and use some rude words and straight away asking us to get out. He said he prefer whites than locals. After few minutes realised that whites came room checking with the room that we were in. It was all pre-planned. haha... by the way, room is sticky, toilet is yukk. honestly speaking. The owner really have attitude problem.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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18  Thank shaggy000
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Address: Qimi Chalet Marang, Pulau Kapas 42940, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Terengganu > Pulau Kapas
Amenities:
Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pulau Kapas
Price Range: £22 - £82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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