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Perhentian Tuna Bay Island Resort
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Reviewed 4 March 2014 via mobile

Palm trees? Check! White sand beach? Check! Clear blue sea? Check! Lots and lots of little fish that nibble on your legs? Check and double check!

Every possible ingredient is accounted for and still is neither of those things that made our stay at Tuna Bay so enjoyable. That honor goes to the staff and Tony and Elias in particular. Our kids had a blast with them.

We stayed in cabin 24 (second row no ocean view) which was good enough. But if you prefer not having to walk three steps and an oceanic panorama than the ocean view cabind are a good (pricey) option.
The room was good, with a safe, air con etc. The only thing that could have been better was the shower. It was hot enough but somewhat the amount of water was somewhat measly.

The beach has some nice trees for shade which comes in handy keeping kids out of the Sun and midday heat.

Food at the restaurant is good but not exceptional. We''re vegetarian so your mileage may vary if you eat fish or meat. Breakfast is served in buffet form with plenty of options.

Last but not least... Tuna Bay has their own boat transfer with a solid big boat with life vests.



Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
1  Thank Riotzone
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

I having been trying to make reservation by calling subsequent follow by emails correspondence from them. Due to some communication issue regarding the number of pax I imnmediately reply to them my confirmation and inform should be 1 more adults but the room required still remain the same. After communicating for 3 days, they told me there is no more rooms available. So disppointed and flustrated. Please remember to sort another alternative while waiting for their confirmation if not most of the rooms will be fully book during June to August period.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank aeline
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

The entire staff was very helpful. They speak good english and are always there to help out with anything you want, like activites and stuff.

The food at their cafe was pretty standard, there is a Malay restaurant next door that has better food.

Best thing about the place is its so quiet and its never too crowded, most people there are foreigners. In the lobby/cafe/reception area (pretty much all the same place) there is a bookshelf with books you can just read. They had a pretty good range and I thought it was cute, I didn't read any for myself but I saw a few people reading books by the beach.

Room has a safe (which i didn't use), only problem I had with the room is that there was no TV :( I brought my own HDMI cable to play movies from my laptop at night with my friends but alas the plan was a fail hehe.

The 'bar' is open until 12am but it's pretty much connected to the 'cafe/restaurant' (which closes at 11pm i think) this really works because everything is just there within walking distance. I never realised how awesome this would be. Oh and there's a tap in front of every chalet to wash your feet. I also like the rule of taking off your slippers/shoes before entering anywhere, even the restaurant, not used to doing that in hotels/resorts so it adds to the homely feel to me.

Overall pretty good experience, but keep in mind there is a 'small' and 'big' island and this resort is located on the 'big' island which seems to be less busy, because i went to the 'small' island too and there were more people and restaurants there, but didn't feel so homey.

I would come back again :)

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Spitefully
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

We stayed there for one week from their opening on the 7th February onwards. During our stay the preparation for the coming seasons was still in progress, which was compensated with a discounted room rate incl. breakfast. We went for a standard chalet second row, about 10m from the beach. Room was ok, what i missed and what should be standard for their price range was a fridge. It seems the once had one in the room, but due to their strange generator-based power supply, where you have t press a button 3 times per day to reactivate the AC, it would make no sense to do this with the fridge as well. AC was quite new and therefore not to noisy and efficient. There was no need to use the room key to keep it working. Our room was equipped with a double and a single bed, maybe for families quite good as well as the connecting door to the adjoining room. Overall the room was ok regarding the price, nothing special. Daily Room service was good; they always came when we were on the beach.
During our stay their where at most a dozen of guests in the resort, so the first days breakfast was on a set basis but changed to buffet within our stay. The offer the usual things like juice, tea & coffee, fruits, toasts, sometimes cake or croissants, omelettes, pancakes, some serials and some of the hot dishes we don`t eat in the morning.
The restaurant served really good food, a little bit pricy for Malaysia, but not really surprising when you stay in an island resort in this price range. The prices are indicated without tax, so expect that the add 7% when you pay. You could write everything on your room, but paying with credit card costs a 3% fee and there a no ATM`s on Perhentian or Kuala Besut (where the jetty is). There are also guest from other resorts on the island which are coming for dinner, so i guess it will be very hard during peak season to get a table there.
Free Wifi is available in the restaurant area but it is very slow, don`t even imagine how it is during peak seasons with more occupation.
The beach is great because there is a nice riff in front but therefore you have to expect coral pieces in the sand. The beach is also good for swimming at all tides.

All in all we had a pleasant stay during February. Would we come again? For sure, but not during high season when it runs at full occupancy.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

I have to stay I was quite disappointed with this place. There was just hardly anything to do and not much effort put into the place at all.

We stayed in a Super Deluxe Sea View Chalet (the most expensive one). Very very basic. I know you go to the island to relax and enjoy the sea view - which was why we paid for the most expensive seafront room. For the price we paid, it would have also been nice to have had a TV in the room and some better furnishings. The bathroom was infested with big ants.

The restaurant was good but they kick you out very early. The bar is tiny and completely lacking atmosphere. There is a tv by the bar but the barman just watches what he wants to watch. A pool table would have been nice.

The island is ok. Definitely not one of the best I've been to. The beach in front of Tuna Bay is pretty, but the rest of the island is in dire need of a clean up. If you walk just 5 minutes in either direction you will see lots of rubbish thrown on the ground and derelict buildings. It's a real shame that the island is not being taken care of as a whole. If just a few hotels joined together for a clean up, they could take care of the island in no time. Instead each hotel only seems concerned with their immediate beach area.

On our last night we had a terrible night's sleep. Someone had put up a naked bulb outside our front door and had left it on. Because of the glass above our front door, our whole room was lit up as though a bright light was on inside the room. There was no off switch - we searched in desperation for about 30 minutes. The bulb was too high for us to reach and we walked down to reception but there was noone there. The next morning before we left, we spoke to a young guy with long hair on the front desk about it and he was so rude. He didn't offer any kind of apology or explanation and basically couldn't care less. We asked to speak to the manager but the guy said he wouldn't arrive until after our boat back to the mainland had left.

Tips if you do go: -

Bring lots of cash, including to pay for your room and food with. There's no ATM and you will be charged to use your credit or debit card.

Go on the snorkelling trip. The snorkelling outside the hotel itself isn't great but it's very good a bit further out and you can swim with turtles.

Bring lots of books. I got through two in three days

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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