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Shari-La Island Resort
Skierniewice, Poland
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Reviewed 4 September 2013 via mobile

We stayed there 2 nights. It was quite dufficult to find something without earlier booking. Only some ugly and cheap rooms in different chalets nearby. Szari-la wasn't cheap - 250 per one night but of a good value. Food was not included.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

The nice room and the beautiful view is a package given when you stayed at the chalet near the private beach.. very privacy. Suitable for honeymooners..but, the beach here are not suitable for swimming because there's a lot died coral and can cause pain on your feet just by stepping on it... to swim in the biggest swimming pool in the world, you have to cross the island and go to Long beach.. crystal clear water, white sandy beach.. what else can i say,.. its the best! Same goes at night, here in Sharila or Coral Beach offers minimum entertainment compares to the beach across the island (Long Beach) there's a beach party all night! Anyway, Shari-La still offer the relaxing, privacy, beautiful landscape and very suitable for the rushing & cramped city people like me to have a moment with the sound of the beach and the view like watching a hd beautiful landscape pictures right in front of your eyes..

  • Stayed June 2013
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

Shari-la Island resort is a good hotel on the main beach of Pulau Perenthian Kecil. It's direct connected with ferry jetty.

We stayed in a 10 person apartment which was very clean and confortable with 3 bathrooms, aircon and fan in every room.

Breakfast is rich and in the hall there is free Wi-Fi connection. In the hotel there is a restaurant where you can have grilled fish ore something else but i suggest you to try restaurant along the beach. The resort includes a diving (5 star padi resort) where I had my Advance Open Wtaer course.

Don't miss the crazy night life into long beach, on the other part of the island (ten minute walk from the resort)

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

The surrounding was so close to the nature & they did not cut down so much trees for the construction & conserve the natural tropical environment at the resort. That makes u feel so calm & cooling as you walk along the way to your room.
Along the way, you can find a staircase that brings you to the romantic beach, where you can stright away go snorkeling without hustle bustle of the boat traffic making you worried evertime you go snorkeling. There were so many fish & it is very enjoyable.
My room was quite far from the jetty but the journey was made easy by the walkway they constructed for you to reach your room. As we reach the deluxe room, we were fascinated by the deco in the room. The room was so nice. The breakfast was good & delicious with varieties of food available. The staff was so friendly.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

- Dirty, in its entirety. Very dingy reception area with old sofas. Room had a lot of space, but with dusty exteriors and toilet with broken utilities.

- We asked for a water heater and hairdryer when calling the reception from our room. The reception said they didn't have either. We later found a hairdryer near the dressing table.

- A weird element: there's a circle-shaped shop ran by an old Indian man, closer to the trail leading to Long Beach. He tried to sell us a large bottle of 100 Plus for RM17 (near quadruple the store-price, unbelievable even for "island price"). He lowered it (to RM7) when he found out we were locals. This was kind of malicious and nasty, I imagine a lot of foreign tourists would happily pay these prices thinking they were normal.

- Eateries surrounding the hotel have some sort of con. A restaurant near the hotel offers RM25 'BBQ Buffet' for dinner, where you receive ONE piece of BBQ poultry next to a buffet of salads and fruits. A piece of raw chicken breast might cost you RM4-RM6 in a typical supermarket. Just mull over the kind of margin they get from this sort of exploitation.

- The dive spots near the island are just decent. There are plenty of nicer spots offered around Malaysia. But without diving, I'm not sure what I'd do on this island/resort. Everything is grossly overpriced (I've been to many other local islands) and on the other side (Long Beach), its a scene that has molded itself to serve rowdy foreign backpackers. Loud music, expensive booze, a crazy "fire show". Which is a shame, because the beach is truly a wonderful sight. I saw a few locals travelling with family and young kids, and it was sad to see how alienating Long Beach was to them at night. They simply stood quietly at the fringes of the "fire show", feeling like outsiders in their own country.

- A plus point for this resort is that breakfast runs quite late.So if you opt to go for a morning dive (typically at 8 or 830AM), there'll be the breakfast buffet for your hungry tummy to run to after.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

We were four and booked quad room. Arrived around 9am to the island and luckily there was a quad room available so we get to check-in directly. As a hotel guest, we paid MYR20 for breakfast, otherwise breakfast buffét is included in your room. You did get your bags carried on your way to your room :-) Super.

Our villa had a big front patio and a balcony at the back. We thought that the room was nicely designed and we were happy with our stay there. If you want to have the room cleaned, hang the sign that says "Clean the room" or something like this. Or inform the reception. We didn´t get the sign during check-in and wondered if the housekeeping were somehow hoping to not be called.

Yes, the 24/7 electricity was a luxury and during the day, we love coming back to the room now and then to enjoy the air conditioner ;-) Or the fan.

Buffet dinner was not so impressive, quite pricey for the choices that they offered. Go somewhere else instead. Overall, we are very satisfied with our stay and hope to come here again next time.

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms closer to reception, unless you like to walk ;-)
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

-On Diving

I had my period on the first day I went *DAMN IT!* so eventually I only managed to dive two times instead of seven as we planned. My dive buddy went for 4 dives before she started falling sick too. It was raining on almost every night when we were there (End of July).

Visibility was horrible due to stormy weather
Overcrowded dive sites with easily 30 divers under the ocean on site
Many corals and fishes, could have been beautiful places to dive apart from the less than 3M visibility
Many Triggerfishes to pace up your diving :(

-On Food
Ample of restaurants along the beach but all menus are repetitive and limited
Very pricey

-On Accommodation (Shari-La Resort)
A comfortable stay at Shari-La Resort, was satisfied that the room was clean
Overheard some other tourists complaining about bed bugs and stolen items *warning*
The solar-powered water heater is not reliable, ended up bathing in cold water a few times!

-On Island
Overly and extremely commercialized, just a bunch of people lucky enough to get permissions to run businesses on the islands to shake money off you.
No local and native cultures nor warmth, everyone just treats you as a money tree.
Poor sanitization and hygiene
The island is not well-maintained, most businesses are small without any proper planning for long term

-How To Get There
FROM KL : Purchase Mahligai Express @ RM50 per trip to Kuala Besut
At the jetty, there are plenty of boat services available @ RM35 per trip


Overall, it was a disappointing trip for me. I am not sure if I would still return here as I haven’t explored the Besar yet… Well, who knows?

How about you? Have you been to Pulau Perhentian? Have I missed out anything cool? Share with me!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Shari-La Island Resort
Address: Coral Bay, Perhentian Island, Pulau Perhentian Kecil 20300, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Terengganu > Pulau Perhentian Kecil
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Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Pulau Perhentian Kecil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Shari-La Island Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shari-La Island Resort located at Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Coral Bay), 8 minutes walking distance to long beach. Nice place, nice room, nice environment with natural beauty. Our rooms come with hot shower, satellite TV, mini bar, air-condition + fan and 24 hour electricity. Moderate for all budgets. ... more   less 
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