Stunning resort right on a white powdery sand beach. Crystal clear warm waters.
Chalets are in good order and have a decent shower and A/C. Beds are clean and comfy.
There are no coffee/tea making facilities in the room, but 24-hour hot water is available from reception.
There is no Wi-Fi signal in the chalets, so you need to be in the reception/restaurant area to access this facility.
Breakfast is buffet style and of reasonable standard. You won't go hungry. Food and beverages are generally quite expensive in this resort, but quite normal for a higher end establishment on an island. The menu is quite extensive and the quality pretty good. The bean coffee for latte/ cappuccinos was poor and on the bitter side, not worth the price tag.
A few other cheaper resorts to the left and right of Tuna Bay on this beach are also very good. Alcohol is very limited on the Islands; tuna bay has the best selection on this beach area. You can get a can of beer in some of the others.
Overall, this resort performed well, and the staff were super friendly.
We enjoyed our time here.
We arrived at the jetty just after 5pm- the only ever time during our trip in Malaysia that any form of transport had actually left on time. And so we had to spend the night in Kuala Besut. The hotel did not charge us for the night, which was very gracious.
The transport to the island the next morning work well. We had the chalet number 5A, which is sea-facing, right at the end. In our opinion, the best one. The beach is great for swimming and snorkelling. The staff are friendly, but it was a bit irritating to have one of the staff (or one of the staff's sons) lying on our porch taking selfies more than once. He also kept on coming to our porch to feed the squirrels (which I don't think is allowed). Anyway. The breakfast is mediocre at best and the restaurant is simply awful. in fact, it was the most over-priced garbage we had on our entire trip. Don't have dinner here. Rather go reserve a table at the chalets next door or top to Nia's on the beach. Cheap and delicious.. amazing shakes and rot canai!
The room itself was super basic. I though they could have been a little more creative or at least hold themselves to a higher standard regarding the comfort of the room. But I guess we're on an island. The price was a bit too steep for the product.
We picked Tuna Bay after reading many travel reviews and we weren’t disappointed. The resort was set on a beautiful beach, and we’d have to say the best of both islands. A great area for swimming and snorkeling or a great place to view the sunset from the restaurant. It was lovely to just sit and take in the crystal clear waters. We stayed in a beach front super deluxe chalet and the view was stunning. Whilst you spend most of your time on the beach, the room features were great and the room was clean and comfortable.
We dined in the restaurant on many occasions- breakfast was buffet and there was plenty of selection, with an egg station- the omelettes were great. In the evening BBQ’s we’re fantastic, the fish was so fresh and tasty!
We took a taxi boat over to Long Beach, hiked the jungle trail upto Perhentian Island Resort, went Kyaking, snorkeling and diving! It was a truly fantastic time.
The location is what really makes this place special. An almost private beach overlooking the sea as well as the town on the neighboring island. We enjoyed our stay here very much. The room was not very special but clean, spacious en comfortable with a huge bed. The garden could use some TLC as well as some of the sunbeds but the overall experience was not tarnished by these details.
The service was great, the staff was very friendly. However, we did hit a slight language barrier which sometimes made it difficult to get recommendations on what to do. We ended up booking a snorkel tour next door due to this, which was a shame. Other than that, do not hesitate to stay here! The price-quality is excellent and you will not regret it.
Something to take into account when visiting the Perhentian Islands that we were not aware of:
If you are staying on the larger island (Pulau Besar) you can visit the smaller island by water taxi. However, at night it can be dangerious as the climate can change by the flick of a switch. It is not recommended you travel by water taxi at night. We didn't know this and were a little dissapointed as most of the restaurants and bars are located on the smaller island which we planned on visiting at night.
The house reef is the highlight and better than a lot of the snorkelling spots. A lot of fishes and corals!
We booked a deluxe garden chalet for 4D3N snorkeling package with one night extension. The resort is very well organized and full of staff. We found out the door of the chalet couldn't be locked properly, we told the reception and someone came immediately, but it took 2 hours to fix. We just waited inside the chalet watching 2 men trying to fix it with different tools and drills. The reception refused to change a room for us.
The beach is very clean and well-maintained. Getting water taxi to Kecil was easy. Food was okay but too oil and too much fried food, sometimes repeated. We got 2 plates of chicken in 2 different flavours at 1 night included in the package.
We might still visit Tuna Bay Island Resort again. The Abdul Chalet nearby looks great too!