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#1 of 13 Specialty lodging in Pulau Perhentian Besar
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The Reef Chalets is a cosy small place with 12 Chalets arranged in a half moon shape in a lush tropical garden with big trees and grass area.
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Sally P wrote a review Sep 2022
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8 contributions13 helpful votes
Everything about the Reef is captivating. The accommodating and knowledgeable staff can take guests on snorkelling trips and fishing trips. My husband caught three big mahi-mahi on a half day fishing trip and those of us who went snorkelling saw sharks and an array of other fish as well as gorgeous corals. Swimming with the turtles is a delight always to be remembered. Although The Reef does not have food and beverages, there are several resorts nearby that do and there is a variety of food choices. The jungle garden of The Reef's landscape invites the dusky leaf monkeys with their cute white faces to roam, and there is a flying fox that often hangs out in the trees as well. The Reef is so serene I was happy to sit out on the front porch of my veranda and stare at the beautiful ocean for hours.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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sonia S wrote a review Sep 2022
Milan, Italy76 contributions55 helpful votes
This place is incredibly expensive (more than 300 RM, as many other hotels in the area) for the service and conditions of rooms. The rooms needs urgent renovation: mosquito nets (it is full of mosquitos), cleaning, new matresses, clean towels, and new forniture (beds are broken). Cleaning is very very poor, and the beach in front is totally unaccessible for swimming, and forthermore the dirty water from toilets and washing or other use, are going directly on the beach in a terrible smelly little river just in front of the rooms. At the same price I highly suggest to consider other hotel in the same area.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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ZzOoooMm wrote a review Oct 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia108 contributions23 helpful votes
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The Reef Chalet on Pulau Perhentian Besar (Big Island) houses simple no frills cozy chalets close to the beach front. Hot water for showering, aircond, fan, mosquito net, towels & soap are provided. For drinking hot water, one will need to go to reception to obtain as there are no mini fridge or electric kettle provided. 3 pin plug points are sufficient for 2 pax staying. My friend and I were on a short 4 day3night stay as we’re out in the sea most of the 3days due to my friend’s open water swimming clinic event. Big island will be more for honeymooners or family as food & beverage choices are limited. Barat is next door serves beer & awesome Bbq & western food. Mama’s chalet next to Barat serves thumbs up Italian coffee. The beach in front has plenty of fishes and sea cucumber & is shallow for kids. It is recommended to walk about 10min to the back and swim at PIR beach. There’s a snorkelling place in front of PIR which have alot of bleached corals but so where a young black tip shark was spotted during the ows clinic. Becareful & do not step on the corals as corals are living creatures formed over decades. To reach Reef Chalet, Barat,Mama’s chalet, one will be dropped off at the floating jetty to walk about 50mtrs to beach. Dusky spectacle monkeys can also be spotted at the Reef chalet. Just be wary of your food and stuff. Do not try to feed them as this is against their natural diet and they will turn aggressive in long run. In summary, the big island is a chill out island. Fret not, there is a small shop selling tidbits, mineral water, beer , simple toiletries next to Reef chalet. Breakfast is not included at the Reef.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Petr M wrote a review Jul 2020
Prague, Czech Republic70 contributions9 helpful votes
At first. I really do understand that the situation about Covid-19 is difficult. For everybody. Because of Covid restrictions in Malaysia in February 2020 the Reef challets had to cancel our accomodation. Of course. But they announced me that they cancellation policy says if I cancel the accommodation 14 days before it starts, they keep all money (I payed 50 %). When I protested very strongly, they ensured me that they will send all my money back. 2 months nothing happened. Then after my question they sent me a voucher for much lower money then I payed in advance (they lowered it for some handling fee - OK and for a taxes which they had to pay to the government - WTF? I payed them money including the taxes, right?). After my reccuring protests they sent me email, that I will get all money back. That is about 3 months and still nothing. Don´t go there, don´t support this bad behaviour. They used my money for solving their economic situation without giving anything back.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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MeiLynnC wrote a review Jul 2020
Bangkok, Thailand16 contributions21 helpful votes
We stayed 4 nights here with friends and had the best time. Simple, clean, casual. It was also a great location, very chill, good and cheap food options around. We did a bit of snorkeling just off the beach and saw a turtle! We would most definitely come back here!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Clarelouise88 wrote a review Jul 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia62 contributions7 helpful votes
Amazing guys right on the beach. No frills. We stayed in the family room- number 12. Will be back for sure. Nice honest staff. Great location to walk over the bridge to the other beach for snorkelling or you can also snorkel right on this beach. Good places to eat near by. Hidden gem!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Gwendo wrote a review Oct 2019
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We booked the air con / hot shower chalet directly through the hotel. Communication was great with the hotel since the beginning, since they organised the taxi and boat trip return from Kota Bahru airport. Setting is just amazing, right in front of the beach and the jetty, surrounded by a lovely garden. The chalet itself is straight forward, we found the bed was great, the room was quiet and there was a lovely terrace where you could have breakfast ( there is no breakfast option at the chalet, but you have Belinda's cafe next door, and minimarkts nearby ) . We loved the location of the Reef. The beach might not be the prettiest in Besar, but for us it was important to be close to dining / eating / shopping option and you could easily book a water taxi to get around or even walk.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Sally P wrote a review Aug 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8 contributions13 helpful votes
The magic of Perhentian Island is that you never know what wonders will unfold. We have been going back to the Reef Chalets for many years and love the fact that each visit is different. Rashidah and Kadir are fabulous hosts and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the island. Thanks to the excellent guidance of Awi, my husband's fishing trip was a big success; they caught red snapper, mahi mahi and several other types of fish. For me, snorkelling around the corner from the chalets and relaxing in a hammock while reading a great book was heaven. The lush and well kept garden surroundings, with a view of the sea, make it such a pleasure to sit on the veranda of the chalet and the rooms, while basic, are very comfortable. The back kitchen is convenient for guest use. We look forward to our next visit to the Reef Chalets!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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rhian n wrote a review Aug 2019
Paris, France120 contributions91 helpful votes
Basic but confortable chalet. Great location, very calm away from the other resorts which made it feel very secluded. Excellent snorkeling trips. Great food choice within a 5 minute walk. We had an amazing time and would h definitely come back
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Glenys R wrote a review Jul 2019
Doha, Qatar20 contributions9 helpful votes
We arrived with two teenager girls and my 80 year old mother and all of us enjoyed this special location. The reef chalet staff worked hard to help us get mum there and back out together a great package and solved any problems that we had. The only issue that we had was finding a comfortable relaxing chair for my mum and this is because reef chalet caters for a younger demographic. The boat journey was a little rough and it did shake her up a little. We should have had her sitting right at the back of the boat where the ride is smoother. Saying that she loved @ the trip and we are grateful to Hani and the crew for helping us to organise.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Reef Chalets
Which popular attractions are close to The Reef Chalets?
Nearby attractions include Perhentian Islands (0.7 km) and Universal Diver (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Reef Chalets?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include airport transportation, laundry service, and free internet access.
What are some restaurants close to The Reef Chalets?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Barat Perhentian Restaurant, Nia Cafe, and Belinda Cafe.
Does The Reef Chalets have airport transportation?
Yes, The Reef Chalets offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The Reef Chalets have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.