We recently stayed four nights at Sea Gypsy after a two night stay in Singapore as part of a quick one week break from Perth. We wanted a beach/ diving/ snorkelling get away from it all experience. It truely lived up to our expectations.
The travelling there was hassle free. The resort picks you from Singapore and is a three hour drive to ferry. The resort website gives a detailed accurate description of what is involved. The ferry was twenty minute ride. It was really spectacular to round the island and head onto the beach we were staying at. Couldn't believe our luck. It is the archetype white sand and palm trees island. The bonus was they were having a quiet week and we were the only guest for three nights
The island has several resorts with this beach had two others on it. One looked dodgy, one was new and similiar to Sea Gypsy. Sea Gypsy has been here for a while, is very organised and seems to know what to cater for (even has own recipes for sand fly repellant which is sale). We had drinks with then owner several times . She has an eye for detailand she runs a tight ship. We can really appreciate the work she has put in as we own a caravan park in South West Australia and certainly know the work involved. Big thumbs up.
The resort consists of a bar/ restaurant, dive centre, huts scattered around. The accommodation is basic and rustic. Rooms have bed, mosquito net, ovehead fan, cold water shower. Comfortable and more than met our needs. Food was brilliant and plenty of it. All was inclusive of the price. Each days menu was listed on board. Meals are at set times during the day. Then there is the bar ....they certainly can make a mean cocktail. Staff are really friendly and helpful. We even went snorkelling with the waitresses (a Brit and Aussie girl) one afternoon.
The absolute highlight of Sibu is the beach and water. Just like in the photos. There is absolutely nothing to do but amuse yourself. No TV, computers. Basically our day was:
-get up and walk 20 metres to water, have swim.
-have breakfast, read book and check out day menu.
-go for walk to snorkel spot.
-snorkel in lovely warm water with heaps to see.
-back for lunch
-read book on beach chair.
-bar for drink and dinner
The big downside was we did not scuba. My husband was disappointed with this. Evidently it's jelly fish season and the dive master discouraged diving saying it would be very unpleasant. However the snorkeling off the beach was fine. The dive shop looks well organised and professionally run. I wouldn't hesitiate to do it if the conditions were better. Did I mention it was well priced.
Generally we had a fantastic time. We felt relaxed and the island is really beautiful with lovely tropical weather. It was quiet with no one selling stuff on the beach. We travel a lot and like our five star resorts but really enjoyed 'ruffing' it for a change. It was also very well priced.
I would absolutely recommend Sea Gyspy and Sibu island. More than happy to travel here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Easy access form Singapore or Johor Bahru Airport with our own non stop direct airport transfers. Complete relaxation on an undeveloped island within a Marine Park. Delicious food, fully stocked bar which never closes for drinkers, amazingly beautiful safe almost private beach. Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Excursions, Nasty Activities, Sailing, Paddle Skiing, Boogie Boarding, Games, Beach Volleyball, and freshly baked Scones every afternoon! Special rates for kids up to 17 years of age. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sea Gypsy Village Resort And Dive Base
- Sea Gypsy Village Resort & Dive Base Hotel Mersing
- Sea Gypsy Village Mersing
- Sea Gypsy Village Resort & Dive Base Mersing, Johor, Malaysia