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Reviewed 24 May 2008

Resorts in Malaysia can be a tricky affair - generally promisng more than they deliver. This one though delivered more than expected though perhaps a tad over priced for what it is. Its a lovely location, great for kids and adults alike, clean beach, ok snorkeling and quite decent food - in fact pretty good food - something that again is often/always touted in resorts in Malaysia and often a dissappointment. Room we had was over the water - nice, simple but bathroom was tired to say the least but it worked. Nice big deck with broken sun umbrella but we didn't use it so no biggy. We are pretty spoiled travellers so generally quite tough on expectations and normally seek 5 star solutions but this one was a pleasant surprise given the general lack of quality choice in the region - the overall mixture of location, facilities, food, friendly staff in a way more than acceptable 3star+ resort in an area that is short on quality standards was a very pleasant surprise and we would/will go back. If you are looking for Bora Bora 5 star quality this isn't it but if you can appreciate a laid back, pretty beach, better than decent food (try the little neighbouring beach shack bistro next door - fun and good food too), nice "crowd" hanging out on a little island then you wont be disappointed.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 April 2008

Rawa looked idyllic as we motored in on the boat. It’s quite a small island with a tropical interior and a golden sandy beach. We were given a welcome drink and only had to wait a short while for a room even though we arrived at 10:30am. Our room was quite basic with hardly any storage and the double bed was pushed up again one wall. The bathroom was adequate with a good (sometime cold) shower and at least the room had air conditioning. 3 nights was about right given the layout of the room. I did find out that some of the rooms were larger and had more storage, even though they were the same price.

The main restaurant did an excellent job. All 3 meals a day were buffet style but there was a good choice and the quality was exellent. The dishes also varied over the time we were there. Well done to the chef(s) – we were impressed with what they did.

The beach and the sea were both very clean. There were some jelly fish or small nipping things which put a lot of people off going in the sea on our first day. However there had been a big storm the night before which was probably responsible. Once the jelly fish had gone, the snorkelling was reasonable.

The hotel offers 3 night packages and for me, this was just the right amount of time.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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Thank English_Al
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Reviewed 26 December 2007

I love Rawa Island. Clear water...powder white sand...you can't take a crap picture there.

I remember the first time I visited the island...my jaw dropped...never did I expect the beach to be that beautiful. I thought that sort of water can only be found in places like maldives, hawaii, fiji etc.

Very reasonably priced....great staff...we have become friends with them. Great island getaway.

Will post some pictures and maybe the video i made of us doing jetty jumpes etc.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2007

This is a great place for young families who enjoy island retreats. Nice accomodation on a fantastic beach stretch, crystal clear water, great food - buffet spread that caters for kids too, in addition to generous variety of food for adults, i.e prawns, squid for lunch and dinner. Friendly staff, attentive service, i.e.butter prawns at the buffet line ran out, and when they replenished it, the waiter brought some for us, without us having to say a thing.

There are many things to do at the resort too. The best is a water slide that is built on the jetty and runs directly into the sea. Also the jetty is home to many fishes, can see and feed the fish just there. Can snorkel too, as there's a huge bed of corals just at the resort. The resort houses some peacocks too, my kids loved the novelty of the peacocks walking into the restaurants.

My experience of beach retreats have been in Perhentian and Redang, and accomodation wise, this is the best. I'll definately go back. It takes 4-5 hours driving from KL, shorter from Singapore and the boat ride is 25 mins. That's even better than going to Penang for the beach from KL.

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Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2018, travelled with family
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