Tenggol Coral Beach Resort makes for a simple, rustic, and delightful stay. The interior of the wooden chalets could do with an upgrade (the taps and shower head are tarnished and rusty from oxidation) but the facilities are adequate enough especially if your purpose in spending time on an island is not to be holed up in your accommodation. The sheets are white and clean, and towels are provided. Bring your own toiletries, though, because only shower gel is available. The Resort provides mosquito repellent in-room for the many mosquitoes around the property but there are also sand flies on the beach that don't seem to be repelled by anything.
Meals are included in your package stay so you get breakfast (bread/toast; fried noodles; fried mini-sausages and beef bacon; corn flakes and Cocoa Puffs; and fried eggs to order), lunch, tea (usually fried spring rolls with different fillings), and dinner. Self-service tea, coffee, and bread/toast are available 24/7. The food is all Malaysian-style and very tasty. However, if you are not used to it, best to come with an open and welcoming mind. After meals, you are expected to clear up after yourself. There are containers to dispose of your food waste, and place your plates and mugs/glasses for washing.
There are also recycling receptacles around the property, lending a nice touch to conservation.
For recreation, there is a billiard table and at least two mahjong sets available if you get bored of lazing on the beach on the hammocks and chairs.
Snorkeling gear is available for rent and at certain times of the day, baby black tip reef sharks come to feed huge schools of small fish (anchovy-sized) close to shore. The dive centre is very closely and conveniently located to the main dining and social area, and the staff are friendly, well-humoured, and helpful. My only gripe is that the dive staff seem to be constantly smoking and sprawled out on the benches when not diving, even around customers. A more professional conduct would go a long way.
If you dive, you have to set up your own gear on shore but the interns will carry it to the boat for you. The great thing about diving in Tenggol - apart from the pristine marine environment - is that even the furthest dive site is only about a 15-20 minute boat ride away. Awesome dive sites with a chance to spot a whale shark if you're lucky.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tenggol Coral Beach Resort with 20 natural timber chalet blends harmoniously into the environment, creating an exclusive village-style living experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tenggol Coral Beach Resort Dungun, Terengganu