Tenggol Coral Beach Resort is located on a small but beautiful bay. There’s a restaurant and a diveshop and that’s it. The beachview chalets are as they say, right at the beach, while the bayview chalets (we had one of those) are higher up and offer only glimpses of the bay through the junglefoliage and diveshop buildings. Nevertheless it’s a beautiful place! Our room was very spacious and had a double and a single bed (plus an extra stretcher if needed), big windows with wooden shutters for some nice sea breeze and a nice balcony. The beds were excellent. All in all very comfortable, only the hot water in the shower didn’t really function. In the restaurant (which serves as a communal area) the food is served buffet style. There’s a lot of choice, most of it oriental and a bit western now and then, and the menu is varied every day (one day they even did steamboat) so we enjoyed it very much. Minor drawbacks are that the buffet is often cold and that the eggs for breakfast are softboiled…very softboiled. Big plus is that coffee, tea and toast are available all day long. Staff of the restaurant is a bit aloof, but helpful as soon as you turn to them. How different from the diveshop right next door which is staffed, apart from some professionals, by a lot of trainees who are very sociable and enthousiast and on the whole a merry bunch who smoke too much… Their equipment is good and new, they only don’t provide the convenient strap-on fins. They brief you well on the sites and can deliver 4 dives a day while returning between each dive due to the proximity of all the divesites. I think the longest boatride is 15 minutes. Inside the bay there are some wrecks to explore (modern fishing ships) and along the etches of the island there are beautiful fields of coral. Whalesharks we didn’t see, but we saw turtles, barracudas, rays, groupers and puffers, triggerfish, a black tipped reef shark. Unfortunately the visiblity was only 10-15 metres, but hey that’s nature. To conclude: it’s a marvellous place and the divestaff stole our hearts. Alltogether the place is 5-star stuff but for that to accomplish it needs to beef up the general feeling of hospitality and serve better eggs. One final thought: special thanks to Jennifer from KL-office for all her hard work! And ah, there's no wifi.
- 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