It was stretch of beautiful coastline as we approached the resort. Emerald waters boasting its clarity and showing how much potential there is for snorkeling and diving. Just 15 mins off tanjung leman jetty in a comfy boat ride, paradise can be found.
We were warmly greeted by the friendly staff. Blonde caucasians make up he bulk of all who work and stay here. This interesting melting pot of cultures is something truly unique especially since I expected nothing more than a local resort. The staff and visitors here come from all over the world and I was instantly transported away from the idea of a mundane Malaysian resort.
The beach itself is a generous assortment of geographical features ranging from soft white sand to stratified rocks holding tidal pools of all shapes and sizes. I really love the texture and colour of the stones and rocks in this area. There were inevitably some oil residue from a spill I believe, so take care to avoid stepping on these. Hopefully there's a way to clean em up.
It wasn't long before we succumbed to the allure of the pristine waters. A small blue spotted sting ray was what greeted us first just meters out. We were treated to a myriad of fishes, anemones and other interesting marine features. Giant clams also show promise of a healthy ecosystem where in most parts of the world are in decline. I was lucky to witness the most incredible feeding frenzy in a colour full display of fishes digging in on a patch of corals. Clown fish is also in abundance.
The chalet itself is a simple and flavorful hut, naturally ventilated under the shades of the canopies. It looks very much like a Zulu-styled accommodation, natural and in tune with the elements. The unit we were in had no hot shower or air con but it was fine without these. There are 2 fans to help keep it cool throughout. Beds were netted and insect could are provided. Some rooms do have hot shower if required.
The restaurant, bar and other structures are made of wood and all beautifully crafted and designed to take you away from the concrete jungle. A leisurely jungle walk of 20 mins will take you to the other side of the island where another stunning beach and resort awaits.
The food was scrumptious and lavish. It was 5-star service. Unlike most Malaysian resorts, they make sure the ingredients were fresh and every dish was premium quality to me.
I must say, the staff impressed me the most. They went out of their way willingly to help make my stay memorable. They would actually take time to talk to you and make sure everything is to your liking. All of them good-looking too! Perhaps one of the best ever in terms of hospitality and many resorts need to learn this from them.
Thanks to the staff and the friendly owner Malcolm for making this resort worth its stature on one of Malaysia's best and conveniently accessible islands. A big hi-five and thumbs up to you all!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only three hours from Singapore, Rimba Resort offers the perfect place to relax. Our natural bay at the northern tip of Pulau Sibu, Malaysia, offers a quiet and private setting where you can avail of great diving and snorkeling, and rejuvenate your senses.Rimba Resort offers more than two dozen dive sites, as well as the perfect training ground for beginner divers. Our dive school, Hi-Tide Divers, is what any Singapore based diver, or those who wish to become divers are looking for. Hi-Tide Divers boasts one of the most experienced instructors in the region and can cater to all your diving needs, whether it’s learning to dive at your chosen times in Singapore or at our house reef at Rimba Resort. Sitting on a Kenyan style village, Rimba Resort offers 21 charming seafront chalets all within a stone’s throw away from their 350m private beach. Because of its attractive location, Rimba Resort is the ideal place for a romantic beach wedding, team building function, corporate event, family vacation or dive holiday- the possibilities are endless. Our restaurant will exceed all expectations you may have for a small, personal resort. The bar, well there’s no other like it, and our private mini-van service from Singapore means you don’t need to drive or arrange your own transport. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rimba Hotel Johor Bahru