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"Great but..." JapaMala Resort Tip by VM66

JapaMala Resort, Pulau Tioman: 475 reviews and 17 photos

This is a resort with 5-star service and but not 5-star amenities.
There were some renovations going on but never disturbed us.
The resort never seems busy and is an hotel for people physically in good shape.
To our room (treetop nº13) we had more than 100 stairs... not all together, not that difficult and the walkway through the jungle has now handrails.

Location - I have never seen water so clear and snorkelling is great off the end of the jetty ... but :
To swim and enjoy the sea we had to walk till the end of the jetty as the beach is full of rocks and dead coral.
As the location is on the jungle, we had to live with it : the first night was a bit scary cause of the noise made mainly by monkeys and squirrels. The tree above our room was a food station for them...
There are only 3 beach pavilions to sunbathe - but you can sunbathe at the end of the jetty, on the Italian restaurant
The pool area was always desert-one uses it!.

There is no safe, furniture and no space to hang clothes – not even a chair.
The room has only bamboo blinds - there is light in the room from sunrise to sunset.
The a/c was weak and slow to cool the room.
There are several holes in the walls/floor of the room. Never had problems with small animals or bugs – except for the ants – those were the only visitors we had but the staff immediately solve the problem.

Restaurants :
The Tamarind serves breakfast Thai & Vietnamese. The Mandi Mandi restaurant serves Italian.
The food is of good value, there are always enough tables so you will never have to wait for a table.
The breakfast was average due to the limited choice. The juices were really good.

Our first impression was not to like – specially the room - but we ended up really enjoying and have a great holidays

Unique Qualities: The location is fantastic

Address: Tioman Island, Pahang, 26800, Malaysia
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Phone: +60 6094197777
Price: US$180 and up
Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 12, 2009
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