Travelled with my partner here for 5D4N and stayed in a premier deluxe chalet and had a wonderful holiday.
The food was wonderful-lots of choice; fish, meat, vegetables, 4-7 different salads alone and a live cooking station etc. Also lots of fruit and cakes which were so tasty. There is access to tea/coffee and water all day in the main restaurant.
Hotel room was so large. I honestly wouldn’t feel the need to stay in a King Chalet unless there were more of us travelling together. It was cleaned daily and I had no complaints at all over this.
Diving was excellent-the staff were very friendly (Rob, Jenny, Jerry, Viktor, Maija and Paco). On our arrival we were offered a permit to Sipadan which we jumped at-apparently they receive 7 per day (but certain criteria have to be met-see Sipadan in the Lonely Planet book).The staff made the whole experience so relaxed and enjoyable. For most dives we were close to the island, great variety, lots of turtles, nudibranch etc and were taken by boat-all equipment was prepared by staff and placed onto the boat. There was never more than 3 of us to one dive guide. However, the highlight was Sipadan (only 150RM because there were 6 of us!!)…if you can, do more than one dive at Barracuda point and rent the underwater camera too (from Mataking). At Sipadan Mataking they provide great food too and I’m sure if you had any requests that these would be met.
Everyone on the island was incredibly helpful and friendly. I would not hesitate in recommending this resort. The activities are also excellent-so difficult to get bored!! Activities include: night walk (we saw a coconut crab and a turtle on way back to sea after laying eggs), mini-golf, Island tour.
Other trips include fishing and cooking courses (dependant on numbers). We really really enjoyed the bird watching which was for 2 hours in the morning. The guide was knowledgeable about the birds and has made his own guide which I would have like to have bought a copy!! We saw some doves, bats etc and a Kingfisher!
Would love to go back. We had the best time and I would thank the staff on the resort for giving us such a pleasant and memorable holiday.
Aberdeen, United Kingdom.. 27 October 2012