Upon arrival we received a welcome drink, we paid deposit and got this back later. The room was better than we expected, the room was clean and there was a broom that we could use ourselves if we needed to. There was wifi, it was a weak connection but it worked. The food at the restaurant was good, for the free breakfast we got a few items that we could choose from, I chose the chocolate waffles every day and my friend had the pancakes which was also very tasty.
The staff was super nice and really went out of their way to try to help you. The staff helped us get a water taxi every time we wanted to see a different part of the island. They also helped us on the last day when we were already checked out. The company that we booked a jetty with to get to the island never showed up and the staff of the lodge kept calling the company to come pick us up, in the end they arranged for us to join another company's jetty and still get off the island.
I would most definitely recommend booking here.
Booked the standard fan chalet room on agoda. Cheapest option at about 105 rinngat per night incl breakfast.
Was pleased to find it exceeded our expectations.
The room was really just a room, wouldnt really call it a chalet, coz that conjures up notions of a stand alone hut.
But it was adequate. The fan was sufficuent to give a cool night sleep.
Staff were polite. Breakfast was a few choices. Nothing fancy, but adequate.
Overall a nice stay, but when comparing it to islands we have toured in thailand its not on the radar. But nice enough for a chilled out stay... Remember... No atm on islands... Bring cash......
The chalets are well situated in a very nice garden. The people there were very kind and helpful. However the confort is somehow rudementary. The hot water was not possible to regulate and the room is very hot (no isolation and made of "thin" wood) so that you have to run constantly the air cond if you want to have a fresh room which is not very ecological. All in all it was however a very good stay.
We booked a beach hut, first in the row, for 350RM per night. We knew it's gonna be basic and the first morning, when a mouse ran over my husband's foot at breakfast we didn't even blink. The room was basic, quite tired, but OK. Beakfast blunt at best. The sheet was so old and used that it actually felt hard. Without any comment they gave us new sheet when we asked for a new one, were really polite about it. So no hard feelings there.... On the 4th night my husband watched the footbal finals so I went to bed alone. In the bathroom there she was, the mother of all cockroaches. 4-5 cm. No biggie. The staff gave me moskito spray that did the job. I sprayed around, a few more droped dead from the craks. And I thought that'd be it. next nigt, I was asleep already as my husband jumped out of bed. In the middle of the bed, there it was, a huge cockroach that climbed on my husband's leg. We chased it around unsucssessfully. I hardly slept that night since we travel with a 5 yrs old son and I didn' want cockroaches all over him. So next morning I asked the staff to really spray and clean. In vain. (Luckily) our last night on the island, I want to brush my teeth and there it was. Another 4-5 cm huge cockrach. That night I lost it. I complained and wanted to talk to the manager. I heard 3 diffrent stories about cockraches from diffrent staff. But this time I was determined that I am not payting so much money to sleep with cockraches. Hardly got any sleep that night as well. next morning the manager changed the story, apologised and gave us soem discount.
So all in all we left with OK feelings, but Perhentian islands were a nightmare for us. The place is totally overpriced, the beach on this part was often dirty (dark-green&brown smelly stain cming from Arwana resort, huge sewage pipe on the beach....). We were happy to leave and are not coming back, not to Bayu Dive Lodge, that's for sure....
Location was good, but on the beach, like everything else. Food was sub standard, so we only ate there a couple of times. Room was ok, but bathroom always smelt rather funny. Visibility whilst diving was poor but water was warm. Shallow quite far out so it take a while before you reach a depth where you can actually snorkel. like much ot SE Asia, Malaysia hasn't realised that if you look after the environment then you can make more tourist dollars, and it shows. Everything aimed at backpackers and hedonists, who invariably don't spend much money. Both diving instructors smoked...! Cost a bit more than expected and exchange rate on the island wasn't competitive.