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Minang Cove Resort
Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Pulau Tioman
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
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“We loved it, would go back!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2011

We actually went in March 2010 and am finally writing a review.

The accommodations are rustic, like a camping lodge, but clean, and comfortable and is very fitting for the simple and tropical setting.

The staff were very friendly and helpful. There were plenty of wildlife sightings from our room, between the buildings, and snorkeling.

Food was simple and delicious. Loved the daily afternoon bell sounding for tea time.

Our daily routine was sleep in, walk down for breakfast, snorkel, lunch, beach, tea time, nap, dinner, drinks at the bar with fellow travelers, and then watch the fish and black tipped reef sharks come out when they dump the daily food scraps into the ocean.

I would recommend this place for an escape from the real world, and a few days of quiet and relaxation.

Just a warning however, the rooms and bathrooms are very rustic. But I think that is the standard for Tioman Island with the exception of the one high end resort on the island.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2011

Arrival to Minang Cove-My Stay at Minang Cove was just incredible, from the time me and my wife landed at Tioman Airport we both were picked by Sara and transferred on a speedboat, On Arrival Sara was extremely helpful in explaining some basic rules of the resort like dinner breakfast time etc, locking of our rooms to avoid the monkey menace.

Location- The resort of Minang Cove is located after you pass most of the major resorts and the view of the twin peaks behind Minang Cove resort is simply breathtaking. I booked a standard sea view chalet which was pretty comfortable,

Island Exploring-We did do Island tours and the resort does organize these however they require close to 8 people so that the cost of the trip is shared by 8 of us. Do check with Sara and she would be glad to help you on the same, total cost would be (800 MYR), Renggis Islands is a must view for all of you folks who love to snorkel,(would suggest you carry an underwater camera or take it from the resort they do give it you on hire for 50MYR per day) I spotted some pretty colorful fish like parrot fish grey mullet fish and some other folks also saw turtles at Renggis Islands and near Minang Cove reef as well, Tulai Islands was good it had some amazing coral we snorkeled there as well. My wife also went for the SPA and she told me it was really good the price was MYR 150 for an hour.

Sunset- On all of the days we visited we got some spectacular views of the sunset, you can just enjoy your drink of the jetty and click some amazing sunset pics or just stare at the sky for the beautiful and lovely colors.

Staff- The staff at Minang Cove were extremely helpful and were really good, on arrival the owner Mr.Tony was personally there to pick our bags on a another day he spent a good hour chatting with us explaining how he had built Minang Cove over the years he was very humble, Olli the Dive instructor was also very good though I did not dive but lots of other people did tell me that they did have a great time diving with him, Umor, Ain and all the other staff were just great and were really professional

Post Dinner- Every night the food leftovers is feed to the fish at the jetty and shark spotting s are common at Minang Cove Resort, just before we left Minang Cove the night before Olli the dive master was feeding the fish and we saw baby sharks and a huge shark really lucky. I liked this since the resort does not throw wasteful food in the land thus avoiding rats pests and other rodents.

Tips: I would advise book early since I got 6nights for the price of 5 and also fly Berjaya Air since it cuts a lot of time and they are good to fly with. The resort also has some good book collection which my wife picked up, Also went jungle trekking till the village others did go till the waterfall which is a good distance and the same was humid as well carry lots of water with you if do wish to trek to the waterfall. We forgot the date and days when we stayed at Minang Cove Resort.

We both were extremely sad to return back from a dream world in Tioman and we were back to reality I will definitely come back to Minang Cove, we both had a great time, please do keep up the good work and thanks again..

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2011

The problem I usually have with holidays in Malaysia is that they tend to be neither here nor there : standards are usually not as high as in Singapore, offerings not as good-value as in Thailand or Indonesia - for what you pay/get.

Tioman is beautiful especially where Minang Cove is situated - in the southern tip or a 30-min boat ride away from the airport. The transfer was smooth and worth it as it took one away from the more crowded places. However, I wouldn't be the first to take issue with the price - 100RM return per adult regardless of whether you are alone or sharing the boat with 10 other people. When you are paying for 6 like I was, it didn't make sense. A rip-off if I may say so.

The view was lovely and welcoming when one arrived at the small resort. Welcome drink, briefing by the owner and we were then taken to our beach-front villa with its 3 bedrooms. Situated on one end of the small beach, it was private with a great view of the sea - though you could end up either sleeping very well or not at all because of the waves.

Room was reasonably clean though easily invaded by ants. Light flickers on and off all the time but there was air-conditioning and it worked.

The price included breakfast (choice between eggs cooked differently or banana pancake), afternoon tea (only one sweet item, often banana, so if you don't like it or cannot eat it you have no tea to speak of - but I love bananas so whether they were fried mashed up or whole, in a cake or just battered I ate them) and dinner. Dinner was often a small buffet and once we had grilled satay which was good. There was enough food and the offering though simple was delicious enough (e.g. nasi lemak, beef rendang, steamed fish, vegetables...), but I would suggest they stick to cooking Malay and not venture too much into Thai or Chinese until the cook really masters these cuisines.

Lunch was another matter - e.g. 28RM for a plate of fried rice! Even a very good hotel in Singapore wouldn't charge that much. Unless you pay for a boat ride to "town" or walk 45 minutes to the almost-dead village next door, you have no other dining options, so...Ditto for bar prices, so stock up when you do walk to the village.

Kids spent their day on the small beach (watch out for crabs on the rocks, my youngest was pinched by one on the toe) or snorkelling in the water. Hub dived with the small diving centre in the resort. A number of excursions were organised for a fee. Fish feeding after dinner (i.e. the day's rubbish was dumped into the sea) was a highlight as you usually get to see sharks. Quite a simple, quiet, relaxing holiday.

Local staff were kind and friendly especially the owner's stepdaughter. The massage was good if a bit pricey, especially love the tree-top feeling up there in the tiny spa.

All in all it was a good 5 days at Minang Cove though for the price you could probably do better in Indonesia or even Thailand.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2011

We stayed at Minang Cove for 4 nights in July 2011 after a week in Singapore. Tioman is beautiful and the resort is tucked away at the southern tip of the island, at the foot of the stunning 'twin peaks'. The resort is small - only a dozen or so guests when we arrived - so it makes for a perfect relaxing getaway (don't expect phone signal or wi-fi!) The hotel is modern, well furnished and looked after - it really is as good as the photos on the website.

Apart from snorkelling, some jungle trekking and relaxing on the beach, there are no activities around the resort and the rest of the island is only accessible by boat. However, this is exactly the sort of holiday we wanted and we easily filled our 4 days.

Highlights for us were:
- Location: if you want peace, a bit of isolation and amazing scenery then this is definitely the spot for you.
- The resort organises a round-island snorkelling trip that is well worth it (Renggis Island in particular is incredible - look out for the sharks and the sea turtle!)
- Our room (deluxe sea view) was spacious, well-furnished, clean and had a great view over the cove
- The food was very nice; the weekly BBQ in particular was excellent
- We found all the staff to be very welcoming, friendly and helpful (including Sue at the Mersing office, who was very helpful when we missed our original ferry)

The only issues were:
- The resort's private beach is very small so could get a bit cramped when the resort is full. The beach is also very rocky with sharp coral so swimming can be difficult in the shallow end, especially if the sea is a bit choppy.
- The bar prices were European standard; expensive for Malaysia!
- The boat transfers to/from airport and Genting jetty were also pricey (at around £25 per person per way)

Overall, though, our stay at Minang Cove was excellent and we came away feeling very relaxed - we'd love to return one day.

Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2011

We spent three nights at Minang Cove and loved it!. We were looked after by the staff right from the beginning. When we arrived at the ferry terminal in Mersing we made our way to the office to be greeted by Sue. Sue then took us down to the terminal and helped us organise the marine park pass and our tickets. This was good as there were lots of people and it helped avoid fuss.

The ferry trip was about an hour and it was quite rough. The drone of the engines nearly put us to sleep, but we arrived still in good spirits. We stopped off at the Genting jetty on Tioman, where we were met by a smaller boat to transfer us to Minang Cove. This trip was rough but fun. We felt safe in the hands of the driver.

On arrival to the resort we had our welcome drink and met Tony the owner and he provided us with some information about the place and activities. Next day to our surprise the weather remained rough. We were told this was out of character for the season and still managed to take a snorkel trip on another part of the island over the next few days. With the wind rolling the sea about and less opportunities for snorkeling on the reef just off the resort's jetty, all we could do is relax. The gardens and resort grounds are so pretty and the accommodation has an amazing view so this was not a difficult task.

We took a walk to a small waterfall, which had us walking past a local village. It was great to have a dip in the waterfall to cool down. My husband saw a turtle under the waterfall too. On the walk back we saw a monitor lizard taking a swim in the river.

After our walk we both had massages from the Thai ladies at the resort. My massage was excellent and I felt very respected and extremely relaxed.

Minang Cove was the highlight of our trip in Malaysia and we would love to return one day.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Minang Cove Resort
Address: P.O. Box 74, Pulau Tioman 86807, Malaysia
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Region: Malaysia > Pahang > Rompin District > Pulau Tioman
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Pulau Tioman
#3 Spa Hotel in Pulau Tioman
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,882 - ₹ 11,506
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Minang Cove Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Minang Cove Resort & Spa, a tropical island paradise. Located in the south of the beautiful island of Tioman, a truly stunning location. Off our private beach you will enjoy the warm crystal clear waters, of the South China Sea. Where you can snorkel or scuba dive with the abundant marine life, living in and around our live reef. Including Turtles. Those who are looking for small friendly resort, surrounded by nature, with glimpses of local wild life and unspoilt rainforest. Look no further !! To access the resort, you can take a ferry from the Mersing ferry terminal. Then getting off at the 1st stop, at Genting Village. There our resort speedboat will transfer you to the resort. The second way is to fly, on Berjaya Air from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. Again our speedboat will transfer you to the resort. One of the resort representatives will meet you on your arrival at the airport. ( For flight and ferry transfers you need to inform us in advance to arrange this transfer.)We have 18 rooms at the resort, which are perfectly clean, well maintained and all with incredible views. We serve authentic local food for evening dinner, changing its theme every night. Lunches are ala-carte and a mix of local and western.You will also enjoy a variety of cool beverages served at our restaurant and beach Bar. Watch the sunset with a tasty cocktail or have a glass of wine over dinner. Our room rates included half board, which is breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner.Some of the activities offered at the resort are, snorkelling, scuba diving, jungle tracking, fish feeding, fishing and island tours.The facilities which are available are, The Minang Spa, private jetty & beach, sun deck with loungers, sun shades, a library, fully equipped dive centre (with resident instructor) , laundry service and baby sitting. Room as well as beach towels provided.The overall atmosphere is very chilled and relaxed. Helpful, friendly staff providing an unforgettable experience, in your Island Paradise. ... more   less 
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