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PULAU MANUKAN - RUSTIC PARADISE

Paradise.... Shared with Mozzies and Midgies


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I HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT OUR STAY ON MANUKAN ISLAND.

ALL THE OTHER ISLANDS THAT WE HAVE VISITED IN MALAYSIA HOLD
THEIR OWN SPECIAL MEMORY.

PULAU TIOMAN - SNORKLING, DIVING, LOCALS, SUNSETS, BEACH BAR,
GORGEOUS DIVING INSTRUCTORS.....
HELL.... TIOMAN ISLAND HAS THE BEST MEMORIES!! :)

PULAU KETAM - OFF THE BEATEN PATH, DIFFERENT LOCAL LIVING,
HOUSES ON STILTS, QUAINT FISING VILLAGE, FANTASTIC SEAFOOD.

PULAU LANGKAWI - AWESOME SCENERY, MONKEYS, YUMMY SEAFOOD,
SUNSET CRUISING AND OTHER FUN STUFF TO SEE AND DO.

PULAU PENANG - FOODIE HEAVEN! FABULOUS MOUNTAIN SCENERY,
FRIENDLY LOCALS, FANTASTIC ACCOMMODATION ON FERRINGHI
BEACH.

MANUKAN ISLAND WAS DIFFERENT. MAYBE IT HAD SOMETHING TO DO
WITH US HAVING TO BOOK SOMEWHERE AT SHORT NOTICE BECAUSE
OUR PLANS TO TRAVEL TO NEW YORK FELL THROUGH.... CHECK OUT MY
PREVIOUS BLOG.

MAYBE IT HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE MOZZIES AND SANDFLIES
OR THE STAFF WHO NEED A LOT MORE COACHING ON HOW TO
INTERRACT WITH THEIR GUESTS. I DON'T KNOW....

WHEN I SAY RUSTIC PARADISE.... I MEAN THAT THE BEACHES HERE ARE
STUNNING! THE ACCOMMODATION WAS DEFINITELY 5 STAR! .....
PARADISE!! :)

BUT THE OTHER FACILITIES LET MANUKAN ISLAND RESORT DOWN.
AND THE STAFF LET THE PLACE DOWN.
SO, MANAUKAN ISLAND RESORT WAS A MIXTURE OF PARADISE WITH A
BASIC RUSTIC FEEL.

IN HINDSIGHT.... EVEN THOUGH THIS PLACE CERTAINLY HAS A LOT GOING
FOR IT..... IT LACKS ALOT COMPARED TO THE OTHER ISLANDS THAT WE
HAVE BEEN TO IN MALAYSIA.

SO WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT MANUKAN ISLAND RESORT?....

MANUKAN ISLAND RESORT ACCOMMODATION

WHEN WE ARRIVED AT KOTA KINABALU OR 'KK' AS THE LOCALS CALL IT,
WE TOOK A SHORT 15 MINUTE BOAT RIDE TO MANUKAN ISLAND.

I BOOKED ONE OF THE EXPENSIVE CABINS ON STILTS OVERLOOKING
THE BEACH. THIS IS 5 STAR ACCOMMODATION WITH A PRICE TO MATCH.
WE WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED.

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HOWEVER, WE WERE DISAPPOINTED THAT THE STAFF DIDN'T TELL US
ABOUT THE MOZZIES AT NIGHT. THERE WAS AN ELECTRICAL MOZZIE
PLUG IN THINGY IN THE BEDROOM THAT WE DISCOVERED AFTER 2 NIGHTS.
IF WE HAD HAVE KNOWN THAT EARLIER.... WE WOULD HAVE AVOIDED THE
MASSIVE BITES AND ITCHY ARMS AND LEGS. LATER WE OVERHEARD STAFF
TELLING NEW ARRIVALS ABOUT THIS. UNFORTUNATELY THEY FORGOT TO TELL US.

SAME THING WITH MIDGIES (SAND FLIES). WHEN WE ARRIVED, THE STAFF
SHOULD HAVE WARNED US ABOUT THE MIDGIES ON THE BEACH. IF THEY
HAD HAVE DONE.... WE WOULD HAVE PURCHASED SOME SANDFLY STUFF
FROM THE LITTLE SHOP. INSTEAD.... WE SUFFERED MOZZIE AND MIDGIE
BITES FOR 2 DAYS BEFORE FINALLY WORKING IT OUT.

SUNSETS

RELAXING ON AN ISLAND IS NOT COMPLETE UNLESS YOU EXPERIENCE
AN AWESOME SUNSET.

TO SEE THE SUN SETTING, YOU HAD TO WALK UP HILL ON A SMALL
PATH TO THE LOOKOUT AND THEN WALK BACK IN TOTAL DARK WITH A
TORCH. THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS GOING TO DO THAT ;)

BUT WE DID HAPPEN TO CAPTURE SOME AWESOME SUNSET LIGHT ON
OUR PRIVATE BEACH IN FRONT OF OUR ACCOMMODATION.

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AND AFTER THE SUN SETS... THE STARS COME OUT. I VENTURED DOWN TO
OUR PRIVATE BEACH ONE NIGHT. IT WAS QUIET AND PEACEFUL. WE HAD
A STAR GAZING TELESCOPE IN OUR ACCOMMODATION THAT WE DIDN'T
USE. I WAS MORE INTERESTED IN CAPTURING IT ON CAMERA :)

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PULAU MANUKAN HAD HEAPS OF VISITORS EVERY DAY. THEY HAD PERMANENT
BEACHSIDE FACILITIES TO CATER FOR THE CROWDS. THEY EVEN HAD THESE
FUNNY FAKE DIVING SET UPS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO REPLICATE THE DIVING
EXPERIENCE. WE HAD A GOOD LAUGH AT THAT :)

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ISLAND HOPPING

WE HAD INCREDIBLE WEATHER THE ENTIRE STAY. THIS HOLIDAY WAS ALL
ABOUT R&R SO WE CHOSE NOT TO DO ANY ACTIVITIES ON THE MAINLAND
IN SABAH BORNEO. SOMETHING UNUSUAL FOR US AS OUR HOLIDAYS ARE
NORMALLY JAMMED PACKED WITH ACTIVITIES AND SIGHTSEEING.

I ACTUALLY WATCHED A LOT OF MOVIES THIS HOLIDAY, SOMETHING I
DON'T DO AT HOME LET ALONE ON HOLIDAY HAHA. BUT WE NEEDED TO
HAVE A GOOD RELAXING BREAK AND MANUKAN DELIVERED.

ANYWAY, WEATHER GREAT, SEA CALM AND WE HIT A NEIGHBOURING
ISLAND AND ANOTHER GORGEOUS BEACH. .... ALONG WITH A WEDDING :)

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LUNCH AT PACIFIC HOTEL SUTERA HARBOUR

THE BEST MEAL WE HAD WAS OVER ON THE MAINLAND. WE
WANDERED AROUND TO THE PACIFIC HOTEL AND HAD LUNCH
AND A COUPLE OF COLD TIGERS AT THE BEACH BAR IN THE SHADE
COUPLED WITH A NICE BREEZE.... AND NO MOZZIES OR FLIES :)

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COCKTAILS AT THE BAR

COCKTAIL HOUR ..... BEST TIME OF THE DAY :)

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HOWIE ENDED UP HAVING TO SHOW THE BARMAN HOW TO MAKE A
PROPER MARGARETA WITHOUT ICE IN THE DRINK.

THE CHICKEN WINGS WERE OUR FAVOURITE BAR FOOD. THEY WERE
MUCH BETTER THAN THE RESTAURANT FOOD WHICH WAS PRETTY
BASIC WITHOUT MUCH VARIETY.

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FOR A 5 STAR RESORT, THEY NEED TO DO A BIT MORE WORK IN THE
FOOD DEPARTMENT. BUFFET BREAKFAST WAS GOOD BUT WAS NOT
ON THE RESTAURANT VERANDAH WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE
COMFORTABLE. INSTEAD IT WAS NEXT TO WITH BASIC SEATING ON
THE SAND.

ALSO THEY NEED TO EMPLOY MORE OUTGOING BAR STAFF. THE
ONLY ONE THAT HAD A BIT OF CHARACTOR WAS FREDERICK PICTURED
ABOVE WITH THE COFFEE MARTINI. WE HAD TO REMIND THE OTHER
BAR STAFF WHEN OUR GLASS WAS EMPTY.....

SPEAKING OF FREDERICK, HE WAS ADMIRING MY SILVER STARFISH
NECKLESS AND ASKED WHERE I PURCHASED IT AS HE WANTED TO
GET ONE FOR HIS WIFE FOR THEIR 10TH ANIVERSARY. SO I JUST
GAVE IT TO HIM. FREDERICK GOT REAL EMOTIONAL. IT WAS
TOUCHING.

LAST DAY AT BREAKFAST FREDERICK HAD SET UP THE WEDDING
BEACH CABANA FOR US. THAT WAS SUCH A LOVELY THING TO DO
AND WONDERFUL SURPRISE :)

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LAST DAY I WORK UP EARLY, SAT ON OUR CABIN VERANDAH WITH
A NICE CUPPA AND WATCHED THE FIRST BOAT ARRIVE.

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SO IT'S GOODBYE TO PULAU MANUKAN WITH MIXED FEELINGS.
I PAID TOP DOLLAR.... BUT UNFORTUNATELY DIDN'T RECEIVE
5 STAR SERVICE.

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WE PLAN TO VISIT SABAH BORNEO AGAIN BUT WE WILL STAY
ON THE MAINLAND AND VISIT MANUKAN ON A DAY TRIP....JUST
TO SEE FREDERICK :)

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Posted by aussirose 18:57 Archived in Malaysia Tagged travellerspoint malaysia 2017 aussirose manukan_island

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Comments

Frederick sounds like a star, but even so it was sweet of you to give him that necklace :) And while the cabin and the views look wonderful, I know how less good service can sour your experience of even the nicest looking and most luxurious of hotels.

by ToonSarah

Beautiful sunset photos.

by irenevt

Thanks for visiting Sarah and Irine.
Xx

by aussirose

some lovely pics

by kate.timaeus

Some more disappointments, but I think they were outweighed by the good?
We love Borneo and enjoyed the islands. I wanted to stay in the wooden chalets on Manukan Island if and when we ever return, I do hope we can.

by balhannahrise

Thanks Kate :)

by aussirose

Dee, my advice would be to look for the specials. Unfortunately we booked at the last minute due to being let down by a company that I won a trip with. Paying top dollar really hurts when you feel like you didn't receive quite what you paid for. But on the other hand it did serve the purpose of some much needed R&R :)

by aussirose

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