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Paya Beach Resort, Tioman

28 February 2011 2 Comments

View of Paya Beach Resort from the jetty

A three night stay at the Paya Beach Resort was included with our free-and-easy package to Tioman, Malaysia. After checking the hotel’s website, the crew decided that the hotel seemed satisfactory and decided to take up the package.

Restaurant at the Paya Beach Resort

Restaurant at the Paya Beach Resort

Our experience at the Paya Beach Resort was consistent with what was shown at the hotel’s website. The Paya Beach is not exceedingly grand, and has a rustic atmosphere. The crowd at Paya Beach Resort seemed to consist mostly of groups of young adults, who were there for a weekend getaway or a diving trip around Tioman. There were also small numbers of families with their children around.  Large parts of the hotel grounds seemed like it hasn’t changed in years, with a few modern touches (such as a cool ocean-facing sun lounge area) added. In fact, aside from the ‘resort’ label, the place is unpretentious; offering basic comforts that a traveler might expect at very reasonable rates. Everything from the room furnishings to buffet menu reflected this philosophy.

Superior Rooms

Superior Rooms

Our room (Superior) was located at the top floor of a two storey building. Each building houses four rooms, two below and two above. The air conditioned room was furnished with two twin beds, a small balcony, and a small bathroom.

Superior Rooms

Inside the superior room

Paya Beach Resort’s biggest plus point is its location, being so close to ‘everywhere’. It is located less than five minutes walking distance from the ferry jetty; a beach (with reasonably healthy coral reefs) sits just at its doorstep; there is a convenience store close to the hotel’s entrance; as well as several eating places located slightly further down the road.

buildings around the resort

Buildings around the resort

For those willing to fork out more, the resort also offers additional services, such as spa, as well as diving lessons and equipment rental. We didn’t try the spa, and opted for a snorkeling trip which the hotel said they will gladly arrange for us.

Travel Info

Website: http://www.payabeach.com/



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  • Bryan Norman said:

    If it’s awesome diving, beautiful beaches and exquisite lounging you’re after, yes, Tioman will deliver. In spades.

    But just a quick note to repeat Tioman visitors, or those wishing to go there in the future.

    Since we go to Tioman quite regularly, we’re seeing more and more travellers, especially from overseas, arriving at the Mersing jetty too late to catch their ferry, because it’s full.

    I think the reasons are:

    1) The recent popularity boom Tioman has been enjoying.
    2) The recent rule prohibiting passengers from sitting on the ferry sun-deck.
    3) All other ferry types have discontinued, including the fast-ferries and the slow ferries, as well as the catamaran from Singapore

    All this rhas esulted in a higher chance of passengers left stranded during the busy holiday spells and weekends.

    In light of this, my advice to those who’ve booked a Tioman resort, or want to go to Tioman during the weekend or a public holiday: book your ferry tickets in advance so you won’t need to worry about being stranded at the departure jetty due to the ferry for that day being already full.

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