Paya Beach Resort, Tioman
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
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.
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.
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
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.