Rawa Island Resort
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Rawa Island Resort

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4.0
#2 of 4 resorts in Mersing
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.7 of 5 bubbles
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3.8 of 5 bubbles
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3.3 of 5 bubbles
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Welcome to Rawa Island Resort, an idyllic tropical island for guests to unwind from the stress and strain of modern life. Feel the grains of white, sun-baked sand between your toes as you stroll along the beach. Take a dip in the warm waters of the South China Sea. Enjoy the green scenery. Snorkel along the natural coral reef just metres from the shore. Or simply relax as you watch the sun disappear lazily over the orange horizon. Situated within the archipelago of the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park, Rawa Island is accessible by a twenty-minute boat ride from Mersing, Johor. This beachfront resort features 77 rooms, each individually designed to blend in with the natural landscape. Modern furnishings provide guests with the comforts of home. We invite you to take a break from the monotony of daily routine. Experience the island's natural beauty and our Malaysian hospitality.
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Property amenities
Free internet
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Beach
Canoeing
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Massage
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Diving
Game room
Snorkelling
Table tennis
Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Safe
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Harbour View
Family Resort
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Malay

Location

Tourist Centre, Mersing 86800 Malaysia
Getting there
Car recommended
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Kuala Lumpur Intl Airport
1 Restaurant
within 10 kilometers
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Ian Leo wrote a review June 2022
1 contribution2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were a family of 4 and stayed for 5 nights. The booking was handled superbly by Ainna & Noor. Both were very patient in giving us an accessible room. Fyi, most of the island is accessible by wheelchair or scooter- a plus for travellers with disabilities.

The boatman was very helpful in handling the scooter and very patient and careful.

We got a room with 2 double beds but the AC was unfortunately not powerful enough to cool it down completely. My wife's food was very limited, being vegetarian although she was paying the same price as the meat eaters amongst.

That's when Tom, the GM and his staff, Carlos stepped in with 5 star solution. He spoke to the chef to arrange 2 more vegetarian dishes for her meals each day as she was the only vegetarian. Carlos arranged a separate room for our boys. We were settled in well for the next few days.

There were pros and cons of the resort.

Pros
1. Superb staff ranging from housekeeping, bar man, reception, waiting staff, boatman etc. The staff always offer to help me with my dishes for every meal because of my scooter. Every staff has a ready smile.

2. There are numerous games available. All land games- pool, table football, badminton, table tennis, beach volleyball, basketball and card games are free. Water games like kayak, SUP are not free thou.

3. Very nice walk around the island

4. Good snorkeling with decent house reef

Cons
1. Decent variety of dishes for meat eaters but limited for vegetarian. If you stay for 5 nights or more, there will be repeats.

2. Some of the huts have been renovated but some furniture looked dated. Same for some of the sports equipment.

3. Beware of sand flies. They were nasty.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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sashi201 wrote a review Feb 2022
516 contributions65 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had very low expectations when we booked this resort,  judging from the recent reviews, so we got prepared but we had a good stay.

I'd suggest booking a whole package, with meals for ease of everything else. The buffet has a simple variety, due to the size of the resort also taking into account of fewer patrons due to the pandemic. No complaints over the food. It's good quality and caters to many- but it will be limited if you're vegetarian/vegan.

The beachfront rooms are worth it, as you wake up to the sounds of the ocean. The hike up the island walk is deserted but also beautiful as you can see the peacocks around.
The rooms are basic, no kettle and hairdryer.  We packed our own portable kettle with disposable cups after reading reviews online, really cheap to buy if you get it online. This is handy if you want your own coffee or snacks outside of meal times. You can pack your own dry snacks and your own alcohol if you are just consuming it in your room quietly. Alcohol prices at the bar are quite shocking but quite expected for  a remote resort.

This is a great place to disconnect. No WiFi in rooms, no TV. Bring your own books, cards, etc. Keep your expectations low but it's a comfortable stay if you can manage to bring some of your own stuff that you may need for yourself.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ShireenHSL wrote a review Aug 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia70 contributions24 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 3 days 2 nights here, living in the water bungalow. The water bungalow has an amazing view of the sea right from the balcony. There's no TV in the room which was fine, as you have so much to do out there, from chilling at the beach, to the exhilarating ride of the water slide and water sports (kayaking, paddle boarding etc). You can also hike to the top of the island where you can have a view of the sea surrounding the island. There's boardgames, TV and books for you to read at the common area. As for food, the buffet has resume as we saw the previous reviews whereby they only serve ala carte during the mco period. The service from the staffs is good. We requested for housekeeping after the 1st day as the floor was sandy after coming back from the beach, and they had a good clean of the room. On top of that, the plus point about staying in the water bungalow is that you can see colourful dishes right outside the bungalow as the water is crystal clear, you don't even have to snorkel. Overall, a pleasant experience here, we had a great time!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Crystal C wrote a review Apr 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Food: It is true the water is crystal clear, sand is soft. But the food definitely need to improve! Breakfast and lunch are so bad! Low quality ham and sausage, overnight bakery and pastries, concentrate fruit juice being serve, in short bad quality of food. There is no dessert in their buffet. In term of hospitality, they even charge us for ice, when we had order more than 3 bottles of wine! We spent more than RM1K in drinks and alcohol!

Service: There is one time we overslept and missed dinner, around 9pm, when we asked the kitchen if they serve any ala dinner or maybe instant noodles we can purchase. No! Nothing! Only 2 bags of chips are available, and for SALE.

Room: Nothing in the room. No tea and coffee available, no fridge, nothing!

Such service! Please consider on improving on hospitality and customer experience, its not always about money!

If you looking for top notch service, this is not where you should be!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Aiwee L wrote a review Dec 2021
2 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We visit this island every year upon returning to Malaysia to do air our family. We love this place despite of the 5 star hotel prices with 3 star hotel room quality. I just stress that the staffs are fantastic and they make us feel welcome each visit.

Couple of feedbacks for the management based on our last trip in November 2022:

1. Sandflies - for the first time we got bitten. Each person got between 1-10 bites and it wasn’t because we wandered to the Alang side. We think it’s near the jetty.

2. Construction noises - this isn’t the first time that some construction was happening during our stay, the noise stopped when we approached the front office. Plan your repairing and construction so it’s not banging and knocking concrete floor 3 days in a row from morning till evening. Give your guests a break in between.

3. Mosquitoes/bugs spraying, don’t do it while guests are occupying a room. The fume from the spray stinks and it comes into room through the floorboard and aircond, gave me a headache.

4. Beer prices! It was already high and now at RM28 a can of tiger?!!! Why are you trying to achieve? More profit or less drinking from the guests? I don’t remember seeing any guests abusing alcohol at your resort, so over drinking isn’t quite a problem, why raise the price to this ridiculous rate?? Do you see increase in profit since you raise the price or you see a huge decrease in consumption? The same goes with fruit juice, it was 9 or 10 ringgit and now it’s 19!

We hope to return in February and not meet the sandflies, seeing again more sensible beer and fresh fruit juice prices.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Check beer and drinks prices before getting a shock at check out. Beach shoes might help getting...
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SNY wrote a review Mar 2023
14 contributions7 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently stayed at Rawa Island Resort for 3 days and 2 nights in the Frangipani Villa. While the resort was pleasant, I must admit that I was a bit disappointed with a few things. Firstly, the location of our villa was quite far from the main area and beach, and unfortunately, the resort did not offer any buggy services. Additionally, our room was situated on the ground floor, and we discovered that people staying in the room above us could peek into our shower area, which was a bit uncomfortable. However, we were fortunate that no one was staying upstairs during our visit. I was also disappointed to learn that the resort's rock bar had been destroyed during a recent monsoon, and their signature slides were under maintenance during our stay. While the food was okay, it was nothing to brag about, and overall, we felt that we paid a premium price for a stay that was just average
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Date of stay: March 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Don't book frangipani villa. Hillside and beachfront are the better options.
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Danial D wrote a review July 2020
Johor Bahru, Malaysia98 contributions16 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for the 3rd time and was upgraded to beachfront chalet. Unit #38 was the furthest, located next to the seafront chalet.

The main difference this time around is that there were no more buffet dining at the restaurant, even for tue Saturday evening BBQ. Everything was serve ala-carte. This is due to restrictions imposed by the government due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Basically you are given a predetermined menu and choose to have everything or only part of it. There is slightly less choices than before and it’ll take some time to get the food, especially during peak lunch and dinner periods.

Other activities remain open-the slides, kayaking etc except that for snorkelling you’ll have to bring your own mask and snorkel. Life jackets can still be borrowed from the centre.

There seems to be bats nestling on the trees above and the beachfront chalets and they are very noisy especially in early morning. The noise is a bit disturbing and at times can be clearly be heard if you’re on the beach.

Other than that nothing beats its exclusiveness and beauty. The friendliness of the staffs continues to make it a home away from home. Will surely come again...and again.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Racine227 wrote a review June 2020
Johor Bahru District, Malaysia5 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We went right after the regulations were relaxed due to coronavirus. Thus, understandably some facilities were not available but in exchange, we got the whole island to ourselves! Service was great, rooms were well-maintained, toilets are clean.

Sea and beach were superb!!! Weather was super duper good!

However, the food probably needs some upgrading. We were served ala-carte menu for the full board package and its of cos not cheap and my toddler of 4 years old was compulsory made to pay as well, despite it not being a buffet. Servings were of cos huge but the kids meals were either pasta or fish and chips, so my son got bored of it. Adult meals were really a hit and miss, probably their fish and chicken were usually good but their beef and lamb not so.

All in all, all of us enjoyed ourselves very much and would definitely return.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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sasuke a wrote a review Aug 2020
8 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Rawa Island resort on 23/8-25/8. They are 6 of us including my mother that use wheelchair. We've been greeted by a nice staff at rawa tourist office at mersing jetty. They take care of our stuff. Our bag have been delivered infront of our chalet at rawa island. I'm very thankful to the staff that help my mother getting into the speed boat. Overall experience their staff is very helpful 5*. The chalet and the island is very clean. We arrived at rawa island and have been mesmerized by a very clear blue water and white powdery sandy beach. The 3x buffet style meal is good. We really enjoyed snorkling just infront of our chalet. We walk around the island, hiking and kayaking. We enjoy watching a various type of fish and coral... Overall the rawa island trip is a dream come true for us...
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jimbo wrote a review July 2022
Darwin, Australia94 contributions16 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
After reading reviews prior to our arrival,we have a pretty open mind and know what to expect. The service at the check in counter on the mainland was very efficient. We arrived early for our 12 pm boat transfer and was checked in straight away (more time on the island 😊) room was available and was very disappointed with the look. Very old and it in needs of a major make over. It was clean.
The beach and what the nature has provided them (the hills, the look out, corals and the wild animals) were amazing. No internet, TV, fridge and water boiler/kettle in the room (in my opinion they should consider this when it’s due to refurbish. It rain 2 days and was left wondering what to do! Don’t get me wrong, if you don’t mind snorkelling or walking in the rain, you may find this is ok. There is a TV at the common area near the reception but you have to be ‘considerate’ with those doing their team/zoom meeting etc…. W*******s! As there is an internet access here and the restaurant.
The management should invest in upgrading the room to keep repeat customers. We will definitely come back here when the room has been refurbished.
Thank you to all staff (from the maintenance, housekeeping and the front of house for making it a lovely stay to compensate the poor room conditions.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Prepare for the rainy days - books, magazines, water boiler etc.
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lars h asked a question June 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia18 contributions4 helpful votes
Does the two room beach front villa have two bathrooms?
Answer from amcc0rkindale
Guildford, United Kingdom13 contributions1 helpful vote
Don’t know, stayed in one bedroom villa
Answer from Martin B
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,991 contribution220 helpful votes
If you book the package, which you have to, boat transfers are included in the price.
The Reluctant Backpacker asked a question Aug 2019
Saxmundham, United Kingdom579 contributions198 helpful votes
Hi, Is there a dress code for the restaurants? Thanks.
Answer from IMHenry
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia17 contributions1 helpful vote
No dress code. Dress as you like.
Answer from Martin B
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,991 contribution220 helpful votes
There are quite a few different types of chalet accomadation in the Rawa Island Resort, they are different sized with different locations and significantly different prices !!! From memory the beach chalets were literally on the beach, ie walk off the balcony straight onto the beach. However I am not sure if these were single room or two room chalets (or a mixture of the two). Chalets 59 to 62 are definately not on the beach, although they do have an unrestricted view of the sea (unlike say the Deluxe Hillside rooms), and are only a few steps from the beach. If I am not mistaken the Waterfront Chalets (rooms 63 to 67) were all multi room chalets, these were however over water chalets with no beach access. I would call the reservation centre in Mersing, which is where you need to go to catch the boat transfer out to the island, and ask which rooms meet your needs. At some point you will need to call them anyway to find out what time the boat to the island departs (the boat transfer times are dependant on the tide !!). The phone number is +607 799 1204, or +607 799 1205. The people there were very friendly and helpfull. Hope this helps.
Krista wrote a tip Apr 2024
Hong Kong, China7 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t come hungry and take your own snorkels and maybe a beach chair"
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trent wrote a tip Feb 2024
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring cash to pay the park fee at Mersing. They don’t accept cards and the cash machine didn’t take visa"
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Lynnie wrote a tip July 2023
Singapore, Singapore66 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Suitable for families with kids"
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Harriet B wrote a tip May 2023
Singapore, Singapore45 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Have ringgit in cash for the national park fee upon arrival at the Mersing checkin desk."
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blauhund wrote a tip May 2023
Toronto, Canada72 contributions76 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The 2 bedroom hillside villas have a large main bedroom with a queen size bed, and a smaller back bedroom with two single beds. "
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PRICE RANGE
AU$683 - AU$683 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
rawa island safaris hotel mersing, rawa island safaris mersing
LOCATION
MalaysiaJohorMersing DistrictMersing
NUMBER OF ROOMS
77
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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