We booked the trip there via Jakarta Tourist Office, and it was advertised as a nice quiet place with no nightlife. Well, it turned out there was no life at all.
Whoever finds it exciting to spend a holiday at an abandoned resort will probably disagree, but Alam Kotok is a terrible place in terms of value for money. It's been in ruins ever since 2005 as I understood, and it all looks like a massive tsunami struck the island. The resort is in an extremely bad condition, the greater part of it is nothing but ruins.
It's dirty. Only a tiny peace on beach is being cleaned regularly, 5-10 m away from the place shown in the picture you'll find all sorts of rubbish, from old tv-sets of plastic bottles.
Food is poor, least saying. Having been travelled across the Southeastern Asia with no problem, I was "lucky" to get an unforgettable experience of that feeling when your dancing guts are trying to leave the body from whatever end, upper or lower, after dining at Alam Kotok.
Not to mention that the package was sold as "4 meals at buffet restaurant", which has absolutely nothing to do with the reality. It's more "take a seat and keep guessing whether you'll be able to eat what you're being served" style.
It turned out that at least one of the meals was fully packed with bacteria, that caused all sorts of fun later.
Coral reefs ecosystem is quite poor as well. Although you may find snorkeling there entertaining, don't expect much. The coral reef is damaged, and the experience in general is not worth going all the way to Pulau Kotok.
Unmaintained accommodation, moldy bedding, broken, leaking, filthy bathroom facilities, no hot water, beach full of garbage, poor catering - all this you'll find at Alam Kotok for a price starting for 180 USD per person per night.
Sounds tempting, doesn't it?
To be fair, have to mention a few points from the bright side:
* few in number and pretty much useless staff, is friendly (not English speaking though);
* wildlife is fun;
* it's really quiet; we were the only guests on the island. Still, if anyone would ask me, Alam Kotok is not even worth a day trip unless you fancy to see what a tropical island will look like after a natural disaster happens. Bring your water, food, soap, towels and bedding.
Special "thanks" to Jakarta Tourist Office that recommended this place. I want to believe that a nice and friendly lady in the office did not know how awful things are at Alam Kotok. Otherwise I have no other words for this than "scam".
Agent's name is Mr. Helmi, Tel. 0813 16836263.
Beware this guy, he's a cheat!
- Also Known As:
- Alam Kotok Island Hotel Jakarta