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Reviewed 14 March 2015

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!

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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17  Thank Katia L
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Reviewed 12 December 2014

I have spend four weekends on the island and it will always have a special place in my heart. It's a tropical paradise, very peaceful and undeveloped. And the staff living on the island are so welcoming and friendly. However, the last time I went there (around July 2014) I too was really disappointed by how run down the place has become. There has been no re-investment to repair the pier and other storm damage and the rooms are in desperate need of a make-over, the bed linen was really dirty. There were far fewer monitor lizards than the first time I went 3 years ago and for me they are one of the main highlights of the island! Please invest a little to get this island back to its former glory, but don't change the peaceful natural beauty. Good luck!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank angela187870
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Reviewed 29 November 2014 via mobile

This was my 5th visit to Alam Kotok, and it will be my last. There seems to have been no maintenace spent on this resort in a very long time, its become run down, dirty, and many rooms unfit for use. This is a 1 star resort at best. Even though they charged a 30% cancellation fee, i still elected to leave the island and come back same day as i refused to stay in such a dirty place.

The beds are stained, the bathrooms filthy, and the hot water heaters dont work. Thes staff dont seem to care, and dont offer any solutions to fix. Paying in advance makes you powerless to argue too.

Absolutely beware.. If you go here, make sure your expectations are very very low. Far nicer resorts available in pulau seribu for same price as alam kotok, choose them.

Stayed: November 2014, travelled with friends
6  Thank NeilC2853
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Reviewed 13 October 2014

The accommodation and facilities are a bit tired, but the basics are there. We stayed in rooms near the treehouse. We slept well, enjoying the ocean view as we woke up. Initially the shower didn't work, but we understand it did work after they turned the water pump on for us. We decided to use the Indonesian way to shower, with the bucket and small bucket. It was quite refreshing pouring cold water over the body. There was no hot water (but we didn't need it anyway).
Food was included in our weekend package and it was good. The usual Indonesian buffet. We enjoyed BBQ fish for dinner, omelette for breakfast and there were other options for lunches on both days. There is a bar where you can buy drinks, which wasn't expensive. The most enjoyable drink was the freshly made orange juice from Indonesian fruit - resembling a slushy.
We went there for diving and snorkeling with Pak Lucas and had a great time.

Room Tip: The rooms near the treehouse are quiet, have beach and water views and a good place to enjoy the sunset. It is a medium walk from the restaurant and bar - bring a torch for the areas where there are no lights. Another tip - Bring additional snacks, especially if travelling with young kids. Meals were included but no snacks. Another tip - bring mosquito coils for your room and bug spray. This is not provided. Another tip - bring beach towels as only bath towels are provided Another tip - bring shoes/booties for use in the water due to sting rays and stone fish Enjoy you time
  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Chris R
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Reviewed 12 October 2014

We booked a day trip via the resort website to Kotok Island. Left from Ancol Marina in the morning and arrived at Kotok Island soon after. The island is BEAUTIFUL - absolutely amazing and peaceful. It is a smaller island and less touristy than the other islands in Pulau Seribu but that is what we wanted. The island and resort strives for a rustic simplicity atmosphere and that is what you get. Walking on the paths throughout the island makes you feel like you are in a tropical Lost World and on that day we had the island all to ourselves. We did not stay in the rooms, so I cannot comment on that, but if you are looking for a nice day trip outside of the hustle and bustle of Jakarta - this is it. The day trip includes lunch and it was so good. They give you a ton of food - so don't worry about going hungry. We spent the rest of our trip relaxing on the beach - it was perfect for us. Thank you again!!

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Michelle V
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