We were a group of 4 people (2 couples) and stayed at Bubu for 2 nights. We visited on the last weekend of this season and that proved to be one of the best things about this trip.
Getting to Perhentian is not easy. We are from Singapore and our journey to Perhentian involved a road trip to Johor Bahru, a flight from there to Kota Bahru followed by a shuttle ride to Kuala Besut ferry terminal (arranged for by the resort). From here we had to take an hour long speedboat ride to Pulau Perhentian. If you have not done speedboat rides before, this can come as a rough ride for you. Hold on tight to the railings, take a seat at the rear part of the boat and hold on to your life jackets. Depending on the waves in the sea at the time this can be quite bumpy. But once you get to the island at the other side of your ride, it is sheer bliss.
The resort had very few occupants given that it was the end of the season and this meant that the entire beach was for a group of 15 to 20 guests. The weather is a key factor as far as this island is concerned, and it was just perfect during the weekend when we visited. The resort is on a beautiful white-sand beach and waters are clear blue.
We had booked ourselves on a honeymoon package and this was inclusive of complimentary drinks and food for all times of the day. The rooms are certainly of average quality only, but you really need them only to sleep in, for which it was good enough. This is clearly not a star resort and please don't go there expecting such facilities. The hosts were very friendly though and try to go out of their way to help you. Our flight was advanced by a few hours on the day of our return and they helped to arrange for a ferry at 6.30 am in the morning for us so that we can make it in time for the airport. While they did charge us extra for it as it was too early, it meant that we did not have to change our itinerary, which was very helpful.
The restaurant next to the resort serves reasonably good food - since we were there during the last weekend, they did not have most of the items on the menu, but this didn't bother us too much as it was still a decent spread (and we were vegetarians too!).
The snorkeling trip that the resort had organized was the one of the highlights of our stay here.
Nicholas and his boatman really know their way around the good snorkeling spots near this place and they made sure that we all had a great time. They brought us to show some beautiful corals, colorful fishes, baby sharks and a huge turtle. In all they took us to 4 spots for a period of 3 hours and made sure that we saw everything possible. The waters were crystal clear and the bright sunny day meant that the visibility was great. Some of us were beginner swimmers but Nicholas tried his best to make us all feel comfortable.
As part of the package they dropped us on "secret beach" that is right opposite the beach at Perhentian. This is a very small white-sand beach which is totally deserted. They dropped us off there and delivered a wonderfully-packed lunch of sandwiches, rice and champagne. Having an entire beach with blue waters just for ourselves was blissful (the silence but for the sound of the waves was amazing) and was the most relaxing thing we could have possibly done on any vacation.
On our return to the resort, we had booked for massage appointments with the therapist outside the resort. The cabana right on the beach and the therapist (who happens to be from Thailand) was fantastic. There were quite a few mosquitos there but it was not too much of a problem. This is a must-try if you go to Perhentian.
The only downside of the stay at Bubu was that it was expensive for the facilities being offered - we ended up paying SGD 1000 per couple for a period of 3 days and two nights, that too on the last weekend of the season. But by the time you have spent a perfect weekend on the beautiful beach, you return with a feeling that it was probably worth it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BUBU LONG BEACH RESORT, Perhentian Island Malaysia, is indeed a “trap” for the visitors who need to get away from it all. There is no escape… the blissful enjoyment and complete freedom of relaxation makes one feel entrapped… in Paradise! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bubu Long Beach Hotel Pulau Perhentian Kecil
- Hotel Bubu Long Beach