TunaMaya Beach & Spa Resort, Tioman Island

Posted April 13, 2014 by in Malaysia

Rating

Value
8.0


Location
9.0


Sleep Quality
8.0


Cleanliness
9.0


Service
8.0


Room
9.0


Total Score
8.5

8.5/ 10

Price: from 581 MYR - 896 MYR ($180 - $277)
 
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Pros:

The location is perfect, as were the furnishings and level of comfort. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, which goes a long way.
 

Cons:

All in all only two things stuck out 1) While there is good coffee available, nobody seems trained on how to make a really great cappuccino and 2) Lot's of mosquitoes on walking trail (that's what comes with a tropical Island however.)
 
Verdict

My favourite vacations have all started with an enchanted journey to some “faraway” and isolated place, just like the kind you dream of when sitting behind your desk at the end of a long and harrowing week. And right from the outset our TunaMaya Beach & Spa Resort vacation looked poised to be just that. […]

by Vaughan McShane
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My favourite vacations have all started with an enchanted journey to some “faraway” and isolated place, just like the kind you dream of when sitting behind your desk at the end of a long and harrowing week. And right from the outset our TunaMaya Beach & Spa Resort vacation looked poised to be just that.

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The 90 minute ferry ride from Mersing to Tioman took us near several other remote South China Sea islands which set the enchanted tone of the whole trip. Eventually, when the majestic TunaMaya Resort came into view, a tangible sense of excitement grew over everyone on board, and we were all completely mesmerized by the large granite cliffs, thick tropical green foliage and white sandy beaches that lay in wait for us. The perfectly clear warm blue water lapping at its shores didn’t hurt either.

Once docked, the resort’s excellent team of staff handled our luggage and escorted us in motorized golf carts to the comfortably furnished reception area where one of TunaMaya’s true gems was waiting to welcome us – Mohan Roa, the General Manager of TunaMaya. Mohan is the kind of person who takes a five star resort and adds a sixth star to your overall experience.

Without his presence and friendship during our time at TunaMaya we would probably have rated our experience 5/5 but Mohan really added something to our vacation which can’t be summed up in a normal review, his authentic, positive nature and ‘genuineness’ was truly refreshing. In one of my many chats with Mohan he mentioned a phrase, a standard, that he lives by “here at TunaMaya we are the merchants of soups and mattresses.” It is a simple phrase & he is referring to the fact that TunaMaya’s two main priorities are to always ensure excellent food and excellent, comfortable rooms. They have certainly lived up to both of those ideals.

Checking into our “Rainforest” Villa was like walking into island bliss. Tall trees and tropical palms lined the pathways and the rainforest extended off our back balcony, while a view of the sea was to be indulged in from the front. Our villa, one of 54 in the resort, was exquisitely furnished with all that you may need for a tropical island break. A comfortable bed, large flat screen,mini-bar kitchen, desk, balcony, bathroom, bathrobes and, in case of a downpour, umbrella’s too.

The resort also has Spa facilities at its wondrous “Sarang Spa”and a team of dedicated, well trained and friendly staff are available to meet your every day-spa need. Tunamaya has a Jungle Trekking trail for the more adventurous, and we headed up to its viewpoint between beach and swimming pool lounging sessions.
The trail is not deathly steep or treacherous at all and the “fairly fit” will handle it easily.

By the time dinner arrived on our first evening, we were famished after a day of swimming, snorkeling and exploring. The sun had dropped to it’s lowest point in the sky and was casting a warm golden glow upon us at the southern tip of Tioman Island. We took one last leisurely stroll down to the edge of the jetty and watched in perfect tranquility as the fiery orb sunk below the sea.

Dinner was a divine and we and we dined on some of the finest lamb shank that I have ever tasted, Head Chef, James, truly outdid himself and that is high praise coming from a “meat-arian” like me. TunaMaya like to toss it up at meal times and sometimes, instead of the al la carte menu, a buffet will be served or they may decide to host a barbeque evening where all the food is prepared in a devoted barbeque kitchen nearer to the sea.

Overall the our experience at TunaMaya was incredible. There honestly wasn’t a moment I thought, “oh no, thats not good” it was all about being as relaxed as possible on a beautiful Tropical Island where you can happily while away the hours doing nothing at all. But with the knowledge that there is plenty to do, should you choose. If we are ever on Tioman again, this is where you’ll find us.

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About the Author

Vaughan McShane

Vaughan McShane travels the world with his wife teaching English, writing, surfing where he finds waves and capturing it all on his Nikon & GoPro cameras. Together they seek new terrain to explore, adventure in unlikely places and delicious cappuccinos. Follow their wanderings on The Travel Manuel and follow Vaughan's adventures on Twitter @VaughanMac or Google+ .

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