My wife suffered a serious accident at this resort. The staff & management showed absolutely no care nor compassion and were hardly even willing to assist us.
We now understand that earlier that year, another guest suffered an accident in the same circumstances.
Clearly, the resort did nothing to improve their safety standards to ensure this did not occur again.
We are aware of yet another accident that occurred at Rawa, where a guest suffered eye damage.
This place is unsafe and in the event of such an accident, you are stranded away from any pro-active assistance & medical care.
If you value the safety & care of your friends & family, do not travel to this island.
APART FROM BEING UNSAFE, IT IS ALSO OVER-PRICED, UNCLEAN & YOU GET BITTEN & STUNG BY SEA CREATURES IN THE OCEAN.
THERE ARE MANY BETTER OPTIONS FOR A HOLIDAY THAN RAWA ISLAND. I SUGGEST VISITING TIOMAN ISLAND INSTEAD.
Rawa safaris has everything you'd need for your holiday - it can be expensive by local standards, but ok by international standards.
It has a buffet style atrium where meals are served and tables of 4 seats adorn the interior. Outside there are bench-tables on the sand and if not too hot , make for a nice meal outlooking the expansive sea.
You can also hire snorkel gear (masks, fins, life jacket) and kayaks - as it is a small island it's fun to engage in these activities :)
A walk up the hill (it's the only one) on the island's tip is rewarding. The views are stunning but do bring your water bottle with you eventhough it's less than 45 min walk.
I stayed in the waterfront chalet. that is the only waterfront they have for two pax. The rest of the water chalet are bigger and more suitable for families. Chalet on stilts just above the water with a complete sea-facing view. You can actually see coral fishes from the patio of your chalet. I actually clmbed down my chalet and snorkel. Perfectly convenient!
Only the waterfront comes with tv, but shows only local malay programmes. I brought my portable DVD player that comes in handy when its raining or for late night shows. All Beachfront, hillside , comes with air-con, fan and hot showers but no tv. Would try the beachfront on my next stay. Daily housekeeping, no room service no phones in all rooms including the waterfront. Water taste saline from the taps and shower from rooms. Can buy bottled water from restuarant.
Would recommend to anyone who wants a quiet and private holiday as Pulau Rawa is a private island with only abt 70 chalet. But try to go during the low peak season like weekdays or you'll find lots of families with kids screaming around the island.
Bungalows right on the beach very basic, but I loved it. If your looking for something more upscale you may prefer to stay next door.
There are many, many types of accommodation to suit every taste and budget. The rooms are well-appointed with all the necessities like hot water and aircon.
Most rooms face the sea and some are on the beach itself or over water.
Garden 2 single beds (2 persons)
Long House 2 single beds (2 persons)
Studio 1 double bed ( 2 persons)
Hillside 1 double bed, 1 single bed (2-3 persons)
Hillside Family Suite 2 double beds (2-4 persons)
Budget Room 1 double bed (2 persons)
Beach Front 2 single beds (2 persons)
Semi Detach 1 double bed (2 persons)
Beach Suite 1 double bed (2 persons)
Beach View Suite 1 double bed, 1 single bed (2-3 persons)
Coral Garden Suite 2 double beds (2-4 persons)
New Water Front 1 double bed & 2 single beds (4 persons)1
Water Front 1 double bed (2 persons)
Sea Breeze 1 double bed, 1 single bed (2-3 persons)
This island is on full board basis as there is only 1 resort on this small piece of paradise. Food is buffet mainly and there are lots to eat. You may order ala carte as well.
Service at the restaurant though is questionable. Some of the staff are very unhelpful and at times down right rude.
It's a shame as it has all the right trimmings to be a great tropical resort but it's spoiled by the attitude of its staff.
For this reason, this is my first and last time to this place.
The chalets are perfect for this type of holiday. We lived by the beach. If they are free pay the few extra RM and get the beach just outsidde your doorstep. The hill side chalets seem to be the same standard.
Where we stayed the whole chalet was very clean when we came incl. the toilet and shower. A hot shower is nice when travelling with kids.
Good for short retreats... not much to do coz its a real small island. Just sit and soak up the sun. Clear blue water and white powdery sand. Beautiful sunsets.
For the more adventurous, try canoeing round the island.. small enough to go around in less than an hour. - Beware of hammerheads in the more remote areas though.
Or go snorkelling. Jumping from the Jetty is fun too.
Only the food is not really good.. the other factors, I dont really mind.
The fishes eat out of your hand! and you dont even have to swim out... just wade in the water...
Climb up the hill for a fantastic view!
If I were to return to Pulau Rawa, I would bring a can of insecticide. On my first night there, a huge millepede was crawling on my sister's pillow ! Argh Yack !!! That night, my sister & I had to endure outside at the huts until 4am. It was soooo cold, we hesitated & returned to our chalet. Once back, we took out the pillow case & to our shock, there were a few dead millepedes in the pillow cover ! I wonder when was the pillow dried !
It was a terrible experience.
I like the colour of the chalets here. Each patio has 2 big chairs & a table. You could even hang your wet laundry at the patio. Many plants & flowers around the resort.
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