During my stay in Pulau Perhentian Kecil, when I was pursuing my Open Waters Diving course, I stayed in one of the hotels on the island, Shari-la Resort. Although the name is similar to Shangri-la but I don’t think they are related at all.
My dive center, the ‘Quiver Dive Team‘ is located just in front of Shari-la resort which is very near to the jetty so you don’t have to carry your heavy bags and dive equipment walking around the beach area.
If your planning to stay on the island of Pulau Perhentian Kecil Shari-la is reasonably good. However their service are consider quite bad. Don’t expect any Room Service or cleaning up your room for your duration of stay. Beds comfort level are acceptable. However their floors in the rooms are quite sticky as if they never clean the wooden floor. So I wore slippers inside the room due to the sticky flooring which I couldn’t stand.
Standard Room with two single bed. Towels are provided, which is great especially your heading out for beach activities or diving, you can use the resort towels instead of your own.
The outside of our chalet or room.
In Shari-la resort, there’s a pathway to our chalets or rooms and a direct link to Romantic Beach and a short distance walk to the Long Beach where most nightlife party are there. So you’ve get to access another two different beach side!
A sneak view of the romantic beach. No idea why it’s called romantic beach but it’s a small beach, probably it’s quiet and lots of couple there…perhaps.
Food at the resort restaurant are okay for breakfast (limited choices), if your planning to dine there for dinner it took 2 hours for them to make a Spaghetti carbonara and 1.5 hours to cook a plate of fried rice; made me quite mad so I reckon, don’t have dinner there!
Other food outlets in Pulau Perhentian Kecil on an average serving food time would be 45minutes to 1 hour, so don’t expect food to be served when you have a hungry roaring stomach! Plus, it’s advisible to order fried rice, it’s guarantee delicious and if all of you order the same type of fried rice, you get to feed your hungry stomach sooner as food arrives faster! You can try out Ombak Restaurant or Ewans Cafe.
The resort is a good stay if your planning to dive!
Pulau Perhentian Kecil.
Shari-La Island Resort
Coral Bay, Pulau Perhentian Kecil
Besut, Terengganu 22300
Contact: +6 096977500 / +6 096977501
How to get there:By Plane
Take a flight to Kuala Bersut airport, get a taxi to Kuala Besut Boat Jetty (estimated 45 mintes to 1 hour drive from airport), then take a speedboat to Pulau Perhentian Kecil (estimated 40 minutes on speedboat)
* you can fly to Kuala Terengganu airport too but it’s quite far to the Kuala Besut Jetty, so the taxi ride should be 1 hour 45minutes.
Drive to Kuala Besut Boat Jetty and find a safe location to park your car; there are car park operators who will charge you about RM7 – 15 to park your car overnight chargeable by per day. Then take a speedboat to Pulau Perhentian Kecil.
You can also get to Kuala Besut jetty by bus! Make sure when you purchase the bus ticket, the destination (location mention) is to Kuala Besut Jetty instead of the town, else you’ll have to take a taxi to the jetty.
For detail information, do refer to Getting There on Pulau Perhentian website.