10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A Wonderful Retreat
"My family and I stayed at the 3 star Mutiara Burau Bay Resort for 11 nights from October 13th, 2007. Despite turning up with three teenage children and being allocated one Studio Cabana which is not big enough we were quickly reallocated 2 Superior Cabanas, both with sea views for just a little extra charge. The staff on duty at this time were extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The resort is situated on the west side of the island of Langkawi and is approximayely 15 minutes drive from the airport. The taxi fares on Langkawi are set by the local island government and a fare to the resort from the airport will cost RM30, so there is no point in attempting to haggle as this will not work. Once you arrive at the resort you are greeted by an open reception area which leads onto the pool area and the restaurant area. The Cabana's are a little tired looking but the despite this the resort's location more than compensates for this. Each Cabana has a private covered balcony and most are within two minutes walking distance to the main reception area. They have air conditioning and a mini bar. The bathroom offers a shower and a basin which are not the most luxurious but they serve the purpose. The Cabana's are located in lush green forest that is home to two species of monkeys, monitor lizards, numerous beautiful coloured birds, butterflies and hundreds of types of insects. Most of wildlife shares your holiday home with you but provided you treat them with the respect they deserve, they tend to leave you alone. The highlight of the the wildlife is the monkeys. They often pass by and will always take any titbits you may wish to offer. Word of warning, once you have started feeding them don't be surprised if they become a pest and turn aggressive if you have nothing to offer them. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. The resort enjoys two fantastic beaches. The Burau Beach is white sand and slops out gently to the sea, the other, the Pantai Kok Beach enjoys a lovely sandy shore line but beware of the razor sharp barnacles and stones under foot here as one careless foot step could lead to a slashed heel and several days of pain. The resort offers a good selection of food, from buffet to snacks, not to be missed is the steamboat dinner which we found excellent. The prices are inflated compared to local surrounding restaurants but despite this, they offer good quality food and good sized portions. The bar offers an extensive selection of all the usual but again is fairly expensive with a small beer costing RM7. There is a second restaurant/cafe called the Seashells Beach Cafe situated on the beach front, again, this offers excellent food and live entertainment in the evening and from research whilst there, I am lead to believe that it has won several food awards over the last few years. Overall the resort is excellent and the staff can not do enough to ensure your stay is without problems. Mutiara Burau Bay staff, well done and thank you. Just outside the main resort are several shops and two cafes offering clothing and snacks at very cheap prices. Don't expect an alcoholic beverage at these cafes as they are run by muslim families and are not licenced. Given the quality of the food this barely matters and they both do a mean iced tea. Also at this location they is a hire car outlet and which proved almost 50% cheaper than the hotel rates. You haggle for the price of a car and they hire them out on a 24hour basis. Expect to pay approx RM80 for a automatic or RM50 for a manual. It is also worth noting that the cars often not new as it appears that the cars come from persons who have left the island to work on the mainland and lease their car to the hire company, despite this we hired 5 cars and none were in poor condition. It is also worth noting that you can travel to Kuah in under 30 minutes and complete a lap of Langkawi in approximately one hour thirty. Finally, this resort is a fantastic place to unwind and relax. Remember it is only a 3 star resort so don't expect your 5 star luxuries. If you want that there are plenty of resorts on the island that can offer you that at a 5 star price !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Would have no problem in returning to the Mutiara Burau Bay resort and my family and I had a fantastic holiday."
- Travel date: 29th October 2007
" A Lovely place for honeymooners"
"This place was our last destination on our 8 days honey moon to Malaysia...we spent 2 nights at Mutiara Burau Bay and I wouldnât hesitate to say that these 2 days were the best days of our honey moon...it has got lovely cozy cottages by the beach..and it is absolutely peaceful to hear the waves hit the shore in the night...this place makes you feel absolutely close to the nature..with monkey's and lizards (they arenât so scary believe me...) on the lawn...you can actually go on and on clicking snaps of the scenery and the beach..it is absolutely picturesque...just next to the hotel is a small restaurant which serves proper Malaysian food..its not a very posh place though..but yes a must try for foodies...Overall I would say Langkawi made my honey moon a memory for life..and yes if in Langkawi donât miss visiting the Mangroves... Mutiara Burau Bay.. is an ideal place those going on a honey moon..so guys enjoy..."
- Travel date: 31st July 2007
Not my type of resort
"I have just returned from Langkawi last week. I am sorry to say that i will not be going back to mutiara burau bay again if i am going back to langkawi for a break. First the plus points: Friendly staffs i will strongly agree. The room is neat and tidy. Very near the beach. Sunbathing @ my doorstep. Room-service. Now for the minus points: Carpark is not brightly lighted up. Neither are the paths to cabanas. You can't see a single thing from inside your room when it is dark outside. There is no path leading to my cabana(1069). Seaview block by trees. Bathroom need to be re-furnish.Breakfast for the 2 days are the same items. As i have rent a car from day 1, I went to a few places. I would prefer hotels near the holiday villa, casa del mar. There are a lot of shops around there. And I went to awana porto malai and to my surprise, it's has one of the best sea view to me. Although it is no where near a beach, but it's seaview is able to capture your heart. Interior wise I will not know. I actually opted for holiday villa but it is fully booked. So my second choice is mutiara. Not really my type of resort. Upgrade to seaview is not worth it. Shopping in Langkawi is duty-free, but not really cheap when comparing to singapore. The fun thing i enjoy is driving around and looking @ the scenery. CoCo beach restaurant have friendly staff & served good food with a good sun set view. Mangrove is not bad either. Renting a car is a must if you are going to explore the island. Traffic is light with parking everywhere. Fuel is cheap. Rental from day1 @ 4pm to day3 @ 6.30pm for 120RM. Fuel is 40RM for whole trip. Hope I did not offend anyone with my 1st comment of the century. Cheers Langkawi!!"
- Travel date: 30th July 2007
Overall, a very good resort
"I wrote a review of this resort with my first impressions after two days. Now we have returned home after spending nine days in total there. Much of what I said with my first impressions hold true. It is a quiet, well laid out resort with good gardens, pool and beach area. The staff were very friendly and cooperative with nothing being too much trouble. Our beach view family cabana was adequate in size for two adults and two children. They were cleaned daily. Everything was within a couple of minutes walk with very few steep gradients. Family of spectacled monkeys were very friendly and will gently take peanuts or fruit from your hand. Beware however, outside the resort there are macaque monkeys and these are not so friendly. If you walk past them eating or drinking they WILL mug you. If it happens then give them what they want or risk being bitten. Their saliva contains bacteria which is not good for humans so you have been warned. other wildlife around the resort were Kingfishers, Hornbills, Birds of Paradise, lizards, sand crabs and the usual army of ants. Nothing for anyone to be afraid of and we had no insects in the cabana. The beach outside the main gardens is good for swimming although around the headland towards the harbour there is an outfall pipe which was probably the cause of myself and children getting ear infections requiring visits to the clinic. The sea is warm, very salty and a little murky due to the fine sand. No good for snorkelling at all. Meals in the main building were buffet and a bit pepetitive. eat out at the harbour, oriental village or the odd restaurant lying around. Take a 10 ringit taxi ride and their is lots of choice. The three small cafes outside the main gate are fine for lunch time snack. Cheap and tasty"
- Travel date: 22nd July 2007
Superb location, helpful and friendly staff, lively enterainment.
"One week we will never forget for sure! Located in the pristine Burau bay, the Mutiara resort is the ultimate in beach resorts! It may not be a five star resort, but the superb location and helpful, friendly staff definitely make up for the star rating.Breakfast was plentiful and varied and the inhouse band provided fantastic entertainment nightly in the open air terrace; the giant guitar to the rear of the stage provided an excellent backdrop to to the musicians. On top of that, the hotel is only a 10 minute walk from the cable car base station, which gives you breathtaking views of the whole island once it gets to the top. Highly recommended."
- Travel date: 19th July 2007
Lovely nature and nice service!
"I stayed here with family and really loved it! Many of the reviews here cover the basics, but I wanted to mention something about all the small touches around the hotel that make it really special and unlike the big-named hotels you can find elsewhere. Mutiara pays special attention to its natural surroundings and there are little signs everywhere bringing your attention to thinks like the little lizards racing across the main lawn, the parrots, the roosters (apparently chickens originated in Malaysia), as well as the plant life. Also, there is a small island just off the beach (you can walk to it at low tide), on which the hotel made little paths so you can explore if you're feeling adventurous. They've also added little touches like a beach bar constructed around a small boat that washed ashore. Finally, I really enjoyed the service: there were very nice Phillippino and Indonesian girls getting training there and they were really fantastic! I highly recommend this place for people who want to relax (a good place for kids and teenagers too!) in a beautiful atmosphere without the pomp and stuffiness of chain resorts. It was truly a memorable stay!"
- Travel date: 14th July 2007
"I booked for this hotel online and stayed there for 5 days 4 nights. Honestly I was not very pleased with the reviews online and tired very hard to book into another hotel that was of at least 4 star rating. But you know what!! I am gald I went to Mutiara Bay. Hotel transfer can be arranged at the hotel and the check in is effortless. The welcome drink is rather nice and it is fresh juice not the cocktail type mixtures of sweet drinks that you get in other hotels. The cabana's are small but clean with and are well kept and cleaned nicely every day in the morning. The pool is small but it is facing the sea so you can hope from the beach to the pool side any time. The mountain view is great!!. Also there is a spa in the hotel. Not to mention food at the seashell cafe is really nice. the main hotel restaurtant also can arrange for steamboat dinners at least for two. The place is literally a natural reserve, You can see fruit trees, monkeys- feed them, hens, and yes we spotted a huge monitor lizard. what someone said is so right it is a camping trip and with all amenities provided.It was a great trip, a resort with great service and pp that are all smiles all the time and willing to help. My daughter had a fall and all the staff there were really helpful and euipped to provide first aid. Basically if I go to langkawi again. It will be Mutiara Bay and no other. even as location it is great there are convininet stores just outside of the hotel."
- Travel date: 9th July 2007
"Hi, Visited the Mutiara In June, was there for 3 days. Was very skeptical while booking there mainly because i'm not really a wild life person, and that was probably the only highlight mentioned by fellow travelers for this resort on various sites. The place is beautiful. Dont go there expecting super luxury because its not, but its not bad at all. Think I got recently refurbished rooms, because I was shown another room which wasnt quite the same. Was happy with the rooms eventually. No bugs, No ants, wondered what some of the reviews were about. Also Had booked sea facing cabanas, and the view was really really nice. Made you wanna sit in your lil balcony and gaze. The resort itself is visually stunning, and quaint in its own way. Its big enough to walk around, and just exist if you know what i mean. Pool's small, but if you're looking at just lazing around you wont complain. Staff were pleasant as they should be, not over obtrusive and all over the place but willing to assist at any point, so thats a good thing. The beach is probably among the quietest and calmest in langkawi. Worth a dip and some water sports. I would recommend the place to friends. Dont get put off by reports of the wild life, monitor lizards etc around. The dont really come in the way. Extremely safe. By the last day of my trip I was actually looking forward to spotting some."
- Travel date: 14th June 2007
Mutiara - getting out and about!
"We have just returned from a second visit to the Mutiara Burau Bay resort in Langkawi after having the most amazing trip. The staff at the hotel were truly wonderful and nothing was too much trouble. The island itself, is amazing and if you enjoy learning about traditions, culture and wildlife, it would be worth contacting the activities desk to take a trip out with Jimmy, Indera and Hirman. These 3 are extremely knowlegeable on birds, plants, snakes and the island's history and geography. Admittedly they don't work at the hotel, but if you can make a few enquiries all three, would be happy to give you a tour and take you on a jungle trek - fantastic!!!! In addition, it would be worth seeking out Othman bin Ayeb who works at another hotel (The Andaman) as a naturalist - he has vast knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Langkawi. His experience of birdlife, plantlife, other wildlife and the history and culture of Langkawi is second to none. In fact he is quite famous and very well respected in Langkawi and deservedly so. If you have travelled to Langkawi, it is well worth spending a few days aways from the hotel resort and getting out there and learning about the island, it's people and the wildlife - Truly amazing!"
- Travel date: 2nd June 2007
Good place to stay
"My family stayed for 2 days in April'07. Though located in a far corner of the island, ideal place for calm holiday with beautiful rooms looking over the sea beach. Not many eating joints nearby, though (nearest place is a decent KFC joint near the petrol pump - a good 10 minutes by taxi). Be prepared to spend for transport if you are keen to see around. Otherwise, the hotel staff are very friendly and nice. You can hear the birds sing while enjoying a cup of tea in the morning."
- Travel date: 2nd May 2007
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