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A handy backup if Mama's is full

Photo of Watercolours, Middle of West Beach, just north of Mama's, Perhentian Besar. , Perhentian Islands

What we say: 3 stars

You'll find Watercolours between The Reef and Mamas, where the sprawling resort does budgetish rooms (by Perhentian Besar standards) spread across a large lawn property. Rooms are a bit rundown and some could certainly do with a coat of paint (in some cases, perhaps a complete rebuilding), but the price is reasonable -- we paid 90 ringgit for am air-con room with private bathroom a short walk from the beach. We found the staff to be especially friendly. Many of the rooms have a bit of an unusual triplex configuration (three rooms to one bungalow) but the rooms are of a reasonable size. The bungalows at The Reef are better, but cost a little more and if you're on a budget, Mama's is a better bet. There's a good sized restaurant on site -- service is glacial so bring a book, or complain online via their free WiFi ;-) They'd be well served to computerise their check-in process – a lot of paperwork must be done before a key is handed over. While Mama's is our number one choice, this isn't a bad backup.

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Middle of West Beach, just north of Mama's, Perhentian Besar.  T: (09) 691 1852 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Beachfront bungalow 110 ringgit 110 ringgit
Bungalow air-con private b'room 90 ringgit 90 ringgit

Added to Travelfish on: 5th May, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 5th May, 2014

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Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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Middle of West Beach, just north of Mama's, Perhentian Besar. 
T: (09) 691 1852

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