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Mama's Chalet

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Photo of Mama's Chalet , Southern end of West Beach, Perhentian Besar. , Perhentian Islands

What we say: 4 stars

Last off the rank between Watercolours and the southern bushwhacking trail to Tuna Bay sits Mama's Chalet, a slightly more modern-looking version of the 'typical' A-framed Perhentian budget chalet. With 24 years in the business and under the watchful eye of Aziz and Jimie -- two of the most knowledgable, helpful and really funny guys we've met in a while -- Mama's is a good spot. Rooms are basic but quite spacious and clean with attached baths. Cleanliness is apparently a priority at Mama's with the additional decor of pastel coloured plastic waste baskets attached to each veranda – they seem to make them his and her bungalows! The huts are in rows running parallel to the beach and note that some face away from the water. There is a laidback feel to this family-run spot and the rates are the lowest in the area, just undercutting the nearby Watercolours. Their on-site restaurant is relaxed and slow WiFi-equipped. Overall, this is a good choice for families as well as budget travellers and you're only a 10-minute walk to PIR Beach. Recommended. Aziz and Jimie both told us they had shut down their website and only took reservations by phone, but a website does exist -- with different phone numbers – so we're not clear if it is an imposter or not, but have included it just in case.


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Contact details:

Southern end of West Beach, Perhentian Besar.  T: (019) 984 0232, (019) 985 3359 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Standard - Double 70 ringgit 70 ringgit Upto 90 ringgit
Superior - Double 160 ringgit 160 ringgit Seaview
Family room 350 ringgit 350 ringgit

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

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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org 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 and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.
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Mama's Chalet
Southern end of West Beach, Perhentian Besar. 
T: (019) 984 0232, (019) 985 3359 
http://www.mamaschalet.com.my/

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