A mix of offerings, but a lot of trash
Between Sunrise Guesthouse and Panorama, centre of Long Beach, Perhentian Kecil T: (019) 914 2883
Very long-running Matahari is, like much of Long Beach, slowly making a transition from cheap and rustic to more mid-market, best represented by a two-storey concrete building full of air-con and hot water rooms just off the beach.
Their more rustic wooden bungalows are slightly more charming, albeit quite rundown, and we expect that as they slowly fall apart they'll be replaced by more concrete. Staff are informal, affable and friendly and there is WiFi available in their slapdash reception area, but overall Matahari isn't great value. If you want concrete and air-con you'd be far better served at Bubu (though at a considerably higher pricepoint) and for wooden rusticness, Bintang directly behind is our preferred choice. A new restaurant was under construction when we visited and it looks like it will have promising views over the ocean. This part of Long Beach is quite noisy -- from generators and the nearby diveshops through the day and restaurants and bars at night. The other issue here is the trash. There is a concrete walkway that leads from the southern end of the resort to the beach and it crosses a disgusting pit of trash. While this isn't all Matahari's fault (you could clearly see grey water run off from a nearby shack also filtering into the pit), it is disgusting and they should be working with their neighbours to clean up the mess.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 70 ringgit, high season 70 ringgit. Notes: Upto 85 ringgit
Room: Sgl fan private bathroom, low season: 90 ringgit, high season 90 ringgit. Notes: Up to 100 ringgit
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 140 ringgit, high season 140 ringgit. Notes: Up to 160 ringgit
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