Upmarket jungle hideout
Nestled in the jungle midway between Coral Bay and Keranji Beach, Crocodile Rock Villas offers a selection of superior wooden bungalows along with glamping, setting a new benchmark for upmarket Perhentian digs.
The afternoon we passed through Crocodile Rock was full so we were not able to see inside the rooms, but from outside they look just lovely. Oversized wooden bungalows sit on stilts running back up the hillside with a comfortable looking restaurant overhanging the west-coast island trail.
Options come in three flavours—glamping (250++ ringgit), Jungle and Seaview villas (295++ ringgit and 335++ ringgit respectively) and Grand Seaview (395 ringgit), so you’re paying a significant premium for the isolation and the standards. Bungalows are well-spaced and have large, fenced-in furnished decks ideal for whiling away the afternoon with no distractions other than the sounds of the jungle.
As mentioned, we were not able to see inside a room, but from the photos on their website, the rooms look to be well fitted out and comfortable with western style bathrooms and mosquito net shrouded beds. Water views are limited thanks to all the foliage which the resort has done a great job of retaining, but you’ll see more from the restaurant area.
Minimum stay is two nights and reservations, especially in season, are essential. If Crocodile Rock is out of your budget, consider Keranji Beach Resort which is a little further to the south. It lacks the jungle feel, but has a far superior beach front. Recommended.
Address: Rainforest Beach, Perhentian Kecil
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º42'56.04" E, 5º54'13.41" N
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Room rates: 250 to 500 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|250 ringgit||250 ringgit|
|Superior double room|
Up to 335 ringgit
|295 ringgit||295 ringgit|
|Deluxe double room||395 ringgit||395 ringgit|
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, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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