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Mabul Water Bungalow Resort

Luxury water villas

Mabul Island T: (088) 486 389 F: (088) 486 628

Mabul Water Bungalow Resort

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If the folding stuff is no object and two Jacuzzis (because one is not enough) in your own private stilted water villa looking out to sea sounds better than sitting at a desk, Mabul Water Bungalow Resort might be calling your name.

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Perhaps the name rings a bell? That may be because the resort is notorious as the sight of a well-publicised kidnapping and murder in 2014. Notwithstanding, this four-star resort is still Mabul’s top spot. Well appointed wooden chalets pepper the ocean, above jewel-coloured waters and vibrant reefs, connected by wooden boardwalks — don’t worry if it’s too far, golf-cart rides and your own bicycle for the more mobile are included in the deal.


Welcome! Photo: Sally Arnold

The fancier rooms (as well as the double hot-tubs) incorporate glass floors—like a glass-bottom boat, you can sit in the comfort of your lounge and enjoy the underwater world without getting wet. Classically styled, rooms offer all the comforts you would expect at the price point, however we felt some rooms a little tired and noticed minor maintenance issues, but you can’t beat the fabulous setting. Make sure you book as sea-facing room, and the further away from the generator the better.

We guess it would do for a night.

We guess it would do for a night. Photo: Sally Arnold

As with everywhere on Mabul, including the less expensive places, this is an all-inclusive package and meals are served buffet style in the breezy open-air restaurant. Extra drinks are, well, extra. We love the spa, with the same outlook to infinity as the villas, and if the cost of a room here is prohibitive, you can always indulge in a little luxury pampering as a non-guest prices start at 85 ringgit for a foot massage. Staff are cheery and will fall over themselves to help you.

Or two.

Or two. Photo: Sally Arnold

Mabul Water Bungalow Resort is part of landlubbing (and more affordable) Sipadan Mabul Resort. If a sea villa is your desire, and you don’t have the pennies for Mabul Water Bungalow Resort, Sipadan Water Village Resort, next door, may be more within reach, or for a bargain offer, Billabong Scuba.


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Walk-in rates at Mabul Water Bungalow Resort

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
2,054 ringgit
2,054 ringgit
One-night, two-day package, two people. Non-diver: US$643. Single supplement: 50%. Additional night: US$350; non-diver: US$281.
Room: Standard double room, low season: 2,054 ringgit, high season 2,054 ringgit. Notes: One-night, two-day package, two people. Non-diver: US$643. Single supplement: 50%. Additional night: US$350; non-diver: US$281.

Where is Mabul Water Bungalow Resort

Mabul Water Bungalow Resort
Mabul Island
T: (088) 486 389 F: (088) 486 628
Coordinates (for GPS): 118º38'7.14" E, 4º14'47.44" N
Room rates: over 500 ringgit

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