What better way to end a 5-6 hour journey on the road with a private boat ushering you from the Mersing Jetty to an island resort. Pulau Besar is located nine nautical miles off the coast of Mersing in Johor, the island that was once used as a Vietnamese refugee transit camp, is now gazetted as a marine park by the Malaysian government. After a 25-minute boat ride, you are greeted with the picturesque Bayu Lestari Island Resort. The pristine blue waters and the jetty is an image from a postcard with a beautiful rainforest background amongst the wooden aesthetics.
Because we arrived pretty early and our rooms weren’t ready yet, we took the opportunity to hop onto the bicycles and had a tour of the island. It was definitely a fun thing to do and imagine not being on a bicycle for years and suddenly you’re on it with your 19 kilogram child at the back! Balancing was definitely something I had to work on throughout the ride! The whole island wasn’t crowded which was great and there are so many spots to have your Instagram-worthy pictures.
At Bayu Lestari Island Resort, there are about 15 Malay-styled villas with 4 different types of rooms. There’s a Bungalow, Deluxe A Frame, Standard Suite and an Exclusive Villa to choose from. We stayed in the Deluxe A Frame room which was a loft styled room. It comes with 3 single beds on the ground floor and the upper floor comes with a queen bed. The room was huge, minimal and simple. It even had a little corner with a sofa and some throw pillows. And, we loved the outdoor-indoor bathroom. The rooms also comes with fans and even an air-conditioner but there isn’t any water heater in case you’re wondering. The view from the balcony located on the upper deck of the room was just gorgeous.
After we settled in, lunch was waiting for us at the lobby-cum-reception-cum-restaurant area. We loved this area of the resort too as it was not only cosy, the wind and the view was perfect. For those who need to do their work or get in touch with their loved ones, the rooms usually do not have the best internet reception so it’s the perfect excuse to lounge at this area as the WiFi signal is strong here and so is your phone’s network. There is even a pool table, foosball table, a huge TV and a foot massager at the lounge area to keep your entertained.
We met ‘Ibu’, who runs the resort and she is very warm and friendly. Not only does she run the resort, she cooks the meals too. We had a feast for breakfast, lunch and dinner for all the 3 days we were there. The portion of the food was quite generous and it was delicious. Until today, we still talk about some of the meals we had at Bayu Lestari Island Resort.
Other than cycling, Bayu Lestari Island Resort also offers jungle trekking and beach volleyball. Should you want to do some kayaking or snorkeling, you can either enquire at the reception or cycle to the nearest facility and enquire there.
For rooms, the pricing starts from RM550 onwards (3 meals per day included) depending on your chosen room type and package. Further details can be found on their website https://bayulestari.com