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Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge

Kampung Mantanani, Pulau Mantanani Besar, Kota Belud, Malaysia (Show on map)

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"The beach, the sulaps (huts), the..."

Emma, United Kingdom August 04, 2015

Features of Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge

Hotel Facilities

  • family room
  • luggage storage
  • restaurant
  • shops
  • shuttle service
  • smoking area
  • tours

Sports and Recreation

  • diving
  • fishing
  • private beach
  • water sports (non-motorized)


  • Wi-Fi in public areas


  • car park

Languages Spoken

  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English

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Chalet Description
Well-positioned in Pulau Mantanani Besar, Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge is the ideal point of departure...see more Well-positioned in Pulau Mantanani Besar, Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Kota Belud. Only away, this 1-star hotel can be easily accessed from the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, family room, restaurant.

In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts. Many rooms even provide wooden/parqueted flooring, linens, fan, toiletries, shower to please the most discerning guest. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including private beach, diving, fishing, water sports (non-motorized). Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Kota Belud.
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Erika B. Couples
Australia, October 03, 2015
nice island but too pricey for the low quality

snorkelling, beach, sunsets
Although the island location is lovely, the price you pay for the very budget-style accommodation is frankly too much. The food which you must buy from Mari Mari is not very nice. The snorkelling is great, as is the diving, but just be ready to overspend on everything else! Also note that there is no aircon or wifi, and the intermittent electricity is only turned on at night. Also bring earplugs to cope with the sound of the fan while you are sleeping. No mosquito nets either.
Jennifer K. Couples
United States of America, August 09, 2015
Not worth the money

Beach, views, relaxing
Very, very basic. Which is fine, but for what we paid, it's just not worth it. Cheap construction, nothing but a sheet over the mattress, few drinks options (warm water, Tiger, and 100 plus). Beach is kept very clean at Mari Mari, but elsewhere it's depressingly filthy.
Emma M. Couples
United Kingdom, August 20, 2015
Stunning location, clean rooms, limited food.

The beach, the sulaps (huts), the views
My partner and I had a wonderful time here and would definitely stay again. The accommodation is just steps away from the sand and the aqua water. The main activities are snorkelling and diving, apart from that there's not much to do apart from sunbathe or play volleyball. It's a perfect place to relax but don't expect partying or any lively atmosphere here. The rooms are clean and comfortable; it's a desert island so if you want luxury don't stay here. The only down side was the food. We stayed for 5 days and they ran out of pretty much the whole menu twice, including drinks. This wasn't really a huge problem, however for the price they charge, they should improve their food and supply of it during high season. The breakfast is also very basic. For us, this was a small compromise for the stunning location. For others, it seemed to diminish their experience, especially the families.
EUNJIN P. Business travelers
South Korea, July 01, 2015

food, beach, service
Electricity does not come in time a little hot. The bulb was broken. But just it gave changes for the better room. The restaurant dishes are delicious as one. The staff is also friendly and gave as one example of our requirements. I want to stay more than two nights next one as foil.
Wan P. Couples
Hong Kong, February 06, 2015
Very nice beach

Beach Nature Diving
The beach is very beautiful and it is good to feel the nature.
Jonas A. Couples
Sweden, January 20, 2014
Okay visit, hostel standard.

Close to nature and the beach.
Pretty damp room with no A/C, a fan in the roof kept most of the heat away during night when electricity was on. Ok resturant with adequate prices.
FLORENT D. Solo travelers
France, December 11, 2013
Quiet and nice place for a 2 days trip

Location ; View ; Activites
Rebecca G. Groups
United Kingdom, July 16, 2013
Beautiful beach and basic room

The beach, the relaxing environment and the room design
We really enjoyed our stay in Mari Mari. The island is beautiful and the resort is right off the beach,still on the sand. The resort is basic as everything there has to be brought over by boat. It was really quiet which was nice if you just want a bit of peace. The rooms were build on stilts which looks really pretty although the bugs can get in. The staff were really nice but a lot of things on the menu were not actually available. We ended up asking them to just let us know what they did have. There are trips you can go on like snorkelling an you can rent kayaks. They can also arrange scuba diving although they didn't recommend it when I asked them.
Sydney R. Solo travelers
United States of America, July 09, 2013
Relaxing Escape

Relaxing, Nice room design, good food
I stayed here for a night during my week long stay in Sabah. The resort is very relaxing as there are not many rooms on the island. The staff were friendly and the food was delicious. The snorkeling and sea kayaking prices are very affordable compared to other places that I have stayed at in the past. The only downside is that the showers don't work very well, as the water pressure is very low. Be prepared to be a bit sticky if you plan on going into the ocean, as you won't be able to take a decent shower afterwords. Also, the beach isn't very clean because locals deposit their trash on the beach.
Wai L. Groups
Hong Kong, July 18, 2013
Quiet and Relaxing place

Staff and Water activities
Overall speaking the resort is quite good. Location-wise its a bit difficult to handle since it is claimed that there will be only 1 boat transfer each day. If you book through Agoda, just make sure you have arranged your transport in advance of entering the island, which we didn't and thus caused a great deal of troubles. However, staff there are very helpful and cheerful. If you need a relaxing holiday, Mari-Mari is simply your choice!

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