Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Coconut Grove 1511

Only after starting work in Tioman did I find out more about the island. Previously, the island was only learnt about through textbooks or folklore, due to the mountain that mythology claims is the embodiment of a might dragon (as it resembles the head of a dragon). Now, I know that there are several villages on the island, and not all are easily accessible.

While most of the villages are on the same side of the island facing the main peninsular, there is one that is on the other side facing South China Sea - Juara Village or Kampung Juara.

Lee Fong invited me to join her on her trip there with her friends. I managed to take two days off to join her for one night. Our met them halfway through their snorkelling at Soyak and rode with them on their little boat back to Juara. My first time there and I was impressed with the long stretch of white sandy beach. Ah, so Juara is a protected bay, unlike us at Paya.

We stayed at a beachside bed and breakfast called Coconut Grove 1511, which is nestled in between Barat Tioman and Juara Turtle Project. Apparently, it is run by a Peranakan family from Malacca.


It had several standalone chalets that could fit different numbers of occupants, which they divide into Tower Room, Seaview King Room, Seaview Twin, Garden View King, Garden View Twin, Garden View Family. We were in a Garden View Twin and asked for an extra bed for me to spend the one night there.

First thought that came through my mind was how similar the general design of the room was to Borneo Divers' especially the bed headboard. I suppose most island / seaside accommodations would have similarities.

The high ceiling with ceiling fan gave the room its own charm, I thought. It helped that the ceiling was entirely in white and that the walls were in a light colour. Seem to calm the senses somewhat.

I wondered if the name of the place was inspired by the many coconut trees in their compound. I liked how well-maintained their garden is, as many of their flowering plants were in bloom and many bushes looked manicured.

I also liked their main building, which housed their reception, dining area and bar. It was also where they had a live band performance every night - live band was actually their own workers singing with a guitar.

I love how we were surrounded by greens, especially with blooming Birds of Paradises.

Guests could choose to dine under cover or al fresco.

There were four breakfast sets to choose from and I naturally gravitated towards the french toast. Coffee, tea and cordial juice were free flow.

I could not remember if the chocolate chip muffin was complimentary or purchased, but I do remember that it was tasty.

Across the road from where we stayed was this quaint coffee and cocktail stand called Broken Van, which is operated by the dive centre next door, Barat Dive.

Coconut Grove 1511 is blessed to have the stretch of peaceful and quiet beach in front, much like their own private space, really. Ideal place to unwind with a cuppa and a book in hand.

So glad to have visited, even for a night. At least I know what the other side of Tioman looks like and roughly know what to expect in terms of food and transport. Will plan a trip to visit again in future.

Coconut Grove 1511
Kampung Juara, 28600 Pulau Tioman, Pahang, Malaysia
T: +60 9 419 4888; M: +6011-1756 8795; E:

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