Value for $$$$. Very Good for a family of 6. Private!!There are 3 air cond bedrooms with own private parking. It is basically a home a way from home, without a kitchenette. Pleasant reception staff, swimming pool and travel tour services arrangement. Family had an excellent time at the Ma' Daerah Turtle Hatchery nearby.
Conveniently located next to main road, resort has 2 fairly decent restaurants that you do not have to travel out. Then again the proximity to Paka town makes its very convenient to even eat out. Paka is a much better town than Dungun in terms of food choices.
Very relaxing. Thank you for the good service Rumbia!!
Been to Kertih for work and had to stay in Paka as other hotels were full due to peak season. Its a quiet place with basic facilities. Stayed for 2 nights in spacious semi-d unit with daily housekeeping. Need to run the water tap for few minutes to get rid the yellow water. The towel is clean but seems old. No toilettries provided and phone not functioning. Astro channel,kettle and fridge provided. Swimming pool, gym and bicycle rental available. The house and the area is clean and I can see they are working hard to maintained it. They also have 'Little Paka' restaurant which just beside the river with a live band performance every night. Not so much choice of breakfast in 'Kayu Manis' restaurant. You might need a transport to stay here since this place is quite isolated and the taxi fare also quite expensive.
Stayed in this resort for 4 nights. We took a semi-d with three rooms. The reason of staying here was due to the room rate. There were 3 of us thus three rooms sounded nice for us.
Each room was equipped with air cond. However these air cond were poorly maintained and small and old. Two of these three air cond couldn't be switched on with remote and we had to press the manual start button on the blower unit. Due to low wind flow and small, it took hours before the rooms could be cooled.
There's a kitchen. However there's no utensil. There were only 6 ceramic mugs with a pre packed coffee and tea with creamer and sugar. There's a small fridge and a kettle. So basically we can't cook in the kitchen.
Two toilets in the house. One toilet had a boiler hidden somewhere providing warm shower. However the bathroom in master bedroom had no hot water. The original shower head was long broken and replaced with cheap plastic type. Even that was in poor condition. This was the worst shower head I had ever encountered in the past.
The living area and rooms were clean. And the bed is OK. These were the only pro I could find. The pillows were hard though.
There was a swimming pool in this resort. This was another reason we picked this resort as we thought we could relax in the pool after a full day of hard work. However we found that the pool was not cleaned and water in the pool was not overflowing thus not recycled through filter. There were leaves and tree branches in the water. I doubt they put chlorine in the pool.
There were two restaurants in this resort. One was serving breakfast for 2. Although we had a three room house. Breakfast was not bad though. We had dinner in the other restaurant and the food was okay.
Pro: Good breakfast. Clean room. Satellite TV.
Con: No kitchen utensils. Very poor bath room (old and not maintained). Not hot shower. Very poor air cond. No wifi. Dirty pool.
Set your expectations!This is no 4 or 5 star property. It's not much of a resort either In fact it rates itself as 3...though I would say 2.5. I agree with the previous reviewer, it does have a smell...the type of smell when a place does not have enough ventilation. Kind of musty. Stayed in semi-detached unit with 3 bdrm.Requested for a kitchen prior to trip
Spacious - 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6 adults comfortably
Relatively cheap...you can get a unit for RM200++ during promotions etc
Has a kitchen with fridge, induction cooker and cutlery (request before hand)
Provided 6 bottles of mineral water and some tea/coffee
Master bedroom - aircond not working properly. Fortunately there were only 4 of us, so we used the other rooms.
Pest - ANTS..not in bedrooms, mainly dining and kitchen...don't leave food around!
- MOZZIES - I guess this can't be helped...so bring repellent etc
Kitchen - rusty kettle...we survived on mineral water given plus those we bought
Breakfast - only 2 coupon per guests per day..the others had to pay. Food was ok, usual Msian fare, roti canai was quite good.
Pool - really tiny.
4 towels only!
The villas were probably nice a couple of years back, but unfortunately it is rather aged now. Bear in mind it does not have a beach front & the river mouth is nothing to shout about.
However if you are driving then this is a decent location as you can easily drive up to Pantai Paka or Pantai Kemasik (20mins).
I arrived on 12 June at Rumbia Resort in Paka, after a long 5 hours journey by car from the Taman Negara. The resort consists of almost 100 villas and bungalows -each with 3 rooms (one main room with attached bathroom and to others sharing another bathroom) a large kitchen equipped with all cooking instruments, a fridge and even a washing machine, a giant living room, a prayer room (it is an empty room where Muslim tourists have possibility to pray as per their tradition. And I had the whole villa at my disposal! Also outside the villa there is a terrache with a table and chair, where you can have your morning coffee or read the news-paper provided every day. The cleanness is perfect, bed is very comfortable, the whole villa has more windows than walls, so you have all around good daylight. Bottles of drinking water are provided. I had villa no.64 and it was next to the restaurant, which has a huge and very tasty offer for breakfast, as well very good a la carte meals for lunch or dinner. Tourists were mostly Malaysians from other areas, as it was still school holiday. The place is very quite and peaceful, away from Paka town (actually on the other side of bridge. Behind the hotel there is the Paka river, on left side surrounded by mountains. On the opposite side of river is a small piece of sandy beach and then the South China Sea. What can you ask for more to relax? Staff is very friendly and helpful, the lady at the front desk (Miss Ain) giving you lot of information about the place around, about distances, trips and prices. Also the personnel at the restaurant are very friendly and talkative people. Many thanks to all of the Rumbia staff.
Anyway, there is phone in the room, but you cant make international calls, only you can be called. This should be improved somehow. At checkin you will be requested to pay the amount of your accommodation. No other deposit is requested. There is also a swimming pool, but not much about it. I told Miss Ain that it would be a great idea if the hotel could arrange somehow the river shore behind the hotel, to make a small beach there, some sitting area and it would be great if there was a boat transfer to the opposite side, to the sea. Maybe it will one day.
Being outside the Paka town, you will need a taxi to go around, but don't believe what they say that it is far to cross the bridge. To the bridge you have to walk for about 20 - 25 min., and I think crossing and getting to the seaside will take some other 25 min. So it can be done by walking. But if you call a taxi it will be 15 ringgit for a 7 min. drive.
For travel arrangements to Kuala Terengganu (which you must not miss while in that state - it is a fantastic city) or Lake Kenyir don't get the offers of the hotel, they will be more expansive as if you make arrangements directly with a driver. I got a very good one, I think the best driver I had in all Malaysia in terms of safe driving and knowing the places, even if his English was not the pure Oxford English(!) - for those interested I can provide contact details. While at Rumbia, try to visit also the Cemerong waterfalls, it is superb. The Paka beach (Pantai Paka for Malaysians) has a soft sand and clean water, but the water is deep near the shore , so if not a good swimmer don't go to far. Actually the area is not swimming area, but of course you can wet yourself and have a pleasant sunbath. Along the beach there are some fisher huts, you can enjoy the local lifestyle of fisher-folks.
Watching the sunset in front the Paka river near Rumbia resort is a pleasure in late afternoons.
Once again, many thanks to the Rumbia Resort's staff, who know how to make guests feel like at home. Definitely , I hope to return to the Malaysian East Coast one day and Rumbia is the only place in the Dungun district where I would like to stay.