When Swiss Cottage invited me to come and spend a few days at their bohemian beach property I was thrilled to get to extend our time on Pulau Tioman and see another part of the island. Swiss Cottage is located on the northwestern shore of the island and offered a completely different experience than in the south, mostly because we were spoiled by stunning sunsets. It is definitely worth properly exploring Tioman Island and staying in a few different locations as the island is quite large, 39km long and 12km wide.
The rustic accommodation is surrounded by gardens, palm trees, and upcycled design elements. From tree trunk stools to tires transformed into art the decor at Swiss Cottage created a laidback beach vibe and the perfect setting to just kick back and relax. Swiss Cottage is located in Kampung Tektek and has been operating for over 30 years! Back then Swiss Cottage was a few little huts on the beach, today it is operated by the children of the founders. They live by the mission to make everyone leave the island with a smile. What a beautiful philosophy! The ambiance has grown with time but the commitment to nature and creating a welcoming environment has never changed.
We stayed in a lovely terrace room and enjoyed having our own balcony, especially on stormy nights. We brought our meals over here from the darling restaurant to be able to have intimate meals. Our room was very cozy and was equipped with A/C and other modern amenities without losing its old-timey rustic charm. While we were not located on the shore we still had a great view of the beach and the ocean in the near distance. This beach haven is wildly affordable at around $40 USD per night for two persons including breakfast. Swiss Cottage on Tioman Island is a budget travelers dream. The quirky and comfortable rooms are very affordable and all are within footsteps from the ocean.
While we were at Swiss Cottage we learned about the legend of Pulau Tioman. The folk story tells a tale of a dragon princess who fell in love with the sea an decided to never leave. To do so she morphed into an island and the twin peaks in the north of the island are her dragon horns. Julio trekked up them one afternoon and absolutely loved it.
Another awesome thing we learned? Coconut oil or baby oil keep sandflies from biting! These little bugs love me so this was an amazing trick to learn. Just make sure you let your sunscreen dry properly before you apply the oil, otherwise, your skin will fry. At Swiss Cottage guests can use a concoction of Baby oil mixed with a little bit of Dettol whenever they need it.
Swiss Cottage is located on the beach in front of the Tekek house reef. Unfortunately, we did not have the best weather during our stay so we didn’t get the chance to discover the aquatic life here. Apparently, there are often sea turtles and blacktip reef sharks and occasionally blue spotted ribbon tale rays! If snorkeling isn’t your thing there is also a beachfront yoga shala and SUP board rental. There are also plenty of sweet kitties that love to purr and snuggle.
Be sure to eat in the darling Swiss Cottage cafe, it is closed on Monday’s so you’ll have to venture out to try some local food. Our favorite spot was the restaurant right on the pier. At the cafe, they serve health-conscious food with a Malay twist. They also have a killer assortment of fresh juices and deserts; tea and coffee are available and self-serve around the clock.
Thank you for hosting us at Swiss Cottage, we had a lovely time! All opinions and photos are my own. Please read the Miss Filatelista disclosure policy for more information.