As I was on my own, I booked in one of the “Superior Rooms,” which are the upstairs water villas in the main stem of the “flower.” There are two of these upstairs and two more downstairs, with one kingsize bed in the upstairs villas and two single beds in the downstairs villas. The upstairs villas have an A-Frame roof, which takes more time and effort to properly air condition, and also a marginally better overall view.
My first impression was extremely positive. Each of the 4 villas has a very private and separate entrance, and once inside the room it’s easy to forget that you have neighbors at all. The larger water villas are on the other fronds leading off the center of the flower, and each of those is free-standing with no neighbors.
Once inside I was even more impressed. At 52 square meters (560 square feet), the Superior Room is twice the size of a standard city hotel room, and the balcony is also huge. A bit to my surprise, the construction and all the furnishings felt extemely solid. Some of the more affordable overwater rooms (especially the older ones) feel a bit more like cabins, but these are like luxury hotel suites in every way.
The upstairs units take longer to air condition than the downstairs units, and that can be an issue in Malaysia where it is hot every day of the year. But after a short time it was very pleasant inside. The daybed in the living room area is very comfortable, and the large ensuite is surprisingly luxurious for anything close to this price range.
I was there as a normal guest, paying my own way, so I didn’t get a tour of the other water villas. Still, I could easily see that this entire resort was built without cutting corners and that the larger water villas are also at least as luxurious.