We stayed here for 5 nights in a single beach chalet with full dive package. Being eager divers we went three times to Sipadan. The hotel offers excellent service, rooms are great and the location is something for itself. Don’t expect a Ritz Carlton style luxury hotel. A five star hotel in a central area would have more pro service and facilities to the fingertips.
All though this is a fantastic place. The sand is the finest, the entire island is sorrouned by fantastic spots for diving and snorkeling. The five star padi centre has great and knowledgeable English-speaking dive masters, modern and safe boats, and good equipment. We have experienced bad dive centers in this area before.
For Europeans, it might seem overwhelming that almost all guests are Chinese. However, we experienced that the staff placed non-chinese people in separate areas of the restaurant in the evening. Meals are great, and they can help you order shell fish and crab for dinner in addition to the buffet. Mataking with beach chalet and full dive package is expensive – but go for it. It is a memory for life.