So lets start with the downside; this is not a luxury hotel, it is pretty basic. However, it is directly on a beautiful and deserted beach, I walked as far up as it is possible to go (aprox 3 km up the beach past 4 seasons) and saw a total of 7 people on the beach. Most of the tourists stay in the south of the island and those at the 4 seasons never leave their closeted resort, I can't imagine that the beach ever gets busy, even in high season. The people who live nearby are very friendly and welcoming, it really is a little slice of tropical paradise.
Apart from the location the other great thing about this hotel are the staff who are super welcoming and friendly. They have provided a range of facilities that are really helpful such as sun loungers and hammocks overlooking the beach, an outside kitchen and a place for people to camp if they want. Although this is a hotel you do not need a car to access it but you will need the grab app as taxis are really expensive on the island. I like to walk though and was forever being stopped by locals offering me a lift. Most of the time I declined as I wanted to walk but the occasions when I accepted a lift, or used a grab, I had interesting conversations and learned a lot about local life. Education levels are very high in Malaysia and seemingly everybody speaks excellent English.
The duty free island is small so it is possible to use this beautiful beach as a base to visit the sites all over the island. For only 6% of the cost of staying at the four seasons you do not get luxury accommodation but you do get access to the same beach. You also get very helpful and obliging staff, a comfortable bed in a large clean room with en suite and air con. My room also had dual aspect windows overlooking the beach and it was possible to fully open all the windows to get a good blast of sea air and hear the waves. There are no luxury restaurants on site but there are a couple of local hang outs on the beach and some local restaurants in the nearby small town. If you are out and about during the day you can have your main meal there. If I were to return for a long relax and would be spending less time out and about, I would check which nearby hotels had decent restaurants as the local fare would get a bit tiring after a while. Either that or use the kitchen, then I could stay here for months on end, in a little piece of peaceful paradise.