Pom Pom - a beautiful island retreat

Many tourists are still flocking to Pom Pom Island Resort and Spa not knowing about the murder and abduction.

MALAYSIA - The Pom Pom Island Resort and Spa on the island of the same name is surrounded by the blue waters of the Celebes Sea.

Just 45 minutes away from Semporna in Sabah, it is rich with vegetation and is home to Green and Hawksbill marine turtles.

The resort consists of several villas - Beach Front Villas, Garden View Villas and Water Villas - which were designed with traditional architecture and built amidst the island's natural green environment.

Equipped with facilities including a restaurant, bar and a spa, guests at the resort can also plan diving or snorkelling activities at its dive desk.

Guests at the resort are sometimes able to witness the hatching of turtle eggs and release of baby turtles into the sea, as well as other sea creatures.

In popular travel website tripadvisor.com.my, the resort is ranked the second best out of six resorts around Pulau Sipadan.

It has also received good reviews from 88 per cent of the 263 guests who commented on their stay in the website.

Some of the guests have described the island as a "paradise" and a "beautiful island retreat".