[Wishlist] Tioman Island, Malaysia

Tioman Island, Malaysia

Tioman, Malaysia.
Photograph: Joe Levy-Brown/Guardian Witness

Glowing coral reef fish, colugos flying from tree to tree, monitor lizards, giant squirrels skittering across the roof at night – Tioman is an island of golden sand with a rainforest at its heart. When we set off into the jungle behind our house on our first night, a four-foot snake lazily uncurled itself at eye-level from a tree in front of us. We stayed in a treehouse leaning out over the beach at the Melina Beach Hotel (, two-bedroom properties from £44 a night), only accessible by boat or footpath. At night our beds swayed with the branches.

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