Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia

Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia

Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia, 5 star accomodation, best island resort
Spa Villas – Pangkor Laut Resort
Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia, 5 star accomodation, best island resort
Emerald Bay, Pangkor Laut Resort
Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia, 5 star accomodation, best island resort
Spa Villa Bedroom
Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia, 5 star accomodation, best island resort
Spa Villa Balcony
Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia, 5 star accommodation, best island resort
More spots to relax
Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia, 5 star accommodation, best island resort
Pangkor Laut Pools
Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia, 5 star accomodation, best island resort
Spa Pool
Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia, 5 star accomodation, best island resort
Oriental Teak Wood Boat Cruise
Pangkor Laut Resort,
Malaysia – One Island. One Resort
Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia, transport, best island resort
Naza Ria – our transport

“Ms. Monica, I’m downstairs. There’s no hurry. Whenever
you’re ready, come down,” our driver had arrived half an hour early. On top of
calling and confirming directions the evening before I was already impressed.
Reaching our awaiting vehicle I continued to be amazed. A uniformed driver and
a sprightly clean Naza Ria stocked with wet hand towels, bottled water,
magazines, tissues and a Huddle (mobile hotspot internet device) greeted us.
With me not having to navigate, and hubby not having to drive, our weekend away
was off to a rosy start. Carefree and taken care of, this feeling was a common
thread for our entire experience with Pangkor Laut Resort.

Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia, 5 star accomodation, best island resort
Jungle Walk

The first part of the trip started on the highway with the
second half meandering through small villages where a traditional life is still
lived and an opportunity to buy fresh farm produce (mostly tropical fruits)
awaits. Wooden kampung homes on stilts with carved awnings and vernacular roofs
fringed the roads amidst lush viridescent growth and plantations. We arrived at
the Marina Island Jetty about 3 ½ hours later, and were received in a swank
modern office decorated with neutral hues and natural wood which presented a
calm, comfortable place to shelter while waiting for the scheduled boat.

A brisk boat ride a few minutes later took us to a
resplendent piece of heaven. Pangkor Laut Resort is built on its very own
private island with 200 million year old rainforest, rocky outcrops, emerald
waters and white sandy beaches. Approaching the jetty, the majesty of the jungle
rose above and, the stilt villas over the sea and hill villas subtly seated
ascending the hills seemed to be interwoven in the natural beauty of the
surrounds. A closer look at some of the buildings later revealed balconies and
restaurants built around trees and rocks in an attempt to live side by side with
nature rather than encroach upon it.
Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia, 5 star accomodation, best island resort
Bathtub, Spa Villa

A Spa Villa was our haven for this two night stay. A wooden
walkway led us over an aquatic wonderland. Brilliantly lit by the sun during
the day and a fairy tale lamp lit path at night, each step towards our serene
retreat seemed to refresh and relax. The room consisted of an enormous living
and sleeping area with separate whopping area for dressing and bathing. A
private deck with sun chairs looked over the sea and verdant jungle, supplying
a perfect place to unwind early morning or late evening. A marble bathtub with
rain shower or waterfall was big enough for two and could be kept private or
opened up to the aquamarine surrounds by adjusting the folding shutters. A good
night’s rest was assured with deluxe bedding and the sounds of a sea lullaby crooning
us to sleep. Resourced as any 5 star resort with tea and coffee making
facilities, mini fridge, safe, hair dryer, gowns etc., the only difference was
the absence of a TV. A mobile WiFi device could be hired at RM50 per day but
those wanting technology were encouraged to the use the common TV room above
the gym or the public areas where a free signal roams. For us, this was a
welcome forced interruption to our overly connected lives. For those who just
can’t unplug though, the hill and garden villas do have flat screen TVs.

Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia, 5 star accomodation, best island resort
Spa Pavilion

The facilities were beautiful, abundant and in superb
condition. An adult’s only pool in the Spa Village was smoke and child free, while
the more family friendly central pool offered multiple levels and a kiddie’s
pond too. A fully equipped gymnasium overlooked the garden to the ocean and
upstairs from the gym was a TV room. Water sports and tennis and squash courts
challenged the active and trails through the jungle offered further
opportunities to move. We followed an amazing naturalist on a guided tour
through 200 million year old rainforest and learned a whole host about the
precious eco system in which we live. Yoga classes on the spa deck were a
rejuvenating way to start the day, just as was a cool cocktail on a sunset
cruise around the island on the oriental teakwood junk to finish.

Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia, 5 star accomodation, best island resort
Feast

Seven restaurants provided variety of cuisine and
experience. From laid back casual seaside dining with burgers and sushi, to
buffet spreads of an international theme, to a fine dining seafood restaurant with a dress code, there was plenty to cater for any mood. A gourmet picnic
overlooking Emerald Bay was just our style and we happily munched on fresh
sandwiches, salads and cheeses while sipping on cool wine from our picnic
basket for one of our lunches. We also had some scrumptious meals with dazzling
vistas and service at Uncle Lim’s, Fisherman’s Cove and Jamu Bar.

Pangkor Laut Resort enraptured us with its gorgeous gardens,
water views and architecture in sync with the encircling wilderness. Just when
we thought however, that there could be no better life than to pass our days on
this idyllic private island, I engaged in a treatment at the Spa Village. Quite
the fuss with technique and hygiene, I’m not the easiest to person to please
when it comes to therapies. The ritual I partook in though left me with no
other conclusion but that the Spa Village at Pangkor Laut Resort is the best spa
experience in Malaysia, if not the world. Stay tuned for a separate post on
this empyrean encounter.
Sad to leave, but over the moon that a driver aided our
untroubled return, we left Pangkor Laut Resort inspirited, lighthearted and
breathing a little slower and deeper. Thank you magical island for reminding me
of the beauty of life.
Pangkor Laut is about a 3 ½ hour drive from Kuala Lumpur to Marina
Island Pangkor followed by a 15 minute boat ride to the resort. Although the
distance makes it doable for a weekend, the setting is so luxurious, peaceful
and green you will wish you could stay on for a month or more. Resident packages
are value for money and the best way to enjoy all of the resorts offerings
without taking out a loan. Return boat transfers, accommodation and full board
packages start from RM999 nett per room per night and include a guided walk
through the jungle with the Resident Naturalist. Visit www.ytlhotels.com or call the Travel Centre
at +60 3 2783 1000 to get the deal. Details on how to get to the island
including prices for hiring a driver to get you there can be found at http://www.pangkorlautresort.com/malaysia/land.htm
Reason to visit:  the ultimate luxury vacation set amongst
tropical gardens, rocky outcrops, emerald waters and pristine rainforest
Pangkor Laut Resort
Pangkor Laut Island
32200 Lumut
Perak, Malaysia
+6 05 699 100
YTL Travel Centre
+6 03 2783 1000
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5 Comments

  1. gosh, paradise indeed! if i'm not able to stay here, i think i wouldn't mind working here! 😀

  2. Nice but expensive too, not really afford it for this moment >.<

  3. So excited we are spending Christmas here 🙂

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