Wednesday, 24 October 2012

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

5 comments:

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

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

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    1. Yes, it's a place to save up for. :-)

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  3. So excited we are spending Christmas here :)

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