I've been visiting Pangkor Laut consistently over the past 2 years and every time I leave, I count the days till I next go back.
The place is indeed a paradise; it’s a place one goes to get back to nature. Where you relax, sit back and open yourself to the wonderful surroundings, let the island, with its lively rainforest and tranquil bays lull you into complete relaxation.
Don’t expect high-end posh-ness and round the clock hand and foot service here, Pangkor Laut is more laid-back than that, it is a place where time moves at a slower pace, you may wait a little longer for transportation, walk a little farther to a hearty breakfast.
The difference is, during that waiting period, some will breathe in the pureness of the air, the sweet scent of the flowers, listen to the waves beat on the shore and the birds singing in the trees, they will take it all in and thoroughly appreciate that this wonderful place exists; others will moan that they must wait and be completely oblivious to the beauty surrounding them. I’ve observed both types and generally think that if you don’t appreciate it, then there’s more of this paradise for me.
The staff are warm, friendly, most of the lower ranking ones very shy, which some people may misinterpret as surly and unfriendly, but from what I’ve experienced, they try their best to be accommodating. All you have to do is smile and they will do their utmost to give you the world.
The food is glorious. The Fisherman’s Cove, Uncle Lim’s and Chapman’s Bar are my favourites. The Fisherman’s Cove serves fresh seafood and a seriously delicious steak, sauces are light and the freshness and quality of each dish is amazing. The desserts are divine as well; I really like the ‘Le Pudding’ which is a light lemon cheese soufflé, divine.
Uncle Lim’s is the Chinese restaurant. It doesn’t have a menu; they just serve the best of the day’s catch and produce. The wait-staff will suggest the day’s specials. The stir-fried kale and fresh fish either steamed or fried are excellent.
Chapman’s Bar is a lovely place for lunch whether or not you’re spending the day at Emerald Bay, the young coconut juice, salads and fried noodles are all delicious; the ambiance is as good as it gets, digging toes in the sand looking out over the clear waters of the bay, it’s always breezy and you are shaded from the sun by the canopy of hundred year old trees.
Emerald Bay is always the highlight of the day at Pangkor Laut. Its wonderful to just bask in the sun then dip into the clear waters to cool down, or read a book in the hammocks swaying from the trees there. Then there’s the wonderfully romantic sunset Dinner-on-the-Rocks.
The Spa is an experience to remember, from the moment they welcome you, to the Bathhouse experience, the library/teahouse and the massage therapy itself the staff are polite, knowledgeable and considerate. My massage therapist knew when I was cold turning down the temperature and draping me with blankets. The massages are great I tried the Lomi-Lomi. Even if you’re not keen on massages, go for the bathhouse experience at least, it’s a great introduction to their wonderful spa village.
Overall, location and food are definitely 5 star, service needs a bit of patience because the staff are mostly foreign workers, who are a bit shy with communicating and do try their best.
It's not the place to go and be a snob.Its the place you go to completely relax, take in the beautiful setting and give it a chance to work it's magic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island located three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia along the Straits of Malacca. This piece of paradise has been 2 million years in the making, and here you will find one of the world's premier resorts nestling in the shade of forest giants as old as the land. You will find no other resorts - just secluded bays curled around pristine beaches, evening skies woven with colour, and a deep sense of serenity reserved exclusively for our guests. A combination of luxury, natural beauty and age-old wilderness woven together to produce an environment where peace and magically memorable moments are the currency. Of the island's 300 acres, only a fraction has been developed to house the Resort and its eight Estates. Wooden buildings blend seamlessly into the forest as if nature had been the architect dictating how walls curve around foliage, and roofs open up to allow trees to continue on their journey to the sky. Nature is respected here, almost revered, and it rewards visitors in ways that simply need to be experienced. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pangkor Laut Hotel Pangkor
- Laut Pangkor