Please refer to our post on Pangkor Laut Resort Day 1 here.
Breakfast @ Feast Village -> Jungle Walk guided by Resident Naturalist -> Emerald Bay -> Lunch @ Chapman’s Bar -> Spa Village -> Dinner @ The Straits
Good morning Pangkor Laut Resort! We woke up early to take a stroll around the resort. Every corner looked photo-worthy!
Breakfast @ The Feast Village is an indulgent affair. First, we were being ushered to a corner table which faces the lush greeneries of the island. Some guests preferred the sea view so they were seated at another side of the restaurant. The resort was running on almost full occupancy that weekend, but the buffet breakfast did not feel crowded or overwhelming at all. Everyone just ate at their own leisurely pace while enjoying the view.
We got to savour a vibrant, interactive dining experience with diverse culinary offerings from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Apart from the usual egg station and dessert counters; the juice bar is the most popular station around, as guests got to choose their own fruits/vegetables for a healthy and 100% pure juice beverage. The sandwich bar too; is a choose your own fillings, cheese, vegetables and sauces kind of DIY concept.
The breakfast spread features such a huge variety of food and everything looks good! On the first day, we went all western for the big breakfast, pastries, juices and cheese platter. On the second day, I tried all the locals and eastern cuisines such as Sarawak Laksa, made to order cheong fun, nasi lemak and porridge with various condiments.
One of the highlights for nature lovers is the jungle walk in Pangkor Laut Resort. Right after breakfast, we gathered at the lobby to meet up with our resident naturalist.
We took an one hour nature walk through the rainforests with a resident guide pointing out interesting aspects of the natural setting and local wildlife. Remember to wear appropriate footwear and bring along some insect repellent, a bottle of drinking water and swimwear to spend the afternoon at Emerald Bay where this trail ends.
During the morning jungle walk, we were so lucky to spot a plethora of other rainforest inhabitants such as hornbills, monkeys, monitor lizards, stick worms and termites.
Our almost one hour trek ended at the Emerald Bay. Resort guests can also take the resort shuttle to get to the beach.
The Emerald Bay is perfectly protected and provides beautiful clear and calm waters. It is a great place to swim, for adults and even children.
Since this is a private island, the beach is so secluded and quiet. We found our own private spot for sun bathing and beach reading. Such a blissful afternoon!
Our quiet time was soon to be interrupted by our stomach’s growling. We have decided to have lunch at the Chapman’s Bar as we did not feel like leaving the beautiful Emerald Bay yet. Named after a famous British Colonel who sought refuge at Emerald Bay before his dramatic escape by submarine in 1945, Chapman’s Bar sits on Emerald Bay, and serves salads, local specials, noodles and barbecued delights from live action stations.
Lunch with a view, what more could one ask for?
Tomato Tacos Soup, Thai Mango Salad, Crab Cake
It was fun dipping our toes into the sand while having some beautifully presented appetisers. I swapped my main course into an appetiser as the food portion in PLR’s restaurant is always quite substantial. FYI, guests under resident package get to order a 2 course meal for free, with coffee/tea (other beverages are chargeable).
KampungBoy had their signature Hainanese Chicken Chop and he literally licked the plate clean. It must be really delicious! Our sweet ending came in the form of a bowl of cendol with some thick and creamy gula melaka. The ambience was relaxed and not too formal with cooling sea breeze blowing into our faces.
We sat and chatted for a while after lunch, before we took the resort shuttle to Spa Village as we have already booked for a 105 minute spa ritual at PLR’s award winning spa.
A holiday in PLR without booking a spa session at the Spa Village is like visiting Paris without making a pit stop at the Eiffel Tower.
Awarded the Best Overseas Destination Spa by Condé Nast Traveller UK in year 2003, The Spa Village at Pangkor Laut Resort is a unique retreat that extols the healing cultures of the region.
For complete rejuvenation, every spa treatment will kick start with their Signature Pre-treatment Ritual: Bath House Experience that lasts for 45 minutes.
A treatment at the Spa Village will begin with the unique Bath House Ritual, representing various bathing traditions from around Asia. This starts with a footbath and an invigorating Chinese Foot Pounding, previously only enjoyed by the concubines of feudal China. From there, guests will be escorted to the Bath Houses to enjoy the traditional Malay “circulating” bath, from when villagers bathed in streams or rivers, and a Japanese-style cleansing with a “goshi-goshi” cloth, followed by a dip in the heated Rotenburu pool. The professional spa assistant will then refresh the guest’s senses with the signature Shanghai Scrub, gently exfoliating and washing the body in the private scrub house. In Shanghai, this is traditionally offered exclusively to males. After the scrub, enjoy a cup of calming tea in the tranquil surroundings before the start of the spa treatment.
Our body was so relax and prepared for the Campur-Campur (105 minutes) massage after the bath ritual.
The name Campur-Campur means a blending of varieties in Malay. Combining the best techniques of Malay and Thai massage, our special creation uses touch, tone and aromatherapy to give you a memorable experience. The scent of lemongrass and pandan leaves fills the air as steamed herbs are pressed along the body using a traditional steam pouch.
That was our best massage session ever! The relaxing head to toe massage is a great way to de-stress and urge the brain to release endomorphine ‘feel good’ hormones. I knocked off really fast with the masseur’s gentle stroke while listening to the sounds of birds chirping and ocean waves.
We went back to our sea villa to freshen up and dress up for the dinner occasion. We really looked forward to our dinner at the newly refurbished The Straits.
The Straits is an exclusive fine dining restaurant of PLR and children are not allowed in here. It is also not being covered under the resident package. However, it is highly recommended to dine here for it’s exclusivity, great fine dining courses and excellent view! Great for proposal too, as the ambiance is really romantic!
We were fairly surprised when the wait staffs at The Straits greeted us by our name upon us stepping into the restaurant. We were being ushered to the bar area which faces the ocean. I jokingly told the bar tender that he has the best job in the world, and he nodded in agreement. The canapés that we had were really delicious, and it really whet our appetite for the night ahead.
Serving some of the finest cuisine drawn from South East Asian influences, The Straits is set against the rocks, by the beach, providing exotic dining in an elegant and beautiful environment. Dress code for The Straits is resort chic with no shorts or open-toed shoes.
There were only 4 couples that night; and each couple is seated in with their own complete privacy. As the dining area is extended out into the beach area, remember to take good care of your belonging here, as I almost dropped my phone into the ocean.
The Straits feature only fixed set menu and we opted for a 6 course meal (RM 375+) and a 7 course menu (RM 475++).
The chef’s petite prelude of cucumber roll, vietnamese spring roll and beef stay were visually tempting, stylish and full of flavour.
Left: beef consommé, wagyu carpaccio, glass noodles, vietnamese herbs; Right: fish broth, seafood dumplings.
The beef consommé was so clear, rich and deeply flavored that KampungBoy licked the bowl clean. I like how the use of vietnamese herbs imparted some light, refreshing scents to the super flavorsome soup. On the contrasting side, my fish broth had a clear and clean flavour, with a mildly sweet taste that was very comforting. The seafood dumpling was quite a nice surprise too, as the skin was deep fried so it was crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
Tomyam Sorbet and Strawberry Sorbet with Vodka
I have to applaud the chef for coming up with such brilliant sorbet flavours. The tom yam sorbet uses lime sorbet as a base, so it was tangy and refreshing, with some light hints of lemongrass. However, the spicy after kick from the chili padi (not too overwhelming) was quite a nice sensation! Same goes for the innocent and sweet looking strawberry sorbet, as the vodka flavours kicked in after.
Red snapper, scallop, avocado, mint, seasonal greens. The red snapper and scallop were grilled to perfection and they tasted so good when eaten together with the mashed avocado.
Tiger prawns, masala sauce. The tiger prawn was so fresh that there was this nice, bouncy texture when we bite into it. Chef’s special masala sauce was lightly spiced and it was so creamy and delicious!
Grilled blue lobster, cream sauce. It was a waste that the blue lobster was not as fresh as we have expected, otherwise it would be a perfect dish as the cream sauce and other condiments were so good.
Beef tenderloin, chili, turmeric leaves, onions, garlic, tamarind sauce. The chef must have put in a lot of hearts and efforts into this dish, as we can see from the long bean weave (so cute!) and deep fried shredded carrots. The beef tenderloin was perfectly cooked, nothing to pick on.
Left: Caramelised pineapple cake; Right: Rum and raisin ice cream, banana layers.
Desserts were quite a let down but all is forgiven as 90% of our full course dinner was really delicious! Service was great too, as the wait staffs here were warm, friendly and attentive. We enjoyed listening to their stories in other YTL hotels as most of them got to rotate from time to time.
Breakfast @ Feast Village -> Swim @ Spa Village -> Check Out
Thank you Pangkor Laut Resort for having us. It was one of the best 3D2N getaway we have ever had in a while. I was on the wrong impression that a stay in PLR must have cost exorbitant. Now that we know about the Resident’s Package, a revisit is definitely in the planning.
Plus, if you book and travel from now till 31st of October, you will be entitled for a complimentary dinner upgrade to the Uncle Lim’s Special Birthday Feast!
For residents of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei, including its expatriates
From MYR 775++ per room per night for a limited period
- Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Return scheduled speedboat transfers to and from Marina Island Pangkor
- Jungle Walk with our Resident Naturalist (subject to availability)
- Applicable to those travelling 1st September to 31st October 2014: One complimentary dinner upgrade to theUncle Lim’s Special Birthday Feast as a gesture of appreciation to Residents’ Package guests’ loyalty over the years.
Optional chargeable upgrades:
- Holiday Flexi Plan
- Late check-out
- Early check-in
- Airport transfers
- City / town transfers
- Resort-wide wireless internet
- Early Bird Spa Indulgence
Pangkor Laut Resort
Pangkor Laut Island
32200 Lumut, Perak, Malaysia
For general enquiries, contact at +60 5 699 1100
To make reservations, please call +60 3 2783 1000 or email to [email protected]
For group and event bookings, email at [email protected]