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With many desirable tropical resort destinations around the world, Pangkor Laut Resort can be overlooked by many oblivious travellers. Aside from staggering beauty and unparalleled tranquility, its “one island, one resort” concept offers some of the finest services and spas in the world.
Through out our 3D2N stay here, we kept asking ourselves why did we just spent a bomb on our holiday in Maldives? Pangkor Laut offers the same secluded luxury, culinary delights, indulgent spa treatment and seamless services. Well, it is good that now we know we have a little piece of paradise so close to home.
It must be expensive! Most of us thought that luxury, secluded resort stay like this often carry a hefty price tag but surprisingly the price is right for an upscale and all-inclusive accommodations. Read on and you will find out about the shockingly affordable packages exclusively for Malaysian, Singaporean and Bruneian resident.
Moreover, Pangkor Laut Resort & Spa offers one complimentary 8 course dinner upgrade at Uncle Lim Restaurant for guests who book Resident’s Package (valid till 31th October 2014). It is also one of the main reasons why we were here.
Check in -> Lunch @ Royal Bay Beach Club -> Sunset Cruise -> Dinner at Uncle Lim’s Kitchen
From KL, it took us 3.5 hours to reach Marina Island Pangkor. Guests will proceed with their check-ins here. After check-in, we just need to leave our luggage with the staffs here and we won’t have to see them until we arrive to our room.
For boat schedules, do check out PLR’s website here – http://www.pangkorlautresort.com/.
Journey time for speed boat transfer from Marina Island Pangkor to the Resort is approximately 15 minutes.
As we entered the resort, we were completely transported into a different world.
PLR’s private island is a patchwork of rugged coastal cliffs and delectable sandy beachfronts, all peppered with swaying coconut trees and majestic jungle.
We were given a short briefing on the island’s surrounding, facilities, dining options and how to get around the island. Shuttle service is provided for guests and the waiting time is around 10-15 minutes.
The Royal Bay Beach Club is overlooking the infinity pool and the menu features a selection of Asian and Western favourites for lunch. By night, it is transforming into a chic chill-out lounge that serve cocktails and other beverages.
We were enjoying our quiet lunch until a beautiful lessor hornbill came by. There are a few families of Lesser Hornbill in the island, they will come whenever there is food available.
It was such a tasty and satisfying lunch. We really enjoyed the mushroom salad, mee hailam and cute looking fruits sushis.
Pangkor Laut Resort offers many activities for guests. Apart from taking a dip at the lap pool, other water sports include kayaking, wakeboarding, waterskiing and catamaran sailing (non motorised water activities are FOC). Other facilities such as Gym, TV Lounge, Squash, Tennis and Sauna are also open for all guests.
We were being ushered to our room and this time we were staying put at the sea villa. Other than sea villa, other room types are spa villa, hill villa, beach villa, garden villa and special suites such as the Suria suite, the Purnama suite and Pavarotti suite. Every type of villas is distinctive on its own. The signature Sea Villas stand elegantly on stilts above playful waves, while the Garden and Hill Villas place you within a few steps of nature’s abundance.
Linked by wooden walkways, PLR’s sea villas are the signature feature of the island. Bright, spacious, and luxuriously appointed, they are what dreams are made of.
Aesthetically appointed with wooden furnitures, ultra comfy kind size bed and uncompromised view of the endless blue horizon; it felt as though we were living in great luxury with the sea beneath our feet.
The work desk with adjustable lamp is overlooking the lush greenery on another side of the villa.
Browse through the spa menu and other YTL hotel collection to prepare yourselves for your next getaway.
The complimentary fruit basket filled with various tropical fruits on arrival was a nice touch.
We could just spend our days relaxing only a few feet above the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, soaking up the sun from our private balconies with our favourite beach reads.
The spacious wardrobe offers ample space for luggages. We also love the PLR’s bathing suits, umbrellas and beach rattan bag that we can loan throughout our stay here.
The mini bar is chargeable but we also love the Mangosteen range of toiletries – so fruity and refreshing. Guests can also use the mosquito repellent if needed. PLR also offers a nightly turn down services. I love coming back to the room in the evening and having the bed-covers turned down and the aromatherapy incense stick ready by our bed side.
The spacious bathroom and dressing room feature his and hers sinks, shower cabin, toilet and bathtub.
Whatabout a private bathtub overlooking the sea through our bathroom’s window?
We took a much needed nap before heading out to explore the resort.
Guests can opt to relax on the main deck or on the lounges and day beds on the upper deck.
There were only 7 of us on board. Some of them took the main deck so there were only the two of us on the upper deck.
The Oriental Junk took a leisurely cruise around the island to visit some of its beautiful bays
It was so surreal. We both felt like we were in some enchanted, exotic location and experiencing a “time out of time”.
It also reminds me of KampungBoy’s proposal in Maldives, as the sun set here in Pangkor Island was just as stunning!
We got to enjoy free flowing soft drinks, house wine and beer as we admired the island from the sea, bathed in the golden hues of the setting sun.
Did I mention that the canapés were really delicious too?
Our captain on board has a lot of interesting stories to tell us about the island. Did you know that on the northern vicinity of the private island, there are 9 private exclusive and ultra luxury estates? A 5D4N excursion here will cost you at least USD 8,000.
Time flies when you’re having fun. It is time for us to bid the captain and crew members goodbye. Thanks for your great hospitality!
Prior to our trip to PLR, friends and families who have been here kept raving about their amazing meal at Uncle Lim’s.
Hence, we set our expectation really high and we were not disappointed. The restaurant which was built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea has a unique feature of a giant traditional bamboo umbrella in the middle of the restaurant.
I love the cute cutleries and china ware here.
Pangkor Laut Resort’s oldest employee and head chef, as well as inspiration for the celebrated Uncle Lim’s Kitchen, marks his 80th birthday this year along with 29 years of solid service at the resort. In commemoration of this momentous event and appreciation for his years of dedication, his team of protégés have prepared a special birthday feast incorporating Uncle Lim’s favourite home-style recipes
Four Seasons Platter
Lo-Bak, Sweet Sour Prawns, Foo Yoong Egg, Calamari with Peanut Sauce
Hock Chew Fish Maw Soup
Select four from the following items:
- Stir-Fried Sea Cucumber
with black mushrooms and broccoli
- Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab
served with Kampung Koh Chilli Sauce
- Fantasy Lobster
diced and stir-fried with Chinese black bean sauce
- Aromatic Steamed Pangkor Grouper
fresh from the fisheries of Pangkor Island and fragranced with lemongrass and chilli
- Stir-Fried Scallops with Ginger Wine
- Braised Abalone with Homemade Beancurd
- Herbal Chicken
steamed free range chicken with traditional Chinese herbs
Hock Chew Red Rice Wine Mee Sua
with handmade thin wheat noodles from Pangkor Island
Uncle Lim specialises in authentic Hock Chew and Nyonya home cooking. We can really taste the breath of the wok or “wok hei” in all their stir fried dishes. Even their deep fried dishes were so light and airy, without feeling greasy at all.
We were told that Uncle Lim still rowsto Pangkor Island to get fresh sea produce, which explains the freshness of the taste.
These were the four main courses that we have chosen. It was a great dinner with huge portion and literally licked our plates clean.
One thing you can’t miss is the Red Wine Mee Suah, a classic Hock Chew dish. The red wine refers to the fermented concoction from the red yeast rice. It was really delicious as the noodles were silky smooth and the soup had a nice sweet and gingery taste.
Remember I mentioned about the shockingly affordable packages exclusively for Malaysian, Singaporean and Bruneian resident? 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! More information as below:
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]