Pangkor Laut Resort
West Coast, Malaysia
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Pangkor Laut enjoys a year-round equatorial climate with a temperature range of 20°C – 35°C. The days are warm and the nights are cool. Rainfall is copious and fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The rain is mostly convectional – the rain clouds are built up by rising warm air currents and the rains descends in a downpour that normally lasts an hour or two. September to November are the wettest months here on the west coast, however it can vary depending on the prevailing monsoon winds.
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Pangkor Laut Resort is a luxurious property, offering hillside and over-water villas, set on a private Malaysian island. Home to a variety of wildlife from long-tailed macaques to sea eagles, the resort also boasts fantastic dining options and facilities.
Pangkor Laut Resort has 140 rooms, which are located in villas either nestled into the rainforest on the island's hillside or perched on stilts over the bay's azure waters. The interior of the villas meld contemporary comfort with traditional design elements. All of the villas boast large bathrooms with over-sized bathtubs, and either a terrace or balcony with sunloungers. There are some wonderful dining options to choose from. The cuisine on offer ranges across Asian flavours at the Feast Village, Uncle Lim's Kitchen and the private dining experience at The Straits, international dishes and lighter options at the Royal Bay Beach Club and the beachside Chapman's Bar and delicious fresh seafood at the renowned Fisherman's Cove. There are also some fabulous destination dining locations. The resort also has plenty of facilities to enjoy. There is an inviting swimming pool which overlooks the bay. The heavenly four-acre Spa Village also has its own pool, reserved for spa guests. The spa's pavilions have been specially designed to facilitate a huge range of treatments, including practices from India, Bali, Thailand and Malaysia. There is plenty of opportunity to make the most of the resort's incredible natural surroundings, with island hopping, snorkelling and fishing trips, jungle trekking, and a number of watersports.
There are 143 rooms at Pangkor Laut Resort. The rooms are contemporary, but with traditional Malaysian design influences. All feature a terrace or balcony, complete with sunloungers. All of the villas have modern amenities including Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a safe and mini-bar. The only villas which do not a TV are the Spa Villas.
Garden Villas and Hill Villas are on the hillside, surrounded by the lush rainforest. Garden Villas are closer to the main facilities, whereas Hill Villas are further away but offer more extensive views. Beach Villas are close to the shore (although it worth being aware that they are not actually on the seafront). Both the Sea Villas and Spa Villas sit on a stilted jetty over the water, as do the spacious Suria and Purnama Suites. The Pavarotti Suite, named for the famous tenor who once stayed and fell in love with the resort, is located high on the hillside, and has two bedrooms.
Children are welcome at Pangkor Laut Resort, however there are no specific facilities for them. Whilst interconnecting rooms are available, they are subject to availability. Some of the restaurants also have age restrictions. Therefore the resort is probably more suitable for couples or families with teenage children.
The resort has two swimming pools. There is a main pool which overlooks the bay, and the Spa Village has its own pool, only for use by spa guests. The resort also has a tennis court and fitness centre. There are a number of restaurants to choose from, including fresh seafood at the Fisherman's Cove, and traditional Asian cuisine at Uncle Lim's Kitchen.
Whilst the resort is a located on a beach, should you wish to swim in the sea it is strongly recommended that you go to Emerald Bay, which is on the other side of island, and has a beach bar and sunloungers. The resort operates regular shuttle buses to this beach.
There is plenty to do during your stay at Pangkor Laut Resort. The resident naturalist offers daily guided walks through the island's wonderful rainforest. There are also fishing, island hopping and snorkelling trips. There are a number of watersports, including kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding and catamaran sailing. The resort also offers complimentary daily Yoga and Tai Chi, and private classes are available for an extra cost.
Location & directions
West Coast, Malaysia
Located on the privately owned island of Pangkor Laut, 3 miles (4.8km) off the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia along the Straits of Malacca.
How to get there
12-hour international flight to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. From KL you can travel to Pangkor Laut by either land or air. By land it's a 3-hour drive to Marina Island Pangkor, and then a boat will take you on to Pangkor Laut Island. It is also possible to travel from Subang or Ipoh Airports. For something extra special, helicopter transfers are available.
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