Finally, after much delay, I shall continue writing about our wedding anniversary at the absolutely breath-taking Pangkor Laut Resort. There are many places that we have visited domestically and around the world, but Pangkor Laut Resort (PLR) is easily one of the few that we wouldn’t mind returning. The experience was nothing short of spectacular, and a very memorable one at that! We were taken care of from the moment we stepped onto the jetty, right to the moment we left the boat. It was the first-class service that made us, the paying customers, felt satisfied and worth every penny spent.
The Sea Villas
Even in the boat from afar, we could spot these Sea Villas sitting amidst the calm emerald waters, a welcoming sight for every man on the sea. Unfortunately, we did not stay here since it was way above our budget. Around the island, the sight of fresh and colourful flowers floating on a big pot of water was a common to be found. In fact, these flowers were changed daily, so every day I would see different flowers decorating the pots. Such attention to detail!
Flowers changed daily
Once we were greeted by our friendly escort, Ben, he sat us down at the lobby and handed us a piece of paper printed with the map of PLR. He had already scribbled some notes on it, informing us on the different activities offered and their schedules.
Map of Pangkor Laut Resort
Since we were there early and our room was not ready yet, Ben offered to take us on a tour around the island.
Towards the villas
The gym and TV room
I particularly loved the stretch of path along the Sea Villas! There’s something about walking on wooden planks built on stilts on the sea that gave me a sense of serenity, so much so that I didn’t really mind the hot sun. The wooden path leads us to Uncle Lim’s Kitchen and eventually to the Spa Village, which is a private wing that is not open to children/non-spa customers.
The wooden path on the sea
Walking on emerald waters
The path to the Sea Villas
We took the 15 minutes walk to the Spa Village, and made our way back when it was time for lunch. Since we had numerous meals at the PLR, I thought it would be a better idea to compile all the food pictures into a separate post, and only focus on the room and the surroundings in this post. By the time we were done with lunch, our room was ready!
Some of the Garden Villas
Our package was supposed to be a Garden Villa, but apparently we were upgraded to a Hill Villa. Ben, who’s ever so enthusiastic, walked us to our villa situated up in the hills. From the lobby, we had to walk to the Jim Thompson boutique where the lift was. Yes, there was actually a lift that transported us up the hill! From the lift lobby, it was another 5-10 minutes walk to our villa. So I guess you could say that it’s about 15 minutes walk on average to get to the villa, which might not be so appealing to some. Well if you’re not used to the idea of walking, there’s plenty of shuttles around to fetch you up to the lift lobby.
View from the pool
Our Hill Villa
Our villa was incidentally situated next to the Pavarotti suite! It was huge! There was a spacious balcony in front with a set of comfortable couches and sofa that we spent our mornings on, watching the sea from afar and listening to the birds chirp. On the side of the balcony, there was even a sun bed, perhaps for those who are keen to get a few shades darker.
The giant king sized bed
Couches at the balcony
Sun bed for tanning!
Inside, the giant king sized bed was extremely comfortable with four extra plush pillows. Oh the feather pillows were so nice to hug! On our first day, they even took the effort to make us a cute elephant to welcome us! Facing the bed was sofa set, an LCD TV and a working desk, which doubled as my make-up desk. Every evening, someone would come and turn down our bed, place a bottle of water on each side table, dim the lights and light up an aroma incense stick. It was incredible.
The king sized bed
The welcoming elephant
The superb pillows
LCD TV and couch in the room
Slippers from PLR
The villa was so huge that there was actually a sliding door that separated the bedroom from the rest of the villa. There was a separate room each for the bathroom and toilet, and two wash basins! I love places with 2 wash basins! It meant that I could brush my teeth any time that I want to, or spend hours in front of the mirror without being pushed away by Saucer.
Two wash basins
Wait, the best has yet to come – there was a huge outdoor bath tub as well! We were initially quite wary about the outdoor bath tub but it was actually quite safe. It opened up high above to the jungle and trees, out of the view of passers-by. Perhaps the only thing that one should worry about, is monkeys! During our 3 days there though, we were lucky not to have encountered any of them within the vicinity of our villa.
The outdoor bath tub that opens into the jungle
The outdoor bath tub
With natural light
Just to get the perspective of the size of the tub
The dressing table
What we loved about our villa was how quiet it was at any time of the day. It’s so secluded and surrounded by greenery that we felt healthier just by breathing the fresh air every day. Oh and don’t forget the gorgeous view of the sea from above too!
View from our villa
Some of the other amenities in the room included the mini bar filled with drinks, two large wardrobes, umbrellas for the rainy day (very useful!), coffee and tea-making facilities, and an electronic safety deposit box.
Large wardrobe with bath robes and umbrellas
Coffee and tea making facilities
Once we were done with unpacking our stuffs, we took a short nap and woke up at around 5pm to head towards the Emerald Beach. The Emerald Beach is the only beach in PLR that is suitable for swimming, since the other beaches could be filled with jelly fish and sea urchins. Located at the back of the island, one could hike towards the beach through the jungle (about 30 minutes) or take the shuttle there. No prizes for guessing which route we took!
Washrooms at Emerald Beach
We were there not to swim, but to admire the sun set. The sea was amazingly emerald in colour! While waiting for the sun set, we took the opportunity to snap pictures of the sea, the beach and of ourselves!
At the Emerald Beach
A stroll on the beach
Some of the corals
Posing with the sea #1
Posing with the sea #2
The calm waters in the evening
View of the beach
Sun beds by the beach
Perhaps a wade while waiting for the sun set?
The green waters
To view the sun set, there was a platform just next to the beach that gave a very nice view of the sun.
Admiring the sun set
View of Emerald Beach
Sun set at Pangkor Laut Resort #1
Sun set at Pangkor Laut Resort #2
The clear water
Another shade of emerald waters
The beautiful sunset at Pangkor Laut Resort
Ah, the beauty was indescribable. I was so glad to be able to catch this view on an evening in the midst of rainy season! More posts on PLR food coming up soon.
Pangkor Laut Resort
Pangkor Laut Island
Tel No: +603-2783 1000
GPS Coordinates: N 4° 11′ 58.76″, E 100° 32′ 46.92″