Pangkor Laut Resort – Malaysia

Pangkor Laut water villas

One of south Asia’s most luxurious and most unusual resorts, the Pangkor Laut Resort occupies an entire private island just off Malaysia, though the resort facilities only take up a small portion, so most of the island is natural grounds. With just over 100 total villas and suites, the resort has an exceptional variety of dining and activity choices for a modest number of guests, and service is of a 5-star standard.

The 45 overwater bungalows at the Pangkor Laut Resort are either over the bay or further out over the ocean, with the Spa Villas part of the larger spa complex, and ideal for those who’ve come for treatments and pampering. This is a popular and well regarded choice for a honeymoon or romantic trip, but there are enough activities and nature excursions that it could be right for nearly anyone seeking a luxurious and secluded holiday.

Location

The Pangkor Laut Resort is located on a small private island just off the west coast of the main section of Malaysia.

Rooms/villas/suites

21 Spa Villas – Set over the bay
22 Sea Villas – Set over the ocean
Area: 592 sq ft (55 m²)

2 Sea Suites
Area: 1,152 sq ft (107 m²)
(Sea Suites have entrance hall, a separate bedroom and lounge, balconies for sunbathing, and a spacious bathroom with windows that offer beautiful views of the sea from an oversized bathtub.)

  • Overwater bungalows: 45
  • Beds: 1 kingsize
  • Wi-Fi: At reception only
  • Entertainment system: CD player and iPod dock
  • Room service: Available

Special room features

  • Oversized bath with a ceiling-mounted shower
  • Large balcony for private sunbathing
  • CD player and iPod dock
  • Personal care toiletries
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Electronic safe
  • Hair dryer
  • International direct dialing telephone
  • In-room refrigerator
  • Writing desk
  • Complimentary daily mineral water
  • Sun loungers
  • Daybeds in private balcony

Rates

  • Low season online specials from US$400 per night
  • High season online specials from US$400 per night

Restaurants and bars

  • Feast Village
  • Royal Bay Beach Club
  • Chapman’s Bar
  • Jamu Bar
  • Fisherman’s Cove
  • The Straits
  • Uncle Lim’s Kitchen

Resort features

  • Wedding & Honeymoon packages
  • Library
  • Tennis courts
  • Squash court
  • Fitness centre
  • 2 swimming pools
  • Jet pool and cool dip
  • Children’s playroom
  • Water sports centre
  • Yoga pavilion
  • The Chef’s Kitchen Experience
  • Pangkor Island Excursion
  • Batik painting
  • Jogging
  • Guided snorkelling tours
  • Kayaking
  • Wakeboarding
  • Wind-surfing
  • Catamaran sailing
  • Waterskiing
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Yoga classes
  • Tai Chi classes
  • Jungle trek and nature appreciation walk accompanied by an experienced resident naturalist
  • Picnic on Emerald Bay
  • Squash and tennis

Spa

The Spa Village comprises a number of specially built structures designed to facilitate an extensive range of treatments from China, Japan, India, Thailand, Bali and Malaysia. These include eight treatment pavilions, a deluxe Belian Treatment Pavilion, three ‘Healing Huts’, which include Chinese Herbal, Ayurvedic and Malay Huts, two Bath Houses, three Spa Huts, three Nap Gazebos and a Spa Boutique.

Nearby activities

  • Island hopping
  • Sunset cruise
  • Chartered cruise

What the reviews say

The Pangkor Laut Resort gets mostly glowing reviews from previous guests, with nearly everyone being especially impressed by the facilities and the service. Others remark on the number of dining options, which is quite vast for a resort this size, though others complain that the food is overpriced and the selections aren’t varied enough.

Overall the Pangkor Laut Resort is very well regarded by honeymoon couples and the like, as it affords quite a bit of privacy plus a great number of options for activities and local tours.

Getting there

To reach the Pangkor Laut Resort you’ll need to fly to either Kuala Lumpur or Singapore and then take a short flight from either one to Pangkor Island and then a 45-minute ferry ride to the hotel. You can also drive from Kuala Lumpur to the town of Lumut and then take a 30-minute ferry ride to the resort island.

Video tour of a water villa at Pangkor Laut Resort