I was away for part of last week, taking a long awaited quick getaway with my family. We had decided to visit the luxury resort of Pangkor Laut Resort, after hearing a lot about it. Its also been quite a while since I’ve gone to the beach or to an island so I was looking forward to it
The journey started by road from Kuala Lumpur, at about 6.30am for the 3.5 hour drive to the coastal town of Lumut, to board the ferry to the privately owned island. Try squeezing 6 adults into a car, with the driver (moi!) not quite sure of the way, and it promised to be lots of “fun”
Still, we made it to Lumut in one piece, parked the car in the multi-storey car park (about RM10/day) and headed to the Pangkor Laut Resort office to check in, and for a cool towel and drink. There’s a computer and wifi in there, but really, do you want to be online while the great outdoors and the sea beckons?! The island itself is about half an hour away by speed boat and I was raring to go. Come on already!
And here’s one of the first views of the island and resort from the jetty! If you plan to visit (and its a luxury resort so prices are mind blowing) and are Malaysian, there is a per person package price of about RM799++ for a 3 day/2 night deal which is inclusive of transfers, accommodation and 3 meals a day. That’s the package deal we took advantage of and it truly offers you the best value for money.
The Garden Villa we were allocated to was truly luxurious and HUGE. And this was perhaps the most basic rooms they had! The Sea Villas were undergoing renovation so there was no chance of an upgrade in any event.
There was an amazing outdoor sunken bathtub that fits 2 quite comfortably *wink* but I opted to not use it because it would have used up too much water just for one. Besides, the rain shower was just as wonderful. Also, the swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzi, beautifully warmed up by the hot sun beckoned, and I really wanted to be out there enjoying the sea breeze
Not forgetting my sunblock, naturally
I’ve already told you before about the Australia Cancer Council Ultra Sunscreen which I used for the body. The Mentholatum Sunplay SPF80 PA++ is a mist sunblock that I’m using for the first time, and I’ll tell you about it soon. Its quite different from the usual sunscreens. For the face, I was using the Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen with SPF40 PA+++ and I’ll tell you about that one soon too Suffice to say, I’m happy with the Clarins one.
I also went on a 2 hour jungle trek the next morning which is quite unusual for me as I’m a self proclaimed sloth But if you do go to Pangkor Laut Resort, do join the jungle trek. It opens your eyes up to a lot of what nature offers, and the resident naturalist Mr. Yip is a fount of information about the flora and fauna of the island.
Look at this – we all thought it was a fossil of a plant, but it wasn’t. It was “dendrites” – natural chemical deposits that seep under sandstone rock, in this case, and look like fossilized ferns. Very amazing and beautiful. There are a few slabs of sandstone used in the construction on the resort that display these unique formations so keep an eye out for them.
I also got to crane my neck to peer up at the tall trees in the rainforest (and fail to see the tops) while climbing up the small hill under the cool canopy of trees.
I learnt that the resident hornbill (shown above) and the great hornbill (spotted but not photographed) are not unique to Borneo, but are also found here on the Peninsular and there are quite a few of these birds on the island. There are also some resident peacocks which I spotted but which failed to make an appearance to display their tails for my camera.
After the “strenuous” nature walk, it was time to chill out with a relaxing spa session at the Spa Village which my Mom proclaimed the best spa experience she’d ever had. It most certainly is, and pricey as it is, I’d say its an experience unlike any other so do savour it if you go there.
For some reason, the weather was not conducive for a beautiful sunset so I missed out on viewing the sunset both evenings that I was there, but sitting and listening to the surf pounding the beach was therapeutic and very relaxing.
Remember I told you the package deal offered the best value for money? It being the only resort on the island, food prices are earth shattering. Its very expensive. But on the package, you get 3 meals a day covered and for lunch and dinner, its a 3 course meal every day you’re there with a buffet breakfast in the morning. The biggest struggle for us was finding the time to digest your food so you can partake of the next meal! Believe you me, its worth it. Here’s a selection of the food we had.
With a starter, main and dessert at every lunch and dinner, I can safely say I’ve definitely put on some weight since getting back, so its diet and exercise for now! The staff on the resort are very helpful and friendly and make an effort to fulfill your every wish which is most gratifying. If you really feel the need to get online or be connected to the world, there’s Wifi in the Library and a few computers you can use. 3G reception is fair everywhere on the island, if you feel you absolutely have to be online 24/7. I chose to be unwired except for a few minutes in the morning and it was liberating!
The evenings are ideal for sitting by the beach or pool, listening to the sea. There’s nothing much else to do, which I think is absolutely perfect. Pangkor Laut Resort is a place I’d go with a loved one or with my family. The relaxed atmosphere makes it an ideal place to bond and renew ties that we might take for granted in this increasingly rushed world. I’m glad I went even if it means emptying the piggy bank – absolutely worth every cent
Definitely a slice of paradise, and I’ve got my sights set on visiting their other sister resorts in time to come
I hope you’ve enjoyed the mid-week virtual break as much as I enjoyed reliving my short getaway
Find out more about Pangkor Laut Resort by going to their website. This post isn’t sponsored but I wish it was