When I saw that there were over water bungalows at Pangkor Laut Resort, I knew right away that we were going to stay there.
I’ve always wanted to stay in an over water bungalow. French Polynesia and the Maldives had always been out of our price range with expensive flights and accommodations. Since we were already going to be in Malaysia and prices were reasonably less, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stay at Pangkor Laut Resort.
We left Kuala Lumpur in the morning via BTS bus station to Lumut. It was about a 4.5-5 hr ride. We only paid $16 USD at the bus station right before we left. From the bus station we then got a taxi for a short 20 minute ride to the marina jetty at the resort’s own terminal where you check in for your speedboat transfer to the island. At this time you are greeted by the staff where they will ask for your passports and credit card. While you wait for your transfer you are provided with complimentary drinks and a fresh wet washcloth to clean your hands or face.
The boat ride follows a schedule and takes about 15 minutes to reach the island.
Upon arriving the island you are right away greeted again with drinks and washcloths and directed to the lobby for check in and your luggage is transported to your rooms immediately. At this time you can also reserve your activities and meals at any of the restaurants.
When we were ready, we had a staff member escort us to our sea villa and as we walked he briefly informed us of what all the buildings were that we passed by. For the rest of the stay you have the option of waiting at any one of the pick up stations to be dropped off around the island instead of walking.
The Sea Villa we had was large enough. The bed took up most of the room, but it was comfortable. The bathroom was large. It was almost as big as the bedroom. It had a large tub and rainfall shower head and 3 large windows that open up for a great view of the ocean. There is also a balcony with loungers, a bench and a table. We had complimentary bottles of water each day, a robe and slippers. For women, a large straw beach bag was provided to use around the resort to hold your belongings. There’s a lock box in the closet, iron with board, and also a hairdryer.
Around the island there are a variety of things to do. The main pool is in front of Royal Bay Beach Club. You can sip and snack while you lay out or float away in the pool. Towels and loungers and free bottles of water are provided. Not too far from the pool is the water sports center booth where you can check out kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding and catamaran sailing.
The other pool is located in the Spa Village. Staying in that section gives you closer access to the spa, their pool, and morning revival tai chi. At the Spa Village we enjoyed a relaxing Malaysian couples massage and were able to enjoy their facilities afterwards. The Jamu bar located by their pool serves healthy salads and specialty drinks. There are also “relaxation” huts to just lay around in for use.
On the other side of the island is Emerald Bay. This is the place to play on the beach, hang on a hammock, and watch the sunset.
You can also choose to go on a sunset cruise around the island.
The resort takes up the whole island. You can catch a ride to any one of the restaurants for a meal from any one of the pick up points or you can take a seaside stroll by taking the path on front of the sea villas to eat at Uncle Lim’s. We enjoyed our meals, especially the breakfast buffets and dinner at Uncle Lim’s (make sure to make reservations in advance).
While you’re there, take time to enjoy everything the island has to offer including the wildlife. In the mornings a free nature hike is offered for guests. A tour guide will inform you of what the native animals along the hike and you will end your hike at Emerald Bay.
We had a great time on this island and would recommend it to adults. This place is mostly popular with honeymooners coming from Europe and Australia. There weren’t many children around as there were not many activities for them, from what I could see, but they were there for those of you that can’t leave your kids at home.
Watch our video from our trip and enjoy!