Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia

 Pangor Laut Resort

Located on Pangkor Island, Malaysia's Pangor Laut Resort sits on a privately owned 300-acre island off the coast of Perak, Malaysia. The resort has 143 rooms comprised of a mix of land and sea villas. The sea villas or overwater bungalows are stilted villas on wooden walkways that include a King-sized bed, a large balcony, and a stunning bathroom with oversized tub and shower that opens out onto the sea. Each air-conditioned sea villa sleeps two adults and children under 12 are not permitted. Children are welcome in the resort's land-based villas.

The resort features eight restaurants and two swimming pools. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

The jungle and the beautiful beach of Emerald Bay create a magical environment at Pangkor Laut Resort. Take a trek through the rainforest with the resident naturalist and see the resident monkeys, charter a yacht to explore the straits of Malacca, or just snorkel and sunbathe on the resort's private beach. A fitness center, nearby golf course, and squash and tennis courts are among the amenities offered.

All therapies in Pankor Laut's Spa Village begin with the signature Bath House Ritual which combines elements of Japanese, Chinese, and Malay bathing. Choose from options like the Malay Day which includes a Coconut Crème Hair Treatment, Lapis-Lapis (Malay Herbal Wrap) or Cucumber Wrap and Campur-Campur (Signature Body Treatment) in addition to the Bath House Ritual or the Royal Secrets of Puteri Lindungan Bulan experience which is jam-packed with the Bath House Ritual, Malay Specialist Consultation, Urutan Gamelan (Malay Traditional Massage), Ikal Mayang (Hair Cream Bath), Boros (Facial and Body Scrub), Bersiram (Fragrant Milk Bath), Ukup Wangi (Scented Body Steaming), and Ubat Periuk (Herbal Tonic Drink). Authentic treatments and local ingredients that honor the healing traditions of the region provide for a one-of-a-kind experience for spa guests.

Whether it's authentic Asian dishes served at Uncle Lim's Kitchen or fresh seafood at Fisherman’s Cove Restaurant all of Pangkor Laut Resort's restaurants celebrate the culinary traditions of the region. Western cuisine options are also available.

Pangkor Laut was a favorite of late Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti and in his honor the resort has named a two-story hill villa suit after him.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Fly into Kuala Lumpur airport, take a 175-mile drive, then a 15-minute boat ride from the mainland. Or take an interisland flight to Malaysia's Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, known as Ipoh Airport and take a transfer.

DONT FORGET: A sassy beach hat to save your skin from the sun