Text : Nigel Wong Photo : bigblueholidays.com
I remember a time when the world was simpler – a time when the Sandman brought blissful slumber and the prospect of Tomorrow brought nothing but the eager anticipation of another day in Paradise . A pity then that reliving one’s fondest childhood memories is a luxury that we, in the world of grown-ups, seldom have the opportunity to indulge in – until now.
I found that escape just a hop, skip and a jump away from bustling KL. Pangkor Island Beach Resort is an easy 4-hour drive from the metropolis – most of it highway. Turn off the North-South Expressway at the Bidor or Gopeng tolls for the remaining 40-minute drive to the small town of Lumut . From there it’s a short 30 minutes ferry ride to the island and a 5 minutes commute to the resort proper.
Resort guests can choose between the quieter Garden Wing rooms, the more modern hotel-type Ocean Wing rooms or the cosier traditional-styled Pacific Wing rooms. For those looking for a more intimate experience there are twelve Malay-styled villas complete with outdoor showers, high lofty ceilings and a gorgeous view of the sea.
The resort has activities aplenty for the more adventurous including; round-island snorkeling trips, fishing trips, jungle walks, archery and biking expeditions. Sail around the bay in the resort’s hobby wave catamaran, get your adrenalin pumping as you tear through the waves on jet skis or take to the skies on a parasail.
The resort boasts two swimming pools, two restaurants, bar and lounge, 3-hole mini golf course, a football field and tennis courts. Most impressive of all is the 1.2km long private beach kept clean and pristine by resort staffs that clean the beach five times a day.
Numerous strategically positioned beachside deckchairs along the resort beach front are there for those who want nothing better than to work on their tans, sip iced-lemon tea and read a good book.
The kitchen serves up fresh, locally caught seafood daily and caters to a wide range of tastes. On regular nights guests can scoff down as much as they can eat at the buffet or spend a quiet evening dining ala-carte at the tastefully decorated Pacific Terrace Restaurant. Couples on a romantic interlude can also arrange to have a private dinner on the beach.
To further complete your holiday, mosey on down to the spa for a traditional Malay massage or one of the many other therapeutic treatments available ranging from facials, manicure, pedicure to foot reflexology and hair-dressing.
Service at the resort is excellent – service comes with a smile and a friendly word or two and, should the worst happen, Ermy the ever-attentive-to-detail, Italian-but-typical-Malaysian-sounding General Manager will be there to iron things out!
Built with the word ‘getaway’ in mind, Pangkor Island Beach Resort is perfect for families and courting couples. Nonetheless, from one busy businessman to another, the resort is an ideal sneak-away destination perfect for recharging those overworked batteries.