Pangkor Island is a tiny island off the coast of Perak in north-west peninsular Malaysia with only 8 square kilometres of land area. The Malaysian government calls it a Paradise island. I mean why would they not? They are after all promoting tourism to their country. But I swear to you, when you actually reach the island, which by the way is about a 30 minute ferry ride to the island from Lumut, it’s a great experience. Of course you can also drive it down, which is quite nice too. The scenery is breathtaking and you want to thank the lord for all his wonders. You have to take the North-South Highway to reach here. Don’t worry about getting hungry along the way. There are plenty R&R pit stops throughout the road which offers everything from local delicacies to fresh fruits.
There’s so much to do here once you get here. The island is undoubtedly surrounded by plenty of quaint white sand beaches that seem to carry on for miles. The turquoise blue crystal clean waters beckon you to come take a dip. Of course there are plenty of jungle treks and canoeing trips available too. Now picture this, night time, the sky draped with stars bigger than you’ve seen before, the rhythmic sound of the unpredictable waves all around, and the feel of the warm sands under you.. Amazing isn’t it? That’s exactly what I got to experience. Pangkor Island or Pulau Pangkor is genuinely like paradise earth.
Coral sighting, snorkelling, jet skiing and fishing trips, it’s all available in Pangkor Island. Now comes the next question. Much as you would want to stay right there on the beach, it’s nice to check into a hotel. I would recommend the Pangkor Island Beach Resort. I personally checked out this place and feel even more in love with the hospitality and the people offered in Malaysia.
The Pangkor Island Beach Resort was initially called the Pan Pacific Pangkor Island. It’s a luxury 4 star hotel at the North West end of Pangkor Island. I mean, the resort is actually surrounded by 73 acres of tropical forest and you have your very own private access to seas that are overflowing with abundant sea life. I have to warn you though the settings are so perfect, that you just may expect a mermaid to pop out.
The Pangkor Island Beach Resort proudly boasts 1.2-kilometer private beach. Accommodation is divided into three sections. Ocean Wing, Pacific Wing and cosy little chalets. No matter which type of room you pick, you can be assured of your own private balcony with a stunning view of the tropical garden or the blue seas.
The 240 room hotel is furnished with Asian-style settings against a Malaysian architectural backdrop. The hotel offers the services of a traditional malay spa named the Puteri Dewi Spa. Indulge your taste buds at the al-fresco Hornbill Restaurant. If you would like to stick to western cuisine opt for the Pacific Terrace. For spectacular views of the bay while sipping on a cocktail choose either the Golden Oriole Lobby Lounge & Bar or the Kingfisher Pool Bar, which is located right at the swimming pool. Prices begin from MYR 300 per night for the cheapest of the rooms. Please note that the rates vary according to season.