Beach Bliss: Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia

The carrot dangling at the end of the worst day ever was a 3 night stay at Pangkor Laut Resort.  When we decided to skip the Bali leg of our SE Asia trip, we scoured the internet for a new place to indulge in a “beach break”.  The Maldives & the Phillipines were among our final contenders, but with a flight already booked to Kuala Lumpur, Pangkor Laut boasted everything we were looking for- “close”, luxurious & a moderately priced over water bungalows. Without hesitation/due diligence we booked our stay at the luxe resort located on the Straits of Mallaca.

photo courtesy pangkorlautresort.com
photo courtesy pangkorlautresort.com

After what may go down as the worst day in our history abroad, we were faced with another hefty expense to charter a boat to the island that houses Pangkor Laut Resort.  One of our only major complaints about the resort was the fact that you were left with ZERO options to get to the island, other than their chartered speed boat (or an Ironman length swim).  We were left with two dismal options- sleep in our rental car or pay the price to get to the island(where we had already pre-paid for the current night).  At this point, given the hour & the guzzling of wine upon arrival, we knew that there was only one option. After the most handsome man in Malaysia loaned us money to pay for our parking expense & loaded our luggage onto the boat, we were finally on our way to the island.  COMIN’ IN HOT!!!!

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Once our absurdly expensive private charter boat made the 5 minute journey to the island, we were greeted at the jetty by the general manager.  He served us a lovely welcome beverage & provided us with our WIFI device (AKA lifeline) before leading us to our over-water bungalow.  In our bungalow a massive bento box full of delicious snacks was waiting for us, alongside a fully stocked cash mini bar.  Although it was nearly 1:30am we still tried to take advantage of our luxurious digs & amenities.  We hoovered all our snacks, opened a bottle of wine & jumped into our hot tub overlooking the Straits of Malacca.  Not sure if it was the wine consumption or the pure delirium, but we were finally able to have a giggle over crashing a rental car 5 minutes after driving it out of the lot.  We tucked ourselves in for the night just shy of dawn, confident tomorrow would be a better day.

Once we woke, we headed to the lobby for our orientation that was supposed to take place the previous afternoon.  We were briefed on the resort’s amenities & dining options, all of which were at an additional charge.  We absorbed the info as best we could while still working with wine saturated brains & both laser focused on the breakfast buffet in the background.

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This fella joined us for breakfast.

Once we were done breakfast we went back to our bungalow to change and pack up some necessities before going to the beach on the other side of the island.  The resort has vans to transport the guests from one side of the island to the other.  It was a fairly seamless process and we got to the beach a few minutes later.  Alternatively, there is a “jungle trek” you can use to walk to the other side of the island where the private beach awaits you. (we opted for the bus through out our stay.  Ain’t nobody got time for a jungle trek when you’re on a beach break.)

Bless that little van that delivered us to the glorious private beach.

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There were maybe 10 other people scattered along the shore.  The lounge chairs were plush, perfectly positioned & adorned by luxurious beach towels.  Not long after settling in an employee came by with a bucket of ice filled with bottled water & offered us bar service should we be interested.  Did someone say BAR SERVICE!?  It was 5 o’ clock somewhere.  MARGARITAS, PLZ.  The beach was fantastic & we seriously relaxed and enjoyed just doing nothing.

For the next two glorious days we split our time between the beach & the pool.  When we weren’t in either of those places we were at the breakfast buffet smuggling food for lunch, enjoying the view from our overwater bungalow, or bathing in the most luxurious & picturesque tub we’ve ever laid our eyes upon.

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On our last night we made friends with a German couple visiting their good friend in Kuala Lumpur, and he had brought them to Pangkor Laut to vacation outside the city for a few days.  We made fast friends, talking and laughing until well past our bed time.  Before the evening was over the German couple had already invited us to stay at their house whenever we make it out for Oktoberfest.

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One of our new friends in a silly sandwich

Not only did we need a little salt air in our hair, but we needed to meet people like this who reminded us what we love most about traveling; the friendships, the laughs, the camaraderie.  It was the perfect evening to usher out our stay at Pangkor Laut.

All too soon (and with pretty intense hangovers) we were on our way back to the mainland.

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bye bye bungalow

Things were going way too smooth that morning…

Once we were about an hour into our journey back to Kuala Lumpur, my cell phone started to explode with phone calls from an unknown number.  I’d say after the 15th call, I finally answered & it was the resort calling to inform us we’d left one of our passports in our bungalow’s safe…

OK, MALAYSIA. WE GET IT.

WE’LL BE ON OUR WAY NOW.

(Well, as soon as we both have passports to allow us to exit.)

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22 Comments

  1. Gabi

    October 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I hope everything gets sorted out for the better, or you might need another break from the break! Seriously now, what a beautiful place to relax and forget about travel mishaps. Loved the beach, the pool and everything! Let us know how it goes on!

  2. Wanderlust Vegans

    October 13, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    I really hope things are going more smoothly for you two now! It looks like you enjoyed yourselves once you got settled in. Laugh it off and enjoy the ride. The beach and bungalow looked pretty amazing though, what a wonderful place to relax.

  3. Gareth

    October 14, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Never let it be said that vacations are relaxing! Regardless, it certainly looked like you had fun once you managed to settle in and there is nothing better than being confronted with an undercrowded beach. Still though, you should count your blessing, a friend of mine has done the same and left his passport in the hotel safe and let’s just say it was a vacation-ender… Best of luck on the next leg of your journey!

  4. Luca

    October 14, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I would feel guilty to have someone serving me drinks while I’m comfortably relaxed on the beach. But I guess I’ll deal with it if that would happen to me! Anyway, trying to drink less and have a more lucid mind could be better in some occasions ^^

  5. Indrani

    October 14, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Whoa! Everything seems to be so perfect. The interiors are and the view out side too is fantastic…. and you left your passport there?!!! Nice people they called you before you realized you wee missing it.

  6. Marinel

    October 15, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Nice. I always skipped Malaysian beaches because I’m biased towards the Philippines. Glad you had a relaxing time. 3 days of beach time is always great. Sounds like this is the fancier version of the beach scene in Malaysia. But you get the convenience and luxury experience in exchange. Nice.

  7. Nika

    October 17, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Great reminder that sometimes there is nothing wrong about stopping for a moment and just enjoy rather lazy days on beach and by the pool. When I was younger, I used to be very hyperactive and never rested. Now I am happy to enjoy all free moments like you’ve just described.

  8. WhereMonicaGoes

    October 18, 2016 at 1:41 am

    That was one funny and expensive way to start the last leg of your trip. I have been to Malaysia, but not to Pangkot Laut and it looks beautiful based on your photos. Anyway, you are right. The best things about traveling are the memories shared, people you’ve met along the way and friendships forged as you travel.

  9. Dakilanglaagan

    October 18, 2016 at 5:56 am

    That’s the thing about traveling; it’s allows you to go somewhere but sometimes, the journey gives a better image of what we are bound to learn. Haven’t been to Malaysia, but your pictures are truly enticing. Wouldn’t mind including this place on the list of places to visit. God bless on your trips!

  10. Vyjay

    October 18, 2016 at 7:38 am

    The resort holds the promise of an idyllic experience in Malaysia. Always love beach resorts, they have something so calming, guess it is because they are near the sea,

  11. Lindon Lee

    October 18, 2016 at 10:56 am

    That was a great and luxurious experience! I want my first travel in Malaysia to be in Kota Kinabalu, but also good to know about this place. Is that a real bird on your photo? Cool!

  12. Rashmi and Chalukya

    October 18, 2016 at 11:40 am

    We have been to Malaysia years back and even our last leg of the journey was to a resort in Langkawi. It was something similar to Pangkor Laut Resort. Around 3k cottages all over the forest area and the final string on the water. It is always great to have the beach all to yourself with no touristy crowds 🙂 And yes the great part of travel is of course making new friends and memories that would last for life 🙂

  13. Jamie Gaviola

    October 18, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Definitely looks like a fun time in Pangkor Laut! The resort looks amazing, and perfect for a vacation. You guys should visit the Philippines next time, I’m sure you’ll love it here as much. 🙂

  14. Jitaditya

    October 18, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Is that a real hornbill that joined you for breakfast?
    Overall it seems like a nice property. It is not far from India but I have never made it to Malaysia. Places lke these might someday force me to do so.

  15. Shane

    October 18, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    I’m sorry to hear you had a poor experience in your travels. Glad to hear things looked up with this luxurious accommodation!

  16. Esther

    October 19, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Nice. Thanks for sharing your story and tips! 😉 I recently visited Kuala Lumpur but really need to go back to Malaysia and explore the country so more information about different places, like Pangkor Laut are awesome for my next plans! it will keep bookmarked until then. I loved the pics too 😀

  17. Esther

    October 19, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Nice post! Thanks for sharing your story and tips! 😉 I recently visited Kuala Lumpur but really need to go back to Malaysia and explore the country so more information about different places, like Pangkor Laut are awesome for my next plans! it will keep bookmarked until then. I loved the pics too 😀

  18. Sia

    October 19, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Great adventures are not always smooth, but it makes for great stories! So sorry to hear about your troubles but on the bright side bumps like this on the road teaches us to take things easier and we learn from experience. Having a hot tub and alcohol waiting for you after a bad day certainly makes things better! Such a shame that everything else they provided was upon charge though.

  19. Lee Rosales

    October 20, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Ive heard about this resort resort from my Malaysian friends. At first site it looks like one of the resort here in the Philippines.but how much is the room per night though???

    1. Lee Rosales

      October 20, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      I might consider going here coz Im going to SG and MY last week of NOV

  20. David

    October 20, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Malaysia has been on the bucket list for a while now hmmmm might have to take the leep…..

  21. David

    October 21, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    What a rollacoaster of a ride – it seems through it all you were able to take the comical side out of the scenario – made me chuff a little when you reffered to being ‘focused on the breakfast buffet in the background.’

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