Overwater Bungalow Categories: 5 Star Luxury Overwater Bungalows, Adults Only Overwater Bungalows, Overwater Bungalows for Honeymoons, Overwater Resorts with Spa, and Resorts with Private Butler Service
The 5 Star Pangkor Laut is a stunningly beautiful private island near Malaysia’s Straits of Malacca with pristine rainforest ringed by dreamy sand beaches and crystal clear waters.
It is seen as one of Malaysia’s, and Asia’s, finest luxury resorts and as such attracts a sophisticated, Malaysian and international, clientele. You will not find any kind of unnecessary formality or stuffiness here though, the atmosphere is notably pleasant, friendly and relaxed.
Its facilities really are top of the range – Pangkor Laut’s spa in particular has won countless awards and is consistently named among the world’s very best.
Their accommodation is divided between four categories: Garden, Beach, Sea and Hill. The sea section is as you may have guessed where the overwater bungalows reside.
All are one double bedroom and as stylish and luxurious as you might expect from such a resort. They also feel thoroughly romantic. We particularly liked the spa baths looking out onto the sea and the elegant wood panelled interiors.
At 55 m2 / 592 ft2 they are not really large enough to impress with their size – an extra few meters of terrace would be great for eg. – but overall they feel airy and spacious.
Some of the overwater bungalows also allow direct access to the spa village for an extra 50 dollars a night or so. You’ll see them listed on the booking page as spa villas.
The Garden Villas though beautifully internally decorated have a relatively disappointing setting. The Beach Villas are certainly superior, and for not much extra money.
If we had to choose something else beyond the overwater bungalows though we’d head for the hills – The Hilltop Estates, as they are described on the booking page, are really quite fabulous. So much so that if money were not a factor we’d choose them over the overwater villas for a very memorable romantic vacation.
Tucked away in the hills surrounded by lush tropical forest they have an old colonial mansion feel and are the resort’s most private, and most opulent and expensive, accommodation. They come in one, two, three and four bedroom units and guests are granted a personal chef and private butler service.
Note: Children under 12 are not allowed in the overwater bungalows though the rest of the resort is family friendly.
Check out all the details – prices, reviews and more photos, on the booking page here.
FACILITIES & THINGS TO DO:
If you’re not availing of a personal chef in one of the Hill Estates you still have plenty of culinary pleasures to look forward to among the island’s many dining venues. Traditional Malay in the Garden, Chinese in Uncle Lim’s Kitchen, sophisticated fine dining at Fisherman’s Cove, burgers at Royal Bay Beach Club or a whole range of International, Indian and East Asian at Feast, there is something for everyone and the quality of the food and service is consistently excellent.
The island has two swimming pools, hardly necessary perhaps with such sublime waters surrounding it, a number of tennis and squash courts, a fitness center and of course its world famous Spa Village.
It has a number of specially built structures offering an extensive range of treatments from India, Japan, China, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. There are eight treatment pavilions, a deluxe Belian Treatment Pavilion, three ‘Healing Huts’ – Chinese Herbal, Ayurvedic and Malay, two Japanese style bath houses, three Spa Huts and a Spa Boutique amongst other things.
Other simple pleasures to be sampled at Pangkor Laut are jungle treks, perhaps in the company of the resort’s own resident naturalist – there is an incredible amount of exotic flora and fauna to be discovered on the island. Go for a sail around on a kayak or a sail boat too or even charter a yacht to explore the famous Straits of Malacca.
Pangkor Laut Island is by the aforementioned Straits of Malacca, a four-hour car ride then 20-minute speedboat from Kuala Lumpur with direct private transfer of course being available.
“Paradise on Earth – an absolutely fantastic resort where you would like to stay a little longer.
Extremely beautiful surroundings, very good breakfast buffet and a superb beach….”
“This place is heaven on Earth. The location is perfect. You feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, isolated from the world in your own paradise.
We had a hill villa and it was beautiful. In between the jungle and with views of the ocean.
The hotel is gorgeous but our favorite thing was the staff and the breakfast! In all my years travelling around the world I have never felt so pampered in a hotel and the breakfast was simply superb.
I will recommend this piece of heaven to our friends and hopefully be back again! 🙂 Thank you for everything!…”
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