THE PANGKOR LAUT STORY


Nestled amidst an ancient rainforest, on a private island fringed by white sandy beaches and emerald waters lies Pangkor Laut Resort.

Set along the Straits of Malacca, three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia, discover a piece of paradise 2 million years in the making.

Of the island's 300 acres, only a fraction has been developed to house this peaceful luxury resort and its Estates. Declared a paradise by the late Pavarotti and previously voted 'Number One in the World' by Condé Nast Traveller; here, wooden buildings blend seamlessly into the forest, walls curve around foliage, and roofs open up to allow trees to continue on their journey to the sky.

Resting beneath the shade of forest giants as old as the land, this island is not only home to one of the world’s premier resorts but also to variety of wildlife. Long-tailed macaques and oriental pied hornbills perch in the branches above while white-bellied sea eagles soar overhead and large monitor lizards sunbathe on the island’s rocky outcrops.

Nature is respected here, almost revered and it rewards visitors in ways that simply need to be experienced.

ABOUT SPENCER CHAPMAN

A British Colonel, Freddy Spencer Chapman D.S.O, was a top British commando who made Pangkor Laut his destination for 36 hours in May 1945. After spending 3 1/2 years in hiding from the occupying Japanese army during World War II in the wild jungles of Malaya, Spencer Chapman mustered his courage and planned his escape route.

On 27 April, accompanied by a few guerrillas, he crossed enemy lines on foot disguised as a local Chinese. From Sungai Perak, hiding in sampans, they finally reached the island 15 days later. On 13 May 1945, he made his last escape from Emerald Bay at Pangkor Laut with his compatriot, Major R. Broome. They swam 45 metres out to sea in the dark of night to be rescued by the Royal Navy submarine, HMS Statesman.

During the 7-day journey back to Ceylon, they were constantly under threat from Japanese air attacks. Despite it being a short visit, the beauty and tranquillity of Pangkor Laut left a great impression on Spencer Chapman and his time on the island is detailed in his book 'The Jungle is Neutral'. When Pangkor Laut Resort was built, the bar situated at Emerald Bay was named 'Chapman's Bar' to mark the rendezvous point where he had escaped with the submarine.

FIND OUT ABOUT THE CHAPMAN'S CHALLENGE

ABOUT UNCLE LIM

Chef Lim Fang Tat, affectionately known by all as "Uncle Lim," has been with the resort since its opening in 1985 and heads the team at the breezy, al fresco Uncle Lim's Kitchen. Over the years, guests of Pangkor Laut Resort have flocked to the restaurant to savour authentic Hock Chew and Nyonya home cooking in a unique dining venue, which was built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea, allowing guests to take in the incredible view of rustic fishing boats silhouetted against the hues of the setting sun across the Straits of Malacca.

Born in the northern island-state of Penang to parents who relocated from Hainan, Uncle Lim cultivated his culinary knowledge and cooking techniques from his father, simultaneously garnering influences from the Nyonya cuisine that permeate his hometown. He wielded his wok and built his reputation in various restaurants in Penang before he was personally recommended to Tan Sri Dato' Seri (Dr) Yeoh Tiong Lay, Group Executive Chairman of YTL Corporation for his dedication to using high quality fresh ingredients to elevate traditional cuisine. This meeting eventually led to the opening of the namesake Uncle Lim's Kitchen at the flagship YTL Luxury Resort, Pangkor Laut Resort.

DINE AT UNCLE LIM'S KITCHEN

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

The first breath of inspiration drawn from our plot of paradise infuses the very spirit of our resort — traditions are embraced, colours absorbed, stunning scenery folded into every encounter. We celebrate the magic of our locale and impart slices of enchantment in uniquely curated signature experiences to create treasured memories.






the chef's kitchen experience

Learn the executive chef's culinary secrets and delve into an extensive knowledge of exotic Asian herbs, spices and recipes with The Chef's Kitchen Experience. Embark on a pleasurable gastronomical journey that includes a visit to neighbouring Pangkor Island's fishery, dried seafood markets, noodle maker and floating fish farm. Return to the resort and rejuvenate with a 45-minute Bath House Experience before learning the art of South East Asian cooking.

dining on emerald bay

Take in the serenity of the enchanting island as your private chef prepares an exquisite five-course set menu just for you on the sandy shores of the world famous Emerald Bay. Enjoy the ocean’s bounty, brought to your table by a personal butler; flavourful dishes illuminated by candlelight and the flickering glow of the nearby bonfire. Relax to the sound of the gentle waves with the soft sea breeze and simply enjoy a succulent meal surrounded by the natural beauty of this island paradise.

raja sehari

Be transported to a world of pure romance. Start your day with breakfast on the beach and a tree planting ceremony, then explore the island’s lush rainforest on a private guided jungle walk to the Spa Village. After the refreshing signature Bath House Ritual, relax with soothing treatments in the exclusive Belian Spa Pavilion (complete with an outdoor whirlpool, nap gazebo and steam room). As dusk falls, sip champagne in your flower bath, before your day ends with a private dinner at The Straits which showcases the best of Malay cuisine.

CRAFTED EXPERIENCES

Encompassing the vibrant culture, raw natural beauty and captivating people of the area in which it resides, these experiences celebrate all that is inherent to the resort. Here the curious can choose to actively engage or just peacefully absorb all the destination has to offer as they embark on their own personal journey of discovery.






pangkor island excursion

Discover the sleepy island of Pangkor, situated opposite Pangkor Laut. Be guided through the colourful towns and narrow-winding streets of the island, popular for its vivid fishing boats and quality seafood products by local cottage industries. The excursion includes a visit to the restored Dutch fort, a remnant of the island's colonial history, and the Fu Lin Kung temple, a tranquil Taoist shrine set on a hillside.

romantic retreat

For a truly special occasion, enhance your stay on this private island paradise. From an intimate dinner by candlelight at Fisherman’s Cove to a relaxing flower bath drawn in the privacy of your villa, discover a wealth of romantic experiences that also include a sunset cruise on board a teakwood Oriental junk, a guided jungle walk with the Resident Naturalist and a treatment for two at the award-winning Spa Village Pangkor Laut.

Ultimate Spa Experience

Relax in the luxurious seclusion of the Belian Spa Pavilion, an exclusive retreat perfect for couples with its own outdoor whirlpool, yoga pavilion, nap gazebo, steam room and private treatment area. The pavilion is yours to enjoy various treatments, or explore the other features of the Spa Village from the lap pool to the Bath House. Select a four-hour or an eight-hour experience, with your choice of treatments and activities.


‘the impian’ private cruise

Discover the basics of sailing on the high seas in a private sports yacht or relax and leave everything in the capable hands of our skilled crew. Bask in the sun on the deck as you glide through sparkling emerald waters, then anchor at Squid Bay, the resort’s private beach, to enjoy a specially prepared gourmet picnic basket. This scenic cruise showcases the best vistas of the Straits of Malacca and can include snorkelling at the surrounding islands. 'The Impian' seats 4 persons comfortably.

sunset cruise

Make an evening even more memorable by starting out with a refreshing beverage at sea on board our teakwood Oriental junk. Gently circle around this private island paradise and enjoy free flowing soft drinks, house wine and beer as you admire the island from the sea, bathed in the golden hues of the setting sun. The Oriental junk seats 12 persons comfortably.

chartered luxury cruises

Two luxury yachts are available for charter should you wish to explore the Straits of Malacca and the surrounding islands. Regardless of whether you opt for a cruise to nowhere or onwards to a specific destination, you'll enjoy breathtaking views and have the option to drop anchor at any point to fish, swim, or laze on deck to soak up the sun.

FACILITIES

meetings

Our conference and banquet facilities provide for a relaxing business atmosphere. The conference hall accommodates almost any type of event. Emerald Bay provides an exotic and beautiful location for weddings and dinner banquets.

swimming pools

There are two swimming pools at the resort. Each pool has towels and deck chairs for sun lovers, and refreshments are served at the pool deck.

gymnasium, tennis & squash

Keep up with your fitness regime in our gymnasium, or enjoy a few rounds at the resort’s three tennis courts and one squash court.

library

The library sits in a quiet corner just behind the reception. Here you will find a wide selection of magazines, multilingual novels, board games and compact discs.

kazbah gift shop

The Kazbah is the resort's main souvenir shop where you will find great gifts for friends and loved ones. The Kazbah also sells daily necessities, stamps, sarongs (wrap around skirts or pareos), batik, swimsuits and even beaded shoes.

SERVICES


  • Resort shuttles are available for pick-up and drop-off at the reception, Uncle Lim's Kitchen and Emerald Bay. Guests outside of a pick-up point may flag down a passing vehicle for a ride.


  • Transfers to and from Lumut and Pangkor Island are available via water taxis. Please inform the reception of your plans so that arrangements can be made in advance.


  • Check for flight departure times, book your flight home or even make further travel arrangements with us.


  • Medical assistance is available 24 hours a day at the clinic next to the Hill Villa lifts. Selected staff members are certified to provide first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich Maneuver, should an emergency arise.


  • Babysitters can be arranged for you at a fee.


  • Secretarial services are available and may be arranged.


  • Arrangements can be made for delivery services such as overnight mail, courier or express services.


  • Other available services include the Concierge, Laundry, Valet Service, Limousine Service and daily newspapers. Internet access is available including wireless connection at selected areas.


Island Transportation

Resort shuttles are available for pick-up and drop-off at the reception, Uncle Lim's Kitchen and Emerald Bay. Guests outside of a pick-up point may flag down a passing vehicle for a ride.

Water Taxis

Transfers to and from Lumut and Pangkor Island are available via water taxis. Please inform the reception of your plans so that arrangements can be made in advance.

Airline Reservations & Ticketing

Check for flight departure times, book your flight home or even make further travel arrangements with us.

Medical

Medical assistance is available 24 hours a day at the clinic next to the Hill Villa lifts. Selected staff members are certified to provide first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich Maneuver, should an emergency arise.

Babysitting Service

Babysitters can be arranged for you at a fee.

Secretarial

Secretarial services are available and may be arranged

Postage & Courier Services

Arrangements can be made for delivery services such as overnight mail, courier or express services.

Others

Other available services include the Concierge, Laundry, Valet Service, Limousine Service and daily newspapers. Internet access is available including wireless connection at selected areas.

LOCATION

A YTL LUXURY RESORT