Pangkor Island Beach Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Number Twelve Exeter
A Great Getaway
The holiday was a memorable and truly relaxing one. The room was great, the service was very good as well as the food. Would definitely make a second trip.
A Great Breakaway!
We (my wife and i) took a 4 days 3 night stay here and what can we say... a great getaway! The white sandy beach, a romantic "south pacific" buffet dinner by the poolside by the beach, and the cool sea breeze and sunset experience were second to none! If you want some privacy while sunbathing at the beach, this resort should be number one in your list.
The hotel staff are always helpful and warm; the room is clean and cosy, and a seafood meal outside the hotel is also easily available - transportation via cab is just a call away. Do check out the seafood restaurants at Pantai Bogak or at Pangkor town. There's a ferry service straight to the resort jetty from Lumut. Very convenient. Heavy luggages? No worries. It'll be taken care of for you.
Note: The new spa will only be available in August 2005.
A magical holiday!
i have just come back from a 3-night stay at the former pan pacific resort now known as pangkor island beach resort. i understand that there were plenty of teething problems when the management was switched from pan pacific to IGB group. but, i must say during my stay there, there was nothing but sweet memories! the staff were very helpful, prompt and friendly. we did not experience the setbacks the unlucky traveler experienced (please scroll down below to read his complaints a few reviews before this post).
our room, in the pacific wing, was perfect and there was nothing to complain about. the best part was paying a mere fraction for a high-end room due to the tsunami horror. the second part was the crowd - since we were there during weekdays, there were only a mere sprinkling of foreigners and almost no locals. we had the beach all to ourselves!
since we were in the pacific wing, our watersports cabana were manned by friendly guys who bent backwards to make us happy. we kayaked, jetskied and went on a whole-island snorkeling expedition. the restaurant, the pacific terrace, gave us lovely memorable dinners with its bistro-like scene and open-air kitchen concept. lovely!
the only complaint is the very pricey food, and the weekend crowd. they make up of one-day holiday tourists since they come in the morning and leave the same day. they were noisy and uncivilised - they woke us right up as they bellowed away in the early morning!
all-in-all, a perfect getaway with plenty of sun, sand, sports and relaxation. the private beach, with less than 3 people bathing in it at any given time, was the definite highlight. will definitely be going again!
Value For Money For Anther Yorshierman
We have just returned from Malaysia having spent 6 night at the Pangkor Island Beach Resort as part of our vacation. Having read the reviews we went with an open mind & came away very happy. We booked an Ocean Wing Room which had plenty of space & was well looked after, the bathroom was very large, balconies are small which was the only drawback. Whilst we were ther the Pacific Terrace Restaurant closed for refurbishment of the kitchens to allow them to have a more extensive menu in futur. The Hornbill Restaurant is mainly the busset both for breakfast & dinner but they do have an a la carte menu. Prices in the restaurants were obviousley higher than outside the resort but UK visitors are very good value for money. Ostrich Steak £5. The staff were always very friendly & extremley helpful. You did need to preorder fish & the waiter even rang our room in the late afternoon to ask which table we would like & he would set a table by the pool for us if we wished. Just one word of caution if you decide on the Jungle Trek it is quite steep & you need shoes with good grips & watch out for leaches.
We would definatley go back & recommend it.
We stayed at Pangkor Isalnd Beach Resort for 9 days in February 2005. The location of the hotel is the best on Pangkor Island. We stayed at the new Ocean Wing. The rooms were nice. The furniture is rustic. And the room was clean. If you like good pillows then you will be disappointed. The balcony was very small. Just room for two chairs. The room service was ok. They chnaged towels once a day. Somedays they forgot to change towel etc. The food is average and very pricy compared to local restaurants. The beach is quite nice. It is long and they offer a lot of watersports. The sand is not that nice. A bit grey and the water was not that clear. The temperature of the water was nice. They had plenty of sunbeds that is good. The pool had a swimup bar. The major drawback for this hotel is the lack of service. It wasn't just us that complained about this. The buffet dinner or will set you back 55 RM, a beer will set you back 21RM for a bottle. Lunch is 20-25 RM pr person. If you take a cab to Pasir Bogak 18 RM you can have delicious chinese food. Each main course is 5-7 RM and the beer is 12 RM for 0.67l. If you are looking for a place to go on your honeymoon forget this. Instead go to Pangkor Laut. It is more pricey, but is is a totally different experience.On Pangkor Island there were many old people (50-60 years) and on Pangkor Laut you had a lot of honeymooners (30-45). If you want a nice relaxing holiday and doesn't care so much about the service ut is a good place to stay, but if you would like to have luxury go to Pangkor Laut instead
A yorkshiremans view
We have just returned from a 10 day stay,not having been before we went with an open mind but took account of reviews posted on the web.
It would seem that PIBR has much improved its act from when it was the Pan Pacific.
We had a great holiday,the prices are pretty much what we expected from a hotel of its size.The alcohol isn't cheap but its much the same as in all 3 and 4 star hotels in Malaysia.
The food prices are again what all similar hotels are charging out there,about 60 ringitt plus taxes for a buffet dinner.Obviously you can eat cheaper if you eat locally and there are some good places to do that too.It's easy and cheap to go out & about by taxi.
We have an 8 year old son and we didn't once hear"I'm bored!!" from him,he found out how to snorkel and we couldn't keep him out of the sea-and that was only in the hotel bay,next time we'll progress to a boat trip.The midi golf course is more of an 18 hole rough but nevertheless is good fun-not for anyone who takes the game too seriously.
The staff were all genuinely friendly and helpful,I can honestly say we didn't come across anyone who wasn't.
The rooms(we stayed in the ocean wing)are a good size and can easily accommodate an extra bed.The room was kept really clean and we had no problems with insects etc.although you do need to lock the balcony door to keep the monkeys out as they do know how to turn the doorknob!
The beach is great,lovely and sandy so you can swim & paddle in the sea-plenty of sunloungers along the gardens and by the pools so no problem if you're a late riser.
While we were there quite a lot of rubbish came in on the tide but the beach cleaning rota was increased to clear it immediately and a letter sent to the guests explaining the situation.
All in all,a good place to stay,stuff to do but loads of room to chill out if thats your thing.
A beautiful unspoilt island
We stayed for 10 nights in January 2005 and found a remote unspoilt island with beautiful soft white sand. This is ideal for a relaxing holiday away from it all with little to do but read and enjoy the wildlife - monkeys in the gounds and even on your balcony if you're lucky. Hornbills come to be fed twice each day (a fantastic sight) and iguana's can be seen on the beach/rocks.
The food was good and very reasonably priced considering that there is little choice of where else to go. The staff were mostly very friendly and helpful and throughout our stay we didn't come across anybody that wanted to sell you anything or rip you off - very unsual these days !
We would certainly go back there.
Room air cond faulty throuhout length of stay despite paying high room rate. No replacement room available. Only provide with fan upon request. Have to sleep thru the night sweaty. Tired instead of relaxing. Not even an apology from the hotel mgt team. All is well and normal. Disappointed! disappointed! Pls. get the room air cond. working otherwise do not offer to customer.
This was my first trip back to the resort since it had changed management and I felt a little disappointed by the attitude of staff. On my visits in the past, staff were always friendly and efficient. I found some of the new staff to be quite rude (which i find is quite rare in Malaysia as the people are truly beautiful!!!)
We had booked a room in the pacific wing which upon inspection was in need of some renovations. We immediately decided to pay the extra RM100 a night to upgrade to the ocean wing. The ocean wing room was fantastic, we couldnt fault it in any way. The food was very good, it had improved a lot since my last visit. I really recommend dining in the pacific terrace at sunset- it is magnificent.
All in all we had a great time- I just adore the island, you cant help but relax there. I would most certainly return as even the attitude of some staff can not detract from the beauty that is pangkor island
An Beautiful Retreat
We visited this resort inn 2003 whilst it was undergoing refurbishment. This did not really affect our holiday. We found it a beautiful and relaxing place and were rewarded by seeing the illusive sea otters in the lake one evening. Our room was beautifully clean with a stunning view out to sea. We ate out most evenings - there are a number of small restaurants nearby and the waiters will recommend them. We particularly liked No1 which specialised in fish.
TripAdvisor Reviews Number Twelve Exeter
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