Es­cape to the stun­ning and se­cluded Pangkor Laut Es­tates

YTL Life - - Contents - Words DIANA HUBBELL

Exquisitely de­signed and sur­rounded by jade-hued fo­liage, th­ese lux­ury abodes at Pangkor Laut Re­sort are ex­tra­or­di­nary on all lev­els.

If ex­clu­siv­ity is the height of lux­ury, then it’s hard to con­ceive of a more lux­u­ri­ous ex­pe­ri­ence than a stay at Pangkor Laut Re­sort, an elite hide­away that has set the stan­dard for five- star service in Malaysia since it opened more than two decades ago. This stun­ning hide­away is the only sign of hu­man civil­i­sa­tion on this jun­gle­draped is­land, sur­rounded by the glit­ter­ing wa­ters of the Straits of Malacca. Lu­ciano Pavarotti, just one of a host of A- lis­ters to stop by over the years, once pro­claimed it par­adise and the de­scrip­tion still rings true to­day. Thanks to the re­sort’s en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble poli­cies, the is­land re­mains ev­ery bit as lush and lovely as it has al­ways been. Guests strolling along the co­ral- speck­led sands of Emer­ald Bay of­ten spy rare great horn­bills, while troupes of mon­keys can be spot­ted ca­vort­ing through the trees.

En­sconced in rain­for­est on the north­ern edge of this idyl­lic isle lie the Es­tates, eight op­u­lent havens evok­ing the grandeur of life in colo­nial Malaysia’s most stately houses. Each of th­ese two- to fourbed­room prop­er­ties show­cases state- of- the- art ameni­ties paired with ex­cep­tional de­sign. Jacuzzis, in­fin­ity or swim­ming pools and salas for stretch­ing or sunning can be found through­out.

No two are ex­actly alike and each has its own dis­tinct al­lure.

JACUZZIS, IN­FIN­ITY OR SWIM­MING POOLS AND SALAS FOR STRETCH­ING OR SUNNING CAN BE FOUND THROUGH­OUT.

Es­tate Five sports a mag­nif­i­cent view of the sun­set and Es­tate Nine fea­tures a rock gar­den, gi­ant chess board and a com­mu­nal spa pavil­ion in­spired by Ja­panese on­sens. For those hop­ing for panoramic vis­tas, the hill­top Es­tates of­fer truly breath­tak­ing ones, while beachlovers may opt to stay in Es­tates One, Two and Four, all of which pro­vide unim­peded ac­cess to the sandy shores of a shel­tered cove.

Guests at th­ese sanc­tu­ar­ies are tended to by pri­vate but­lers and chefs. Should you feel an urge to em­bark on a guided jun­gle walk, a sun­set cruise or sim­ply to lounge at one of the re­sort’s se­cluded bays, a driver can eas­ily whisk you to your de­sired des­ti­na­tion. There are vir­tu­ally no lim­its here.

Whether you rise with the sun or pre­fer to linger a lit­tle longer in bed, your chef can pre­pare a morn­ing feast at what­ever time you choose. Or­der any­thing you crave and the chef will whip it up while your but­ler pours tea, cof­fee or freshly squeezed juices. In the evenings, din­ner is how­ever you imag­ine it, with a vast ar­ray of spe­cial­i­ties from East­ern and Western cuisines. From a ro­man­tic meal for two to a fam­ily gather­ing for 10, all you have to do is ask and your pri­vate team will make it so.

With un­par­al­leled service, ab­so­lute pri­vacy and ar­chi­tec­tural de­signs that per­fectly com­ple­ment their spec­tac­u­lar set­tings, this gor­geous as­sort­ment of Es­tates rep­re­sents an op­u­lent ex­pe­ri­ence like no other.

Sit­u­ated on the north­ern part of the is­land, The Es­tates fea­ture lux­u­ri­ous com­forts with sep­a­rate liv­ing and din­ing pavil­ions as well as a pri­vate pool of­fer­ing dra­matic views; all set amid pris­tine rain­for­est.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www. pangko­r­lautre­sort. com/ ac­com­mo­da­tion- the- es­tates

Guests who re­quest for a spe­cific Es­tate at the point of book­ing will be con­tacted by YTL Travel Cen­tre to ad­vise its avail­abil­ity.

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