YTL Life - - Life Feature - Words MER­RITT GUR­LEY

Afloat on the Straits of Malacca, Pangkor Laut Re­sort is a pri­vate is­land re­treat bring­ing mod­ern luxury to a two-mil­lion-year-old jun­gle. Though the set­ting — with its palm trees, emer­ald bays and pow­der-white sands — is ideal for re­lax­ation, the re­sort’s PURE ac­tiv­i­ties, a se­ries of spe­cially cu­rated ad­ven­tures, help ac­quaint guests with the is­land’s cul­ture and the land­scape.

Ease into a per­fect day with a Morn­ing Re­vival ses­sion, choos­ing from ei­ther yoga or tai chi quan classes to get your blood flow­ing while the fresh ocean breeze boosts your en­ergy. Chan­nel this vim and vigour on a Jun­gle Trek through the an­cient forests that lend this 300-acre is­land its lush pre­his­toric land­scape. You can take the 500-me­tre short hike along the north­ern rim of the rain­for­est or opt for the longer 2,400-me­tre walk to the top of the is­land’s south­ern coast for a sprawl­ing sea view. The panorama of glit­ter­ing ocean is spec­tac­u­lar, invit­ing you to dive in, and you can do just that on the Is­land Hop­ping and Snorkelling Ex­cur­sion.

ex­plor­ing the land, un­cover the mys­ter­ies of the deep on this sail­ing jour­ney aboard a luxury yacht or a teak­wood Ori­en­tal junk. The gen­tle pace of the jour­ney is ideal for soak­ing in the stun­ning scenery. When you pass a coral-rich patch of sea or a hid­den bay, you can stop to snorkel, swim or sun.

Sea-lovers who want a more hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence of the briny blue can join a Fish­ing Ex­cur­sion and feast on the boun­ties of the ocean; these clear wa­ters are home to blue line grouper, yel­low­tail, big­eye tuna, bar­racuda, gi­ant trevally and queen­fish. But don’t let fish have all the fun, you can also splash about in the waves, en­joy­ing the many watersports avail­able, in­clud­ing kayak­ing, wa­ter­ski­ing, wake­board­ing, pad­dle board­ing and cata­ma­ran sail­ing. Bri­dle the power of the sea as you ex­plore the many won­ders this lush and lux­u­ri­ous is­land has to of­fer.

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