Second visit, & even better than the first
We broke one of our rules returning to Pangkor Laut Resort--never go back to a place you loved in case you are disappointed on the subsequent visit! Well we did go back, we are glad we did, & we definitely were not disappointed.
As on the first visit, the excellence of the staff training & service is obvious from the moment you arrive at Marina Island to check in and catch your boat. We were immediately recognised as returning guests, were welcomed back, and were despatched on a boat of our own 30 minutes before the official departure time. Similar treatment on arrival at the resort--greeted at the boat, escorted to reception, & a smooth check-in.
All the things we loved last time remain--beautiful setting, outstanding upkeep & maintenance, & I'll mention it again--friendly, efficient staff.
First time we stayed in a Hill Villa, & this time in a Beach Villa. We liked the Beach villa better--really close to all the resort amenities, & nice to hear the waves lapping the shore. Hard to beat sitting on your terrace on the comfortable banana lounges chilling out.
The second thing we like better is the new menu at Chapman's Bar. Its now a BBQ buffet, & its outstanding. We ate far too many prawns, squid, lamb chops, satay & accompanying salad, but its hard not too, sitting bare foot in the sand, looking at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, & washing it all down with some nice wine. Simply outstanding--ranks with our best resort experiences anywhere in the world.
We ate dinner twice at Feast Village, once a buffet & once a la carte. The second was superior--we had really excellent seafood. The buffet was nice but not great--the selection was quite limited.
We also ate one night at The Straits, a fine dining restaurant that is open only 3 nights per week and has limited seating. The view from the beach side is fabulous, but I think I would be less enthusiastic if I was seated on the garden side. The seats are not terribly comfortable--hard vertical wooden backs that don't really encourage relaxation. The menu on offer was a set course Thai menu. The presentation of the dishes was great, and the service again excellent. However, the food was disappointing--it did not have the zing & sparkle of authentic Thai food, and a couple of dishes were actually sweet, with none of the sour/hot/salty notes you expect. The desert was particularly ordinary--a couple of little pieces of mango with some sticky rice.
Breakfast at Feast village was good--the fresh juice station where you could specify your own recipe was a highlight.
The Resort is extremely well maintained--looked like much of it had been recently painted. Not a leaf out of place in the garden. The gym is very good, & the tennis courts normally deserted, so easy to play when you want.
We departed very reluctantly, with the 4 days having flown past. A world class resort!
Couples - Sep 4, 2017