The annual tradition of a fabulous "words-can't-describe" birthday celebration lives on for the 30th time!
Believe me, readers, this must be my 30th trip to this favourite resort of both my 84-year-old hubby and me! I've lost count! Once again, we were here on this island to celebrate my birthday. But every trip is different albeit the resort and some of the staff remain the same. However, this time I was quick to notice, as a loyal repeat customer, that there were several aesthetic changes where detail and precision were concerned that gave this resort a new look and a welcomed new breath of air. So, we were glad we came!
Let me begin by thanking the Pangkor Laut Folks , from the new energetic General Manager, Mr Philippe Cavory who was familiar to me and was quick to recognise me (whom I had met before in one of my frequent trips to YTL's 5-star resorts) who made my 77th birthday celebration an out-of-the-world one by mingling with my birthday guests who had come from various parts of the country to ensure that every detail was looked into; the Resident Manager, Mr Emmanuel L. Olazo who ensured my entire group of 28 Nordic Walkers Malaysia and their spouses and friends were very comfortable and were well-looked after by himself walking around the resort again and again to ask if there was anything he could do to make their stay even more enjoyable; the entire staff the moment we pulled up our cars at Pangkor Laut Resort Office at Marina Island and got us registered effortlessly and speedily ( something many resorts have to learn from YTL's resorts) the entire staff of the luxurious magnificent resort that leaves no stone unturned to ensure you are pampered all the way by their smiles and quick splendid service .
We had two special dinners at Uncle Lim's amongst my favourite restaurants and I cannot find words to express the quality of food served and the speed with which the different dishes were served. We had a 8-course dinner complete with starters, salads, soups , main courses of special items of large prawns, soft crabs, chicken and the famed steamed garoupa fish that is so fresh and perfectly steamed. I come to Uncle Lim's just for the garoupa which we had on both days. To Amran and Darwin and the whole team under your wings - Joyee, Arnold, Alter, Nasir, Indra and Pravin you are a gift to the resort. The way you went round making fresh juices and serving all my guests was unbelievable. It was crowded both days but how did you manage to give our celebration a priority? But a quick look round it wasn't us alone that got attention, everyone else did as the senior management went round from table to table to ensure no one was neglected. The wine that we had went very well with our choice of cuisine. Even as I write , I wish to hop onto your resort again!
To Serena Chau, and Stephen a special thanks for the rooms and my special room with a special view which I occupy every vacation here. To Eugene and the team especially Shanon from the Front Desk you all were so efficient in getting the particulars from my guests that facilitated our registration on our arrival. It was a breeze! Rajen, I remember you too ! And the whole staff at Marina Island - I havent forgotten you.
And the food especially the wide array of cuisine served at Feast Village under your able experienced Head Vije (whom I know for years) for breakfast and dinner needs special mention. Chefs Ong/ Wong, Arasu and Kalimah knew exactly our kind of tastes and so we were pampered with our favourites and not forgetting the mango, my favourite fruit every morning. You folks remember your customers - hence we love to repeat! Our eggs were prepared to the right texture with the right ingredients every morning and served to us ..Sati and May Kei I thank you for this. Some names of waiters who served us need mention - S.Mogan, Mithun, Eka, Tohid, Mizan, Arasi, Ashik, Shyam, Ajay, Rajnish and Shekhar. Each one of you went the extra mile to ensure we were well-fed though I am a very small eater! We know some of you for some years now so you ensured we were given the attention as a frequent client. And, you all knew our names . The hugs were enough to make us feel a repeat another year will be as good.
Some of us took the sunset cruise and really enjoyed the ride.
Our room was so well decorated we didn't feel like dismantling all the deco to retire for the night. The red roses flower petals were rightly chosen . Even the pillows had the words Happy Birthday. And the colourful balloons in our room made it a celebration and treated us as celebrities. The basket of fruit made us special!
We had lunch at Chapman's Bar - it was different this time with a buffet lunch with such variety of food that my group enjoyed after the trek . The second day we had lunch at the Beach Club and the variety we had!
Before I end this review, I must make special mention of the unusual fruit cake served to us on my first day of celebration on 1st November. My friends had licked every morsel and kept telling me to quickly get a taste before even my share was gone. It was heavenly! That fruit cake was the hallmark of my birthday celebration as they are still talking about it. The second day on my actual date of my birthday we had a chocolate cake ...another unique deco. The other desserts the mango pudding, the banana fritters with the avocado dessert were all befitting to a superb meal.
We will come back next year and live to our tradition of celebrating my birthday with Nordic Walkers Malaysia and friends and spouses come 1st Nov 2018 only on your resort. Not surprising they have formed a list of names and even booked their rooms one year in advance and are pestering me to take them to the other YTL resorts that I have visited many times - Cameron Highlands Resort to which I am going this Friday for the Christmas Tree Lighting, and Pulau Gaya in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. I have written on Trip Adviser on these visits. My husband and I and all my revellers are treated with great respect and pampered all the way. Yes , we will be there on my 78th birthday! General Manager Phillipe Cavory be ready to welcome another big group of Nordic Walkers Malaysia! Thank you - Terima Kasih in the local language!
Friends getaway - 13 Nov 2017