As others have mentioned, the place is a little run down. The frustrating thing is not all of this can be blamed on cash flow, but rather slackness from the cleaning and general maintenance staff. We had mold in our bathroom and one of three lights out. The result was a pretty uninviting bathroom. Also, the poolside could do with a good wash-down with bleach. To me this just demonstrates that the management is not making the cleaning staff do their job. The sight of the Grounds keeper sleeping in the hammock next to the heavily holed golf course only served to emphasize this.
The food was OK at best. There were only two options for dinner, despite publications suggesting otherwise. One of these was a disjointed buffet. Not bad, but not the same calibre you see in city hotels throughout asia. A little more thought here would make a big difference. For example, for breakfast you could make a about 3/4 of a western breakfast, if you wanted, but had to roam all over the place to get it. And then they had some odd western foods that didn't belong in a western breakfast (e.g. wedges). Swapping out a few dishes and rearranging the buffet would go a long way. I also question whether a resort with such an international guest drive should be 100% Halal
The other choice of restaurant for dinner is an Al-la-cart restaurant. Dry Fish one night and the Rib-Eye I got the second night was actually rump and over-cooked at that.
As other have said, the beach and pools are pretty good, although don't bother trying to snorkel off the beach as visibility is about 1m. The waves are good for those less experienced with beaches and kids. Not too big, but enough action for interest.
Overall, it's not too bad, but a bit of elbow-grease would go a long way to making it better. I didn't expect much and my expectations were met.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the jewels in the crown of West Coast of Penisular Malaysia's Island Resorts, Pangkor Island Beach Resort is the perfect get-away to de-stress and unwind. Lying approximately half way between Penang and Kuala Lumpur, getting there by car from Kuala Lumpur is about 3 hour along the scenic North-South Highway. Alternatively, a dedicated coach transfer departs three times weekly (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) from the Malaysia Tourism Information Centre along Ampang Road (apposite Renaissance Hotel) whilst a 35-minute flight on Berjaya Air; operating thrice weekly from Subang Airport flying directly into the island.The resort is ideally located in a protected bay, offering guests 1.2 kilometer of private beach front.This inimate resort is fringed by natural wonders of a tropical rainforest, offering an abundance of flora and fauna, where nature is at your doorstep.This unique resort location allows guests the option of a complete laid-back experience whilst those with a more adventurous spirit can take advantange from its full range of land and sea activities.Whether you are looking for a quiet romantic interlude or run-filled family get-away, Pangkor Island Beach Resort will satisfy your every need. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pangkor Island Beach Hotel Pangkor
- Pan Pacific Pangkor
- Pangkor Island Beach Resort Pulau Pangkor