We booked the Pelangi Beach Resort for the relaxing by the pool/sea part of our honeymoon after the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur having read some great reviews here of it. We loved it I have to say with its old world colonial, architectural charm to the amazingly friendly staff from the moment you walk in you feel wrapped in a warm, cosy feeling of relaxed pleasure. Some have commented here that it is stuck in a time warp and even one of the bar staff that has been there for 13 years said he hasn't seen many changes in that time and this is part of its charm and ability to let you relax without wifi laptops buzzing in the foyer.
We stayed some 11 night in total and were upgraded due to being in honeymoon to a superior lake view room which was great but I agree that the algae on the lake looks pretty thick and stagnant at times. Champagne and exotic fruit were in our room one day as a surprise. The 'fogging' team come round the outside of the dark, wooden Malay style houses you are in every Tuesday basically to kill off any insect nests and mossies that are hanging around. However despite this and using repellents and a plug-in one we still got bitten loads, Going to use tiger balm next time!
The breakfast is great a wonderful series of chefs cook up omlettes and other treats right for you to your specification and there is a fruit carving demonstration as well which is out of this world.
The 2 swimming pools are huge and both have waterfalls and fake boulders embedded around their outsides and are very clean and plenty of room for everyone to have a good dip. Sun loungers are nearly plentiful but sun shades a luxury if you can get one. You can alternatively use a lounger under on the amazing 'juniper' bushes that shade you by the sea all day. The resort is so big that each day we sat in a different location looking out to sea and had a different experience each day depending on where we sat.
Watersports abound on the beach with plenty of companies offering jet ski, para sailing, banana boat and the like. The beach however is about 3/5ths broken sea shell and not that easy to walk on in bare foot. Bit of a shame as the piccies of the beach make it look like pure white soft sand. Also the water wasn't clear at all and each night washes up quite a bit of rubbish but we saw several teams from the Pelangi out there in the heat of the day cleaning it all up - nice one!
The restaurants aren't the cheapest in town but the flavours and taste and service is just great but then we found that all over Malaysia. Putumayo down the street offers steamed rice at RM2 each which has to be about the cheapest food you could find apart from the night markets (Kuah town has a great food one each Saturday night) and has a great noodles and architecture to sit in. Jimmy's in the padi fields opposite the resort is just heavenly with the frogs croaking, the wonderful staff and exquisite food - get down there within your first few days to experience it. The lady owner even gave us a lift back to the Pelangi when a torrential rain storm came in.
It is the ambience and the staff that make the Pelangi though - we got to know one of the porters called Ismail Bakar and made our trip so special but he tippified the Malaysian welcome which is genuine and not fake. We tried to continue this vibe when arriving back in London but it was just met with a blank expression really.
There is a spa on site but is very expensive, better to go for the Massage Kiosk on the beach which is half the price and very romantic to get a couples massage together with the sounds of the waves and a light breeze. You could also get some amazing massages in the main high street for half as much again. We did see that the Casa del Mar next door is a boutique hotel with 34 rooms and has ipod docks in each room and hammocks on the balconies and looked very well designed with great lighting and maybe we'll try that next time if we go back but we are very happy we stayed at the Pelangi and have great honeymoon memories to look back on.
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- Designed in the style of a traditional Malay village, Meritus Pelangi's 355 guestrooms and suites are housed in wooden chalets that are spread across 35 acres of lush landscaped gardens along a stretch of white sandy shores. Be ushered into a world of ethnic charm and tropical tranquility at this award-winning resort! ... more less
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