Pangkor Laut Resort
You will find no other resorts – just secluded bays curled around pristine beaches, evening skies woven with colour, and a deep sense of serenity reserved exclusively for our guests. A combination of luxury, natural beauty and age-old wilderness woven together to produce an environment where peace and magically memorable moments are the currency. Of the island's 300 acres, only a fraction has been developed to house the Resort and its eight Estates. Wooden buildings blend seamlessly into the forest as if nature had been the architect dictating how walls curve around foliage, and roofs open up to allow trees to continue on their journey to the sky. Nature is respected here, almost revered, and it rewards visitors in ways that simply need to be experienced. NEW PHOTO NEEDED Pangkor Laut Resort is located on the privately owned island of Pangkor Laut 1.6 km off the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is a truly tropical isle with rocky outcrops and white sandy beaches fringed by a beautiful rain forest which thrives in the tropical climate. 142
You will find no other resorts – just secluded bays curled around pristine beaches, evening skies woven with colour, and a deep sense of serenity reserved exclusively for our guests. A combination of luxury, natural beauty and age-old wilderness woven together to produce an environment where peace and magically memorable moments are the currency.
Of the island's 300 acres, only a fraction has been developed to house the Resort and its eight Estates. Wooden buildings blend seamlessly into the forest as if nature had been the architect dictating how walls curve around foliage, and roofs open up to allow trees to continue on their journey to the sky.
Nature is respected here, almost revered, and it rewards visitors in ways that simply need to be experienced.
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Pangkor Laut Resort is located on the privately owned island of Pangkor Laut 1.6 km off the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is a truly tropical isle with rocky outcrops and white sandy beaches fringed by a beautiful rain forest which thrives in the tropical climate.
Pangkor Laut chefs are internationally trained and well versed in the creation of both Western and Asian cuisine.
Fisherman's Cove - Situated in Spa Village, Fisherman's Cove offers a truly unique symphony of Western Grill, Chinese signature dishes, fresh seafood and Italian cuisine. The dynamic open show-kitchen, stunning sea view and state-of-the-art design invite all guests to journey into the exciting world of Asian fusion cuisine.
Uncle Lim's Kitchen This interestingly designed restaurant is built atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea. Named after the chef who has been with the Resort since its inception, Uncle Lim's specialises in Nyonya and Hockchew Chinese-style home cooking.
Royal Bay Beach Club Royal Bay Beach Club, overlooking the infinity pool serves a selection of Asian and Western favourites for lunch. In the evening, the restaurant transforms into a chic chill-out lounge serving cocktails and other beverages.
Chapman's Bar Chapman's Bar sits on Emerald Bay, and serves excellent light lunches daily, including sandwiches, traditional satay, salads and tasty seafood dishes.
The Straits Serving some of the finest cuisine drawn from South East Asian influences, The Straits is set against the rocks, by the beach, providing exotic dining in an elegant and beautiful environment, with sumptuous silks juxtaposing natural timber and granite.
Feast Village Savour a vibrant, interactive dining experience with diverse culinary offerings from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The Feast Village also features a patisserie, cafe, Chef's table and wine cellar where guests can purchase wines of their choice and is open for breakfast and dinner.
Jamu Bar The Jamu Bar, located in an enclave of Spa Village overlooking the lapping Straits of Malacca, serves Japanese and healthy cuisine for lunch and also does intimate private dinners.
A centerpiece of the Resort is Emerald Bay, considered by independent travel consultants as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you feel more adventurous, you may accompany the Resort's resident naturalist on his daily trek through the rainforest.
Fishing - Go on an adventurous fishing trip for barracuda, garoupa, red and white snapper and stingray or opt for the Fishing And Picnic Package for two on the beach.
Chartered Cruises - Two luxury yachts are available for charter should you wish to explore the Straits of Malacca and the surrounding islands.
For those interested in water activities not mentioned above, there are opportunities for island-hopping, fishing and a range of water activities including kayaking, wake-boarding, sail-boarding, water-skiing and a catamaran.
Golf - Guests staying at Pangkor Laut will enjoy special privileges at the Damai Laut Golf & Country Club , which is approximately 15 minutes away from Lumut. This club offers an 18-hole golf course. There is a dress code that has to be adhered to.
Chef's Kitchen Experience / squash / tennis
Award-winning Spa Village offers a wide selection of treatments all which include a complimentary bath house experience.
Yoga - This complimentary activity is available daily at the Spa Village.
Tai Chi Quan - Tai Chi Quan is an extensive system of therapeutic breathing, postural and moving exercises, designed to develop inner stamina and circulate energy. Available daily at the Spa Village.
Spa Villa Accommodation
Spa Villas are private bungalows on stilts over the sea offering direct access to the Spa Village. Each unit features an oversized bath with ceiling mounted shower, large balcony for private sun bathing and a stunning view of the Straits of Malacca
Sea Villa Accommodation
Standing elegantly on stilts over the sea and linked by wooden walkways, these villas are the signature feature of the island. Each private villa is airy and spacious, has a large balcony with deck chairs and a bathroom with an oversized tub that opens onto the sea.
Beach Villa Accommodation
Featuring a private balcony with deck chairs, a large bathroom with a separate shower and a large bathtub open to the elements, these villas have a breathtaking view of the sea. While providing a stunning scene, the seabed of Royal Bay has a natural rocky formation and guests are advised to swim at Emerald Bay.
Hill Villa Accommodation
Perched dramatically on the hillside amidst the rainforest, these villas have a magnificent view of the sea and beautiful tropical gardens. The villas on the ground floor feature a large indoor bathtub while the first floor bathtubs open out to the rainforest.
Garden Villa Accommodation
Located amongst lush gardens, these villas featuring spacious bathtubs with a separate shower area and are strategically located close to the main facilities. Those travelling with children may prefer connecting villas whereby two ground floor villas are adjoined from the inside, allowing convenient access to each villa. These connecting villas are limited and subject to availability.
Suria and Purnama Suite
Suria and Purnama Suites
Both suites stand on stilts over the sea and feature an entrance hall, separate bedroom and elegant lounge, balconies for sunbathing, and a spacious bathroom with windows that offer beautiful views of the sea from the oversized bathtub.
Named after the world-renowned tenor who fell in love with Pangkor Laut, this is an elegant two-bedroom suite set high on the hill in the rainforest. It has a spacious and luxurious lounge area, an extensive balcony with breathtaking views of the sea and tropical rainforest, and an enormous open-roofed bathroom.
A'Famosa Golf Resort
If you can avoid the rough, water, pot bunkers and crocodiles, you'll have a chance to score well on this hugely enjoyable course.
An hour south of Kuala Lumpur lie the 27 parkland-style holes of A'Famosa Golf & Country Club, host of the 2011 Malaysian Amateur Open. Famously, the course houses a bunch of crocodiles which is nothing if not unique, and although they pose no threat from their deep enclosure, they have lent their name to one of the nines (the others being the Rockies and Palm Courses) which will aim to tear your game to shreds.
The Rockies nine is sprinkled, appropriately enough, with attractive outcrops of boulders and begins with a dangerous par-4, rated index 1 mainly thanks to the meandering drain that splits the fairway. The 5th seems to play even tougher, with water bordering a narrow slip of a fairway, and the 9th involves driving over a pretty pond to a very steep uphill green.
The Palm course is the most scenic of the three, and kicks off with the daunting task of driving between water on the left and some menacing pot bunkers on the right. With elevated greens and some significant greenside bunkering, its tough to score well. The challenging 13th requires a ballsy 2nd shot over water to a smallish green, and the par-5 17th entices you to reach the elevated green from the brow of a hill.
The crocodile nine is more open than the other two, perhaps so any escaping reptiles can't sneak up on you (joke). The crocs themselves hang out just beyond the island green of the 7th, one of the few occasions that water comes into play on these holes, and getting to see them is reason enough to go for this nine.
Overall, A'Formosa is a fun course, with enough character to keep things interesting, its undulations and elevation changes keeping you on your toes. Given escaping from the rough is tough as it isn't really kept properly and was strewn with fallen leaves on our round, the course is even tighter than it appears. A few bald patches on the odd fairway mean a few minus points, although the slow greens actually for an easier time of putting so we won't complain too much. Overall, A'Formosa Golf Resort is a good bet for a reasonably priced and enjoyable round of golf.
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Ayer Keroh Country Club
Long-hitters will love this enjoyable championship course, especially the last hole - one of the longest par-5s in the country.
Carved out of virgin jungle back in 1964 by golfing aficionado and Chief Minister of Melaka Tun Abdul Ghaffar Bin Baba, Ayer Keroh Country Club features 18 championship holes that have hosted prestigious events such as the Malaysian Open (the Tunku's and Ghaffar's nine) and a further nine added in the mid-90s (Governor's).
The generous fairways are in fine condition, despite not being made up of the Bermuda grass that is generally the norm, and the greens play well, albeit a little slow. The thickness of the rough is mercifully counterbalanced by the width of the fairways, but veer too far off line and you'll find the jungle that lines both sides of almost every fairway; in there, a lost ball will stay lost. While some of the tee shots feel quite tight, if you can find the gap the fairways open up beyond allowing a margin of error that higher handicappers will appreciate. There isn't too much sand waiting to catch you out, and the sea breezes are pleasantly cooling rather than a hindrance to scoring well. More than anything it is the length of the course, at over 7320 yards, that will cause the most problems. If you're a long hitter however, opportunities are there to be taken.
If you play one hole at Ayer Keroh Country Club, make sure it is the closing hole on Tunku's nine, which a big sign beside the tee informs you is one the longest holes in Malaysia at 658 yards. From the tee you can just about make out the white speck of the flag in the distance on this straight but undulating hole. If you can avoid the fairway bunkers on your first two shots and be within a short iron of the green you are doing well, but you'll still need to carry a menacing bunker in front of the green to stand a chance to make par or better. Slay this beast and you'll have played like a pro, for one hole at least.
Overall, this is a pretty course that offers an enjoyable challenge. While the jungle can mean a few lost balls, it compensates with memories of the wildlife that you'll encounter on your round, from macaques to monkeys. Add to all this the reasonable green fees, and it's easy to see why Ayer Keroh Country Club should be on the itinerary of any Malaysia golf holiday.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Ayer Keroh Country Clubto your Malacca golf holiday.
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Orna Golf & Country Club
<p>While it could be better maintained, this is an enjoyable and severely undulating championship course with some of the largest bunkers you'll encounter. Take water and sunscreen, as there isn't much shade.</p><p>Orna Golf & Country Club, located a short distance from Melaka, has played host to a number of prestigious competitions and has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most challenging courses in Malaysia - to qualify for the Asian Tour, you've got to be able to master this tricky course. It comprises three nine hole loops (the East and West that make up the main championship course and the easier North) that stretch over rolling terrain dotted with large waste bunkers, lakes and creeks.<br /><br />On the tee of the 1st, a short par-4 dog-leg right, you'll immediately be struck by the undulations which are par for the course here. You'll almost never get a flat stance so you're iron game has to be in good nick if you are to score well, and even straight shots run the risk of catching a severe slope and cannoning off into oblivion. While the rough isn't too thick, it's the bunkers that offer some the most testing challenges. On the 10th, large twin bunkers protect the landing zone for tee shots and others in front of the green mean you can't hope to sneak onto the front. The par-5 11th features a long stretch of waste bunkers await the wayward hooker on the run up to the green, and the long par-4 14th features a massive bunker dead centre of the fairway. Given you'll probably require a good drive and a fairway wood to reach the green in regulation, finding this bunker will leave you struggling not to drop shots.<br /><br />The Bermuda fairways are slightly patchy in places, and even where you find unbroken grass they are quite hard, which means you get good roll on your drives but less spin control on your approaches. While the greens are an enjoyably roller-coaster-like affair, but a better maintenance programme is required to produce consistent speeds. Aesthetically, the open nature of Orna Golf & Country Club (there's much less jungle than other courses in the area) allows for some great views, and the long strips of sand next to water, like a little beach, look brilliant. However, this absence of jungle and mature trees means that there is little shade, and on hot days it's wise to come prepared with sunscreen and hats.<br /><br />The most enjoyable hole is the signature 12th, a 200 yard par-3 that plays from an elevated tee to an island green that is reminiscent of the 17th at Sawgrass; also worth mentioning is the unconventional par-5 16th whose fairway is split by a lake that runs from tee to green, offering alternate routes to the elevated green.<br /><br />The North nine plays much shorter at just 3173 yards and is best avoided in favour of the proper challenge offered by East and West unless you are a high handicapper looking for a morale boosting score.<br /><br />Overall, it's a good bet for a round of golf in the Melaka area. The design is worthy of a championship course and while the maintenance doesn't quite deserve that accolade, there are plenty of challenges, mainly from the severely undulating playing surface and some of the biggest bunkers you'll ever experience. When you take into account the very reasonable green fees, a round at Orna Golf & Country Club has much to recommend it. </p><p>Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Orna Golf & Country Club to your Malacca golf holiday.</p><p>If you are travelling to other parts of Malaysia ask us to help you to organise a Malaysia Golf Package which features tee times at Orna Golf & Country Club.</p><p>(c) 2012 by Internet Trading N.V. All rights reserved<br /></p><p></p>
Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club
The 27 exciting championship holes here are in excellent condition and are a tough challenge that long hitters will relish.
A regular feature in lists of the top ten courses in Malaysia and once voted most scenic course in the country, Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club features 3 nines (Lake, Meadow and Woodland) of varied challenges just a short drive from Melaka.
From the first tee you may worry that the Lakes nine is going to be the golfing equivalent of the film Waterworld, but actually water is only in play on four of the nine holes, and unless you one of those players whose ball seems inexplicably drawn to water you should be okay. Driving straight will definitely help on a course where a slice can be fatal, particularly on the water-heavy closing trio of holes. Your tee shot on the 8th needs to carry around 175 yards to a very narrow landing strip, without going so far as to end up in the trees, and the 9th features a similarly small target from the tee, your shot needing to bisect jungle and water to set up an approach.
The start of the Meadow nine seems like sweet relief after the trails of the 8th and 9th - the fairways are wide and tree-lined, and water is rarely a threat. However, like the Lakes nine it throws in a couple of really tough holes just as it looks like you might score well. The 7th fairway is very narrow and the thick woods to the right mean slicing is fatal. On the 8th, a long par-4, you must cross the water that runs from fairway to green to a dog-legging fairway. There are rewards for bravery, as the more of the water you can cut off the closer you are on your second shot. From there, a towering tree guards the centre of the green while on the right is a wooded ravine and the left is jungle. The approach here will separate the men from the boys.
The Woodland nine lives up to its name thanks to the jungle that lines the narrow fairways and severely punishes the wayward. Accuracy is definitely the name of the game here, and the tricky greens top off what is probably the most challenging and scenic of the nines at Tiara Melaka. Memorably, the 3rd features a split fairway which offers the option of either a long carry of 230 yards, leaving a short second, or a more conservative mid-iron from the tee which leaves a long iron into the sloping green.
The course is kept in excellent condition. Even after torrential rain the fairways were in great shape thanks to a good drainage system, and the greens are lightning quick even when wet. Putting in the dry must be like playing on glass. The rough isn't too tenacious, thereby allowing the chance to recover if you veer slightly off line, and given the course isn't too long it isn't too much of a problem to miss the fairway as long as you don't end up in water. For this reason, some good scores and some satisfying recoveries from awkward positions should be possible, and we reckon you'll very much enjoy a round at Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club, whichever 18 holes you choose.
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Gemas Golf Resort
If you've played all the top rated courses in the area and still want more, you can do much worse than a round at this decent course.
Open since 1996 and set in the Gemas forest reserve that makes it such an invitingly natural environment for golf, Gemas Golf Course is a lesson in how to build an environmentally friendly 18 holer. During construction, every tree was identified and labelled so that they could be retained along the fairways and perimeters upon completion.
It's one of the shorter courses in the area, and the challenges come mainly from the hilly terrain upon which it was constructed, especially on the front nine where the slopes make up for a general lack of water and sand. Not that there aren't exceptions - the par-4 9th features a cleverly placed fairway bunker between two trees that does a remarkable job at ensnaring the average drive.
The back nine has more in the way of traditional hazards, with a 220 yard carry over a lake required on the par-5 16th, and greenside bunkers at the long par-4 14th making an accurate approach crucial. However, the most difficult hole is on the front nine, the par-5 7th that undulates and dog-legs left before sloping sharply uphill to the green. Approach shots played even fractionally short can end up back where they started.
The clubhouse includes decent locker rooms, a golfers' terrace and a restaurant as well as a small hotel, and does the job without being as impressive as some of the bigger and newer clubhouses at neighbouring courses. Added to this is the fact that the fairways are not pristine, suffering from occasional bald patches, and the greens on the slow side. So while it is an enjoyable enough course, Gemas Golf Course is probably more for those who have exhausted all the other options in the region.
Like the sound of this course? Secure a tee time and take advantage of the discounted green fees on offer by adding Gemas Golf Resort to your Malacca golf holiday.
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