A Very Special Private Island Place: Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia

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The Pangkor Laut Resort, a privately owned island three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia along the Straits of Malacca, boasts unsurpassed luxury — and a fan, in the late opera star Luciano Pavarotti, after whom its top-of-the-line suite is named. It promises a combination of “luxury, natural beauty, and age-old wilderness” where “peace and magically memorable moments are the currency.” And, as befits a privately owned island, its status is truly unique: the island is only 300 acres, of which a bare fraction is devoted to the resort and its eight Estates, and there are no other resorts on site. What awaits you here? Pristine beaches — among them Emerald Bay, which has been called the most beautiful beach in the world by travel experts. Fishing and snorkeling? Of course — as well as kayaking, wakeboarding, and waterskiing. You can even have a romantic sunset cruise aboard the resort’s teakwood Oriental junk.

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When it’s time to refresh and rest, your accommodation choices are wide: villas on stilts in the ocean…on the beach…or tucked into a hillside, with open-air bedrooms and bathrooms. Seven restaurants and bars offer cuisine of both East and West, prepared and customized to your preferences and needs. Whether you love sunbathing from your private terrace…indulging in the Spa Village’s offerings…losing yourself in a book from the library…soaking in a bubble bath under the stars…or shopping for souvenirs at the resort’s Kazbah gift shop, you’ll find your own special brand of relaxation at a place the staff call a “piece of paradise 2 million years in the making…nestling in the shade of forest giants as old as the land.”

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