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I was itching for a beach holiday recently and decided to book a Pangkor Laut holiday with YTL Travel during the Deepavali break. We booked the Residents Package which included accommodation, food and the ferry ride to and from the island. We arrived in Lumut after a three and a half hour drive, we parked at a multi-level car park there and proceeded to the Pangkor Laut office where the staff registered and checked us in.

By the time we arrived at the resort, they knew our names and a guest relations officer explained how the package worked. Breakfast was at the Feast Village, for lunch we had a choice of two restaurants, and for dinner we had to make reservations at any of the two restaurants available to us. As we had my five year old with us, we couldn't dine at Fisherman's Cove which is a fine dining restaurant that only allows adults and teens over sixteen. We'd have to dress up too. But it was fine as the other restaurants served very good food and catered for children as well. As we could choose one appetiser, one main and one dessert each, we were quite stuffed after every meal. However, I would suggest bringing snacks if you happen to get peckish between lunch and dinner. I brought some muffins, nuts, chips and chocolate milk for my son, just in case. Bottled water is readily available for free.

As our villa wasn't ready yet, we went straight for lunch after we arrived. Around 3pm, we went to the lobby and one of the staff brought us to our Garden Villa. The bathroom/dressing area took up half the Villa, and we had a king sized bed, plus a day bed which could easily fit a child of up to twelve years old. In fact, I had to sleep on the day bed because my son refused to sleep by himself. So he and daddy slept on the bed (my husband is just too big for the daybed).

Emerald Bay
Since it was sunny, we headed straight for the beach. You had to take a shuttle since the nice beach was on the other side of the Island. We discovered that Emerald Bay had a net running across it to prevent nasties like jelly fish from entering the bay. So it's clean, clear and oh so beautiful. We spent a couple of hours, then went back to the room to rest and get ready for dinner.

The next day, after a gorgeous buffet breakfast, we spent the morning at the beach. When you get to the beach and choose your deck chairs, they have staff come with towels and a bucketful of ice and bottled water. I must say, I felt extremely pampered. They have toilets and showers and loads of clean towels there so don't need to rush back to your room. We had lunch at the restaurant near there then went back for a nap. Seriously, this is what a holiday is all about. I purposely chose an all-inclusive package so I wouldn't have to worry about going out to get food.
The Malay Bath at Spa Village

We spent the rest of the holiday just hanging out at the beach, eating and sleeping. Since the Spa Village had a good offer, I tried the Malay massage plus a body scrub. All I can say that it was heavenly. The signature bath experience at the beginning really relaxed and prepared me for the massage. The massage 'room' was a whole villa with two treatment beds plus a dressing and an outdoor shower area. I felt like putty after the massage and the scrub left my skin all nice and smooth. Suffice to say, I left the Spa Village with a smile on my face :D

All good things must come to an end, so we left in the afternoon on the fourth day. They screwed up our ferry reservation a little but luckily there were some places left on the next ferry. That was the only complaint that I would have.

When we arrived back in Lumut, we bought snacks, ikan bilis (dried anchovies) and ikan kering (dried fish) for friends and family, piled everything in the car (parking cost us RM26) and started for home.

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