The hotel is situated about 3kms from the ferry terminal and town - an easy stroll if you're up for it.
We had rooms above the main office, up some stairs. Basic ammenities in the room but very clean! The only gripe I have about our rooms is that the wifi signal was absolutely crap. My son got better reception on his phone down at the restaurant and would sit downstairs in the office area if he wanted to FB or anything.
There are sugar ants in the rooms and I now have them still crawling out of my laptop but it has survived a Far North Queensland infestation of sugar ants so not overly preturbed but don't leave food or used cups lying about or you will have a number of friends.
Our beds were softer than the previous two places we've stayed at in Asia this holiday and I got the best nights sleep I've had this holiday. Not sure about TV reception etc but my son was watching TV in his room with no complaints.
The staff are friendy, willing to help and one of the chefs at the restaurant, an Indian lady, was just gorgeous. Couldn't do enough for us and her meals were far nicer than the ones we got the following night (which were the same meals - we just swapped what we were having between us) but all food was quite edible. Breakfast was included, a typical Malaysian breakfast spread - no complaints.
The 'resort' is what I would describe as quaint.
It might be that I arrived on pangkor Island very frustrated following a LONG night and day travelling from Singapore and getting the run around at bus stations but I was less than impressed with an island I had read many descibe as 'perfect', 'beautiful' etc etc. The beach where we stayed was average at best. It was small, crowded and certainly not the 'crystal clear' water I had heard about.
The town itself was trying its best to cater to tourist with numerous touristy shops nestled in amongst traditional ones. I think you'd be taking your life into your own hands if you hired a car as they looked on the whole like clapped out rust buckets held together with various bits and pieces and sometimes just a wing and a prayer!
We had lunch just down the road from the 'resort' at a little 'restaurant'and that was fantastic. Freshly squeezed juice, traditional meals and hot chips (fries) for dessert (they were on the dessert menu!).
The only other issue I had was with my laundry - now its dirt cheap to get done MYR $10 (thats washed, dried, possibly ironed, folded) per basket. My son and I gave reception a basket each at 9am. At 4pm I was told it would be ready at 7pm. At 7:30 my son was given his back and told mine wouldn't be ready until the following morning. We were leaving on the first ferry the following morning and I had already worn my last items of clean clothing for the two days we'd been on the island. I really didn't fancy waiting for clean clothes, packing and all while trying to get to the first ferry back to the mainland. But, for $10 I shouldn't complain.
My gut feeling on this one is, spend your dollars going somewhere else if you want a tropical beach holiday. If its just a break from cities then its fine for a few days. And this is not a reflection on this hotel as it was very good. Just an observation about the island in general and how it is marketed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our new 3-star beachfront resort lies in Pasir Bogak, just minutes away from the jetty. Here, you'll discover an enchantment: a resort that is nestled amidst a golden beach, sparkling waters and captivating serenity that is simply beckoning. Pangkor Sandy Beach Resort at Pasir Bogak promises a deeply relaxing holiday under the lure of the irresistible sun, sea and sand. It is true gem and this is the place you want to be. ... more less
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