Pangkor Laut Resort, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 60 5 699 1100
Concierge.com's insider take:
For unadulterated indulgence, few places top the private island of Pangkor Laut Resort, three miles off the west coast of Malaysia in the Straits of Malacca. The 142 spacious accommodations are in suites or villas (our favorites include the Suria and Purnama suites, which stand on stilts over the sea and have huge balconies.) The interiors were updated in a 2006 renovation that added hardwood flooring and warm color schemes in cream and brown or rich orange, red, and cream. The recently opened (November 2007) Feast Village serves up Japanese sushi and teppan-yaki, dishes from the western Grill, as well as Middle Eastern, Chinese, Malay and Indian fare in different pavilions. The Straits restaurant, overlooking the ocean, has dishes drawn from Malaysian and Thai influences. The hotel's Spa Village consists of eight treatment pavilions, including "healing huts" that offer Chinese herbal and Ayurvedic procedures, three "nap gazebos," and a "wrap house" offering botanical and seaweed wraps. Only a fraction of this 300-acre island has been developed to house the resort—the rest remains lush, two-million-year-old rain forest.