Retreat to a private universe at YTL's Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia
- Financial Review
Pangkor Laut Resort was the favoured retreat of the late opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, who officially opened the resort in 1994. Upon staying there for the first time he said: "This place is a paradise … when I woke up I went out and was really moved … to see what beautiful things God had done."
While his reflections on nature hardly match his famous tenor, I see his point: Pangkor Laut may be a mere 120 hectares in size, but it teems with the sort of flora and fauna you'd otherwise see only deep within an equatorial rainforest. Oriental hornbills – with their distinctive toucan-like beaks – dart between the ancient trees, colourful butterflies flutter about at eye level, fruit bats sleep upside down, and a tiny black-tip reef shark darts between the coral off the rock on which I stand....