The ultimate Bond girl lair: Inside the luxurious Malaysian paradise resort frequented by actress Michelle Yeoh
- Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island off the west coast of Malaysia
- Michelle Yeoh and Joan Collins (who honeymooned there) are big fans
- Resort can only be reached by speedboat – or helicopter if you're lucky
In the latest in our series on the world’s top resorts and the stars who frequent them, we check out the luxurious villas on Pangkor Laut – a privately owned island off the west coast of Malaysia…
Star quality: Joan Collins, Michelle Yeoh.
Vital statistics: There are 140 rooms spread across this island – from waterside suites reached along wooden walkways, to hillside rooms where monkeys are known to slip into the rooms.
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Each of the 140 rooms has serious colonial appeal – think whirring fans, outdoor showers and private butlers
The Spa villas are adults-only and close to an infinity swimming pool as well as a beach. Want even more privacy? There’s a special enclave – seven houses hidden away on their own private beach.
With serious colonial appeal – think whirring fans and outdoor showers, and each with their own butler and cook – this is where Michelle Yeoh of the 007 film Tomorrow Never Dies, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Tiger, spends most Christmases, and Joan Collins spent her honeymoon here with husband Percy Gibbons.
Off the coast of Malaysia, Luciano Pavarotti is said to have cried with happiness when he saw Pangkor Laut
Actress Michelle Yeoh spends her Christmases there
There are also seven restaurants on the island. In particular, don’t miss Uncle Lim’s, run by an 80-year-old who produces delicious Chinese fusion food in a restaurant tucked into a cove, close to the spa where three-hour sessions are the norm.
Location report: Just off the west coast of Malaysia, the late tenor Luciano Pavarotti cried with happiness when he saw Pangkor Laut – especially its mix of jungle and golden sands.
Emerald Bay is the jewel – a crescent of golden beach surrounded by palm trees. Wildlife fans are in heaven – you’ll spot hornbills, monitor lizards, and kingfishers.
Key attraction: A private island with enough of a jungle for British Army officer Freddy Spencer Chapman to hide out during the Second World War, waiting for a Royal Navy submarine to make contact.
These days on Pangkor Laut’s nature walks, staff emerge halfway through with chilled towels and bottles of water, and there’s a bar named after Chapman on the beach. It’s a very popular destination for private dinners.
In the news: Owned by YTL hotels, which has just opened the Gainsborough Bath Spa in Bath, which has access to the city’s famous thermal waters.
Good enough for the rest of us? Reached by speedboat – or if you’re a celebrity – by helicopter, the only way you’re going to get to visit the island is as a guest.
Getting there: British Airways Holidays (ba.com/kualalumpur) offers seven nights at the resort from £1,099pp, including return flights, speedboat transfers and accommodation on a B&B basis.
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