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Pangkor Laut Day One: Emerald Bay

This is an old journal, from our trip around the world in 2002, taken from the diary I wrote at the time. Apologies for the poor quality photographs, they are scans of prints taken with a compact camera and images from the scrap book I made afterwards.

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View Around the World for our Silver Wedding 2002 on Grete Howard's travel map.

We must be getting better at this relaxation lark – we sleep for ten hours and don’t actually wake up until 08.30. After a rather pleasant sunrise, the weather becomes boringly overcast. There is lots of choice for breakfast: cooked ‘English Breakfast’, various fruits and yoghurts, 10 different pastries and 8 varieties of jam. As usual David opts for the full fried breakfast (with the rather inferior beef bacon) while I select French toast with syrup. In the trees and on the balconies of the overlooking rooms, there are monkeys frolicking. The breakfast restaurant overlooks the other pool and the hillside chalets.

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Voted as one of the ten best beaches in the world, Emerald Bay is a short bus journey away from the main part of the hotel, and when we arrive there is only one Japanese family there already.

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Sun beds are set out on the beach with towels; and waiters bring chilled, wet towels and bottles of cold water around at regular intervals to help you keep cool.

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We take advantage of the fact that the bar service extends to the sun beds on the beach, and order some of their delicious smoothies and fruit punches.

Lunch at the small beach café could better be described as light nibbles rather than a midday meal. The peppered beef, spring rolls and samosas we ordered, actually all fitted on a small side plate.

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The Norwegian ‘who dunnit’ book I borrowed is very gripping and before I know it, we have spent in excess of 2½ hours on the beach. The weather is mostly overcast, but we stay under the tree in the shade just in case the sun decides to make an appearance.

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The waves are uncomfortably large, making swimming in the sea too perilous for enjoyment. Before returning to the hotel side of the island, we visit the very high-class beach showers: black marble with containers of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion, tissues and an unlimited supply of towels.

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Still hungry after the very inadequate meal at Emerald Bay, we have a ‘proper’ lunch at Royal Bay Beach Club, consisting of a very good pizza.

Back in the room we feed the colourful fish from the balcony and write post cards.

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During yet more rain we take an afternoon siesta and later a sumptuous bath together, with the windows wide open to the elements outside. Pure luxury! Following on with the theme of a luxury vacation, we order Diet Cokes on room service and enjoy some duty free in the bungalow.

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On the way to the Samudra Restaurant for dinner, we check out the e-mails and find we have received several since last time (mum and dad, Sharon, Angela, Helen and work). We reply to most of them. I go for the set Malaysian dinner comprising of chicken satay, fish in coconut, prawn sambal, chicken in coconut, beef rendang, green beans in sauce and steamed rice followed by green tea crème bruleé, while David has his normal steak. With the rendang being my favourite, I consider the meal to be much better than last night, but it is also considerably more expensive at £52. I’m not sure it is worth the price, however, but of course this is a very upmarket (and pricey) hotel!

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At the Royal Bay Beach Club there are musicians playing popular tunes at an acceptable volume, and we stop and listen for a while. They are good.

Posted by Grete Howard 05:44 Archived in Malaysia

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