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Pangkor Laut Resort

Pangkor, Malaysia

Tropical chic imbues this island resort. Most of its 142 rooms, villas, and suites rise on stilts from emerald waters, their interiors simply yet elegantly appointed. The Spa Village comprises airy pavilions designed for two with oversize sunken tubs and decks. Treatments there begin with bathing rituals once reserved for royal courtesans: petal-strewn milk baths, Javanese yogurt massages, or wangi body steaming. Guests may consult with Indian, Malay, and Chinese health specialists; swim in the pool; and walk the reflexology path that wends through the four-acre site. Cruises to a secluded beach, where a picnic lunch is served, are among favored diversions.