At first glance yes.
So my thoughts. The jungle location is exquisite and only a few minutes drive from the Jetty.
The family house and guest accommodation are lovely and very comfortable. Remember this is not a 6 star hotel, but really a home in which you are a guest, but invited to treat it as your own. Mohan, Bavani, Paarthi and Seela and the rest of the team are genuinely pleased to see and welcome you and offer as much local advice as you want and try to accommodate every request that you might have.
We arrived on 16 June 2012 and unfortunately could only stay for the Saturday night as we needed to drive back to Kuala Lumpur on Sunday 17 June 2012. As it turned out myself, my wife and our two adult daughters were the only guests this weekend so we had the place to ourselves and everything was devoted to ensuring our happiness and comfort.
When I booked I asked if we could have a seafood dinner on the Saturday night. What a feast was produced! Steamed fish, fried squid, chilli crab, griiled prawns and mixed veggies, washed down with the champagne which we brought with us fooled by a heavenly dessert and selection of teas and coffees.
Our daughters spent a lot of time around the pool area. We all enjoyed watching the swifts flying and then dipping to take water from the pool, the squirrels in the trees, the sounds of the jungle, the sounds of the fishing boats going out to sea, the two friendly dogs Coco and Pepper who our daughters loved, the wild boars we saw roaming in the jungle near us, but kept away by Coco and Pepper. By the way, Coco and Pepper whilst very friendly will leave you alone if you wish and they have been trained not to go to the pool area.
If you need to use a walking stick or chair, then Tiger Rock is not for you. There are quite a few steps and some short but steep slopes. Very young kids will need to be carried. There are mosquitoes in the open air (take mossie spray), but not in your bedrooms which are airconditioned and also naturally ventilated with good mosquito netting over all openings
We stayed in the Yellow and Purple Rooms which together form one building, just a few steps above the Hill House Pavillion which is an open air living and kitchen area. A few steps below the Hill House Pavillion are the Shell and Leaf rooms again in another building, so if you had two, three or four couples who wanted easy access to each other, that's a great location. They call this location collectively the Hill House, although it is actually 2 buildings plus a very large and comfortable pavillion. There was no wifi or TV here. I managed to get 3G data reception on my ipad on Maxis.
We ate in the Library Pavillion, which is next to the Pool. We also relaxed there and used the wifi which was strong and constant. My wife and I both intended to do some work whilst at Tiger Rock, but we were so busy relaxing, we did not have time to do any work, although we made a few VOIP calls to Hong Kong to deal with a freezer emergency at home which happended on Saturday night!
We drove in my car from Kuala Lumpur to Lumut Jetty which took 3.5 hours without stopping. Parked the car in a Multi story carpark about 2-3 minutes walk from the Jetty and took the passenger ferry across to Pangkor. There is a timetable published, but it seems to be flexible on the weekend and the ferries go when the are full, or near full, or the time published which ever happens first (or was it last?). The ferry ride takes about half an hour and the Tiger Rock team pick you up at the other end. We drove back to KLIA as my family were flying back to Hong Kong and that took about 4.5 hours. I would have flown to Pangkor (rather than lose time driving on our weekend break) but could not get a flight on Saturday morning from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, the old Subang Airport, which is much closer to Kuala Lumpur than KLIA. If you want to fly to Pangkor, check out the Berjaya Air website. I think that they are the only airline to fly to Pangkor. They use turbo props.
Tiger Rock is really too far away from Kuala Lumpur to drive for a one night stay and I have to say that a one night stay does not allow you to fully enjoy the facilities or Pangkor. Will we return? An unqualified yes! Next time I would like to stay for atleast 3-4 nights to enjoy Tiger Rock and to explore Pangkor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tiger Rock is about sustainable tourism which includes participation of the local Pangkor Island community, preserving the natural environment and cultural way of life as well as ensuring mutual respect and benefits to all parties involved. This commitment is reflected in every aspect of Tiger Rock, from the way it is designed and built, to how it is managed by local islanders. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tiger Rock Hotel Pangkor
- Tiger Rock Pangkor, Pulau Pangkor