“A relaxed and welcoming Pangkor Island jungle hideaway, serving up exceptional home-cooked cuisine near picture-perfect beaches”
There are 8 bedrooms divided between 4 houses; groups can book multiple rooms in order to request exclusive use of a particular building.
The Main House, originally David and Rebecca’s house, is a 2-storey wooden building set on a grassy slope. Accessed via stone steps winding up from the pool, there’s a twin room with a gorgeous mural and a master double bedroom. This room opens out onto a small covered terrace facing the dense undergrowth. Downstairs, the kitchen and living space are filled with cookbooks, decorative crockery and wooden ornaments.
The impossibly romantic Studio was our favourite hideout. A self-contained double room, it has a large bed in the centre of the room and all around are vivid jungle scenes swathed on large canvases. The beautiful wooden French doors fold back, engulfing the room with light, to reveal a stunning jungle panorama.
We stayed in the Pool House, another self-contained option (slightly smaller, but just as romantic). Despite being the closest to the dining area, it felt very private. At the front, a small veranda provided beautiful view onto the jungle and pool.
Hill House consists of two separate houses, each with 2 double bedrooms (all ensuite with terraces). In between the buildings, there’s a communal outdoor pavilion, a swimming pool, and an outdoor dining area with a view to the sea. Hill House is located away from the other houses, up a steep slope and across a bridge, so it feels very secluded.
Bavanni reigns Queen of the Kitchen, and with good reason. Her food is fantastic. Meals are served in the Pool House; beautifully lit by lanterns in the evenings. The lack of a menu means there's no agonising over what to have; plate after plate of utterly delicious food comes to the table, while you simply help yourselves and enjoy the conversation.
At lunch and dinner, expect a huge selection of mainly Malay dishes, inspired by Indian and Chinese food. Seafood and fish feature often, sometimes an Indian-style whole mackerel in a dry, aromatic paste or prawns nestling in an omelette. Vegetables come either stir-fried or lightly battered in tempura with a chilli sauce. Asian staples such as rice and vermicelli noodles are a constant, all perfectly seasoned. Lunchtime puddings usually consist of fresh fruit, but in the evening they tend to be more stylish. Perhaps sautéed mango with coconut and Tia Maria ice cream: a luscious mixture indeed.
Informal breakfast tables are laden with muesli, cornflakes and yoghurt plus bowls of papaya, oranges and bananas (7.30-8.30am). Baskets brim with breads and croissants. strong cafetiere and cooked eggs are prepared to order - we recommend the buttery scrambled eggs. Earl Grey, Darjeeling and scented rose petal tea are also available
If you'd prefer to have meals served in your house, just ask. The in-house kitchens aren't for self-catering, but parents will find them useful for preparing bottles etc.
Tiger Rock has an ethos that makes many parents very happy: "Our main aim, is to keep kids well catered for so their parents can relax." You can't argue with a hotel that is parent-friendly as well as child-friendly, can you? The small team will discuss activities with you on arrival and offer free beach transfers, too. It's a good place for all ages - as long as your children are outdoorsy and intrepid travellers (the airport is 4 hours away).
Most rooms sleep parents plus a baby. The Main House is good for a large family (up to 4-5 kids). In the Hill House, the purple and yellow rooms can interconnect.
An English-speaking babysitter is available.
You can borrow their plug-in monitor (although it doesn't work throughout the whole of the property).
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Although they don't have a specific kids menu, food is available all day and an early dinner can be served if needed. The chef is happy to accommodate specific meal requirements. You can also use their blender.
There are steep slopes and steps here as well as a potentially dangerous jungle. You will get a safety talk on arrival which among other things cautions against running around barefoot. Sunburn and insects are two of the biggest hazards overall.