Looking for a top place to stay on Pangkor Island, close to beaches, the ferry and everything else you need?
So was I! So I stayed at the AVI Pangkor Beach Resort and I’m glad I did.
This hotel is located opposite one of the island’s nice (and popular) beaches at Pasir Bogak less than ten minutes drive from the jetty at Pangkor Town. It’s close to shops and restaurants.
It also has a nice pool area, isn’t very old and has a good selection of rooms.
Want to know more? Keep reading for my full AVI Pangkor Beach Resort review.
AVI Pangkor Beach Resort Review
The AVI Pangkor Beach Resort has cruise ship theming although to be honest, this wasn’t obvious to me beyond the rooms being referred to as cabins.
The hotel is only a few years old and is bright and cheerful.
Check-in was quick and easy and I found service at the hotel to be adequate.
AVI Pangkor Beach Resort Pulau Pangkor Location
It’s easy to find the AVI Pangkor Beach Resort. It’s located near where the inland road from Pangkor Jetty hits the coastal road. The pretty beach, Pasir Bogak, is across the road and easy to access. I think this is the nicer part of the beach too and it had a more local feel.
It’s about a five-minute walk from the centre of this little town with more eating options, but there are also eating options across the road from the hotel and a handy general shop as well as water sport outlets.
It’s a great spot for both enjoying where you are and exploring the rest of the island.
Pangkor AVI Rooms
There are 66 rooms with king and twin bed options making this hotel best for couples or friends travelling together.
All rooms have air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms with shower and toilet, private balcony and some type of table and chairs. They also come with toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities and a minibar. For a little more money, you can have a sea view.
Deluxe rooms are bigger.
Since I was staying here by myself, I booked a superior room. I ended up with a sea view so I guess I was upgraded. Yay!
On entry to the room, there is the bathroom to the left which has a shower, basin and toilet. Straight ahead is the main part of the room.
The room has a desk area with tea and coffee making facilities, a small fridge, glasses and two bottle of water. This is also where a good range of toiletries was located. Next to the desk is a cupboard with hanging space, ironing equipment and a small safe.
The king bed had the usual width of a king bed but was strangely shorter. It was ok for me at 1.64 metres (just), but my tall husband would not have been a fan had he been with me. It actually seemed like it may have been a queen sized bed placed sideways?!
There was also a table and two chairs, a luggage stand, bedside tables complete with an international power point with USB ports and a flat screen TV. There was also an air conditioning unit.
There’s a small balcony and great light into the room as well as great curtains.
The room was mid-range international standard and well equipped with a cheerful vibe. Everything was in good condition and clean except that my bed cover had some stains on it. Thankfully, this was just a problem on the outside, but it’s still a shame.
The big downside of the room is that it was quite loud. While I couldn’t hear anything from the rooms next to me, the traffic noise came straight in and I could hear any noise in the hallway.
The room was serviced daily.
My favourite facility at the AVI Pangkor Beach Resort is definitely the pool. It’s a reasonable size and had a kid pool as well.
It’s in a nice grassed area at the back. While I initially thought that it was a shame it wasn’t at the front facing the beach, I quickly changed my mind about this when I got in the pool. It’s much nicer and calming without the traffic noise and you’re looking over jungle-covered hills which helped me feel more part of nature than being in the busier front part of the hotel would have.
Plus, it’s easy to cross the road and swim at the beach for beach views (which I did regularly, so nice!).
There is also free parking, elevator access to rooms and wifi internet. Meeting rooms are available.
You can dine on-site at The Mariners Restaurant. There’s a decent range of local and international food. It has great opening hours so you’ll pretty much always be able to get a bite to eat.
A buffet breakfast was included in the room rate when I visited. The buffet was Asian style, but there’s also cereal, bread and an egg station. There was a great range for such a small space and I very much enjoyed my nasi lemak and juice as well as some fresh fruit.
The downside was I visited on a long weekend and I had to wait to get a table at breakfast. At busy times, they should utilise the tables and chairs outside so more people can eat.
Pangkor Island isn’t somewhere with 5 star resorts, so AVI Pangkor Island Resort is a great choice for people who want one of the nicest options on the island. I’d rate it as solid 3 star, but also take into account that it’s quite new which makes it nicer in some ways.
I loved the location – it’s so easy to explore from here, there are plenty of eating options nearby and the beach here is great.
I’d happily stay here again!
Looking for other accommodation options in Pangkor? Read our full guide to the best hotels in Pangkor here. You can also find our full Pangkor Island guide here.