EMERALD Bay, situated on Pangkor Laut island, has won a top spot in the Daily Telegraph's search for the perfect beach.
In a statement, Pangkor Laut Resort said that Emerald Bay was the only Asian beach named in the newspaper's Best Beaches guide.
It beat other popular nominees in the Aesthetes category such as Ko Phi Phi (Thailand), Kiwayu Beach (Kenya), and Baros Island (Maldives).
The Daily Telegraph said the destinations were chosen based on their fulfilling essential elements for a beach holiday in the categories of aesthetes, surfers, families, poseurs and escapists.
The statement said a panel of 10 experts in the travel industry named the picturesque beach runner-up in the Aesthetes category.
Leading figures on the panel were Graham Boynton, travel editor of the Daily Telegraph, Victoria Mather, travel editor of Tatler, Ruth England, presenter of Wish you were here..?, Don George, travel editor of Lonely Planet, and Kathy Thorogood, channel director of Discovery Travel and Adventure.
Pangkor Laut Resort is the first Malaysian resort/hotel to be awarded the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award (2003 & 2002) by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. Renowned health and wellness magazine in Europe, Senses, also named the resort the Best Resort Spa in the international category.