The Langkawi islands, off Malaysia’s west coast, consist of a main island, Pulau Langkawi. It is the main island that people mean when they say “the Langkawi Islands.”
Langkawi is a holiday island in Malaysia that offers a mix of wildlife, traditional Malay villages, and warm Andaman Sea. There are many amazing hotels there. Among them is the one that was just built: The Andaman Langkawi Spa Resort.
Travellers from nearby Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are flocking to this weekend getaway that offers a range of activities, including swimming, trekking through the jungle, and taking it easy in a hammock.
Although cheap places to crash still exist in the form of backpacker hostels on Cenang Beach, now, much like the Seychelles or Mauritius, it is synonymous with luxurious resorts. The beaches are beautiful and are just a stone’s throw from these resorts.
1. Bon Ton Resort
If you’re looking for a place to stay on the island that is less commercialized, consider staying in one of eight antique traditional-style villas on a former coconut plantation. The owner is Australian with a passion for design, and his villas are located in a quieter location than many of the resorts.
You aren’t on the beach here. There is a pool, and surrounded by the lush, green surroundings of an old plantation, you won’t care. The food isn’t likely to make you care, either: Nam serves some of the best meals on the island.
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Cenang Beach is a famous tourist destination in Langkawi, Malaysia. Fifteen minutes walk from the busy beach, Tubotel is a hostel with dorms and tube-like capsules. Each tube has a king-size bed, a fan, plug sockets, and storage lockers. Some tubes have sea views, but if not, there are plenty of bean bags, hammocks, and daybeds to chill out on.
A night out in town is fun but can be expensive. Fortunately, you can save some cash at this hotel by staying in and enjoying a movie with friends. To watch the movie, the hotel uses a projector and a 20-foot screen to project the film onto.
3. The Andaman Resort
The Andaman is a luxury hotel that is located in the jungle. It has its own private beach like the Datai, which is also in the jungle. The Andaman does a fine job of blending luxury with jungle life.
While lizards and monkeys roam the grounds, there’s a magnificent spa and pool. The 8,000 year-old coral reef is nearby. There are guided reef walks and even wading in the water. Five-star service is included.
4. Meritus Pelangi Beach
If you want to be near the bustle of Cenang beach but stay in a refined environment, Meritus is a good option. It has its own private beach that connects with the busy Cenang, and a huge 14 hectares of manicured grounds. It will suit those who want to walk a little (although golf buggies are available).
The kids’ pool is kind of like a mini waterpark with slides and sprinklers. There’s also a mini golf course, watersports equipment, and a children’s club.
5. The Danna
The Danna is a great hotel if you’re travelling with children. Not only does it have an enormous infinity pool and a games room, but it’s close to some of the island’s best attractions. You can zip-wire through the jungle, ride the Langkawi cable car, or even take a boat tour.
There are plenty of options for you to destress as soon as you arrive. The spa offers a quick shoulder massage when you check-in. It’s a great way to start the trip and ensures that people will be feeling their best.
6. The Datai
Nestled in the northwest of Phuket’s spectacular tropical island is Datai Bay. It is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, with a crescent-shaped, one-mile beach framed by tropical rainforest teeming with lizards and monkeys. There are only two hotels here: the Datai Bay and the Andaman. Both bookend an intimate, private beach.
The main feature of the resort is its beach, which has views of neighboring countries. This may be the thing that speaks to you the most about this place. The resort also has a spa and a pool for you to enjoy. Some rooms even have their own private pools. There are four different restaurants as well, ranging from Thai to Indonesian cuisine.
Frangipani sits on a 400-meter long beach, adjacent to the most popular restaurants and nightlife of Pantai Cenang. You can pop in for a drink and some souvenir shopping or hide away here, enjoying the three pools, two Jacuzzis, sauna, gym, spa and watersports on offer.
There are 115 rooms. The first floor has two-storey blocks, and the second floor has individual villas. The latter have outdoor showers.
8. St. Regis Langkawi
The St Regis has a five-star view. It’s on a private bay with the Andaman Sea. All of the sea comes framed by tended gardens and a large infinity pool that is also well-maintained. The resort also has a gym and a renowned spa, but you may never want to leave your room because of the butler service.
The Ritz-Carlton offers a well-judged mix of luxury service and tropical ambience. While you’re tucked away in your room, you’ll have complete privacy and seclusion due to the lush jungle that surrounds you. However, if you’re looking for a little more action, just sit by the pool long enough, and a waiter will appear to serve you drinks.
The spa is located in a beautiful, Instagram-worthy building. It is one of the most popular places in the region.
10. Tanjung Rhu
Looking for a vacation where you get to be alone? This five-star resort has its own private beach on an island.
At the bottom of the luxury hotel scale sits Tanjung Rhu, but it is still very much a five-star hotel. It has all of the usual facilities: spa, restaurants, and pools. The beach is so nice that it is regularly featured in advertisements. If you are celebrating something special, book one of their private dinner parties on the sand.