Our Hot Resorts: Lovely Langkawi
Our World | On 05, Apr 2011
To be perfectly honest, Langkawi hadn’t really crossed my radar until a well travelled client suggested it as a possible destination for his 2012 high end incentive.
On paper the island sounded idyllic. A luxurious resort located in an archipelago of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast. It was described as an island surrounded by stunning turquoise waters and pure white sand, cradled by lush foliage located against a backdrop of dramatic cliffs.
Langkawi is one of the very few places in the world that I have visited which is exactly what it says on the tin! It really is one of the most beautiful beach resorts I’ve ever had the pleasure visiting. It’s natural white sand beaches, lush jungle foliage and craggy mountain peaks must qualify it for “Malaysia’s best-kept secret”.
I had the pleasure of indulging myself at the Four Seasons Hotel. Never one to disappoint, this property really is the ultimate in indulgence. The entrance grade rooms are just amazing. Each room has either an outdoor jungle shower or a bath large enough to hold a small house warming party. With views of either the beach or the gardens, all guest rooms are carefully positioned to allow for the maximum privacy.
I stayed in a beach villa, but this was no ordinary beach villa. I could step off my private sundeck (with plunge pool) onto a beach with sand so white, sunglasses were obligatory. The windows of my villa slid fully open to expose my bedroom to the beach. As well as having a spacious living area, study, pool size bath, inside and outside shower, I had my very own massage room for my own in-room treatments.
You could quite easily not want to leave the resort but it’s really worth getting out and about for a couple of hours to explore the mangroves. With a private boat and guide, we cruised the mangroves enjoying the greenery and scenes lifted directly from Hollywood film set. We broke our cruise to visit a bat cave. In itself nothing different from other bat caves, but OMG I have never seen so many low hanging bats, fast asleep! The guide warned us to not to awe with our mouths open, as bats release their bowels while they’re asleep – nice. The sight of thousands of newly awaken bats leaving the caves at sunset must be amazing, We were also lucky enough to witness eagles swooping down on the mangroves to collect food from waters close to the boats. The guides are quick to assure tourists that the eagles are only fed by one boat and the periodic intervention does not disrupt the eco system.
The only other good and very valid reason to leave the resort would be to take advantage of the island’s tax free shopping status. These areas are relatively touristy but I guess it’s a bit of a trade off, as they need to make an income and we’re there to provide it.
So how to do you get to this Paradise Island? It’s a 12 hour 30 minute flight to Kuala Lumpur and then a 60 minute onward flight to Langkawi. Malaysian Airlines conveniently connect in both directions, but my particular client has decided to spend the first night in Kuala Lumpur. We found an amazing restaurant very close to the Shangri-La Hotel where the group could walk to dinner, enjoy an amazing meal and then experience the unusual nightlife of Kuala Lumpur. It’s only a 18 hour stop, but it’s enough time to eat, shop and enjoy some Malay hospitality at the wonderful Shangri-La Hotel.
Don’t tell too many people about Langkawi, as I plan to make many more visits and each time comment on how untouched it is and thank goodness that the mass market haven’t discovered it yet!
Sarah Stanyer, Events Team