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9 Stunning beachfront resorts in Langkawi for every type of traveller and preference

9 Stunning beachfront resorts in Langkawi for every type of traveller and preference

For your next luxury getaway

Text: Natalie Khoo

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Image: The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi
Image: Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
Image: The Datai Langkawi
Image: Dash Resort Langkawi
Image: The St Regis Langkawi

Which Langkawi resort is the best option for you and your loved ones? We've rounded up our top picks for different needs and preferences

With the Langkawi travel bubble plan now in motion, Malaysians finally have a way to scratch their travel itch after four long months in lockdown. As one of the largest and most popular islands in the country, Langkawi offers plenty to see and do on both land and sea—from kayaking to exploring the tropical rainforest to simply enjoying a cold beer by the beach.

To top it off, there’s an array of luxury resorts for visitors to splurge on in the name of “revenge travel”. But which accommodation is best suited to your needs? We’ve rounded up the most prestigious resorts for every kind of traveller so you can pick the best option for you (and your loved ones).

For the ultimate luxury: Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

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Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is the definition of a luxury retreat for those with a taste for the finer things in life. Set within the UNESCO Geopark, it is one of the newer 5-star resorts on the island, which translates to a host of modern facilities and amenities on top of the scenic backdrops of the tropical rainforest, limestone cliffs, and calm emerald waters of the Andaman Sea.

Here’s what your day might look like: Rise up early for a morning swim in your plunge pool before enjoying breakfast on the deck, then head out to discover the mangrove forests, winding rivers, and private beach, or find relaxation at The Geo Spa. Don’t forget to fill up with authentic Malay cuisine at Ikan-Ikan and chase the sunset with a cocktail in hand at Rhu Bar. Return to the comfort of your pavilion or villa for a good night’s rest and start the next day afresh with more activities waiting to be explored!

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For unparalleled pool views: The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi

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If you’re one to spend hours in the pool or lounging by the poolside, The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi is the resort for you. The expansive resort is famous for its adult-only infinity pool with oceanfront views that stretch out into the horizon—aside from the family-friendly beachfront pool that also offers uninterrupted vistas of the Andaman Sea. For a more private pool time, guests can opt to stay in one of the villa accommodations that come with a private pool and sundeck.

In between splashes, there’s plenty to do around the resort—indulge in the range of local and international culinary offerings, pamper yourself to a massage or hammam at the overwater spa pavilion, or go for a rainforest tour, to name a few.

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For refined palates: The St Regis Langkawi

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Make no mistake, The St Regis Langkawi is synonymous with luxury in every aspect of the resort experience. The suites and villas are resplendent with views of the Andaman Sea, while the Iridium Spa, athletic club, and outdoor infinity pool offer both fun and rejuvenation. True to The St Regis name, the resort also offers a signature butler service to see to your every whim as a testament to its unrivalled hospitality.

With that said, the hotel's culinary team—helmed by Executive Chef Mandy Goh—pays special attention to the dining experience, with a wide array of restaurants and bars to satisfy every palate. Expect pass-around specialties for breakfast at the European-inspired L’Orangerie; an Asian culinary indulgence accompanying a serene dining atmosphere resembling a private beach retreat at KayuPuti; a rustic beachfront grill at Pantai Grill; and two distinctive bars for your nightcap.

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For a family vacation: The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa

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The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa is a haven for families to experience a getaway filled with adventure, relaxation, and fun. The resort has even won a HAPA award for the Best Family & Recreational Resort in 2017 to show for it. There’s a variety of rooms, suites, and villas to accommodate small and large families, as well as a range of dining options to satisfy any appetite.

Adults can also grab the opportunity to indulge in a spa treatment while the kids are having a ball in the kid’s club, or enjoy family time together at the hotel’s beautiful swimming pools. For the best family experience, opt for the Westin Family Package, which encompasses full-service accommodation and daily breakfast for two adults and two children, along with complimentary access to Kids Club and children welcome amenities.

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For the party-ready: Dash Resort Langkawi

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If you’re planning an island getaway with close friends, check out Dash Resort Langkawi. Nestled on the shores of Pantai Tengah Beach, this beachfront boutique resort is highlighted by a lavish beach club and infinity pool that sets a lively atmosphere for groups of friends to party away.

There are 108 rooms designed with comfort and modern amenities in mind, complemented by spa and gym facilities to squeeze in a workout or pamper session together. Its strategic location is also great for those looking to explore Langkawi’s attractions, including island hopping tours, Cenang Beach, and Sunset Yacht Cruises, which are within a 10-minute drive from the resort.

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For a contemporary resort hotel stay: Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah

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As a resort hotel, Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah combines the facilities and amenities of a hotel with the full-board attractions of a resort to provide the best of both worlds. Vibrant, modern, and dynamic, the resort offers elevated views of the rainforest or beachfront from the balcony of its contemporary lofts and suites.

Thanks to its central location, guests can easily access nearby attractions by foot or by car. Should you decide to chill around the hotel, however, there are also enough dining and recreational facilities (such as the splash pool, a fully-equipped fitness centre, and kids club for little ones) to keep occupied and satisfied.

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For an overwater experience: Berjaya Langkawi Resort

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Berjaya Langkawi Resort is one of the few destinations in Langkawi that offer overwater chalets and bungalows for guests to wake up to therapeutic sounds of the waves beneath their feet. Built on stilts with traditional Malay wooden exteriors, these chalets and suites offer breathtaking views of the sea and verdant rainforests while ensuring a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

There’s also a plethora of restaurants to dine at: from Malaysian street fares to authentic Thai delights, and oriental cuisines, as well as bars that offer concoctions by the pool, beach, and entertainment hub. Meanwhile, facilities include a swimming pool, spa, gym, and other recreational activities such as table tennis, beach volleyball, cycling, and more to ensure the complete resort experience.

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For a lush rainforest retreat: The Datai Langkawi

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Tucked deep within a pristine 10-million-year-old rainforest, every corner of The Datai is surrounded by lush greenery and teeming with diverse flora and fauna. Ideal for nature lovers, this stunning resort promises to cocoon visitors in an Eden that’s home to a range of accommodations offering uninterrupted vistas of the Andaman sea and Tarutao Island on the horizon.

Guests need not leave the resort throughout their stay with three swimming pools, a private white-sand beach, a plethora of dining options, and a spa to luxuriate in. There’s even an on-site nature centre that’s designed after a tribal bamboo longhouse—the locus for eager explorers to discover nature activities with the resort’s resident naturalist Irshad Mobarak.

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For a romantic getaway: Ambong Pool Villas

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With only nine exclusive pool villas across the property, Ambong Pool Villas promises a secluded getaway for couples to delight in their partner’s company in serene privacy. Developed with respect for nature, each sustainable villa boasts its own 12-metre pool along with uninterrupted vistas of the sea and surrounding islands.

Not to mention, the villas are equipped with a plush king-sized bed, a spacious bathroom with outdoor tub, a lanai, a kitchenette with outdoor dining, and a lounge area with daybed which opens out to the pool. Guests can also savour dishes with Malay, Nyonya, and Thai influences at Rimba, which sits amidst a lush tree canopy facing Pulau Tepor; or sip on cocktails and mocktails at Rimba Sky, boasting front view seats to picturesque sunsets. There’s also a spa within the boutique resort to indulge in traditional healing massages, facials, and spa packages for an utterly indulgent retreat.

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