PULAU LANGKAWI is one of Malaysia’s most-visited islands owing to its pristine waters, stretches of powdery sand, and thick clumps of ancient rain forest.
While heavily developed for tourism and riddled with a range of hotels and resorts, there are pockets on the island that make it seem like you’re the only one.
At these five-star hotels, colorful cocktails, relaxing spa treatments, fresh seafood, and all the luxuries you can expect on a beach holiday are accessible within the confines of the property.
This property sits comfortably on the sandy beach of Telaga Harbour, set against a stunning backdrop of steep tropical cliffs and ancient forest canopies. All rooms at The Danna Langkawi boast great views of the sea, the marina, the terrace, or the hills, as well as a balcony where you can soak in Langkawi’s surrounding serenity.
One of the best things about The Danna Langkawi is its infinity pool – said to be the biggest one on the island. The poolside experience ensures you’re well taken care of while idling by the water – from noon to 4pm, staff will serve you water, ice cream, sodas and local snacks, as well as cleaning your sunglasses if needed.
Straits & Co, located on the opposite side of the main house, adds depth to the dining options. It’s known for its hi-tea, which guests can devour as they overlook the sea alongside dozens of goldfish that swim in the zen-like garden pool. The cakes here are delicious, the highlight being the most delicate scones tried outside of Cornwall in the UK.
Meanwhile, pick from a variety of massage treatments at The Danna Spa, located on the top floor of the hotel with panoramic views of the adjacent marina. The masseuses were as knowledgeable as they were adept in their trade, while the detox teas and patient service left us feeling completely relaxed. Read more…
Nestled within a patch of ancient rain forest, The Andaman is one of the two exclusive resorts in Langkawi whose guests have access to the prized Datai Bay, a curved stretch of sand overlooking clear waters that glint when caught in the sun. It’s not difficult to feel like the only one here; check out this 360°video if you need proof.
It’s worth booking into a Seaview room here, where full-length feature windows look out to the vastness of the waters. For a bit more space, the Jacuzzi Studio Suite has a separate living area and outdoor terrace where you can bask in your personal Jacuzzi overlooking a private garden. Great for honeymoons, this one.
After a long and hard day in the pool, head to Jala for dinner, an exciting restaurant that makes use of produce cultivated by the island’s natural environment and the coast’s fresh seafood. Alternatively, you could opt for sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, or tempura at The Japanese Restaurant overlooking the poolside rainforest.
One of the best things about The Andaman is the Coral Nursery, a coral reef conservation program and the first of its kind in southeast Asia. In tune with the program’s objectives, guests can partake in a range of activities including the opportunity to transplant their very own coral colonies, or get “up close and personal” through the private guided snorkel experiences.
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