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Langkawi is Malaysia’s Bali and Phuket all in one. There are laid-back beach parties at Pantai Cenang, thick jungles to explore, rich mangroves, white sand beaches, posh marinas and resorts galore. It is no surprise then that the list of Langkawi luxury hotels is long. Let me pick Langkawi’s best hotel for each type of luxury traveler.
- 1. Casa Del Mar – For a home by the sea
- 2. St Regis Langkawi – For fine marble elegance
- 3. Four Seasons Langkawi – For Malaysia’s most expensive resort
- 4. The Datai – For a Jungle retreat
- 5. Bon Ton – For a uniquely Malay experience
- 6. The Danna – For marina living
- 7. Vivanta by Taj – For an island off an island stay
- 8. The Andaman – For an affordable family getaway
1. Casa Del Mar – For a home by the sea
The Andalusian chic of Casa Del Mar
Casa Del Mar is one of the friendliest, most relaxed and comfortable resorts I have ever stayed at and it shows in its perfect five star TripAdvisor rating. The food is amazing and the location, right on the main beach, perfect to laze and relax during the day and enjoy some action at night.
The hotel is designed as a Mediterranean hacienda reminiscent of an Andalusian property. The adults-only beachfront suites are spacious and have everything you need, but you won’t be spending any time there because you will most likely either enjoy the large seahorse pool or the beach, a mere few meters from the suites and the pool area. You will not need your shoes for the duration of your stay, unless you decide to venture out of the resort.
Casa Del Mar shines for its service and the long tenured staff welcoming back repeat guests who get a hand painted fish with their name on display by the pool bar. La Sal, the hotel’s restaurant, consistently ranks top in Langkawi and can organise private beach dinners with flickering candles, sand between your toes and the stars above. Nothing beats this type of low-key, unassuming luxury, a true home away from home for a bit of couple’s TLC. Read my full review of Casa Del Mar here.
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2. St Regis Langkawi – For fine marble elegance
Sunset from the Royal Villa, from St Regis Langkawi
Marbled luxury resort on the southern tip of the island with beautiful views of the Andaman Sea and a Riviera chic feel to it, the St Regis Langkawi is the latest luxury resort to open its doors on the Malaysian island.
The hotel does not have a large beach like Casa Del Mar but it does come with a lot of flash, sparkle and an international Asian design with all the touches of a luxury resort, including an infinity pool over the water and a Sunset Royal Villa over the water which has been called “Dream Suite” by the Telegraph.
The decor is elegant, with enough splashes of gold, and grown-up and the service is as expected from the luxury hotel chain. The hotel even has some overwater villas, Maldives style, which have made the covers of more than one magazine.
3. Four Seasons Langkawi – For Malaysia’s most expensive resort
Photo from the Four Seasons Langkawi
Located among beaches and jungle, the Four Seasons is as wild and remote as its location, away from the busier south and close to the Kilim karst and mangrove area and located in expansive grounds against the sea on a strip of white fluffy beach and emerald waters.
Inside, the Four Seasons Langkawi is a blend of East meets West with Asian, Arabic and Western influences reflecting Malaysia’s heritage. Outside, the lush jungle overtakes the resort.
The rooms have either beach or jungle access and some come with their own outdoor rain showers and sunken baths. They are also the largest you will find on the island, and perhaps in Malaysia, measuring more than my one bedroom flat in Singapore.
This is considered the most expensive and luxurious resort in Malaysia so expect service and facilities to match, including a floodlit tennis court to play when the weather is less suffocating.
4. The Datai – For a Jungle retreat
Photo from The Datai Langkawi
Secluded and unique, the Datai is located away from it all and on its own private beach. The villas are set on the hill and have lovely views mostly of the jungle. This is a wild retreat, despite its beachside location, and all the rooms are surrounded by nature. Modern wooden rooms with open plan and real tranquility. Some have their own private plunge pools, some are on the beach (without the views) and some face a stream.
You will be eating in as the resort is far from everything. Coming to The Datai means truly disconnecting and retreating. Because the property is so large, there are buggies that will fetch you to and from the rooms and the main area. Its secluded jungle positioning makes it a great romantic getaway where you can hide and feel completely alone in your very own Tarzan and Jane dream. The hotel is part of The Leading Hotels of the World.
5. Bon Ton – For a uniquely Malay experience
Photo from Bon Ton Resort Langkawi
Years ago, on my first trip to Langkawi, I stayed at Bon Ton with two friends. We came on a girl’s weekend getaway and just wanted some fun and some exploration on scooters and Bon Ton’s rooms allowed us to share one among the three of us. Bon Ton is a special place. The rooms are made of traditional Malay houses on stilts, kampong-style, in the dark wood normally used. That makes for a very unique experience. The luxury here comes in the shape of the experience more than the facilities or the room itself.
The Bon Ton is built in an ancient coconut plantation and the resident trees still fill the space. It is located close to Pantai Cenang so it is still quite central but you will need scooters to get around as the beach is not within walking distance. There is a pool surrounded by sun loungers and grass.
6. The Danna – For marina living
Photo from The Danna Langkawi
Located on the marina surrounded by yachts, The Danna dishes out classy and luxurious stays with a side of mooring boats and British colonialism. The marina is right by the cable car to the Skybridge, Langkawi’s main attraction, and not too far from the main beach so you are well located for some island exploration.
The rooms are modern with a colonial feel. Four poster beds and expansive windows and balconies over the water and the beach give a sense of being in the Mediterranean more than on Langkawi. The hotel boasts the largest pool on the island, layered over three tiers, for those who prefer freshwater.
7. Vivanta by Taj – For an island off an island stay
Photo from Vivanta
Vivanta by Taj is located on Rebak Island, a small private island off the main Langkawi Island and only accessible by boat. This means that it is truly removed from the rest but it is also easily connected to Pantai Cenang, from where the boats depart every hour for a short ride. The hotel is right under the flight path of the planes landing at Langkawi Airport so if that bothers you, this may not be for you. I love watching planes land and imagine the stories they hold.
The rooms at the Vivanta are rattan chic, the beach is cozy and the feeling is that of total seclusion.
8. The Andaman – For an affordable family getaway
Photo from the Andaman Langkawi
The Andaman is located between the rainforest and the sea of the Datai Bay, named 9th Best Beach in the World by National Geographic in 2011. The hotel was renovated in 2014 and reopened with a range of rooms including an impressive Presidential Suite and some pool and jacuzzi suites. Its location by the rainforest allows for rainforest walks offered free of charge and for the resident monkeys to do the needful. The hotel participates in coral conservation through its nursery which guests can visit and participate in. The golf course is also very near.
For the little ones there is an extensive program, as there is at the Four Seasons and the St Regis, but here, it comes at a more affordable price. Its educational approach to the jungle and the corals is also a good way to teach the young ones about conservation.