Langkawi is one of the islands located in the Andaman Sea, about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) away from peninsular Malaysia. The idyllic little island is most famous for its tropical settings, duty-free goods (especially imported alcohols and cigarettes, which are priced much lower here), local food, and historical landmarks. Among the island’s must-visit tourist attractions include Mahsuri’s Tomb, Burnt Rice Field, the Langkawi Cable Car (which goes atop the Mat Chinchang Mount), and Coco Valley Duty-Free Supermarket.
There are only about 96,000 inhabitants in the island, making Langkawi a crowd-free zone as well. The island can only be reached by air and sea. If you’re traveling by land in peninsular Malaysia, which is more cost-effective but time-consuming, there are four jetty points where you can head to and take a ferry ride all the way to Langkawi: Tamalang, Penang, Kuala Kedah, and Kuala Perlis. To reach Langkawi by air, any airport in Malaysia has direct flights to the island. If you prefer somewhere nice and quiet, and would love to stay at a place in a tropical setting, we have found the eight best places where you can enjoy living like the local:
Want to live a life full of pampering and luxury? The Datai is an exclusive and luxurious hotel overlooking the sea, and set in a tropical landscape (a rainforest) away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The location is quite private and isolated, and you’re surrounded with nothing but nature, and sometimes well-behaved monkeys and other tropical animals would occasionally make an appearance. Each room at The Datai features a living area with private balcony overlooking the tropical landscape, with bathrooms that are equipped with a bathtub and dressing area. The hotel’s award-winning spa is a must-try while you’re there! Other things you can do include mountain biking, swimming, golfing, and playing tennis.
Address: Jalan Teluk Datai, 07000 Teluk Datai, Langkawi, Malaysia (see map)
Price: from 227 USD
Another luxurious resort with amazing surroundings that include vibrant rainforests and spectacular sea and mountainscapes, Four Seasons Resort offers rooms with a unique blend of traditional Malay architecture and Moorish design influences. Couples would especially love dining at the hotel as it overlooks the romantic Andaman Sea, while served with Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. Some of the activities to do here include water-sports like X-Jetblades, jet skiing, wake-boarding, water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaking and Top-catting. Other adrenaline fueled activities include on-site rock climbing, archery and Blokarts.
Four Seasons Resort
Address: Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi, 07000 Tanjung Rhu, Malaysia (see map)
Price: from 242 USD
Prefer staying at a more homely, private place? Villa Molek is a family friendly villa located near two of the best beaches in Langkawi, which are Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah. Surrounded by nature, the villa features rooms with private balconies facing the pool and garden. Some of the activities to do include getting massages at the spa, swimming at the pools and beaches, fishing, canoeing, and cycling.
Address: Pantai Tengah, 07000 Pantai Cenang, Langkawi, Malaysia (see map)
Price: from 100 USD
If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to live in a Malay village, this is the place to stay! Surrounded by nothing but lush and vast paddy fields, the traditional Malay house features modern Thai and Indochina elements. As a guest, you’ll be treated to free access to their swimming pool, macro fitness gym, and BBQ area with bar fridge. While there, you get to explore the wilderness as well as the village.
Price: from 172 USD
Number of Guests: 4
Another similar option to Wang Casita is the Sunset Valley Paddy House, which is a traditional wooden house overlooking paddy fields. Reputed to be well over 180 years old, The charming house is the perfect honeymoon cottage and is very cosy. Car, motorbike and bicycle rental can be easily arranged, and the host can also arrange many activities for you. While there, don’t miss out on watching the farmers working in the paddy field!
Sunset Valley Paddy House
Price: from 99 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Perfect for travelers with big families, Foxhill Rumah Alfah is also a traditional Malay house with facilities that include gardens, a library, a pool table, swimming pool, and the poolside cabana with relaxing hammocks. The wheelchair-friendly house also conducts traditional cooking classes by request. Explore the nearby plantation while you’re there!
Foxhill Rumah Alfah
Price: from 127 USD
Number of Guests: 5
Want to feel on top of the world? Stay at the Alamanda Hilltop Villa, where you can view the entire island! If you aren’t afraid of height, this could be one of the greatest experiences of your life. Its pool is to die for as it overlooks the greenery, and couples would definitely love the sunset and the sunrise, making it a romantic accommodation. The villa is very close to the Mahsuri Tomb and Pantai Chenang, and you get to do some hiking, biking, and exploring of the village.
Alamanda Hilltop Villa
Price: from 81 USD
Number of Guests: 3
Another top choice if you love to enjoy the view, Ranis Lodge Villa is located on top of a hill overlooking paddy fields and some villages. The abundance of bird species and the occasional monkeys will undoubtedly keep you entertained. For couples, you can look forward to romantic alfresco dining while watching the sunset, as the villa has its own professional chefs.
Ranis Lodge Villa
Price: from 78 USD
Number of Guests: 2
An experience unlike any other
Regardless of the type of accommodation you choose to stay, it’s not every day that you get the chance to stay at a place with a tropical setting, while also experiencing the way of the idyllic, laidback tropical life. Forget your troubles and worries back home and appreciate the nature, whether you’re staying at a five-star resort hotel, a traditional wooden house in a Malay village, or a beach apartment!
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