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.
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.
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.
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.
Wang casita LangkawiLangkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
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 HouseLangkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Top guest reviewshaving wifi across the estate was wonderfulstayed in the paddy house which was very comfortable and filled with old world charmthe pool and the sunset are really impressiveeverything was really clean and the pictures were a perfect representation of how beautiful it wasalso room was tidy cleaness we loved to stay sunset vally
Host:she was very helpful and make me feels like homegudrun and david are amazing hosts and always ready to helpgudrun and david are great hostsgudrun has been a great hostgudrun&david all of staff are friendly nicely responded with smilyRead more reviewsgood for birdwatching and a good location for exploring the nearby mountainthe garden is amazing with singing birds nice pool 3 cute cats and dogs and bbq placereally it was like taken from a magazine and placed in the middle of that wonderful island
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 Alfah-Traditional House Timeless NightsLangkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Top guest reviewsthe pool is on the flight paths of hornbills that greet you every morning and eveningthe stay is quite confortable clean and house keeping everyday during the breakfast timethe big house is clean the boss is goodwe love youthe rooms were very clean and comfortable and blend traditional influences with modern conveniencethe place was clean and comfortable with beautiful and serene locationserene location very nice clean spacious place great hosts
Host:advice good and flexible hostsfriendly and helpful hostthe hosts were friendly and welcomingthe host is a malaysisan but he uses (hidden by airbnb) sweetthe host is very friendly this is my first choice if i come back againRead more reviewsvery good location delicious breakfast private wooden villa which is so unique and malaysiait’s comfortable and relaxing to take a walk around the house in the morning or eveningthe secluded location can be a boon if you value a quiet atmosphere over accessibilityit's a beautiful and cozy placeann offers a fantastic place to stay
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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