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 on 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 best places to stay in Langkawi where you can enjoy living like a local.
1. Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa (from USD 273)
Located right at the pristine beach of Langkawi, Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa offers direct access to its private beaches, stunning views of the sea and garden, and easy access to the best water sports and activities in Langkawi. Each room in this hotel is equipped with a flat-screen TV, a seating area, and an ensuite bathroom. Guests are invited to enjoy the spa, the gym, and the on-site restaurants that serve exceptional local and international cuisine. A kids’ club and babysitting services are available for guests with children.
Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi
Address: Pantai Cenang
Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Garden
2. Family villa with a pool (from USD 47)
This Langkawi Airbnb villa is perfect for a family of six who looks forward to staying close to the best spots the island has to offer. The bright and airy interior of this house features two bedrooms with two beds each, two full bathrooms, and a spacious living room that leads out to a private balcony. There is also a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, and a laundry area. Outside, you will enjoy the large pool and a quiet neighborhood.
Cosy & Peaceful Place @ The Freden HouseLangkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:hypp tv channel and wifi is super fastvery comfortable unit with complete house equipment & essentialsgood air-con and fans as well as great decor in all the roomsall as per publish quite place to stay and nice swimming pool which my kids love a lotwe had a great and comfortable stay
Cleanliness:great and clean placethe house is clean peaceful and greatthe house was clean and nicely decoratedclean neat and tidy placevery clean and cozy at the same time
Host:thank you very much to the host for the service providedi give credit to the hospitality and sense of responsibility given by the hostkhairul has been great host and quick responsekhairul was very friendly and informativekhairul is a friendly and helpful hostRead more reviews
Location:great location ( 5 mins from airport)charming place near cenang beachnice location comfortable & cozy placethe location is peaceful and is midway to all the tourist destinationshave a pleasant stay here and the location near to airport
3. Four Seasons Resort (from USD 563)
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. Stay in this high-end resort and discover unique things to do in Langkawi. 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 Langkawi
Address: Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi
Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Tennis court Fitness centre
4. The Datai (from USD 842)
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.
The Datai Langkawi
Address: Jalan Teluk Datai
Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Tennis court Sauna
5. Villa Molek (from USD 168)
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
Parking Restaurant Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Fishing Laundry
6. Foxhill Rumah Alfah (from USD 78)
When looking for the ideal Airbnb in Langkawi, private pools would be a nice must-have box to check. 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, MalaysiaSuperhost
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:the pool is on the flight paths of hornbills that greet you every morning and evening
Cleanliness:the 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 reviews
Location:very 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
7. Alamanda Hilltop Villa (from 81 USD)
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
8. Ranis Lodge Villa (from 78 USD)
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
9. Sunset Valley Paddy House (from USD 93)
Another similar option to Wang Casita is the Sunset Valley Paddy House. This rental which is a traditional wooden house overlooking paddy fields is one of the best Airbnbs in Langkawi. 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, MalaysiaSuperhost
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:having 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 impressive
Cleanliness:everything 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 reviews
Location:good 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
10. The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort, Langkawi (from USD 90)
If you’re heading to Langkawi and you’re feeling a bit fancy, why not book a stay in The Andaman. Being one of the luxury five-star hotels on the island, this property offers unbeatable views of the beach, the sea, and the lush nature of the rainforest where it is nestled. Aside from its elegantly furnished rooms, the hotel also features other amenities like a beautiful lagoon-style outdoor pool, six on-site restaurants, and a beach bar. Guests are entitled to free city shuttles.
The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort, Langkawi
Address: P.O.Box 94, Jalan Teluk Datai, Pulau Andaman
Snack bar Daily housekeeping Garden Spa and wellness centre Barber/beauty shop Free WiFi Laundry Valet parking
11. Wang Casita
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
12. Foxhill Tree Top
Pair your rare Langkawi experience with an equally unique stay when you book the Foxhill Treetop, an elevated paddy silo that’s perfect for two guests. Be lulled to sleep by the breeze and wake up to the amazing views during your stay. The studio has a wash sink, a TV, a DVD player, a supply of towels, and a fridge. Note that the shower is located downstairs underneath the treehouse. Some of the top attractions near this Airbnb in Langkawi are Pantai Cenang beaches, Pantai Tengah, and Dataran Lang.
Foxhill Tree Top - A view of natureLangkawi, Kedah, MalaysiaSuperhost
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:great view and thanks to fan/ac/mosquito net it's comfortable for sleepingwifi worked really well and the mosquito net made sleeping comfortablethe view from balcony is wonderful we also enjoyed the poolthe mosquito net constraint the comfortable of sleeping as it is a cone shapeviews pool and breakfast were also great
Cleanliness:the house is clean and tidythe house was clean and cozyit is safe clean and absolutely charmingwe had a great stay in this family owned resort the tree top house was clean cosy and comfortableyou have an amazingly clean place to stay in an extremely natural surrounding
Host:the hosts were greatmariah and her son were really friendly hostspeople were very friendly and helpfulenjoyed our stay hosts were welcoming and friendlythe host is such a nice guyRead more reviews
Location:the location is also greatgreat location in beautifully kept gardensthe location is excellent as it is central and convenient to all different areas in langkawiit is conveniently located in close proximity to the airport/jetty and all other tourist attractionslocation is pretty central if you want to hope around different areas and beaches during your stay
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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