The beautiful island of Langkawi will always be an easy go-to beach escapade for Malaysians, being only a super short 30 – 45 minutes flight from Kuala Lumpur. Including the journey to the airport and the ride to the hotel, #eatsleepbeachrepeat would be just about four hours away from the city. Seems like a really good deal for access to the sun, sea and sand, doesn’t it?

What’s amazing about Langkawi besides the beaches, seafood and chill vibes, is that the island is also a tropical rainforest haven. Got a significant other who doesn’t understand the art of being a beach bum? Send them off to one of the world-class golf courses surrounded by a rainforest, or go for a trek in the Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark and finish off with a mangroves tour for some peaceful sightseeing.

When it comes to going on a real holiday, we believe that the choice of abode, no matter how much or little time spent there, is extremely important. Hence why we’ve created this list of top 5 Langkawi hotels to check out if you’re jetting over to the island any time soon.

Being surrounded by a 10-million years old rainforest, learning about coral conversation, practicing yoga by a private beach, indulging in a luxurious spa or enjoying fantastic food with an equally outstanding view are just some of the reasons why we’ve chosen these 5 amazing Langkawi hotels.

If you have to choose just one or two, read on for a brief elevator pitch on each. Otherwise, try them all on separate trips!

1

The St. Regis Langkawi

This luxurious property is one of the newest hotels to open on the island. Entry level rooms start at the suite category, just to give you an idea of what to expect. Choose from rooms with a view of the Andaman Sea or the surrounding rainforest, or both (called the Panoramic Suite), and whether you’d like to have your own private pool. When you’re there, Iridium Spa is worth a try, as is Kayu Puti, the hotel’s specialty restaurant.

The St. Regis Langkawi, Jalan Pantai Beringin, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, tel: +60 4 960 6666

2

The Andaman Langkawi

This favourite couples retreat is located away from the general town area, all the way over in Teluk Datai. Being 45 minutes away from the airport has its perks however, like being next to a 10 million years old rainforest as well as a short drive away from Els Club Teluk Datai — perfect for golf enthusiasts. For beach lovers, stretch out and relax on the fine white sand or take a leisurely kayak out. There’s also a guided morning nature walk available where wild animals like dusky leaf monkeys, colugos and even hornbills have been spotted before.

The Andaman Langkawi, Jalan Teluk Datai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, tel: +60 4 959 1088

3

The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa

Say private beach — and then head there for yourself. The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa offers a beach escapade without being too far away from town, if that’s what you prefer. Try out the award-winning Heavenly Spa, in between swims at the resort’s four big pools. The Westin brand is all for wellness, and offers plenty of health-conscious food choices, a 24-hour gym as well as a yoga class by the beach on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The Westin Langkawi Resort & SpaJalan Pantai Dato Syed Omar, Kedah, Langkawi, 07000, Malaysia, tel: +60 4 960 8888

4

The Datai Langkawi

Surround yourself in lush greenery and the wonders of nature at this wellness-focused hotel situated inside a 10 million years old rainforest. Relax and reconnect in peace and serenity, keeping an eye out for glimpses of wildlife as you lounge in your private pool. The resort also offers a private chartered cruise direct from its Datai Bay area, with several options whether to catch the sunset or just enjoy a discovery cruise around the neighbouring little islands.

The Datai Langkawi, Jalan Teluk Datai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, tel: +60 4 9500 500

5

Four Seasons Langkawi

We normally wouldn’t associate a Four Seasons with extreme activities, but the Four Seasons Langkawi’s changed our minds. The resort claims to be the first in Malaysia to offer the X-Jetblades experience, similar to flyboarding. The family-friendly property has its own Kids Club and list of activities for the younger ones who prefer having playtime away from mom and dad. Parents or couples on the other hand can look forward to spending some quality time together with the Raja & Ratu couples spa ritual, or just relaxing in the adult quiet pool.

Four Seasons Langkawi, Jalan Tanjung Rhu, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, tel: +60 4 950 8888