Located on the northern tip of the isle, amid the archipelago’s rich rainforest lies the Four Seasons resort Langkawi. Synonymous with sandy shores, jungle-cloaked valleys and ancient limestone caves this 48 acre resort is an intriguing mix of Moorish-inspired architecture and traditional Malayan pavilions nested along the shores of the Adaman Sea.
Langkawi, off Malaysia’s west coast is a popular destination for weekenders from KL and Singapore as well as holidaymakers from the UK and Europe, and layovers seeking respite from long-haul flights to destinations further afield.
Originally opened in 2006, the resort has seen a complete renovation by designer Bill Bensley, who has restored and revived wood-beamed ceilings and teak floors whilst introducing vibrant infusions of colour. Bold blue accents awash the walls artfully decorated with Malay craftsmanship, incorporating local architecture beautifully weaving the old with Bensleys modern and contemporary eclectic style.
Along the cobbled pathways of neatly manicured tropical gardens, it’s easy to forget hat you are indeed at a resort as dusky leaf monkeys shake the branches from above and brightly coloured hornbills tap away at the towering palms that surround you. That being said, the hotel is incredibly peaceful and there are plenty of boltholes tucked away across the resort, perfect for guests to retreat to and relax in their own company.
Amongst the verdant jungle and pristine sandy shoreline, ninety-one palatial villas and pavilions are spread across the resort, as well as a private Royal Villa set upon its own 15,000 square feet. There are a series of Garden Pavilions available in varying categories (rooms from £453per night); rooms are incredibly spacious and equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, raised terrazzo baths, whilst Beach villas are equipped with secluded outdoor showers and your own personal plunge pool. Beach villas boast lounging decks ideal for watching Instagram worthy sunsets all from the comfort of your day-bed.
With plenty of options for dining, the resort is home to three restaurants and a bar; toes-in-the-sand beach spot Kelapa Grill serves the freshest seafood straight from the grill. Meanwhile, Serai, is an all-day dining spot offering a wonderful buffet breakfast ranging from Laksa to eggs. In the evening the menu serves Mediterranean fare that would rival that of kitchens alongside the Amalfi coast. The newly refurbished Ikan-Ikan, features traditional Malaysian cuisine, true to its origins, and prepared using centuries-old rural-village recipes and techniques. Led by Executive Chef Sandeep Bhagwat, the restaurant operates an “ocean-to-table” style. Seafood is selected directly from celebrated local fisherman before being transformed into Ikan Ikan’s signature dishes like; sambal sotong and ikan kerapu asam pedas. Located between the jungle and the beach, The Rhu Bar is the perfect place to take in the panoramic views of the Andaman Sea whilst enjoying one of the bars more experimental cocktails.
A water sport centre offers kayaking and windsurfing equipment for thrill seekers as well as a 24-hour fitness centre. There are plenty of opportunities to unwind, if lounging around the 55-metre adults-only infinity pool complete with eight private cabanas wasn’t enough, relax at the resorts Geo Spa, where you can enjoy Ayurvedic experiences that range from well-known therapies such as Abhyanga and Shirodhara.
Those seeking adventure need look no further than Kilim Karst Geoforest Park to see the tangled mangroves, ancient limestone cliffs and some of the 240 species of resident wildlife. Resident nature guide and Langkawi Geopark Ambassador Aidi Abdullah and two colleagues run regular boat tours to the mysterious mangroves along winding rivers inhabited by Macaque monkeys, eagles, crabs, monitor lizards and snakes. Aidi, a 14-year veteran at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, has been instrumental in developing sustainable practices at the resort and throughout Langkawi. The resorts educational Mangrove & Eagles Safari tours are a great opportunity to witness Langkawi’s rare wildlife species.
The Four Seasons Langkawi is an idyllic retreat, stretched across a mile of pristine beach, enchanting rainforest ideal for travellers seeking to escape reality in search of paradise.
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