Explore the mangroves and rainforests by day and sip cocktails by night. For honeymooners, families, adventure seekers, eco lovers, spa enthusiasts, and those who want to just chill – the appeal is as broad as it gets.
The Four Seasons Langkawi sits on a largely private, mile-long, sandy beach bordering the Kilim-Karts Geo park, a geological and ecological wonderland. A few minutes by boat takes you into a labyrinthe of mangroves and not far away are the ancient rainforests. The island, part of an archipelago on the north-west coast of the country, takes less than two hours to circumnavigate and the hotel is just a 25-minute drive from the airport. Langkawi can only be reached via Kuala Lumpur (a 60-minute flight) or Singapore (a 90-minute flight).
Address: Jalan Tanjung Rhu, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia.
Style & character
The entrance is through a five-metre-high ochre wall into a sand-filled Moorish courtyard on to a verandah with rattan sofas, facing a large lotus pond flanked by reclaimed railway sleepers. Neutral tones are punctuated by geometric Arabic patterns, handmade batiks and bold artwork and Malaysian, Moroccan and Middle Eastern influences are all reflected in the architecture.
Service & facilities
After arriving luggage-less, (not an uncommon feature of Malaysian Airways), the staff were brilliant. A sarong and t-shirt, albeit mismatching, were sent to my room with paper underwear from the spa and various toiletries. A rogue alarm clock went off in the middle of the night and effusive apologies were accompanied with cake and chocolates.
The facilities are impressive – a large adult pool with private cabanas, a series of inter-connected children’s pools, a watersport centre complete with jet skis, floodlit tennis courts (its too hot and humid to play during the day), bikes, a gym, shops and a spa that’s to die for.
- Fitness centre
- Kids’ club
- Room service
- Tennis court
The 90 rooms, in six categories, are spread across 48 acres and all feature bags of space. All have high ceilings, wooden floors, balconies or gardens and large bathrooms, many of which have a marble terrazzo soaking tub, nominally for two, but actually large enough to take a whole family.
Food & drink
Three speciality restaurants, Malaysian at Ikan-Ikan, Italian at Serai and Western or Asian at Kelapa Grill, are excellent.
Celebrating the sun-drenched flavours of the Mediterranean.
Authentic Malay specialities – including seafood caught just steps away.
The best of the West prepared with Langkawian flair.
Middle Eastern lounge for snacks and cocktails, sunset swings and a game of pool.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Specially allocated rooms, temporary ramps and loos in the public areas are built with guests with disabilities in mind.
Free kids club, free food for children until 5pm, toys in the room, gifts on arrival (a squirrel for girls; a monkey for boys) dedicated children’s pools and lots of activities for all ages.
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