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Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   P.O. Box 125 Kuah, Langkawi 07007, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #9 of 96 Hotels in Langkawi
New Delhi, India
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We arrived by an early morning flight from Kualalumpur and checked into Rebak Island resort – A Taj Hotel. The hotel had arranged for airport transfers so the cab took us to Rebak island’s jetty point from where we had to take a jetty till the island resort. Oh my god! The boat ride was phenomenal, the sight of the clear endless sea was simply breath-taking and in about 20 mins or so we reached the resort. The entrance of the resort is a marina, where travellers from across the globe have parked their boats and have travelled to Langkawi from their country in that boat – How exciting.

The resort is such a delight, being managed by the Taj Group’s Management. The resort is spread on the rebak island and has both pool facing and sea facing rooms. Since we arrived before our check in time, the staff was so sweet to offer us a room for a wash and change till our room got ready. Finally we got our sea facing room, the view was simply divine. We could walk from our room to the hotel’s private beach. We were on cloud 9. The hotel gave us a complementary bottle of their finest merlot red wine, a fruit platter and a welcome cake, clubbed with some restaurant vouchers with some great deals.

The resort has a small departmental store selling alcohol and some basic items, if you are too fussy about using the 5 star resort’s expensive room service. The restaurants serve amazing seafood, the rooms are huge, the resort is simply divine with a grand pool and a great private beach. The resort never makes you want to go back home. It is truly a home away from home. When in Langkawi, stay at the Taj.

Room Tip: choose sea facing rooms in the front wing
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

On a simple face value the Taj resort on Rebak Island is a fun place to getaway from it all. When you first arrive, everything is as would be expected of Taj. Rooms are clean and room service is great. A little time here though quickly reveals the problems.

Firstly, Rebak Island is a training facility for Taj. Whilst we were there it very quickly became obvious that a small handful of staff do nearly all the work and the rest were mostly bordering on hopeless. The good staff though were amazing.

It was no use complaining to the Manager as he was on leave for the majority of our stay so eventually we just laughed at things like poolside drinks that contained no alcohol. Or ice.

The other problem arises when you want to go exploring. Rebak Island is, well, an island. And the ferry service to the main jetty is both slow and for the most part very poorly timed especially at night. This means if you want to go to Langkawi for a big evening out, then you need to cut it very short in order to get the last ferry home or pay through the nose for a special trip.

The entertainment on Rebak Island is very limited so if you are staying more than a day don't underestimate the problem with the ferries - you will be spending a lot of time looking for the timetable and sitting on them.

Other than the rooms, most of the rest of the resort is crying out for an upgrade. The resort is very tired and other than siting around the pool there is very little else to do.

Full marks to the restaurant team though - with only half the staff experienced, they work hard to ensure that customers are as unaware as possible of the staff situation.

It was fun and funny but one time only for this little black duck - next time I will stay on the mainland.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This resort is really amazing and perfect for a 'get away from it all break'. The rooms are large, comfortable and well furnished. The pool is lovely with a great bar and even if swimming in the sea is not perfect here the pool makes up for it. The beach bar for an early evening cocktail is the perfect place for sundown with really friendly staff. It is the levels of service though that make this place really outstanding. From the time you are collected from the airport, whisked over to the island by speedboat and right through the stay staff are professional, friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them. Our housekeeper making lovely designs with flower petals on the bed as well as keeping the place spotless was a much appreciated touch. Food is excellent, plentiful and very well presented. Would certainly go back here

Room Tip: All rooms look good and are very close to the beach
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tianjin, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

If you need a peace of mind, and need to get away from city, or considering major decision in life, this is a place to be. You will have plenty of sunshine, beach and green forest tracks.

Because it is almost like a private island, you will have the whole island by yourself and small community who choose to stay there.

The close distance between the small island and airports is also a good advantage. Just fly in there, get transported by speed boat to Rebak Island and stay there for as long as you want.

Just in case you still need to access to Inbox and Internet, no worries, the resort is connected with wifi.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

My fiancée and I stayed here for two nights and had a wonderful time. The absolute stand out thing about this place are the staff who, even by Malaysian standards, were superb. They simply could not do enough to help, were exceptionally pleasant at all times and were easily reachable at all times. Special mention goes to Manzu (not sure about spelling) who laid our bed with towel swans and fresh petals!

The food at the restaurant was good, although expensive by Malaysian prices (however, it was no more than a normal restaurant back here in the UK). The beach was clean and not too busy, and bikes, kayaks etc were free of charge to use (for the first hour).

My only complaints involved the rooms; our bathroom smelt very strongly of sewage on a couple of occasions and the bedroom did have a couple of watermarks on the wall. On top of that, there was no sound insulation between us and our "neighbours" upstairs, which resulted in being woken a few times in the night when they were having "fun".

But other than that, I can thoroughly recommend this place. I would say that 2-3 days is enough as the boat from the mainland stops at 7.30pm which restricts what you can do in the evenings.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Had a great time at Rebak island, amazing service and great food too. The variety of cuisines is good and the quality too is great. One of the strong points about the hotel is its service, the entire team is extremely approachable and go out of their way to make the stay comfortable.
The rooms have a nice "antiquey" feel to it and are really comfortable to stay in.would definitely want to visit it again someday.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Really a nice resort one of the best I have stay in South Asia.

Very clean, just saw some spots of blood on the sheets I think due of killing Mosquitos.

The staff was perfect just the Activate guy could inform better the guests, if a person go there is because they want to do some sort of activity and is there job to propose solutions even if the original activity is not possible anymore.

The restaurant is very good, nothing to say about the meals.

A perfect resort to stay in Langkawi, don't worry if is in isolate island they have boat to take and bring several times a day.

I definitely recommend and hope to return.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: P.O. Box 125 Kuah, Langkawi 07007, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #9 of 96 Hotels in Langkawi
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Hotel Class:4 star — Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi 4*
Number of rooms: 94
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