My wife and i spent 12 nights at the Pelangi from the 12th to the 24th of January, we had spent the previous 5 nights at the Oriental in Singapore and our final 2 nights in the Shangri-la in KL and whilst the Pelangi is not in the same leauge as these 2 hotels you cannot compare 5* city hotels with a beach resort.
As beach resorts go the Pelangi is perfectly adequate with plenty of good points and some bad ones but after reading the 2 reviews dated the 10th and 17th of January we thought we would like to share our experience of our stay.
1. The gardens at the Pelangi are nothing short of superb and full marks to the team of people looking after them.
2. The beach is not the best on the island and your do need to keep something on your feet as the shells can be sharp, however the sand nearer the coconut trees is perfectly OK and if sea shells and tide breakers upset you, you could always lounge around one of the 2 beautiful pools on nice wooden furniture as the old metal ones are still used for the beach.
3.Lankawi airport takes 4 jumbos per week and around 6 smaller planes per day with the last flight being 9.30 PM, as the airport closes at 10.30 PM noise was not a problem.
4.Despite being on a room only basis We ate most nights a-la-carte at the resort and found the food to be really good quality and resonably priced compared to the U.K, we did try other places outside the resort and whilst they were cheaper we did not think the food was as good as the Pelangi or the standard of cleanliness was poor ( we went to the highly recommended lighthouse one evening only to be confronted with a fair number of cockroaches before we had even finished the menu selection and so headed back to the Pelangi were i can honestly say that in 12 nights we did not see any)
5.the rooms are a little gloomy and despite the fact that they are adequately tended to each day it was obvious from the dusty curtains and cobwebs behind the tv etc that they do not give a monthly spring clean and i think this lets them down a little.
6. noise can be a problem as the wooden walls / floors are very thin and on one occasion i had to ask the people down below us to keep the noise down, but this is the fault of thoughtless individuals and not the hotel and if the noise had persisted then i feel sure that reception would of sorted it out if required.
My wife and i have stayed at the Datai and the Andaman and found the staff at both to be snooty and most of the guests seem only concerned with whom is the richest and reminded me of strutting peacocks, all in all i prefer the relaxed atmosphere of the Pelangi, its staff and its location and whilst you only get what you pay for in this world i think you still get a little bit more for your money at the Pelangi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed in the style of a traditional Malay village, Meritus Pelangi's 355 guestrooms and suites are housed in wooden chalets that are spread across 35 acres of lush landscaped gardens along a stretch of white sandy shores. Be ushered into a world of ethnic charm and tropical tranquility at this award-winning resort! ... more less
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- Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort And Spa, Langkawi
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- Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort Langkawi
- Pelangi Beach Resort Langkawi
- Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi Pantai Cenang