I was apprehensive about this property especially as I had read a previous review that talked of the many mosquitoes. None of the family (wife, Sue and 2 sons 10 yrs and 13) was disappointed. We arrived armed with mosquito nets, pyrmethrin spray, and various mosquito killers and repellents. We needened have worried. Despite a sizeable gap under the door we were not visited by any mosquitoes for the whole of our stay (10 days). Perhaps the excellent ceiling fan deterred the nasties (the room also has very good a/c but this gets too cold at night for our liking and we much prefer sleeping under a fan.
It was gratifying that reception were expecting us: we had travelled up from Singapore by train via Kuala Lumpur and were much looking forward to a rest. I had made a mistake in booking one day too many. Without being asked I was given a refund for the unused night which I thought was pretty amazing and unexpected.
The hotel really is on the beach which is virtually empty (we stayed in August) And this is despite a large number of hotels etc being sited all along the beach and a number of businesses offering banana boat rides, parascending and jet ski hire. Although not the hotel';;s fault, I didn't like the way that the parachute towing boats sped along the bathing part of the beach although jet skis were banned. Also the seawater wasn;t exactly clear but beautifully clear. There were a number of jelly fish (a couple as large as 15 cm in diameter though most much smaller. I am told that their presence is seasonal. But don't let this put you off: the water is delicious. Every day the famous Mr Me does his rounds of all the residents touting for various trips. The trip to the MArine PArk is really good even though 90% is closed due to bleaching caused by high water temperatures. The closure has pushed the price of visits up by 100% but is still only 100 Ringgit per person. The snorkelling is good!
There are loads of restaurants along the strip. We te for around £10 per head mainly at the excellent Jimmy's cafe located in the brilliant and scenic Lama Pai rice museum. Prices were about twice what we were paying in Kuala Lumpur but just as tasty.
The room itself was very spacious with two queen sized beds and only three rooms from actually being on the beach itself (rooms prefixed with G and B are on the beach) They were 120 Ringgits per night and slept 4 (do not include breakfast) The shower had hot and cold water and worked faultlessly. You also get a western sit down toilet and basin. There is a tv and fridge included too. The accommodation is basic but it is secure and clean and very reasonable: compare witht eh posh but expensive Casa de Mer down the road whose prices start at 800 RM!
All in all - a superb hotel in a brilliant loaction and well known by taxi drivers at Kuah [where you will arrive if coming by ferry (28 RM) and in Perlis (if arriving like us by train at Arau from Kual Lumpur/Singapore. Top tip: if you get the opportunity take the excellent sleeper first class to Singapore and Arau. For 4 people we got return first class plus Arau on the border of Thailand for £250 (for 4 people) Superb value and very comfortable. For more info see www.61.com
The room was very cleaned and is cleaned daily: sheets and towels are changed daily.
- Also Known As:
- Ab Hotel Pantai Cenang
- Ab Hotel Langkawi
- AB Motel Langkawi/Pantai Cenang