We booked this resort based on the incredible photos we had seen of it, and before having any real idea of just how big Langkawi is. Trying to avoid potential crowds on packed beaches, we looked at places as far away from the "main drag" as we could get. Looking at it on a map, it looks like Berjaya Langkawi is only about 5 minutes from the airport, but in actual fact, it takes about 15-20 minutes because of the winding and mountainous nature of the roads. (Do yourself a favour and hire a car to get the most out of this sprawling island.)
The distance is both a pro and con for this spectacular resort. On one hand, you have a secluded private white sandy beach with no foot traffic nestled in the foothills of a majestic mountain range, but on the other hand you are also a considerable distance from shops/restaurants/attractions (save for the cable car and Seven Wells waterfall).
We stayed in a newly renovated rainforest studio (these appear to be the size of two of the older rainforest chalets joined together) and couldn't be happier with the room's amenities. Spacious doesn't even come close to describing it. The king size bed was soft and comfortable. The blackout curtains did the trick perfectly. The bathroom is large, clean, well-lit and has all new fittings. The flat-screen TV is able to be spun around for viewing from either the lounge area or the bed. The balcony offers a fantastic spot to relax and soak up the tropical atmosphere. You are reminded to never leave valuables/clothes outside, or the doors to the balcony open because of the inquisitive (and not in the slightest bit concerning) nature of the wildlife that also calls the rainforest home. We were provided with access to the in-room wifi which uses an unnecessarily elaborate sign-in and automatic disconnection system that was fine when it worked, but was intermittently unresponsive. We had much more usefulness from pre-paid SIM cards with daily internet access.
The rooms are spread out throughout a large area of the rainforest and across the beach which gives an incredibly satisfying feeling of privacy. There is nothing worse than being kept awake by noisy neighbours. A side-effect of this fantastically sprawling use of space (and because the resort is built up the side of a mountain) is that it is almost requisite that you catch a (well-organised) system of carts to ferry you between reception and your room.
The breakfast buffet was not included in our room rate - which is unusual for South-East Asian resorts - and as such we only tried it on one of our seven days here. We found it to be of pretty good quality, but it is also incredibly busy! We ate at the Thai restaurant that is built over the water and found that the food was cooked incredibly authentically (a Thai head chef ensures that this is the case) and was very enjoyable, however is priced considerably above average. The restaurant is located at the furthest end of the resort and quite genuinely requires a cart transfer to reach, and we found ourselves waiting for nearly 20 minutes trying to find a return transfer to our room after our meal.
The pool area is beautifully landscaped, managing to include a kids pool, waterfall, shallow wading area, and poolside bar with the infinity pool large enough for over a hundred eager swimmers. We enjoyed happy hour here most evenings and found it to be incredibly relaxing. During our visit, the spa was being renovated so we were unable to try that out. The resort organises a range of free daily activities on a rotating basis, but these have very limited spots and can fill up very quickly so it is best to get in and book early the day beforehand.
We found that for the most part, staff were friendly, approachable and helpful, but as with most places we have stayed in South-East Asia, there are times where you can come across rude or indifferent reception-desk staff (I've never understood how properties let this happen given that these staff are solely responsible for the first and last impression we have). We had a problem with the plumbing in our room on our first night that was promptly and professionally rectified upon reporting it to the front desk. Our room was also made up daily without once being disturbed by housekeeping staff.
We would easily recommend this accommodation to anyone looking to escape the crowds on Langkawi, but warn that it is not exactly priced to be particularly family friendly. It is definitely at the upper scale of what we are prepared to pay when staying in this region, but has amenities and a location that make up for this in spades.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Home to Unesco's World GeoPark, discover the island said to have inspired love and miracles. Cocooned within a rainforest sanctuary, Berjaya Langkawi Resort embraces boundless views of emerald waters and green-cushioned mountains. With an array of convention facilities and inspired spa treatments complemented with heartfelt services, moments are filled with a sense of natural connection and harmonious retreat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Berjaya Langkawi Resort - Malaysia Hotel Langkawi
- Berjaya Langkawi Beach Hotel
- Resort Langkawi
- Berjaya Langkawi Beach Spa Resort