Visited for 7 nights, mainly to get away from the noise, pollution and over-crowdedness of the Korean city where we live. This proved the best resort of the few we've visited in different South-East Asian countries. Worth the price.
PROS: (1) Nearly all Tripadvisor reviews mention the resort's friendly staff, and I can testify. Staff are obviously highly trained in aspects of interacting with guests, probing for needs, offering extra services and just generally going the extra mile. Simply incredible - brightens up the entire visit even more.
(2) Facilities and free activities. It's true that many of the facilities on the island is older (the resort has been around for 15 years) but unless you're willing to pay x5 the price of other genuine 5-star resorts for a newer writing table in your room, this one will do just fine. Many activities are available, most of them complimentary, by the Rebak staff. We did a bicycle tour, morning nature walk (very informative and professional) and cooking class, all for free.
(3) Beach. The resort has a great private beach and swimming pool, with nice facilities constantly maintained by the life guards and workers. The restaurant delivers straight on the beach - we spent hours each day reading, relaxing and eating, right on the beach without ever having to move around - staff attentive to your every need.
CONS: (1) Kiddy Noise. Since we travelled during peak season, and at the time of school holidays, the resort was overflowing with families travelling with very young (and very noisy) children. Most of the time this wasn't problematic, but it also proved distracting at times. When visiting a private island to get away from noise, the last thing you want is another undisciplined child throwing a screaming tantrum during breakfast, or at the beach. Guest travelling during other times of the year probably won't have this problem.
(2) Restaurant Overpriced. The Senari restaurant has a wide selection, with the Northern Indian cuisine by far the most delicious - avoid most of the Western selections. Since the resort has a monopoly on food selection for the island, it makes sense that most dishes are heavily overpriced. Guest can take the free ferry for lunch or dinner on Langkawi, but it ends up being equally expensive since the ferry doesn't drop you in a populated area, which means two-way taxi fares are included in the meal price.
(3) Internet Wobbly. A real minor, but the WiFi in almost every part of the resort is unstable and prone to disconnect. If travelling for business this might prove problematic.
All in all these negatives pale in comparison to the marvellous stay we had at Rebak Island Resort. As I mentioned, my wife and I have visited a few island resorts in different South-East Asian countries, and will most likely be returning to this one again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a 5 Star Private Island Resort, off Langkawi. The journey to this property takes 20 minutes by ground transfer from Langkawi Airport to Port Cenang and 7 Minutes boat ride from Port Cenang to Rebak Island. The resort is located adjacent to the only fully equipped private island marina in Malaysia. Our Exotic Rebak Motifs are Nature Trails, Jungle Walks, Moon Deck Dining,Batik Painting, Mangrove Tours and Sunset Cruise. ... more less
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