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“Perfect Island Escape!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi

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Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi
Ranked #8 of 102 Hotels in Langkawi
Certificate of Excellence
Wellington, New Zealand
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48 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Perfect Island Escape!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We stayed at Rebak for 4 nights (actually, this is our 4th night tonight) and we couldn't wait to give it a glowing Tripadvisor review!

We arrived in the pouring rain and were greeted by attentive staff who covered us with umbrellas and organised our luggage for us. We felt looked after and were able to relax from the get-go.

As many reviewers have mentioned, the staff here are fabulous! They look happy and ensure you have everything you need to have a wonderful stay.

Our room was superb (especially for less than $200NZ a night!), and if we had any issues they were rectified promptly.

Room service was excellent!! Food was great, and it arrived so quickly. We felt the prices were fairly normal for a resort (still much cheaper than the 5-stars we stayed at in Samoa and Fiji). Our rate included breakfast, so we filled up in the morning and didn't need to eat until tea time.

Our room attendant, Shahabul, made a lovely job of our room each day. On our last day here, he decorated our bed with tropical flowers and made it extra special for us to come back to. It was a fab addition to our trip!

Happy-hour at the beach-bar was good value! Brekkie was fab!

We absolutely recommend a stay at Rebak!

Room Tip: We booked a garden view and it was quiet but still near the main facilities.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We recently had a three day stay at the Rebak Island Resort along with a couple of friends. I won't go on about the ambience of the resort, or the food, the room etc...they were all impecabble and every inch Taj Standard.

What really impressed my husband and me was the care and concern shown by the wonderful staff of the Resort. My son fell sick during the stay and had to be hospitalized. Stuck in the middle of an Island in a foreign country with a young child who was sick, we were terrified and panicky. But from the moment, we informed our Guest Service Officer, Ms. Panthea Rodd, about our son's condition to the day we checked out, they took utmost care of us and ensured that our son get immediate medical aid. The Ferry service had stopped for the day, but Ms. Rodd arranged a Ferry for us, with no extra cost and as soon as we landed on the main Island, a taxi was waiting for us to be transported to the Hospital. Ms. Rodd kept in constant touch with us on our mobile phones, throughout the night, enquiring about our son's condition and assuring us of any help that we might need. She also arranged our check-out beforehand, so that we had no hassle.

The GM, Mr. Mukherjee also personally met with us to enquire about our son's health. Though our holiday was cut-short by this unfortunate incident, I don't think I can ever forget the care and concern that was shown by the staff towards us. It went much beyond mere service. I would also like to mention a special thanks to the wonderful staff at the Lankawgi Hospital, who gave such excellent medical treatment to my son and made sure that he was completely alright. Despite a cut-short holiday, I think our stay at the Rebak Island Resort will always remain one of our best memories :)

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Stayed at the Taj Rebak for 5 nights with family in 2 rooms, Room numbers 417 & 420. The hotel claimed to be 5 stars, it did not live up to expectations, more a 3 at best 4 stars. Most of the facilities are a bit rundown, and not properly maintained.
Though a few staff tried their upmost best to make our stay as best as they are able to, especially the girl at reception named Pantea, she is great with the guests and her ability to make her guests feel welcome and comfortable. However we came across a chap named, Septa, totally obstructive, refused even to allocate a kite for my granddaughter for the hotel's schedule activities that said kite flying.
The ferry to Langkawi island to and fro from Rebak are not that frequent with the last one at 7pm. On this basis, it will be more beneficial to stay on the island of Langkawi, with better beaches at Pantai Chenang and other tourist facilities there.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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3 Thank Allan L
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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Upon arriving to this private island via boat we were impressed with the quality of the resort and the staff. All staff are incredibly friendly, pleasant and professional.
The rooms are beautiful, spacious but not sound proof. In fact they are highly sensitive to noise, so keep the noise down at night!

Boats leave the island every hour to the main island of langkawi for your convenience.

It has a wonderful little earthy spa, where you can get spa treatments done. Almost all if not all of their beauty/spa products are organic, natural and chemical free!

Price wise it isn't a cheap stay. Services and other things are comparable to those in high end stays in Australia for instance.

It is a great place to go to get away from noise, pollution and your hectic lifestyle.

Room Tip: The rooms are very large and almost all rooms enjoy a ocean view. Depending on what you pay you may...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Amila K
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Daegu, South Korea
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Seafront "Superior" rooms not really worth the money as you don't have direct access t...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank LeonAntonP
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

The resort has a laid back feel to it with enough privacy to make it exclusive.
It is NOT a super luxury resort but works with the TAJ hospitality visible all around.
The villas are reasonably pvt with 4 rooms to a building. All villas have large balconies & modern bathrooms. The sea-facing renovated ones are more exclusive.
There are 3 bars & 2 options for dining.
The food is relatively good & the buffets are quite sumptuous.
The pvt beach with its own peaceful cove & lapping water is shallow & safe for children.
The hotel keeps bicycles ,kayaks has squash & tennis courts, and can arrange water sports.
They have a reasonable sized pool & a bar area with an attached children's pool.
They also have a shop where you can buy beers, wine, cigarettes,munchies,essentials etc at very reasonable rates.
The Gym unfortunately needs a severe overhaul.
There is enough overgrown wilderness & untouched rainforest on the island to make it feel sufficiently 'wild' and non hotel like.
While staying here you need never visit main Langkawi & have a truly relaxed time.
We had a really pleasant stay with the staff being warm & courteous right from our pick-up at the airport to our HK staff & Chef Jose who personally created a few dishes for my vegetarian Dad. Apart from from compl wine & chocs & a cake for a bday celebration !

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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268 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

I stayed at this resort for a weekend away with friends. It is a beautiful place to escape from a busy city life and have a good rest. The resort is on the Rebak Island 10 minutes ride on speed boat from mainland Langkawi. The hotel have free pick up service at the airport then transfer on the boat to the resort. It is a good service. Staff at the resort are very friendly and helpful. Most of from India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan. Wherever you go people would like to say hello and ask for helping you. Check in was friendly and helpful, we even get 2 out of 4 rooms at 10 am.

Hotel has a lot of activities, beautiful beach, great swimming pool and also have tennis, squash and volleyball facilities. We played tennis and volleyball during our stay. Hotel also has a nice spa, I had facial and foot massage package. The restaurant has good food, because you can not easily get out of the island, so this is the only place you can access to food and drinks. Good breakfast, lunch and dinner. Indian, Malaysian, Western and Chinese food available.

Here are some issues:
* The room is big but the facilities are so old. The study desk in my room is tiny and feel like check hostel desk.
* Towels are paper thin and also have 2 available, you can not feel it is a 5 star resort. I don't think I never use these towels at home
* TV programs are very limited, nothing much available and make it more difficult if you stay long on the island
* They were renovating my building (building 8), completed covered my balcony during my stay and I cant even have a cup of tea on the balcony and enjoy the beautiful view. It smells very strongly as well
* 3 out of 4 in our group got a little beautiful gift from the hotel as Rebak Island gift, I am only one did not get any. Some got two one from the Spa one from after check out. I don't know what is the criteria to get that but it is not nice to know you are the only one are not appreciated guest from the group.

2 days are the max for my stay to be honest. I think I will definitely get bored if I stay extra day. The hotel also have free wifi with two devices. All in all it was a good stay but I might try somewhere else next time just for different experiences.

Room Tip: water front rooms and second floor
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Property: Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi
Address: P.O. Box 125 Kuah, Langkawi 07007, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
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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) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #8 of 102 Hotels in Langkawi
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Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi 5*
Number of rooms: 94
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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