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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
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New Delhi, India
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23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We arrived by an early morning flight from Kualalumpur and checked into Rebak Island resort – A Taj Hotel. The hotel had arranged for airport transfers so the cab took us to Rebak island’s jetty point from where we had to take a jetty till the island resort. Oh my god! The boat ride was phenomenal, the sight of the clear endless sea was simply breath-taking and in about 20 mins or so we reached the resort. The entrance of the resort is a marina, where travellers from across the globe have parked their boats and have travelled to Langkawi from their country in that boat – How exciting.

The resort is such a delight, being managed by the Taj Group’s Management. The resort is spread on the rebak island and has both pool facing and sea facing rooms. Since we arrived before our check in time, the staff was so sweet to offer us a room for a wash and change till our room got ready. Finally we got our sea facing room, the view was simply divine. We could walk from our room to the hotel’s private beach. We were on cloud 9. The hotel gave us a complementary bottle of their finest merlot red wine, a fruit platter and a welcome cake, clubbed with some restaurant vouchers with some great deals.

The resort has a small departmental store selling alcohol and some basic items, if you are too fussy about using the 5 star resort’s expensive room service. The restaurants serve amazing seafood, the rooms are huge, the resort is simply divine with a grand pool and a great private beach. The resort never makes you want to go back home. It is truly a home away from home. When in Langkawi, stay at the Taj.

Room Tip: choose sea facing rooms in the front wing
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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132 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

On a simple face value the Taj resort on Rebak Island is a fun place to getaway from it all. When you first arrive, everything is as would be expected of Taj. Rooms are clean and room service is great. A little time here though quickly reveals the problems.

Firstly, Rebak Island is a training facility for Taj. Whilst we were there it very quickly became obvious that a small handful of staff do nearly all the work and the rest were mostly bordering on hopeless. The good staff though were amazing.

It was no use complaining to the Manager as he was on leave for the majority of our stay so eventually we just laughed at things like poolside drinks that contained no alcohol. Or ice.

The other problem arises when you want to go exploring. Rebak Island is, well, an island. And the ferry service to the main jetty is both slow and for the most part very poorly timed especially at night. This means if you want to go to Langkawi for a big evening out, then you need to cut it very short in order to get the last ferry home or pay through the nose for a special trip.

The entertainment on Rebak Island is very limited so if you are staying more than a day don't underestimate the problem with the ferries - you will be spending a lot of time looking for the timetable and sitting on them.

Other than the rooms, most of the rest of the resort is crying out for an upgrade. The resort is very tired and other than siting around the pool there is very little else to do.

Full marks to the restaurant team though - with only half the staff experienced, they work hard to ensure that customers are as unaware as possible of the staff situation.

It was fun and funny but one time only for this little black duck - next time I will stay on the mainland.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This resort is really amazing and perfect for a 'get away from it all break'. The rooms are large, comfortable and well furnished. The pool is lovely with a great bar and even if swimming in the sea is not perfect here the pool makes up for it. The beach bar for an early evening cocktail is the perfect place for sundown with really friendly staff. It is the levels of service though that make this place really outstanding. From the time you are collected from the airport, whisked over to the island by speedboat and right through the stay staff are professional, friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them. Our housekeeper making lovely designs with flower petals on the bed as well as keeping the place spotless was a much appreciated touch. Food is excellent, plentiful and very well presented. Would certainly go back here

Room Tip: All rooms look good and are very close to the beach
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Tianjin, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

If you need a peace of mind, and need to get away from city, or considering major decision in life, this is a place to be. You will have plenty of sunshine, beach and green forest tracks.

Because it is almost like a private island, you will have the whole island by yourself and small community who choose to stay there.

The close distance between the small island and airports is also a good advantage. Just fly in there, get transported by speed boat to Rebak Island and stay there for as long as you want.

Just in case you still need to access to Inbox and Internet, no worries, the resort is connected with wifi.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

My fiancée and I stayed here for two nights and had a wonderful time. The absolute stand out thing about this place are the staff who, even by Malaysian standards, were superb. They simply could not do enough to help, were exceptionally pleasant at all times and were easily reachable at all times. Special mention goes to Manzu (not sure about spelling) who laid our bed with towel swans and fresh petals!

The food at the restaurant was good, although expensive by Malaysian prices (however, it was no more than a normal restaurant back here in the UK). The beach was clean and not too busy, and bikes, kayaks etc were free of charge to use (for the first hour).

My only complaints involved the rooms; our bathroom smelt very strongly of sewage on a couple of occasions and the bedroom did have a couple of watermarks on the wall. On top of that, there was no sound insulation between us and our "neighbours" upstairs, which resulted in being woken a few times in the night when they were having "fun".

But other than that, I can thoroughly recommend this place. I would say that 2-3 days is enough as the boat from the mainland stops at 7.30pm which restricts what you can do in the evenings.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Had a great time at Rebak island, amazing service and great food too. The variety of cuisines is good and the quality too is great. One of the strong points about the hotel is its service, the entire team is extremely approachable and go out of their way to make the stay comfortable.
The rooms have a nice "antiquey" feel to it and are really comfortable to stay in.would definitely want to visit it again someday.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Rebak caught our eyes with its own private island and facilities compared to other hotels in Langkawi mainland such as Pelangi Beach Resort or Casa del Mar and we're so happy that Rebak Island Resort has provided us the ultimate comfort and peace that we're looking for a getaway from the concrete jungle.

We took a boat ride from Langkasuka Port to the island, and since we're not here for a duty-free & nightlife experience, the last boat ride to the island which is 6:15pm didn't bother us one bit. We were amused by the surrounding when we reached the deck, the yacht yard view was spectacular. Later we were brought to the reception with a warm welcome greeting.

We were pretty satisfied with our room, facing the seaside, being greeted by the sunrise every morning and the low tide view during the evening. Even though rebak is located in its own island but there are a lot of activities to do. Our room has been given a complimentary island hopping trip for 2. Apart from that, there are also parasailing, kayaking, cycling, nature walk, scuba diving (for beginner with no diver license & advanced), snorkelling etc.

We would like to thank to the Rebak Island Resort staff for making us feel welcomed. The staff are very friendly. They took such a good care to the guests. We can see the difference when we went for scuba diving & island hopping tours. We were given a paper bag filled with towels, isotonic drinks & bottled water and we couldn't see the same sight from the guests of other hotels.

It's like a paradise to us. If you're looking for a calm & peaceful holiday trip or getaway, this would be the best place for you. A hidden gem that is isolated from the main island. Would definitely go here again if we got the chance.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
Amenities:
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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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