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“A quiet little hide away”

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Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi
Ranked #9 of 103 Hotels in Langkawi
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“A quiet little hide away”
Reviewed June 20, 2009

The Taj at Rebak Island is a quiet resort situated on its own little island off Langkawi. The staff are friendly and the facility is tidy. If you are looking for a quiet get away to relax then the Taj is great. If you want to be near a little more activity then you may find it too quiet. The staff were very helpful in organising a rental car on the main island and attending to other requests.

The pool is the main place to hang out and is nice. If you want to be cool head to the library where the AC is great. The restaurant is good but not great. Prices are satisfactory and not too expensive. The resort has wireless internet throughout the main buildings and around the pool. It is not available in the rooms further away from the main building. At night there is live music in the bar yet very few people hang out there. The resort was very quiet during our stay with around 20 - 30 percent occupancy.

The Taj was built in the 1980's and is showing its age and looking a bit tired in places. The facility needs some major investment to bring it up to current standards. The room was comfortable yet the AC just barely made a difference in temperature. The minibar drinks were just barely cool so go to the island store where the soft drinks and beer are cold and cheap. Take plenty of mozzie spray and repellent as the mozzie invasion hits just before sunset. The gym is minimal.

Overall we enjoyed our stay at the Taj. I would recommend splitting a stay at Langkawi on Rebak and at another facility on the main island.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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SamirGM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi, responded to this review, June 23, 2009
Thank you for your review.We are pleased to know that you were satisfied with the efficiency of our Colleagues. Have a pleasant day. Samir
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DELHI
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Reviewed June 6, 2009

Excellent property
very beauitful location
it is away from city
ha sits own island
very beutufuk
rooms are very good
service is awsum
has its on beach , broadwalk
a place to go min 3 days.
no need to get out of the hotel.
lovely place

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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SamirGM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi, responded to this review, June 8, 2009
Thank you for your compliments, we are pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us. Samir
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Reviewed June 4, 2009

Its a well seculded island in the Langkawi called Rebek. The Hotel is itself on a private Island. The trip to hotel itself is amazing ride on a speed boat. Though u are away from the many island but it is a gr8 place to hang out indoors.

The food is excellent and the staff is all very good.

  • Liked — the location and the huge space
  • Disliked — ride to the hotel by speed boat
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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SamirGM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi, responded to this review, June 5, 2009
Thank you for posting your review. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. Samir
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Reviewed June 3, 2009

We stayed in this hotel for 6 days in May 2009. We really liked it the staff is great and well trained.
The swimming pool was very big and a nice bar.
Internet was not so nice very slow just enough to get your email and drink 3 cups of coffee.

We stayed in a superior seaview room 808 and the walls need a paint and the floor also. The furniture need an upgrade. The batroom was very nice but de door from the shower is also very dirty and need a paint.

We had a lovely time in the bar thank you for everything.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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SamirGM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi, responded to this review, June 5, 2009
Thank you for your review, we will certainly look into your suggestions on improvements at Rebak Island Resort. Samir
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Reviewed May 29, 2009

Although the Taj may be viewed more as a honeymoon getaway spot, I stayed here with 5 friends(aged between 20-23) and we all thoroughly enjoyed our time here . The rooms were clean and spacious and there was plenty to keep you occupied with on Rebak Island alone. All staff members were friendly, polite and courteous and attended to queries and requests immediately.
The food was great. Numerous activities such as kayaking, bike riding, and cooking classes were available at all times of the day.
The ambience was simply amazing as you are removed from the hustle bustle of the busy streets and literally are on a separate island away from the daily grind
The only criticism I have of the resort was the last ferry from the mainland back to the island. This put a restriction of the time you were able to spend on the mainland each night.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
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SamirGM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi, responded to this review, May 31, 2009
Thank you for posting your comments.We are seeking extension from the State Authorities to extend our ferry timings. The schedule for the ferry is as per the prescribed rules of the Maritime Authorities. Regards, Samir
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Reviewed May 21, 2009

We went to Rebak Island for our honeymoon. There were a few reasons for selecting this hotel : Managed by Taj group and in a secluded island, having our own private beach.

When we arrived at the jetty, we were taken to the island by a speed boat. The hospitality that we got on reaching the island was really good. We were attended to privately in a nice way and the purpose of our visit was noted.

The room that we got was a cottage room facing the sea. The room was neat, clean and big. There was a separate dressing area, and separate bathroom, shower room and toilet. The balcony was nice with two chairs to relax facing the sea.

We were given complimentary two bottles of wine and there was an orchid shower one evening when we came back to the room in the toilet and the bed.

The pool was nice an tidy, not very very big, mid size. They had two restaurants and a bar. One drawback was that they did not have 24 hr food service as the staff left the island at night.

Overall it was an amazing stay there.

  • Liked — Location and Service
  • Disliked — Limited availability of food during night
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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SamirGM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi, responded to this review, May 21, 2009
Thank you for taking time and posting your experience on your stay at Rebak Island. We are glad to learn that you enjoyed your stay.Samir
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Mumbai
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Reviewed May 17, 2009

We visited Langkawi in April 2009 which I believe is towards the end of the peak season. That is probably the reason that the rates at the resort were very competitive - approx USD 125 per night for a standard sea facing room.

The great thing about the resort is its location. Its on a private island off the main island and hence is very secluded and peaceful. Perfect for a relaxing holiday. A few days here are good to recover from a busy life at home.

The resort runs a complimentary ferry service in case you wish to visit the main island for the touristy things.

Water sport activities are priced at double of what you would pay on the main island but that is expected. If you do plan a trip to the main island (which by the way you should), you can enjoy those activites at one of the main beaches.

Pros
• Service is top notch. Hotel manager sent a complimentary cake as we were on honeymoon which was much appreciated.
• Good food. Menu includes options for the veggies as well
• Excellent breakfast spread. Includes Asian and Indian dishes as well.
• Has a nice library from which guests can borrow books


Cons
• Selection of tea in the room was lame. I know other hotels provide better variety. Its not a huge thing but i doubt it would cost the hotel much to upgrade.
• Last ferry back to resort is way too early at 6 15 PM which one of the staff members informs is due to local maritime regulations. Whatever the reason, it only means that you can't have a night out and also that you have to depend entirely on the hotel restaurant for dinnner.
• Resort has some movies you can borrow. The collection available was outdated and lame.
• The private beach was a bit disappointing.

All in all - notwithstanding the cons highly recommended for those looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday.

  • Liked — courteous service from ALL staff, breakfast spread, competitive rates
  • Disliked — expensive water sport activities
  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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SamirGM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi, responded to this review, May 19, 2009
Thank you for your comments on your stay with us. The Ferry operations are as per the law of the Country though we have requested the concerned Authorities for extension of timings.We look forward to your future holidays with us at Rebak Island.
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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 #9 of 103 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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