Relaxation. That’s it. Just one word to sum up a fantastic experience. The kind of place where you forget what day it is. Where you stop thinking about what day it is. How good this place was, didn’t really hit us until we were in the taxi back to Langkawi Airport. We suddenly felt a shock of adrenaline in anticipation of the rigours of having to get places, meet deadlines, do stuff.
“Relax, Recharge and Reflect. Sometimes it’s OK to do nothing.”
We think the key to The Andaman Langkawi is partly in the service. Malaysian people are the secret ingredient. They love life (and especially food) and take the responsibility of hospitality very seriously. They smile, a lot. The staff at The Andaman Langkawi are simply amazing when it comes to remembering how you like your coffee, your favourite wine, where you like to sit. We could go on all day. We just wish we could go back there, right now.
Langkawi is a tropical island paradise in Northern Malaysia, with white sandy beaches, dense jungle, fascinating wildlife and delicious food. As Southeast Asia’s first UNESCO Geopark, the geology and ecology is guaranteed to astound. Langkawi is actually an archipelago of 100 islands, 30 km offshore in the Andaman Sea, the majority of travellers will stay on the large Langkawi Island, where the majority of the area’s 750 hotels are located.
The Andaman is located in An ancient rainforest cradled between the Mat Chincang Mountains and the beaches of the Andaman Sea, where centuries-old trees, sparkling limestone outcrops and dense vegetation offer a window into history.
STYLE AND CHARACTER
The hotel offers a private hideaway for couples and families seeking a relaxing break at the same time as accommodating families. With 155 rooms and 23 suites, arranged with good privacy, there is plenty of space for all kinds of travellers and we would have few concerns about being disturbed by children if you are a couple on a romantic break. The public spaces have calming pools and huge green space.
SERVICES AND FACILITIES
The Andaman Langkawi offers all the services expected from a 5* resort hotel. Four restaurants, bars, a spa, gym, game room, barber shop, golf and swimming pools. There are a few nice surprises like the prices of cocktails during happy hour which depends on the outside temperature. The hottest it gets, the lowest are the prices ;).
We stayed in the Executive Pool Suite with private pool. The size and amenities were impressive – whilst officially, the room is 86 square meters, it feels larger with a spacious bedroom, huge bathroom complete with walk-in wardrobe and outdoor spaces at the front (sun-loungers, table and chairs overlooking the gardens) and a private pool. The super-comfy Andaman bed ensured we slept soundly, waking to enjoy the plentiful hot water and unique toiletries. Soaking in the outdoor private pool under the stars with an after-dinner glass of wine was the perfect end to the day!
FOOD AND DRINK
There are four restaurants at The Andaman, each serving their own inspired menus. Whether you prefer authentic Japanese cuisine or enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail at the beach bar, there is something to please the most discerning guest at the Langkawi resort. Tepian Laut was our favourite as we love International and Malaysian cuisine. This is the place for those wonderfully local specialties (the lamb is to die for) and traditional satay. Jala offers a feast for the eyes, an extravagant, fresh seafood display – locally sourced on Langkawi. The chef of the seafood restaurant marries Malay and Western seafood recipes to create an exciting à la carte menu.
The hotel offers many activities, for individuals, couples and families – the staff helpfully provides details of these and sample itineraries for different traveler types. Within the grounds of the hotel, there is plenty of space for action and relaxation. The 24-hour gym is well-equipped with a range of cardio equipment and weight machines. If you are in the mood for pampering, the spa is a haven of peace and beauty. V Botanical Spa offers open-air spa villas with a breathtaking views overlooking the Datai Bay which has been touted to be one of the best beaches.
What we also really liked was that the resort elevated its efforts to the next stage of rescue and rehabilitation by building a Coral Nursery to facilitate these objectives. Believed to be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, it offers guests the opportunity to participate in the unique and inspiring activity of growing new corals which, after 4 to 12 months of nurturing, will be returned to the sea.
Off-site, Langkawi has much to offer visitors interested in the natural world. One of the highlights of our trip was the hotel-organized morning walk. Accompanied by the hotel’s passionate resident naturalist, we learnt about the development of local plants and trees and spotted fauna, inquisitive macaque monkeys, monitor lizards and bats.
If you are looking for that escape, that paradise experience, to leave behind all the pressures of modern life, this is the perfect place. There is a magic here. It seeps in gently and then, after a few days, you just forget the world.