Langkawi: A Little Piece of Heaven on Earth

Went to Langkawi this week. It was work cum short vacation. Wished it was longer and the time was all mine.  But all the tour i got to do was half a day on bus tour. We did got to go to Rams, Idaman Suri and IWG Group duty-free shopping.  Anyway came across this article which explain Langkawi all about.

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Recent photos when I was in Langkawi Island. View from plane before touch down, view of the sea from Sea View Hotel balcony and sun almost setting one evening.

Get to know Langkawi! It’s Visit Malaysia Year 2014!

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by Antoine Commare & Lou-Ann Aubin

1 Mar 2013

Source : ExpatriateLifestyle

 

Langkawi: A Little Piece of Heaven on Earth

Myths and legends about Langkawi are many… The best known is of Mahsuri, a pretty maiden who lived during the reign of Sultan Abdullah Mukarram Shah the Second who ruled Kedah between 1762 and 1800. She died under tragic circumstances for a crime she did not commit. She died a victim of a conspiracy plotted against her out of jealousy by Mahura, her very own mother-in-law.

In time, Mahsuri gave birth to a baby boy and was accused of committing adultery. The chieftain of Langkawi, Dato Karma Jaya, her own father-in-law, sentenced her to death.

As proof of her innocence, some people say, white blood was seen gushing out of her wound during execution at Padang Hangus. Others maintain there was the sudden appearance of white mist that enveloped the spot where she was executed, which was believed to be a sign of mourning for her innocence.

Mahsuri is best remembered for her curse on Langkawi which was uttered before she died. She had said, “For this act of injustice, Langkawi shall not prosper for seven generations to come.” The execution of Mahsuri was indeed a tragedy of dramatic proportions. And her curse? Myth, legend or fantasy? History tells us that within a few years of Mahsuri’s death, Langkawi was devastated by the Siamese, and Datuk Seri Kerma Jaya and his entire family were killed. Rice fields and granaries were completely set on fire.
To this day, burnt rice grains are still to be found at Padang Matsirat. However, many believe the curse is now over with the numerous development projects undertaken on the island.

The island is experiencing a high-speed development phase and numerous luxurious hotels are now available for tourists to enjoy the exotic delicacies Langkawi has to offer.

Luxurious moments to be had
Berjaya Resort 
Home to UNESCO’s global geopark, discover the island that is said to have inspired love and miracles. Cocooned within a rainforest sanctuary, Berjaya Langkawi Resort embraces boundless views of emerald waters and green cushioned mountains. With an array of convention facilities and inspired spa treatments complemented with heartfelt services, moments are filled with a sense of natural connection and harmonious retreat.

The spectacular Berjaya Langkawi Resort is nestled within Burau Bay on the northern part of the island, just a mere 15-minute’s drive away from the airport. Here, traditional chalets and suites inspired by Malaysian culture sprawl themselves over 70 acres of landscaped land, with the backdrop of a 5million year old rainforest and a warm beach in the front.

Bon Ton 
Bon Ton Resort Langkawi is one of the island’s most stylish, unique and intimate resorts, with eight individually styled antique Malay villas, the perfect small boutique hotel. Enjoy the Nam Restaurant, an exotic fusion of western and eastern gourmet cuisine with Asian spices—a variety of tastes for everyone. Known as the best restaurant of the island, it promises a unique and special experience.

Casa Del Mar
Offering sea view accommodation in Langkawi for all, beachside dining options, spa facilities and water sports, the 34 room Casa Del Mar is the perfect oasis for travelers looking for a private and peaceful retreat in Malaysia. Casa Del Mar`s philosophy is to propose a unique experience around individual guests to guaranty them a tranquil hideaway.

Four Seasons
If you’re looking for a luxurious and relaxing getaway in Langkawi, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is perfect. In the Tanjung Rhu area, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is one of the many resort style properties that you can choose from. Four Seasons Resort Langkawi welcomed its first guests back in 2000. Some common positive comments most recently made by guests include “Excellent Experience”, “Excellent Experience”, and “Excellent Experience”. The property is ranked first in the Tanjung Rhu area in terms of popularity with Wego users, and ranked 2nd choice for Malaysians.

Space is what this luxurious Moorish-style resort offers in its large, well-appointed rooms, as well as the attention to privacy. It is set against beautiful virgin rainforest and limestone hills and with mangroves on doorstep. The nature tours are worth taking and the spa is great for pampering.
With artful design and all pervading serenity, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi presents a tranquil retreat in the Andaman Sea, where UNESCO-protected mangroves showcase labyrinthine adventures between land and sea.

Meritus
Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa is a world of ethnic charm inspired by a Malaysian traditional village concept along a kilometer stretch of white sandy beaches. Covering an area of 35 acres on a beachfront location, the Resort offers a relaxing atmosphere amidst lush tropical environment and award winning landscaped gardens. Designed to depict a leisurely kampong or village lifestyle, there are 51 single and double-storey wooden chalets featuring sloping roofs, exposed roof tiles and trusses.

Sheraton 
Your comfort and well-being are their top priorities. Experience the celebrated “ahhhhh” of the Sheraton Sweet SleeperSM Bed. Relax alongside the infinity pool which overlooks the Andaman Sea. Or spend some time exploring the resort and observe the exotic flora and fauna which are home to magnificent Hornbills, Dusky Leaf Monkeys, and Flying Lemurs. For total relaxation, pamper yourself at Chavana Spa by Mandara. Or if you are looking to keep fit, visit the fitness centre with sweeping views of Teluk Nibong.

The Andaman, A Luxury Collection Resort 
The Andaman, A Luxury Collection Resort located in an idyllic tropical setting on the tranquil Datai Bay, is cosily tucked away between a 10 million year old rainforest and an 8,000 year old fringing coral reef. Abundant with rare wildlife and exotic flora, The Andaman’s magnificent locale enables guests to partake in a wide range of activities that integrate the surrounding nature while still enjoying the luxurious trimmings of a five star resort in Langkawi.

Set in rainforest and overlooking the beautiful white beach and blue waters of Teluk Datai, this family-friendly hotel has 188 contemporary Asian-style rooms and suites. Spot the rare Colugo or the great Hornbill when you join the complementary Nature Walks, or take part in Coral Activities both on the shores as well as at the new coral nursery.

Tanjung Rhu Resort
Tanjung Rhu Resort is a holiday within a holiday, where everything is thoughtfully catered towards ensuring your complete enjoyment, all within the resort. The resort is spread over 1,100 acres of sprawling rainforest, rolling limestone, untouched mangroves, with luxuriously furnished rooms and suites boast spectacular views of the Andaman Sea, the surrounding forest or the Resort’s famed and landscaping. Tanjung Rhu Resort is the 116th most popular resort style properties in the area.

The Datai Langkawi
The Datai Bay area is home to around two hotel style properties and The Datai Resort is a great option. With a representation of around 304 leading hotels of the world properties worldwide, the Datai Resort is the only one of its kind in Langkawi.
Within the Datai Bay area, The Datai Langkawi is ranked the third most popular hotel. This sophisticated sister hotel to the Andaman on Teluk Datai is set spectacularly in the rainforest, with wood featuring extensively in its public spaces and widely spaced out rooms, which comprise 54 deluxe rooms, 40 villas and 18 suites. Quiet and geared toward couples, it features good restaurants with excellent wine lists, and a spa that must be tried.
With an array of convention facilities and inspired spa treatments complemented with heartfelt services, moments are filled with a sense of natural connection and harmonious retreat.

The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa
Retreat to The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa, surrounded by the idyllic natural setting of the magical Langkawi Island. Immerse yourself in paradise in an idyllic place where relaxation meets convenience.
Situated on private beachfront property The Westin Langkawi provides the perfect balance of the joys of nature and the spoils of opulence. With shopping malls in the vicinity and the jetty just a stone’s throw away it is the ideal getaway spot for you.

Explore
Going on an island cruise is one of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of Langkawi, while relaxing at the same time. A round trip island cruise around Beras Basah Island and Dayang Bunting takes approximately four hours from start to finish. However, If you want to have a more exclusive and luxurious experience, head to the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club or Telaga Harbour to charter your own private yacht for a few hours; you can have a meal or two, or a few drinks, while going taking in the spectacular scenery. Nothing beats the feeling of being the captain while enjoying a nice, chilled champagne. Companies such as SunSail, Baby Tonga, or Sunset Cruise will cater to your own very needs.

If immediate proximity to the water is not your fort, you can always head for the heights of Langkawi. If the cable car is a popular attraction, and often overcrowded, why not then, opt for a helicopter ride? Helistar will tailor make any tour you have in mind, and even drop you in Koh Lipeh if you feel like it.
Experience the wonders of nature first-hand by scuba diving or snorkeling, going on a bird watching tour or a mangrove and limestone cruise, or with a jungle trekking adventure in the rainforest. Kayaking, jet skiing, and other water sports are also some of the most popular ways to get that adrenaline rush amidst the glorious sparkling waters of the Andaman Sea.

Rest and relaxation is best experienced by doing absolutely nothing, and just lying on the pristine beaches of Langkawi. You can head on to Pantai Cenang beach, considered as the liveliest beach where most of the locals and tourists go for socialising. If you prefer to free your mind from all your worries with a bit of solitude, most of the resorts offer private spots on their beaches so you can just laze around and bask in the wonderful views.

Langkawi is home to a number of luxurious resorts and spas that graciously cater to their guests’ pampering needs. You can try some of the different massage techniques offered by these spas after a long, tiring day of going around the island, after which you will truly discover how it is to be thoroughly pampered and indulged.

Tee off time…
99 East Golf Club
99 East Golf Club is located on oceanfront land between Pantai Cenang and Kuah Town, just 10 minutes from the Langkawi International Airport.

The championship golf course compliments the natural environment. With multiple tee boxes, 99 East Golf Club will challenge the pros while remaining fair to the recreational golfers. Designed by Ross Watson, 99 East Golf Club offers a different golfing experience in Asia, taking many of its design references from Australian and even Scottish links courses.

Gunung Raya Golf Resort
The Gunung Raya Golf Resort is located at the foothills of the majestic Gunung Raya (Celebration Mountain). The Langkawi golf course covers 300 acres of former rubber plantation land and was designed by renowned American golf architect Max Wexler. Gunung Raya has nice panoramic views and an impressive landscape. Within its lush landscapes, you will encounter rolling greens, panoramic tees and impeccable fairways. Gunung Raya Golf Resort is an exhilarating golfing venue that will whet any avid golfer’s appetite!

The Golf Club Datai Bay
Having been internationally recognised as one of the best golfing experience in the world, the Golf Club Datai Bay is a public course carved out of a tropical rainforest in Datai Bay, welcoming golfing enthusiasts from across the world. Facing the Andaman Sea, this international 18-hole, 72-par golf course was created with a nature theme in mind to allow golfers to play in harmony with nature.

The Golf Club Datai Bay was voted as The Most Scenic Golf Course in Malaysia and nominated as one of the best golf resorts in Asia. Many varieties of trees and plants can be found along the course including tropical hardwoods, bougainvillea, palms, ferns, parasitic vines and broad-leafed plants. The secluded golf course is close to nature is perfect for both beginners and avid golfers alike.

After all those activities, you may find yourself ravenous but there is no need to worry as you have a wide variety of dining options to choose from in Langkawi. Restaurants in hotels and fine dining establishments,

Your Langkawi adventure will best be enjoyed on a leisurely pace, so you can take in the views, the people, the activities, and the whole paradise experience in the most appreciative of ways. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself falling in love with the place and yearning for another chance to come back—before you even leave the breathtaking views that make Langkawi a jewel of a tourist destination.

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