We only spent one night here and it was an extremely disappointing stay.
Staff: They were friendly but they know very little English.
Room: It was spacious however you could not say that it was clean. The floor was dusty and neither mobbed and we did not feel comfortable out here at all.
Bathroom: It was ok but there was very little water coming through the shower. No pressure at all and it was difficult to adjust the water in the pipe and due to the low pressure, we had the tap water pouring below instead, making it difficult to have a proper shower.
Noise: The second reason we left was because of noise pollution.
You see, firstly we were awake at dawn (5:30 am – 6:30) from the prayers coming from the loudspeakers of the mosque which is right next door.
Then there was much noise coming from the kitchen utensils and cutlery, plus extra noise from the staff in the kitchen which was near our room. No respect for guests as if they come from another planet and they cannot understand that the guest is here to relax and enjoy their holidays.
Noise from the doors which were creaking and you could hear clearly what was going on next door. It was a nightmare in all.
Breakfast: Really poor. It was actually the WORST I had in my entire life. In an attempt to get just bread….it could honestly not be eaten even by animals.
There was no way to stay here even if we had the room for free for a week.
The rooms seem beautiful and everything looks totally different on their website.
We stayed in 3 different rooms the 4 nights of our stay here. What you see on the site are the 3 rooms which are supposed to be the very best and they give the impression that the rest are similar making the guest look forward to getting there. The majority of rooms however are very small like jails, filthy and disgusting and you can hardly walk around the bed. Rooms like cells.
Rooms: We were given a standard room upon arrival which was extremely small and dark and we asked if we could change it the next day. We were lucky that somebody checked out that day and we moved to a bigger room which was the room you see on their website. We stayed here just for one night and unfortunately we were asked to move to another one because as the reception informed us somebody else was moving in.
Beds were ok but bed linen was synthetic thus we struggled to keep them on at night and the result was a very little, poor and uncomfortable sleep.
The third day, we were back to a similar as the first room we had the first day of arrival but a different one this time. A jail-like room or cell which was also dark because outside the two very tiny windows it was something like a shed that kept the room with no light, creating a frowsty atmosphere.
Coffee/tea facilities and a bottle of water were available.
Bathroom: Don’t expect any toiletries –a shampoo or bath gel other than a tiny small soap. Towels: (see photos) torn and dirty with stains on.
Cleaning: Non-existent! They use nothing but water to clean the bathroom with no detergent of any kind. I came to the room and watched the ladies ‘cleaning’. Just a very quick sweeping of the floor with a broom made of straw. No mopping of the floor, no nothing! The ladies don’t seem to know what cleaning means.
Breakfast: Average. The usual machine kind of orange juice, a lady would ask if we wanted an omelette, and there were 3 kinds of jam, fresh bread and butter. Filter coffee was ok.
Restaurant next door: I can speak highly of the Oasis Restaurant next door which has nothing to do with the hotel. Good service, nice people, western and Indian food. We used to have lunch and dinner here all 4 days.
If we had more time we would certainly look for another hotel but we remained here to avoid losing more time in searching around.
Never here again and I don’t recommend it to others as well.
This hotel is painted according to Malaysian Flag and if is located perfectly besides night market area.
We visited Langkawi six years ago on our way to Australia. Although we are keen travellers and seen many places, this island had a special charm for us, and we decided that it would be an ideal place for us to retire to when the time was right.
I returned a few months later to buy an apartment at CHOGM villa on the outskirts of Kuah - the capital town. Since then we visit at least once a year, and I feel I am therefore able to provide a balanced view of the island.
1)It is a beautiful and natural island, full of exotic animals and fauna. However, litter is a problem in some areas, and really spoils this natural beauty.
2)The islanders in the majority are happy, gentle and hospitable people who are welcoming to tourists. Smile and treat them with respect, and you will be treated the same.
3)The road system is excellent, driving standards are good (although whole families on mopeds can be a bit of a surprise!)
4)Food is abundant and inexpensive. There is a wide variety of style and price of places to eat, and most of it great value. The decor and tables/chairs in a lot of eating places may not be of restaurant standard, but the food is great.
5)It is a safe country, and I have never felt threatened or intimidated anywhere. My wife regularly travels there with her sister, and they have never had any problems at all.
6)The island is small enough to be accessible easily by car (which you will need in my opinion), but also big enough to have lots of things to see and do.
7)Great links with mainland Malaysia and the rest of Asia via Air Asia which I have found to be inexpensive with quality service.
8) The weather - everyday between 28 to 35 degrees, although during rainy season it does rain more than normal. Who cares though when rain is warm!
Overall, for my wife and myself Langkawi is the place that we want to spend lots of our time when we retire,and as much as possible time before then.
If you want to try the island for a short holiday can I suggest staying at the CHOGM Villa. Not only does it give you a real taste of living in a mixed community environment, but you will also meet other apartment owners who have emigrated to Langkawi and will give you their honest thoughts on living there. The complex also has the best swimming pool on the island!
Have a look at apartmentinlangkawidotcom.
A modern, well equipped 2 bedroom apartment on a secure complex on the outskirts of Kuah town in Langkawi.
Wonderful community, great pool, handy for Kuah, shops nearby.
I stayed at Foxhill 10-13 Feb 2011 to get a 'feel' of what it would be like to live in Langkawi (in the middle of the island, where Foxhill is located, as opposed to a beach resort where I'd normally stay while on holiday).
It is run by Maria, a warm, bubbly, very cosmopolitan 'original' Kedah Malay lady! ;-) Since Langkawi's local population is Malay, you'd want to experience Malay hospitality, which is what she provides in a charming Malay kampong (village) style resort on a hill side, with friendly help and great home cooking! You can find the best 'rendang' in Langkawi in Maria's resort's kitchen :-)
I'd recommend you write to Maria and book well in advance as she has only 3 Malay style village houses (plus the tree house) which always get full! For, you get a 'house' here, mind you, not a room! ;-)
In addition to my Foxhill tip on VT, you can look it up with reviews from those who've stayed there on TripAdvisor (VT's parent company). There are plenty of pics there, except the tree house, pic of which I'm posting here plus (I think!) the best shot of Foxhill Resort Langkawi, looking down the hill (that I took)! ;-)
1) Unique Malay village experience in 2) authentic Malay houses 3) in a charming Malay village setting on a hillside 4) offering warm genuine Malay hospitality and 5) wonderful fresh home cooking :-)
We had a 3 nights stay at Sweet Inn in the last week of September 2010. The host Mr. Kamruddin is very friendly. He can arrange u for all the available tours in Langkawi. Staff is efficient. The service is very good. Rates are very reasonable. Its quite popular amongst the tourist. So make sure that u have booked the rooms in advance.
Sweet inn is very close to all the famous eateries & restaurants in Cenang such as Rasa,Orkid Ria, Breakfast bar etc. If u just cross the road then u are on Pantai Cenang Beach. Even car & Bike rentals are nearby. In my next Langkawi trip with my familly again Iam going to opt fr Sweet Inn only.
this nice and clean English run small place is the best one for budget travelers only 2 min walk to the pantai cenang beach.dorms for 20 privates for 35 ringgit with shared bathroom with cold shower.bathrooms are usually clean.the rooms are not very simple equiped with a fan a bed and mosquito nets.there are also bungalows available for 50 with attached bathroom.there is a tv and dvd and some 100 movies to choose from.at the reception it is possible buy drinks(small tiger beer 4 ringgit).considering the rooms are not the best at the guesthouses on the island this place is much nicer than the ones on the beach and it is the cheapest!!i would recommend this place to all the travelers who is looking for a budget acc.
I think i can help a little here,it's depands on where do you want to stay. Either near to the beach or to the town area. Langkawi Seaview Hotel is near to town and as for Langkasuka Beach Resort is near to the airport and beach area. Pricing wise, Langkasuka (around RM200++ per night) will be a little more expensive than Seaview (around RM150-RM160 per night). But there are many food variety for you to choose from along the beach area. You should try the sea food here. There is one chinese restaurant in Kuah town by the name of " Wonderland" they serve awsome food. You should try out.
If you would like an exclusive home stay environment, I would like to recommend you a place at Cenang Beach area and it's call " Pondok Keladi" it's low density and nice environment. Pricing cost around RM150 per night.
Here you can visit the Traveler Review about this place:
If you need any assistant for your trip to Langkawi e.g: car rental, accomodation, or other activities, you can contact Mr. Shan 018-4666546, he can provide you a very good and reasonable service.
Visit traveler review to have a better understanding:
Its a small private bungalow directly facing the beach in a very quiet area of Langkawi. The Owners are very lovely couple who would help you with everything they could. Paku Pakis is well-fumished, with a master-bedroom, a double room, a single room, a living room, a dining room, a kitchen and a separate common bathroom. It accommodates five comfortably.
You will need to rent a bike or a car since it it not very close to the city center.
The exterior landscape is very well done with a nice water feature filled with Koi and a nice water fall.
For the island to maintain its rich marine life this place is uninhabited. The only way to see it, is by a day trip.
I am putting up this tip is just because one of our VT friend did asked about which hotel that is situated near to Kuah Night Market.
The answer is the Baron Hotel. It is not a 'star star' hotel that offer luxurious and high class services plus accommodation. It is just a budget hotel and being build just next to Kuah's River.
And the night market which being held in Kuah for every Saturday and Wednesday is just in front of this hotel doorstep.
Hi, i am just back from my holiday in Malaysia and i spent some unforgettable days in Rebak Island Resort, Langkawi .This recently revamped resort which is now managed and operated by,as i was told, The Taj Group is undoubtedly Heaven on Earth.I would recommend all those who are planning to spend some quiet moments with their loved ones,away from the bustle of city life to head there,and if you are planning to go to this resort i would advice you'll to go there by September,so that you'll can avail of their special introductory price,just like i did.Believe me, it makes a lot of difference.
I have come back with memories that i will cherish for a lifetime.The hospitality and the service of the staff there is unbilevable.They have this warmth in them, that makes you feel at home.For Foodies this is the place to be.You can enjoy cuisines of all types under one roof at the Rebak Island Resort's restaurants :Senari and Boardwalk. Their SY69 lounge provides a breathtaking view of the Marina and the yachts and here you will find a wide range of beverages including special and international cocktails.
Rebak Island Resort offers an exotic balance between diversity, activity, and exclusivity. Glorious sunshine, deep azure water, romantic caves, tucked away corners along the beach and breathtaking flora weave enchanting memories.Only when you go to this beautiful resort, will you agree to what i am saying.
The Rebak Island Resort is indeed unique and this makes you feel "special".
Recreation options at the hotel range from exhilarating to exciting. You can choose to lie lazy in the swimming pool, play golf on the 9 hole mini golf course, go kayaking or mountain biking, be part of a nature trail, play beach volleyball or tennis or just take a shot at the pool table. Also on offer for the culinary buffs are Malaysian cuisine demonstrations that can be arranged on special requests. Water sport activities such as parasailing, jet skiing and banana boat rides could also be arranged at the main island on request. What’s more, their Resident Naturalist also take guests on Mangrove discover tours! If you are a nature lover and adventorous at heart, you can opt for the sunset cruises, deep sea fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving, or better still in private boat trips, caves explorations, Langkawi Island tours or even Island hopping
We went on an overnight cruise on Stardust for two nights while we were in Langkawi. The scenery was stunning and changed every day, as did the swimming pool and at night we slept under a canopy of stars. Some of the other guests were on day cruises, or joined us for dinner but we had the nights to ourselves. The service was informal , but the captain Dean and the crew were great. We sea kayaked through caves and went to remote beaches, helped steer the ship and get the sails up and there was still plenty of time for reading.
This was a bit of a lifestyle thing. There are cabins but it was nicer on deck as Stardust isn't air conned. Its a bit like glorified camping without the rain, without mosquittoes and with lots of great food and bucket fulls of cocktails.
Stayed at : 2 bedroom apartment
Price : RM250 per night with breakfast
1) very near to lobby, coffee house & seaside - nice view
2) ample parking space, very near our apartment
3) very near to Kuah town
4) very good House-keeping service - fast
1) Although it was a 2 rooms apartment, only one room has air-cond, 2nd room only has a ceiling fan. Another air-cond was at the living room, so have to switched on that unit the whole day to ensure the other bedroom is cooling.
2) Pipe water supply is yellowish in colour, must be the poor piping system. The water is not drinkable & have to bear with it during shower.
3) Shower head is fixed on the wall - not children friendly
4) Swimming Pool is closed
5) Limited food & same food for breakfast every morning
This place is completely run down, it is owned by people living in KL, who open it during peak season for a quick buck. They pick up all the travellers/tourists after all the other places are fully booked and charge RM100. The rooms are smelly for being closed for a long time, the first room we had was leaking when it rained and the bathroom needed a very good scrub. The sheets and blankets have seen better days.
Imagine moving from this to AB Motel and paying less per night :o)
Although the people running it are friendly, I would strongly not recommend it!
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