Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Pantai Cenang, Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, 07000, Malaysia

17 Reviews

Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi
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Satisfaction Very Good
Very Good

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 81% more than similarly rated 4.5 star hotels

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Good For Couples
  • Families79
  • Couples83
  • Solo73
  • Business82
  • Average


    We stayed there for three nights between the 5th & 8th April 2012 with four children. The place itself is old and average. The service is good. Staff are friendly and they try their best to please. Waiting for the buggy can be an issue sometimes and the staff needs to improve their English cause it was very difficult to communicate at times. The hotel is located only minutes walk from Cenang Beach, which contains many restaurants and shops.

    This place is definitely not a 5-star.

    Unique Quality: None

  • qurratulayn's Profile Photo

    Our haven....


    Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa was indeed the right choice for our stay. The resort was nicely done up. Both their pool and beach were captivating. The open-view spa was also applaudable. Service was good and staff were very friendly.

    Unique Quality: Great views, polite staff and friendly people...all around.

  • Great Place for Retreat


    Overall 2 nights chalet stay were great. There are many facilities in the hotel itself with fitness centre, swimming pools, spa, mini golf!
    Wide spread for buffet dinner and breakfast!!! Yum

    Good place for relaxation but if you have your days packed with touring, seek alternative and value for money accomodation!

  • langkawidream's Profile Photo

    Langkawi Accomodation


    full with friendly charms & gentle hospitality

    Unique Quality: Pelangi would definitely be a good choice to stay as full with friendly charms & gentle hospitality and it's located just right beside a white sandy beach where you can enjoy the breath taking view and this is a resort for a carefree geteaway. Apart from that, it will be an ideal place for family, epecially those with childrend would like to stay in Pelangi.


    - Jovin -

  • Not 5 star


    We stayed 8 nights in February 2009 for relaxation. Overall we were happy with the service and facilities. However, the resort is heavily overpriced. First it is pretty noisy. Nowhere is it mentioned that the resort is close to the airport, sometimes planes took off directly above our heads, dropping some fuel smoke and smell on their way. The aircons were located next to the bedroom. Jetskis cruised very close to the beach, including some from the Meritus itself.
    For the price we paid we would have expected to have Star Sports (it was Australian Open time!), HBO and Star Movies in our room.
    In some areas (e.g. tennis courts) maintenance is not very good.

    Unique Quality: nice broad and clean beach, good and friendly service

    Directions: Cenang Beach, 10 minutes from airport

  • son63's Profile Photo

    The place to RELAX!


    Had 6 nights at Pelangi Beach Resort.
    Staff very friendly.
    Had to get our ceiling fan repaired which took 3 days and 2 reminders, received a complimentary, good qulity Asian travel magazine for our troubles.
    Food and sevice very good, only breakfast buffet not that impressive. We ate breakfast at local restarants each day after that. Cheaper and more our style.
    BBQ buffet and dinner in the sunset on the beach was a highlight to our stay.

    Unique Quality: Relaxed setting
    Walking distance to Restarants
    Nice setting at the two pools
    Great massage hut on the beach

  • tere1's Profile Photo

    Nice hotel in Pantai Cenang!


    I stayed at the Pelangi Beach Resort for 5 nights and had a nice stay. Though it's rated 5 stars I think it doesn't meet them, it's a 4 star resort. I also found it lacked some character.
    The resort has many facilities to keep people busy during their stay as Langkawi is a very laidback and beautiful island, but it has not much to do or see outside the resort.

    We had a seaview room , right in front of the beach, which was large and confortable but a bit dark. The grounds are nice and well kept with two nice swimming pools. The beach wasn't stunning but it was ok and as most people preferred to lay in the pools, it was a good place to relax and bath as it was quiet desert , specially in the mornings.

    The service was good ,people were always willing to help, though at the restaurants it was pretty bad at times as they lacked people working there.
    Food was only so so. The best restaurant was the Thai one and we had a very disappointing and expensive BB buffet dinner on the beach. Though the breakfast was extensive it lacked a bit quality.

    The night entertainment at the lounge bar had a band playing western hits. Typical dances and music would be much nicer to see and give a Malay feeling, like they do in Thailand.
    Also had a massage at the beach massage hut which left my whole body aching for two days and I still don't know if it was supposed to, lol.

    All in all it's a nice and quiet resort, though big, it is relaxing. got a great discounted rate by being a Meritus Cub member so it was a good value for money.

  • SurfaceTravel's Profile Photo

    a good family resort on the beach


    We stayed there for one night sort of on the way to The Datai. This is no Datai, but it is a very good resort for its price, well geared for children and families. There are many activities for kids and adults, more than enough pools, and a huge beach. Service was adequate.

    We stayed in two rooms on the upper floor of building blocks containing four units. We found the furniture and decor quite plain and dark, however, we had an excellent view from our room and the balcony.

    I would stay there again if on a budget, but if money is no object, then The Datai every time!

  • RosieMolly's Profile Photo

    Pelangi Beach Resort not so good


    We stayed at Pelangi Beach Resort for our Honeymoon and although we had a great time,we had some problems with the Hotel. Our friends had chipped in and had us upgraded to a Beachfront room but I would really not recommend spending the extra dollars.
    We met a number of people during our 9 day stay and all of the accomodation was of the same quality whether you paid for a deluxe,superior or otherwise.

    The rooms are all rather dark and desperately in need of refurbishment. There were holes in the couches in our room,the curtains were also shabby with holes and the bathroom had a musty mildewy smell.The extras such as soap and mini bar where also basic.Normally I wouldnt complain but I think the mistake is that this hotel is relatively expensive but it's standards are way below par.In Langkawi,Pelangi is advertised as a 5 star hotel and in some travel guides as a 4 star.our experience is that the hotel should really be graded as a 3 star.

    I think the big clincher for me was that the sheets were grey,thin and threadbare....overwashed and used thousands of times. I have travelled many places before and this usually wouldnt bother me but in a 5 star...that is quite a splurge for us...I expect fresh clean sheets

    Unique Quality: The pool was great and this is really a family hotel. Happy hour at the beachside bar for us was a bit of a trap as we met up with another honeymoon couple from Ireland and at $2.00 Australian Dollars for cocktails....often found that we were still at the bar way into the night.

    The restaurants including the main restaurant,the Thai restaurant and the BBQ grill were amazing.Fresh,flavoursome food and for the first time in our lives we really got tired of eating prawns and crab.Delicious. The Pelangi restaurants are much dearer than the restaurants in town but still very cheap releative to Australia

    The pool side bar/cafe serves very Western burgers and chips but as before,is really catering for the family groups

    The house keeping service couldnt be faulted and to be surrounded by flowering Frangipani while looking out over the low tide sand banks....beauti

    Directions: Pelangi is slightly out of the main town but is only a 15 minute walk into town along the beach or 20 minute walk along the road

  • Pleasant island resort


    We stayed at the Pelangi in February and enjoyed our stay very much. The whole complex is very well maintained and the rooms were pleasant . Certainly the standards for a real
    5 star hotel are by european standards different but overall we were very satisfied.
    Restaurants are okay but outside you find plenty of places to eat. Langkawi is quite a big island -so it´s worth hiring a car at least for some time of the stay. Prices are low -pay at the airport less 50% of the first offer (depending on season and availability ) Be aware that usually insurance is not included-check out. We hired the car without insurance: traffic is slow and if you are a safe driver this should be ok. Nevertheless: strange feeling at first.

    Unique Quality: We had a lake room : Away from the street, comparatively near to the main building and
    always nice to watch the life in the pond. Great lanai ,but use insect repellent at night.

    Directions: Airport : Turn left at airport exit, follow road for 10 min

  • Tayto's Profile Photo

    Luxury Traditional Malay Style


    This is a very nice hotel with rooms set in traditional Malay style houses or chalets. Each Chalet consists of 4 units. The rooms are big particularly the upstairs ones where there is a high ceiling up to timber roof. There is small bathroom and dressing area. The only slight downside is that with so much wood the rooms are dark and this was not helped by the fact that it rained for nearly the entire week I was there. The rooms could do with some lighter / brighter colours inside.

    The grounds are beautiful and initially I had a chalet overlooking a pond (see photo) on the ground floor. These rooms have lower ceilings and are much darker than the rooms at the higher level. The other big drawback are the mosquitoes are particularly active by the ponds in the hotel. I requested a move to another room and the second one was overlooking the pool area and the mosquito problem was much less. Each room is provided with insect spray and its a good idea to use it !

    The restaurants are fantastic particularly the 2 near the reception area. There is an excellent sports centre with gym, table tennis, squash court etc. There are 2 bars and both feature nightly entertainment. Definitely recommend it as a hotel though with all the rain I may not have seen it at its best.

    Unique Quality: There are 2 big freeform pools and they are excellent. The food is fantastic and a great range of choices. The bars are good and with beer at €1 a bottle you can put up with the band doing cover versions and singing phonetically....hell after a few beers you'll even sing along !

    The only down sides for me were the beach area is not that nice and though it looks nice in photos it isn't that clean. The Mosquitoes are hungry and you can forget the aftershave 'eau de Insect reppellant' was all I wore while I was there ! The rooms could do with some brightening up but maybe I didn't see it at its best with all the rain.

    Two important tips 1 ask for a room on the upper level and 2. ask for a room overlooking the pool not the ponds as you will not get bitten alive this way and the rooms are brighter.

  • Beautiful 5-star hotel


    My wife and I are just back from a stay in Pelangi Beach, and it was the highlight of our Malaysian trip. The hotel consists of a number of wooden chalets, each two stories, containing four spacious rooms. When booking, or checking in, make sure you get a pool, lake or sea view, not a garden view, and ask for a first floor room, as they have valulted ceilings. The hotel is located on the south of the island, ideal for exploring. We hired a jeep at the airport for RM80 per day, and it is well worth it, as taxis are not that widely available and will greatly hinder your exploration of the island. The restaurants in the hotel were never that busy, and lacked atmosphere, apart from the open-air barbeque (eat on the beach, not inside). I would highly recommend the nearby Bon Ton restaurant for food. Overall Pelangi is a beautiful hotel set in lush gardens, but with an average beach. I would definately return here.

  • Sweeboon's Profile Photo

    A run-down hotel after Tsunami


    It's not a bad place, but after Tsunami, the business has gone down 80%. When i was there, i could see protest of the hotel staff every lunch break at the v. entrance. The facilities are okay, rooms are nice, beach is so-so. It was rated 5-stars. But just like i said, it WAS.

    Unique Quality: If you're there, you should try all the facilities there. Pretty nice.

    Directions: Along Jalan Pantai Cenang, opposite Laman Ria Restaurant

  • xxangelxx's Profile Photo

    Best hotel in Langkawi


    The food there was brilliant, although some evenings the restaurant caters for specific appetites such as Italian or spicy Malay which may not be preferable to some, but you can always order off the menu. The hotel staff are friendly and always happy to offer a lift to wherever you wish to go around the hotel in their handy 'buggies' which are mainly used to transport you and your luggage to your rooms. The chalets are laid out well, with two floors (about 4 or 5 rooms per chalet) and are wonderfully spacious havens from the heat.

    Unique Quality: - two great pools
    - right on the beach
    - fantastic beach
    - excellent food
    - friendly staff
    - in-hotel spa with many treatments - a leaflet for this is provided in your room

  • teemsum's Profile Photo

    Cosy Pelangi


    We stayed 3 nights at this resort.
    They have 3 restaurants: bbq, buffet, thai, & a coffeehouse.
    They have lots of activities during the day: daytrips, watersports, massages (expensive).

    Unique Quality: They have a great breakfast buffet with Continental & Asian favorites.
    The banana bread is especially yummy!

    Directions: 5 mins. from the airport

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Forum Posts

Pelangi Beach Resort

by wilfredspiteri

Hi to everyone

I heard that Pelangi beach resort was hit by the tsunami really bad. Is it that bad? And I am planning to go there over June, will it be fully operational or else is it better to find an other hotel in Langkawi


Re: Pelangi Beach Resort

by sarahreynold

No it was not hit really bad, some superficial damage at the beach and around the pool, that was all, as far as I know it is all now ok.


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 Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa

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Address: Pantai Cenang, Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, 07000, Malaysia