10 reasons why The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi should be your next short holiday of choice
If it's a little sun, sea and sand you're after, then look no further than The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi. Set in a tranquil private bay just 10 minutes from Langkawi International Airport, the hotel is surrounded by an ancient jungle, while its beachfront is sheltered by trees and gently lapped by the Andaman Sea. Designed to reflect the beauty and vibrancy of the nearby traditional villages — or kampongs, if you will — the property influences from local culture, creating a uniquely luxurious retreat with an authentic touch. But in case that's not enough, here's 10 reasons why you should visit The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi.
1. The breakfast buffet is so good that even Eva Chen wouldn't know where to begin
Served every morning from 7am to 10.30am, the breakfast buffet offers an exceptional mix of Western, Indian, Chinese and Malay flavours with four open kitchens, live cooking stations and indoor and outdoor seating. Highlights include the beef stir-fry, punchy curries and nasi lemak (plus omelettes and pastries), all washed down with a freshly squeezed orange and carrot juice.
2. The resort has a kid's zone, which makes it perfect for families
A part of its Ritz Kids program, the resort has curated locally-inspired activities for children where they can get creative by painting the wings of a mystical Malay kite, take part in the Langkawi Treasure Hunt to become pirates and find the hidden chest on the beach, or embark on the Nature Discovery tour to collect nature's treasure with a special photo frame to take home.
3. However, if you want to escape the kids, there's also an adults-only area
There are certain things in life that only adults can appreciate: A perfectly mixed cocktail, a fine glass of wine, and a romantic dinner with that special someone. These are the simple luxuries highlighted at Horizon, an open-air bar and restaurant that overlooks the endless Malaysian sky and sea.
4. You can enjoy watching the sunset as you indulge in a few cocktails during Happy Hour
During the golden hours of 5pm to 7pm, two of the resort's restaurants (Horizon and The Beach Grill) offer a two-for-one Happy Hour on all drinks so you can enjoy a cold beer with a picture-perfect sunset view.
5. You'll never run out of beautiful spots to swim
To ensure you will be spoilt for choice even when it comes to doing nothing, the hotel features a 400 square metre beachfront main pool, a 450 square metre Horizon Lounge infinity pool for adults, and a children's pool at the Ritz Kids. There's also 400 metres of pristine sand exclusively for guests who feel like taking a dip in the tepid ocean.
6. There are four different restaurants for foodies to choose from
The Langkawi Kitchen is a beautifully designed, elevated space that emulates a traditional longhouse and offers a delicious range of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine in a casual setting.
With a design reflecting the twig-constructed fish traps of Malaysia, it is no surprise that the focus at The Beach Bar & Grill is freshly caught seafood. The menu extends to international fare and fine wines, and the al fresco setting, with a mix of lounge and traditional seating, is a great spot for lunch or dinner.
Set on the water's edge, Hai Yan serves traditional Chinese seafood, aged teas and boutique wines. The exclusive restaurant is divided into a main dining area and two private dining rooms that can be opened by panels to accommodate larger groups. The restaurant also offers breath-taking 180-degree views of the Andaman Sea.
The adults-only Horizon offers an intimate environment and Thai-influenced cuisine. Perched above natural rock with stunning horizon views, it's the perfect spot to watch the sunset, enjoy unusual wines and relax with friends.
7. You can keep the #fitspo going all weekend
Onsite facilities allow health and fitness fanatics to enjoy a range of active pursuits, including an outdoor tennis court, a fully-equipped gym and an infinity pool, while indoor and outdoor yoga offer panoramic views of the rainforest and classes led by qualified instructors. Those looking to explore the area can try deep-sea fishing or a sailing adventure through the archipelago of islands, and the on-site private cove provides direct access to the island's famed diving sites.
8. Villa Mutiara has access to its own private beach
Villa Mutiara is the largest villa available at The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi and measures a whopping 650 square metres. The villa has three large bedrooms with king sized beds and can sleep up to six adults and two children. Other than a spacious indoor and outdoor living area, you'll also get two private swimming pools and direct access to your own private beach.
9. It's home to the island's only overwater spa
The spa is home to five cocoon-shaped pavilions, which float above the sea and have been designed to resemble Malay Bubus or the intricately woven fish traps that have used by local fishermen for centuries. Connected by over-water walkways, each pavilion is surrounded by a circular platform with breathtaking ocean views. Among the signature treatments is the two-hour Mystical Ocean and Earth Ritual, which includes a hot-stone massage, a marine-mud wrap, a full-body exfoliation and a full-body massage.
10. The staff go above and beyond to make sure your every need is taken care of
Whether it's greeting you by name or offering poolside service and refreshments (free ice cold water, fruit skewers and even sunscreen), the staff at the Ritz-Carlton Langkawi really do everything in their power to make sure you have a relaxing and memorable stay.
The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi is currently offering a special expatriate package which has been specially designed for residents and expats living in Singapore, Hong Kong and China who will be able to enjoy an all-inclusive stay for three nights starting from RM 5,250 (SGD 1,777).
About Gracie Stewart
A born and bred Kiwi, Gracie Stewart has spent the last six years living over three continents and writing for publications such as Vogue India, Vogue Arabia, OliviaPalermo.com, Emirates Woman and Style.com. When she's not busy writing about 101 ways to banish spots and get glowing, Gracie loves travelling or researching new places to visit. She is also particularly passionate about saving our oceans and spends half her life underwater.