Four Seasons, Langkawi
FOUR SEASONS LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
I was lucky enough to stay at the stunning Four Seasons Langkawi thanks to Abercrombie & Kent at the end of February this year.
Here is my brief summary with photos. Any one who has the chance to go, don’t say no! I had completely underestimated the beauty of the place. Jo (my sister, whom I travelled with along with Gene) said she felt like she was on her honeymoon…
The resort itself
It has 1.5 kilometres of beautiful white beach. Utterly unspoilt and completely private. I barely ever saw people on the beach. The sea was lovely and warm (but not too hot), and not too rough so you could easily go for a swim. Considering this is an island just south of Phuket, Thailand – the beaches are as wonderful (if not more so) but without all the tourists.
The resort is large, so you need a bicycle (provided on a complimentary basis) to get around. Or you can call for a buggy to come and collect you and drop you off at the desired place. The buggy drivers were incredibly friendly and helpful. Perhaps because of the size of the place it felt very empty, despite being at full occupancy. People keep to themselves. The busiest place was the ‘family/kids pool’, which always had a few people sunbathing around it and some children splashing around.
The swimming pools
Since the Four Seasons is a family resort as well as the perfect place for couples, they have cleverly got two swimming pools. The main large pool, in the centre of the resort, is the kids pool which is made out of a number of different pools, all connected, with fun jet streams and palm trees/sunbathing loungers all around. What I love about this is that every hour the lovely waiters come round with refreshments – an ice lolly one time, frozen water mellon the next, a chocolate truffle at 4pm. And of course they constantly top up your glass with cold water. Bliss.
The adults pool is like a quiet oasis. There is one large infinity pool in the middle and it has a number of private cabanas on the side. No children under 12 I believe are allowed entry. The cabanas mean you can have complete privacy, but you are still very well looked after – the lovely waiters will bring you cold towels, water and suncream if you need it. You can also order lunch or delicious ice cream and smoothies if you want. You don’t have to move from your sun lounger!
Shamefully we did not take part in enough activities while we were there. They offer anything you can think of! I was annoyed I missed out on their early morning complimentary yoga sessions in the middle of the lotus pond, but the beds were too comfortable to get out of! They have a tennis court (complimentary use of the court, as well as the rackets and balls), a gym, an amazing spa. They offer lots of excursions (which do cost extra). We were offered a complimentary Mangrove Boat Trip – which I highly recommend to anyone who stays here. It was sublime. You spend 3/4 hours on a private speed boat (it was just us with another German couple) with a guide who knew everything about the nature and wildlife in the surrounding area. Mangroves are incredible trees and the scenery is just so stunning! Plus we saw eagles, a snake, lots of monkeys (one came ‘on board’ and stole my water bottle) and a king fisher. Interesting to learn about the region and how clever the mangroves are at collecting fresh water (even though they live in salt water). Apart from the more active activities like rock climbing and bike tours, you can also just relax on the beach and walk along collecting beautiful shells.
Wow, the food here is incredible. Let’s start with breakfast – a buffet which has everything you might want. We always had a fresh vegetable juice to start. Then you can choose from waffles, pancakes, fresh pastries, fruit, yoghurt & cereals, Chinese food, gluten & dairy free options… The list goes on! Too much choice. Lunch is at the grill bar. Think fresh salads and grilled fish and meat. Healthy and delicious! Dinner you have three choices: Malaysian food at Ikan Ikan, Italian at the Serai Restaurant, or Grilled meat and fish at the Grill Restaurant (where you also have lunch – but a different menu). I loved Ikan Ikan (we went twice), but our favourite was the Grill restaurant. We had the best lamb chops there and I had a fantastic steak. The Sushi is also really good. All the dining options are fantastic and you won’t get bored, even if you stay for a week or so! We were lucky because we got 50% off all food & beverages, so we did not hold back.
Our four days at the Four Seasons were utterly perfect. I am already desperate to go back. I have never felt so spoilt with the incredible service, the friendliness of the people who work there, the complete luxury, the amazing weather and the beautiful surroundings. If you’re ever near Malaysia, Langkawi is only an hour flight away from Kuala Lumpur (and about £20 each way with Air Asia), so GO. Even if you live in Hong Kong or cities like that, Malaysia is only about 3.5 hour flight away and then you have paradise beaches. I cannot recommend it more!
Four Seasons Langkawi
Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Tanjung Rhu, 07000 Langkawi