FOUR SEASONS RESORT LANGKAWI
Bespoke, Luxury Service
BY HIRANMAYII AWLI MOHANAN
We have recently discovered that paradise exists and it takes form at the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. Enveloped by tropical rainforest, limestone cliffs and the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea, the natural beauty here is as picturesque as it is serene.
Our fantasy of a perfect holiday was fulfilled at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi as it boasts white sandy beaches, clean, blue waters and rugged tropical palms. Punctuated with luxurious villas and impeccable service, the resort offers an experience unlike any other, for lovebirds as well as families alike.
A Moroccan theme is seen throughout the resort with glimpses of the local architecture peeking through. Moreover, towering trees and vibrant native blooms shade the walkways with their lush foliage, creating a tranquil scene. Surpassing the luxury travel standard, the resort sets itself above the rest with personalised service, 1.8 kilometres of white-sand, private beach, private exploration of the mangrove forest, unobstructed views of the Andaman Sea and ancient sea stacks unique to the location.
“Besides the physical product, people now consider luxury as personalised and intuitive service,” said David Macklin, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi’s General Manager. Bespoke service is one of the hallmarks that makes this resort a step above others and we were fortunate to witness this first hand. From friendly hellos, delivering fruits to the room to recommending activities throughout the stay, the staff at this haven ensures your stay is an unforgettable one.
PARTIAL SEA-VIEW UPPER FLOOR PAVILION
Made for couples, this romantic, one-bedroom pavilion features extra-high ceiling and gorgeous treetop views of the Andaman Sea from a private upper-floor balcony, providing an enhanced sense of seclusion. As we pulled open the sliding doors into the room, our mouths were agape from its minimalistic yet opulent finishing. Rich, tropical woods take centre stage in this room, accentuated by Spanish marble with Moorish and Malay artefacts. Beyond the double doors lay a hammam-style terrazzo bathtub that immediately transported us to Morocco. Again, our jaws dropped in awe.
THE GEO SPA
Cradled by lush foliage, The Geo Spa features beautiful, bounteous, wooden pavilions as treatment rooms helmed by esteemed masseuses. When we reached the spa, we were ushered to a serene pavilion where we had refreshing tamarind drinks. After much deliberation, we settled on trying the Geo Signature Massage – Urut Melayu which features long rhythmic strokes, focused kneading and grounding oils to relieve tension and aid sleep. The skillful movements of the masseuse immediately put us at ease, subsequently removing the knots and tension in our bodies, and rendered our bodies lighter and our spirits rejuvenated.
DINING WITH A VIEW
Blending in with the Moroccan theme at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is Rhu Bar, boasting Middle Eastern–inspired island lounges with atmospheric wooden screens, cushioned wicker chairs, Turkish water pipes and hanging swings. It makes for a perfect setting to witness the glorious scarlet-hued sunset, paired with inventive, lipsmacking cocktails and savoury bar snacks.
The architecture of Ikan Ikan proudly captures the traditional, Malaysian kampung house, offering award-winning specialties and centuries-old, rural-village recipes for dinner. We relished in the flavours of home at the al fresco terrace, with stars as our entertainment and rolling waves as music. Guests can opt to dine at the beachfront pavilion, an al fresco terrace or a 16-seat, private dining for a special evening with their loved ones.
Kelapa Grill is one of our favourite restaurants at the resort; its al fresco setting bestows an obstructed view of the aquamarine sea. Guests are spoilt for choice between the Asian stir-fries, wood-fired pizzas and other international favourites by day. Come nightfall, experience fresh, local seafood and flame-grilled steaks enjoyed either in the breezy, open-air dining room or as you lounge by the pool.
MUST-TRY ACTIVITY: EXPLORING THE MANGROVE FOREST
As Malaysians, we clearly underestimated the beauty of a Mangrove forest. The private, mangrove tour was one of the highlights of our stay. On a beautiful, sunny morning, just after a sumptuous breakfast overlooking the turquoise sea, we treaded the buttery beach towards the shore along with the resort’s naturalist, where a private boat awaited us. The tour proved very educational as the naturalist introduced us to the myriad of special flora and fauna in Langkawi. The trip became particularly interesting when the boat hove along the mangrove banks, allowing us to witness species of fish, crabs, monkeys and snakes. Needless to say, the journey and scene were absolutely breathtaking. It was also through the mangrove exploration that we bore witness to a flock of eagles in their natural element, soaring above us. Besides a private boat, guests can choose to embark on an intimate adventure with nature by kayaking through the mangrove forest.
Jalan Tanjung Rhu, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Tel: +60 (4) 950 8700