We have been to our fair share of luxury and world’s best beaches in our travels. Some have incredible, unspoilt nature, but the drawback is they can be so remote it takes forever to get there or accommodations are a premium. Others with exotic beauty might be more accessible but way more overrun by tourists. Langkawi really seems to be the happy medium between these two drawbacks and it is simply breathtaking.
This is really the gem of Malaysia, a country with excellent tourism infrastructure, yet not as crowded as say nearby Thailand. Langkawi is its own large island with very accessible flights from the capital Kuala Lumpur, however we noticed not nearly as inundated as flights to say Phuket from Bangkok in Thailand.
The island is beautiful, with mountain peaks that are forested in a carpet of green, emerald and indigo bays carved in swirls around these rocks landing is just a taste of the views to come. Because the island is quite large, world class hotels have plenty of space to occupy beachfront and design elaborate campuses.
We explored the Ritz Carlton and the St. Regis on our trip. Driving around the island can take from 40 minutes to several hours depending which parts you are going to, but Grab cars, taxis and other forms of transport are abundant.
Kuah is the central town and it has some views of the water, the main draw is that it is a place to find duty free shopping, groceries, restaurants and all the necessities of life. There is a feeling on the island that people live and work here quite easily, it doesn’t feel too overcrowded and cramped and at the same time the whole place isn’t one big resort.
Restaurants in the town and at hotels are really a foodie paradise because they offer a mixture of cuisines: China, India and Malaysia. This is what most food in Malaysia is like due to the various groups that have populated the country. English speakers will get on quite easily in this former English colony too.
There are trails to hike, roadways to explore, sunsets are some of the best we have witnessed anywhere in the world and the island is alive with wildlife, the views are endless, and the weather is pretty much perfect year round.