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Langkawi: The Jewel of Kedah

by Verity Ramsay on 13 November 2014, 09:11AM

Known as the ‘Jewel of Kedah’, Langkawi consists of over 100 islands, most of which are uninhabited. These islands are located within the state of Kedah, situated in the north-west of peninsular Malaysia. Langkawi is the perfect destination for singles, couples and families looking to relax in luxury.

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Southeast Asia's first UNESCO global geopark, Langkawi has always been popular with nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts as the island is universally recognised for its excellent diving, as well as the Kilim Geoforest Park featuring a beautiful mix of green mangrove forests, isolated beaches and blue lagoons. Within the Kilim Geoforest Park, visitors are free to roam areas of rainforest, see monkeys in the wild, feed eagles and visit the Bat Caves, accessed only by boat and along a wooden platform through the mangrove swamp. As well as forests, Langkawi is famous for its beautiful beaches made up of white sand and swaying coconut trees, including Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah, Pantai Kok and Tanjung Rhu.

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Langkawi is the perfect destination for those seeking out a luxury getaway, with multiple five star hotels located here, including The Danna, The Datai, Four Seasons Resort, The Andaman Resort and the brand new Vivanta by Taj, the latest offering by The Taj Group, India’s leading hospitality chain. The twenty-ninth Vivanta by Taj hotel, the resort is a privately owned 390 acre rainforest island that boasts a magnificent view of the Senari Straits bordering the Andaman Sea with a pristine and secluded beach, Vivanta Langkawi promises a private eden. The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi is also set to open in 2015 and will be a spectacular addition to the island. The resort includes 132 luxury rooms, with 42 villas; guests can also enjoy a choice of three swimming pools, including one especially created for children.

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Those looking for an unusual dinner venue can try the Langkawi Sunset Cruise, where diners can enjoy a barbeque dinner on board a magnificent yacht while travelling across the Andaman Sea, in full view of the beautiful Langkawi islands as the sun sets. On a good day, guests can see spinner dolphins and flying fish swimming around the yacht. A net will be lowered from the side of the yacht for those wanting to experience a saltwater Jacuzzi.

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Alongside the breath-taking nature on offer here, over the last decade Langkawi has turned into a popular wellness destination, integrating modern techniques with the indigenous healing traditions of the region. As a crossroad of early trade routes, Langkawi practises spa rituals reflective of the distinctive blend of Malaysia’s diverse cultures: healing practices of Orang Asli - the aboriginal Malay rainforest tribes, ayurvedic treatments native to India, and traditional Chinese medicine. The GEOSPA at the Four Seasons Resort, Langkawi, has floor-to-ceiling windows providing panoramic views of the surrounding pond, tropical garden and spectacular limestone cliffs overgrown with dense rainforest. Honouring the earth’s heritage of Langkawi’s UNESCO Geopark, The GEOSPA offers four unique treatment series inspired by the core elements that allow life to thrive: nourishment, water, light and air. The Amoaras Relaxation Spa, at the Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa, is named after the exotic blossom of blackberries. The spa carries the sensual floral theme throughout the entire experience with the pathway to the spa is adorned with fragrant petals, on the walls of the spa reception area are paintings of local blooms, and throughout the spa are bowls of beautiful flower arrangements. 

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Langkawi is home to three golf courses, one of which is hailed as the best in Malaysia, The Els Club Teluk Datai. The 18-hole championship course, designed by Ernie Els, meanders its way through a million year old rainforest cascading down to the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, while the marbled limestone peaks of the Mat Chinchang mountain range tower over the course.

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Malaysia Year of Festivals
Visitors to Malaysia throughout 2015 are in for a real treat. The follow up to the popular ‘Visit Malaysia Year 2014’ has been announced as ‘Malaysia Year of Festivals’ or, for short, ‘MyFest 2015’. The campaign is set to boost the tourism sector after the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 campaign to showcase and celebrate Malaysia’s bountiful, diverse cultures and various festivities. MyFest 2015 will be kicked off with the grand launch event which will take place on 10 January 2015 at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. Highlights of the year-long campaign will include: the Pesta Perarakan Chingay, a street parade event and part of the celebration of Chinese New Year, held on 26 February 2015. Penang World Festival, held 12-13 April 2015, will feature a mixture of musicians performing a fusion of traditional and contemporary world music. The Georgetown Festival will celebrate the region’s music, dance, arts and food including local and international artists and will be held 01-31 August 2015.

To find out more about holidays to Langkawi click here
For more information please visit Tourism Malaysia


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