Written by Beverley Lennon
I am always on the lookout for beach destinations. Of course, what do you expect from an island girl who was born and thrown into the water, right? I often get asked why I ever decided to move to Asia and the answer is as simple as that – the warm weather and the islands!
Southeast Asia boasts some of the most beautiful islands in the whole world (according to me and many more) and I tend to forget that Malaysia itself counts many gems that look like they’re straight out of a postcard! While some of the more pristine ones sit along the coast of Johor, Malaysia’s island big-hitter remains …*drumroll*…. Langkawi!
The island delivers eye candy galore with sprawling white-sand beaches and turquoise ocean (if you know where to look)! I mean, Langkawi is almost synonymous to Malaysia; right after the Twin Towers, no?!
Deemed as the Bali of Malaysia, Langkawi has long been known for its backpacker scene (ahem, blame it on the several hostels and guesthouses along Cenang Beach), but did you know that parts of the island could well be romantic and hidden away from the rowdy crowd? In fact, my first couple vacation in Malaysia was to Langkawi and fast forward to 6 years later, we still talk about it!
So if just like me you fancy a short island getaway not too far from home, you’ll absolutely love those romantic beachfront resorts in Langkawi that seduce couples with over-water villas, ocean view spas, direct private beach access and more!
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1. Get a pre-taste of the Maldives! – The Ritz Carlton
Nothing rhymes better with “honeymoon” than “The Maldives”, am I right? But nothing rhymes better with “The Maldives’ than “Crazy Rich Asians” too! This is when you want to look a little closer to home, save on the flight cost and splurge a little more on the stay while still enjoying magical scenery!
For all of those looking for fun, romance and probably butler service by the pool, I give you Ritz Carlton, Langkawi – a five-star luxury experience, fit for couples looking for an exclusive escape!
Stepping into the resort is like a feast for the senses – you’re not only set in a 10-million-year-old rainforest but you’re also at the edge of the Andaman Sea bridging Malaysia and Thailand, giving you hundreds of possibilities to hike through the jungles or relax on a sunlounger whenever your heart desires.
Whether you settle down in one of their rooms, suites or villas, you can be sure to have equally remarkable service from the on-site staff. Again, the choice is yours so follow your heart – their rooms get you close to the wild outdoors while villas let you taste uninterrupted views of the sea. A feast for the eyes, no matter what!2. Your overwater villa dream come true! – The St. Regis Langkawi
If you ask me; nothing takes things up a notch and turns any occasion extra special and romantic like an overwater villa. And although this type of accommodation is a staple in far-flung exotic islands like The Maldives and Fiji, you can well find them in Malaysia too! With seclusion in mind, these will make you feel like you’re disconnected from the rest of the world.
I mean how often do you get to wake up in your lover’s arms and let alone, be above the ocean? The best part yet is that The St. Regis Langkawi’s overwater villas let you jump right from your bungalow into the azure lagoon, or in your private infinity pool for that matter!
Now, if you’re not ready to splurge on a villa just yet, their room options will well do the thing as they all offer expansive, unobstructed views of the sea!
Following your sweet morning dip, you’re invited to settle down for an incredible breakfast at L’Orangerie – their on-site restaurant that’s set against the panoramic backdrop of Langkawi’s sprawling rainforest, before lazing away the day at the beach.
Evenings call for tipples and live Jazz Performances at Tapas before ending the night at The Decanter wine bar – an intimate venue that absolutely sets the mood for a glass of red!
3. For fun couples who like eclectic ambience! – Dash Resort Langkawi
If you’ve ever dreamt of escaping to Ibiza for your honeymoon, this one’s for you! Where else to celebrate your new life together than at a resort with a beach club? Watch out for Dash Resort Langkawi, an exciting stay blending design, fashion and where the both are you get to sit back, relax and have fun!
But besides all the excitement, you’ll find several corners around the resort where all you can do is chill and lay back to shake off your everyday lives and just relax. Rooms are also super funky; some even come with an outdoor jacuzzi overlooking the ocean, but that’s if you want to go fancy. There are definitely more affordable room options.
Probably more important than the rooms – their sexy pool; beachfront and flowing to infinity, you can even reach their swim-up bar for a few cocktails before escaping to their Rabbit Hole Spa and later on grabbing a meal at MYA Kitchen & Cocktails, their Santorini-like restaurant!
4. Fancy a romantic jacuzzi sesh with a view? – Berjaya Langkawi Resort
Over 5 years ago, I gifted my boyfriend tickets to Langkawi on his birthday; being a student at that time, I could not really afford buying us both tickets to a destination out of Malaysia but nevertheless, I can assure you that this first trip we took together was not less memorable.
The highlight of this vacation was of course, our stay! We had booked ourselves the stunning Berjaya Langkawi Resort and fast forward to now, I wish I could simply go back to spend the night in their overwater premier suite this time!
And though I had previously been to Langkawi, this was a completely different side of the island. It was peaceful, away from the loud beach shacks on Cenang Beach and I was so glad we opted for something different and quieter. And that does not mean you’ll be restricted from all the fun as there’s a bunch of sea activities offered by the resort.
Not saying that I do not like a little party but sometimes, the two of you just want some peace and romance and you get just that at Berjaya Langkawi Resort, with a beautiful stretch of beach, from which you can admire amazing sunsets and cute otters making their way back to the nearby mangrove swamp.
Nestled between both forest and ocean, you get the best of both worlds at Berjaya Langkawi Resort – even the monkeys love it there!
5. You’ll fall in love with the views at this resort! – The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort, Langkawi
For those looking for both a coastal retreat and jungle hideout, The Andaman Langkawi could well be your best bet. This splendid property is cosily tucked in an ancient forest between the Mat Chincang Mountains and the beautiful beaches of the Andaman Sea.
Anyone who looks for Langkawi inspiration on Instagram is bound to stumble upon The Andaman – blame it on its photogenic aspects and more precisely the views it has on offer; some of the prettiest in existence!
The Andaman Langkawi holds a great reputation and so do its restaurants, with our favourite being Tepian Laut, where you can dine al-fresco with unobstructed views of the Andaman Sea.
Now, we know that there’s a handful of places to visit in Langkawi but you’ll barely even want to step out of the resort as there’s also heaps of activities within its grounds. Their Rainforest Cooking Classes for instance let you explore the secrets of great Malay cuisine and the precision of sushi-making.
And if you’re a serious spa junkie, book yourself a pampering session at V Botanical Spa where you get to swoon away at their open-air pavilions overlooking the picturesque Datai Bay – a treat for your senses!
6. You’ve probably never swum in a pool bigger than this one! – The Danna Langkawi
I don’t know about you, but personally I have ultimate #poolgoals and after stumbling upon The Danna Langkawi, I can surely tell you that the pool of my dreams looks very similar to theirs! I mean, this is what I call a palatial pool; the dream of every couple out there as you don’t have to deal with kids being too close to you!
If you’re coming from the airport, you’ll reach the 5-star luxury resort within a short 15-minute drive. It is also conveniently located close enough to Langkawi’s iconic attractions like the cable car and skybridge.
Surrounded by pristine nature and beaches, The Danna offers escapism in a seashell. It is perfectly tucked away from the crowd of busy Cenang Beach and your days here will likely be spent lounging on talcum-white sands, swooning away at the spa while enjoying views of the marina, but I can also assure you that you’ll be spending plenty of time in the tempting pool or the crystal-clear waters of Langkawi!
There are uber-modern rooms, suites and villas catering to a wide range of budget and elevated dining experiences that are enough to play heaven with your senses!
7. Go a little closer to Thailand – Tanjung Rhu Resort
Not only is Tanjung Rhu Resort close to the Land of Smiles (Thailand), thanks to the Andaman Sea, but the surrounding scenery also transports you away from Malaysia with beautiful jungle-covered limestones popping out of the ocean!
The inner island-girl in me believes that one should at least give a chance to a beachfront honeymoon, plus it’s the ultimate occasion to don your sexy swimsuit too and what better place than to do so at Tanjung Rhu Resort?
Former guests absolutely love the staff hospitality, top-notch facilities, laid-back vibes and food offerings at the resort, and reading through reviews, I was pretty convinced that it would be the place I’d go next when in Langkawi!
There’s no shortage of perfect panorama at the resort and we’ve heard that you can even walk to the middle of the ocean when the tide is low. When it comes to catering to honeymooners, Tanjung Rhu Resort features two pools, of which one is adults-only!
8. Check into a hidden sanctuary – The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa
One of Langkawi’s most stunning boltholes to get swept off your feet to is The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa – located in Kuah, this is the perfect location to explore and experience the real Langkawi, or to hide out in seclusion instead.
To add, the hotel offers some of the best views you can ever get around the island. Don’t even get me started about sunset time here as it seems like it is simply gorgeously blessed by Mother Nature, with views straight out to the Andaman sea – it is no wonder that many come here to say “I do”!
The sprawling property sits on an expansive green garden, offers five dining venues and a heavenly spa to escape to whenever needed.
And while there’s a room category for everyone out there (even big families), we absolutely fall for their beachfront one-bedroom villa which features a private pool.
Once ready to leave your cocoon, go and explore the surroundings of Eagle Square or get on a boat from the nearby jetty for fun adventures on the water! The hotel also offers a bunch of activities for the restless out there!
9. A luxury beach resort in a UNESCO geopark – Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
Known as one of the world’s leading luxury hotel chains, you can only have high expectations when booking yourself a stay at a Four Seasons Resort and their Langkawi property isn’t ready to disappoint!
Set foot in a place where you’ll feel like you’ve been completely cut off from the real world,but in a good way. The resort sits on the north coast of Langkawi right within a UNESCO World Geopark, far from the action of the beaches down south. In fact, by the looks of it, you won’t even believe you’re in Langkawi, let alone Malaysia!
Days at the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi are about everything you’ve ever dreamed of – the best mornings are spent at the beach or with a dip in the pool, followed by a beautiful breakfast spread at Serai, their beachfront dining venue that offers uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea.
Later throughout the day, sign up for their exciting explorations – the mangrove tour is one of past guests’ favourites!
Make some time to soak in all the beauty of the surroundings; tuck yourself into one of their beach hammocks before enjoying a curated spa experience for the both of you. Their signature treatment is known as Raja and Ratu (King and Queen) – an award-winning couple ritual which even includes a traditional blessing ceremony!
10. One with lagoon-access rooms so you can jump from bed to pool – Camar Resort
While we adore heading down (or up) to the pool to meet other fellow travellers on vacation, there’s something so satisfying in simply taking a few steps from your hotel bed to jump right into the pool.
I mean, what’s better than sleeping only a few steps away from the pool? Well, at Camar Resort you can choose between the privacy of their Beach Wing or the lively vibe of their Pool Wing, so there’s truly something for everyone!
And, by the way, Camar Resort’s salt water pool is known to be the longest one in Langkawi (we can’t testify but this sounds pretty tempting, isn’t it?).
Set on Pantai Tengah (an upscale beach area in Langkawi), you can be sure that you won’t miss out on any comfort. The resort features a total of four food and beverage outlets, including a pool bar and a beachfront restaurant from which we’ve heard you can spot on sunrise at breakfast and at lunch and dinner time it serves up some pretty good Malaysian and International delicacies which many referred to as being “reasonably priced”.
11. Find Mediterranean charm right in Langkawi! – Casa Del Mar Langkawi
Now, I am sure you’ve been waiting impatiently for that Cenang Beach option, so here it is! Afterall, that’s where everyone’s at when in Langkawi, right? Casa Del Mar brings you all that Mediterranean feels right here in Asia! Thinking about it, the name and architecture reminds me of the popular Cafe Del Mar beach club in Bali!
For first-timers out there, you got to know that Cenang Beach is THE place to be when in Langkawi – it’s the centre of action and has a lively atmosphere as the stretch is filled with restaurants, bars and hotels (similar to Patong Beach in Phuket or Double-Six in Bali).
However, that also means that you’ll have to be a little more cautious; there have been cases of robbery in hotel rooms but nothing too serious to worry about. Just make sure you carry all your belongings with you when you go out exploring.
Now coming to Casa Del Mar, what makes it special is the comfort it has on offer even though located on the busiest side of Langkawi. Often times, people associate Cenang Beach with wooden shacks, hostels and backpackers but then you get Casa Del Mar…
Their most romantic rooms are located on the ground floor; seaview or beachfront? The choice is yours. And while you’ll be spoiled with choices when it comes to dining options on Cenang Beach, the resort itself features some unique toes-in-the-sand dining experiences at La Luna, their beachfront restaurant from which you can bask in magnificent sunsets too!
And with the waters of Langkawi being protected from swells (thanks to the clusters of small islands surrounding the main island), it makes it an ideal destination for spending a relaxing day cruising, fishing, island hopping or taking your partner on a romantic Castaway Picnic on a deserted island beach (organised by Casa Del Mar itself).
12. Tropical rainforest or Andaman Sea? You get both here! – The Datai Langkawi
Your fellow neighbours at The Datai Langkawi include monkeys and geckos as the stunning resort is set in a pristine rainforest that’s over 10 million years old, all the while being guarded by majestic mountains and surrounded by a wealth of endemic flora and fauna.
From there, guests have direct access to the magical Datai Bay through the resort’s private footpath that leads to the beautiful stretch of white-sand beach.
Everything at The Datai seems centered around the natural environment, even their principles. And their team consists of naturalists and marine biologists who have curated unique experiences and activities to help you immerse in. To add, their on-site library invites you to learn and read about the natural world of Langkawi with a collection of years-old references.
You’ll find three main types of accommodation options at The Datai, of which we personally fall for The Rainforest Collection and The Beach Collection (can’t decide!).
Their jungle villas stand proudly on stilts above and near a stream that runs through the property, promising a true escape into nature while their beach villas sit directly on the pristine white-sand beach of Datai Bay with ancient rainforest as a backdrop – perfect if you’re seeking privacy and luxury (full butler service is provided).
And wait until you book yourself a pampering session. Their spa is not less impressive; it is located along a small winding stream surrounded by the rainforest and guarantees an awakening experience for your senses.
More than just a resort; The Datai Langkawi is an experience on its own!
Don’t mind being away from the beach and all the action? Then these options might steal your heart in a matter of seconds! We have a jungle retreat for Tarzan and Jane, a private pool villa for the Bali fans and a far flung resort located on a little pristine islet off the coast of mainland Langkawi for those who enjoy feeling stranded on a private island (I personally do)!
1. A stunning sustainable jungle retreat! – Ambong-Ambong Pool Villas
Everybody knows Langkawi for its beaches, but did you know that the island is covered with lush jungles too? If there would ever be a moment where you want to experience another scenery, take a look at Ambong-Ambong Pool Villas, a stunning sustainable jungle retreat where you can enjoy green patterns, with magnificent views of the horizon!
And who would have thought you could find such a gem in Langkawi? At Ambong-Ambong, contemporary design simply blends with the surroundings, making nature and comfort become one. Built with respect for nature, the sustainable luxury villas each have stunning sea views – some feature sunrises in the east towards Teluk Baru, in others you can see sunsets towards Pulau Tepor.
And while each villa is equipped with a private pool, it surely is the outdoor bathtub that steals the show.
Now we know they aren’t a resort but you can well enjoy a bunch of perks here too as Ishan Malaysian Spa serves guests of Ambong-Ambong with soothing in-room spa treatments, while they also provide cooking and yoga classes!
Here on a special occasion? The team will be delighted to help you set up a surprise private romantic dinner, served by a private chef in the privacy of your own villa! Could things get any more romantic?
2. A little bit of Bali in Langkawi – La Villa Langkawi
Private pool villas are almost synonymous to Bali but it seems like Langkawi has been catching up!
It’s true that there’s so much to benefit from when staying at a resort (dining options, spa, activities and so on) but oftentimes, you just want some privacy when it comes to holidays.
I mean, nothing sounds more intimate than having your own pool to share with your lover, am I right? It certainly helps to stimulate romance in no time! You can dip in at any time of the day (or night), without having all eyes on you…
To add, the beach is just a short 20-minute walk from the villa – perfect for when you’re done relaxing in your private patio! They even help to organize activities such as sunset dinner cruise, island-hopping, cycling, jungle trekking and more!
3. You’ll have to take the boat to reach this resort set on an islet! – Vivanta Rebak Island, Langkawi
Experience a little bit of Maldives at Vivanta – the resort is set on its own private island, off the coast of Langkawi and guarantees utter seclusion.
Booking yourself a stay here means you get to check into a stunning 5-star property that is outlined by a stretch of blindingly white beaches, guarded by the Andaman Sea and vibrant lush jungles.
Vivanta by Taj is deemed as one of the most reclusive escape in Langkawi and probably one of the most indulgent ones and I bet you’ll feel nothing but excitement while on your boat ride to the island, with crystal clear waters surrounding you and wait until you get to your guest room!
For an absolute treat, we’d recommend considering their seafront room, from which you get to enjoy unobstructed views of the ocean right from your bed. What a magical way to wake up!
And “what do I do for when I am hungry?” you may ask, since you’ll be away from all the restaurants on mainland Langkawi… well, sit back and relax as there’s an array of dining options available at the resort itself and they all face the sea! How’s that for romance?!
Are you ready to discover a whole new side of Langkawi? Who knew the island could be so romantic? Tag your partner and start planning your next couple getaway!