Planning a short vacation nearby but want to make the most of your budget? Check out these best boutique hotels in Langkawi.
Although a boutique hotel does not offer the typical experience expected of a luxury hotel chain, such as loyalty program benefits (free nights and bonus points) and guaranteed standards, it arguably does have a best quality price report.
For one thing, these boutique hotels in Langkawi have fewer rooms and suites to manage, so you receive more personalized service in a friendlier atmosphere. You might also experience fewer guests sharing a pool. The resort is also likely family run, so you can be introduced to the owner and benefit from developing a personal relationship for future visits.
The independence of the boutique hotel means it is more responsive to your requests such as late check-outs. Not to mention, each property is uniquely designed, so you get a feel for the place, rather than the uniformity of a chain hotel.
Next time you visit Langkawi, these boutique hotels should be at the top of your list.
6 best boutique hotels in Langkawi for 2022:
Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat
A more democratically priced sister property to the exquisite Ambong-Ambong Pool Villas, the main difference between the two is that the Rainforest Retreat does not come with a private pool in every unit. However, guests can still frolic in a huge pool under the lush foliage.
With only 11 suites, studios and chalets on site, privacy is guaranteed. Each unit is sustainably constructed as no trees were felled during construction. The silence is pierced only by the songs of the creatures inhabiting the forest. The evening is usually enlivened by adorable primates foraging for young shoots and their antics can be watched from your villa balcony. When you get hungry, take a stroll to the best Japanese restaurant, Unkaizan, in Langkawi, located at the entrance of the resort.
What we like the most: The Privacy and wildlife viewing.
Temple Tree Resort
No two properties are the same here. Temple Tree Resort prides itself on offering a unique experience in each of its 20 beautifully appointed suites. The distinctive suite is either inspired by Malay architecture or replete with colonial influences inside and out — think features like stilt houses, geometric lattices, wooden furniture and a layout ventilated which cools the room naturally.
The Colonial House, for example, evokes a stately mansion in Penang, while the Estate House metaphorically transports you to Ipoh where it was once awash with the riches of a booming mining industry. At the heart of the resort is the Temple Tree Bar & Restaurant, a juxtaposition of contemporary furnishings and classic interiors. On the menu, signature cocktails such as the Temple Tree Sling and the Vietnamese Mojito, as well as an extensive wine list.
What we like the most: The eclectic and Instagrammable collective.
The village of Gemalai
To escape the claustrophobic concrete jungle, connoisseurs often turn to Sekinchan and the city’s endless rice paddies. Just north of Pantai Cenang, vacationers can completely detox by spending the evening in Gemalai Village cottages built amidst lush rice paddies, without giving up comfort.
Don’t let the rustic exterior fool you, each cabin is equipped with modern amenities such as a huge flat-screen TV and a rain shower. Most appealing of all, however, is the private balcony. After all, why stay in nature if you can’t invite her? The resort also offers free bicycles to its guests; you can cycle to Pantai Cenang or explore the picturesque hamlet of Beras Terbakar.
What we like the most: Wake up with panoramas of rice fields.
Panji Panji Tropical Wooden House
The perfect marriage of masonry and wood, tranquility and greenery, a night at Panji Panji feels like retreating to a tropical garden. Minutes from the beach, each villa is flanked by tall broad-leaved trees and swaying palms, all overlooking the inviting pool.
With only a handful of these units available, you are promised complete peace and quiet. If you just want to spend some time reading a book, you can also do so on a daybed offered in some units. The largest villa caters to small families and includes a bedroom fitted with a mosquito net. Instead of an on-site bar, Panji Panji tempts customers with specialty coffee served at Smiling Buffalo.
What we like the most: Coffee and greenery.
Bon Ton Antique Wooden Villas
Few accommodations in Malaysia allow pets. Even rarer are those who keep their own pets. One such station is Bon Ton. Comprised of eight individually designed villas, each unit is at least a century old. However, beyond the traditional facade, they are decidedly modern.
Equipped with soaking tubs, coffeemakers, and other comforts, the villas are deliberately constructed to maximize frontage toward the resort’s pool and lagoon. Since pet owners are welcome, your furry friends can also be registered. The resort is also home to many social creatures, while the Langkawi Animal Sanctuary is just around the corner.
What we like the most: Accept animals
Vacation Homes in Sunset Valley
Set on a vast stretch of land bordered by miles of rice paddies, Sunset Valley may be tucked away from the bustle of Pantai Cenang, but still offers an equally enchanting view of the setting sun. The latest addition to the collection of modern villas built in the style of traditional Malay architecture is the welcoming 2.5 bedroom Villa Bunga Raya, complete with private swimming pool.
Run by an expat couple who have lived in Malaysia for nearly two decades, the resort has garnered stellar reviews, especially from couples and small families. We can understand why – the pool has a wonderful backdrop, there are plenty of BBQ facilities and each spacious unit has its own veranda.
What we like the most: The rural atmosphere and a sunset to die for.
(All images from respective boutique hotels in Langkawi)
This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur.