Four Seasons Langkawi
No need to choose between tropical jungle or golden beach – at the Four Seasons Langkawi, you get the best of both worlds, with lashings of luxury thrown in for good measure. This elegant hotel is sprawled on the edge of the Kilim-Karst Geopark in Langkawi, northwest Malaysia, where 550 million-year-old karst limestone cliffs soar majestically from the calm jade sea and rub shoulders with tangled mangroves. It’s a sight straight out of a storybook, stirring a sense of adventure in anyone lucky enough to experience it first-hand.
Between the jungle emerges the Four Seasons Langkawi, mingling styles from Malaysia and the Middle East to create a tranquil rainforest sanctuary. The rooms emanate grandeur from top to toe, all vaulted wooden ceilings, teak floors, spacious verandas and leafy gardens, complemented by keyhole arches and handpicked ornaments in line with the Arabesque-meets-Asian theme. Some pavilions have direct beach access, others feature private pools and there are those villas that go above and beyond, with open-air spaces, an oversized private pool and heavenly daybeds, with more than enough room for the whole brood – and then some.
Families will fall for the delights of the Four Seasons Langkawi, not just for its fairytale background but also the many facilities and services that cater to children. The family pool network is an amazing place to while away the hours together, the kids’ club offers everything from yoga to treasure hunts, rock climbing to batik painting, and little ones are also gifted toys at check-in; plus, kids eat for free until 5pm every day.
The private, mile-long beach at Four Seasons Langkawi is yet another treat for families and couples alike, perfect for gentle strolls or drifting to sleep on one of the hammocks. Best of all, staff bring you complimentary refreshments every hour so you need not break the spell. An adults-only swimming pool faces the Andaman Sea and is a welcome retreat for couples seeking serenity, particularly thanks to cordoned off cabanas that ensure extra privacy. There are more romantic experiences at Four Seasons Langkawi, such as the unifying ceremony in the spa, dinner for two on the beach, a catamaran cruise or expeditions into the Geopark; as well as naturalist guides, the hotel has a ‘Discovery Centre’ where you can learn more about this UNESCO gem too.
In addition to excursions into the pristine Geopark, there’s no shortage of activities with Four Seasons Langkawi: watersports (including JetBlades), golf at two courses nearby, tennis, biking, gym workouts, daily yoga classes and timeout in the spa. Afterwards, feast on superlative dishes at the hotel’s restaurants, whether that’s Mediterranean fare at Serai, pre-dinner cocktails and Malaysian favourites at Ikan Ikan, a whole range of international specialties at Kelapa Grill, or light bites and premium drinks at Rhu Bar. All are stylishly designed and bestowed with enthralling sea views – a dreamy sight that’ll stay with you long after you’ve returned home.
Four Seasons Langkawi Facilities
91 guest villas and pavilions.
Langawi, 25 minutes transfer from Langkawi International Airport.