Officially known as 'Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah,' this archipelago of around 100 islands in the Andaman Sea has always been beautiful, but it was virtually unknown until the late 1980s when its resort potential was first recognised.
Today, Langkawi welcomes more than 3 million visitors every year, who are never short of accommodation options.
Whether you want to be where the action is in lively Pantai Cenang, or escape to the tropical paradise of Datai Bay, Langkawi boasts some of the best luxury hotels in Malaysia.
Located around 30 kilometres out from the mainland, the main island can be reached by local ferries or the faster option of domestic and international flights.
Berjaya Langkawi Resort
Even beyond its luxury facilities and hospitality, the Berjaya Langkawi Resort's major draw is its location.
Over 400 chalets and suites are dotted around its 70 acres of landscaped grounds in Buray Bay, some perched above the water, others bordering the 500 million-year-old rainforest and most offering views over the Andaman Sea.
Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa
If you're hoping for a secluded island stay, the Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi is as far from civilisation as you can get on this small island. It’s perched on the southernmost tip at Pantai Tengah but still only 15 minutes from the airport.
Enjoy traditional Italian food at Mario's restaurant and treat yourself to some pampering at Amoaras Relaxation Spa, which offers 5 treatment rooms for massages, manicures, aromatherapy and other rejuvenating therapies.
Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa
Nestled alongside a private stretch of unspoiled beach, you can escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful island experience at The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa.
With over 200 guest rooms, you'll never be short of company if you feel like meeting fellow travellers at the restaurants or outdoor pools. Make the most of your tropical getaway by trying out the signature treatments at the exclusive Heavenly Spa By Westin.
The Danna Langkawi
Close to the Langkawi Cable Car, Oriental Village and other top attractions, The Danna Langkawi is one of the most popular 5-star resorts on the island.
With 125 rooms ranging from 60 to 600 square metres in size, and a choice of ocean or rainforest views, you can tailor your luxury holiday to suit your taste and budget. Guests at The Danna Langkawi have 6 restaurants to choose from when dining at night.
The Andaman Langkawi
The natural wonders of Langkawi are literally on your doorstep at The Andaman Langkawi, with the calm waters and ancient coral reefs of Datai Bay on one side and untouched rainforest on the other.
While the resort's traditional wooden architecture blends seamlessly into the natural surrounds, its facilities are anything but rustic – including an 18-hole championship golf course and state-of-the-art sports courts.
The Datai Langkawi
Voted by National Geographic as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, Datai Bay on Pulau Langkawi is a dream holiday destination. Datai Bay’s premier luxury resort is The Datai Langkawi.
The sprawling complex features 124 luxury villas, a private white sand beach and 5 restaurants serving the best of Malaysian, Thai and international cuisine.
The resort’s luxury spa will entice you to indulge your senses with a signature massage, warm stones, beauty treatments or even a traditional bathing ceremony.
Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort
Experience life in a traditional Malay village without having to sacrifice luxuries when you stay in a deluxe stilt chalet at the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa.
This charming resort on Jalan Pantai Tengah occupies 35 acres of landscaped grounds, including a private, secluded beach, making it the perfect place to get away from the modern world for a relaxing break.
Casa Del Mar
A tranquil oasis amid the bustle of Pantai Cenang, Casa del Mar makes every effort to entice honeymooners and other couples of every age – from wining and dining on the beach to the adults-only vibe of the resort.
Couples or individuals can also take it easy at the Satkara Spa, where time-honoured Malaysian traditions are alive and well.
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Vivanta by Taj
With over 100 islands to choose from in Langkawi, you don't have to limit your horizons to just the main one. Rebak Island, a privately owned isle of 390 acres that's just 5 kilometres from Langkawi Island by boat, is an upscale holiday alternative.
Vivanta by Taj is the island’s exclusive beachfront resort, which offers guests romantic holiday pampering with a couple-friendly spa, beach massages and private dining.
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
You can't miss this lavish resort off mile-long Tanjung Rhu beach, where 91 villas and pavilions offer stunning views of the sunset over the Andaman Sea and the island's UNESCO-protected rainforest.
Guests of all ages and interests will feel right at home at The Four Seasons Resort with separate family pools and quiet pools, a fully equipped fitness centre, spa, boutiques and adult and kids' bicycles for hire.