Published on : Tuesday, May 31, 2016
When it comes to defining a great beach resort, some people rate looks and location, others service and style. For those who want it all, there’s Four Seasons Resort Langkawi.The only property in Malaysia to make the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2016, the Resort’s mile-long beach is just the start of the experience.
The Resort spans its own vast swathe of Tanjung Rhu – undoubtedly one of the finest beaches in Malaysia: remote, expansive and tree-fringed, with beckoning waters and views that stretch towards mainland Thailand.
A mile in length, the beach lends the Resort an endless sense of space and privacy. Forty-eight acres of botanical gardens lie parallel to the sands – punctuated with 91 beach villas and pavilions that echo the awe-inspiring drama of the surrounding UNESCO Geopark.
Testament to the beach itself, the island’s best water sports facilities can be found on-site – including Malaysia’s first and only high-tech X-Jetblades. Complimentary use of kayaks, windsurfs and catamarans makes the water accessible to all, while complimentary hourly beach amenities keep sun-seekers happy and hydrated.
The Olympic-length Adult Quiet Pool also lies parallel to the water. Its eight walled cabanas offer privacy from adjacent couples and frame a view that’s entirely one’s own.Four restaurants flank the beach, while the Middle Eastern-inspired Rhu Bar offers optimum beachside sunset viewing and swinging seats for two to make the most of the experience.
At every turn, stunning spaces and hideaway places beneath trees and towering cliffs make picture-postcard backdrops for beach weddings and events.Private dining is no less impressive: under a cabana on the sands; a beach barbecue with a private chef; or at the water’s edge beneath a dazzling Rajasthani tent.
The Kids’ Club and the four-in-one family pool (complete with waterfalls, lounge areas, jets and shallow pools) are just a hop, step and a jump from the sand – where young ones (and young at heart) can also play beach football and volleyball, or fly handmade Malaysian kites.
And last but by no means least, the beach is the gateway to a host of adrenalin-fuelled adventures. Wander through the rainforest at the northern tip of the beach to the Resort’s rock-climbing wall and archery range. Or cruise directly into the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park for a Naturalist-led, National Geographic-style encounter with eagles, monitor lizards, walking fish and even elusive otters.