Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
What We Love
- Sunset cocktails at the Rhu Bar
- Magnificent newly launched Geo Spa, the best spa on the island
- Private cabanas at the adults-only “quiet pool”
- Private Arabian Nights-style barbecue on the beach
What To Know
- Sprawling grounds mean guests get a lot of exercise; there are free bikes and golf buggies to use
- The resort is set on Tanjung Rhu, one of Langkawi’s best beaches
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located on one of Langkawi’s best beaches, the Four Seasons is a rambling Moorish-inspired resort where the designated UNESCO Geopark melds with a pristine stretch of white-sand beach. Spread across 48 acres of lush tropical gardens with meandering footpaths, the low-rise resort blends indigenous and Arabic design to form a striking, luxurious property where signature Bill Bensley touches abound. Neutral earth tones are interwoven with exotic woods, stones and fabrics. Interiors feature ceiling fans, woven wooden screens, handcrafted hanging mirrors with antique patina finishes, grey slate and burnished-steel light fittings, batik pillows and oversized terrazzo bathtubs built into arched nooks.
Bed and Bath
The resort’s 91 roomy pavilions and villas are located either in the verdant gardens or on the magnificent beach, where you can drift off to sleep to the sound of waves lapping the shore. Blending Asian, Indian and Arabic influences, beach villas feature a private plunge pool as well outdoor showers for those on the lower level. Two-bedroom villas feature a private lap pool, while all villas have gorgeous views of the Andaman Sea and beyond. Located in total seclusion on the beach, the Royal Villa is a vast two-bedroom luxury residence with its own spa rooms and a private swimming pool. Pavilions are set in the resort’s tropical gardens; however, upper level rooms also have sea views. All rooms offer yukata robes and slippers, down duvets, Turkish-hammam-inspired bathrooms and every conceivable mod con.
By day, it’s all about the water. Children run amok in the beachfront family pool or in the free kids club (while mum and dad have some adult time at the “quiet” pool). By late afternoon, guests are often cocooned in private pavilions at the Geo Spa, with its bespoke natural treatments. Three restaurants offer a mix of cuisine, from Italian and traditional Malaysian to fresh local seafood and prime aged steaks, while the Rhu Bar serves Asian tapas and knockout cocktails. Order a martini, kick back on a romantic hanging swing and watch the crimson sun sink into the Andaman Sea.
In the Area
If you can prise yourself off your sun lounge, be sure to book a mangrove safari with Four Seasons resident naturalist Aidi Abdullah. Take the Langkawi Cable Car up 708 meters (2,323 feet) to Mount Machincang for views across the archipelago to southern Thailand. Alternatively, join a snorkeling or diving trip to Pulau Payar, considered one of the most beautiful marine parks in the region with protected coral reefs teeming with vibrant fish.
How to Get There
My family and I just returned from a nine night stay. The family villa was fantastic, heaps of room for a family of four. The service was generally excellent and a number of staff went above and beyond to make our stay memorable (thanks Charlene, Aidi, Ida, Nova, Manus and Osman!). Particular thanks to Charlene and Melissa for rescuing us when our roof leaked on the first night!
There are a couple of things the resort could improve upon.
We loved that the resort is located in such a beautiful natural setting. Some advice on things to look out for would be helpful for example:
1) it would be good to mention that the jelly fish are potentially deadly as a few guests mentioned they only heard about this after spending a few hours in the water
2) the monkeys are a highlight but a few tips on what to do if one tries to get into your room would be nice
3) some advice on what to do if you find a deadly cobra snake in your hallway could be helpful (this happened to the people in the villa next to us!)
The food and beverage was a bit hit and miss. Langkawi is duty free and it would seem a lost opportunity that the drinks are not better value. For example a few $10 bottles of wine were selling for $100 at the resort. A beer you could get for $1 at local restaurant was $12 in the resort. This just meant we went out more than we otherwise would have (Wonderland was a good local option, Bonton and Gallo Nerro were also nice). The food at the resort was generally ok, but not a feature or a reason to return.
While the staff at the kids club were lovely there were a few days our kids didn't want to go because there was no one else there. There is probably an opportunity to make the kids club a bit more of a feature so that more kids go - particularly as the rooms are so well set up for families compared to others in Langkawi.
Overall a great stay but probably a one off.
Very kind staff and great food. Loved the "Room" although it lacks in light especially at night. White sand beach but the water is not appealing at all. In fairness the hotel cannot be blamed for this. It seemed very dirty but that is to be expected in many places in Asia unfortunately. I did not see anyone swimming in the ocean during my stay and certainly did not go in myself. (late review - stayed in July 2016)
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Kid's club is the best which taking care very well of my 4.5yrs old daughter, staff who running the Kid's club are patience and professional. They handled well in between fun & discipline, totally understand the difficulties to manage kids in different age and they really did a great job. They free up parents to enjoy the quality relaxation in FS!!
The Spa is amazing! Family pool are well designed!
What a beautiful location matched with fantastic facilities and friendly, attentive staff. Excellent range of food and beverage options and everything you needed at your fingertips, you didn't need to leave the resort if you didn't want to. We didn't want to leave and tried extending our stay while we were there we loved it so much!
This was the perfect get away. Unimaginably accommodating, the staff were always so ready to help out, they were sweet, welcoming, whilst still being able to experience the luxury and leisure we somehow felt at home as well. The food was off the charts, there was something new and surprising everyday and I cannot get over how amazing and attentive the staff our.
We were given the Ocean View Room which came as an unexpected upgrade and they made everything personal, easy, and as an Interior Design I was in awe of the beauty of the room, resort, and all the beautifully maintained gardens and facilities they had to offer. 100% guarantee you will not be disappointed if you choose this hotel.