The St. Regis Langkawi
What We Love
- Its location on a private cove in a UNESCO Global Geopark—the only one of its kind in Southeast Asia
- Bespoke salon services at the Iridium Spa
- Sweeping sea views from the infinity-edge pool
What To Know
- To reserve one of the resort’s Family Experiences, which range from forest safaris to helicopter tours, contact the concierge at least one day in advance
- Resort guests have exclusive access to the St. Regis Airport Lounge at Langkawi International Airport
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A refined, all-suite island resort, edged by a centuries-old rainforest and the Andaman Sea
Tropical sophistication is the vibe at this postcard-perfect resort, all Moorish archways and swaying date palms. While the expansive suites, overwater villas, and courtyards studded with bougainvillea make it palatial in size, the secluded setting—it’s fringed by a lush rainforest and just steps from the Andaman Sea—lends the property an unmistakably idyllic charm. It’s an ideal perch to explore the island’s legendary natural beauty, a succession of caves, dive sites, mangroves, and limestone rock formations. Despite the seemingly far-flung backdrop, the resort is just a 10-minute drive from Langkawi’s buzzy commercial heart, Kuah, which has boasted duty-free status for nearly 30 years. However, the property’s six inventive dining options, 8,600-square-foot spa, and natural saltwater lagoon won’t have you in a rush to leave.
Indulgent flourishes like deep-soaking bathtubs and rainforest showers are offered in each of the 85 all-suite accommodations. Premier Rainforest Suites are flooded with natural light and include a chic nook for balcony dining; Premier Andaman Sea Suites overlook the ocean and are swathed in a soothing palette of green, gold, and sapphire. For a little more solitude, spring for one of the St. Regis Pool Suites, decked out with private plunge pools and shaded patios.
Kayuputi, designed by interior and landscape architect Bill Bensley and inspired by an art collector’s home, is a charming take on overwater dining. Choose from an array of reimagined Southeast Asian dishes or just opt for a sundowner—we recommend the tamarind-spiked Bloody Mary—while lounging on a seaside hammock.
Langkawi is an archipelago of over 100 islands, approximately 20 miles from the northwestern coast of mainland Malaysia. The resort is located on a cove on the southern tip of the archipelago’s largest island and a 30-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport.
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Very impressive looking hotel on arrival. Quick efficient check in. Suite immaculate with wonderful views.
What makes this place so special is the attention to detail and excellent service.
Our butler Johann was very knowledgable and attentive without being over intrusive; cases unpacked for us whilst we got our bearings.
The sunsets with cocktails ( or glass of Tattinger if you preferred)from the hammocks at the Kayu Puti bar were wonderful with a excellent live band most evenings.
We went to the wine tasting on our first evening and were surprised to find no other guests had booked, so we had a great time chatting to Lim and enjoying sampling the 2 reds and 2 whites on offer.
It’s worth visiting Decanter, inside the st Regis bar to see the extensive wine collection.
Breakfast is astonishing-I can’t think I’ve ever seen such an extensive choice; from prosecco and bloody Mary’s to dim sung, curry to full English, fresh fruit to cheese platters. Even birthday cake when it was my birthday!!
The beach is private with plenty of sun beds to go round, staff bring round jugs of iced water about every 30 minutes; there’s even large sun cream dispensers by the pool for you to use.
The spa is also excellent; all air conditioned and soundproofed with knowledgeable therapists
Then to the food; the Orangerie was excellent but Kayu Puti was superb; on one occasion we had the tasting menu with paired wines -trust me, you will not be disappointed! The executive chef Gaetan also took the time to come and chat to us; another nice touch.
When we return to Langkawi, we will definitely be staying here again
The staff were friendly and attentive, hotel was clean. The room was a little dated.
I was disappointed in the lack of consideration due to the following. Through no fault of the St Regis our flight from Perth was cancelled so we had to catch the following mornings flight which meant we missed our first 24hrs accommodation. We requested an extra nights accommodation at the end of our stay, and asked if missing our first nights loss could be considered. The manager at the time was not interested, and wanted to charge the full price which did not include breakfast. We ended up moving to the hotel next door (Westin still owned by Marriot) for not far off half the price. I understand the hotel is a business, however considering the room was not used and we did not have breakfast I would have thought some consideration could have been placed for an extra night!
Overall the hotel is lovely and we had a pleasant stay. When we checked in we were offered an upgrade from a jungle view to the St Regis suite for 150 MYR per night which we agreed to so this could be an option when you arrive.
Location: I’m not sure this is the best area of the island. The beaches here are not fabulous and most of the touristy attractions are about 30 minutes away and there weren’t too many restaurants in the area either. We were just looking to relax and eat at the hotel so we didn’t mind.
Rooms: Massive rooms with speakers and TVs with many channels. The AC, water pressure, and WiFi were all excellent.
Activities: water sports they are not complimentary which is questionable in such an expensive hotel. I will post a photo of price list for paddle boards, kayaks etc. there is an afternoon nature walk which we were given an intern but he took us for a stroll towards the Westin and made sure to point out the wildlife, highly suggest this as we were able to get wonderful photos of monkeys and hornbills. Don’t miss the champagne sabering but also don’t expect it to go on as it was canceled when we were there due to a GM event and they left their paying guest waiting for 15 minutes before someone came to inform us it wasn’t on so ask each day.
Butler Service: they are not as ‘around’ as you would think. I requested a beach bag when we arrived and they delivered one. I also asked for a coffee to be delivered at 8am each morning and they were very prompt. One of the butlers offered to draw us a bath our last evening which we accepted, I suggest requesting this service. Turn down service was very good.
Pool: We enjoyed the pool and never found it was crowded but it was smaller so if you are there on a busy weekend I could see this being a problem. There wasn’t really any shade in the pool though so bring a hat. There was complimentary sun cream though which smelled Devine.
Negative: were were unimpressed with the hotel management. The only upper staff to actually approach us was head butler (I believe) who offered water bottles and beach towels for us to take on our day trip. This was very good service. We noticed that all the upper staff made these gestures for other guests but never even approached us. They were quite blatant and would only approach guests that were a bit older and perhaps posher in their dress. This put us off the hotel a bit. When we checked out the Bentley was in the drive and could have taken us back to the hotel but instead we were put in the van (very nice car still). Perhaps you have to ask for this specific car.
Over all I would suggest the hotel if you aren’t worried about money as not only is it fairly expensive (if you don’t book a package) and all of your food and drink will reflect this.
Spa: I would highly recommend heading there as soon as you arrive to get appointments. Our first visit we had our 1 hour couples massage that was included in our package. This was an oil massage and you were able to choose between two oils (a lavender scent and some type of orange). The treatment room was lovely and very large but one odd thing was that the curtain was left open and since the spa is on the ground floor people could easily see in. There was a ‘mesh’ curtain but I don’t know how much privacy this actually gives. They preformed a quick food scrub prelude before the massage. The massage itself was very good, we both left happy. A few days later we returned for the Devine Duo package. They were very accommodating and offered my husband the option to skip the body wrap in lieu of a bit longer massage as he wasn’t sure he would like the treatment. To be honest I was disappointed they did not give a head massage the whole time the wrap sitting, and it bothers me so much when they wash up the dishes in the room while the treatment is still happening, it’s simply not relaxing to listen to. After our shower we came in for bath they had set up a small table next to the bath with two glasses of wine (we requested white instead of red and they were able to do this) and a few chocolates and short bread cookies. Overall both treatments were lovely and the staff were kind, one staff member (not one who did our treatments) did try to push products a bit at the end which I never find amusing especially when I asked about the only product I was interested in and they were out. I would suggest this spa especially if your staying at the hotel, as there are no separate spa facilities (pool or relaxation room) I’m not sure how great the overall experience would be if you were not a hotel guest
We chose St Regis Langkawi for our honeymoon in 2019. We chose St Regis because it had a fantastic reputation as a luxury brand of hotels and it certainly did not disappoint. From the moment we booked the hotel through to check out the service was out of this world. In particular, the guest relations manager April helped along with the butler team to organise everything and made the honeymoon so special and perfect. The hotel itself is stunning, from the lobby to the drawing room and to the individual rooms; they are all exquisuit and beutifully designed. The beach is beuatiful and peaceful and the stretches of beach and palm trees is just wonderful. Every inch of the hotel is luxury and is a sight to behold. But better than the hotel itself was the service. Every single member of staff was courteous, friendly and warm and made our stay even more special. They go out of there way to make sure your every need is met and quite honestly you feel like you are treated like royalty. I have stayed at many luxury hotels but i have to say the hotel and the service are second to none at St Regis Langkawi. We had the most amazing stay and the most perfect honeymoon. Thank you to all of the staff for making our stay so amazing and so special. We will see you again soon iA!!!
You have lots of hotel choices when traveling to Langkawi. Here’s why the St. Regis is my favorite.
The options for recreation at this 5-star resort are overseen by enthusiastic fitness buff, Recreation Director Siri, from Brazil. The St. Regis publishes a weekly guide of activities through the day, which include a morning power walk, running, beach cardio, aqua yoga, darts, a garden walk, yoga (at the sister hotel Westin), volleyball, petanque, and ping pong tournaments. Signature activities include: swimming classes, a kayak tour of a neighboring island, gondola boat tours, tennis classes, beach yoga, personal training and private classes. There are also options for kids: fish feeding, movies, balloon making, shell collecting, sand castle competitions, a scavenger hunt, junior chefs, and story telling. And, should the weather take a turn for the worse, there are even rainy day activities!
One thing I noticed is how Siri included everyone in the aqua gym class - if you were in the pool, you were going to be included in the class! It was really a lot of fun. During the morning power walk, Siri was a font of knowledge about the local plants, animals, and customs.
If you’re going to eat at one of the St. Regis restaurants (especially the morning breakfast buffet) you will definitely want to sign up (call your butler) for activities during your stay.