Vivanta by Taj – Rebak Island, Langkawi
What We Love
- It's the only resort on the island
- Chilling out at the Ulik Mayang Spa, which overlooks the sea
- The lush forests, crystal-clear waters and rich marine life, perfect for play and rest
- Taking a cruise around the neighboring islands
What To Know
- The last boat back from Langkawi's Port Langkasuka to Rebak Island is before 8 p.m.
- Eating options are limited on the island
- There's some airplane noise, due to flight path proximity
- Mosquitoes seem to make their way inside no matter how vigilant you are
- Free WiFi for up to two devices
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
A lush tropical island (almost) all to yourself? Rebak Island, an easy 7-minute boat ride from Langkawi Island, is a verdant 390-acre playground with a private marina and only one place to stay: the Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island. Here, it’s all about unwinding, and the facilities are geared toward relaxation, with a day spa, a pool with a swim-up bar, and all the water sports you could hope for, in crystal-clear tropical waters teeming with marine life. The spacious timbered rooms (with either garden or sea views) are kitted out with local artifacts, traditional Malay crafts and plenty of wood furnishings. The bathrooms are a decent size and feature a separate rain shower (some outdoors) and a tub. Dine on Malay, Indian and continental cuisine at Senari, the resort’s all-day dining room, or head to the beach to tuck into fresh seafood at Strait’s Grill. Follow up with a happy hour drink at the Lepak Bar, or sip a poolside cocktail at Celsius Pool Bar. Mood Deck, Boardwalk, SY69 and Minum Minum round out the bar options. An in-house naturalist leads guided walks through the ancient forest and the resort offers a number of signature activities including a market tour followed by a cookery class, lessons in Malaysian art and a cruise along the nearby mangroves.
In the Area
On Rebak Island itself there’s biking, swimming and other easygoing leisure activities, but it’s worth exploring Langkawi Island to get a better sense of the region known as “the Jewel of Kedah” or some of the other 99 islands in this famously beautiful region. Plenty of cruises and tours operate, so ask the hotel to recommend and book one. It’s also worth looking into getting PADI accreditation, if diving appeals. Beach bums should check out the popular Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah and Pantai Kok beaches.
How to Get There
A friend and I stayed at Vivanta for 3 nights on bed and breakfast for a short stopover during our travels. It was definitely a great stay and I would recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to Langkawi.
Room - we had a sea view room and it was spacious and good enough for two people for our length of stay with the usual amenities we would expect.
Restaurant - the food was amazing! A great selection of different cuisines and they cater well for vegetarians. We tried middle eastern, Indian and Italian during our stay all full of flavour and a good variety to choose from. I would recommend the Dal Makhni and Spinach Lasagne. I also enjoyed the fresh juices i would recommend the Green Cooler juice. Hats off to the chef and the team!
Facilities - there are a range of activities and facilities here from a nature walk, tennis and squash court, gym, pool table, table tennis and also a carom board! They also had a live musician each night. All details have been thought of to keep us entertained. There is also an outdoor pool and bar and I would recommend the fresh coconut and Malibu!
Spa - we used the spa 2/3 of the days we were there. The staff were polite and really went out of their way to make our experience a good one. I would recommend the head massage or full body massage both were relaxing experiences.
General - overall the staff were very helpful and friendly and made us feel very welcome.
To be made aware of - not so much a negative and i quite liked this about the trip, the hotel is a 10-15 minutes drive to the hotel port from the airport where a boat leaves to take you to the hotel which is another 10 minutes boat journey to the hotel on Rebak Island. The boat leaves every half hour or so and the last boat is at 7.45pm so if you plan to arrive after this time i would contact the hotel directly. Although there is always hotel staff around that can help you at the port. The hotel is on an island with nothing else around so the closest town will require to take this boat if you want to leave the hotel or island for a day. We did a day trip and hired a driver to take us site seeing for a day and you can see all of Langkawi in a day.
Prices are generally cheaper outside of the resort but some of the spa treatments i felt were cheaper within the resort rather then outside. But still great value for money overall.
Excellent service, rooms. Food is great as well, especially Indian. Breakfast has enough veg options. Special mention to Jalal (guide to show us around) , Kyam , all the staff in the reception & f&b service dept. One of the best services amongst the hotels visited. Everyone has a smile and speaks warmly.
Overall very nice , breakfast was disappointing though , room service ok portion size good , rooms large but rundown , the main issue is the frequency of the boat shuttle service , this definitely needs to be more frequent