I was immediately filled with wonderment as I made my way into the St Regis Langkawi. The resort exudes so much class and sophistication— from its glassed entrance that leads to its opulent lobby and the elegant drawing room, and opening up to the courtyard with the most glittering views of the Andaman Sea. With its white walls, lush furnishing, metallic decorations and contemporary designs with a slight Moorish and colonial influence; the resort is a feast for the eyes.
It was hard not to fall in love with the St Regis Langkawi.
The St Regis Langkawi is located on the southern tip of Langkawi Island. The island is located 30km off the mainland coast in the northwest of Malaysia, and is officially known as the “Jewel of Kedah”. It is one of the more popular island destinations in the country; blessed with an intriguing history, beautiful beaches, abundant seafood and plenty of budget accommodations and high-class luxury resorts to choose from.
The St Regis Langkawi is the island’s latest 5-star luxury resort addition (May 2016). The resort’s gorgeous setting and attention to detail is sure to offer its guests an ultra-luxurious island experience— and here are some of the fun and cool reasons why!
1. The Misty Forest
The first impression always leaves the biggest impact— and I have to say, the St Regis Langkawi‘s entrance courtyard is sure to impress. The driveway curves around a little forest of greenery, with blue lights hidden between the trees for a bluish glow come nighttime. It is also shaded by a collection of potted creepy crawlies, hanging along an elevated grill.
The entire courtyard exudes a fairy-like atmosphere. Mist machines help shroud it with mist, and the many lady sculptures on the walls add to the illusion. What a way to welcome me to paradise!
2. The Bentley Ride
I didn’t get picked up or sent off in the hotel’s luxurious vehicle— but if you want to live the full St Regis experience, you can opt for a Bentley to greet you at the airport and whisk you over to the resort and into that misty forest.
I was exploring Langkawi with Wilson Ng from www.placesandfoods.com; and we rented a car to get around the island. Upon arriving at the resort, we were greeted at the lobby with a complimentary valet service. The service throughout the resort was impeccable, with the reception, staff and waiters ever ready to assist.
3. Andaman Views from Your Window
Imagine waking up every morning to the view of the sea, and the sound of the waves crashing onto shore. The lovely suites of the St Regis Langkawi not only come with a balcony with the most gorgeous views; they are also designed, furnished and equipped with the most beautiful and modern amenities– the signature St Regis beds, flat screen LCD TV(s), Bose sound system, intricately designed lanterns, paintings by local artists, and wood, bronze, copper, marble and leather finishing. I especially love the gorgeous bathtub with the mosaic marble feature-board. Oh, and did I mention you can get your personal butler to prepare that bubble bath for you?
The St Regis has 85 suites and 4 over-water villas, with prices starting from US$460.
4. Big Durian at the Pool
At the gorgeous pool at the St Regis Langkawi, we were greeted by one of Malaysian’s most iconic fruits— the durian! The huge gilded onyx king-of-fruits sculpture sits above the pool, with other smaller tropical fruit sculptures flanking the pool sides. It really is an odd location to place a durian, but it does make cool pictures!
The pool, the jacuzzi and the children’s wading pool overlook the resort’s beautiful private beach lagoon. Coconut trees on the shore provide sufficient shade from our merciless Malaysian sun; and the water breakers surrounding the lagoon helps control the tide, making it safe for swimming.
5. Hundreds of Different Chandeliers
One of the first things that caught my eye as I entered the resort were the stunning chandeliers. The St Regis Langkawi has over a hundred different chandeliers throughout its resort— and they are all made of either bronze, copper or diamonds. There is also a gigantic pure silver mirror attached to the wall in the Drawing Room. All these elements make up the gorgeous interior of St Regis Langkawi.
Some other stunning decorations throughout the resort are the 500+ art pieces by several famous local artists showcasing life in Langkawi, the blue-lighted fairy tree, the exquisite horse-skin panels in the lifts and the fine bamboo walls, just to name a few. The attention to detail is unreal.
6. The Bathtub at the Spa
Now there’s nothing like heading to the spa and indulging yourself with some pampering. The Iridium Spa at the St Regis Langkawi has a whole variety of services to choose from– massage therapies, natural botanical baths, and traditional Malaysian remedies that are bound to soothe your mind, body and spirit.
The one thing that was hard to resist in the beautifully designed spa suites was the huge bowl-shaped bathtub— I could soak in it the whole day! I was also drawn to the cascading indoor fountain in the middle of the sanctuary, and the absolutely gorgeous diamond chandelier hanging at the entrance. There’s a fully equipped gym next to the spa as well.
7. Breathtaking Sunset
What better way to end the day than a couple of sundowners while watching the sun disappear into the horizon? The St Regis Langkawi is strategically located to see one of the most spectacular sunsets on the island— it sets behind the lush rainforests on the southeast tip of Langkawi island, with the silhouette of Pulau Dayang Bunting visible in the distance. I loved watching the skies dance with a myriad of colors before slowly disappearing into the darkness.
You can catch the sunset view from the resort’s private beach lagoon, or on the Sunset Deck at St Regis Langkawi’s Kayuputi Restaurant.
8. The Over-Water Hammocks
Standing on stilts over the shielded lagoon of the St Regis Langkawi is the enchanting Kayuputi Signature Restaurant. Inside, the design and architecture of this experiential restaurant is sure to leave you mesmerized— white wooden walls, antique wooded panes and columns, sea-shell chandeliers and coral decorations. My favourites? The absolutely gorgeous white peacock-feathered chair, and the oversized hammocks piled with throw cushions hanging over the sea.
The restaurant is open for lunch, tea and dinner; and offers haute Asian-inspired dishes. There is also a bar on the deck; and you can also try their signature fruit-infused sisha selections.
9. The Lang Mary Cocktail
The signature cocktail of the St Regis is the Bloody Mary; and the St Regis Langkawi has put a spin on it with its very own version, the Lang Mary. The cocktail draws its inspiration from the symbol of Langkawi; the eagle, which is known as helang, or ‘lang’. It is also how the island got its name.
The Lang Mary is made up of all the ingredients of the Bloody Mary, with a little added punch— the local pandan, a tinge of tamarind, and lemongrass. It can be enjoyed at the St Regis Bar with its rainforest vibes, or at the Kayuputi Restaurant for RM85 (~US$20) a glass. I had mine while watching the sunset. It was divine.
10. The Delectable Desserts
The Gourmand Deli inside the L’Orangerie Restaurant displays the most colorful and delicious-looking desserts. We couldn’t resist the temptation and ordered a lemon tart and a fruit tart, enjoyed the complimentary butter cookies and meringue drops, and washed them all down with a cuppa macchiato. The tarts cost RM36 (~US$9) each, and the deli also serves other small-bites like sandwiches, macaroons, cupcakes, pies and smoothies.
If you’re up for a whole array of delights, try the delectable afternoon tea set for RM135 nett (~US$33) per set with coffee and tea selections, or with bubbly champagne for RM190 (~US$47) nett. We had that too; and with choices like satay (meat sticks), otak-otak (grilled fish cakes), sandwiches, mini burgers, scones, cakes and macaroons just for tea time— I felt like a spoilt little girl with all the treats I desire.
*She Walks the World visited Langkawi in collaboration with Malaysia Airlines. As always, all opinions stated here are my own.