I love looking at yachts and beautiful boats docked at the marina. Don’t you think there’s this very romantic thing about imagining yourself just sailing away into the horizon? So I guess I was pretty excited that on my trip to Malaysia’s Langkawi Island this time. I had the opportunity to admire the sailboats as much as I wanted, because I was staying where they gather — at the Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel.
The Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel (book on Agoda) is situated on the island of Langkawi in the Malaysian state of Kedah — 30km off Peninsula Malaysia’s northwest coast. The island is a popular holiday destination (and one of my favourites for a quick getaway) — and has a combination of gorgeous beaches and lush rainforests, and has tons of activities and tourist attractions for every kind of visitor.
Attached to the island’s Yacht Club and the adjacent Fisherman’s Wharf, the Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel is located in the Langkawi’s district capital of Kuah. Being the main hub of the island, Kuah’s jetty serves as the entry point for visitors coming to the island from the water. And because the hotel is right next to the jetty, you can see ferries coming in, in addition to the luxury boats docked at the marina. It really is a wonderful sight — in the early mornings, and especially in the evenings with the beautiful view of the setting sun.
The Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel Experience
Upon arriving at Langkawi Airport — Fong and I rented a small Perodua Viva (for RM50~US$11 a day) and headed straight for the Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel, which is about a 30-minute drive away. There is an open-air free carpark just next to the hotel entrance for guests; so parking the car and checking-in was pretty easy and hassle-free. And the first thing I did upon arriving at the hotel? Head straight for the huge balcony at the lobby that overlooks the gorgeous marina!
The hotel has two buildings — the main building, and the 1st floor of the Fisherman’s Wharf. I was accompanied to my room in the latter building, where the lovely Seaview Rooms are located. Later in the evening, I was taken for a short tour around the hotel and the Fisherman’s Wharf — where I got to see the many different rooms provided by the hotel, and all the restaurants and fun facilities to be found at Fisherman’s Wharf.
The Hotel Rooms
My spacious Seaview Room comes with a balcony that overlooks the marina — so I had lovely views to wake up to and to end the day. The room is equipped with a King sized bed (Fong loved that it is super comfy); facilities like the air-conditioner, a wide screen TV, safe, coffee making facilities, fridge, and a hot-water shower with the basic amenities. And, free wifi! I also liked that my water bottles were replenished every day. The interior design and furnishings of the room is pretty simple, yet modern.
The Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel also offers different types of room at the Fisherman’s Wharf wing — the Skylight Room with its open-aired showers, the Courtyard Room that faces the Artisan Alley, and the Hillview Room that overlooks the hill behind the hotel. The hotel provides huge family rooms too; and the 2,350 square feet Admiral Suite is located in this section as well — it comes with 3 rooms and baths, a living area, a dining area, a kitchenette, and a private terrace with the most inviting-looking jacuzzi! The Standard Rooms and Executive Suite with its humongous balcony is located at the hotel’s main building. There’s also the private Marina View Cottage (set on a hill away from the hotel) for short and long-term stays — and is the perfect hideaway for that fun family holiday.
Dining at the Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf is filled with restaurants and bars. On our first night at the Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel, we decided to head for a big-fat steak dinner at Jake’s Charbroil Steaks. It was such a romantic dinner as we dined al-fresco while watching the sky change colors with the setting sun, and watching the yachts light up as the day turned dark. The next day, we had lunch at Charlie’s Bar and Grill, where they serve patrons with local and international delights, all while getting to enjoy the view of the marina. I ordered the Hainanese Chicken Rice (because I love my chicken rice and theirs was actually pretty good), and Fong had the Oxtail Curry. For pizza, there’s the Barbosa Pizza where you can also dine al-fresco; and for charcoal grilled burgers, there’s the small snack shop Dara@FWL.
We really enjoyed walking about the hotel and the comforts of our room that we never really got to sit down for a few rounds of drinks at Fisherman’s Wharf. However, late at night as I admired the night view from my room balcony, I could hear the band (and some random guests) singing from Scarborough’s Fish and Chips — it’s a restaurant, and a late night bar as well. Guests can also stop for a drink with cigars at the Trinidad Cigar Divan Lounge; or enjoy a cocktail by the pool at Captain Eva’s Pool Bar.
Our daily buffet breakfast that is included with the hotel stay was served at Charlie’s Bar and Grill every morning.
Things to Do at the Fisherman’s Wharf
We spent 3 days at the Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel and felt that it was not nearly enough time! Well, we actually spent most of the day at the pool soaking in the sun, and by the verandah admiring the yachts at the marina. But during that little free time we had, Fong and I strolled around Fisherman’s Wharf — dropping by the Artisan Valley at the courtyard that is lined with shops selling arts and crafts like jewellery, clothes, handbags and souvenirs. There’s also a convenience store and a diving centre.
I really wanted to drop by Black Pearl Reflexology and Spa for a little relaxing massage — but like I said, there wasn’t enough time! The massage centre has a whole range of spa treatments, from their Signature Massages to facials and scrubs. Fisherman’s Wharf also added a new entertainment outlet recently for those who are looking to let loose and sing their hearts out — the Jolly Roger Family Karaoke opens way past midnight, so there’s still more things to do for the night owls.
Oh, and if you’re looking for photo spots (other than the beautiful marina and its sunset), Fisherman’s Wharf has a few hidden corners for you to get that instagram-worthy shot. From large structures of fishes and sharks, and photo cut-out boards (where you can put your face in); to the lovely pastel colors of the building itself — I had some good shutter time.
What to Do in Langkawi?
Langkawi is one of my favourite places for a quick getaway for some sun and sea. I have been lucky to be able to visit the island countless of times during the last few years. The first few times I visited, I went all touristy and drove around to some of the island’s most popular attractions, explored small villages, and discovered hidden temples. So nowadays — whenever I visit, I am contented to enjoy the comforts of my hotel and laze about under the sun. I love that Langkawi has a little bit for everyone, be it a new traveler to the island or someone who returns occasionally; whether you are a history buff, an animal and nature lover, an adventure addict, a shopaholic, or a sunseeker.
So for a complete island immersion, here’s a list of things you can do when you are in Langkawi. Pick and choose, do them all, or don’t do anything at all and just lounge all day — Mynn’s Top 20 Things to Do in Langkawi.
End of the Day
I have to admit that I always have a great time in Langkawi. And at the Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel, it was yet another great time — but of course, with a totally different vista! Staying here, I not only got the view of the ocean, but I also got a view of some of the most beautiful yachts I have ever seen. The hotel is at a pretty strategic spot right next to the main jetty of the island, and of course, since its situated in the main town of Kuah — there’s the Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall and lots of other choices of restaurants just a quick drive away (we headed out for a seafood dinner too, at the nearby Langkawi Fish Farm).
Oh Langkawi — it was so good to be back, and I will definitely be back again. And thanks for fulfilling a part of my yacht dream, Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel!
LANGKAWI YACHT CLUB HOTEL
Where: Jalan Dato’ Syed Omar, 07000 Kuah,
Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.
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*She Walks the World stayed and dined at Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel and Fisherman’s Wharf as a guest; and as always, all opinions stated here are my own.
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