At ResortsWorld Langkawi, Laveda Charles basks in the newly refurbished room and experiences the island’s attractions
IT has a dated feel, I thought, as I walk along the corridors ofthe first few blocks of Resorts World Langkawi.
There is, however, a sudden transition upon reaching the third level of the third block. I begin to see a more modern and brightly-lit corridor that leads to the newly refurbished rooms.
My Sea View Room boasts white and turquoise-designed wallpaper which fits perfectly with the seaside atmosphere.
My favourite part of the room is the balcony that overlooks the deep blue crystalised Andaman Sea.
As I slide the white panelled ceiling to floor door which separates the room and the balcony, the cool breeze from the sea blows into my room.
There are coffee tables and chairs both in the room and on the balcony. This Sea Room View also offers me the chance to experience the magnificent sunrise.
As for amenities, the room has all the necessities like hairdryer, ironing board and iron, safe box, mini fridge and complimentary tea and coffee.
The facáde of the resort may seem old but with night lighting, it excudes a more Mediterranean look. There is also an infinity pool that overlooks the sea and is one of the resort’s latest features.
There are areas around the poolside where guests can sit at any time of the day.
I even come down here before the break of dawn to catch the sunrise. I can see hues of pink and purple which lend a spectacular setting.
DINING AND SPA
The resort has only one restaurant - the Seagull Coffee House. This is where I will have my breakfast tomorrow.
The place seems to have a new interior with turquoise-tiled pillars, and rustic wooden chairs and tables.
During the day, there is enough light streaming through the ceiling-to-window glass panels all around that overlook the sea.
With chairs and tables placed on the boardwalk, I take the opportunity to enjoy my breakfast while taking in the beautiful sight of the sea.
Over here you can expect to have an international buffet that serves local dishes like nasi lemak, favourite western breakfast picks, pastries, breads, cereals, vegetarian dishes and few choices of juices.
The resort’s Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa offers a top-notch Javanese spa experience.
I try the aromatic foot reflexology with a promotion price of RM50 for 25 minutes and a neck and shoulder massage for the same price.
It’s effective and relaxing especially when your legs and back are worn out.
There are also rooms available for shoulder massages.
With the resort being so close to Pantai Cenang, guests can either get a Grab or walk to the Cenang Street to shop or eat.
There aremany duty-freeshopsalong the street too.
If you’ve been eyeing to go on cruises, then you are at the right place as the resort has its own private jetty. There are a few cruises available — sunset, day cruise, island hopping and boat rides. Tickets have to be purchased online.
I experience the three-hour sunset cruise by Tropical Charters. However, due to gloomy weather, I don’t get to see a proper sunset. Luckily, the BBQ dinner served onboard makes a wonderful compensation. It’s livelier than expected with the company of continuous music throughout the journey.
The following day, I decide to embrace my adventurous side by going on the Umgawa zipline activity, located some 40 minute drive away from the resort. It’s a three -hour long activity that lets me zipline my way from one tree top to the other.
The Big Waterfall Adventure package has 12 ziplines (including a honeymoon double line), three sky bridges and one thrilling abseil descent.
Participants are divided into groups of eight people. There are two sky rangers assigned to one group and they keep this journey extra exciting with their jokes, friendly personalities and stories on the Geopark’s natural wonders.
You may chance upon some dusky leaf monkeys, flying lizards and flying tree snakes on the treetops. The best part is going on the 200m-long zipline which is 80m high while enjoying the views of the Machinchang Peak, Seven Wells Waterfalls and the Andaman Sea.
There area few sessions available during the day but it is best to take the morning session to avoid the afternoon heat.
If you need some thing shorter, then opt for the Jungle Flight (RM199 per person) that entitles you to an hour-long activity filled with six ziplines, one sky bridge and a thrilling abseil descent.
RESORTS WORLD LANGKAWI
Tanjung Malai, Langkawi, Kedah
TEL 04-955 5111
STAY A total of 211 rooms of Garden View Rooms, Sea View, Deluxe Sea View, Premier Sea View, Premier Suites and Signature Suites. The rooms come with big comfortable beds and modern fittings. All rooms have a balcony with beautiful views of either the sea or garden.
EAT Only one F&B outlet — Seagull Coffee House (international cuisine)
DO Swimming, gym, island hopping and cruises.
GO Pantai Cenang street, Cenang beach, massage centres and duty-free shops.
HIGHS Beautiful scenery, good location and easy accessibility.