With the glimmering Andaman Sea as your backdrop, this stunning beachfront property blends tropical island paradise with casual luxury. An overwhelming sense of calm takes over as you step into the beautiful open lobby of The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa. Feel immediately uplifted as you inhale the signature white tea scent that fragrances the resort. This luxurious retreat will ensure that you experience complete relaxation of the mind, body and soul – and is the perfect place for a luxury family holiday. The resort design at The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa is large and airy, making it easy to find the secluded spot to unwind and take in the beautiful views of the sea and distant archipelago. Luscious rainforest frames the resort fringe and is also home to vibrant wildlife including the shy dusky leaf monkey, brahminy kite eagle and different varieties of toucans.
Check-in was a seamless process that took hardly any time. Our little baby needed to be fed as soon as we got to The Westin Langkawi, and the staff were ever so helpful in finding a quiet corner for me. My refreshing welcome drink, cool fragranced towel and a stack of cushions were brought to me to ensure my comfort while nursing our baby. We were then taken to our Premium Ocean View Room, where we could see the Andaman Sea glistening away in the sun. Soft, neutral hues and a coastal design can be seen in the 202 luxurious guestrooms and suites. We found our room to have a contemporary coastal feel. The room was spacious, even with our Phil & Teds travel cot placed in a cosy corner for our little luxe traveller. Having a room with a balcony is a blessing for those travelling with kids, as it meant our baby could sleep peacefully while we relaxed, chatted and watched the sinking sun set over the sea.
For those wanting a bit more space and seclusion, guests can choose to stay in a spacious private villa – complete with your own infinity pool, cabana and ocean views. And for those travelling with a larger party, there is the ultra-luxe premium five-bedroom villa! All of the guestrooms at The Westin Langkawi are decked out with Westin Heavenly Bed®, several layers of plush bedding heaven which will guarantee sweet dreams and a perfect night of sleep. This bed was AMAZING. A lot of luxury resorts in Asia seem to have firm bedding due to the preference of the region, so it was great to find such plush bedding. An unexpected knock on our room door brought us a lovely surprise of an elegant tasting plate with the finest cakes, as a welcome to the resort. The Westin Langkawi Housekeeping staff were fantastic and attentive in every way possible. By the end of our first day they all knew our little baby by name and came up to make him giggle every time they saw us.
There is so much to do at a luxury resort like The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa. But the beauty of it is that you can do as much – or as little – as you want.
We spent most days lazing by the pool – sipping a cold drink and taking a nap on a daybed. We even got our little one to take his afternoon sleeps on a daybed, with the sounds of the ocean lulling him to sleep! There are four pools to choose from, each with their own alluring appeal.
The infinity pool blurs the boundary between the ocean and the sky. This pool inspired my love of infinity pools when we came here years ago for our honeymoon! It has breathtaking views over the Andaman Sea and also features a swim-up bar. There is an adjoining whirlpool that can be enjoyed day and night. One thing to keep in mind is the lack of shade over this pool – we frequented the other pools in the view of being a little bit more sun smart.
The ocean rock pool is a fun swimming pool with rounded boulders and waterfalls. The lush tropical foliage surrounding this pool provided some much needed shade to take the edge of the balmy heat. We swam here with our little one for this reason.
The children’s pool sits adjacent to the infinity pool and is perfect for young children that want to splash around in a shallow wading pool. The resort provides a basic range of pool toys (balls, pool noodles) to keep the little ones entertained.
Heavenly Spa® pool is part of the spa sanctuary and is perfect for those wanting a peaceful dip in a tranquil setting.
During our stay, we found that there was an adequate amount of sun loungers and pool towels available. Iced lemon water was also available near the swimming pools to ensure guests are well-hydrated and refreshed.
The Westin Kids Club is open for children ranging between 4 and 12 years of age. The club has great facilities and really focuses on fun for little ones. Activities vary from day to day and introduce kids to traditional sights of Langkawi. Outdoor activities include bird watching, nature walks and exploring the beach. They also have a great range of toys, board games and indoor activities such as batik painting and cooking classes. Open daily from 9am to 7pm (charges apply). There is also an onsite playground at The Westin Langkawi, which will be a great hit with the kids.
The beach itself is not the best on the island (Tanjung Rhu is renowned for its powder-white sand), but it can still provide endless hours of fun for little ones. Splashing in the sea, collecting seashells and building sandcastles is a perfect way to spend a day. For those seeking a bit more adventure in the water, the onsite water sports centre can arrange kayaking, wind-surfing, sailing and more.
The WestinWORKOUT® fitness studio features a wide selection of fitness equipment. Access is complimentary and available 24 hours a day. Westin has teamed up with New Balance® to provide a gear lending service. This innovative idea offers shoes and athletic wear so you can pack light and workout on a whim. There is also an indoor whirlpool spa and sauna and squash courts onsite at The Westin Langkawi. The amenities are first-class, but we found the actual building to be quite dated and a bit eerie when no one else was around. For those wanting to be active outside and explore the jungle-clad hills, bicycles for both adults and kids are available to hire.
The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa boasts a wide selection of dining options, all set in unique surroundings.
Seasonal Taste is an elegant venue that allows you to indulge in different flavours every night. A daily themed dinner buffet is available, with highlights such as the poolside barbecue and Malaysian cultural shows.
The breakfast buffet is served in Seasonal Taste each morning and provides a wide range of local and international breakfast dishes from all around the world. Eggs are made to order, and there is an endless supply of freshly made pancakes and waffles. There is also a big focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, with the breakfast buffet including nutritious SuperFoodsRX options and a juice bar (Westin Fresh by The Juicery). Each day there were different revitalizing juice combinations such as watermelon + basil; and carrot, orange, ginger, turmeric + mango. And if there is something that you want but can’t quite find – just ask! The staff at the juice bar happily made me a banana and honey smoothie every day.
Tide provides a perfect beachside dining experience in a relaxed alfresco setting. We found all of our favourite dishes were available here – grilled seafood, Cajun prawn pizza, Panini beef steak, and Malaysian satay. We ate a late lunch every day at Tide and the Chef was so obliging in tending to our every request. Our little luxe traveller loved the friendly waitress, who happily looked after him while we ate our meal in peace (we were spoilt with this as we chose to dine at a time when no other guests were at the restaurant).
Breeze lounge offers a serene atmosphere to sip a cocktail and have a light snack, while overlooking the pools and Andaman Sea. A perfect place to spend an afternoon while your little ones are having a blast at the Kids Club! Splash is a poolside bar, ensuring you can laze by the pool all day while filling up on delicious snacks and chilled drinks. Service buttons are placed by all of the pools so that a staff member can take your order. For the ultimate romantic date night, organise a babysitter for the kids and enjoy a romantic dining experience on the private jetty at Float – surrounded by nothing but candles and the Andaman Sea.
There is also 24 hour in-room dining that provides a vast array of dishes delivered direct to your door. Included in the extensive in-room dining menu is a Kids Eat Well section – with a range of kid-friendly meals, many containing a SuperFoodsRX.
To me, ultimate relaxation comes in the form of day spa bliss. I am delighted to say that the Heavenly Spa by Westin® is the perfect place to be pampered. Experience one of their signature treatments and feel the uninterrupted serenity as your worries melt away. The spa also caters for pampered little ones, with a spa menu for kids!
Find your inner calm and enjoy complimentary beachfront yoga. Cold towels and yoga mats are provided. Or perhaps colouring in is your way to find Zen? Westin has prepared intricate colouring sheets created by Johanna Basford and colouring pencils to promote calmness through colour.
LITTLE LUXE TRAVELLER TIPS
- Sign up to become a Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and receive a 15% discount off your food bill.
- If your child is too young to be left at the Kids Club, ask if you can accompany them and have a play together. Your little one will love it!
- Look at the Heavenly Spa® specials before booking your spa treatment. They have some amazing promotions on each day, offering a discount or a complimentary treatment.
For more hotels in Malaysia, check out our review on Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa in Penang
If you have any comments or questions, I would love to hear from you.
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