Just off the northwestern peninsula of Malaysia where the Indian Ocean narrows to meet the Straits of Malacca, this sleepy archipelago of 99 islands (104 at low tide) is blessed with many charms. An island idyll for couples, Langkawi offers something for everyone – adventure, wildlife, postcard-perfect beaches, luxe resorts and incredible dining. Curious? Discover this gem of a destination for yourselves… before everyone else does.
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Re-imagined as an eco-conscious tropical getaway in the mid-1980s, Langkawi continues to trade on its natural charms. In 2006, UNESCO declared the entire island a World Geopark, and each of its three distinct areas make for a spellbinding day out. Avid hikers, strap on your walking shoes to explore the rugged beauty of the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and prepare to be stopped in your tracks (quite literally) by its emerald lagoons and soaring limestone cliffs.
Another real must-see, Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park is perfect for kayaking, swimming and wild-life spotting. Keep an eye out for cheeky monkeys and brightly coloured birdlife. Prefer to see Langkawi's scenery in style? Hop aboard one of the island's famous SkyCab cable cars for heart-stopping views of deep chasms, dark caves, palm-topped cliffs and isolated pinnacles. After ascending 708 metres above sea level you'll reach the peak of the 400-million-year-old Machinchang mountain ranges for more pinch-me-now views.
Looking to chill-out on the beach? You'll be spoilt for choice in Langkawi, with plenty of gorgeous stretches of sand on offer. A go-to for its laid-back atmosphere, by-the-water dining and fabulous accommodation, Pantai Cenang Beach on the island's western coastline is hard to go past. For a relaxing escape, pull up a chair at one of the many beach bars that line Pantai Cenang's white sands and watch day fade into night. Local favourites for their delicious cocktails and incredible views, Yellow Beach Cafe (pictured above), The Cliff Restaurant and Casa del Mar Langkawi will get your island getaway off to the right start.
Romantic dining experiences are also somewhat of a specialty in Langkawi – you'll find everything from private dining on the beach to restaurants built over the shimmering Andaman Sea. A fantastic way to take in the island's sigh-inducing coast, a sunset cruise with one of the many local operators will enchant romantics. But if you're wanting to get to know Langkawi as the locals know it, treat yourselves to fuss-free seafood at Jom Ikan Bakar Masakan Ala-Kampung. Here, you can sample traditional Malaysian cuisine, paired with a refreshing coconut shake.
Of course, you're going to need somewhere to call home during your Langkawi escape. The island boasts an array of lovely accommodation options and there's plenty for those looking to indulge. Stand-outs include The Datai (pictured above), The Andaman, A Luxury Collection Resort and Casa Del Mar with their sensational dining, accommodation and spa experiences. Add to the mix a tranquil atmosphere and you've got the perfect setting for a loved-up getaway.
Whether you fill your days with exhilarating adventures or moments spent sipping cocktails by the water, you'll be captivated by Langkawi's beauty – that's worth raising a coconut to!
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Images courtesy of The Datai and sourced via www.langkawi-info.com/