Langkawi is the ultimate destination for couples seeking a romantic getaway or a dreamy honeymoon. With its luxurious hotels, stunning beaches, and rich cultural heritage, this island paradise has everything you need for an unforgettable experience. This comprehensive travel guide will assist you in exploring the enchanting beauty of Langkawi, from its pristine beaches to its top-notch resorts. Spend your days exploring the breathtaking islands, embarking on boat trips, discovering hidden waterfalls, immersing yourself in dense jungles, and exploring vibrant mangroves filled with wildlife. Prepare yourself for a truly romantic and unforgettable honeymoon experience in Langkawi.
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 looking for a dreamy locale for a holiday or honeymoon, Langkawi offers something for everyone – adventure, wildlife, postcard-perfect beaches, luxe resorts and incredible dining. Curious? Discover this gem of a destination for yourselves on your holiday or honeymoon … before everyone else does.
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 (more below). Keep an eye out for cheeky monkeys and brightly coloured birdlife.
Top Romantic Activities: Explore the various activities and experiences perfect for couples.
Langkawi offers a wide range of romantic activities and experiences for couples to enjoy during their honeymoon. Here are some top recommendations:
Pulau Payar Marine Park
Just 30km south of Langkawi Island is Pulau Payar Marine Park, offering up some of Langkawi’s best snorkelling and diving opportunities. Just 45 minutes away from Kuah Jetty via catamaran or a speedboat, one of Pulau Payar Marine Park’s best features is its Coral Garden, a secluded section filled with colourful corals. Those eager to explore the park will have to obtain permission from the authorities (fishing is strictly prohibited) before venturing into the waters. Alternatively, you can join a tour group, which is usually inclusive of snorkelling gear, lunch, and drinking water.
Underwater World Langkawi
Set along the vibrant Pantai Cenang beach town, Underwater World Langkawi houses more than 500 species of sea creatures including harbour seals, rock hopper penguins, seahorses, as well as flamingos and mandarin ducks. A highlight is a 15-metre walkthrough underwater tunnel, where you can enjoy close-up views of sharks, giant stingrays, and green turtles. And when you tire of the life aquatic, head next door to the Zon Shopping Paradise and Coco Valley and indulge in a great selection of duty-free goods.
Take to the skies
One of the best ways to see this dramatically scenic destination is in one of Langkawi’s famous cable cars. The steepest cable car ride in the world, SkyCab takes you 708 metres above sea level to the island’s second highest peak, Mt Machinchang. The views at the summit and along the way are real screensaver material, taking in waterfalls, forest-topped mountains and Langkawi’s shimming turquoise surrounds.
Seeking a little white-knuckle adventure? If heights don’t bother you, fit in time for a walk along the aptly named SkyBridge also on Mt Machinchang. Suspended from an 82-metre-high single pylon that hangs at roughly 100 metres above-ground, the curved pedestrian bridge spans out over the landscape, giving couples the feeling of walking on air – remember that leap of faith scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? If you’re more about culinary adventures, settle in for lunch at SkyBistro to pair breathtaking panoramas with relaxed (but still totally delicious) fare.
Explore Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park
To really feel like you’ve stepped into an adventure-romance novel, add Dayang Bunting to your itinerary. The second largest island in the Langkawi archipelago, this postcard-perfect spot is accessible by boat and is home to a geoforest park with one of the world’s most beautiful lakes.
Framed by magnificent jungle-topped karst limestone formations, Tasik Dayang Bunting (or Lake Guillemard) is known for its captivating natural beauty and folklore. Inspired by a grand rock formation that supposedly resembles a pregnant woman lying on her back, the story goes that a fairy princess mourning the death of her child laid the infant to rest in the lake’s waters and blessed them with the power of fertility. Whether or not you believe the tale, Dayang Bunting is definitely blessed in one way. Boasting romantic scenery, it’s perfect for days spent swimming, kayaking, wildlife-spotting or exploring its mysterious caves.
Explore the beautiful islands surrounding Langkawi on an island hopping tour. Discover hidden coves, swim in crystal-clear waters, and snorkel together to witness the vibrant marine life.
Enjoy the beach activities
When visiting Langkawi’s beautiful beaches, there are plenty of exciting activities. One popular option is parasailing, where you can experience the thrill of gliding through the air while enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding islands and ocean. If you’re not a fan of heights, don’t worry – parasailing is a gentle and beginner-friendly activity. Some operators even offer tandem parasails, allowing you to share the experience with a friend or loved one. For those who prefer to stay closer to the water, banana boat rides are a fun and exhilarating option. Hop on an inflatable tube and hold tight as a speedboat pulls you through the waves, providing plenty of laughs and splashes. Whether you soar through the sky or ride the waves, Langkawi’s beach activities will certainly help you create lasting memories of fun and adventure on your Malaysia honeymoon.
Best Beaches in Langkawi:
Looking to chill-out on the beach? You’ll be spoilt for choice in Langkawi, with plenty of gorgeous stretches of sand on offer.
Arguably the most popular, Pantai Cenang Beach (also known as Langkawi Beach) on the western coastline is great for going straight from your accommodation to the sand, with many hotels, resorts and restaurants nearby.
If you’re looking for something a little more secluded, wander through a palm-filled parkland to reach Pasir Tengkorak Beach (also known as Sandy Skulls Beach thanks to a local legend) on the northern shoreline. Pasir Tengkorak is often overlooked by tourists who settle for the famous Cenang Beach on Langkawi’s southern side. However, as locals will attest, it is simply beautiful and beautifully simple, surrounded nature for 360 degrees. A standout attraction is the spectacular, Temurun waterfall nearby – an ancient 200m, three-tiered cataract, which is one of the highest beachfront waterfalls in the world.
Located at the western point of Langkawi, Pulau Beras Basah is a popular destination for those seeking a relaxing getaway. With its pristine beaches and lush greenery, this island offers a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere for visitors to unwind.
Tanjung Rhu Beach at the island’s far northeastern end is also definitely worth a visit, with emerald waters, a wide stretch of sugar-white sand and views of smaller nearby islands. And don’t miss taking a refreshing dip at Pantai Kok Beach on Langkawi’s western coast. With crystal-clear waters, shady parklands and picture-perfect bay views, it’s sure to give you that summer-year-round feeling.
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.
Best Time to honeymoon in Langkawi
When it comes to your honeymoon in Langkawi, the best time to visit is entirely up to your personal preferences and desired activities. For those seeking a dry and pleasant weather with plenty of outdoor activities, November to March is the peak tourist season. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly and quieter experience, April to May and September to October are great options. While the monsoon season from June to August offers lower prices, be prepared for heavy rainfall.
Getting to Langkawi
Getting to Langkawi is convenient due to its good transport connections. The island has its own airport, with regular flights available from Kuala Lumpur and other destinations within Malaysia. Another popular option is to first visit Penang and then take a ferry across to Langkawi. The ferry journey typically takes around 2-3 hours, but it is advisable to check the weather conditions, especially during the monsoon season when the crossing can be rough.
Getting around Langkawi
When you arrive on beautiful Langkawi, there are several convenient options for getting around. You can choose to use the Grab app or take a public taxi to easily navigate the island. For those who prefer more freedom and flexibility, there are numerous places where you can rent a motorbike. And if you want to cover more ground and stay comfortable, renting a car is a great option.
Honeymoon Hotels Langkawi
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 Langkawi
The Datai Langkawi, a renowned honeymoon destination in Asia, recently underwent a major renovation worth AUD80 million. Situated on a 46-acre site surrounded by ancient rainforest and a stunning beach, the resort offers 121 spacious rooms, suites, and villas, all with breathtaking rainforest views. The resort takes pride in its commitment to preserving and showcasing the area’s natural wonders, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts. Guests can enjoy balconies, luxurious bathrooms with dual sinks, and convenient access to the main pool. Some villas feature 10-meter pools and are elevated on stilts for the ultimate indulgence. However, the most coveted accommodations are the expansive beach villas, boasting private pools and direct access to the shore.
The Ritz Carlton Langkawi
The Ritz Carlton Langkawi is a stunning resort that took seven years to create. It offers a luxurious and indulgent experience for those seeking a getaway to Langkawi, a tropical island that is quickly becoming Malaysia’s top luxury destination. Guests can enjoy stylish accommodations, breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea, and a serene rainforest setting where they may encounter monkeys an
The St Regis Langkawi is a luxurious beach hotel boasting stunning views of the Andaman ocean and top-notch service, including personal butlers to assist with unpacking and packing. Guests can expect a truly exceptional experience, as one might rightfully expect from the St Regis brand. The hotel offers a variety of dining options, ranging from casual beachside meals to elegant dining inside the architecturally impressive beach house designed by Bill Bensley, which is filled with beautiful artwork.
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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