Introducing the best island escape you’ve never heard of. Off the west coast of Malaysia, Langkawi has all the powder-white beaches and bubblegum-blue seas of the Thai islands, only without the snap-happy hordes. The crescent-shaped Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort, Langkawi, managed by Marriott International, was built in 1996 with minimal impact on the surrounding ecosystem.
On the fringe of an ancient forest, on a kilometre-long beach with minimal public transport access. No need to pack a survival kit though, it’s just a 40-minute drive from Langkawi International airport; the destination is also popular for health tourism. The clientele The hotel ticks all the boxes for honeymooners, but there’s a surprising amount to do for families, too; like waterslides and free, twice-daily guided nature walks.
Sure, the hotel ticks all the boxes for a honeymooner’s holiday stay (you can almost taste the wedding cake), but there’s a surprising amount to do for families too; like waterslides and free twice-a-day guided nature walks.
The hotel has its own coral nursery (the first of its kind in South East Asia) for kids and snorkelling beginners, where they grow and rehabilitate baby corals teeming with clown and angel fish to populate the reef in Datai bay. Plus they have their own marine laboratory – and not every hotel can say that.
When dusk falls, head to the Jentayu Lounge above the rainforest canopy for the screeching monkey sunset chorus and tangerine sky.
All rooms are kitted out in a beachy palette of creamy fabrics and dark wood, with Malaysian prints and boast open walls to enjoy the surrounding rainforest.