Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands that feature lush rainforests, pristine coastlines, and warm azure waters. The largest (and main) island of the group is Langkawi Island, a place of sublime beauty with stunning beaches, thick jungles and karst rock formations. A luxury holiday in Langkawi offers you the ultimate island escape.
The full name of this beautiful Malaysian archipelago is 'Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah', and this is no false boast. Langkawi Island is a little emerald drop, surrounded by lapis waters that shimmer like precious gemstones, and epitomises the allure of these tropical islands.
On it' coast, at Pantai Kok, you'll find long private beaches and the Oriental Village with its Chinese and Japanese architecture, shops and restaurants. The area is also home to Machinchang mountain with cable cars to the top and a tremendous sky bridge. For an extra splash of romance, journey to Datai on the northwest coast or Tanjung Rhu in the north. Both areas feature beautiful, secluded beaches that nestle along shores fringed by palms.
In Datai, you can also wander the jungle in search of waterfalls or visit a crocodile farm. From Tanjung Rhu, take a boat and cruise the waters through atmospheric mangroves or explore vertical karst rock formations at Kilim Karst Geoforest Park.
In the south, you'll find the charming district capital, Kuah. Here, you can indulge in some retail therapy in the quaint shops, or the large duty-free shopping malls, dive into the local culture by trying the sizzling street food at the vibrant markets, and admire the golden domes of the Masjid Al Hana mosque, which glitter in the island's sunshine.
With a tropical climate, Langkawi enjoys hot and humid weather throughout the year with temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius. November to March is considered the dry season with little rainfall and high humidity.
It's a popular time for luxury travellers to visit. April to October is considered the wet season with slightly cooler temperatures and more rainfall. This time of year you'll feel like you have the island to yourself, and if it does rain, this typically lasts only an hour or two, and is generally followed by sunny skies.
A luxury Langkawi getaway brings fine dining and lots of variety. Start your day with a Continental buffet breakfast and look forward to an evening of food from around the world. Try traditional Malay cuisine spiced to your taste and a la carte menus with international specialities, Italian pastas and Japanese teppanyaki.
Langkawi can also offer you some unique dining experiences. Dine on fresh seafood with panoramic views of the Andaman Sea, enjoy fragrant rice dishes overlooking the rainforest canopy, or experience a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach.
As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you, and keep a photocopy of your passport. British nationals do not need a visa to enter Malaysia and can stay up to 3 months. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on visas and travel.