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.