The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa Reopens Post-MCO
The picturesque shores of a private beach, minutes from the main town of Kuah, is home to one of Langkawi’s most respected waterfront properties, The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa. Just reopened in August 2020, the resort is coming back to life with additional focus on guest safety.
Blending contemporary design with a celebration of the natural environment, this resort is an ideal getaway for singles, couples, families or groups of friends who wish to enjoy the splendour of nature without removing themselves too far from modern conveniences.
The property extends over an expanse of greenery with a private waterfront on one side and green hills protecting from behind. Spaces are formulated to fit in with the native surrounds rather than overtake. As such rooms and common areas nestle into the landscape and most gift guests with views of the majestic seascape or rich tropical vegetation.
Just over 202 rooms and suites and 20 private pool villas offer several categories for a variety of needs and budgets. From a superior room covering 38sqm to a whopping five-bedroom villa with 800sqm of living area, and everything in between, it would seem there’s something for everyone.
No matter which category you choose all accommodation comes with standard Westin features of an oversized flat-screen TV; satellite channels; slippers; robes; hairdryer; electronic safe; iron and ironing board; writing desk; mini-bar; tea and coffee making amenities (nicely note a French press and ground coffee beans included); and, perhaps the most notable, the Heavenly® Bed.
The Heavenly® Bed has long been the thing dreams (literally) are made of. A plush pillow-top construction is just the beginning. The supportive base is also mounted with a mattress pad, cotton sheets and a silky duvet. Feather and down pillows complete the soothing composition. A soak in the rain shower and a good lathering with the white tea-scented bath products further enhance the mood for a peaceful night’s rest. And… absolutely nothing can beat the sound of the sea for lulling minds into a sanctuary of slumber.
A sound sleep works up a healthy appetite and waking up at The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa presents a range of dining options.
Seasonal Tastes is an air-conditioned retreat allowing those sensitive to the heat to enjoy a meal any time of day in cooled contemporary comfort. Glassed walls volunteer vistas over the pools, gardens and further beyond to the Andaman Sea, while the inside has a clean vibrant design.
As the resort gradually reopens, the usually-all-day-dining restaurant is currently only open for breakfast. It’s here we get a healthy start to the day with a host of nutritious options for breakfast. Fresh fruit, hearty sourdough, Burcher muesli, poached eggs and several coffee refills keep me content. There are noodles, curries and sushi rolls too but I keep things simple for brekkie.
As the day progresses, Tide is a solid option for lunch or dinner. Offering beachside dining with classics such as sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and fried finger food, it’s easy-eating poolside, on a beach chair or seated in the restaurant. A significant beverage list backs it up but for sunset cocktails, I recommend a seat at Breeze. Set overlooking the entire resort, here you’ll find light bites and a drinks menu perfect for sundowners. Anyone wanting to extend their aquatic hours though doesn’t even have to leave the pool. Splash, the resort’s swim-up bar can you set you up snacks and drinks.
Additionally, special events are often held such as the Saturday night barbecue by the sea. Tables set in the open air between the pool and the ocean are cooled by a gentle sea breeze. Chefs man a line of stations where you can find salads, hot items, desserts (including a fairy floss machine) and the highlight of the spread, the grill. Take your pick of poultry, red meat or fish and a chef cooks it to order.
What’s more, the resort is a regular host to wine-paired dinners. Housed on a duty-free island with tax-free booze and a different range of wines than what is available on the mainland, it is ideally positioned for some fabulous events. One of which, and the reason for this particular visit, was an extraordinary indulgence showcasing the best of the best. Check that out here.
That calorie consumption can be balanced without excuse at The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa. In fact, the wealth of options might actually see you returning fitter and more svelte than when you left.
Squash courts and two flood-lit tennis courts are supported by a well-equipped gymnasium. Running maps through the surrounding greenery of both six and eight-kilometre routes have been planned too.
A variety of water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and many more can be arranged with the assistance of associates at the water sports centre. For those wanting to explore further afield, the concierge team are friendly and able to help facilitate excursions as desired.
Four pools give guests more options. The rockpool resembles a natural setting with boulders and waterfalls. The main pool’s huge expanse unites resort and coast with its infinity edge. A starlit night is made extra special with an adjoining whirlpool. A children’s pool provides a shallow spot to splash and, the Heavenly Spa pool is a wonderfully peaceful getaway for those seeking privacy or an extension of relaxation following a spa treatment.
Even with all of those options, it’s the long stretch of beach running along the façade of the hotel that holds my attention. More activity is seen closer to the main building but the shady tree-lined shore further down offers plenty of secluded sanctuaries.
Also located at the far end of the resort is Westin’s Heavenly Spa. The setting is tranquil with single and couple’s rooms, a reception, Thai massage area and its own adults-only pool. With current SOPs, only one person is allowed in a treatment room at a time and sessions are limited to 60 minutes. Therapists wear masks, face shields and disposable gloves. The plastic is surprisingly smooth and I barely notice the difference to bare hands. I appreciate the additional hygiene and have no complaints about the quality of treatments post-MCO.
Time to Say Goodbye
Vacations always end too quickly at The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa but we’re taken care of right up to the minute our plane departs. Certain member rates and room packages entitle guests to use of The Westin Lounge at the airport where beverages and light snacks are served in a private setting. After you’ve picked up your duty-free, it’s a relaxed place to enjoy the final few moments of a domestic getaway.
The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa Rates
Re-opening member rates begin at RM 405 per night for a Superior Room. For more information about on-going deals and new promotions visit the hotel’s Instagram and Facebook pages.
Reasons to visit The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa: a bright airy resort on expansive landscaped grounds; the healthy range of food and activities; Heavenly® Beds.
The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa
Jalan Pantai Dato Syed Omar
+6 04 960 8888