Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
While most visitors opt to stay on one of Langkawi's beaches, accommodation is available in Kuah town as well. There are quite a few choices in a variety of price ranges here. Many of the new but inexpensive hotels are located in Pekan Rabu and the Langkawi Mall (the older shopping district on the main road past the central traffic lights).
Great value for KuahJalan Kalibang, Kuah
T: (04) 966 8255;
This is one of the best-value deals in Kuah town. Though situated further away from the town centre on Jalan Kalibang, it's a little gem. The Resort has 71 chalets situated on the grounds behind the ... Read the full review of The Twin Peaks Island Resort.
A castle in KuahPeriaran Mutiara
T: (04) 966 2800;
Located on the seafront across the canal from Wonderland Restaurant is Bella Vista Resort. The large castle-like resort is in the heart of the Kuah waterfront and offers a variety of accommodation ... Read the full review of Bella Vista Hotel.
A clean budget option in Kuah65-71, Jalan Kelibang, Langkawi Mall
T: (03) 4252 6686; F: (03) 4252 2689
Located at the 'Langkawi Mall' on the main road through Kuah, this clean budget hotel offers ensuite bath, air-con and local TV. Rooms are simple and basic, with windows either looking out over the ... Read the full review of The Langkawi Budget Hotel.
A good option for Kuah townBandar Baru Baron, Pekan Rabu, Kuah, Langkawi
T: (04) 966 2000;
The newest addition to the Baron hotel group, this hotel offers pleasant landscaped grounds overlooking Kuah Bay. In addition to its two pools and restaurant it's located in Pekan Rabu next to ... Read the full review of De Baron Hotel.
Pantai Tengah, the smaller of Langkawi's two most popular beaches, offers a wide choice of places to stay. Along the beach, with the exception of Charlie's Place, are the large beachfront resorts. On the inland side of the main road is where you'll find small but upscale boutique hotels, guesthouses and homestays, which contribute to the more bohemian feel of Pantai Tengah. Many places, like La Pari-Pari and Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat, are tucked away from the road and offer a more off beach but serene experience.
OpulentTanjung Malai, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 5111; F: (04) 955 5222
Located at Porto Awana at the end of Jalan Teluk Baru (the main road through Pantai Tengah), this massive Mediterranean-style resort is located on some serious waterfront property to watch the ... Read the full review of Resorts World.
For nature loversJalan Pantai Tengah, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 8428; F: (04) 955 8429
Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat was designed around its natural surrounds, disturbing as little as possible. There are two two-bedroom chalets and six individual studios available. Looking out the ... Read the full review of Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat.
Intimate and just off the beach2273 Jalan Teluk Baru, Kampung Tasek Anak, Pantai Tengah, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 1010;
La Pari-Pari allows guests a secluded intimate setting just a short walk from beaches, shopping, dining and nightlife. Their guest rooms embrace big city decor in interior design as well as quality ... Read the full review of La Pari-Pari.
Boutique luxLot 2863, Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 2995; F: (04) 955 4995
Villa Molek Langkawi Resort, Langkawi consists of 12 private villas plus one traditional Malay house located just off a quiet stretch of Jalan Teluk Baru, behind L'Osteria Restaurant. The villas each ... Read the full review of Villa Molek Langkawi Resort.
Sparkling newJalan Tengah (across from Holiday Villa Resort)
T: (012) 482 8140;
The new Langkawi Cactus Inn raises the bar in Langkawi’s Pantai Tengah by providing lots of perks at an affordable price. Their nine sparkling new rooms include two family rooms that can ... Read the full review of Langkawi Cactus Inn.
TranquilJalan Pantai Tengah, Pantai Tengah
T: (04) 955 1751 ; F: (04) 955 1751
This tucked away beachfront hotel is located on the least congested end of Jalan Pantai Cenang as it nears the T-junction connection to Jalan Pantai Tengah. Look for the etched and weathered concrete ... Read the full review of Sunset Beach Resort .
Private beach with a peaceful atmosphereJalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 8461; F: (04) 955 8459
This resort boasts its own private beach in a peaceful atmosphere situated at the bottom of a jungle-shrouded hill and white sandy beach. The 104 rooms are located in two wings overlooking a big blue ... Read the full review of The Lanai Beach Resort .
A blend of old and newLot 1698, Pantai Tengah, Mukim Kedawang, Langkawi
T: (04) 952 9999 ; F: (04) 952 1504
The long and narrow lobby of Holiday Villa Beach Resort is a blend of new and old Malay styling and is always bustling with activity. The lobby leads into the central lounge and restaurant area that ... Read the full review of Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa.
Very popular, book well in advanceLot 735 Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah
Zackry Guest House is a 27-room guesthouse set in a hodge-podge cluster of buildings down towards the end of Jalan Pantai Tengah. A vast variety of rooms is the key to the success of this popular ... Read the full review of Zackry Guest House.
Affordable with repeat businessJalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 4075;
Although this affordable Tengah beach resort is not on the beach itself you will find it a relaxing spot where guests come back year after year. White semi-connecting buildings make up the 20 rooms ... Read the full review of Tropical Resort.
Trendy off beach optionLot 119, Pantai Tengah, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 6600; F: (04) 955 6601
This new budget hotel is rather appealing with its trendy modern design and easy 10-minute walk to the beach. The standard and superior rooms each have a choice of twin or double beds and enough ... Read the full review of Favehotel.
Three pools to choose fromSimpang 3, Jalan Pantai Tengah, Pantai Tengah, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 2020 ; F: (04) 955 2115
The massive Aseana Resort has 217 luxury rooms housed in four-storey high blocks. The spacious rooms are furnished with a mini-fridge, TV, ensuite bathroom and standing showers, air-con and ... Read the full review of Aseana Resort & Spa.
Seen better daysEnd Jalan Pantai Tengah on the beach
T: (04) 955 1200; F: (04) 955 3262
Charlie's Motel has seen better days, but still remains a diamond-in-the-rough beachfront hideaway shaded with palm trees and a front row seat overlooking the sea and outlying islands. Most of the ... Read the full review of Charlie's Motel.
Pantai Cenang is Langkawi's most popular beach. Stretching two kilometres along Jalan Pantai Cenang, this beach resort area offers a bit of everything: mid- to high-priced beachfront hotels, driftwood-constructed beach bars, bistros and restaurants offering seafood and delicacies from many international cuisines. There are spas, markets, clothing shops and of course duty-free offerings to temp you to part with your tourist ringgit. The inland side of this main thoroughfare and just behind it is where you'll find most of the more inexpensive and backpacker lodgings and perhaps a respite from bustle of the beachfront.
Funky beachside cocoonsJetty Pelancongan Chenang, Kuala Cenang, Langkawi
T: (012) 329 4094;
Easily the most unique accommodation on Langkawi, Tubotel sticks to its catchphrase -- Don't be square! -- by offering cylindrical rooms made from circular drainage pipes. These are closed at one ... Read the full review of Tubotel Langkawi.
A friendly slice of paradisePantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 1307; F: (04) 955 1306
Located on the south end of Cenang beach just a stone's throw from Underwater World, Delta Motel is nestled beneath the tall trees and tropical gardens that border the beach. The 45 rooms and chalets ... Read the full review of Delta Motel & Restaurant.
An excellent beachside budget optionPantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 9928;
This relatively new cement building with a spiffy paint job looks a bit out of place in this part of Pantai Cenang, but the right on the beach location and price tag make for an excellent beachside ... Read the full review of Cenang Rest House.
A secluded mid-range optionPantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (04) 9551363 ; F: (04) 955 1221
The beach garden has 13 rooms surrounded by a garden that ends out on the beach with an adjoining restaurant. This secluded, foreign-run resort is a good choice for those looking for a mid-priced, ... Read the full review of Beach Garden Resort.
Great valuePantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (012) 556 5968;
This relatively new guesthouse is located behind the Laman Padi Museum with access from Jalan Bohor Tempoyak, the first T-junction before you enter Pantai Cenang. The main house is a two-storey, ... Read the full review of Saluna Guest House.
Top Cenang luxury pickPantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (04) 952 8888;
One of the few Langkawi resorts that front the most pristine stretch of white sandy beach in Pantai Cenang, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort takes the luxury five-star cake. If you’ve got the cash, ... Read the full review of Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa.
With charming touchesPantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 3072;
Located across from Islanddish Seafood Restaurant near the overlap of Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah, this great spot is off the beaten path, yet just a five-minute-walk to the beach, restaurants ... Read the full review of White Lodge.
No more beach views2608 Lot Tanjung Mali, Jalan Pantai Cenang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 8880; F: (04) 955 7770
This resort/motel is located right on the main road, but unfortunately the once beautiful view of the beach has been broken by a new development right in front of it. Regardless, this budget gem ... Read the full review of Langgura Baron Resort.
Pleasant A-framesLot 2599, Jalan Pantai Cenang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (04) 953 1014; F: (04) 953 1016
The Adina Drive-In is located on the inland side of the main road nearby the AB Hotel. They boasting that they're the first drive-in at Pantai Cenang, but we aren't sure where the drive-in part fits ... Read the full review of Adina Drive-In Motel.
PeachyPantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 1300; F: (04) 955 1466
This monster motel gleaming in peach with unmistakable red rooftops operates on both sides of the road. A new building opened in 2008 sits right on the main road and opens up onto the beach, while ... Read the full review of AB Motel.
Good off beach valueLot 1659, Jalan Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 2354;
The Amzar Motel is located right on Jalan Pantai Cenang and has a wide variety of room options. In the newer building the simply furnished but clean and neat rooms have TV, air-con, hot showers and ... Read the full review of Amzar Motel.
With a tropical appealPantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 1308 ;
As the name implies, this resort is right on Cenang beach. The Sandy Beach Resort has both chalets and rooms in a separate, more modern building. Rooms are a comfortable size and interiors vary from ... Read the full review of Sandy Beach Resort.
Treetop chaletsPantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 8222; F: (04) 955 2822
The Malibest Resort is easy to recognise from the beach by its wooded treetop chalets, which place you above the long stretch of sandy beach. The other rooms are in low buildings along the beach and ... Read the full review of Malibest Resort.
A Legoland of chaletsPantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 1099; F: (04) 955 5099
Thanks to its year-to-year upgrades and remodelling, the Melati Tanjung Motel has a variety of room styles and interior designs to choose from. It's sort of a 'Legoland' of chalets, brick buildings ... Read the full review of Melati Tanjung Motel.
Popular with geckos tooPantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (019) 4283801;
This very popular little garden-type guesthouse is where you are sure to find little geckos at night in practically every corner. There is a garden seating area in the middle, with a range of tables ... Read the full review of Gecko Guest House.
A solid budget betPantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 1457; F: (04) 955 3846
This motel is door to door with Beach Garden Resort and a good choice for those on a reasonable budget. Air-con, TV and hot showers are in most rooms, yet with a few fan rooms as well it can ... Read the full review of Grand Beach Motel.
Good budget guesthouseJalan Pantai Cenang
T: (04) 955 2632;
Just inland off Jalan Pantai Cenang, Rumours offers small private bungalows with fans. The quiet and cosy rooms are a pleasant alternative to the bustle of the beachfront hotels across the road. The ... Read the full review of Rumours Guest House.
UnusualPantai Cenang, Langkawi
T: (012) 417 8499;
The Cabin has 22 rooms, each made from half of a shipping container. Rooms are air-con and have ensuite modern baths as well as flat screen TVs, mini-fridges, tea kettles and private verandas. The ... Read the full review of The Cabin.
Jalan Datai is just off of Jalan Teluk Yu on the western side of the island. This area rises from the Kubang Padak River valley and meanders its way along the north coast at the edge of the mountains where they meet the Andaman Sea. There are only two options, both five-star resorts that climb the slope of the mountains from the beach along Datai Bay.
Jungle by the seaJalan Teluk Datai, Datai, Langkawi
T: (04) 959 1088;
This resort is off the same road leading to the Datai Resort but situated lower down the sloping terrain that ends in Datai Bay. The Malay architecture of the Andaman main lobby soars above you in ... Read the full review of The Andaman Resort.
Rainforest hideoutJalan Teluk Datai, Datai, Langkawi
T: (04) 959 2500; F: (04) 959 2600
The lobby area of the Datai is nestled among the rainforest foliage high above the beach. Wildlife can be seen at most times during the day, including monkeys, exotic birds and large monitor lizards, ... Read the full review of The Datai Langkawi .
This long stretch of white-sand beach runs along the north shore of Langkawi and overlooks the islands of Thailand that float off in the distance. This area offers a variety of accommodation, from small locally-run guesthouses through to two five-star resorts. This beach is amazingly underdeveloped and is often all but deserted, however a new watersports company now offers banana boat rides, jet-skis and parasailing.
Great value in the northJalan Tanjung Rhu, Padang Lalang, Mukim Ayer Hangat
T: (04) 959 2006;
Off the beaten path, the Isa Motel sits solo across from the nearly deserted stretch of the white sands of Tanjung Rhu beach. With Ko Tarutao visible on the offshore horizon, even the nearby cement ... Read the full review of Isa Motel.
A budget findKampung Pasir Hitam, Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi
T: (012) 408 3039; F: (04) 959 2133
Langkawi’s relatively undeveloped Tanjung Rhu area has a stretch of sandy shoreline perfect for travellers seeking some quiet patch of seaside to call their own. Although the majority of ... Read the full review of Tanjung Puteri Motel.
Off beach apartment lodgingsLot 679, Jalan Ulu Melaka, Padang Lalang, Ayer Hangat
T: (01) 9417 2343;
The Red Door is located on Jalan Ulu Melaka as you are entering Kampung Padang Lalang. It offers seven apartments for both short- and long-term stays. These two-bedroom lodgings are fully furnished ... Read the full review of The Red Door.
5 minute drive from the beachJalan Ulu Melaka, Padang Lalang, Langkawi
T: (019) 404 1060;
This small and very clean motel has 12 rooms all simply furnished and with a veranda. Each of the rooms has free WiFi, TV and air-con. No hot water is the only setback to staying here. This ... Read the full review of The Nor Motel.
Indulge that private island fantasyPulau Rebak, Langkawi
T: (04) 966 5566;
Rebak Island Resort sprawls across most of privately owned Pulau Rebak, offering a diverse array of higher-end rooms and seaside suites set amid tropical, well-manicured grounds that provide a ... Read the full review of Rebak Island Resort (Vivanta Resort).
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