This area lies near Telaga Harbor, the Panorama Cable Car and the core area of the UNESCO-supported Geopark. Accommodation highlights in the area include the Berjaya and a rather funky Geopark Hotel and backpacker/flashpacker spot in Oriental Village.
One of Langkawi’s most luxurious options, waterside The Danna offers colonial-era style with a tropical estate feel and boasts the island’s biggest swimming pool. If you’re looking for a serious splurge, this is one hotel to put on your shortlist. The elegant arrival portal. From the outside, intricate wrought iron balcony railings add to a sophisticated look that is both subtle and... Read our full review of The Danna.
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).
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 lobby and an on-site restaurant. All the chalets have king-size beds, mini-bar, hot water showers and air-con. There's a large swimming pool, children's pool and playground. The Thai/Malay and Western... Read our full review of The Twin Peaks Island Resort.
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 with four-star amenities. The unique architectural design of this rather out-of-place looking hotel is worthy of an Instagram moment at the very least. Rooms have a very modern European starkness with... Read our full review of Bella Vista Hotel.
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 restaurants, shops and a karaoke bar. Rooms are spacious and each interior's design incorporates a different wall finish, colour and bit of art. Each room has free WiFi, flat screen TV and a bath, which... Read our full review of De Baron Hotel.
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 main street or into the alley behind. The lobby is spacious but a bit barren -- the large table here can seat guests who want to use the WiFi that is available in the lobby. Breakfast is not included... Read our full review of The Langkawi Budget Hotel.
Langkawi’s Kuah offers plenty of accommodation options across all budgets, but those looking for a little luxury will find waterfront The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa a good choice. Picture perfect pool. Being a bit of a mishmash of old meets new, the quaint developing township of Kuah and its picturesque waterfront makes a great home for the Westin and a solid base camp splurge for... Read our full review of The Westin Resort & Spa.
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.
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 tall windows into the rainforest canopy guests can observe monkeys, birds and other wildlife going about their daily routines in the upper branches of the trees. Nature lovers will adore the serenity... Read our full review of Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat.
La Pari Pari is a popular haven for those seeking the quiet respite of laidback Pantai Tengah. Although located slightly inland from the main thoroughfare, they are just a 15-minute walk from the seaside as well as the livelier Pantai Cenang scene. La Pari Pari’s 1.5 acre tropical setting is worth dodging the odd mud puddle to reach. Poolside bungalows work for us! Bringing a touch of the... Read our full review of La Pari-Pari.
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 comings and goings of island hoppers, day charters and the occasional cruise liner. A large, kid-friendly water-park type pool and a popular local disco can attract families through to party animals. The... Read our full review of Resorts World.
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 offer an air-con bedroom, shower and bathroom, kitchenettes with refrigerator, as well as a living-dining area and private terrace. The intimate grounds are relaxing and very quiet; the... Read our full review of Villa Molek Langkawi Resort.
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 coffee-making facilities. The heavy dark wood furnishings suit the overall ambience, as the Aseana looks more like a wealthy private estate than an actual resort. Built on a hillside, the reception area has a... Read our full review of Aseana Resort & Spa.
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 walking space to be considered 'roomy'. The additional TV, air-con and laundry service make these simple yet fresh rooms quite a comfy budget option. Overlooking an almost scenic grassy field, their large... Read our full review of Favehotel.
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 overlooks the landscaped garden and pools that lead out to the beach beyond. The rooms are adorned with wooden floors and Persian-style rugs with art and furnishings that compliment the warmth of the... Read our full review of Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa.
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 comfortably sleep up to five people and six standard rooms, perfect for single or duo travellers — and they’re just a 10-minute walk away from the beach. The attached Cactus Restaurant is definitely one of... Read our full review of Langkawi Cactus Inn.
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 sign on the side of the main road and you will find the resort beneath the towering trees. As you enter the traditional Malay-style reception and lounge area, you’ll see a gateway opening into a... Read our full review of Sunset Beach Resort .
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 of this small 14-year-old family-owned business. White is also the main theme in the spotlessly clean rooms that come together with Malay-designed creamy coloured furniture and soft bedspreads with... Read our full review of Tropical Resort.
With their motto ‘Love Green, Love Nature’, Tstar Cottage delivers the goods by offering budget travellers white-sand beaches, surround-sound nature and even some wildlife smack dab in the middle of the Pantai Tengah’s seaside action. Set away from the main thoroughfare, the lush surrounding gardens should offer enough quiet and scenic privacy to keep low-maintenance backpackers... Read our full review of Tstar Cottage.
Zackry Guest House off Panta Tengah is a 27-room guesthouse set in a hodge-podge cluster of buildings down towards the end of Jalan Pantai Tengah. The small pool to the left and the duck pond to right add to Zackry’s eclectic ambiance. As you arrive you walk down a short drive to the main reception area ; it’s hard to discern that it’s a reception area, but the building indeed houses... Read our full review of Zackry Guest House.
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 rooms are small triangular-shaped chalets adorned with quaint verandas overlooking either the garden area or the beach. Rooms are small but comfortable and include air-con, TV and hot shower. There is a... Read our 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.
Tucked away amid a century-old coconut plantation and bordered by wetlands, Bon Ton Resort Langkawi began as a seafood restaurant 20 years ago and has slowly evolved into a rather special place to stay. Eight traditional wooden Malay kampung houses and a Chinese provisions shop have been added over the years, creating a kampung-like setting for the popular resort. Traditional tropical... Read our full review of Bon Ton Resort Langkawi.
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 option. The basic rooms are clean and well maintained in addition to having flat screen TVs and both fan-cooled and air-con flavours are available. Across the street is an unnamed eatery that serves... Read our full review of Cenang Rest House.
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 all have small verandas, many with beach views. Most of the rooms have TV, air-con, attached bath with hot showers and a minibar. Breakfast is included and served at the beachside restaurant, which... Read our full review of Delta Motel & Restaurant.
Hands down the most unique accommodation choice in Langkawi is Tubotel, whose catchphrase is, “Don’t be square!” Located just north of the entrance to Pantai Cenang at the end of Jetty Pelancongan Cenang, this colourful curiosity has a prime waterfront location offering rooms at guesthouse prices.The colourful ambiance of your private drainage pipe awaits.The rooms are cocoon-like... Read our full review of Tubotel Langkawi.
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 the cheapest rooms are housed across the road in newly re-modelled buildings. The rooms are all of same standard, the difference is that there's either one double bed and a single bed or two double... Read our full review of AB Motel.
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 in. But they do have a rather spacious parking lot that can accommodate large tour busses. They have 50 rooms and three conference rooms; so large groups may be the preferred clientele. But the... Read our full review of Adina Drive-In Motel.
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 some include a mini-fridge. The seaside is just a short walk across the street. The more basic fan rooms and chalets all have TV and attached bath. While the Amzar certainly won't be featured in Decor... Read our full review of Amzar Motel.
Gecko Guesthouse is one of the original backpacker-type guesthouses in Langkawi’s Pantai Cenang. It’s conveniently located a short walk from Jalan Pantai Cenang, the main thoroughfare that runs parallel to Cenang Beach seaside. Originally built in the early 1990s, it was purchased by its present proprietor in 2003 and upgraded, yet has kept its old beach-style charm.A welcoming reception,... Read our full review of Gecko Guest House.
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 accommodate a wide variety of budgets, putting these simple but comfortable rooms on the top of beachfront options around Cenang. Simple wooden chalets accommodate most of the fan rooms, while a newer... Read our full review of Grand Beach Motel.
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 remains rather busy during the holiday season. Wooden chalets and one two-storey building constitute the 35 rooms available. All of the spotlessly clean rooms come fully equipped with air-con,... Read our full review of Langgura Baron Resort.
Finding a Pantai Cenang beachfront hotel at affordable prices becomes more challenging as Langkawi’s popularity grows, but one hotel that has managed to survive the times without a massive rate hike is Langkapura Inn. With rooms starting at 140 ringgit and having Pantai Cenang as its front yard, this is a flashpacker winner. Plenty of space at the quiet end of Pantai Cenang. Some of the... Read our full review of Langkapuri Inn.
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 just inland. With 92 rooms there's a wide variety of accommodation here all with satellite TV, air-con and ensuite baths with hot showers. All the rooms are clean and comfortable, some with wooden... Read our full review of Malibest Resort.
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 and beachfront verandas and a popular choice with Western tourists as the motel opens up onto the beach in a very busy part of Cenang. Here you're just a few lazy steps into beach bars, cheapish... Read our full review of Melati Tanjung Motel.
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, this is a reasonable deal for its pricepoint, with a great location as well as style and space. Are you impressed? We were! Located on a stretch of property at the beginning of Pantai Cenang across... Read our full review of Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa.
Rumours Guesthouse has evolved over the years from a basic Pantai Cenang budget spot to a rather artsy, laidback backpacker favourite. Located 100 metres from the thoroughfare of Jalan Pantai Cenang, they are sufficiently inland to escape traffic noise yet just a short walk to the sandy shore. They have selections suitable for everyone from tight-budget dorm seekers to families preferring... Read our full review of Rumours Guesthouse.
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 soft pastel painted walls to redbrick interiors. The room price includes breakfast served in the beachfront restaurant in the centre of the resort, with a view of the beach and the sea beyond. The... Read our full review of Sandy Beach Resort.
At the northern end of Pantai Cenang set amid swaying palms, motel-style Senari Bay Resort is somewhat camouflaged by a fairly mediocre facade. But beyond their nondescript gravel parking lot and reception area lays basic and affordable waterfront bliss. Cosy and quiet at Senari Bay Resort. The spacious grounds themselves are hard packed white sand, shaded by towering palms and other trees... Read our full review of Senari Bay Resort.
Soluna Guest House is the new kid on the block among the guesthouses in Langkawi’s Pantai Cenang. Recently opened, this secluded little rural hideaway surrounded by coconut palms is tucked behind the Laman Padi Museum and is a great budget choice that is only going to improve as the tropical gardens start to flourish.The enviable main house.Passing through the blue gates, the first thing... Read our full review of Soluna Guest House.
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 and shops. Among shady trees and tropical plants, the red-roofed White Lodge is more like a family estate. The simply furnished rooms have pleasant pastel interiors that offset the exterior 'white'... Read our full review of White Lodge.
In Langkawi’s ever-changing Pantai Cenang, more and more hotels are being built or remodelled, each vying for sea views as taller structures emerge. With their feet firmly planted in the ground, however, The Cabin is a simple accommodation option with a low price tag worth considering if you’re on a budget. At 150 ringgit a night, these quirky spacious twin and double bed rooms are a steal... Read our 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.
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 traditional longhouse style. Several restaurants and two bars cater to your every need and there is a spa and pools that lead down to the beach. Even the smallest rooms at the Andaman feel spacious, and... Read our full review of The Andaman Resort.
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, and the air is filled with the sounds of their chattering. This five-star resort offers you, in addition to the pristine beach, several restaurants, a spa, pools and a bar looking over the Andaman... Read our 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.
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 factory cannot mar the simple beauty — truly! Definitely a stand out. Isa Motel’s three-storey cement block building sits off the main road at the end of a long gravelly driveway, mansion style.... Read our full review of Isa Motel.
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 accommodation in this area tends to be in the four or five star category, Tanjung Puteri Motel, sitting on a headland overlooking a secluded stretch of beach should keep budget travellers happy. Just a... Read our full review of Tanjung Puteri Motel.
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 with kitchen appliances, a washing machine, cable TV and WiFi. The white theme of the modern interiors is accented with bright coloured art and drapes. They all face an enclosed garden compound and are... Read our full review of The Red Door.
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 family-run motel is located just near the Padang Lalang roundabout on Jalan Ulu Melaka. Staying here places you near local eateries and shops plus a night market. Tanjung Rhu and Black Sand beach are only... Read our full review of The Nor Motel.
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 creature comfort-filled retreat from the madding crowds for individual travellers through to families. Next best thing to being there is the speed ferry panoramic shot. Pulau Rebak is one of the Langkawi... Read our full review of Rebak Island Resort (Vivanta Resort).
Nowadays Langkawi boasts enough budget accommodation to make camping to save money unnecessary. Nevertheless, camping options have increased as adventurous visitors look for an opportunity to sleep under the stars. Here are a few of our favourite tent-worthy spots. They don’t call this Green Valley for nothing. In Pantai Cenang, Rumours Guest House have cosy new dorms for just 25 ringgit per... Read our full review of Camping on Langkawi.
If staying amid nature is a priority for you, Panorama Langkawi Country Resort may fit the bill. This newly refurbished, sprawling resort is nestled at the base of Gunung Raya and has a laidback country appeal that you won’t find elsewhere in Langkawi, with modern amenities at pretty affordable rates. Not a white plastic chair in sight. The resort’s practical architecture reflects a subtle... Read our full review of Panorama Langkawi Country Resort.
As Langkawi’s Pantai Cenang becomes more developed, entrepreneurs shifted attention inland. They’ve created a variety of new affordable places to stay, amid mountainous backdrops of greenery and skylines devoid of massive developments. Dawn Homestay and Chalet is one of them. Boasting a simple design layout — reminiscent of the original Western motel style of the 60s — and complete with... Read our full review of Dawn Homestay and Chalet.
Cradled between the foothills of Langkawi’s 550-million-year-old Gunung Mat Cincang and the theme park setting of the Oriental Village, Geopark Hotel offers a rather special blend of diverse entertainment. With just 30 rooms and reasonable prices, Geopark Hotel is an attractive flashpacker option, especially for those with kids in tow. The bright and sunny Geopark Hotel. With dark wood... Read our full review of Geopark Hotel.
For those seeking a traditional backpacker environment away from Langkawi’s tourist-busy beach areas, the Box Chalet inland towards Kedawang, nestled next to paddy and with a gorgeous sunset view of distant foothills, is a good choice.A little pea-pod to call your own.Located four kilometres north of the main Kedawang Road on Jalan Batu Belah, this intimate establishment is easy to miss amid... Read our full review of The Box Chalet.
As Langkawi increases in popularity, accommodation options, from affordable guesthouses through to luxury resorts, have multiplied. Selections are now diverse enough to suit every possible budget as well as personal preference, ranging from a sunny beachside bungalow to a jungle hideaway. Here's a round up of our pick of the bunch, from tiny budget to budget busting and simple through to... Read our full review of Great places to stay on Langkawi.