Great beachside pick
Kuala Cenang, Langkawi T: (017) 555 3977 F: (04) 955 1912
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.
The spacious grounds themselves are hard packed white sand, shaded by towering palms and other trees and comfortably cooled by a steady onshore sea breeze. The resort’s 17 rooms are simple but quite roomy with a practical layout and minimalist style, with the sea-view verandas great for sitting and listening to the crashing surf. A generous number of beach loungers are also on hand.
The beachfront area is a sandy alcove sandwiched on either side with rocky jetties and the water is swimmable on calm days. Just across the nearby small river heading south, you are greeted by the sweeping beachfront of Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and the beginning of Pantai Cenang.
The standard double rooms are 180 ringgit and the family rooms, with two double beds, are a bargain at 250 ringgit per night. The rooms are spotless and include private baths with hot-water showers, flat screen TV, mini fridge, hot-water maker and WiFi. Although there is no on-site restaurant, breakfast is also included and delivered to your doorstep. On a creative note, the owners handcrafted the very sturdy wooden bed frames themselves.
Senari Bay Resort is within walking distance of the expansive beach stretch of Pantai Cenang as well as shops and eateries along the main road. The nearby Pantai Cenang restaurant selections vary from inexpensive local fare to the five-star culinary delights at neighbours Bon Ton to the north or Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort to the immediate south. The location is a great sunset spot.
The family-owned and -operated resort gives a warm welcome to new arrivals and they are also well versed in traveller needs, offering assistance in arranging motorbike rentals, fishing trips and other activities. Longer stays are available at a discounted rate and walk in rates are negotiable depending on occupancy. As an added bonus, camping is also available for 30 ringgit a night and includes breakfast.
By Vanessa Workman
Last updated on 21st July, 2014.