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The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa

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Langkawi holds multiple very luxurious 5-star resorts which are located throughout the island. Often you will find the resorts in the more remote areas, with a beautiful location and private beach. The Westin one of these luxurious resorts; it is a truly beautiful resort. The resort is close to Kuah, but still located at a remote part of the island.

We stayed at the resort for a couple of days, and were surprised by the amazing atmosphere, and the enormous luxury. The rooms were beautiful, the food was delicious and everything was taken care of in a great manner. Staff was very pleasant and showed high service standards. There is a wonderful spa as well, but you can also undergo multiple watersport activities (like kayaking and sailing) along the private beach.

The rooms had plenty of space and were well furnished. There was a fabulous shower, with a glass window between the bathroom and the bedroom. Luckily, there is a lace curtain, making it useful if you’re with friends, acquaintances or colleagues as well. The rooms come with a minibar, air-conditioning and if you’re close enough to the public areas you can pick up on the free Wi-Fi signal.

The pool is magnificent, with plenty of lounge beds and chairs. The restaurant on the beach has an extended lunch menu, with several delicious dishes. In the evening hours this is the ideal place for a drink or perhaps a small snack.

Breakfast was one of the largest we have had during our time in Malaysia. Everything was of high quality and freshly prepared each morning. The coffee was very good, something we like to pay attention to, and even the service was top notch. The Westin is quite popular among business people, which results in you having breakfast on your own if you don’t wake up very early. Most of the hotel guests have their breakfast very early, so they can immediately start their busy days.

It’s a 10-15 minute walk towards Jetty Point, Lagenda Park, Eagle Square and the stores at the Langkawi Fair. You can rent a car or moped at Jetty Point, which you can park on the resort’s ground. The Westin itself rents out exclusive cars, like a BMW or Mini Cooper to cruise over the island. Langkawi is best explored with a rental car or moped, and The Westin is a perfect (luxurious) place to stay.

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Cherating

Well-known for the Cherating Club Med Resort, Cherating is a popular destination for tourists to soak up the sun and have fun in the cool waters at the scenic beaches. Located approximately 45 km north of Kuantan, Pahang, Cherating is also a popular destination for surfers especially during the north-east monsoon season from November to March, which brings about high waves ideal for surfing. The best time to surf at Cherating is at the peak of the monsoon season in November and December.

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Do remember to take a breather from the adrenaline rush and discover the quiet coastal villages too. There, you will be awed by culture and way of life of the locals, such as their skilful ability to weave pandan leaves and how well-trained the monkeys are at plucking coconuts for visitors to drink the refreshing juice!

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A fun activity is the Cherating River Cruise through the mangroves, operated by Mr. Hafiz. Depending on the tide there are two daily trips, on in the morning and one in the afternoon. Duration of the trip is about one hour. We paid RM25 per person. Always check up front if Hafiz is in business, especially during the monsoon season. Besides the standard river cruise, you can also book a firefly trip there. Guides have a very keen eye for all kinds of wild life, including beautiful snakes hanging in trees.

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The main attraction in Cherating is the Club Med resort, the first Club Med that was built in Asia. This exclusive resort is one of the high-end hotels in the region with room charges approximately RM665 per person per night, inclusive of all meals. There are various sea sport facilities provided at Club Med, such as kayaking, catamaran sailing and windsurfing.

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The resort also offers day passes to non-guests to visit the resort and enjoy its facilities. The day passes are available at the price of RM230 per person and are valid for use from 11am to 6pm. However, do take note that the day passes may not be available for sale during the peak season to enable hotel guests to fully enjoy the resort’s facilities. Diners who wish to sample the eats dished up by the chefs at Club Med may also come over for a satisfying meal. Lunch is priced at RM180 per person while dinner is priced at RM280 per person.

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Another favorite attraction in Cherating is the Cherating Turtle Sanctuary which is located just next to Club Med. Established in 1972, the turtle hatchery aims to ensure the survival of the turtles that arrive between April to August to lay eggs at Malaysia’s coastal beaches, especially in Pahang. The centre also aims to protect the endangered turtle species found in the country, particularly the Leatherback Turtle. At the centre, there are many educational exhibits on the various species of turtles in Malaysia to explore and visitors can also view the turtle hatch lings which are protected in the centre until they are old enough to be released into the sea. It is certainly a heart-warming experience to watch these little turtles emerge, ready for life out in the deep blue sea soon. The centre is best visited at night for this is the time when the turtles arrive at shore and the turtle hatch lings which are ready to fend for themselves are released into the sea as well. There are no charges for visiting the centre, thus no one should miss this rare experience especially so if your trip coincides with the turtles’ eggs-laying season.

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