Looking for a beach resort to escape to over upcoming Valentine’s Day or Chinese New Year?
Instead of the usual hot spots like Phuket and Bali – there is another nearby tropical paradise that you can check out.
LANGKAWI – otherwise known known as “the jewel of Kedah” in the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. Only a one and a half hour plane hop away from Singapore.
I enjoyed a weekend getaway there, thanks to Ombak Villa (Langkawi Lagoon Resort).
The views when I arrived took my breath away!
Have breakfast here in the morning…. sweet!
Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to jump into the gorgeous pool :D
Froclick. Relax. Chill like a mermaid.
The glorious sunset was spectacular. This place has it’s pool facing the perfection direction.
These suites over the water are also available for booking.
Walking back through a serene pathway by the beach, I spotted a mother and child in a quiet moment together, captured in the sun’s loving rays of light.
As a prelude to our dinner, the group was treated to a special cooking demonstration by Malaysia’s top celebrity chef – Chef Wan!
I think everyone was entertained by his funny personality and took away some valuable tips in Southeast Asian cooking.
FYI, he has his own shows on television and a buffet restaurant in Singapore’s Plaza Singapura.
Dinner was delicious and as can be expected of me at buffets, I ate like a pig.
My friend and popular Malaysian host Julie Woon arrived later than us but it was great she managed to join us for our poolside dinner!
There are plenty of other activities you can do in Langkawi, outside of the resort.
First up, I highly recommend an ECOTOUR ADVENTURE!
Experience the wonders of nature at Langkawi’s Kilim Geoforest Park. It is full of amazing flora & fauna, and stunning geological formations like mammoth limestone rocks, fossils, caves, lagoons, beaches and seascapes.
View soaring eagles in their natural habitat. It was such a majestic and incredible sight.
Throughout the morning tour, you can walk through dense tropical mangroves and towering limestone rocks that look like mountains, formed some 500 million years back, and many other interesting flora & fauna. For example, we came across a plant that was growing high above on a rock, that has apparently been around even before dinosaurs!
Explore dark and creepy bat caves!
Stop for lunch in a floating restaurant by the river called “Hole in the Wall“!
There is an adjacent fish farm where you can feed various breeds of fish… and eat them after. Hehee.
What else can you do in Langkawi?
Take a sunset cruise out to sea!
Take a dip in the ocean…
While the crew prepares a freshly grilled dinner for you.
The boat we were on was not like the usual sleek and modern white yachts I’ve always been on. This boat, by Tropical Charters, was very rustic, wooden and bohemian, giving it a fun, reggage-gypsy kind of vibe. Enjoyed it very much!
Of course, there are also the endless white sandy beaches in Langkawi to visit, with a whole host of adrenaline water sports like jet skiing and kite surfing etc.!
At night, the adventurous guys went on board a squid fishing vessel to try their hand at being sotong catchers. It’s apparently quite cold out at night, so I advise those who decide to go to bring a sweater.
At night, there aren’t that many happening clubs or cool bars in Langkawi (not as far as I know of at least). My last suggestion for evening activities?
Play charades with your friends! :)
Here is more information about Ombak Villa and their spacious, very clean suites.
This tranquil resort is perfect for those looking to just relax and get away.
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