Four Seasons Langkawi Hotel

, Langkawi, Malaysia
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Four Seasons Langkawi Hotel

5 star

Rooms: 91

Jalan Tanjung Rhu Mukim Ayer Hangat - Langkawi - 07000 - Malaysia Hotel Website | 4-950-8888
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Lush and beautiful resort

from gbuser
Yes, there definitely is a cement factory in the distance on the beach, but otherwise my wife and I (on our honeymoon) found the resort wonderful. The factory looked pretty cool some mornings shrouded in mist - we didn't mind it one bit.

We spent half of our honeymoon here (the other half was at the Datai), and the balance between the two types of resorts made for an overall great trip.

While the architecture @ Four Seasons may indeed not be very "authentic" it was definitely attractive and the landscaping was truly beautiful (more cultivated look vs. say the Daitai for sure). I had read some reviews saying that the foliage was not grown in - but it certainly looked like it was when we were there recently (October, 2005). We had one of the big upstairs room with vaulted ceiling and it was very cool.

The Rhu bar was a lot of fun and very relaxing (Try the swing seat for pre-or post dinner cocktails -- I imagine it is hard to get a spot if the resort is crowded). The food overall was definitely excellent - highlights being the breakfast buffet and the meal I had at Ikan Ikan (even the room service burger was good when we were jonesing for Western fare).

The service was A+ overall. The Spa had very cool aesthetics (but very hard to get a reservation was almost booked solid for four days, and the resort was not terribly crowded).

The beach is nice, factory notwithstanding, with a good view of two nearby islands and lots of hermit crabs!

Welcome in architectual and hospitality heaven

from Fiech
From start to finish this was an experience of luxury and personal attention.
When you check in the relaxing begins. Very personal and at ease.
The beachfront Villa is very spacious en wel equiped. All the staff with no exceptions are very well trained. Always making the xtra mile, always asking if they can do anything else for you. If you ask roomservice to bring along some CD's from the library together with the meal, they do!!
Running such a big resort on such a personal manner is absolutely stunning!
everyone of the staff seems to know you, because they communicate very well with each other. I can only say, go find out yourselve, because this is really one of the best hotel experiences I have ever had.

Peaceful haven

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Four Seasons Langkawi after a week at the Raffles hotel in Singapore. Raffles had been wonderful so we had expected the Four Seasons to struggle in comparison. What we did find, however, was a wonderful relaxing, peaceful haven. The beachfront villa was immaculate, spacious and well equipped. There were certain touches that made the hotel really feel like you were on your own secluded island, for example if you want to go to one of the main pools but didn't wish to sunbathe in front of others there are private bathing areas. For days that the weather was a little poor there was a library with dvds that you could watch at your leisure on your veranda. The service was superb and made you want for nothing. (The chocolate deserts from room service are yummy!) It is a fairly large resort and yes you can use the golf buggies but we either enjoyed the walk or took out the bikes that we borrowed from the gym. (And as I was 7 months pregnant and didn't struggle it can't be that big of a resort!) This is certainly an indulgent hotel, not for those who want to be out and about and hectic. In short...Paradise, we wouldn't hesitate to go again!

Wonderful Honeymoon spot!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I arrived the four seasons resort after being at the Raffles hotel in Singapore for a few nights. I cannot say more positive things about this island and the resort. First of all, the staff at the resort is accomadating, helpful, kind, and always goes the extra mile. After the second day the staff was greeting us all over the resort; and as honeymooners, it is always fun to hear "hello Mr. and Mrs. Jacobsen".

I loved our room, and wrap around terrace upstairs (enjoyed breakfast outside on the terrace in the morning), and the location of the room was perfect- right near the spa, workout facilty, tennis court; not far from the main pool, beach, and we either walked or took buggies to the restaurants, reception/ lobby area.

I thought the food was very good, especially lunch (great pizza and sandwich's) and dinner! Fish was very fresh, and again the wait staff very hospitable!

The beach is not used, and I think this is due to the pools being so beautiful. There is a bit of a trash problem on the very far end of the beach due to trash wash up from Thailand (would not have seen it if we had not gone for walks looking for shells).

Loved the mangrove tour!! Highly recommend going off the resort to a great little casual restaurant called Wonderland (deliciuos fish, prawns, and homemade Malay sauces).

This island is a special place on earth, and the four seasons resort makes it an even better place to travel to!!!

Amazing resort

from frenchandparisian
As might be understood from previous reviews, there are pros and cons about the FS Langkawi.
We had the most amazing experience there.
The resort is brand new. But first building operations having started 6 or 7 years ago, many buildings loolk like they have been around a few years, which they have. This is good. All villas are spread along a nice ctretch of beach, overlooking a few islands, and Thailand in the backgroung. Ine might notice the cement factory from the beach. It seems a non-issue to me : it is indeed far away, and we mistook it for a mosk.
The architectural style is kind of mixed : part arabic or moroccan, part balinese. It seems to me very relaxing and attractive. You do walk, but buggies are everywhere. The gardens are nice, beatufilly kept (70 gardeners), and I cannot agree with some comments about scarce vegetation.
We stayed in an Upper Melaleuca room, which was nothing short of stunning. Huge. French windows on two sides. High ceiling with a fan. Heavenly bathroom; with huge sunken tub. Good entertainment system (which we never used), without plasma TV, yet. Outside balcony with cushions and a fan.
The spa is out of this world. Each suite is mammoth. Exquisetely designed, built, and beautifully kept. The spa menu is outstanding , and the therapists are the best we ever got. Not cheap, though.
We tried the restaurants, and we don't agree with many other reviewers : the food is really good.
Both swimming pools are stunning. Obviously, the family one is busy, with children, but its design is outstanding, with airbeds and whirlpools of all shapes. The lappool is quieter, with great cabanas.
One thing needs improvement, especially since everything come at a price. Service is really behind. Everyone is nice and smiling and caring. It is just that they can't do two things at the same time, like doing one, and remembering of the next one to do : at breakfast tables take ages to clear, buggy driver forgets your suite number and drives past it, housekeeping forgets to put fresh towels, or to empty the coffee maker or to put clean tumblers, or just forget the icebox in the middle of the room. Never a big deal, really ; but in a FS, and with these price tags ...
Let me add that on my first night, I got badly sick (peritonitis), and needed to be taken to hospital for emergency surgery. I stayed at hospital 8 days. Both the GM and his wife, plus number of the staff including Luisa the Spa Manager went out of their way to sweeten this bad experience. I could not even start to list all their attention, but it was miles beyond what one could expect. This is also where you can tell a great hotel.

Not For Us - But Each To Their Own

from TravelBug79
Personally, The Datai is for us, over the brand new Four Seasons. However both resorts are so different and each of us may have certain expectations on what makes 'an awesome resort'

The Four Seasons is a bit confusing. It is far too large, and there is an odd mix of Moroccan influence on arrival, mixed in with Asian decor elsewhere. Am I in North Africa, or Langkawi like I booked?

On arrival at The Datai, one thinks 'I'm home in a snug environment'
On arrival at The Four Seasons I thought 'where am I going?' I was confused and there was no one to show us the way!

We were not impressed with the food and were dismayed to see a factory in the distance which reminded us we were not quite as far away from it all as we would have liked......but I do agree that it is a long distance off. It was just the lights from it were bugging me at night while I was eating dinner in the restaurant and looking around at the view - there in the distance - were the factory lights!

Also, when you drive from the airport to both resorts, on the way to The Datai you think 'WOW!' There's so much beautiful forest see as well as monkeys on the road, it's a treat but the drive to Four Seasons was nothing short of depressing for us through the poor villagers, and a close up view of the puffing cement factory in all its glory. Here we were on the way to a brand spanking new 5 Star establishment.........passing this sad state of affairs on the way.

It is a pricey venture, but the pool was simply gorgeous as were the beach villas. However I feel that money would certainly be better spent at The Datai. Once again, the two places are very different and cater to different personalities - I am a traditional girl and the The Datai was right up my alley. For the modern types, the Four Seasons I believe, would suit.

Will Return

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I stayed at this hotel for a week, with our preschooler daughter. As background, we have stayed at other Four Seasons properties and we love and frequent resort hotels. It was our first visit to Malaysia.

PROS:

The rooms were fantastic. We stayed at a Beach Villa and it was wonderful right being on the beachside and having our own little pool! The little pool off of the villa terrace was throughly enjoyed by our daughter -- it was great when my wife and I didn't feel like walking over to the pool.

If you are going to stay at the pavillion, it looks like that you have a better view of the ocean if you stay on the north side of the facility on the upper level.

Room service. Except for breakfast, most of the time we ordered room service (save for Serai, we enjoyed the restaurants when we dined out). Most times our orders were delivered to our room within 30 minutes! We really enjoyed being able to enjoy our meal out on the terrace overlooking the ocean, and then retreating back inside our villa! Luxurious.

The only place where we felt that the hotel was pretty busy was at the pool. The pool is pretty much the focal point at the hotel.

NEGATIVES:

Service not up to par. As described in other posts, the fine and detailed attention to guest requests and needs have still not been mastered by the staff. You just need to repeat your request in that case. As an example, they went out of their way to look for a toy that my daughter lost at one of the restaurants which they successfully located (again, after asking a number of Four Seasons staff and being told by front desk that they couldn't find it).

Expensive. As described in other posts, all prices are pretty much universal Four Seasons prices, meaning expensive. But it comes with the territory with the beautiful rooms, gorgeous landscaping, cool pool, etc. We enjoyed the 3rd night free promotion that is currently in effect.

Agree with last reveiw - almost there

from AussieAnge
This is a difficult resort to review; they are still experiencing some problem.

Rooms: Are all excellent. If you have the money stay in the beach villas. The standard rooms are also excellent. If you have small children get a lower level as you have a large patio in front that opens onto grass areas and a garden in the back with your bath. Unfortunately these rooms do not have a view of the sea. Also if you had children make sure you are located near the main pool. The resort is VERY large and although you can call golf buggies to move around it is more convenient to walk. The upper level rooms "may" have a view of the sea. This is not always the case.

The Resort: itself is absolutely stunning. The pools are spectacular. I think the gardens are beautiful and disagree with some of the pervious comments in regard to vegetation.

Food: was disappointing. Both in quality and variety if you eat here most of the time – as we did.
For breakfast I would certainly recommend ordering off the menu and not choosing the buffet. Food at the pool was generally very good and the food at Ikan-Ikan was pretty good but we found Serai disappointing.

Service was also a bit short of a normal 4S experience but I am sure that will improve.

We did check out the other 5 star resorts on Langkawi and the only other one I would consider is the Andaman.

Overall we had a great time but just not quite up to 4S standard.

ve stayed in

from ushma
We stayed at this resort for 5 days of our honeymoon. The Four Seasons, Langkawi is absolutely beautiful, provides excellent service and has friendly staff. It was never crowded and we always felt we were able to get the best spot next to the pool or the best views at the restaurants. Guests receive lots of personal attention and service. Overall our experience was just short of our expectations, however, particularly for the rate we paid ($410 with the 3rd night free). The hotel has great potential and still seems to be on a learning curve, getting their systems in place.

The grounds are beautifully maintained, landscaping staff were always working on them. The architecture is like no other place we have ever stayed. Absolutely stunning and unique. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

We stayed in an Upper Melaleuca Pavilion. The room was very spacious and had most of the amenities you would expect. Once we got to our room though, we were disappointed that it did not have much of a water view. We had assumed that since the resort was on the beach all rooms would have great water views but in actuality few of the Melaleuca Pavilions have good views, most have very views that are obscured by trees.

We asked to move to one with a better view but we regretted the decision. The staff managed the room change poorly. The morning staff did not communicate with the evening staff about our move and as a result it became quite complicated. The assistant manager was not apologetic did not do anything to atone for our troubles. To make things worse, the new room we were moved to had many black ants and mosquitoes. We were bitten every night we were there, even after spraying the room and requesting mosquito mats in every corner of the room. As a result, we hardly got any sleep.

This is not a beach type of resort, mainly because a lot of trash ends up on the beaches overnight. We were nervous about the factory mentioned in the TripAdvisor reviews, but in our opinion, the factory was absolutely a non-issue. We did not see it immediately, and were only aware of it because of everything we read. We laughed the whole time because of how unnoticeable it was and how little it affected our time on the beach and out in the water.

This is definitely your place if you prefer pools to the beach. They are gorgeous, out of a dream. You can reserve a private section on the adult pool overlooking the sea and have a romantic drink or lunch. Also, the Rhu bar is amazing, we had a great time celebrating with the staff there. They offer free use of the hookah to hotel guests.

The gym is fantastic, with new ellipticals, stationary bikes, and treadmills, all with flat screen televisions. Water sports (they have only non-motorized) are free, we took a great ride on a Catamaran that the hotel owns. There is a library on the grounds which has a healthy selection of books. This is also where the Concierge is stationed, which is a bit inconvenient – it wasn’t until the last day that we figured out where it was. It is a bit inaccessible, and as a result we missed out on some tours that we wanted to take.

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from n2mybox
the photo's on the website are very alluring but this place is 1 notch less than we expected. the beach is huge. the rooms are huge. the pools are excellent and the most of the decor is top notch. The Four Season's is very nice and the people try extremely hard. Here's the not so good part, the food is sometimes pretty average. The hotel's stucco walls and young foilage make it feel a little like a "compound". I don't see it mentioned on this site, so you may want to know included in the picture perfect view and in the not too far distance is a concrete plant. You can hear but not feel the occasional dynamiting of the limestone. A large ship or two visits the plant each day. It's minor and may be less noticeable when the foliage grows more.. but for us... it kept us from feeling like we were completely getting away from it all. it will help to ask for a room with out a view of the plant.

Top Local Tips for Langkawi

Go local Thai/Chinese for dinner Avoid the hotel costs and eat some Thai or Chinese food. The food is usually fused with Malaysian ingredients and spices, alhtough very similar to Thai and Chinese cooking. Fresh Seafood (fish/crab/prawns) and great veggies (kang kong/pat bong). Don't be afraid to ask the taxi driver where he would eat if he were going somewhere special.

Taxi Dont book hotel transfers, taxis very reasonable and charming people

Watch sunset from the Four Seasons beach bar Can't afford the Four Seasons? You can certainly afford to watch the sunset (which is at its best here, since the Four Seasons is on the north of the island) from the fantastic Moroccan-themed beach bar at the Four Seasons. And once the sun has gone down, you'll be surprised how reasonably priced the food is at the hotels restaurants as well.

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  • Address: Jalan Tanjung Rhu Mukim Ayer Hangat - Langkawi - 07000 - Malaysia
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