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Langkawi: The Jewel of Malaysia

Article and photography by Andrew Faulk 11.22.2017

The Langkawi archipelago provides sublime views, water sports, savory cuisine and a quiet, restorative rhythm all its own.

At the newly opened Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, overlooking the turquoise Andaman Sea, you can escape to a private bay lushly ensconced in a jungle 10 million years old. With 90 well-appointed rooms and suites and 29 lavish villas — not to mention a network of spas hovering above the water — the wild is put into stunning, luxurious relief.


Nature lovers will rejoice in The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi and its surrounding areas. You can recede into the forest and trace along the Walkway of Wishes, witness the traditional “Dance of Thanks to the Sea,” and learn the elegant self-defense movements of ancient Malay soldiers.

Once you’re out of the woods, you can find new bends in the jungle gym, get a sea leg up on your catamaran skills, enjoy the more stately pleasures of the tennis court or marvel at the longest free-span curved bridge in the world.


“Watching the beautiful sunset from Langkawi SkyBridge is my favorite,” says Zulkifli Rahman, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi.


Located on top of Machinchang Mountain, the 125-meter single-support SkyBridge leads pedestrians over a forested abyss and swings out over the landscape to give visitors a unique spatial experience above virgin jungle. The views of the western coast of Langkawi are spectacular.


Dining at The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi can be an all-day affair — in the best possible way. Start your day at Langkawi Kitchen, which serves up traditional Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine, for an early taste of local character.

And for those times you miss home, The Beach Grill can sizzle up those classic, comforting Western dishes you crave. But for a truly unique dinner, set your sights on Hai Yan — home to savory Chinese seafood indulgently backdropped by the Andaman Sea.


After a day of exploring, retreat to the spa — embodied in mystical cocoons hovering above the sea — for a master class in pampering and relaxation. While you’re there, take advantage of locally inspired treatments to more wholly understand the spirit of Langkawi. Afterward, go for a refreshing dip in the infinity pool or sink into a warm, rejuvenating hammam.

Five cocoon-shaped pavilions wrap around the rocky shore of the spa building, which is sandwiched by the rainforest and sea


In Kuah, Langkawi’s largest and most populous town, Thai House Kuah’s pet pat chicken is a fiery dish known to warm the belly long after the plate is clean. The dish is accompanied by vegetarian spring rolls and a karabu mango salad.


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Overlooking the Andaman Sea and surrounded by a 10-million-year-old rainforest, The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi combines natural beauty, culture and luxury. The resort blends contemporary style with traditional touches and was designed to offer the utmost privacy and access to nature.

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