Had the chance to spend a weekend at this swanky hotel in Langkawi. Hardly a secluded paradise as it was within walking distance from Kuah town, but the place appeared serene enough. A 5-star establishment as it say on the brochure, the room for me at least do live up to the standard. The room I stayed in was very comfortable, right next to the main lobby, overlooking the swimming pool and the sea. Well, being an invited speaker does have its perks.
I took a later flight out as I was at work earlier and only arrived at the hotel around 10 pm, in time to catch the last supper. Tired, I soon retired to the room. Comfortable with a nice shower. Internet was not free however, but there was always my iPhone as a tethered modem. I woke up very early the next morning to make final adjustments to my slides before heading off for breakfast. The breakfast was very nice, with selections of Western, local and Japanese food. Had a combo of nasi lemak and cheese omelette. I spend the morning attending the academic program, which finished by lunch. The lunch was pretty basic however, a simple buffet. Nothing to shout about. I soon got ready for the trip on the cable car - as per previous entry.
On return, after a quick shower, I took my camera out and had some mocktail while enjoying the sunset. Dinner came next, followed by a movie. And then football. The mocktail was nice. I had it by the pool. Unfortunately, as the beach was facing due south, there were limited spot to catch the sunset. I was joined by a Pharmacist from PPUKM, and we had a pleasant chat. I did not have the time to enjoy the pool however, but on exploring, there was a separate pool for family and children, complete with fountains, as well as wading pool next to the main infinity pool. The place was also full of ramps, making it children friendly.
I spend the evening sipping on cocoa and watching television, relaxing to the evening breeze and sound of the ocean. All in all, I had a nice evening. I wish that I can take Puan Anita and the boys with me, as I was sure they will have a blast by the pool. The food however could have been better, as apart from breakfast, it was pretty basic. The Sunday morning I spent packing up and getting ready to fly home. We were catching the lunchtime flight, arriving at home just before 3 pm. At least I get to do something later in the afternoon.
I must say, the itinerary was full when I was there. During that short a time, it was rather difficult to come up with an impression to tell others about what to expect. The place certainly got potential. Oh! Forgotten to mention that you can rent a car during your stay there. You can either be chauffeur driven in a BMW or drive one of the convertible Mini Cooper the hotel owns. The problem was, it will set you back a cool RM888 per day for the service…….