In 2009, in between the first year of starting a graduate scheme, Amit changing jobs and mass wedding planning, I got itchy feet to go on vacation as I was so exhausted and in need of a break.
I suggested the idea to Amit and he agreed that we probably needed some time away to relax and unwind so we mutually agreed to visit Dubai and Malaysia.
We both had friends who were in Kuala Lumpur at the time so we thought we would spend a few days there and then go to Langkawi, for some chill out alone time.
Amit left all the booking in my hands and so as a surprise I decided to book the one bedroom villa at the Westin Langkawi because it had its own private pool and a walkway direct to the beach, with a view of the Andaman sea. Also I thought we deserved a little treat, because why not! I chose the Westin mainly because I love the Starwood Hotels and always tend to choose to stay at them whenever I can as I am a loyal SPG member. (This post is not sponsored by the way, and I fully paid for it by myself.)
Upon arrival in Langkawi, the resort was approximately half an hour’s drive from the airport, and on the way we took in the scenic green views. It was at this point Amit found out I had booked the villa and he was pretty excited, as when we had been looking at the hotel online prior to travelling, he had been marvelling at the pictures of it.
We had a really smooth check in, some welcome drinks, and were then taken in a buggy to our villa. Where do I begin! It was stunning. Secluded, with gorgeous green views, the beach right in front of it and a lovely perfect sized private pool.
I must warn you that this trip was well before my blogging days and so the picture quality is not the greatest having used a regular point and shoot camera at the time.
As you enter the villa, you have a dining area, on which they had thoughtfully given us a fruit bowl and champagne, and a living room area decked out with comfortable sofas, a wall mounted TV, Bose sound system, and a door which leads out to the pool area. There is a small kitchen area to the left of the dining area.
The highlight of the villa aside from the pool, was the bathroom, which had a dressing room area, rain shower, a tub, his and her sinks and outside was a spa bed, in case you wanted to have treatments done at your villa rather than at the main spa.
The entrance to the bedroom was from the living room, and there was a massive heavenly bed which was seriously comfortable. There was a mosquito net on top which was perfect for night time because who wants mosquito bites!
So a funny story from the trip. On the first night, we heard a flapping noise in the middle of the night, and Amit was convinced it was a bat (lol no idea why he concluded that) so we called the reception to ask for someone to come help us remove the bat from the room (we called while the room was still dark).
A helpful man arrived, and calmly told us it was a….wait for it…MOTH lol. We have never felt so embarrassed as we did then. He did look like he wanted to giggle to at our expressions but was so professional. Moral of the story is switch on the light and assess the situation before panicking! 🙂
Then my favourite part! The pool! There was a table and chairs, where we could eat lunch or breakfast, 2 single sun beds and a massive one which was super comfortable.
The villas were all slightly distanced and so we has lots of peace and privacy so it was just the perfect place for us to relax and spend time together away from the madness of work and wedding planning.
The beach was lovely, although the water wasn’t the bluest of blues, it was still gorgeous and nice to escape there. There were sun beds in front of our villa for us to use and the beach was quiet and private too.
The resort had 4 other pools available to use (2 of which are pictured below), and lots of facilities such as a gym, spa, tennis courts, and water sports.
There was a choice of 9 ways to dine, and a lovely bar, where we had lots of cocktails.
Pictured below is the choice at the buffer restaurant, which was varied and really lovely.
On one of the evenings I had organised a dinner on the private jetty, called Float for us which was spectacular. This was another surprise for Amit and one we both really enjoyed, especially with the beautiful views.
The trip was truly memorable, and seriously the perfect place to escape. It would also make an ideal honeymoon destination, and for that would highly recommend the private villa.
Langkawi is a pretty island and a small one, so a couple of days is more than enough to tour, as well as spend some time relaxing.
For more information about the Westin Langkawi, go to: http://www.westinlangkawi.com