Set on the tropical islands of Langkawi, The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi officially opens today to bring about luxurious experiences in the heart of an ancient jungle. Designed to reflect the nearby traditional villages (known as Kampongs), the oceanfront resort is sheltered by trees and gently lapped by the Andaman Sea. The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi is designed by Philippe Villeroux of Kuala Lumpur-based Tropical Area Architects and it has been carefully created to fully immerse travelers in the island’s natural ecosystem and local culture.
Intended to allow guests to soak up the island’s rich culture and beauty from their first moment, the resort’s Walkway of Wishes entrance offers a warm welcome with a water fountain inspired by the island’s mystical granter of wishes, Tasik Dayang Bunting, ‘The Lake of Pregnant Maiden.’ Each guest will be invited to write their wishes on a flat stone, which is then placed into the water in the hope that it will come true, as the first of many special memories to be created during their stay.
During the ‘golden hours’ of sunrise and sunset, guests can enjoy a contemporary performance of an ancient tarian payang on the beach, a traditional gesture of thanks and respect for the rich bounty of the sea and land. Guided jungle walks reveal the myths and creatures of the surrounding rainforest, while learning the graceful Silat moves of ancient Malay warriors allow one to tap into the magic of Langkawi legends. Travelers looking to experience Langkawi’s vibrant blend of local cultures can partake in a visit to one of the local night markets, where they can sample traditional Malay, Chinese and Indian delicacies and crafts.
The The Ritz-Carlton Langkawiis home to four distinct dining venues, each overlooking the glistening Andaman Sea offering striking views from sunrise to sunset. From the blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine in Langkawi Kitchen, to western favorites in the Beach Grill, and Chinese seafood in Hai Yan, there are options to delight the palates of all.
The resort has also curated locally-inspired activities for children as part of its Ritz Kids program, while families can get creative by painting the wings of a mystical Malay kite, take part in the Langkawi Treasure Hunt to become pirates and find the hidden chest on the beach, or embark on the Nature Discovery tour to collect nature’s treasure with a special photo frame to take home. Onsite facilities allow health and fitness fanatics to enjoy a range of active pursuits, including an outdoor tennis court, a fully-equipped gym and an infinity pool, while indoor and outdoor yoga offers 180° views of the rainforest and classes led by qualified instructors. Those looking to explore the area can try deep sea fishing or a sailing adventure through the archipelago of islands, and the on-site private cove provides direct access to the island’s famed diving sites.