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Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Langkawi Island

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Malaysia, Asia: A beach villa bedroom at the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
Jalan Tanjung Rhu
Langkawi Island
Malaysia 07000
Tel: 800 819 5053 (toll-free)
Tel: 60 4 950 8888's insider take:

The grand entrance of this resort passes through imposing laterite walls that come straight from an ancient Thai temple; the dramatic courtyards and the domed reception area are reminiscent of an Arabian sultan's palace; and the 91 lavish guest rooms have the feel of a Malay village (with Moorish-style bathrooms). Some visitors may find it a bit over the top, but romantics will love it. The resort is set on an excellent beach, with a view of the craggy limestone islets along the Thai border. The food outlets include the homey Ikan Ikan, which serves Southeast Asian dishes, and Serai, an elegant pavilion for southern Italian cuisine. Facilities include tennis courts, two pools, a gym, all nonmotorized water sports, and a spa with six treatment pavilions.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 95.0
  • Activities: 88.5
  • Design: 100.0
  • Food: 88.9
  • Location: 92.3
  • Rooms: 100.0
  • Service: 100.0
Set in a former fishing village, this beach resort is "the kind of place you could happily retire." In perfect-scoring rooms, covered verandas and wraparound terraces bring the outside in. Interiors are done in Spanish marble and slate, and feature steel light fixtures. Overlooking the ocean and gardens, Ikan-Ikan has a teak deck, a fish-scaled terra-cotta roof, seafood dishes, and "waiters who make the meals more enjoyable."

(91 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Beach, Golf, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
This 91-room property on the shores of the Andaman Sea is a testament to the luxury group's ability to gamble successfully on the barely discovered. Designed to resemble a traditional Malay village, it borrows from Indian, Balinese, and Middle Eastern cultures—tweaked with such luxurious touches as private spa rooms and plunge pools in the beachfront villas. Other highlights include an infinity pool with cabanas framed by stone walls high enough to block out the neighbors, Moroccan tents set up beachside for private dinners, and bathrooms you'll wish you had at home. —2006 Hot List

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