southeast asia | malaysia | four seasons langkawi
presse agent Amanda Alvaro
It took 20 hours of travel, but all agreed it was worth the journey once we arrived at the Four Seasons Langkawi. From the first breathtaking vista, our everyday stresses were quickly swept away. The resort is situated in the northern part of Langkawi – an island off the coast of mainland Malaysia – and far removed from the touristy hotels that pepper the beach district. Nestled between the white sands of the Andaman Sea and a lush jungle-like landscape, the architecture blends beautifully into the natural landscape with hints of Asian, Arabic and Indonesian influences throughout. Arriving in the second week of June (low season), we enjoyed a very high service staff to guest ratio. Despite the eager attendants, the pace is as relaxed as the place is refined. However, there were a myriad of things to keep us entertained and occupied. We literally kicked off one day with private Muay Thai boxing classes (which I highly recommend), and another with yoga. Afternoons can be spent in face and body treatments at their world class spa, or out kayaking through the mangroves, or bicycling with a guide and touring the island’s rural areas. Waterfalls included! Foodies will love the delicious Malay and Med fare served at the three restaurants on property, as well as the opportunity to book a private cooking class with the in-house chef. Learning the Malay style was a true highlight of our experience … as were the satays and house-made peanut sauces we indulged in! With two glorious infinity pools lined with luxe loungers, a tennis court and a state-of-the-art gym, the Four Seasons Langkawi will delight the most discerning traveler. So if you ever embark on the journey to this little piece of paradise, make sure to say hello to GM Greg Pirkle, who has truly cornered the market on guest satisfaction. Amanda Alvaro is, first and foremost, the PR maven who founded Narrative Advocacy Media and now acts as their managing director. She’s a self-proclaimed political addict and fashion slave, whose bags are always packed for the next adventure.