The Andaman Langkawi is a 5 Star Luxury Resort under the Starwood Group that boasts 186 rooms and suites, each reflecting a contemporary Malay style. Not many resorts can claim to have the best of both worlds, but The Andaman is tucked away between a 10 million year-old rainforest in Datai Bay and an 8,000 year-old fringing coral reef.
While waiting for my check-in procedure to complete, I enjoyed a welcome drink and cold towel to freshen up. The lobby was grand, open and cooling from the island breeze, and the friendly nature of the staff ensured a great start to my stay at The Andaman.
I stayed in the Luxury Pool Access Room with gave me direct access to the private rainforest pool. My room was spacious and very comfortable with details of nature above the Luxury Collection bed with 300 thread-count linen.
There were bits of Malay influences in the room’s elegant décor and a standout centerpiece was the “rock” desk lamp, believed to be more than 600million years old. I thought the wooden bed bench added a lovely touch to the overall feel of the room.
The sofa was my cosy spot during my 2-days stay at The Andaman as it gave me a good view of the pool while I sipped on red wine and enjoyed my luxurious room. A labu sayong (traditional clay pitcher) is used to store drinking water and keep it cool – and for some reason, the water tasted better.
The Luxury Pool Access Room comes with a Nespresso coffee machine for guests who need a quick pick me up. Some of the room amenities include an LCD TV, iPod Docking station, in-room safe, mini bar, 24-hour concierge and in-room dining and complimentary high-speed internet access.
The bathroom is as grand as the room itself, with white marble décor and a full line of bathroom amenities. There is a large bathtub for those who want a good soak and a glass-enclosed rainforest shower, which also includes a hand-held nozzle.
Breakfast is served daily at The Restaurant and I rather enjoyed the small but well thought of selection. Every morning, the staff will bring out a platter of freshly baked almond croissants and those croissants were out of this world. I also enjoyed a few rounds of bubbly and orange Bellini. It’s not a resort vacation if you can’t have bubbly.
Recreation and entertainment at the resort include a lagoon-style swimming pool, V Fitness (open 24 hours a day), V Botanical Spa (review here), V Integrated Wellness, business centre, hair salon, gift shop and a nature desk. For parents with young children, professional babysitting and childcare services are just a phone call away.
Rates are RM20 per child per hour with a minimum 3-hour booking. Contact the front desk for more assistance. Kids can also participate in educational excursions at the Young Explorer’s Club, under the supervision of trained ambassadors.
The Andaman offers a range of non-motorised water activities like kayak, windsurfing, G-cat and hobie cat boats. Cooking classes are available every Wednesday and Thursday. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to join any. Marine enthusiasts can participate in the coral conservation project (click here) at the resort. I had a great time learning about coral ecosystem and even enjoyed a private guided snorkel at the nursery.
If you’re into nature, join the resident naturalist on an easy walk around the hotel as he tells you the secrets of the rainforest. The resort is also disabled friendly and it’s easy to get around. You can ask for assistance from the hotel staff.
The Andaman offers six F&B outlets – The Restaurant, Jala Restaurant (review here), The Japanese Restaurant, Tepian Laut, Jentayu Lounge and Beach Bar. I had breakfast and lunch at The Restaurant, a casual lunch at Tepian Laut and dinner at Jala and The Japanese Restaurant. All dining experiences were different and good in their own way.
If you want to head into town, you can get the concierge to call a cab for you. Or stay and enjoy the live band at Jentayu Lounge. I have to say, the band was pretty good. I really enjoyed my stay at The Andaman Langkawi and will definitely recommend this resort to those who was a luxury retreat.
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The Andaman Langkawi
Jalan Teluk Datai,
Tel: +604-959 1088
GPS Coordinates: N 6 25.761 E 99 40.549