Langkawi in Malaysia is one of our favourite family destinations in Southeast Asia. We love the natural beauty of the island, the amazing beaches and all the wildlife viewing opportunities that come as part of Langkawi holidays.
There are a few choices of where to stay in Langkawi. If you like to be close to a choice of restaurants, look at Langkawi hotels in Pantai Cenang beach or Telega Harbour Park. If seclusion is more your thing, then one of the Langkawi resorts at Datai Bay or Tanjung Rhu beach may suit you more.
The island is surprisingly large, so don’t expect to stay in Datai Bay and pop to Pantai Cenang for a quick bite to eat.
If you are looking for a special Langkawi hotel, here we bring you our pick of all the best Langkawi Island resorts.
The Andaman Hotel Langkawi
The best hotel in Langkawi for nature-loving families.
This Langkawi beach resort is set on the gorgeous Datai Bay, a beautiful Langkawi beach that was named by National Geographic as one of the top 10 beaches in the world.
The Andaman has the reputation as one of the top hotels in Langkawi for families, thanks to its fabulous pool with slide and shallow areas, and fun kids club with a comprehensive schedule of activities. Make use of the kids club and head to the beautiful spa or the Ernie Els designed golf course next door.
There is a good choice of restaurants dishing up a range of cuisines, including the beach bar, where parents can enjoy sunset cocktails while the kids play in the sand.
One of the most unique features of this beautiful Langkawi resort hotel is the abundance of wildlife found around the grounds. This includes monkeys, hornbills and monitor lizards, while the Andaman is also known as the best place in the whole world to spot the elusive colugo (flying lemur).
Ritz Carlton Langkawi
The best resort in Langkawi for an amazing kids club.
This relatively new hotel in Langkawi is making waves amongst family visitors to the island thanks to its amazing kids club, Ritz Kids. This enormous state-of-the-art kids club has separate areas for toddlers and teens, its own swimming pool and loads of space for running around. A full programme of activities includes nature walks and treasure hunts.
We also love that the smallest rooms in this Langkawi seaview hotel come with 2 x queen beds as an option, which is great for families. The stylish rooms go all the way up to 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom villas if you are looking for more space.
There are three restaurants at this Langkawi accommodation on the beach, offering a range of Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and International cuisine. Be sure to book a babysitter one evening and head to the gorgeous adults-only bar for sunset cocktails. Or head here during the day when the kids are in the kids club and take a dip in the pool.
The Danna Langkawi
The best Langkawi accommodation for friendly service.
Stay in Colonial-inspired splendor at this Langkawi beach hotel located at Telega Harbour Park. This handy location means that you have a choice of restaurants and bars on your doorstep and easy access to boat trips. It is just a 15-minute drive from the aiport and also close to Langkawi tourist attractions such as the Oriental Village and the SkyCar.
This Pulau Langkawi hotel is renowned for its fabulously friendly service, a feature that has earned it the No. 1 spot on TripAdvisor for Langkawi luxury hotels for the past four years running.
Another welcoming feature is its large rooms, each boasting a private balcony or terrace. With the smallest room being 60 square meters in size, there is plenty of room for families here. If you want more space, check out the 2-bedroom Empress beach villa.
The Danna boasts the largest 3-tiered swimming pool in Langkawi, which also has a kids pool. There is also a kids club at this Pulau Langkawi resort.
For dining, you can start your day with a bubbly breakfast in Planter’s, which also dishes up European and Asian specialties for lunch and dinner, or choose to eat Italian at the Terrace, or local fare at the casual café Straits & Co. Don’t miss the Friday night BBQ with traditional music and dancing.
The Westin Langkawi
Best Langkawi beach resort for choice of swimming pools.
The Westin has for a long time been one of the most popular Langkawi Island hotels for families due to its abundance of family friendly facilities.
There are four swimming pools at this Langkawi resort Malaysia, including a large kids pool, an infinity pool with swim-up bar and a rock pool featuring fountains and waterfalls. There is also a kids club for kids aged 4-12, so you can drop the kids and head to the Heavenly Spa.
There are 221 rooms and 20 villas to choose from, ranging from 1-bedroom all the way up to a 5-bedroom villa.
A range of dining options is available, including alfresco beach dining at Tides, and fine dining at Seasonal Tastes. Don’t miss sunset cocktails at Breeze with its fabulous sea views. Guests at the Westin are also welcome to dine at the St Regis next door and charge back to their hotel room. The Fisherman’s Wharf is also just a short walk away, with a few more restaurants to choose from.
The St Regis Langkawi
Best place to stay in Langkawi for VIP treatment.
Located next door to the Westin on the southern tip of the island, this relative newcomer is giving all the other Langkawi luxury resorts a run for their money.
The 89 rooms and suites are super stylish and luxurious, and come with a butler who is available at all times via whatsapp to answer to your every whim. For real luxury on your Langkawi vacation, check into one of the pool suites, which feature a separate lounge area, outdoor terrace and plunge pool.
There is no kids club at this recommended hotel in Langkawi but there are plenty of activities organized around the resort to keep the kids happy, such as kite flying, kids cooking classes and movie nights. Additionally kids are welcome to book into the Kids Club at the Westin hotel next door.
The swimming pool is a real highlight and one of the most picturesque of all the Langkawi hotels and resorts, with its surrounding palm trees and sea views. And it has plenty of nooks and crannies for kids to explore, as well as a kids pool.
Dining options at this five star hotel in Langkawi include the beautiful Kaya Puti, a gorgeously designed overwater restaurant serving up Asian inspired cuisine, L’Orangerie for fine dining and the rustic chic Pantai Grill for grilled steak and seafood. Guests can also use the restaurants at the next-door Westin and charge the bill back to their room.
Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort Langkawi
Best for a family hotel near Langkawi airport.
This Langkawi hotel on Pantai Cenang is one of the most popular Langkawi family hotels thanks to its huge range of family facilities.
There are two free-form swimming pools, plus a kids dinosaur-themed water play area including water slides. Add to this the Kiki kids club, tennis courts, mini golf, archery, bicycle hire and a whole range of water sports activities and you can see why this tropical resort in Langkawi is perfect for families.
The 355 rooms at this beachfront hotel in Langkawi are wooden chalets with private balconies. The family rooms come with 1 x King bed, 1 x single bed, plus a convertible day bed, making this another reason this is a good choice as the best resort in Langkawi for family holidays.
There are two restaurants within the resort, but this really is one of the best beach hotels in Langkawi for families who like to eat out in local restaurants as there is a whole street just a few minutes walk away with a huge choice of bars, cafes and restaurants.
Another advantage is this Langkawi hotel is near the airport, meaning less travel time.
The Four Seasons Langkawi
One of the best beach hotels in Langkawi with something for everyone.
You generally can’t go wrong with a Four Seasons Resort for a family vacation, and the Four Seasons Langkawi is no exception. Set on a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach in Tanjung Rhu, this really is one of the top resorts in Langkawi.
These Langkawi hotel rooms are built from rich tropical wood and feature Spanish marble bathrooms with large bathtubs and are furnished with Malay artefacts. The Pavilions are suitable for smaller families, allowing one rollaway bed or crib. These offer a private patio and landscaped lawn for kids to play on and feature indoor and outdoor bathrooms.
Larger families will love the family beach villas. This 2-bedroom Langkawi beach villa can accommodate 1 x king bed, 2 x twin beds plus a rollaway bed and has plenty of space with a separate living area, plunge pool and outdoor decking with dining table and BBQ. If you’re visiting with kids you will find beach toys and sandcastle making kits already waiting for you in your room.
There are two swimming pools at this beachside hotel in Langkawi, although one is adults only. The family pool features waterfalls, fountains and underwater jets. There is also petanque, table tennis and beach games on offer, as well as watersports such as kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans to hire free of charge.
The Kids for all Seasons kids club is for kids aged 4-12 and has plenty of exciting optinons, including rock climbing, batik painting, nature excursions and treasure hunts. There is a separate programme for teenagers, including rock climbing and archery.
There are three restaurants to choose from at this five star accommodation in Langkawi. The casual beachfront Serai serves up breakfast and Mediterranean fare; Ikan-Ikan dishes up traditional Malay cuisine in a traditional home setting; while the Kelapa Grill has international favourites such as wood-fired pizza, Asian stir fries and local seafood.
The Datai Langkawi
The Langkawi best place to stay for a luxury rainforest experience.
Due to re-open in September 2018 following a major refurbishment, this boutique hotel in Langkawi offers the ultimate silver spoon jungle experience. Embedded in the jungle where the rainforest meets the ocean, The Datai is paradise for nature lovers, with plenty of monkeys and hornbills to keep you company at all times.
But make no mistake; this is no rustic jungle lodge. The 125 luxurious rooms, suites and villas feature all mod-cons. Choose from the Canopy rooms, Rainforest Suites or the gorgeous one and two-bedroom beach villas, which feature private swimming pools.
This is not the best hotel in Langkawi for family specific activities. There is no kids club, or kids entertainment and the main swimming pool is adults only (don’t worry the family pool at the beach is gorgeous – see photo above). But if none of this matters to you, then the Datai really is one of the most special places to stay in Langkawi.
One of the real selling points here is the beach. Datai Bay is gorgeous – and the beach is private and therefore only accessible to guests of the Datai and the Andaman hotel next door. The rainforest experience you get here is also totally unique.
Other highlights of this Langkawi boutique resort include four fabulous restaurants set in the rainforest and an amazing back-to-nature spa.
Have you been to Langkawi? What gets your vote as the best hotel to stay in Langkawi?
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