If you're looking for a tropical paradise, the Langkawi archipelago is it. Part of Malaysia's Kedah region, these 99 islands are right up against the Thai border, surrounded by the famously clear Andaman Sea. Its interior is relatively unspoiled jungle and its beaches are pristine and white. What more could you want? How about your daydream-perfect beach resort? Which is what the best places to stay in Langkawi amount to.
The main island, helpfully called Pulau Langkawi, is by far the largest in the group, and this is where you'll find most of the resorts.
But despite the developed infrastructure around the resorts these islands are far from overdeveloped, and the majority of the smaller islands have only basic traditional villages, some without electricity.
So if you want a Robinson Crusoe experience this is the place for it. Though there are also plenty of nice restaurants, bars and spas if you prefer your tropical island paradise with all the mod. cons..
As well as exploring the beaches, the jungle and the ocean, Langkawi's islands also have hot springs, and freshwater rock pools and waterfalls within their jungle interiors.
The best places to stay in Langkawi as expected tend to be large beach resort type properties, but we've also unearthed a small boutique hotel.
A chic architectural resort with Chinese, Malaysian and Eurasion villas on stilts. Gorgeous suites filled with authentic decorations, four poster beds, and enormous wooden bath tubs. Lively Clubhouse for socialising, pool and garden, a short walk to the beach. Great for couples, families, or groups.
A stunning beach resort with fantastic views over the Andaman sea. Beautiful rooms and suites decorated in creams with slanting oak roofs. Fantastic Malaysian cuisine, multiple infinity pools, dining terraces, and a spa that provides specialist treatments. A highly luxurious island paradise!
A chic boutique resort offers rustic wooden houses on stilts with romantic interiors. A colourful mixture of calming Malaysian tradition and decorative fabrics. A fantastic restaurant, Nam Nam, known as the best on the island as well as a private dining house. Ideal for families and foodies.
A super sleek hotel just set back from the beach and surrounded by rainforest. This ultimate zen spot has luxury rooms, suites and villas, in contemporary earthy style, all the mod cons, private pools and balconies. A four villa spa, excellent Asian restaurants, and multiple pools. Barefoot luxury.
The piece de resistance of beach paradise. Stunningly natural but luxurious beach pavilions and villas with large open plan spaces, private pools, and all the mod cons. Geo-thermal spa, excellent Malay fish restaurant, beautiful pool and grounds, and a private beach. A hotel with the wow factor!