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... Anita 'Gorgeous Connie Smythe' and me 'Filthy Sophie Smythe', we set about getting everyone's pirate names for the wedding. Anita's daughters Karina 'Pirate Kate the Parrotless' and Louise 'Cap'n Jen Beerbong' were due to visit for a few weeks from Denmark, so it was a lovely idea to have the wedding while the girls were here although it was a long tiring journey for them. They embraced the whole pirate theme and looked fantastic on the day.
... course through the trees and went on zip lines over the tops of trees. Jumped off 22 foot structure only held by a harness and a cord that slowed down your decent at last minute to safely get back to earth.. Jen did really well and went first on that one..!! On our last day in Penang we caught bus to lovely long beach and Jen and I rented a jet ski for 15 mins just so Jen could tick it off her bucket list (driving jet ski) which was a lot of fun after ...
... window we could immediately see the difference in landscape from Penang. Smaller in size and more mountainous, Langkawi feels more like an actual Island whilst Penang felt more of an extended part of Peninsular Malaysia. Langkawi is an archipelago of 103 Islands that is situated in the state of Kedah. I am actually writing this now in George's parents hotel which is situated right in the jungle, which really sums up Langkawi. By appearances it is more wild, less ...
... boats and off for a little journey to see a fish farm. This little farm was really set up for tourists but there are farms that raise fish for the restaurant industry. Some interesting fish were there including some rays. Our last ride in the boats took us further to see the mangroves lining the river. The mangrove forest is salt water and is important for fish spawning and these forests saved this part of Malaysia during the big tsunami a few years ago ...
... we get our tickets and go to see eagle square, which has a statue of a massive eagle about to take flight. Very impressive and the highlight of the town, but we stop by a few shops but when Martin starts wandering in to the t shirt places it is definitely time to head back. :0
We get dropped at the beach area nearby and see something that instantly made us think of you Christine. It was called the Yellow Cafe, and everything that could be yellow, was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia
Beautiful architecture - missing soul ...
The new Fours Seasons in Langkawi is certainly one of the best hotels on the island. People always compare with The Datai because now those two resorts will come in the picture for visitors wanting the absolute luxury on Langkawi. We stayed in both resort and still think The Four Seasons will have to go the extra miles to compete with the unique Datai :
- The Four Seasons Resort is too big and therefore has absolutely not that cosiness and intimate feeling The Datai offers. I absolutely agree with what the other person "Disney like" ... not the "real thing".
- The rooms/villa's in the Four Seasons are absolutely great and beautiful - as it is a new resort there is no doubt that they are a winner.
- The beach of the Four Seasons is very "open" and not that intimate as The Datai which has a terrific secluded private beach down at the rainforest without any disturbing view as the Four Seasons has (the cement factory). It is demystifying the resorts character.
- The food in The Datai is the best we have ever had.
When taking vacation you always have to focus on what your goal is and for us it was "to come down to earth" and have some peace and quit with a very luxurious accomodation. We will certainly go back and choose The Datai. The setting in the rain-forest, the personal and intimate feeling in perfect luxury, this is the place you really want to go to come home with a totally peaceful mind. My opinion is that this "unique selling proposition" the Four Seasons will never have.
Great Luxurious Accomodation!
I booked a 3 nights stay in FS. Upon arrival, it was pouring cats and dogs and the entrance to the lobby was literally covered by at least 2-3 inches of water.
There wasn't any traditional greeting of the cool iced towels and a cocktail, and after leaving my car keys with the concierge was whisked to my villa. Problem was, I had booked an upper pavilion and was shown a lower pavilion the path to which was slightly submerged in water. After some insisting and standing in the rain with a FS umbrella (of course) and with my feet soaking wet, the very very nice Customer girl brought me back to the lobby entrance where they arranged for the upper pavilion in another area to be cleaned up. I was sent to wait in the library where they had books, magazines and dvds to be borrowed, all complimentary and also internet access. After everything was sorted out and I was escorted to my new room, it was 3pm and I had waited 2 hours.
No complimentary champagne for me whatsoever, though but I had a great upper pavilion with a very nice view of the Andaman Sea. There were cushions on the lazy lounge outside on either side of the pavilion but were not really clean (by my standards). After inspecting the room, which was very very nice, great bed, daily fresh fruit everyday, I had a TV which did not work or could not receive the appropriate transmissions. After a lengthy wait and 2 phone calls to the Operator, the technicians duly turned up and fixed the problem. The bathroom was with the bathtub and the shower, toilet was really beautiful and you could see the sky on top while soaking in the huge terazzo tub which was in a star shape! Problem was, the bottom of the tub was sticky so after getting housekeeping to clean it up again, everything was satisfactorily taken care of.
Now I am not a keen architectural fan, but I was impressed with the facilities that were being offered, king size bed, ice bucket, complimentary mineral water, refrigerator, tv, dvd player, wooden floor, central remote for controlling the lights etc, and best of all, the nice view. The size of the room was impressive with its high ceiling. The bathroom, shower, tub and other facilities was housed in another impressively huge area which was adjacent to the living quarters, soaking tub on one side with a skylight on top, toilet and shower in separate cubicles and clothes closet on the other hand with the vanity mirror and washbasins in the centre of the area. Overall, the whole place was very nice and in impressive colors.
Outside the pavilion, there were 2 swimming pools, with the lap pool being frequented by me. It had another wonderful view and with the small number of visitors there, I had the pool to myself sometimes and it was a really enjoyable experience.
The management treated all visitors to a get together on one of the days I was staying there and had nice canapes, finger food, etc. I did not really eat much at the FS other than the sandwiches so I really cannot comment on the food. The food is alright though.
Another matter to note was that there were lots and lots of mosquitoes at night, the place seems to be swarming with them, perhaps because of the heavy downpour the place experienced earlier when I arrived.
The beach was quite alright, not the white sparkling sand type but anyway was better than some places that I had been to before. The water near the beach was murky but further away from the shore, the water had this dark blue green color.
Room service was a tad bit slow, perhaps because I went there before the official opening of FS. When I informed the housekeeping that the pavilion was to be cleaned at 12pm, housekeeping only came around 4pm the first time and 3pm the following day. Requests for icebuckets, complimentary water, bath gel, towels were also delivered in the same vein. Service was generally slow, except for the last day where I got my IHT in under 15 minutes.
Overall, would I go back again another time? Definitely. The accomodation was very luxurious and I had a great enjoyable and relaxing time there. However, service would need to be improved first, which is excusable since they are still quite new.
A star in the making
The slightly weird thing about the Four Seasons is that it's not that photogenic: but it's a terrific place to stay, even if it doesn't deliver the perfect picture of a hotel in a tropical paradise. I stayed in one of the villas and it was sensational inside: beautiful use of wood, an amazing amount of space - and great facilities including DVD players, Bose sound systems and every kitchen gadget you could need including a microwave and an espresso maker. Service was brilliant: just incredibly charming, and lots of unexpected extras - complimentary cocktails and canapes each evening, and the hotel laid on a bottle of champagne after a small difficulty with the room. It's not absolutely perfect: there are some teething problems and odd bits of design don't quite work - the rooms are so huge that some of the sound system's acoustics can be a bit odd, and the extensive use of wood generates the problem of doors sticking because of the contrast between dry and rainy season. But that pales into insignificance against what does work from the design: an incredible amount of privacy because of the clever use of service roads; massive personal spaces to enjoy; and a feeling that the whole place is relaxed and uncluttered, even when the numbers staying there are building up. I enjoyed the food too: it's true there's not much contrast between the two restaurants, but both provided really nice dinners - and not expensive by western standards. My guess is the Four Seasons Langkawi will get even better; but it's genuinely excellent and a lovely place to stay already.
Luxurious experience but still finding its feet
My fiancé and I stayed here for 3 nights at the beginning of May. We had a great time but it did take a day to warm into liking the resort.
Arrival in Langkawi
We took a taxi from the airport which cost about MYR15.00. The resort offers transfers (either in a Jaguar or 4x4) but at USD 68-78 we gave that a miss. It takes about 25 minutes to reach the resort.
When we arrived we were greatly impressed because on stepping out of the taxi we were greeted by name (how did they know it was us?) and a cold drink. Our luggage was whisked away, while we were taken through to the lobby to check in.
The entrance to the Four Seasons is quite expansive and we were taken through several decorative courtyards style on the Alhambra in Spain on the way to the lobby. It's very pretty - but a precursor to the fact that the resort is very large and you can't get around very quickly by foot!
To check in, you sit by a large landscaped pool, cold drink in hand and fill in a few forms. Then whenever you feel like it, you're taken by golf buggy to your room.
On the way, our bellboy, Tom, gave us a quick commentary on what we were seeing as we drove by.
Our villa was really beautiful and very central. We were a bit disappointed to begin with because when booking we had requested a Upper Melaleuca villa for the view but on arrival had been an assigned a Lower villa. We asked if this could be changed, but there was nothing available. They did offer to change us, if one became available during our stay, but as we were there just 3 days, we declined the offer. (So, do check before you go, that you have the villa you want).
Anyway, the room was lovely nonetheless. The lighting is remote controlled, you get bathrobes, slippers, about a gazillion towels that are changed twice a day (if you're environmentally conscious, not so good), complimentary drinking water, fruit, mosquito repellent, a torch etc. The fruit is replenished daily.
The bed is huge and very comfy and you can ring the reading lounge to get a DVD/CD delivered to your room, should you so wish.
There is no map of the resort in the room (which is a shame as the resort is sprawling) but Tom delivered one to our room later that day.
The outdoor bath/jacuzzi is grand, with your own landscaped courtyard and an ivy covered gazebo for privacy. However, they do advise that if you want to use it, to call housekeeping first so they can clean it out. Finding twigs and small insects in it is pretty unavoidable, as it is under a roof of ivy.
Four Seasons signature lotions, bath and shower gel, soaps and bath salts are all provided.
We had a recurring power cut one morning which lasted a few minutes each time but they got the engineer to sort it out quite quickly. Only problem is the phone cut out during the power cut which made it hard to tell the concierge. Tip: The phone in the loo still works if this happens.
As mentioned, it is huge. First thing we walked from one end to... nearly the other (we gave up in the heat). The famed cement factory is extremely far away in the distance and you can only see it if you go right out on to the beach. Mostly the view is of little islands, Thailand, sea and sand. Parts of the resort were still being finished off when we were there - the spa, presidential villa, some beach villas but the rest was complete and the building workers looked a tad surprised to see us wandering around the more remote areas of the resort!
There are always people driving around in buggies offering to give you lifts. You can call for a buggy wherever you are and there will be bicycles for guests to use in the future.
The plants need time to grow in. They have done a lot of work landscaping, trying to disguise things like manholes, power stations, LPG huts etc but the plants need to mature and some haven't taken to the soil and need replanting.
Despite being on fairly flat ground, the resort is not very wheelchair friendly. I guess getting around the resort is okay as you can go by buggy, but there are stairs to all the restaurants and most villas. Didn't really see any disabled ramps.
Getting around at night is fairly trepidatious - recommend you carry your torch with you as it's quite dark and the ground can be uneven.
The sand is very white and mostly lovely. In the far flung corners of the resort however, there seems to be remnants of industrial sand and lots of broken shells, but I guess this will be covered over when the resort is finished. It's not quite the same beach as Tanjung Rhu, as this is on a separate bay around the corner. They smooth the sand out every day.
The sea is very silty here due to the shallow water. The water is clearer further out near the small islands.
Nobody really went on the beach much.
It is pricey. We spent about GBP270 on meals over 3 days. And we didn't really drink much alcohol. This is the first hotel I've been to in Malaysia where the prices match UK prices. (I'm Malaysian, so I've been to a fair few) Roughly, £4-6 for starters, £8-20 for mains and £3-5 for desserts. The food is generally good and sometimes excellent, but I suspect will need quite a lot of tweaking over the few months. There doesn't seem to be much choice at each restaurant, quite a few things weren't available and to my liking, there wasn't enough local cuisine.
Presentation was excellent. A selection of hotel made bread/breadsticks come with lunch and dinner and there is a plethora of linen to wipe your fingers on, wrap bread in, keep your popadums warm etc.
The breakfast is great though. The buffet is pretty worth it (MYR110), they have local food, continental, fry-ups (chef will cook to order), Japanese breakfast, tons of fruit and juice. At the moment, though, cannot recommend the breakfast meats (ham, sausages). As they have to bide by Halal regulations, these are made of turkey or beef and while you can get good turkey/beef sausages/ham - these weren't them. They were very processed.
Service at the restaurants was also excellent. The staff were extremely helpful (though occasionally a little inexperienced). You get cold towels and lots of water throughout the meal.
Only one of the restaurants (Serai) has an air-conditioned section so it can get pretty steamy and by evening, windy. Don't know what they'll do during the monsoon, as quite a few of the eating areas are open air. Several areas at the restaurants are very dark by night - the first night I couldn't read my menu and they had to bring candles to the table, which blew out in the wind! I was eating alone, as my other half was jet lagged and asleep, so they brought magazines for me, but I couldn't read them in the dark. Unfortunately, there were no other tables available.
They don't mention it anywhere, but there is a snooker table (or pool, I don't know which) at the Rhu bar.
Best food - at Serai (the main restaurant) - breakfast and the lamb at dinner, at Ikan Ikan (the fish restaurant) - the Chinese vegetables and fresh fish (cooked in a variety of styles), at Kafé Kelapa (the beach café) - satay. Good desserts at all.
Both of the public pools are gorgeous. They are lined with grey green slate and beautifully landscaped with slate walls, sculptures and lots of plants.
The lap pool is quieter than the free form pool. It has open seating areas, as well as private seating areas, which need to be hired. Strange. However, it didn't really look like this was being put in to effect. If you are in one of the private areas, there is a gong to call for service. There is a bar there from which you can get drinks.
The free form pool has three loosely connected areas. It's like an adventure playground with massage jets, built in lying down areas with jets, walls to clamber over - made me feel like Lara Croft! The pool is right by Kafe Kelapa so you can get meals as well served to your deckchair.
At both pools, towels are placed ready on every deckchair and you can always get more. The pool attendants offer to move your deckchairs around for you for optimum sun or shade! They come round with cold towels, facial spritzer and skewers of fruit at regular intervals. It is bliss.
Note: We were warned that due to the silicon sealant in the pools that black silicon marks might rub off the sides onto your costume/body. Presumably, over time this will wear in and should be okay after that.
Cultural centre (that's what they called it)
There is a library in the centre of the resort from which you can get books, magazines, DVD, CDs and there are two internet stations. It was empty every time we went so that was good. The book selection consists mainly of airport bestsellers, classics and Malaysiana. DVDs are pretty varied and I'm sure will be added to in time. The internet server blocks AOL webmail, if you happen to use it, so we couldn't access our mail while we were there.
Looks great. Didn't use it, but the guy in charge was very chatty and told us all about the plans he has for activities in the future. Besides all the usual fixed weights, free weights, tread mills, cross trainers etc they had swiss balls, bicycles to get around the resort, table tennis and a tennis court (all equipment provided). The changing facilities were very swish as per the rest of the resort.
Wasn't open when we were there. It was having a semi-opening two weeks later but completion was definitely going to be delayed. However, you can have some treatments in your villa if you so wish.
We tried to go air trekking but unfortunately, you need a minimum of four persons from a resort and we couldn't drum up the interest. Perhaps, it would have been better to call the company direct.
We went mangroving instead. Aidi, the naturalist, is extremely informative and in the mangrove trip we took in the life cycle of the mangrove swamp, looked in detail at how mangroves work, visited a defunct charcoal factory and saw how it impacted the mangroves, visited a fish farm, fed eagles, planted a mangrove and were back in time for lunch. It was very interesting. Price - a mindboggling MYR220 each.
There is a local night market on Friday evenings just half a mile away. We tried to go but unfortunately, my fiancé developed an adverse reaction to the mosquito repellent that we had brought ourselves and so we changed our minds. Which brings me to...
In house doctor
He's not in house. Or wasn't, when we needed him. Fortunately, there didn't seem to be any sign of my other half going into anaphylectic shock, but he did swell up a lot very quickly and alarmingly and let's just say the concierge didn't really hustle to get medical help.
On the whole the service was great. The staff were very helpful and friendly. Everyone remembered your name after the first time of telling. My main quibble would be that they varied from highly experienced (worked at all the major luxury resorts on Langkawi) to rather inexperienced (to bent on telling you what they've been told to say rather than answering your questions). Housekeeping seemed a little confused - we were rung 3 times in one morning to ask if they could do the room and we said yes each time, and then they didn't turn up till 14.00).
10% service charge is included on all bills, so you don't have to tip staff. The service charge is divided up between them at the end of the month.
Everything shuts at 10pm except the Rhu Bar, so it's very quiet at night.
Look out for the (incredibly noisy) fruit bats at night. We had night vision glasses with us and so were able to watch out for them. Aidi says he'll start doing nature walks soon, so perhaps he'll take them in.
Not all the activities were up and running - the aforementioned nature walks and yoga classes.
Because the resort has just opened, they seemed to be having quite a few press junkets/photoshoots/VIPs visiting and so areas were closed off to the guests occasionally. We were pacified with a cocktail evening and free cocktails from Ikan Ikan one evening though.
But it was luxurious, we had a lovely time, were pampered to the extreme and everyone was friendly and so a happy ending was had by all.
P.S. Book your taxi in plenty of time to get back to the airport. We didn't and were very nearly late because it took a while for the taxi to appear.
P.P.S. Have more photos but only able to post 10 of them on this website.
Destined to be one of the great resorts in the world
I just returned from the FS Langkawi and am still amazed at this incredible resort. I have no doubt it will set the standard for beauty, attention to details, amenities, accommodations and service. I am sure I will run out of adjectives to describe this remarkable place. It is such an awe-inspiring wonder that you will be undoubtedly struck by what has been created here. Let the raving begin.
We were met at the airport by an extremely friendly driver who whisked us out to the Jaguar and greeted us with cold towels and bottles of water. He was so kind and friendly. When we arrived at the resort, we were greeted by a horde of friendly, warm people who were overjoyed to see us. The lobby is very unique and lovely. When we arrived at the beach villa, our mouths just dropped. It is truly one of the most fantastic villas in the world and there is no equal to it anywhere. It is really a huge compound right on the wide, sandy beach. The bedroom has a wall of glass windows which all open. The villa is as large as many homes. The attention to detail will leave you speechless and impressed beyond belief. The decorating is astonishing. The vaulted ceiling is easily 40 feet high with gorgeous exposed beams. The bath is the largest I have ever seen with a big tub, separate sinks, a huge closet, gigantic shower and separate water closet. The shower leads outside to another outdoor shower in the huge back yard which is really a tropical oasis. You have your own gigantic glassed in spa eatment room with a view of the beach There are two huge reflecting ponds on the sides of the villa which make this a tranquil escape. The immense covered outdoor terrace is stunning with a table, chairs, a huge bale and ceiling fans. We had a huge plunge pool right on the beach. The villas are totally private. The bedroom area is probably 60x20! Fresh fruit is brought to your room each day. You will want to wander around the villa every day and marvel at the extraordinarily beautiful surroundings.
I cannot say how wonderful the service is. It simply is impeccable at all levels and puts all other resorts, even many Four Seasons to shame. The resort was nearly deserted, so we had large numbers of smiling, helpful staff everywhere. They address you by name and are simply overjoyed to help you. The staff acts as if they are proud of the resort and want you to love it as they do. They seem as if they want to do everything they can to cater to your every whim. The two pools are simply the finest pools ever constructed. They are remarkable pieces of art. The lap pool is over 55 meters long with private lounging and swimming ares. The main pool is divided into three sections with places built in to sit in the pool. The landscaping is breathtaking and when it grows and matures in a few years, will never cease to amaze. The architecture is splendid in every way. This is a place which personifies casual luxury. This resort has the amenities to accommodate 200-300 rooms, but there are only 90, so you feel as if there is more than enough room which you can possible use. The spa is not completely finished. However, it is beautiful and it will once again set the standards for other resorts.
It does have a few problems. It is a huge resort and it can be difficult to navigate. The food is not the best as the menu will have to evolve. One of the restaurants is outdoor seating only and we almost broiled in the relentless heat and humidity. Be aware that the heat, bugs and humidity at this jungle island paradise can be overwhelming!
Nonetheless, this place has to be seen to be believed. You feel as if you are on a huge island paradise which is surrounded by beautiful things. You can see the cement factory off to the side in the distance, so it is not even an issue. The sea is beautiful and you can see the three small islands right off the beach and the mountains of Thailand in the background. If you want to experience perfect service, gorgeous architecture, world class amenities and unparalleled attention to detail and luxury, don't miss this resort. If you want to stay at the dark and aging Datai in the nearby jungle with a pool the size of small apartment complex, then that will be your mistake.
The pavillion rooms looked nice, but splurge and stay at the beach villa for the truly once in a lifetime experience.
Disney styling at Four Seasons
We stayed at this hotel following an incredible experience at The Datai, and were terribly disappointed. The architecture, while stunning,lacks any local character - elements of it are arabic, some balinese - a total mish mash. We felt that although the details and level of luxury were great, it felt a littel like staying at an upmarket Dineyland - everything was "themed" and lacked the langourous elegance of The Datai. The place was still being built and many od teh facilities were closed - the main restaurant opened the night after we left, the retail centre, spa , tennis courts and business centre were all in the proces of being built which resulted in builders, workmen, and worst of all , litter and debris everywhere. No DVD's or CD's were available, and the TV goes off at night.Upon our first visit to the beach bar, water was poured in to a cold glass which promptly shattered - we were told this had happenned frequently and they were in the process of obtaining new glassware. There was an electricity cut lasting a few hours on day two , which also meant that the toilets could not be flushed. Our outdoor shower, while undeniably beautiful , was full of debris, insects and a snail ! Room service was erratic, with dirty glasses being left in the room and the room not being serviced until late afternoon, and then only after a reminder. The telephone sysytem is incredibly complex, and calls often went unanswered. Our request for a first floor room was ignored, and the early morning call for our last morning was twenty minutes late and tehn repeated twice ! Our breakfast room order was misunderstood - we only recieved tea and coffe with nothing to eat. The staff, while attentive, lacked finesse and were too nervous and inexperienced to enable us to relax,
The gardens will be spectacular once they have grown - allow a year or two , and the white beach is tractored daily to stunning affect, but three days was enough. For sheer class, stay at the wonderful Datai.
Four Seasons quality, average location
It really depends on what you want. If you think it is important to be able to swim and wallow on crystal clear water, forget the Four Seasons and go to the Datai or Andaman. The Datai /Andaman beach is idyllic, one of the most picture perfect and unspoilt beaches in Asia. The Four Seasons beach has silty water and nobody spends any time on it. The Tanjong Rhu beach has the same poor quality water and the hotel is next to a huge telephone mast that towers above it. Reports on the food are not that good either.
As far as the Four Seasons hotel resort is concerned, it is excellent. Food is good, with an excellent selection of Asian and European dishes. Plenty of variety of fresh fruits and seafood. If you want something off the menu, just ask. We stuffed ourselves with mango and pomelo everyday, everymeal. Service is excellent, staff are friendly and interesting to talk with. There are two pools both of which are beautifully designed and in elevated positions with great views over the beach to the outlying islands. Don't worry about the comments on the cement factory, yes it detracts from the ambience but you do not really notice it and it is after all, in the far distance. The lap pool is special being 55 metres and infinity all the way along.
If you take a beach bungalow, you will not be dissapointed at all, they are beautiful and perfectly situated. The Melaleuca rooms are also very spacious and nicly decorated. The lower ones open up onto a nice verandah and have a lovely outdoor shower and jacuzzi in a walled garden. We took adjoining lower rooms which link up through the outside bathrooms so it is convenient for a fimily with young kids.The upper ones are better for a couple as they have nice balconies with comfortable chaise longues and better views of the sea. The way the resort is designed encourages guests to approach rooms from the rear so you tend to have plenty of privacy without poeple passing by in front of you.
The grounds have been well planted and although still immature, will grow to be very luscious. The water sport pavillion has good hobies and windsurfers and the tennis court has a good surface and decent racquets. There is an excellent gym, if your into that sort of thing and the kids club is very well equipped. Plenty for the kids to do if they have had too much sun. The guy looking after the kids, (Freedy) has a lovely nature and will take good care of them. The concierge/naturist is a guy called Aidi and a tour of the mango swamp with him is a must! He is a fountain of knowledge. Yes the place is expensive but what do you expect?!
For choice between Four Seasons and Datai maybe the following will help.
Location/setting/beach - Datai and, Andaman are clear winners.
Food - very close call on quality, greater selection of asian food with Datai/Andaman
Rooms - Four Seasons wins although Datai is a more beautiful and natural setting. Andaman is best value for money for a family. (Take the suite at the end of the right hand wing facing the sea).One thing to beware with the Datai is if you take a room at the top around the poolside, they look straight into each other.
Service - Probably not enough of a differentiating factor but I could not fault the Four Seasons.
We have just spent our first 3(out of 9) nights at this amazing hotel.
The hotel has just opened, but still the reasons for complaints or improvments can be counted on one hand. The complaints if any relate only to slight inexperience in the staff, however this is by faar exceeded by their ambition, talent and kindness.
The hotel is beautifully situated on a white sandy beach with great views of the Langkawi archipellago
The service and care for detail is, as expected at Four Seasons, outstanding. As an example, while writing this review we were surprised with a birthday cake for one of our birthdays(see picture).
The architecture is magnificient, wherever you move the details strike you. Even more are the details you never notice. What's better is that it can only be more beautiful as the gardens grow up as planned.
We stay in beach villa. To describe it in words is not possible, see the pictures for a few examples. The villa has its own SPA-room for two people, a back yard with outdoor shower, a plunge pool, big ocean front patio, dressing room, office, large bedroom and the floor to ceiling height are at places as high as 8-10 meter. The bathroom part takes up approx. 80sqm alone. The size, quality of materials and view is one of the best we've seen. The villas at Amanpuri Phuket can not compete in quality and foremost not in value for money. Four Seasons could(and probably will) charge at least twice the price as of today and still deliver value for money.
On the other hand, if you prefer to live further from the beach and plan to spend most of the days away from the resort Four Seasons might not be worth the money, then maybe Datai is a better choice. But rarely guests at Four Seasons come for a bed at night, they come for a total experience.
This is on our top 5-list.
I had the opportunity 1 week ago to visit this resort and I was very surprised by many aspects :
the whole hotel has been designed in an arabic way and the different public areas are beautiful (pools, restaurants, lounges) and the hotel will definitely be a luxury hotel (allow 1 or two years for the garden to be nice as well)
1/ The surroundings are without any interest (compared for instance with the extraordinary Datai). From the beach you have an incredible view on... a cement factory. The whole place is very flat and without any soul (in a so wonderful island)
2/ The prices of the restaurants are really to high!
3/ You feel that the hotel wants to take as much money as they can (horrible private areas you have to pay for along the 50 meters swimming pool for instance!)
So you can choose to live a luxury experience and then go to the four seasons OR choose to live a luxury experience in complete adequation with the island culture and in an marvellous surroundings and then definitely go to the Datai!
Even better than the Bali Four Seasons
WOW, you have to see it to believe it! I am a Four Seasons regular..... I actually plan my vacations depending on where Four Seasons are located and trust me when I say I have been to most of them. Unfortunately, this resort does not open for 2 more months, but I just had to see it! So, I stopped by and the General Manager set me off on a site tour. I spent 4 hours touring the property and was just in awe of the details and luxury and thoughfulness which went into this resort. It is located on the most beautiful white sand beach and crystal clear water, and the rooms are like nothing I've ever seen. I could go on and on and on, but I will not until I actually go back this year once they are open....spend the money, don't miss out on this one, it blows the Detai out of the water!