Tanjung Sanctuary Langkawi
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Ok but far from good
Just came back from langkawi after 3 nights in the Tanjung Sanctuary.Location wise it was nice,quiet and secluded.The rooms are spacious with a king size bed,sofa a small dining table.The furniture looked old and tired. In fact,everything in the room looked old and gloomy.
The beach is ok - fine for swimming and sunbathing and not busy at all but my personal view - the beach in berjaya and pelangi are nicer.
Service wise - a lot could be improved. The staffs i would say were nice but not friendly enough.Some staffs were friendly and did offer a smile and a simple 'good morning' but some just looked grumpy and couldnt even understand simple english.
Breakfast was only a choice between english or malaysian set..:(
And they dont know how to do poached egg...again..:(
All in all, i would say - a lot of potential but need a better team to get it working...And NO - i wont stay there again ( they managed to make the hotel looks so much niser on the website though - so be careful..my advise..only trust tripadvisor..)
Could be better
We stayed at the Tanjung Sanctuary for 4 nights. The rooms were really big with beautiful views of the sea. Overall cleanliness was acceptable. However, there were stains on the bath tub. Shower curtains and phone in the bath was missing. Carpets were old and the towels looked kinda scary - old and brown. The pool towels were even worse.
Service was another issue. We had to keep asking for more toilet rolls as it was never replenished on its own during routine housekeeping. Newspaper was another. We had to keep calling for our daily papers and on some days were told that they did not have enough papers and therefore we will not be getting ours. We also tried asking for an extra blanket but was turned down unless we paid an etra RM50 for use of the sofa bed. What they did not understand was that we only needed an extra blanket and not the use of the sofa bed.
Overall, I thought the whole resort has a lot of potential. The preservation of the natural forest and wildlife is commendable. The serenity of the whole resort is astounding. However, some immediate upgrading and maintenance should be undertaken to ensure guests' comfort. Staff efficiency should also be improved.
Go for the Beachfront rooms!
We have just come back from Tanjung Sanctuary Resort on Langkawi Island and I was interested to read the recent reviews on Trip Advisor. From these, I can only conclude that we were not in the best chalet. We had booked this accommodation through Malaysian Airlines at the time of booking our flights from NZ to the UK and back, via KL, and had not been offered anything other than a Sea View Room. These are further back from the beach than the Beachfront Rooms, and ours only had a glimpse of water through huge trees. We asked if we could upgrade to a Beachfront, but they were fully booked. We only stayed 2 nights and I think perhaps we needed longer to see more of Langkawi and appreciate the location more. The hotel staff could not be faulted - they were all excellent, very polite and friendly, although very few spoke good English. The room was disappointing though - the shower cubicle and bath tiling had turned brown, as if water had leaked behind the glaze. We found the room basic, with no real feel of being kept up to date, although it was clean. There was a box of rat poison outside the front door to the chalet when we arrived, which was not pleasant - the cleaner moved it the next day. The food in the resort restaurant was nothing to write home about and the menu contained many items with seafood in, which as a traveller, I am wary of eating. I stuck to vegetarian food (only 2 menu options) as the meat we had been served at one meal was way too overcooked. Breakfast was ok but not great - there was a choice of more western-type fare, or Malaysian spicy curries etc. For travellers contemplating going to Langkawi Island and staying at Tanjung Sanctuary, I would say: 1) Don't be sold on their website, which gives a different feel to how the place actually is; 2) Don't fall into the same trap as we did and think that you will get luxury for your Pound/Dollar in 'mid-range' accommodation (the category that Tanjung Sanctuary falls into) - perhaps consider upgrading to 'Top End' if you want to feel more spoiled? 3) Remember this is a predominantly Muslim country and you will not get bacon or sausages with your cooked breakfast! 4) Book a Beachfront Room - by the sounds of the other reviews, these make your experience of the place much nicer, and the rack rate for these over the Sea View Rooms is minimal (about RM 60 more per night). I think we will go back to Langkawi next time we travel from NZ to UK via Malaysia, but will try different accommodation.
Monkeys on the Beach!
What a fab place. My g/f and I had arrived in Kuala Lumpar after a pretty long flight and had partied hard in Bangsar for a few days. It was time to hit the beach and chill so we flew out to Langkawi. At the airport we did a sweet deal with the Tanjung Sanctuary and hired a car for peanuts.
The drive there was amazing with water ox in the paddy fields and all manner of beautiful trees and scenery. Check in was painless and quick and our chalet was simply awesome. Our bed was huge and looked out over the Ocean, with an equally large baclony on which we played cards and drank rum as we watched hornbills and naughty macaque monkeys play around us. Overall, the chalet was a gorgeous place to chill for a week.
The food was ok but we liked going into Langkawi centre at night to play pool, drink beer and eat. The staff at the Tanjung were lovely and on my birthday I had a foot massage sat by the lovely pool there, whilst some hooped langurs sat and watched. On the beach it was quiet and clean with the naughty macaques coming down for a chat. They were ok as long as you didn't threaten or feed them. The Alpha male came a bit close once so I started singing dodgy disco songs and he scarpered. The view on the beach was breathtaking with sea eagles flying overhead, monkeys in the trees and rainforests to your right.
This place was so quiet and relaxed and was the perfect base for getting out and exploring the island, you should go and see the Seven Wells, the crocodile sanctuary and maybe take a boat trip to Pulau Payar the marine reserve which has excellent visibility (the waters of Langkawi are pretty murky.
If I went back to Langkawi I'd head straight for the Tanjung Sanctuary.
A Lovely place to stay especially for nature lovers
We stayed at the Tanjung Sanctuary for 5 nights with our 2 daughters aged 14 and 12 years and we absolutely loved the place, when we arrived we were given welcome drinks and keys to our spacious beachfront villa before we even had time to unpack we had a monkey peering in at us through the window, it was wonderful! The beach to the hotel is secluded and practically no one on it while we were there, the sea is lovely and warm and we found lots of nice shells. We saw eagles, flying foxes lots of monkeys that tended to hang around on the trees by the beach and we had the pleasure of watching the monkeys swimming and playing in the sea from our balcony one afternoon. There were also lots of lizards and the noise from the jungle was fascinating throughout the day and night. The staff were very pleasant and chatted to you at breakfast in the mornings, the rooms were lovely and clean, the only thing i would say is you really do have to have transport to stay here as the restaurant only had a limited menu. We will certainly be going back to stay at this resort.
A wonderful place
Staying at this hotel is a wonderful experience. Just sixteen chalets (two rooms in each) dotted around the rainforest as it meets the sea. Our room was huge. I reckoned we could fit all four of our bedrooms at home, into the floor space here. There was a wonderful verandah with two excellent sunbeds, from where we could watch the monkeys playing in the water on the beach below every afternoon.
It took us fifteen minutes to leave the hotel grounds on our first morning, as we had to stop to look at a hornbill, and then two hummingbirds. Then, as we were driving out, my husband nearly ran over a one and a half metre long monitor lizard! We saw different varieties of monkeys, and on our last nght, a flying squirrel glided between two trees about fifty feet apart, as we walked to the hotel restaurant. Eagles soar overhead while you're realxing on the beach.
The hotel beach was wonderful, and we rarely saw anyone else there. The staff were extremely friendly and pleasant too. OK- it doesn't have loads of facilities like kids clubs and spas, but for natural surroundings it can't be surpassed. We can't wait to visit this place again - we were so sad to leave. It really is a special location.
Recommended - quiet, tranquil.
Just returned from a 10 day stay - staff friendly but not in a 5 star obsequious way. Beach is excellent -very user friendly for children. You certainly need to hire a car (we managed to negociate a one year old Proton Wira at Ringgit 50 per day at an airport counter) and would suggest eating out in the evening. Breakfasts OK with both European and local dishes available. Have read others have thought pool too small - certainly not the case! Room / Chalet 826 is definately the best as has unobstructed view of the beach. Monkeys are not to be messed with! Island is sufficiently large enough to offer more than a beach holiday - highlight for my children was horseriding (Island Horses near to Oriental Village). If you are after a hotel where you experience no cultural dancing / organised activities Tanjung Sanctuary comes highly recommended.
Just what we were looking for.
We stayed at Tanjung Sanctuary at the end of June. It was our first stop in Malaysia after a marathon flight from the U.S. After 36 hours of travel we arrived at 10 AM wondering if we would have to wait until the official check-in time before getting access to our rooms. The staff were wonderful and we were quickly settled into a large, spotless, cool, and luxurious room within a half-hour after welcome drinks. This theme continued throughout our stay - warm and considerate service whether at the restaurant, front desk, or the cleaning staff.
Wildlife was everywhere - eagles, hornbills, different species of monkeys, and monitor lizards - we saw them all, often from very close quarters! The resort doesn't pretend to be 5 star but nothing was lacking. Above all everything felt very natural from the forest to the beaches to the wildlife to the people. Guests are even invited to play sports with the staff (such as badminton). Don't miss a chance to join in (even if you don't play) it's a great chance to get to know people on a whole different level!
I first came to Malaysia in the mid-70's and this took me back to my first impressions at that time. Tanjung Sanctuary combines the best of the old and the new. I, for one, hope that it doesn't develop too much before my next visit to Langkawi - when I will certainly make plans to stay at the Tanjung Sanctuary Resort again.
Sanctuary - yes
Stayed at the Sanctuary with my husband, daughter and six month old baby. My son, who had stayed there before booked if for us. The accommodation was very spacious and spotlessly clean. We had two chalets with adjoining door, which we found really useful. The view from the verander, overlooking the sea was excellent. Watching the sun going down - what more could you want! Also, watching the monkeys at play was brilliant. We stayed at the Sanctuary for 5 days and used the pool quite often - although small - did think that it was in need of a bit of a make over. The staff at breakfast and in The Point Restaurant were really friendly and couldn't do enough for you. The place itself is very secluded so if you'r looking for more then this is not the place for you, although it suited us. You deflinitely need a car so hire one from the airport - they give you a really good deal but don't forget to haggle with them.
My son is getting married over in Langkawi in December this year so we're back to the Sanctuary again. So you never know we might see you there
Hi, I stayed at the tanjung sanctuary in febuary 2005, I choose this hotel based on the hotel information, Pity.
The rooms (delux sea veiw) are very large, And yes they do have a lot of monkeys on the large terrace?, But they are in need of a attention, Although lived in is fine, Tatty is the word I would use, Bathrooms in 825 in dire need of new fittings, lights are very poor. steps down to room steep, dark
True the beach is very private, No beach facilities, Beach loungers, All six of them, Seem to be almost made from railway sleepers, You need at least two persons to move them, Tatty lounge covers, Ripped, All stuffing coming out of them.
The grounds are in a very unkempt state (they had started a clean up by time we left) but very neglected, And full of dead leaves, The pool is a joke, So small its not worth using.
The resturant is to say the least dull, Dull as needs some light to see by in the evening if you eat there, The food is passable, Although nothing in the way of a greeting, Like enjoy your meal, Hello, No interaction with guests, You seem to be in the way, No bar is available, You can order drinks if you fancy sitting in a large dark terrace area. Housekeeping was a joke, Some days still not made up by 6.30pm
The tanjung is not a cheaphotel by Malaysian standards, I visit Langkawi on a regular basis, This hotel is run by staff with no training, Few speak english, Indeed one girl asked if I spoke Phillapino??????.
Look for other hotels, If you want simple hotel room, Large they may be, Staff who seem not to care if you enjoy the food, Breakfast is a hit and miss mea with a strange selection of food.
Dont bother is my advice
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