The Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa
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... inland. We have been in Thailand for a month and a half and had planned to cross the border into Malaysia through the over-developed tourist island Palau Langkawi. Again the low season means there is neither boat nor border. A far smoother, even pleasant boat ride takes us back to the pier where we catch a bus to the main city in southern Thailand Hat Yai…next ...
... for our breakfast with the last of our ringgits (Jon has become addicted since the Philippines). At the allotted time there was no sign of our train (with all our bags aboard) so waited another our and it returned and off we went.
Our ticket said we'd get to Hat Yai at 11.30 on Sunday, which proved to be nearer 12.30. That left 2 hours to get to Pakbara for the last boat to Ko Lipe at 2.30 - only achievable by taxi. Happily we were able ...
So, 10:30 speed boat for the three hour ride to Koh Lipe. Arrived at the pier in plenty of time to check in and for the girls to nip down the road to pick up the necklaces that they ordered the other day and have breakfast. Necklace shop was shut, but the lady from the stall over the road opened up and got them for us! Got on the boat, hoping that our luggage that we'd left on the pier earlier had been loaded on to the boat as we couldn't see it. Thee ...
... where we had an awesome view of Ko Lipe. Charlotte had been aching to set her eyes on some of the coral reefs around the island, as so the next day, when the weather was nothing short of perfect we chartered a long tail boat along with a group of 7 other tourists, and got it to take us to some amazing snorkelling spots.
Our fellow passengers were all great fun. There were 4 girls in their early twenties travelling together, an incredibly well-traveled Danish lady, and ...
... the sea but the fish were a bit annoying what with them nibbling you're feet all the time. I found a small rock I could perch on in order to keep the majority of the sand off whilst I dried a bit. I dried off and whilst I was taking a picture of a hanging rope jay came and to get me because it was like six o'clock and he wanted to check out the black sand beach on the way back. I got to drive us there as it wasn't that far a Jay would get to do the loop of the island. We're ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa
We stayed here for our second wedding anniversary, and it was just what we needed after a few weeks of backpacking through Thailand. Everything was fabulous - the staff were so friendly, the food was fantastic and the room facilities almost kept us indoors the whole time (if it wasn't for the spectacular location on a quiet, peaceful, beautiful beach we may have never left the cozy bed!). They even spoiled us with a Frangipani heart on our bed on our first night - so special.
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Great Location - On the beach and only a few minutes away from the market area which has some great places to eat. (Around 6-8 RM by cab or half a mile walk). Cabs are easy to get as well. There's a very good Indian restaurant "Sagaar" right next to the hotel serving some some fantastic North Indian Grub.
The Hotel offers very good buffet breakfast in their Coco jam beach cafe. Having breakfast by the beach provides the perfect start to your day.
The rooms are nice, clean and roomy. It can get very quiet at night which is a blessing.
The hotel has a nice pool and a spa as well. But we did not try it.
The hotel does offer some Indian food, but would request them to add some more. Dinner by the beach would be a fantastic experience. The hotel faces the west so you can enjoy a beautiful sunset as well sitting in their beach cafe.
Hotel is near the Jetty with easy access to Island Hopping tours. There is a tour desk as well and can ask the hotel to arrange a cab for day tours. Can charges for day tours are 100 RM for 4 hours. The staff is excellent and very co-operative.
Enjoyed the stay. Certainly recommended.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa
As a regular visitor to Malaysia I was genuinely surprised and delighted with our stay at Frangipani.
Starting with the rooms. We paid for a deluxe room on the beachfront. Rooms are a little dated (all pending a luxurious upgrade - of which more later) but fundamentally are kept fastidiously clean and very well serviced, as is the whole resort. Double beds are created using two single beds - not ideal but not unusual either. The actual beds - not just the linen - are replaced every few days. Our shower was not hugely powerful but more than adequate. Don't expect the type of luxury room you'd get in a quality hotel say in KL, but if this came as a disappointment you would really be missing the point - Langkawi is about rest and relaxation and the rooms match that. Perfectly adequate for our stay.
One slight word of warning, the mynah birds are very cheeky and very loud, especially in the mornings - but hey that's nature, right! They have no fear of humans (why should they?) and did have a tendency to interrupt breakfast by flying into the dining/ breakfast area. Not great, but what can you do.
On the subject of breakfast, a very good selection of international dishes including everything from local dishes, continental style dishes to English-style fry ups and delicious fresh fruit. No complaints there.
In fact, a special word is deserved for the food at Frangipani. Relatively inexpensive, even for a hotel (typically RM 15 - 25). Of course it's cheaper outside, but outside you don't get fantastic beach side sea-views, or the beautiful presentation of the dishes, or the high standard of service, not to mention exquisite flavours. Food at this resort is easily capable of winning awards. In fact, I would be surprised if it doesn't at some point. I cannot understate how good the food is here. Even if you don't stay, pop in for a meal!
The staff are superb at Frangipani. Very attentive, very friendly and always - I mean always - smiling. We're not just talking about restaurant staff either, we're talking about the landscape maintainers, the cleaners, everyone is cheerful and friendly. Huge credit to the day to day manager Mr Balan for this superb approach to customer relations as it all emanates from him. Other hotels would do well to learn from Frangipani.
There's a convenience store just 200 metres from the main entrance, though the on-site shop, The Glass Menagerie will provide the basics just fine. Bill, who runs it, is also one of the friendliest and kindest guys you'll meet.
If you can, get in now whilst rates are modest. The Frangipani is undergoing some major refurbishment (not disruptive incidentally) with a view to achieving 5 star status. The new chalets will be magnificent if the show room is anything to go by, beautiful modern rooms with a private outdoor "rainforest" shower. You have to see it to believe it! But the price will go up - massively and that is no surprise when the quality of finish is seen.
In conclusion, this is a resort with 5 star service and the rest of the resort will very soon catch up. Legendary hospitality, divine food and beautiful surroundings. This is what every beach front hotel should be like.
As a third time visitor to the Langkawi Village Resort (Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa) was most impressed with the new renovations and excellent service supplied by all the staff. Especially the meals created by the new head chef and his staff. I am looking forward to the completion of the renovations when we return next year. Highly recommend Langkawi Village Resort (Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa) as a place to stay, great location, great food, relaxing and good staff who make you feel welcome.
Superb view! Superb location!
just spent 4 days in the Frangipani Resort (2/6 - 6/6). in general a very nice hotel! would love to recommend it to everyone (and fly back and stay there for much longer!)
have to thank the driver who picked us up at the airport (he asked us to call him "Uncle"). a very smart and friendly man. he was holding a name board of ABC Experience instead of the resort's plus my friend's name was spelled wrong so we didn't stopped at him. but he managed to recognise us! he friendily told us a lot about Langkawi while driving us to the resort. surely a very good start at Langkawi!
the resort is not far away from the airport, approx. 15 mins. by car. we were welcomed friendly by staff members. they offered us two cool welcoming drinks and cold towels! really sweet!
got an ordinary room (Rm 489), it's on the second floor of a 2-storey villa, very nice and we later found out that we were really lucky to get that room as it's on the upper floor, just steps away from the reception / entrance and the restaurant / swimming pool. and after all, we got a glimpse of the sea out at the balcony!
(can upgrade to a deluxe room if you want, a staff member told us that'd be RM$280 more per day)
room was a bit tired as commented, but have to say the air conditioner was very quiet and cool (v. important esp. in sleeping time) and no mosquitos were found in the room! nice!
the only problem we had with the room was that there's no complimentary bottles of water / kettle but other than that i think the room was fair enough (regarding to its price), esp. as it's so beautiful outside there's no way you'd spend much time in the room!
the resort is at a really great location! we walked most of the time. turned left from the entrance and in 5-minute walk you can see a few shops, where you can get everything: water, soft drinks, ice creams, snacks or even shampoo. at the corner of the two main streets there's a nice restuarant LIGHTHOUSE, at there you can enjoy an excellent view of sunset and they serve western food (recommended by the helpful web friend - Robelyn15, thanks!) and walk for 10 more minutes there you can see the UNDERWATER WORLD! utterly no need to take a taxi (and the walk was actually very enjoyable to us)!
PS. we went to the UNDERWATER WORLD on my friend's birthday and you know what? they offer a "special birthday excursion" to birthday boys & gals (need to show passport) and we saved RM$18 for that! (original entrance fee: RM$38, for my lucky friend, that'd be RM$20. i know RM$18 is not A LOT OF $$ but that's sweet, isn't it?)
if you turn right you can see a few restaurants. as i can remember, they include a Japanese one + the Raggee Cafe (sorry if i spell the name wrong), a fresh seafood chinese restaurant - Tang-Long (= lantern) + a curry house + a very nicely decorated place -suntera + a very good restaurant - Sheela's Restaurant. Sheela's serves a large variey of dishes, like western steak, or fish / chicken in malay style, or even Tom Yum! we had a great time at Sheela's. their cats were a bit naughty but they were lovely, so as their food! lovely all at reasonable price!
PS. we also had some very nice local food at the fool stalls by the street just opposite UNDERWATER WORLD. cheap, fast and really tasty! Lasi Lamak (rice) / Tom Yum (spicy soup with prawn, chicken and lemon grass) / Ayam (fried chicken) are our favourite. of course the food stalls are small not air-conditioned and can be quite crowded (well i consider that as a good sign!) but i guess i don't want to be a silly tourist and have steak in the lovely Langkawi! and if all the local eat there, there must be good food! can't be wrong!
sorry if i go a bit too far (but it's so exciting simply remembering time we spent there!) at the resort there's a counter opposite the reception that offers lots of different local tours, all one-day tours. we picked one for snorkeling, as recommened by Mary, the lady working there. it's a trip to an island called Pulau Payar, RM$160 per person for round trip transfer from the resort, an 1-hour boat trip to the island, snorkelling equipment and a lunch box (well i doubt if i'm being too generous but even the lunch box was quite nice). we had a good time. there were not much to see at the beginning, but then a super nice crew member showed us the other side of the "pier" and as we jumped down the sea there, he threw down bread and SWOOSH! all the fish swam next to us! felt definitely like we were part of a huge aquarium! it was fantabulous! could even feel the fish's fins on my arms and thighs! later we saw sharks too, there were people feeding them with fresh meat. though we know they probably won't attack us we chose not to take the risk and went back to the shallow part of the sea.
to give a clearer picture, the resort is actually on the left side of Langkawi, with Kuah Town on the right and the cable car on top! (oh i have to say the cable car was GREAT!!! please don't miss it! you can have a look of it from my photos!) it has a very clean and quiet beach just in front of the swimming pool, and the restaurant (in fact there was a time i just couldn't help and sillily ran to the beach and ran for a good 10 minutes along it while we were having breakfast!) oh one more thing! the breakfast buffet they offer was GREAT! nicely grilled fresh mushroom + different kinds of curry / naan / local food every day!
my friend and i had a very very good time there in the resort and in Langkawi. we were surprised by lots of nice unexpectancies. i surely love Hong Kong but, to be honest, i want to stay there forever!
Lovely resort and Beach
We have just returned from our travels to Malaysia and Singapore and we stayed for 6 nights at the LVR now called The Frangipani Beach and Spa resort, we had a lovely stay here, the beach was right in front of the bungalows and the restaurant was good and served a buffet style breakfast too with lots of choice. There was some work going on while we were there as they are upgrading bungalows and some buildings there but it didnt affect us at all, they have also built showers on the beach while we were there.
The staff were extremely nice and friendly they brought us fresh melon and cold towels to us on the beach 3 x per day (free). We came away with the new brochure they have had done and it looks like the upgraded rooms are going to be very nice with seating area in them as at the moment there is really just the bed and dressing table. We liked the bathroom as it had an outdoor wet/shower room joined to it. In all we would definately recommend this resort.
A nice place to stay
We stayed at Langkawi Village Resort for 12 nights during Jan-Feb 2006. The rooms were a bit tired but clean and the location of the resort is exellent! They are going to renovate the rooms, some to be bigger and new bathrooms.
Breakfast good and a good selection of diffrent lunches at the beachbar/restaurant.
Sunbeds not enough for the guests but the new owner were just to buy new ones so that would not be the problem anymore....
Nice, friendly staff.
Beach quiet and clean - nicer than Cenang area.
Great budget beach resort!
All things said and done this is an excellent budget resort.
Very very nice location, with an absolutly pristine strip of beach away from the busiest parts of Langkawi... very clean and simple rooms right on or immediatly off the beach... quality restaurant and fun little nightclub attached.
The value for money was excellent and we would love to go back for longer.
Dana and Hayley
Myself and my husband stayed here in January. We were on our honeymoon, we had been staying in a 5 star hotel (bejaya) but we thought it was a bit secluded. We prefer to be able to leave the hotel and wander around shops, look at different restaurants etc. Anyway, we booked into Langkawi village resort. First we were surprised at how cheap it was to stay there, 25.00 euro per nite for the 2 of us including a big breakfast. The staff were lovely, very friendly, we were showed to our cabin, which was literally right next to the beach. They were lovely, quite big, air conditioned and spotless clean. The food in this resort was fab but even if you did not want to eat there, you only have to walk out the door and there are loads of restaurants/cafes outside. I would highly RECOMMEND anyone to stay there, forget the 5 star hotels, this was worht 10 of them! Even typing this, im thinking of how much i would love to be back there.
Want to stay
Enjoyed our stay very much at Langkawi Village, so much so we went back twice within three weeks. Staff are very friendly, especially the waiting staff Anna and Mira Nothing is too much trouble for them, we had to change rooms as there was a problem with the air-con, the bell boy was at our room in minutes to move us over. A shame though that the disco has been closed since last August in the hotel. as evening entertaintment is very limited. Plenty to see and do in Langkawi, the cable car ride is very worthwhile. The location is breathtaking, we will miss the lovely view of the beach from the restaurant. Jet-ski's can get a bit irritating, but I guess everyone has to earn a living. All the accomodation is clean and well located, clean sheets and towels everyday, wherever you are situated, it is no more than a few minutes walk to the pool. Ccould do with tea making facilities in rooms as breakfast does not start until 7.30am and being an early riser that is the first thing I look forward to. Thank you to everyone who made our stay so enjoyable and we look forward to being back soon.
we went to Langkawi between 2nd of february and 21st of february.
started Langkawi village resort.. Nice place to stay if you like the beach and simple accomodation for good price.. Suggest to take beach view cottages as this is absolutely worth the money.. At beach, near to the restaurant where food is good and not expensive.. Too bad pub was closed during our stay but probably because of lack of tourists.
Pelangi beach hotel beautifull hotel, also here 'take seaview' room...
only problem in this hotel (it was not fully booked) that there are not enough chairs at beach and every morning in breakfast restaurant there were no tables enough to serve all visitors.. Further nice people and beautifull hotel with lots of things to do.
we absolutely come back next year. Perfect restaurants at street and beach side.. Our favorite was Orchid Ria restaurant, very nice seafood and very friendly persons who work there !
My wife and I stayed at the langkawi Village Resort for a week and loved it! Great position on the beach front with great service and very friendly people.
The restaraunts are all nearby so there are plenty of cheap eating places if you do not want to eat all the time at the hotel. also there are some interesting drives around the island and other good eating places as well such as the Barn Thai set in the Mangroves--great food and service with a wonderful backdrop.
The island was very safe after the tsunami and the people were very grateful that we had not cancelled our trip.
A great way to relax and enjoy the hospitality of the Malaysian people--do not miss this lovely island and the Village beach resort.
Robert Wolfe. Australia.