October 1, 2021
By Kiran Sidhu
Our Cityscapes series presents you with exciting alternative locations for your company gatherings and business meetings. Bring your team together in a refreshing way and inspire collaboration.
Langkawi Island is known as ‘the jewel of Kedah’ and is in an archipelago of 99 islands, off the northwest coast of Malaysia. Just an hour’s flight away from Kuala Lumpur, the island is small in size but has beautiful sandy beaches fringed by palm trees. The best beaches include Pantai Cenang, Datai Bay and Tanjung Rhu which are all stunning – especially at sunset.
There is plenty to do on this vibrant island and it is the perfect location to gather your employees, whether for team building or some inspiring work collaboration. And there is good news for those in Malaysia – the Langkawi travel bubble is now open to fully vaccinated travellers with more destinations to follow suit soon.
See also: Cityscapes Jakarta and Cityscapes Kuala Lumpur
If your team has been working from home for the past year, a change of scenery and a few days of physical interaction with colleagues would be an ideal post-pandemic booster. There are many accommodations to choose from and fun activities for leisure include diving, snorkelling, island hopping and watersports.
Here, we tempt you with the 6 appealing places to stay if you’re planning a team gathering in Langkawi Island. Each of these places caters to different group sizes and have all the amenities you need for work.
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From 16 September 2021, fully vaccinated nationals will be able to travel to Langkawi, two weeks after their second vaccination – with the exception of those living in areas with Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).
Travellers are required to test negative for Covid-19 before leaving to Langkawi Island. There are 3 swab procedures you can opt for:
Travel can be made by air or land. However, for those travelling by land, advance reservations have to be made through a travel agency. All frequently asked questions about the Langkawi travel bubble are addresses here (in Bahasa Malaysia).
This beautiful new villa offers the perfect location for your team to immerse themselves in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the town. Langkawi Island Villa is situated on an acre of land, close to a paddy field with breathtaking views of Mount Raya in the distance. It is not unusual to see buffalo and cattle roaming freely. Depending on the season, you can see the rice being planted or harvested close by.
The Island Villa offers spacious accommodation for up to 15 people which makes it a very special choice for your team as it is private and just for you. The Island Villa comprises two adjoining villas with a common entrance and the building is stunning architecturally with bare stone walls, wooden beams, sloping ceilings and other natural elements.
The villa is spacious inside and comfortable and the walls are decorated with vibrant coloured artwork. Outside there is a terrace and sensational ribbon infinity pool that for fun, can be floodlit at night. Langkawi Island Villa has a well-equipped kitchen, air conditioning and Wi-Fi throughout. It is the perfect setting for collaboration and inspiring discussions.
Price: $1,007.05 for two nights (minimum stay)
Well, they often say that your work colleagues are an extension of your family and Langkawi Family Unit is the perfect place for a team retreat too! The sleeping arrangements are flexible as there are four separate chalets, with four bedrooms (each with its own en-suite) and the unit sleeps up to 24 people. The bedrooms are sizable with polished wood floors and crisp white linen.
This family unit has plenty of space inside and out and its most tempting feature is its beautiful swimming pool. By the pool, there are sunbeds for lazing and a number of tables and chairs with sun umbrellas for fun al fresco dining. The unit offers peace and privacy, yet is within easy distance of the island’s colourful main town and all it has to offer.
Price: $179 per night
Villa Samara sleeps 8-10 people and is situated in a tranquil setting in a private village, overlooking paddy fields, buffalo and coconut trees – what a splendid setting for your team get-together! The villa is on two floors and has four bedrooms and two bathrooms plus a really well-equipped kitchen.
Outside there are landscaped gardens and a beautiful infinity pool. The evenings are particularly special, watching the sunset over the paddy fields. The ideal serene getaway, Villa Samara is within easy reach of various attractions.
Price: Starts at $307 per night
This spacious bungalow nestles amongst hills and paddy fields and is ideal for a small group of up to six people. The bungalow is perfect for relaxing after a busy day sightseeing and has plenty of comfortable seating and a large table with chairs plus a spacious kitchen. Outside there is a barbecue pit and a couple of bikes for those keen to explore the locality.
Price: Starts at $106 per night
This deluxe two-bedroomed villa has stunning architecture and offers you and your team a relaxing vacation. The villa sleeps six people. There is a large living room and dining room and both are semi-open air.
Outside there is a stunning large swimming pool for relaxing moments. The villa is just 800 metres from Pantai Cenang which is known for its beautiful beach, as well as its excellent restaurants, good shopping and colourful nightlife.
Price: Starts at $358 per night
Imagine having a whole bungalow with a sea view, just for your team! Offered by Airbnb, this stylish bungalow is situated in a residential area near Kuah in the heart of Langkawi. and only 10 minutes from Pekan Kuah. Suitable for up to 18 guests, the bungalow is very spacious and comfortable with modern furniture and has been built with groups and large families in mind.
There are six bedrooms and all have en-suite bathrooms. There is a well-equipped kitchen area for preparing meals. There is also a dedicated work area that is comfortable for up to 25 people if you plan to organise an event. The host is very ‘hands-on and ensures all runs smoothly.
Kuah is the island’s main town and is situated in the southeast corner of the island. It does not have a beach – they are all on the northern coast – but you can hire a car for a day trip. Kuah is known for its great seafood restaurants and also for its shopping as Langkawi is a duty-free island so there are some great bargains available.
Price: $209 per night
This attractive new boutique hotel is situated just over a kilometre from Langkawi International Airport, and complimentary airport transfer is provided. The Smith House has 75 guest rooms with suites that are bright, modern and very comfortable.
The hotel also has a well-appointed business centre and four meeting rooms for your team gatherings. Meeting rooms at The Smith House meeting rooms are well-thought-out with virtual meeting capabilities and large floor-length windows that bring in lots of daylight. There is also a cosy small library for quiet alone work time, if needed.
For leisure, there is a gorgeous rooftop swimming pool, surrounded by sunbeds and sweeping views over Langkawi’s lush green countryside. Dinner in the hotel’s Absolut Restaurant features local and international specialities prepared by passionate chefs. The Absolum bar is also a good casual meeting spot to network with people or have drinks with colleagues after hours.
Price: Starts at $36 per night for a single room
Your team deserves the luxurious five-star lifestyle offered by The Danna Langkawi. Built with Colonial-Mediterranean style architecture, this beach-front hotel is at Telaga Harbour Park and overlooks the beautiful turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea.
It is situated just 15 minutes from the international airport and just moments from the Langkawi Cable Car and Skybridge. The hotel has a great reputation for its personalised guest services’ and inspiring interior design.
The 135 guest rooms have dark wood furniture, a parquet and marble floor, soft furnishing in warm tones and a spacious bathroom. Each has an elegant guest room has floor to ceiling windows and a private balcony. There are also ten beachfront villas – each with its own infinity pool.
Price: Starts at $152 per night
Nestling on a pristine sandy beach that fringes the Andaman Sea, the resort is conveniently close to Langkawi Jetty Point for leisure excursions including Paradise 101 Island. The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa made it to our list because it is suitable for larger company-wide events. You can choose from spacious villas and suites that have refreshing views of the ocean.
Langkawi’s International Convention Centre is situated close to the hotel and is ideal for any business event. For fun leisurely moments, there are four outdoor pools (including an adult spa pool) and the state of the art Westin Workout Fitness Studio. Activities include kayaking, windsurfing and sailing as well as tennis and squash. There are also beach team sports such as soccer and volleyball. Keeping in contact with the outside world is easy as there is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Resort.
Price: $69 – $172 per night for guest rooms or suites
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