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By Kamila Delart

While the number of arrivals tends to be presented by the authorities in a very positive light, those involved in tourism business have another story to tell. And that despite a currency exchange rate that should make Malaysia a top desti-nation for foreigners while simultaneously discouraging domestic travelers from booking trips abroad.

Considering that nearly 80 % of the island’s population relies on tourism as a main source of income - a development that impacts us all!

Located at the remote northwest tip of the island, and hidden deep in the rainforest, THE DATAI LANGKAWI remains for most of the island visitors shrouded in mystery. Curious what makes this iconic property so unique? The magazine ‘Leisure Travel’ just published a story written by our Editor and a huge fan of the resort, Kamila Delart.

For full story click here



The following article from our Editor Kamila Delart was just published in LEISURE TRAVEL. Enjoy.

See full article here.


By Kamila Delart

While on vacation, there is no better way to start your day than with a leisurely gourmet brunch! And if you happen to live on the island - best you mark in your calendar the first Saturday of each month, making the BRUNCH BY JALA a cherished ritual.

Whether a yacht owner or a conventional traveler - the following story published in 'Asia-Pacific Boating' magazine and written by our very own editor, Kamila Delart, is sure to spark your wanderlust! Isn't it time you planned your next holiday...?!






hosted by


and its multi-award winning Malay
restaurant, Ikan-Ikan.


Event link:https://goo.gl/RcJtCm
Instagram: @fslangkawi




To make a dream come true, you need friends, genuine passion and a great wish. Does the 'recipe' sound far too simple?! Join Team Sun and Sun to get some inspiration!

Hailing from Russia, the enthusiastic practitioners and acrobatic yoga teachers, kite-surfing instructors, street artists and seekers of the world and inner space travel around the world - pursuing their dreams and inspiring with their passion those around them.


By Kamila Delart

                                                                                                              THE DATAI LANGKAWI

With a strategic location, thriving economy, great infrastructure, skilled affordable workforce and investor-friendly policies, Malaysia and Singapore are increasingly becoming an attractive base for foreign companies. At the present, more than 5,000 foreign businesses operate in Malaysia while 7,000 international corporations chose Singapore as one of their key hub locations. With a variety of incentives aiming to further boost foreign investment, the trend is expected to continue.


By Kamila Delart

Although initially met with skepticism, the Prime Minister's vision to turn Langkawi into a high-end destination for affluent travelers and a nautical luxury hub with the appeal of Monaco or Monte Carlo may become a reality.

While the government is planning to spend this year more than 100 million RM on further development of Langkawi, the main driving force are private investors.


By Kamila Delart

Teaming up, TOURISM MALAYSIA and FIREFLY AIRLINES took initiative, inviting journalists and bloggers from all over the country in order to boost media coverage and consequently the number of domestic travelers visiting Langkawi! And while the stories are yet to be published, considering the amazing time the writers had, there is no doubt their narratives will be bursting with praise and excitement!

Royal Langkawi Yacht Club gets a makeover - and Extension:

the new little YC-"City" . . .

This is an 'Artist's impression of the refurbished and redeveloped Royal Langkawi Yacht Club' .

The redevelopment works are scheduled to begin in February 2015 and the Club is expected to be fully operational again at the end October 2015 ... The redevelopment will include a new three-storey block of shop lots, with F&B and boutique retail outlets.

Full article read here:




The Charity Club Langkawi would like to thank Anthony Wong, Managing Director of Frangipani Resort & Spa for the generous donation of RM 15,000.

The cheque was presented at the resort’s New Year’s Eve Party, to Sheila Allum, Operations Manager and Secretary of CCL.

Invited by Anthony Wong to tell his guests how the funds would be spent Sheila told the audience that CCL is committed to improving the day to day lives of underprivileged families in Langkawi.



By Kamila Delart

Boasting two award-wining restaurants, the Gulai House famous for authentic Malay and Indian cuisine and The Pavilion that has been repeatedly celebrated by the Malaysian Tatler for its exquisite Thai cuisine, The Datai Langkawi just added new culinary highlights that make the dining experience at the iconic resort truly outstanding!

Recently launched, the themed 'Spirit Nights' take discerning diners on a sensory journey that goes far beyond a gastronomic experience.

Overlooking the Andaman Sea with dreamy silhouettes of the THAI 'Tarutao Islands' on the horizon, The Dining Room and the grand platform around the quiet pool lure on Saturday evenings with the 'SPIRIT OF SIAM'. Dressed in red costumes embellished with gold ornaments as traditionally worn at the Royal Thai Palace, the waiting staff welcomes guests with a glass of chilled champagne.

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi and The Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa each clinched two awards at the Langkawi Tourism Awards (LITA) on Friday night.

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi won the Best 5 Star and Best Geopark Experience categories while The Frangipani emerged as winner for the Best 3 Star and Best Geopark Practices categories.

A total of 17 categories were contested at the event held at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) here.

Read more: http://www.malaysiandigest.com/news/531422-four-seasons-resort-the-frangipani-resort-win-langkawi-tourism-awards.html


PRESS RELEASE - Langkawi (Dec 26 2014)

In a spirit of sharing and giving during Christmas, Frangipani Hotels & Resorts Sdn Bhd presented RM15,000 to newly-formed

Langkawi Inclusive Community Outreach Foundation (LICOF)

on Christmas Eve.

LICOF was formed on January 16 this year with a mission to identify Persons With Disabilities (PWD) in Langkawi and to make them inclusive in society. LICOF’s chairman Prof Dato’ Dr Zaliha Omar, who is also a renowned rehabilitation consultant, said LICOF had identified at least 20 PWD who are registered with the Langkawi Welfare Department, out of which six were physically and mentally fit to be absorbed into a pilot project by LICOF to get them involved in various social enterprises to help them earn an income for themselves.


Langkawi is a place of 'Healers': Sophisticated SPAs care not only for your body - but speak also to your Soul. Special Massages, Acupuncture, Yoga Schools, Meditation and Reiki are just a few of the disciplines where these 'Langkawi Healers' can be found - most of them working in a modest way - without mentioning the miracles they achieve...

Langkawi is also home to ROOT HEALING - a new technique that 'speaks to your body' (www.roothealing.org). Its latest 'Healing Project' are the

'LANGKAWI HEALING EXERCISES' - which are being edited at the time.

The first of these Exercises (there will be a new one every few weeks) has already been published. It is called:

Yawn it All Out !

It contains background information about what 'Yawning really is' - why it is good for you and how you can consciously use it.



Ernie Els’ Malaysian masterpiece, The Els Club Teluk Datai, has been named the ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ at the inaugural World Golf Awards, hosted in Portugal.

    ARMS = Artificial Reef Module System      

By Kamila Delart

‘No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of a continent, a part of the main… SO NEVER ASK FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS. IT TOLLS FOR YOU…’

While written by the British poet, John Donne, nearly four hundred years ago, these inspiring words have never been more relevant than today! A wonderful example what a difference people can make when united by a common goal is the LANGKAWI ARMS PROJECT that was launched at the beginning of December at THE ANDAMAN, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT situated on the northwest tip of Langkawi.

What is Langkawi?
Langkawi is a tropical rain forest island, a 'magical spot, a 'Geopark, becoming an international tourist island - and still maintaing a backlaid island life - with still plenty of old rainforest and wild animal life. Ad to this the white sand beaches - and the safe, openhearted multicultural environment - and you have the ideal holliday place.

Where is Langkawi ?
Langkawi is located west of Peninsular Malaysia between longitude 6° 21’ N and 99° 48’ E.

Langkawi is located on the northwestern peninsula of Malaysia and is an archipelago of 99 islands at high tide and 104 at low tide. Situated closer to Thailand than to mainland Malaysia (just 25km away), its waters are where the Indian Ocean narrows to meet the Straits of Malacca.

Langkawi is located only 800km from the Equator and is blessed with year-round warm temperatures and warm waters. The archipelago is famous for its white beaches and the relaxed and its slow paced island life. However, the jewels in our tourism crown are also the Langkawi Geopark and its natural treasures of serrated mountains that are home to a vast array of birds, butterflies, reptiles and animals.

Langkawi is a duty free Island that makes for a great value holidaying.

How Big is Langkawi ?
Consisting of some 99 islands, the total land area of all the islands combined is 47,848ha whereas the main island of Langkawi has a total of 32,000ha which is about the same size as Penang or Singapore. Palau Langkawi being the largest island within the archipelago is approximately 25km in length from north to south and 40 km east to west or 478.5km2.

Langkawi Island is covered by 60% forest, mountains, mangroves and shrubs with 20% being agricultural land and 20%, developed areas. Of all the islands, approximately 90% is forest and only three of the islands have some form of development. The topography varies from flat coastal plains of Pantai Cenang to the mountainous peaks of Gunung Raya (880m) and Gunung Machincang (713m). There are also many sandy beaches on the main island numerous deserted beaches on the other islands within the archipelago.

People of Langkawi 
The population of Langkawi is approximately 64,000 and made up of 89% Malay, 8% Chinese and 3% other races.

One of the more confusing things about Langkawi weather is that it is the complete opposite to the East Coast of the peninsula. So when it’s raining there, the weather in Langkawi is normally good. However, Langkawi in general is a much drier rainforest that it’s East Coast counterpart even in the wet season as the islands are located well away from the main mountain ranges. Even during wet season it is very seldom that Langkawi experiences rain for extended periods of time. During these wetter periods, it rarely rains for more than 2-3 hours at a time.

Temperature and Rainfall Chart

Langkawi Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temp oC 33 33 33 32 31 31 31 30 30 30 30 30
Rain mm 25 25 101 202 254 228 254 304 304 355 228 76

Check out the weather in Langkawi: 


Tourism Season
Langkawi’s main tourist season is from Christmas through to the end of April. The island is often busy during domestic holiday periods such as Chinese New Year and Hari Raya. However, due to the warm year-round climate and low rainfall, Langkawi can be visited throughout the year.


Luckily there have been no major recorded security breaches though it is advisable to use hotels with sound security measures in place. There are minimal reports of petty theft and care should be taken at all times to valuables and self.


Getting Around
Being a small island, Langkawi is relatively easy to travel around. In Malaysia cars drive on the left side of the road. Direction signs tend to be in English as well as Bahasa Malaysia but many road signs are in Bahasa so it’s worth checking out the translations.

Driving is quite relaxed although it’s best to drive carefully especially in rural areas. Langkawi - like probably most asia countries - has about 3times more road accidents and traffic deaths than we are used from western countries. This is mostly due to missing attention, speeding, motorbikes driving without light on the wrong side of the road at night and wild animals on the street.

Hire only a motorbike if you are an experiend biker - and even then be prepared that you have to think for all the others on the road too :-)

If you drive carefully and defensively you will be safe.

Taxis are readily available and reception staff in resorts can make bookings for you. The taxis work on a fixed priced basis and we do recommend you check the rate card when your fare is quoted. Some taxi drivers speak better English then others and they can prove to be very useful for around the island trips as they can identify many points of interest. Taxis can be hired from the airport, all hotels and major attractions.

Hire Cars
Roads in Langkawi are well signposted and in good condition so hiring a car for a self-drive adventure is a good option. It is recommended that you use a licensed and insured car rental company to prevent any unpleasant surprises in the event of an accident. While cars hired from resorts and hotels maybe more expensive than those elsewhere it can be assumed that they are insured.

Kasina Car Rental: lgk@kasina.com.my

Tour Guides
Tour guides are available through most travel agencies and it is recommended that visitors request trained and licensed guides who practice the principles of responsible tourism.

See our http://langkawi-gazette.com/adventure-guide


Local Culture

Language Spoken
The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysia however English is widely spoken and usually to a high standard in the hospitality industry. In fact, visitors who wish to practice the local language can be frustrated by locals answering questions in English.

The currency of Malaysia is Malaysian Ringgit. Money can be changed in many places from the airport to the banks in Kuah which tend to have the best exchange rates.

Exchange Rate Converter: http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/

Duty Free Island 
Langkawi is a duty free port which means you can find real savings on high taxed items such as cigarettes, alcohol and some electrical items.

Langkawi is predominately made up of Malays who are Muslims. There is however a small percentage of Buddhists, Hindus and Christians on the island and most religious holidays are celebrated.

There is a quite well-equipped, modern hospital on the island which can cope with minor emergencies - or even more severe cases IF the needed specialist is on Langkawi..... Anyone with a more serious illness or injury has to be transported by ferry to the mainland - to the Alor Star Hospital. A medical emergency helicopter has been projected several times but there is still none in operation at this time.

There are several dentists on the Island performing high quality work as well as very affordable prices. Many visitors to Langkawi do take advantage of these services.

Chemist / Pharmacy
There are several excellent pharmacies on the island which can provide medication for most minor illnesses and topical injuries. They are located in Pantai Cenang, Kuah and Padang Matsirat

Banking services are available in Kuah through a number of different banks. Foreign exchanges operate at the airport, ferry terminal and in various locations throughout popular tourist areas.

Boat Harbours
Langkawi is a popular sailing destination and as such there are four marinas in Langkawi, The Royal Langkawi Yacht Club in Kuah, Telaga Harbour near Pantai Kok, Awana Porto Malai near Pantai Tengah and Rebak Marina situated on Rebak Island. Aside from this you will also find many boats moored and at anchor around the islands.

For the TIDES see here

Working Hours
Due to the importance of Friday prayers for Muslims the business week for most activities in Langkawi is from Sunday to Thursday. Many shops and businesses will be closed on Fridays, reopening after midday on Saturday. However this does not apply to banks which are open the Malaysian wide hours of Monday to Friday.

Public Holidays and Events: - see the Notice Board on the Home Page

Power in Langkawi is provided by TNB. It is 220 volts and a three square pin plug is used.

Most established hotels & resorts provide a broad range of high speed broadband and wireless internet.

Tap water in Langkawi is potable by local authority recommendation though it is advisable to drink bottled water.

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Getting Here


Travelling by air is the most popular way for international tourists to arrive and the international airport is clean, spacious and modern. Airlines flying to Langkawi are

Malaysia Airlines from Kuala Lumpur (KLIA),

Silk Air from Singapore, and

Air Asia from Singapore,

Firefly from Penang and Kuala Lumpur (Subang Airport) as well as the budget carrier

Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur (LCC Terminal).

Special Note: If you have to transfer between KLIA & KLCC terminal in Kuala Lumpur, please allow an extra 45 minutes for the transfer alone.

Ferry Services

Most Ferries are at this time not really modern. Take something warm to dress, as the aircons are often put on freezing.... The travel by Ferry from the mainland takes between one and two hours - and is sometimes an adventure. If you need to have more safety and comfort - fly in to Langkawi.

The Ferries can be booked out - to be sure get your ticket the day before!

Other options for travel to Langkawi include ferries from Kuala Kedah (Kedah), Kuala Perlis (Perlis), Penang and Satun (Thailand) or via speedboat from the small Thai islands of Tarutao for part of the year.

There is a modern ferry terminal located on Langkawi in Kuah that services the many ferries arriving from Malaysia and Thailand.

As times and prices can change, please go to the websites given here. They show the DEPARTURE and ARRIVALTIMES and the PRICES.

Actual Info for Ferry between Langkawi and Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis

Actual Infor for Ferry between Langkawi and Penang

Actual Info for Ferry to Satun

Tourist Visas
Malaysia offers citizens from many countries a three-month or one-month tourist visa upon arrival. (Watch it: a 3 months visa is not 3 months, but 90 days - not one day more!)

For a full list of eligible countries and alternatives please consult:
Travelmasti: http://www.travelmasti.com/international/malaysia/malaysia-visa.html

For more information on entry requirements consult the
Official Website of the Immigration Department of Malaysia: http://www.imi.gov.my/

For the Malaysian Customs traveler guide consult
Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia (in english): http://www.customs.gov.my/

All foreign consulates or embassies are located in Kuala Lumpur or Penang.

Whilst Langkawi has been fortunate in being a relatively virus-free and healthy destination, it is best to consult your medical practitioner or local travel advisory on any vaccinations that maybe required.


How to book a place to stay: we reccomend the resorts in our Resort Guide -

or you can book nearly any place in Langkawi through AGODA (right side top Banner).






Read here the official Press Release


Queen Attends Official Launch Of The Golf Course In Langkawi

"It was an honour to hit the opening tee shot alongside Her Majesty and I would personally like to thank all of those in attendance for their support in what, we are confident, is set to become one of the world's most revered golf course designs," he said.

Read here: http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v7/newsindex.php?id=1080325


New Ferry to Koh Lipe from Langkawi



A passionate diver or fan of snorkeling? While the underwater visibility around Langkawi is limited, with the new ferry service run by TROPICAL CHARTERS, you can reach in only 90 minutes one of the Thailand’s most spectacular diving sites, the Tarutao National Marine Park!

Print out this PDF and get a reduction of RM 23.00 on the price !!

10 Reasons to visit Langkawi / Malaysia rather than Thailand

Langkawi where I live now for over 12 years - and Thailand where I have lived before for some time (especially Phuket, Patong), are both wonderful countries with wonderful people and a great nature. So why do I now live in Langkawi and not in Thailand?

Perhaps some of the following points make this clear and can help you to choose the right holiday destination :-)

1 )  Price of Food and Beer: Food about the same -
      Beer is in Langkawi 50% cheaper
 (alcohol is tax free here)

Beer price in local or small style bars: 

Thailand:                    100 THB = ca. 10 RM    = USD 3.20
Langkawi  :                                          5 RM    = USD 1.60





   POLICE 999   04 966 6222  
   AMBULANCE 999   04 966 3333  
   FIRE 994   04 966 6444   04 966 3004
   HOSPITAL 04 966 3333    
   AIRPORT 04 955 1311    
   TAXI KUAH 04 966 5249    
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   TOURISM INFO CENTRE 04 966 7789    
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   POST OFFICE 04 966 7271    
   CUSTOMS DEPT 04 966 6227    
   INT. INFO 103    
  Langkawi Police Station – Kuah 04 966 6222    
  Marine Police – Kuah 04 966 8672  /8678  
  Ayer Hangat / Tanjung Rhu  04 959 1223    
  Airport-Police – Matsirat  04 955 1090    
  Pantai Cenang Police  04 955 1090    
  Telaga Harbour/Pantai Kok 04 959 1223    
   Langkawi Base Hospital 04 966 3333    
   Alor Star Base Hospital 04 740 6233    
   Klinik Delima 04 955 5545    
   Dr CHEW Dental Clinic in Kuah 04 966 0661    
   Dr ROSILA Dental Clinic in Kuah 04 966 1580    
   CHONG Dental Clinic in Kuah 04 966 3260    
   TELAGA HARBOUR 04 959 2202    
   KUAH HARBOUR 04 966 4078    
   REBAK MARINA 04 966 5566    
   AWANA PORTO MALAI 04 955 5111   (ext 6672)  
   DISTRICT OFFICE 04 966 7186    
   TELEKOM MALAYSIA 04 966 6210   or 100 no charge  
Tell us which Phone No you missed - ore which one didn't work. Thanks !

       * Registration for Marriage for Non-Muslims, Birth Certificates (for all born here), 
Registration to become a Malaysian Citizen.


Tun Dr. Mahathir and Kamila DelartEvent to honor

Tun Dr. Mahathir 

 in Langkawi


Mark in your calendar the 12. - 16. September when Pulau Langkawi will be playing host to
an extraordinary event organized to
honor the legacy of

With the former Prime Minister considered by local residents ‘The Father of Langkawi’, the choice of location is truly symbolic!

For detailed information regarding the upcoming event, go to: www.pesonared.com


Read the narrative of our Editor, Kamila Delart, who had the privilege to interview Tun. Dr. Mahathir, tracing back the special bond between the visionary man and our tiny magical island…



By Kamila Delart

Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad… The longest serving Prime Minister of Malaysia. For 22 years one of the most influential leaders in Asia. A national icon and a personal hero of the people of Langkawi.

Tun Dr MahathirHow does one get ready for an interview with a man who is used to sit on a table with the most powerful people in the world, a man who steered the course of history?!

If I hadn't had the honor of a personal audience on two earlier occasions, I would be frantically checking my notes, trying to fight the growing tension as the time of our meeting approaches. But having experienced the warm, approachable nature of this brilliant man, I’m simply trying to clear my mind and focus.



                      Please read the Press Release here


Trouble in paradise: the endangered Geopark status

posted by Mark

This is the first time I read an article that was able to explain in details the exact status problem with the Langkawi Geopark and what would be requested and what is really going on.
Thank you Leisa and Eric !

Trouble in paradise: Langkawi struggles to hold onto Unesco geopark status
Having won Unesco geopark status, Langkawi is struggling to hold on to it, as the negative effects of tourism take their toll on the Malaysian archipelago's beauty. Words and pictures by Leisa Tyler

Read the full article here




By Kamila Delart

Celebrating extraordinary achievements in the hospitality and lifestyle sector, The Seven Star Global Luxury Awards aim to highlight the most enticing destinations, luxury tour operators and iconic hotels & resorts - promising travelers the very best the industry has to offer!

The candidates are selected by a panel of high profile, well-travelled individuals who have experienced the finest in hospitality, lifestyle and luxury products.

Initiator and one of the main sponsors of the KILIM KARST MASSIVE MANGROVE CLEANING that took place in March 2014, the ROTARY CLUB OF LANGKAWI does its best to encourage young Langkawians to take ownership and see themselves as the guardians of the island’s pristine nature.

Aiming to get young participants to reflect upon the event and share their thoughts and impressions with others, they organized with the support of LADA a literary and photography contest. As you can see and read below, their initiative was truly successful! We congratulate the winners and applaud the Rotary Club of Langkawi!

Kelly Gray
17 years old, home schooled

Khairil Aliff bin Khairil Faizi
15 Years old, MRSM Langkawi


 ESSAY of Kelly Gray:

16 March 2014

A Day With the Rubbish

Masses of people swarm around a few sign-up tables in the parking lot near the Kilim boat docks. Everyone is talking and I am just standing there, shocked. To see so many people gathered in one place for such a cause is amazing. I could hardly believe the crowds of people, young and old, who had come to help give back to the earth by helping to clean her shores. The lines trailed through the parking lot, and it was hard to find where one ended and where another began. After I got my number, I wandered around noting how many people had come from around the island.

To read the full essay - with pictures - go here


Following two and half years of renovations, the ELS CLUB TELUK DATAI, newly designed by 4 times major champion Ernie Els, is ready for your swing!

With a backdrop of the marbled limestone peaks of the Mat Cincang mountain range, surrounded by 10 million years old rainforest, stretching all the way to the shores of the emerald green Andaman Sea, the golf course lures with truly captivating landscapes and enchanting serene atmosphere. For more information view:http://langkawi-gazette.com/lkwi-golfing


The Pier Restaurant and Bar in Kuah - Oh'The Pier Restaurant and Bar'
in Kuah is open again

Open from 11am to 11pm.
Closed on Friday.

Thanks to Oh, 'The Pier' which had been closed for many months is now open again. And if as nothing had happened, the old customers are back already and Oh is fully in her element, being again the happy soul of the place.

It has truly a relaxing atmosphere. The food prices for the western food are moderate (and the menu has even some local dishes for 5 and 7 RM).

Beer prices: Tiger Draft:  RM 5.00    Happy Hour  3.50     Happy hour is from 5pm to 8pm
                    Tiger Can:   RM 5.00    Happy Hour  4.00
                     Skol:           RM 4.00    Happy Hour  2.50

See 2 more pictures.


By Kamila Delart

Considered one of the most prestigious events in the hospitality industry, the price giving ceremony of the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA) took place on 9th January at One World Hotel in Selangor, with the walls of the Imperial Ballroom echoing roaring applause earned by multiple Langkawi resorts!

As in the past 12 years, the nominees were chosen based on a first-hand experience of mystery guests and the winners selected by a panel of professional judges with in-depth expertise of the hospitality industry.

Wondering which Langkawi resorts impressed the jury the most?


were among the Best 10 in two key categories:


It doesn’t come as a surprise that these resorts scored high also in other areas:


By Kamila Delart

Private jets, exclusive resort hideaways, tantalizing culinary creations, handbags from Hermès, exquisite Cartier jewellery…

Celebrating the finer things in life and inspiring with stories of excellence and outstanding achievements of today’s industry leaders, movers and shakers, THE PEAK magazine recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Having collected countless publishing awards over the years, and won the hearts of the Crème de la Crème in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia, the milestone called for a truly special event.

We would like to wish our readers and clients a 


with luck und prosperity in 2014.


We use this opportunitu to inform about 



Constantly updated, with a variety of themed Guides featuring all of the island’s leading businesses, Langkawi Gazette is meanwhile perceived as the most complex source of
information about Langkawi. The growing popularity is reflected in a significant
increase of visitors: + 21.5%


By Kamila Delart

Passionate about promoting Asian talent, Stylo International paired up with Mercedes-Benz to bring together the most gifted fashion designers from across the region.

A stylish collaboration of glamorous couture and iconic cars, the MERCEDES-BENZ STYLO ASIA FASHION WEEK was a major success - attracting designers from China, India, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and, of course, from Malaysia.

Bird Nets in Langkawi

Marc de Faoite

It’s the time of year when birds flock in the padi fields, drawn by the nearly-ripened rice. It’s the time of year when young men and boys and cut lengths of bamboo poles and plant them in the ground. They span fine nets between the stakes, hoping to catch unsuspecting quail and water-hens as they fly in swooping circles, chasing insects through the air, above the nodding heads of grain-heavy rice.

Langkawi is home to more than 200 species of birds, some seasonal, like visiting retirees, most resident throughout the year. The birds are tempted by enticing rice, or by the host of insects, rodents, fish, lizards and even snakes that play their parts in the complicated eco-system of the padi fields. Some birds become entangled in the nets. The nets are equal opportunity traps – they ensnare any species, whether seasonal or not, whether common or rare. Almost all will die a slow death from heat, dehydration and exhaustion as they battle against the unforgiving mesh.


Closed system 'close season' proposal for Pulau Payar 

LANGKAWI: The Department of Marine Park Malaysia (JTLM) plans to create a closed system for the 'close season' in the Pulau Payar Marine Park here to help balance the ecosystem of the island.

Director-General Sukarno Wagiman said the reason JTLM wanted to create a closed system was to allow a 'respite' for the coral reefs from recreational activities such as diving and snorkelling.

He said if the system was implemented next year (2014), the closure process will be observed for a minimum of once a month to allow the corals a 'rest' and thus keep the balance of the ecosystem.


By Kamila Delart

Looking from afar, luxury resorts often seem to operate in a ‘parallel universe’, isolated from the reality experienced by ordinary people who live in surrounding kampongs. But first impressions tend to be misleading…

As John Donne said:’ No man is an island, entire of itself, but a tiny piece of a continent…’ And so, when Teluk Datai Resorts Sdn Bhd, the investment holding company that owns The Datai and surrounding land, learnt about the challenges experienced in one of the primary schools in direct neighborhood, they took initiative!

We knew since some time that the BERINGIN BEACH (Picture: TripAdvisor), the last decent public beach for the Kuah region, had been closed for the public.

Now it is official:

Langkawi To Have Two New Landmarks

Hotel St Regis Langkawi and
Langkawi International Convention
Centre (LICC).

LANGKAWI, Nov 10 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today officiated the groundbreaking ceremony for two new landmarks in Langkawi -- Hotel St Regis Langkawi and Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC).

In his speech, Najib said Malaysia will assume the ASEAN chairmanship in 2015 and he wanted the ASEAN Summit, expected in April 2015, to be held at LICC.

The projects, undertaken by Rajawali Group, were expected to be completed in 15 months.

Rajawali Group Chairman, Tan Sri Peter Sondakh, said the company started its investment in Langkawi in 2005 with the acquisitions of Westin Hotel Resort and Spa Langkawi.

Read more here: 



By Kamila Delart

If you are a gourmet and lucky enough to be visiting Langkawi in the last week of October, dining at SEASONAL TASTES, a dreamlike venue with a mesmerizing ocean view, is sure to become one of the highlights of your holiday stay!

Participating in Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2013, the restaurant lures with a truly tantalizing four-course Festival Menu that will entice all your senses.

The globally renowned fine dining event revolves in its 13th year around the theme ‘Cool Chefs - Cooking with Attitude’, showcasing the most talented culinary artists from all over the country.


15 NOVEMBER 2013


PARTY TICKET LUCKY DRAW - Win 3 days/2 nights in Deluxe Beachfront Room with
breakfast for 2 - donated by Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi


By Kamila Delart

Battling a chronic condition or suffering from acute pain? Rather than looking for reputed specialists and advanced medical centers based in KL or Singapore, head to Kuala Teriang, a tiny kampong halfway between Pantai Cenang and Pantai Kok. ‘Disguised’ as a traditional Spa, the ‘LGK ASHI’, located opposite a Mosque, is without a doubt the best address in Langkawi when looking for serious medical help.


By Kamila Delart

It’s still dark outside and I wake up hearing the melodic voice of a Muezzin calling to the morning prayer. As opposed to last year when I used to pull a pillow over my head in order to reclaim my sleep, I walk out on my terrace and wait for the sun to rise - hoping to absorb the unique energy that is all around. The holy month of Ramadan began…

I didn’t know much about Islam when I came to Langkawi a few years back. And I have to admit that apart from reading a couple of books on the subject, I didn’t make much effort to truly change that. But Muhammad’s teachings have a way to get underneath your skin - whether you are aware of it or not. Especially if you live on the outskirts of a traditional Malay kampong…

A new Star in Langkawi ?

“Syarmiemim Binti Mohamad Zul, Nickname Mimi, gets noticed as a new singing talent in Langkawi.

She is just 17 years old, but started to train herself to be a singer since she was 8. She has been in some singing competitions (“Bintang Kecil” competitions) like the Water Festival singing competition, and performed as a solo singer for her school Serdah Negeri Kerbangsaan, in Padang Matsirat.

Her favorite singers are Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, P. Ramlee, and Celine Dion. She loves the way Datuk Siti Nurhaliza is singing because she always smiles.

Her parents really support her so she has time for singing. She also likes to write and create new songs. Here you can hear her singing:


You can contact her here:  https://www.facebook.com/ain.syarmieminfull

New Straits Times  16.4.2013


Villagers take over resort, evict guests and staff

By SHARANJIT SINGH | sharanjit@nst.com.my 

RESORT REMAINS CLOSED: Police say it’s a civil dispute and they cannot do anything

LANGKAWI: GUESTS at the popular Beach  Garden Resort at Pantai  Chenang here were shocked  when a group of villagers suddenly  turned up at the place and started  sealing the outlet.

The loutish group also threatened  the resort staff to leave the place  before placing barbed wire at the  entry points and red plastic tape  along the perimeter.

Read more: Villagers take over resort, evict guests and staff - General - New Straits Times


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An introspective journey 
of an expat

By Kamila Delart

It was love at first sight! Pristine island surrounded by the emerald green Andaman Sea, breathtaking limestone formations, mangroves with a labyrinth of secret water channels, millions of years old rainforest with trees daringly reaching towards the sky. Bright orange heliconias, red ginger flowers, the tantalizing smell of jackfruit in the air…

LADA organizes a cycling event called

Tuba Explore Bike Challenge (TUBEC)

on 27th April 2013 (Saturday).

The venue will be at Tuba Island.

All residents of Langkawi are welcome to join this cycling event. Transfer from Langkawi Tourism Jetty, Pekan Rabu, to Tuba will be provided starting at 6.45am until 7.30am.

This cycling and treasure hunt event will provide an excitement and enjoyable experience for the participants. There are 6 check points in the race. The bicycle should be in a safe condition and participant should wear an appropriate sports attire. There are prizes worth RM10, 000.00 awaiting the winners. A lucky draw will also be held and the prizes are an Ipad, smart phones and a hamper.

To sign up, please email lina_azlina@lada.gov.my or suraya@lada.gov.my

The rotary is a service organisation, with
the motto: "Service above self"                                          To see this bigger, click here

We like to announce
that the Rotary club of Langkawi was chartered on the 8th of March 2013.

We like to celebrate this with a Dinner & Dance evening
on the 21st of June 2013

start at 18:00 hrs, with the people of Langkawi.
We have a buffet, music, a raffle and an Auction.
The Price is RM 80 per person

For tickets please email: gudrun@edu-cat.com

If people like to donate for the Raffle or the Auction, please contact:
riavanderhoff@gmail.com or 0174694541

Donations, anonymous, can be made on our bank account:
Rotary Club of Langkawi, RHB Bank, Kuah, Langkawi, Account nr: 2-02117-0001785-9

The Board - Rotary Club Langkawi - (ID 84943 - 8th of March 2013)

Email: info@rotaryclublangkawi.org     Website:  www.rotaryclublangkawi.org
Secretary: Ria van der Hoff


To see this in big as a PDF, click here

Interesting INTERVIEW with our Editor and Spa Expert

Kamila Delart

Kamila has the ideas, the enthusiasm and the practical knowledge to deeply influence and boost the Malaysian Spa industry.

Listen to her interview.


Her new website is: www.spavisionaries.com

Open to Public

29-30 March 2013 10.00-17.00

Admission / Visitor Attire . . .

Public Visitors are required to register on-site at the registration hall. Admission fee is at RM10.00 per person whilst minors below 16 years of age, the elderly and the disabled will not be imposed any admission fees. Visitors are required to obtain entry badges at the registration hall before entering the exhibition. Badges issued are strictly non-transferable. Identity checks will be conducted. Please bring along your passport/NIRC for security checks on the day of your visit. Visitor without a valid badge or found to have gained access with another person's badge will be prosecuted.

Why not come along and enjoy something
different in Langkawi ?


Music from one of the worlds top flight pipers.


LOCATION: Lada Building, Langkawi

March 7th 2013 at 8PM (prompt)

Free entry.

Pipe Major of grade one Scottish Power Pipe Band

Gold medal soloist - Prolific composer - Teacher/Leader

An example of his music you find here 

Seri Chenang Resort LangkawiNew Resort & Spa in Langkawi


By Kamila Delart

Langkawi’s latest luxury hideaway, SERI CHENANG RESORT & SPA LANGKAWI, is ready to welcome on the 20th December first visitors!

Designed by the renowned Malaysian Architect, Dato’ Zainal Abidin, the boutique resort showcases traditional Malay architecture, featuring six villas inspired by the most iconic Malay houses of  Terengganu, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Melaka and Kedah. 

Recreational facilities include an infinity pool, gymnasium, and the charming Kayangan Spa.




Telaga Harbour Park
No. 8 Perdana Quay 2

Spread over two floors and 12.000 sq feet, DANA HOME is an upscale lifestyle store that sells exquisite furniture and beautiful decorative items.

On display is a large selection of colonial furniture, hand-selected antique pieces from across Asia, and high-class replicas of classical furniture from baroque and rococo to neoclassicism style…




By Kamila Delart

Considered one of the most prestigious events in the hospitality industry, the TATLER TRAVEL AWARD 2013, held on 26th November at The Ritz Hotel in London, attracted hoteliers from all over the world. As every year, the winners were selected by an expert panel of Tatler’s editorial team that visited in the course of 12 months leading resorts on all five continents. Eager to find out who went home with the main trophy? YES!
Langkawi has a reason to celebrate!

Please go to www.langkawicharity.com



The Charity Club Langkawi (Kelab Amal Langkawi)  is committed to improving the day to day lives of underprivileged families in Langkawi.  If you are not familiar with our activities please take a look at our website.