By Kamila Delart

Barely open, TUBOTEL in Langkawi became the hottest insider tip among budget travelers!  A grand weekend getaway for the young and hip from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hongkong, and a cool place to spend holidays when backpacking from Europe and Australia, the unique hotel concept created a major stir.

Inspired by the Austrian ‘Park Hotel', designed by the architect Andy Strauss, TUBOTEL features futuristic barrel-like rooms made of giant drainage pipes,  painted in various pastel colors.  Going with the minimalist trend, the rooms with a diameter of 2.5 x 2.5 meter forego the bells and whistles, sticking to basics: king-size bed with ample storage underneath, comfy bedding, fan and a reading lamp. Full-size glass front provides an amazing view of the Andaman Sea, and a Sunset to die for! 

Intrigued? TUBOTEL has more in stock than just surreal accommodation. The laid-back crowd of travelers loves to laze around in the saltwater Jacuzzis and chill-out with a beer on one of the comfy outdoor-daybeds. The down-to-earth eatery serves set breakfast, lunch and dinner, each with a choice of two Western and one Asian meal. Drinks and lip-smacking snacks are available all day.

Situated only a short walk from Pantai Cenang, the local tourist hotspot, duty-free shopping is just around the corner.  Ready for some action? Whether you are in the mood for a Jet Ski ride, fancy exploring the island on super-cool foldable electric bikes, or just want to chill out on a cruise with a free flow of drinks - all activities can be arranged. Just make sure you are back for the groovy parties TUBOTEL throws every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 3pm until sunset! 

The hip image goes hand in hand with eco-tourism philosophy: The unique rooms are built from drainage pipes from an abandoned project.  Due to the excellent thermal properties of the concrete cylinders there is no need for air-conditioning.

Too good to be true? NOW is the time to get ecstatic! The rooms with breakfast sell for 60 US$ (188 RM). Half the price if you choose to share with your gal! An awesome getaway that won’t break the bank. And imagine the perplexed faces when you tell people you slept in a drain pipe…

To get a taste of the cool atmosphere, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv2Zc0poipM

See also facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tubotel.langkawi.5