The scenery, the sunsets and the beaches were all spectacular, though we were worried about it being an overly touristic area with large, impersonal resorts. With that in mind, we were delighted to have discovered the most quiet, peaceful refuge at the Vivanta Rebak Island by Taj.
The hotel is located on a private island, just a five minute trip from the main island Langkawi – but you feel like you’re escaping to another world. With a quiet palm-lined beach, gorgeous swimming pool and incredible rooms and amenities, the hotel is truly the definition of five star luxury.
Boat transfers to-and-from the main island are arranged by the hotel and go 12 times a day, so you can always venture to the busier mainland if you’d like. However, we found there really wasn’t a need to head back – we loved the pristine quiet and nature of the island, and the feeling we were leaving the hustle and bustle behind.
Our room was stunning – to date, one of the nicest hotel rooms I’ve ever stayed in – and I calculate that it was bigger than our entire apartment back home! The gorgeous king size bed, the his-and-hers sinks, and the outdoor shower were all fabulous, but the real cherry on top was our private balcony overlooking the ocean just a few meters away.
No task or request was too big for the hotel staff, whether you’d like a private dinner on the beach or cook-your-own BBQ. They also paid close attention to detail, from fresh fruit and macaroons in our room upon our arrival, to a heart of fresh rose petals on our bed as a special farewell on our last night.
Daily activities could be booked (some for a fee) and ranged from early morning yoga and nature walks to kite flying, fishing, cooking classes, kayaking, tennis, archery, bicycling and beach volleyball.
The hotel’s restaurant also served up a wonderful breakfast with Indian, Malay and Western options, while the dinner menu was also full of delicious options (the chicken tikka and naan was a personal favourite). Between the hotel’s two beach-view bars, happy hours extend from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and then 10:00 p.m. to late, so there’s always an opportunity to relax with a cocktail while watching the sun go down.
Since the Vivanta Rebak Island is on a private island, it means the only people on the island are either hotel guests or those docking their gorgeous yachts at the island’s marina. The serenity of the island is hard to describe in words, but I can say it was the perfect way to end our two weeks in Malyasia with some true R&R.
Text: Lydia Parafianowicz