Exploring Langkawi & The Four Seasons Resort

By Sumiitra Yiohan Sooriaarratchi

12 October 2022

Staying at the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi reminded me of the song called Just Like Paradise by David Lee Roth written way back in 1988 after he had left the band Van Halen.

This must be just like living in paradise and I don’t want to go home”.

It sure is paradise!!!

The whole trip was amazing from start to finish. To get to Langkawi we boarded the KTM business class coach from the old Kuala Lumpur railway station to Arau in the state of Perlis.

That’s me taking a snooze in the KTM business class coach

The service was great. All meals are provided during the trip. The seats are comfortable and every seat even has an attached tablet device. There’s also free wifi onboard. I’d have to say that the train ride is a better choice than taking a flight. The route is more scenic and the slower five hour journey was a lot less of a hassle than having to rush to the airport and check bags-in at flight counters. The best surprise we had on this train journey was finding out that a group of royal family members from the Royal House of Selangor travelled to Arau with us and were also headed to … you guessed it … Langkawi. 😮

From Arau we took a taxi to the ferry terminal at Kuala Perlis. The ferry ride took one hour to get to Kuah on the island of Langkawi.

Kuah treated us to magnificent sunsets, delicious Malay cuisine, curious temples and lovely morning, nature walks.

Sunset in Kuah, Langkawi
A Datuk Gong temple in Kuah, said to be a very powerful temple. We were told about this temple by a Malay lady taxi driver.
Datuk Gong temple in Kuah
Datuk Gong temple in Kuah
Datuk Gong temple in Kuah
Lantana on morning walk
Lantana on morning walk
Watch out for those monkeys on your morning walk!!!

Langkawi was really exceeding all expectations up to this point. After a few days in Kuah we moved on to the much anticipated Four Seasons Resort. Everything about the resort was perfect. The gardens, restaurants, breakfast buffets, rooms, beaches, swimming pools and amazing staff were all the best in the business. The attention to detail and minimalist approach to entire resort added to the overall soothing experience at the Four Seasons.

The resort’s greatest asset are the wonderful staff. They are truly the nicest people on Earth and the entire team works exceptionally well to make every guest feel like they’ve landed in a heavenly place. To name a few of the stars at the resort: Bard, Albany, Samanda, Lydeana, Danial, Hazrul, Resident Naturalist Aidi, Chef Giuseppe, Director Michael Casey and General Manager Ivan Giles. They made every effort to anticipate our needs and we can’t wait to go back!!! The Four Seasons has done a great job with the resort in Langkawi. 👍

Welcome treats from Four Seasons
Vanity section of the Garden-View Ground Floor Pavilion
View of the room
Super comfy bed

The food at the Serai and Ikan ikan was amazing. Check out the photos below. Just looking at the photos makes me wanna go back there now. 😜

Eggs Benedict with beef and morning glory at Serai. The drink is guava juice.
Breakfast buffet starters at Serai
Breakfast buffet starters at Serai
Chicken Noodle Soup
Puddings, Malaysian Kuey (cakes), croissants, pastries.
Pastries and cakes at Serai
Crepes at Serai
The crepe station provided us with this fruit crepe (c) that was fantastic.
Huevos Rancheros
Breakfast Buffet @ Serai
The extensive spread @ Serai
Morning buffet @ Serai
Delicious Udang Karipole (c) – Wok-fried Tiger Prawns with Cashews, Curry Leaves and Chilli Paste, Kerutup Kambing (r) – Braised Lamb Shank with Local Spices, Chilli, Onion and Potato, Kangkung Belacan (bottom right) – Stir-fried Morning Glory with Spicy Prawn Paste.
Massive Satay Sticks – Great!!!
Popiah Spring Rolls (Bottom Right)
Plunge Pool
Infinity Pool
Lounge at check-in
Picnic on the lawn
Picnic on the lawn

During our picnic these lovely Hornbills paid us a visit. I managed to sketch one before the group of birds flew on to their next tree for their afternoon snack. 😋

Spot the Hornbill if you can 🙂

Text: Sumiitra Yiohan Sooriaarratchi

Photography: Sumitra Yiohan Sooriaarratchi & Pham Thi Diem Thu

Illustration: Sumiitrat Yiohan Sooriaarratchi

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