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Where to Stay in Langkawi – The Best Areas and Hotels

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Are you thinking of visiting the stunning tropical island of Langkawi in Malaysia? If so, you’ve landed on the right blog post. In this guide, we’ll share a list of the best places to stay in Langkawi, with hotel recommendations for every budget. Do you want to stay on a remote, untouched beach in a luxury resort? Maybe you’d prefer an affordable hotel with lots going on nearby… We’ll compare all options so you can choose a place to stay in Langkawi that suits you best.

All of the Langkawi hotel recommendations in our guide has excellent Tripadvisor reviews. If you have any questions about any of the places we’ve featured, be sure to post a comment or send us a message.

The top areas to stay in Langkawi

Here’s an overview on the top areas to stay in Langkawi. They’re each completely different and some are more secluded than others. We recommend choosing an area or two before looking at hotel options.

Pantai Cenang – Langkawi’s south coast

Pantai Cenang is the most popular place to stay in Langkawi. Known as the tourist centre, with some excellent attractions and many bars, restaurants and shops all in one place, it’s a great place to stay for those that want lots going on. It has a long sandy beach, which is home to countless water sports and boat tour operators. Relax in your hotel, head out on an adventure or relax on the beach.

Evenings are where Pantai Cenang really comes to life. Beach fire shows, live entertainment and Langkawi’s best bars can all be found here. It’s also a popular spot for shopping. The main road in Pantai Cenang has dozens of great value duty-free shops.

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As Pantai Cenang is one of the busiest and most popular places to stay, it has the widest varieties of hotels. It offers everything from affordable beach huts to long-term apartments and 5-star beach resorts. Being one of the most touristic parts of the island, it can feel a little commercial in some areas and it lacks authentic Malaysian restaurants.

Best for: those who want lots to do all in one area, nightlife lovers, budget travellers

Top reasons to stay in Pantai Cenang

  • There’s lots going on in Pantai Cenang. It has an endless choice of bars, restaurants, shops and attractions all in one area.
  • A great selection of hotel options, with many budget hotels and apartment options.
  • Pantai Cenang has Langkawi’s main nightlife scene. Beach fire shows, lively bars and a night market provide a great evening out.

Reasons you might not want to stay here

  • It’s the most touristic area in Langkawi and it isn’t as clean as other areas.
  • Restaurant options here are less authentic, so you may struggle to find reasonably priced Malaysian cuisine.

The best Pantai Cenang hotels

Casa del Mar Langkawi (Luxury)

A 4-star, boutique beach hotel with excellent Tripadvisor reviews. The Central American design of the hotel feels romantic, charming and welcoming.

Mercure Langkawi (Moderately priced)

A modern, trendy hotel in a great location. You’re just on the doorstep of Pantai Cenang Beach and its many bars and restaurants. The hotel has a large swimming pool and lots of family-friendly facilities.

Cenang Plaza Beach Hotel (Budget-friendly)

Bright and spacious rooms on Pantai Cenang’s main street. Cenang Plaza Beach Hotel is modern and affordable, though it doesn’t have a pool. It suits those that want to spend lots of time sightseeing or on the beach.

Pantai Tengah – Langkawi’s south coast

Pantai Tengah is the beach area just along from Pantai Cenang on Langkawi’s south coast. Like Cenang, it has an excellent selection of hotels and is one of the most popular places to stay in Langkawi. The main difference is that it’s a lot quieter. Day and night, the atmosphere is relaxing and feels like a traditional beach holiday. Furthermore, the beach at Pantai Tengah is a lot less crowded than Cenang, so it provides a more relaxing environment.

Pantai Tengah is a great area to stay in Langkawi for those that want a relaxing beach holiday in a well-located hotel. There are some excellent restaurant options here and they tend to be better quality than other areas of the island. Pantai is popular for families, but also couples that want a quieter place to stay. You can walk or catch a taxi to the busier Pantai Cenang easily, so you have the best of both worlds.

Best for: families, beach lovers, those that want a central location but a more peaceful resort area

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Top reasons to stay in Pantai Tengah

  • Pantai Tengah has a good selection of restaurant options. Choose from Malaysian, Korean, Turkish, Thai and Western cuisine.
  • Well located for the busier Pantai Cenang nightlife, shops and market stalls. They’re all within walking distance of Pantai Tengah, but you’re based in a nicer, quieter location.
  • A beautiful white sandy beach right on your doorstep. Pantai Tengah has far fewer water sports providers so it’s more relaxing than Pantai Cenang.

Reasons you might not want to stay here

  • It’s a quiet place to stay and lacks a nightlife scene.
  • Pantai Tengah is a little further out from attractions than the likes of Pantai Cenang, so you’ll need to walk or use a taxi to get around.

The best Pantai Tengah hotels

Park Royal Langkawi Resort (Luxury)

A long-standing tower hotel with direct access to a quiet beach. It’s perfectly situated between Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah and has a plethora of amenities. Rooms have unbeatable sea-views.

Riyaz Langkawi (Luxury)

A brand new 5-star hotel with a rooftop swimming pool, modern, well-designed rooms and a free lunch buffet. It’s excellent value for money for a luxury hotel.

Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah (Moderately priced)

Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah has long been a top-rated hotel in the Pantai Tengah area. It’s popular with families, but all types of travellers will enjoy their stay here. It has an excellent breakfast buffet and an infinity swimming pool.

Cactus Inn (Budget-friendly)

Basic, motel-style rooms with friendly owners and a high standard of cleanliness. The location and price tag makes it excellent value for money.

Tanjung Rhu – North-east Langkawi

Tanjung Rhu is one of the most remote, secluded places to stay in Langkawi. Located right next to the UNESCO World Heritage Kilim Geoforest Park, it’s a chilled-out place to stay, surrounded by nature. Hotels here are right next to mangroves and the eco-system of wildlife that comes with it. Monkeys, monitor lizards, tropical birds and flying squirrels make Tanjung Rhu their home. The main draw to the area is the huge 2km+ sandy beach. It’s said to be the best beach on the island, and it has some of the most spectacular scenery.

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There are only two hotels in Tanjung Rhu, the long-standing Tanjung Rhu Resort and the Four Seasons Langkawi. Both hotels are 5-star rated and they sit right on Tanjung Rhu Beach. As the hotels are secluded, there isn’t a lot to do here except relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. Hire a kayak and explore the nearby islands, walk along the peaceful beach, or kick back by the pool.

Tanjung Rhu is a great area to stay in Langkawi for those that want to relax in a nice, secluded resort for a few days.

Best for: beach lovers, those who want a secluded resort

Top reasons to stay in Tanjung Rhu

  • Tanjung Rhu is widely regarded as Langkawi’s best beach. It’s a relaxing, serene place to stay in Langkawi and you’re surrounded by nature.
  • The Tanjung Rhu Resort is a very affordable 5-star hotel compared to others on the island. It’s excellent value!
  • Well located for the Kilim Geoforest Park mangrove tour.

Reasons you might not want to stay here

  • The beach can attract many jellyfish at certain times of the year.
  • There’s only one hotel here and it’s a remote location, with very few bars and restaurants nearby. Unless you hire a car or moped, you’re restricted to eating in the hotel.

The best Tanjung Rhu hotels

Tanjung Rhu Resort & Spa (Luxury)

Tanjung Rhu Resort is one of the most stunning hotels on the island. A long-standing hotel, the Tanjung Rhu has a 2km+ private beach and one of the best swimming pools we’ve ever experienced. It’s excellent value for money for a 5-star resort.

Four Seasons Langkawi (Luxury)

A high calibre hotel from the world-famous Four Seasons brand. Expect high-end luxury, beautiful wooden décor and stylish rooms that lead right to the beach.

Telaga – South-west Langkawi

Telaga is in the south-west corner of Langkawi Island. It’s the region where you’ll find Langkawi’s top attraction, the SkyCab cable car. It’s also home to waterfalls, a marina and some amazing jungle scenery. It showcases some of the island’s best nature! Aside from a handful of hotels and beach restaurants, there aren’t many places to stay and eat in Telaga. The region has some of Langkawi’s top 5-star hotels, The Ritz Carlton, The Danna and the Berjaya Langkawi. They’re large, secluded complexes with all facilities inside the resort.

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Telaga is one of the best places to stay in Langkawi for those that want to stay in a top-class honeymoon-style resort. Resorts have their own private beaches, suites with private pools and high-quality restaurants, suiting those that want all amenities in one place. There are a handful of more affordable hotels here. However, you’ll need to hire a car or moped to get around due to the secluded location.

This area isn’t as remote as other places to stay in Langkawi, so you can still get around easily by car or Grab taxi. There are also some excellent attractions right on your doorstep.

Best for: luxury travellers, those who want a secluded 5-star hotel

Top reasons to stay in the Telaga area

  • An excellent selection of luxury hotels. The Danna and the Ritz Carlton are two of the best-rated hotels on the island!
  • Well located for some excellent attractions. The Langkawi SkyCab cable car, Telaga Tujuh and a selection of nature, boat and adventure activities can be found here.
  • Telaga is a secluded location with fewer tourist crowds, and small, quiet beaches. It feels tropical and remote, even though you’re only a short drive away from the tourist centre.

Reasons you might not want to stay here

  • The hotel options are limited and are on the highest end of the price scale.
  • The remote, jungle location of Telaga means there are very few bars and restaurants. You’ll need to eat in the resort or drive to the nearby town.

The best Telaga hotels

The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi (Luxury)

The Ritz-Carlton is a gorgeous 5-star hotel right by the sea. It’s known for its over-water accommodation options, tree-house style and tropical wooden design. Any stay here is a memorable one.

The Danna Langkawi (Luxury)

If small, luxury boutique hotels are your vibe, there isn’t a better option that The Danna Langkawi. It’s noted for its classic rooms with high ceilings, private pool villas and beachfront location.

Berjaya Langkawi Resort (Moderately priced)

Berjaya Langkawi Resort is a jungle hotel escape right by the sea. It has stunning over-water bungalows, tree-house villas and a wide array of facilities. You’ll be surrounded by nature and the sea no matter the room you choose.

Datai Bay – North-west Langkawi

Datai Bay is one of the most remote beach locations in Langkawi. Situated on the north-west corner of the island, a 40-minute drive from the airport, Datai Bay is a beautiful place to stay in Langkawi. It’s almost exclusively home of the 5-star The Datai Langkawi Resort. There really isn’t much else in the area except this stunning resort and the private beach. It’s a true beach escape in Langkawi nature and it makes the perfect honeymoon hotel.

Datai Bay is one of the best places to stay in Langkawi for those that want a secluded, romantic break on a beautiful beach. The resort here offers a variety of dining options and room types, including private luxury villas. It also has a spa, water sports activities and plenty of relaxation areas.

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When staying in the Datai Bay area, you’ll need to drive half an hour to the nearest town and attractions. Therefore, it’s best suited for those that want a few nights in a nice resort, away from everything.

Best for: luxury travellers, those who want a remote beach destination.

Top reasons to stay in Datai Bay

  • It’s one of the most beautiful beach destinations in Langkawi. White sands, stunning blue sea and exotic jungle surroundings make it a great beach holiday destination.
  • Datai Bay is home of The Datai Hotel, one of the most premium, luxurious hotels in Langkawi.
  • You have a private beach area to enjoy.

Reasons you might not want to stay here

  • The only reason to visit and stay in Datai Bay is if you’re staying in The Datai Hotel. Rooms here are some of the most expensive on the island.
  • Datai Bay is a remote location, and you’ll need to drive 30+ minutes to visit nearby towns and attractions.

The best Datai Bay hotels

The Datai Langkawi (Luxury)

The Datai Langkawi is nothing short of outstanding. It’s an expensive luxury resort with one of the highest price tags of all hotels in Langkawi, but for good reason. There isn’t a better option for those that want a luxury beach getaway.

Kuah – Eastern Langkawi

Kuah is Langkawi’s main town. It’s where you’ll arrive if you get the ferry to Langkawi. It’s also the residential and business hub of the island. As such, it has a more local feel to it compared to the beach resorts in other areas of the island. Kuah has lots of shops, restaurants, and most notably, the island’s largest night market, which takes place twice a week. It’s also home to the popular ‘Eagle Square’ attraction.

Kuah is one of the most affordable places to stay in Langkawi. It has a lot of hotel options and more authentic Malaysian restaurants. However, the town itself doesn’t have a lot going on. It lacks the beaches, nature and holiday atmosphere that people visit Langkawi for.

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We recommend a stay in Kuah for those on a budget, or if you want a place to stay near the port ahead of a travel day. You can use it as a cheap base to explore the more interesting parts of the island.

Best for: Budget travellers, short visits, those who want to do lots of duty-free shopping

Top reasons to stay in Kuah

  • It has a wider range of more authentic, affordable Malaysian restaurants. It also has an excellent night market.
  • A good selection of duty-free shops and boat tour options.
  • Ideal for a fleeting visit to the island or when travelling by ferry the next day. It’s the location of Langkawi’s main ferry port.

Reasons you might not want to stay here

  • There isn’t a lot to do in Kuah. It’s a local area that’s quite built up and it lacks beaches. You’ll need to drive further out to see Langkawi’s top attractions.
  • Most hotels in Kuah are basic, budget-friendly accommodation options. It lacks 4 and 5-star hotels.

The best Kuah hotels

HIG Hotel (Budget friendly)

HIG Hotel is a basic, budget friendly hotel for those that simply want a base to explore. Its central town location is near many great restaurants, as well as Kuah Night Market.

Ramada by Wyndham Langkawi Marina (Budget friendly)

If you prefer a hotel by a town or marina instead of a beach, Ramada by Wyndham Langkawi Marina is a great option. Rooms and the swimming pool have excellent views of Langkawi’s marina and coastline. It’s a great place to be at sunset.

Our top tips for choosing a place to stay in Langkawi

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  • Choose an area to stay before looking at hotel options. Areas are very different, and some are a lot more secluded than others. Do you value a good nightlife, with lots of bars, shops and restaurants within walking distance? Or would you prefer a secluded beach with only you, your hotel room and nature in sight? Keep this in mind when deciding.
  • Some of Langkawi’s most luxurious hotels are in remote, beach locations and there aren’t many facilities or restaurants nearby. Therefore, you’ll be confined to eating in your resort unless you hire a car or use a taxi to visit another town.
  • If you’re visiting Langkawi for a short period of time, say 3-4 days, consider staying somewhere central, such as Pantai Cenang or Pantai Tengah. It’s easier to get around and see the top attractions.
  • Consider choosing a couple of different hotels for your stay in Langkawi. That way, you can see completely different sides of the island. On our first visit, we chose to stay 4 nights on the busier south coast. We then chose a remote beach hotel in Tanjung Rhu for 2 nights.
  • Book hotels well in advance of arrival for better rates, especially when travelling in busier months of the year.
  • Choose a hotel with breakfast included to save time and money. The small added cost is often well worth it.
  • Book a hotel with ‘free cancellation’. That way, if the price drops between now and your arrival date, you can cancel and rebook for the lower price.

FAQs

Thanks for reading our guide on where to stay in Langkawi. We hope we inspired you with some excellent area and hotel options and you can now plan your own trip to this beautiful tropical island. No matter where you stay in Langkawi, you’re sure to have a great time! It’s easy to get around if you hire a car. Alternatively, use the cheap and easy Grab taxis.

If you have any questions about any of the places to stay in Langkawi we’ve featured, be sure to post a comment below. We’ll happily help you plan your trip.

Ricky

BY RICKY MARSHALL

Author bio:

An adventurer at heart that loves anything outdoors. Beaches, mountains and amazing scenery is everything I love about travel! I also enjoy home comforts and need a nice place to relax and re-charge after every trip.

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