Langkawi at Taj Vivanta Rebak island resort


A trip to Langkawi the jewel of Kedah made unforgettable by stay at Taj Vivanta Rebak Island Resort

Langkawi – the word itself brings a smile to my face as it reminds me of clear skies, stunning beaches, azure blue sea, nature walks, friendly people and a pleasant climate.

My husband and I had visited Malaysia in January 2013. We started our trip with Cameron highlands, went onto Genting, then relaxed in Langkawi for 3 days and then after visiting Kuala Lumpur came back to Gurgaon. In this blog, I will be sharing our experience of Langkawi which was mainly influenced by our stay at Taj Vivanta Rebak Island resort.

Quick Facts about Langkawi

For those who have not yet heard of Langkawi, here are some basic facts

  • Langkawi officially known as the Jewel of Kedah (Kedah is the name of a state) is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea
  • It is located some 30 km off the mainland coast of North-western Malaysia
  • Langkawi in colloquial Malay means island of the reddish-brown eagle. Visitors arriving via Kuah Jetty will definitely notice the iconic Eagle square – a giant red eagle status permanently suspended in mid flight
  • In Langkawi you will frequently hear the word ‘Pulau’ which means an island

How to reach Langkawi ?

You can reach Langkawi via ferry or by air.

We had taken an Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi. Tip – If you are booking an Air Asia flight please remember to declare and pay for check in baggage. It is not included automatically in the flight charges.

Where we stayed

After doing extensive research on trip advisor we had decided to stay at Taj Vivanta Rebak island resort. The idea of staying on a private island (measuring approx 390 acres with secluded beaches and vibrant jungles) and that too a Taj property was very attractive. And to be true we did not regret our decision even for a moment.

Reaching Langkawi at Taj Vivanta Rebak island resort

We were received by the hotel staff at the airport and after a short 10 minutes drive reached Port Langkasuka. Don’t worry I could not remember this name and had to google it when writing this blog . We used to call it jetty point.

Jetty Point at Langkawi Port Langkasuka to reach Taj Vivanta Rebak island resort

Jetty Point – Port Langkasuka

From jetty point we were to be taken to the hotel via a speed boat. The speedboat runs every hour so we had to wait for around 15 minutes at a nice comfortable terminal with sofas, TV and bougainvillea’s. I have a soft spot for flowers so whenever I see them I do not mind waiting that much. Also there was a shack near by where we had the most amazing watermelon juice of our whole trip.

Soon the speedboat arrived and we got onboard along with the rest of the hotel guests. The experience of travelling in a speedboat was an added benefit. Somehow I find it exciting to see the waves being created by a speedboat. In 15 minutes we reached a gorgeous marina with many yachts and boats from around the world. Later we came to know that Taj is the only resort to offer this service.

Marina at Langkawi Taj Vivanta Rebak island resort

Marina at Langkawi Taj Vivanta Rebak island resort

At Taj Vivanta Rebak island resort

The main reception area is not far from the marina so you can either walk or take a buggy. Since we had luggage and were tired we decided to take a buggy.

Taj Vivanta Rebak island resort

On the way to our room at Taj Vivanta Rebak island resort

At the reception area we were received by the hotel staff who welcomed us with a genuine and warm smile along with lemon zest infused wet towel and a refreshing drink. The check-in process was very smooth and then we were taken to our room. We had booked a partial Sea view Room.

By the time we reached our room we were exhausted but one look at the room and we were re-energized. We loved the room – it was large, spacious, well maintained, had a nice balcony overlooking the garden and the best part were the bathrooms. The bathrooms were large and offered separate areas for bathtubs and showers. Somehow I have this fetish for large bathrooms. I do not like hotels that offer great rooms but the bathrooms resemble a closet. Tip – Do not keep the balcony door open for long in evening, due to lush greenery outside you may see some mosquitoes and insects.

After settling down, refreshing ourselves and taking some rest, we came out only in the evening to explore the resort and the island. The view of serene beach, turquoise blue water and vibrant trees along with  the sound of waves and birds made us forget everything else. We sat down on a deck chair and enjoyed the moment.

Soon it was dinner time so we went to the restaurant to eat something. The ambience of the ‘Senari’ restaurant as well as food was good though a little bit on the costlier side. Soon after there was live music which we did not understand much but thoroughly enjoyed. After dinner, we went for a walk along the beach with the sound of music in the background.

The experience was unforgettable.

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Mom of an adorable toddler, reader, crafter, blogger, traveler, in IT by profession and now the happy and proud founder of "Sharing Our Experiences". Neha believes that by sharing our learning and experiences we can help, encourage and inspire each other and touch the lives of many others who may be in a similar situation. She shares her experiences on parenting, crafts, using products and blogging via Sharing Our Experiences. Read more in 'About Us' and 'Meet the Founder' sections.

16 Comments
  1. Post reading this, i also want to go thr- nice work neha very well articulayed. Its like virtual trip to malaysia.

  2. Hi Neha, enjoyed reading and looking forward to read your day 2 and 3 too, can you share the link with me on garima81@gmail.com …. Pleaseeee

  3. Wow Neha..Very well written dear 🙂 You have expressed everything very nicely. Keep up good work.

  4. i love travelling ..travel almost every month…and a big tour every year…but your travel is a marvel…treasure for life ty….read it twice…thanks for lovely inspiration to me and my better half.

  5. very well written dear…..enjoyed reading it….keep writing….??

  6. Good one Neha!

  7. Very well written Neha! Reading it definitely makes me want to visit too…especially with all the pics!!! This is great for a start!!!

  8. Temptingly written ;).. good going Neha,..look forward to many more….

  9. Wao….Neha! You seem like a thorough professional. …way to go sis!!!

  10. vie beautiful pictures… so amazngly written… luved reading it….

  11. Beautifully written and amazing pictures 🙂

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