St. Regis Langkawi Review

by Joe Kelly
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St. Regis Langkawi Review

Our exquisite experience of staying at the St. Regis Langkawi began immediately upon arrival to the tropical island of Langkawi, Malaysia when we were picked up in style from the airport in a plush car. Equipped with leather seats, Wi-Fi, cool towels and water, the 30-minute journey was one of seamless comfort before we were entering a private estate surrounded by jungle.

A ceremonial gong announced our arrival to the 5-star resort as we stepped out of the lush entrance into an impressive white lobby of sophisticated grandeur known as the Mansion. Marble table tops, a grand piano in the corner and a lofty ceiling created an opulent setting, which they have blended with tropical lushness with the spectacular welcoming view of the lagoon and several of the 99 Langkawi islands from the Mansion’s terrace.

The mesmerising sight is even better to take in at 6:30pm with a glass of champagne in hand when the St. Regis’ synonymous evening Sabering ceremony takes place. The traditional art of sabrage in which a bottle of champagne is uncorked using a sabre sword is something you should certainly make time for. I love traditions, and one that has a glass of Champagne at the end of it is certainly one that should be forever honoured.

Strolling along the beach resort’s palm tree laden private beach after is a wonderful way to take in the sunset. The manicured grounds and unique architecture of the St. Regis Langkawi makes the Malaysian resort an extremely relaxing place to wander around.

If you want to watch the sunset in its entirety, go to the pier that connects to The Westin Langkawi.

The infinity pool encompasses the island’s tropical lushness and is appealing to guests of all ages staying at the family friendly resort.

Children dominated the pool area with their floaties while we were there, so we spent most of our time along with the other adult guests relaxing in the hammocks on the private beach or in one of the intimate cabanas.

And when we wanted to go for a swim, we enjoyed our private pool back at our Pool Suite.

Our corner Pool Suite was such a haven that we loved spending the time simply lounging in and around the room. The spacious suite had its separate living room, a private garden with a terrace and a pool, along with direct access to the beach through a blue Moroccon-styled entrance. To say that we loved our lavish accommodation would be an understatement. All it needed was a little kitchen and you would consider it an able home.

We had our own personal butler and that service included laundry pressing on two items per day, which is really handy for Instagram shooting, and delivery of three hot coffees per day, which is even more paramount to the tired Instagrammer. And every evening there was a delicious treat left, like we needed more temptation!

There are 89 suites at the St. Regis Langkawi but if you have the budget, then I’d strongly recommend staying at one of the three lavish Sunset Villas the resort has in their lagoon.

We paid a visit to one Sunset Villa for a shoot, and the over water villa accommodation reminded me of the Maldives.

Inside they’re extremely spacious and modern and outside they have a terrace which contain their own private infinity pool.

With the resort’s 5-star service and facilities, The St. Regis Langkawi has been designed so that you never want to leave the beach resort. Meal times became highly anticipated events in themselves as the local tastes are brought to the fore with a fusion of East-meets-West, and they start with the most important meal of the day at breakfast.

Sparkling wine and all of the ingredients you need to make yourself a morning Bloody Mary cocktail greet you at the entrance of L’Orangerie. While it was indeed our favourite section of the breakfast spread available, I assure you there are more substantial things to have. The buffet spread covers western and eastern favourites and you can order off of the menu. You can’t go wrong with the stack of miniature light and fluffy pancakes. The pastry chef at the St. Regis Langkawi is truly world class and I implore you to try the Almond Croissants as they are divine. Keep an eye out for the ‘pass around’ service, which is where local treats and teas are offered around to the guests.

If you want something less indulgent for lunch, you can curate your own healthy salad (RM 75) at Gourmand Deli. It was extremely filling as it was a massive bowl of goodness with ours being full of massive Tiger Prawns and Buffalo Mozzarella. There’s a selection of indulgent desserts if you feel your calorie conscious decision deserves a reward.

Pantai Grill was the lunch venue of choice though, with its idyllic location on the beachfront where you can sip coconuts beneath gently swaying palm trees while gorging on fresh seafood.

You can dine out at the beach restaurant in the evening, too, three days out of the week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Pantai Grill’s dinner offer was more or less the same as their lunchtime menu, except you’ll be eating beneath glittering stars while being fanned by a gentle evening sea breeze. The majority of the food on the menu is freshly caught seafood that you can choose yourself. Needless to say, substantial sized Andaman lobsters and large Tiger Prawns kept finding their way to our table and we were spoilt rotten.

The dining standard continued to impress. On our second night we were taken away from the traditional restaurant setting (as much as a beach dinner is) so that we could have an extremely romantic and private candlelit dinner with the Cabana Private Dining experience.

Surrounded by over 50 candles and rose petals in the blue hued chapel-inspired cabana, we ate through a carefully prepared four-course meal by our personal chef.

The Deluxe Asian Inspired Cabana menu (RM 800) featuring the Andaman Lobster was beautiful, and the Black Angus Beef Tenderloin on the Classic Western Inspired Cabana Beach menu (RM 650) was divine. Our waiter was on hand throughout and we spent our time in between courses gazing out at the Andaman Sea.

For anyone looking to surprise their partner with a romantic proposal, this specially curated private dinner is a proposal option that would become a favourite story to share for years after.

In our opinion, the best dining experience was saved for our last night. We had a night to remember at Kayu Puti, their exquisite over-water restaurant, as we were brought on a sensorial culinary journey. This elegant private beach house-inspired restaurant has wooden doors that are over a century old, whitewashed walls and flamboyant plum chairs, along with a unique veranda that is perfect for catching the sunset.

I’ve never not seen a beautiful sunset in Langkawi and Kayu Puti’s terrace has oversized hammocks, which were the perfect lounging spot to take in the sweeping panoramic views during golden hour.

Inventive sunset inspired cocktails, and perhaps even a bottle of champagne (go crazy!), really added to the intimate moment.

Watching the sun melt behind the horizon while a singing duet serenaded us was the perfect beginning to the refined journey of flavours that we were set to explore.

A six-course dinner with each culinary creation on The Journey menu (RM 560 per person / RM 810 per person with wine pairing) inspired by the captivating flavours of the Malaysian region. It was fine dining in its purest form with attention to the smallest of details, including serving renowned French Pamplie butter for the freshly baked bread that was brought to us in a treasure chest bearing an inspiring quote. Each course was a gastronomic masterpiece. The egg plant salad resembled a colourful garden from ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Every meal was served and delivered with the story behind the specifically chosen handpicked ingredients from around Malaysia, and every exquisite course built up a sense of tantalising anticipation for the next. The risotto in particular was packed with enough flavour to leave our taste buds tingling long after the last bite was swallowed.

The evening from start to finish was simply perfect. Kayu Puti doesn’t have a Michelin Star but we believe it honestly should as the dining experience is one of the best that we’ve ever had the pleasure of having. The talented St. Regis Langkawi’s Executive Chef, Gaetan Christopher Biesuz, has managed kitchens across South East Asia and has huge ambitions to make Kayu Puti recognised as one of the best restaurants in South East Asia. We hope him and his excellent team succeed in achieving their goal in the near future.

The St. Regis Langkawi is a luxury holiday destination that uses the local culture and location to invoke the senses. From the tropical sight of palm trees, the taste of regional delicacies, and the sound of the Andaman Sea’s waves rolling up onto the beach, by staying at The St. Regis Langkawi, you are having a connection with the island throughout your stay in a luxurious setting.

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