Family-friendly holiday: The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa

By Elisa Chia   — December 07, 2019
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    There’s something about beach holidays that help you unwind and be rejuvenated. Perhaps it’s the idyllic pace, the fresh air and vast waters.

    At Langkawi, it’s also the serenity of the beach, as we discovered during our recent getaway.

    Unlike other beach destinations in the region we’ve been to, there were no screeching jet skis and parasailing boats. Neither were there hard-selling touts.

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    My active kids, aged nine and five, still had their fix of water sports at The Westin Langkawi, where they tried canoeing (RM20, or S$6.50, for a double canoe per hour) and went on a pedal boat (RM60 per hour).

    Like others on the island, this luxe resort offers only non-motor sports so travellers can soak in the tranquility.

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    Langkawi’s beaches are varied. You don’t get fine sand on this strip of the island, but the property makes up for it by spoiling you with gorgeous pools.

    We couldn’t get enough of the 1.4m deep infinity pool that overlooks the ocean.

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    How gorgeous is this freeform rock pool with fountains? This pool goes up to 1.2m deep.

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    And look at how huge this 0.3m-deep waddling pool for babies and toddlers is!

    Young guests can also frolick in a separate 0.6m-deep pool.

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    Under the chef’s guidance, my kids also got to make their own pizzas for lunch and decorated cupcakes, which we enjoyed for tea.

    It’s one of many activities organised for the little ones at the resort, which also has a kids’ club and outdoor playground.

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    What’s a holiday without some sightseeing? Instead of hailing a taxi, we ventured out of the resort in a Mini Cooper. The self-drive experience starts from RM222 for two hours.

    Just about five-minute drive away is the Eagle Square, a popular photo spot in Langkawi.

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    And no five-star resort is complete without a spa experience. At the Heavenly Spa, my husband and I chose the traditional Malay massage (RM310 each for an hour) characterised by gentle kneading and long, rhythmic strokes.

    The children were not left out – both experienced their first full-body massage (RM190 each for 45 minutes). My five-year-old son even slipped into blissful slumber at the end of the relaxing session.

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    Find out more www.westinlangkawi.com. Rates for the room start from RM908 nett per night.

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