Perched on the North coast of the island, The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort, Langkawi is a truly exceptional vacation spot – offering complete comfort and five-star luxury, all while being neatly cradled by lush ferns and ancient forest on one side, with a view of Datai Bay ahead, which turns from sparkling blue, to deep turquoise, to a silver-flecked navy, as the day progresses. The beginning of the Spring season in Langkawi is the best time to visit the island - the temperature is bearable and the almost daily night-time showers leave everything clean and crisp during the daytime.
If you want the perfect honeymoon or a family holiday in south-east Asia, without the hassling crowds and noise, then book a place at The Andaman. Honeymooners should try to secure suite 139, otherwise known as “The Honeymoon Suite”, complete with the creature comforts one should and can expect for a romantic getaway. The place will blow your mind away. We spent five nights here and it was the time of our lives. Nothing beats the feeling of enjoying Veuve Clicquot with your feet in the sand at the beach bar, while watching the sun setting and leaving a glorious red sky behind, or spending an afternoon enjoying an open-air couples massage to the sound of crashing waves.
Flying Lemurs may be seen at dusk. This animal is not related to the Lemurs of Madagascar, and it glides rather than flies; but nevertheless, it is quite a beautiful animal to see. There are just two species of Flying Lemur worldwide, one of them is located here in Langkawi and the other being the Philippine Flying Lemur. As with most creatures of the rainforest, these fascinating animals are arboreal and nocturnal. The gliding membrane extends to each body extremity including the tail, giving it a kite-like shape when gliding. Most of the animals on Langkawi are human-friendly, and they feed on fruits, flowers and other vegetation. If you wonder around, then you may also come across and a Monitor Lizard in the surrounding ancient rainforest. The only advice one would give is not to touch or feed them- no matter how tempting the cuteness may be!
The resort is around a 25-minute drive from the airport and an equal amount of distance from the nearest town, Cenang Beach- which will cost you around US$25-30 each way, so come ready with a good credit card because you will need to use it inside the resort! But it is high worth while, especially if you are on your honeymoon. This resort is the best in the whole of Malaysia for honeymooners. The Datai is good too, but most of the crowd at the Datai tend to be the eldery generation or wealthy retirees who want to while away their time chilling around and reading books by the beach all day. For those on a honeymoon, it is the Andaman - without a doubt. You will have the time of your life!
The Honeymoon Suite (The Executive Suite)
All the 178 generously spacious room, which include 23 luxury suites, boast a contemporary tropical design and stunning views across the Datai Bay. You'll be spoilt for choice. With stunning views, whether during the early morning or during dusk, you'll never want to leave. Imagine waking up everyday and walking out to your own balcony overlooking the ocean, with the gentle crashing of waves as a soundtrack. For those on a honemoon, like us, it is the perfect picture of a tropical island resort.
One thing you will notice about the suites at the Andaman is that the lush forest is home to Macaque monkeys loafing around the property. These cheeky visitors have grown accustomed to dropping into your room and they know exactly what to take (usually the drinks from the minibar).
Dr. Gerry Goeden
The resort is also a great place to have team building sessions while helping to conserve the environment. Guests can educate themselves about coral conservation efforts by the resort at the Coral Nursery. The stretch of beach at the resort’s doorstep used to be rich with colourful coral reefs, believed to be about 8,000 years old. However, these were very badly damaged during the 2004 tsunami around the Andaman Reef.
The hotel's in-house consultant marine biologist, Dr. Gerry Goeden (known as "Dr. Gerry"), a nursery was set up in the hope to rebuild the reefs.
The dead corals are collected and then “recycled” at the Coral Nursery where their minerals are used by propagated corals to speed their growth. It helps the environment a lot and Dr. Gerry and his wonderful team are there to educate visitors from around the world of how important the value of marine life is.
As part of the team-building activities, guests get the chance to help create dead corals together with a mixture of concrete. The initiative aims to build a sustainable fishing industry for the next generation of local fishermen. The resort is very fortunate to have this amazing coral reef program- I think there should be more of these educational programs that make full use of the marine life around. It is sad when you see and hear stories of how tourists are damaging reef or are in some extreme cases in SE Asia (without naming countries!), they end up picking and eating seafood which they shouldn't- this is because they have not had the correct education about taking care of marine life. Not only do we have the opportunity to improve the environmental condition of the reefs and fisheries, but we also have the opportunity to educate our guests.
The environmental awareness activities had attracted many companies (for corporate clients) and tourists from all over the world, and even the local schools.
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