Eight antique Malay houses rebuilt in a century-old coconut plantation, on the breathtakingly beautiful island of Langkawi”
Overlooking a peaceful lily-strewn lagoon, the stilted wooden villas are individually styled with colourful fabrics, Malay songket weavings and striking antique furnishings. It's a far cry from the surrounding generic resort hotels, and what Bon Ton lacks in facilities, it more than makes up for in character and charm. Even so, there's an attractive swimming pool, a west-facing cocktail deck, a wonderful restaurant serving Asian fusion cuisine and a lounge-bar set in a heritage Chinese shophouse. All in all, it's a wonderfully romantic hideaway.
- Exquisite, antique Malay architecture blended with chic, beautifully conceived interiors
- Delicious Asian-Mediterranean cuisine in Nam - the restaurant is one of Langkawi's best and Rick Stein is said to be a fan
- A couple of houses have private alfresco bathrooms for washing under the stars
- A totally different type of resort - secluded, romantic and full of atmosphere. Note that families are welcomed but may prefer slightly larger sister property Temple Tree Heritage Resort next door which has a games room and animal sanctuary
- The bar serves some irresistible cocktails - try the mango daiquiri
- Mosquitoes can be an annoyance, but the hotel provides mozzie diffusers, sprays and nets
- The nearest beach is a mile away along a sandy track; staff will drop you down on request
- There are lots of cats around; they're very friendly, but those with allergies take note!
- The continental breakfasts, delivered to your room, could get a bit samey if you stay for more than a few days
- Some houses are quite close to one another and noise can carry
- Boutique Resort
- 8 bungalows
- Restaurant + bars (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Creche / Kids Club
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
Surrounded by mature coconut palms on the edge of the lagoon, each of the 8 century-old stilt houses is individually designed. As a general theme you can expect broad verandas, intricate carvings for natural ventilation, antique furniture and colourful Malay fabrics, as well as modern comforts such as fridges and air con.
The detailed window grilles of Black Coral hint at its origins as a nobleman's house, with plenty of dark wood contrasting with furnishings in white. White Frangipani is interesting for its layout, with a raised sleeping area (originally designed to sleep the whole family) and a separate kitchen. Yellow Orchid, an old fisherman's house with a bright summery theme, boasts a secluded sundeck and open-air bathroom for soaks beneath the stars. So does Blue Ginger, designed with "beach shack" in mind and built around a huge beam hewn from a single tree. The 120-year-old Silk Villa, which features plantation-style shutters, has 2 queen-sized beds and 2 singles in a separate room - ideal for families. Cahaya, formerly the residence of a head of the village, has one large bedroom and a separate living area with day beds that can be converted into a second bedroom.
Two further 120-year-old houses (which we’re yet to see) - Laguna and Palm - feature extra-large bedrooms and bathrooms. The former has an antique wooden bathtub for 2 and a huge balcony with sweeping views of the lagoon.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee / tea making
- DVD player
- Extra beds
The on-site restaurant, Nam, is regarded by some as the best place to eat on Langkawi. The cuisine is a fusion of West meets Spice, with dishes such as coriander and lemongrass pesto with cashews and penne; rock lobster tails with satay sauce and guava salad; or baked snapper on mango rice. Nyonya specialities (Malay-Chinese hybrids) include a tasting platter of 9 dishes served on a banana leaf. Desserts are to die for (chocaholics take note: "Chocolate Marquise Caramel Tart served with Chocolate Truffle and a Rich Chocolate Ice Cream"). The restaurant is set in an open-sided wooden pavilion overlooking the lagoon, with subdued lighting and bright, custom-made furnishings.
An excellent international wine-list (with duty-free prices) is featured both at the Nam and at Stilt House - a chic, lounge-bar set in a renovated Chinese shophouse, specialising in cocktails and sipping spirits.
As dusk approaches, head for the Sunset Deck, where cocktails are served alongside a tapas/mezze menu featuring the likes of deep-fried calamari.
Breakfast (included) is left in your fridge overnight so you can enjoy it on your terrace whenever you wake up! It consists of a simple continental affair, expect cakes, fruits, breads, jams and honeys, yogurts and juices.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Lunch by arrangement
- Restaurants nearby
- Vegetarian menu
- Nearby Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah converge to form Langkawi's longest beach, complete with watersports facilities, beach bars and restaurants
- Arrange a guided nature walk in the Machinchang Forest Reserve, near Datai Bay, home to great hornbills and the rare colugo
- Ascend one of the highest peaks by cable car for magnificent views over the Langkawi archipelago
- Visit the Laman Padi Rice Museum (very close by)
- Hire a car and head for the tomb of Mahsuri and the pretty rice fields of the interior
- Book some spa treatments at the Datai or the Andaman, both on gorgeous Datai Bay
- Visit the Ibrahim Hussein Museum & Cultural Foundation (IHMCF), the home and art gallery of one of Malaysia’s best-known artists
- Batik painting classes held at the Batik Village about 10 minutes drive away
- PADI courses can be arranged through East Marine - located at the Yacht Club - 30 minutes’ drive away
- The Datai Golf Course is the best course on the island and is about a 40-minute drive
- A horse riding centre is about 20 minutes away
- Bicycles can be rented just down the road
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Art classes
- Horse riding
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Scuba diving
- Scuba diving courses
- Well being
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Our Top Tips
Bon Ton Antique Wooden Villas is located 7-10 minutes from Langkawi airport and 20 minutes' walk from the main beach of Pantai Cenang on Pulau Langkawi, which is the main island of the Langkawi archipelago (about 100 islands lying off the north-western coast of Peninsula Malaysia).
Langkawi International at Padang Mat Sirat (7km from Pantai Cenang). Click on the links below for a list of airlines.
From the Airport
Bon Ton is less than a 10-minute drive from the airport. Guests all arrive by taxi (see Rates) or rental car which can be arranged on arrival at the airport. Bon Ton can also arrange hire cars for you.
KTM Berhad (KTMB) provides a comfortable and economical rail service from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar and Arau. From Alor Setar / Arau you can take a taxi or bus to Kuala Kedah/Kuala Perlis and from there by express ferry to Langkawi.
Journey times to Langkawi range from 45 minutes to 3 hours by sea, depending on point of embarkation. Departure points are from Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah, and Georgetown on Penang Island. Visitors from Thailand depart from Satun.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.
More on getting to Malaysia and getting around.
- Langkawi 7.0 km LGK
- Beach 1.0 km
- Shops 1.0 km
- Restaurant 1.0 km