Bon Ton Resort

Pantai Genang, Langkawi, Malaysia Book from Book from £154 per night

Eight striking antique Malay houses rebuilt in a century old coconut plantation on the breath-takingly beautiful island of Langkawi
Atmospheric, laid back and unique, Bon Ton is a careful blend of conservation principles and design savvy. The small resort (or 'Coconut Village' as it used to be called) comprises 8 antique kampung houses acquired from islanders by Australian owner Narelle McMurtrie, and subsequently reassembled on a peaceful coconut plantation just north of Langkawi's longest beach.

Colourful fabrics, Malay songket weavings and antique wood furnishings adorn each of the stilted wooden houses, which face a lily-strewn lagoon. 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 atmosphere. 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
  • Some houses have private al fresco bathrooms for washing under the stars
  • Very secluded and full of character
  • The bar serves some irresistible cocktails - try the mango daiquiri


  • Mosquitoes can be an annoyance, but the hotel provide mozzie diffusers, sprays and nets
  • The nearest beach is a mile away along a sandy track so you really need transport to get around, although staff will drop you down on request
  • There are dogs and cats around (the owner runs an animal sanctuary within the same compound). They're very friendly, but those with allergies take note!
  • Prices have been creeping up since our last visit
  • If you're staying for more than a few nights you may get fed up of the formulaic continental breakfasts

Best time to go

Visit from December to May, when the weather is warm. The rainy season in Langkawi is typically from June or July to October or November - though the levels of rainfall are only marginally higher during these months. Even during the monsoon, the rains tend to come in sharp bursts, usually during the afternoon, with sunshine for the rest of the day.

Our top tips

A week is probably long enough to take in the main sights and attractions on Langkawi - though the island makes a great base for a relaxing 2-week holiday.

Great for...

  • Boutique Resort
  • 8 bungalows
  • Restaurant + bars (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


Set within a secluded compound of mature coconut palms on the edge of a lagoon are 8 authentic century-old Malay houses. They are beautiful, airy constructions on stilts, with broad verandas and intricate carvings for natural ventilation. Each of the houses is individually designed, though as a general theme you can expect antique furniture, colourful textiles, rattan mats, dressing rooms, flatscreen TVs and DVD players, kettles, fridges and four-poster beds screened with muslin, plus all of the houses are fitted with air con.

The detailed window grilles of Black Coral hint at its origins as a nobleman's house, and this in many ways is the most dramatic of the houses, 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 out back with 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 is the most recently renovated house, formerly the residence of a head of the village; an ideal house for family or friends with 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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cd player
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Toaster
  • Tv
  • WiFi


The on-site restaurant, Nam, is regarded by some as the best place to eat on Langkawi - and that's saying something because Langkawi is well-stocked with quality restaurants. The cuisine is a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian, 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) are also on offer, while the 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 Chin Chin, a chic, antique-strewn lounge-bar set in a renovated Chinese shophouse, which also serves cocktails, liqueurs and flavoured coffees.

As dusk approaches, head for the Sunset Deck, where cocktails are served alongside a tapas/mezze menu featuring the likes of baked fish in banana leaf and deep-fried calamari.

Breakfast (included) is left in your fridge in the evening 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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee tea making
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Nearby Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah converge to form Langkawi's longest beach, complete with watersports facilities, beach bars and restaurants. Waterskiing, sailing, parasailing, banana boat, windsurfing and fishing trips or island hopping can be arranged through individual operators on the beach
  • 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 minute drive away
  • The Datai Golf Course is the best course on the island and is about a 40 minute drive
  • Or the horse riding centre is about 20 minutes away
  • Bicycles can be rented down the road

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Art classes
  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse-riding
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing


Children are welcome and there is no charge for extra beds - the prices are all per villa.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Black Coral and White Frangipani would be perfect for a couple and 1 child, as both have a queen and single bed. Silk and Cahaya are the best options for larger families. The former features 2 queens and 2 singles, while the latter has a king and 3 single daybeds - both can sleep 2 adults and 3 kids comfortably


Babysitting available by arrangement

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities nearby:

  • The beach is 2 minutes away
  • Watersports
  • Nature walks
  • Cable car ride to highest peak
  • Horse riding (20 minutes away)

  • Distances:

    • Airport: 10 minutes
    • Shops: 25 minutes (Kuah)
    Kid Friendly: Silk

    Our guests' ratings...

    Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests


    A nice setting of old Malay houses but unfortunately the property is situated too close to the airport and main road.
    The lunch and diner served in the restaurant are delicious but it is incomprehensible that they do not serve breakfast. The breakfast is put in your minibar the night before. In my opinion, the price is too high for what you get.


    Overall fantastic place to stay. The only negative point is the breakfast, which is very basic.


    I was there as solo traveller and did not for a moment feel uncomfortable about this. A very warm, friendly and relaxed place, where the fact that you are not next to the sea is not a problem at all. The food is amazing!


    Wonderful stay. Atmosphere is perfect for a very relaxing stay. Highly recommended.


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