“Eight striking antique Malay houses rebuilt in a century old coconut plantation on the breath-takingly beautiful island of Langkawi”
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.
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.
Children are welcome and there is no charge for extra beds - the prices are all per villa.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)
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 cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking