Traditional architecture and sleek modern design come together to create the brand-new St. Regis Langkawi, the St. Regis’ first outpost in Malaysia. Opened on April 6, the hotel is positioned on the southern tip of the 99-island archipelago, among tropical jungles, waterfalls and charming villages. Langkawi is Southeast Asia’s first UNESCO World Geopark, with 550 million years of geological history.
Of course, the unique, get-away-from-it-all setting is one reason to visit the soon-to-debut resort, but we’ve found four other attributes that make the property stand out.
The St. Regis is the only hotel on the island of Langkawi to exclusively offer suite accommodations; there are 85 suites and four private villas. Each room receives special attention from the St. Regis butlers (like turndown and complimentary pressings), who are at your beck and call 24 hours a day.
The décor features paintings by local artists, but your eyes will be fixed on the terrace, which overlooks the Andaman Sea and palm-tree-lined beaches and hills. For even more stunning views, book one of the overwater villas.
Although the Langkawi hotel sits right on the waterfront, swimmers can choose between the sea, an outdoor pool and whirlpool. The private beach is 2,000 feet of beautiful white sand and there’s an enormous natural saltwater lagoon that begs for a dip.
The St. Regis Langkawi has three distinct restaurants, each with its own flavor and design. Kayuputi, the hotel’s spot for haute cuisine, sources ingredients from local fisherman and farms and imports high-end specialties such as Australian Wagyu beef to create Asian-inspired plates.
L’Orangerie restaurant reflects the diversity of the island of Langkawi, with views of both the sea and rainforest to accompany your breakfast or dinner. The cuisine blends various culinary traditions, including French, Asian and Middle Eastern.
The more casual counterpart to these fine-dining options is Gourmand Deli, where housemade breads and fresh pastries make great filler for a beach-bound picnic basket.
The menu at the St. Regis bar lists cocktails and canapés (visit The Drawing Room and Decanter Wine Bar for coffee and wine, respectively), but the standout is the local spin on the Bloody Mary.
The Lang Mary offers notes of vanilla, citrus, lemongrass and tamarind — the island specialty.