The Best Boutique Hotels to Book In Langkawi, Malaysia

Check into the Datai Langkawi, one of the most secluded resorts on the island
Check into the Datai Langkawi, one of the most secluded resorts on the island | Courtesy of The Datai Langkawi / Expedia
Culture Trip Travel Team

Langkawi, Malaysia, may not have the cachet of its island counterparts in Southeast Asia but that’s an advantage. An island where people live and work, it offers culture, gorgeous beaches and a slate of active pursuits. And, to sweeten the pot, the best boutique hotels in Langkawi – all bookable on Culture Trip – include Malay-style villas, grand colonial escapes and ultra-secluded retreats.

1. The Smith House

Boutique Hotel

Sun loungers on a pool deck face the pool and outdoor dinning tables covered by parasols at The Smith House
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Taking over an imposing, landlocked structure near Langkawi airport is The Smith House. The 75 rooms at this hotel in Langkawi feel modern and stylish, with flourishes of brick and individually-styled furniture. A rooftop pool with views of verdant Langkawi provides an impetus to go outside and the convenient location makes it easy to access just about every part of the island.

2. Bon Ton Resort

Boutique Hotel, Resort

Cream sun loungers lined up on a lawn outside straw-roofed huts on stilts surrounded by trees at Bon Ton Resort
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The stylish Bon Ton Resort takes the form of eight uniquely-styled Malay villas, relocated here from different parts of the country. They’re spacious, comfortable and fitted with quirky antique furniture are utterly charming. The villas are linked by an inviting swimming pool, and you can savour exotic pan-Asian and nyonya cuisines with delectable desserts at the in-house Nam Restaurant.

3. Lot 33 Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Potted tropical plants create a walk behind a sunken seating area under a vaulted reed roof at Lot 33 Boutique Hotel
Courtesy of Lot 33 Boutique Hotel / Expedia

An artsy retreat across from Tengah Beach, Lot 33 Boutique Hotel in Langkawi offers a unique stay on this Malaysian island. Rooms have heaps of space, including private balconies, and attractive, almost minimalist, contemporary furniture. There’s an inviting pool but the main draw might be the buzzy in-house restaurant and location, a short walk to the beach.

4. The Danna Langkawi

Boutique Hotel, Resort

An outdoor view of The Danna Langkawi, with luxurious pool area adjacent to the beach with a marina behind it
Courtesy of The Danna Langkawi / Expedia

Telaga Harbor has an almost Monte Carlo-like atmosphere, making the imposing, European-influenced Danna an interesting beachfront hotel in Langkawi to stay in. There’s a rather sophisticated air here; facilities include a high-ceilinged cigar room named after Sir Winston Churchill with an attached wine room. End the evening in the gentlemen’s club-style billiards room or The Verandah, a chandeliered piano lounge fusing Malay and British colonial styles.

5. Ambong Ambong

Boutique Hotel

A four poster bed in a hotel room with a wooden floor and large windows at Ambong Ambong
Courtesy of Ambong Ambong / Expedia

Scale a steep, jungly hill to this clutch of diverse lodgings that almost feel like luxury treehouses. From this top hotel in Langkawi, it’s a five-minute walk to Pantai Tengah, one of the lesser-known beaches in Langkawi, or you can stay in-house passing the time at the spa or joining a northern Malay cooking lesson using ingredients from the retreat’s organic gardens. A pool and a charming cafe overlooking the greenery round out the offerings at Ambong Ambong.

6. La Pari-Pari

Boutique Hotel

Sun loungers next to am outdoor pool in front of three private guest suites, surrounded by grass and trees at La Pari-Pari
Courtesy of La Pari-Pari / Expedia

La Pari-Pari has a suburban vibe – in a good way. Located just off Tengah Beach, it has 12 whitewashed bungalow-based rooms, each with a private courtyard. It’s only a brief walk to the beach, and a generous selection of eating, drinking and nightlife. Best of all, La Pari-Pari ticks a number of eco-friendly boxes: rooms at this Langkawi boutique hotel are lit by low-energy bulbs, grey water is naturally filtered and reused, and edible herbs and plants are grown in the grounds.

7. Tanjung Rhu Resort

Boutique Hotel, Resort

An outdoor pool area with white sun loungers, parasols and trees at Tanjung Rhu Resort
Courtesy of Tanjung Rhu Resort / Expedia

Located on a peninsula at the edge of the island’s Unesco-recognised geopark, Tanjung Rhu Resort is one of the more well-positioned places to stay in Langkawi. Make good use of the spot and book one of the many natural excursions, perhaps a romp into the mangroves or a day of eagle spotting? This Langkawi beach hotel’s 136 rooms – modern, comfortable and, not surprisingly, granting terrific views – are also steps from a 2.5km (1.5mi) long white-sand beach.

8. Telaga Terrace Boutique Resort

Boutique Hotel, Resort

A luxurious hotel room with modern furniture, a cushioned bed, sofas and a desk at Telaga Terrace Boutique Resort
Courtesy of Telaga Terrace Boutique Resort / Expedia

Located a 10-minute walk from the crowds of Pantai Cenang, the buzziest beach on the island, is the Telaga Terrace Boutique Resort. This romantic hotel in Langkawi unites 26 cosy, warm-feeling rooms and suites strategically positioned around an inviting pool. The overall vibe here is homely and low-key, a pleasant contrast to the busy atmosphere beachside. A dinky courtyard swimming pool is a good place for a cooling (and peaceful) dip.

9. The Datai Langkawi

Luxury, Resort

A birds-eye view of an outdoor pool, patio and hotel building surrounded by trees at The Datai Langkawi
Courtesy of The Datai Langkawi / Expedia

Follow a windy, hilly drive through almost impossibly thick jungle to arrive at what might be the most secluded hotel in Langkawi. The main structure here seemingly melts into the hillside, spilling down to a private, cove-based, white-sand beach. Accommodation here ranges from spacious rooms in the main structure to beachside, pool-equipped villas, with nature and isolation a common thread.

Looking for something else? Head to our guide to the best resorts in Langkawi, the top hotels in Langkawi , or check out the best backpacker hostels in Langkawi, Malaysia – bookable on Culture Trip.

This is an updated version of an article written by Lu Yin Wai.

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