The Best Boutique Hotels 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

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.

The Smith House

Boutique Hotel
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Taking over an imposing, landlocked structure near Langkawi airport is The Smith House. The 75 rooms here 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.
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Bon Ton Resort

Boutique Hotel, Resort
4.4/5 (131 Reviews)
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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.
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Lot 33 Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel
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An artsy retreat across from Tengah Beach, Lot 33 Boutique Hotel 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.
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The Danna Langkawi

Boutique Hotel, Resort
4.8/5 (995 Reviews)
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Telaga Harbor has an almost Monte Carlo-like atmosphere, making the imposing, European-influenced Danna an interesting place to stay. 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.
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Ambong Ambong

Boutique Hotel
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Scale a steep, jungly hill to this clutch of diverse lodgings that almost feel like luxury treehouses. From the hotel, 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.
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  • La Pari-Pari

    Boutique Hotel
    4.7/5 (37 Reviews)
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    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 are lit by low-energy bulbs, grey water is naturally filtered and reused, and edible herbs and plants are grown in the grounds.
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    Tanjung Rhu Resort

    Boutique Hotel, Resort
    4.5/5 (699 Reviews)
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    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? The 136 rooms – modern, comfortable and, not surprisingly, granting terrific views – are also steps from a 2.5km (1.5mi) long white-sand beach.

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    Telaga Terrace Boutique Resort

    Boutique Hotel, Resort
    4.3/5 (288 Reviews)
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    Located a 10-minute walk from the crowds of Pantai Cenang, the buzziest beach in Langkawi, is the Telaga Terrace Boutique Resort. It 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.
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    The Datai Langkawi

    Luxury, Resort
    4.8/5 (333 Reviews)
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    Follow a windy, hilly drive through almost impossibly thick jungle to arrive at what might be the most secluded resort 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.
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    This is an updated version of an article written by Lu Yin Wai.

    These recommendations were updated on April 29, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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