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Following the festive season, January in the UK is a dark, depressing, cold month, therefore, to escape this time of year, we always take our annual “summer holiday” during January.

Having recently returned from Sri Lanka, early March 2017; we commenced our search for our 2018 holiday.

Having visited Penang during the early 90s, we decided we’d like to visit Malaysia again, although much older now, we were unsure which part to select.

With the help and advice from Malaysia DE on TA, Langkawi appeared to suit our requirements, research commenced.

Eventually, suitable flight timings from & to the UK with Emirates, we decided on Langkawi, flights booked, next, we researched accommodation

We prefer 5* hotel accommodation, although not on the doorstep, yet within walking distance of shops, bars & restaurants, it appeared Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort just off Pantai Cenang suited our requirements.

Following direct contact with the reservations department, I accepted the rate for 14 nights BB accommodation for 2 adults

May 2017, flights and hotel now booked.

So, our view and experience of Langkawi:

Our chosen hotel was nowhere near the standard we expected, we’ve posted our experience under the hotel review section on this site.

We did spend a large amount of time sunbathing within our resort; however, the following are attractions we visited:

Sky cab, although a well established “tourist attraction” well worth the visit, review to follow.

Art In Paradise, part of the cable car complex, we found it interesting to say the least, worth the visit.

Langkawi Craft Complex, decided to visit here on a day the heavens decided to open (thankfully, only once during our 14 night stay did it rain during the day) nice choice and quality in comparison to the tourist strip based at Pantai Cenang.

Dining, due to issues within our hotel, we decided the complex wasn’t worthy of further financial investment, so, decided to eat outside, couple of places we decided on, Orkid Ria just on the entrance to Pantai Cenang, previous research recommended this establishment, although a queue on arrival, and fully occupied inside, the queue soon diminished, and well worth the wait, we visited this establishment on 2 occasions, review to follow.

Taj Mahal, located in the middle of Pantai Cenang, we enjoyed our evening meal here, although somewhat noisy due to larger groups, second visit was a much more pleasant experience, review to follow.

We visited a number of “local” restaurants located well off the “tourist strip” and found the food to be as tasty as the well established restaurants we’d visited.

Where required, we travelled round mostly by Uber, we had no issue with this service or the drivers each time we requested a taxi, majority spoke English well.

We found the beer prices in the duty free shops exceptionally cheap

We visited a couple of night markets, consisting of food, general merchandise, and clothing, although after our 2nd visit, we soon realised each “night” market appeared the same.

Not once did we experience harassment from the stall holders located on the tourist strip, our “thanks, but no thanks” was always retuned with thank you.

From the many places we’ve visited around the globe, fallen in love with, and when suitable, revisited.

We enjoyed our 14 nights in Langkawi; its unfortunate the issues experienced at our hotel tarnished our holiday, therefore, I doubt we’ll return to Langkawi, this maybe the result of our hotel experience, however, I'd like to thank each and everyone, especially Langkawi DEs for your help and advice, creating a memorable experience with our holiday

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Hi WizWiz

Thank you for your just back report and sorry you were not happy with your hotel choice but that you enjoyed the rest of the island.

I hope this has not put you off from visiting the island again in the future.

Lesley

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Thanks wizwiz for the JBR. Always good to read them and useful info for future travelers.

Cheers

Sean

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Hi WizWiz, Thank You for your report.

We are researching our Christmas New Year 2018 Penang and Langkawi after having this one in Siem Reap and Hoi An. We are travelling with my 17 year old daughter Chelsea who has CP cannot walk and uses a Wheelchair.

I am sorry you had Hotel Issues, I too am struggling with making a choice where to stay. We normally like mid range but I have read some terrible reviews.

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Thanks for all your comments, hotel choice is very subjective, what suits one, won't necessarily suit another.

Kath, We noticed several what appeared from the outside, decent hotels along the "tourist strip" in the centre of Pantai Cenang

We've never encountered an issue with our hotel selection, until we encountered this particular GM.

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Hi,we will be staying in the same hotel very soon. What were the issues you had with it ? Did you eat breakfast elsewhere ?

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Una, main issues we experienced was hygiene in the CBA breakfast restaurant, in addition, customer service was not what one would expect from what's claimed to be 5*

Currently, my hotel review with photos is pending for publication.

If you decide on this hotel, plenty of restaurants within walking distance

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Will look out for it. We have a room only deal at the hotel and based on reviews we had already decided to eat our meals all elsewhere. We think we will sleep in the hotel and very little else. We got it as part of a package deal with Secret Escapes so not our choice of hotel.

Casa del Mar and Bon Ton resorts look like they have good restaurants and we will also try the local smaller places.

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Both Casa and Bon Ton do have lovely restaurants although they are expensive. You will probably find you need a taxi to get to Bon Ton as it is a good walk from Pantai Cenang.

Thirstday is another nice place to hang out, have a meal and a drink and watch the sunset.

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Thanks for sharing your report. It is a pity you booked 14 days in one place. Couldn't you have moved to somewhere else if you were not happy?

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TN007 >> Couldn't you have moved to somewhere else if you were not happy? <<

Yes, however, 7 days prior to departure, although we booked direct, the GM demanded and due to intimidation we paid up in advance, therefore, if we moved at our expense, we'd have lost the 7 days advance payment the hotel received.

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