the Holiday Villa is the more expensive property that shares a location with the Federal Villa - I stayed at both on a recent trip.
the property is gorgeous as are the grounds - despite the fact that a big chunk of the land in between the pool and the beach is under construction. a sign says they are building an infinity pool. which seems ridiculous considering the current pool is gorgeous.
but I digress.
the Federal Villa is the cheaper place - they share the pool, beach, restaurants, bars, etc. the rooms are nice enough - bathrooms are not good, but there is a flushing toilet and toilet paper so I was happy enough. On a scale of 1 to 10 re: cleanliness, I'd give it a 5 or 6. I have certainly seen worse, but it was not great. and it was carpet (yuck).
the Holiday Villa is not as much as a hike from the amenities - the room I had was a proper US 3 star hotel. it had a balcony which was nice - but the furniture was old, the bathroom was not as bad as in the federal villa, but the bathtub didn't drain. but it was clean - so points. I'd stay there again.
the reason I am not wild about this property is because I felt a bit scammed by the front desk. I paid $58US/night at the federal villa for one night. When I asked to extend two nights, the front desk said it was sold out and offered a discounted rate of $100US for the fancier Holiday Villa.
now I know that hotels sell blocks of rooms to websites like hotels.com and expedia.com, but I later saw on their own website they had availability. soooo, I wasn't too happy about that, but the Holiday Villa was worth the extra $40/night, I felt. so no big deal.
the hotel is in a great location - lots of restaurants nearby to chose from, including the lovely Cactus across the street (they might be the nicest people I have ever met there - the Holiday Villa is worth it just to go to this restaurant/bar). the food was solid, the beer was cheap, the wifi was free, and the staff was easy to fall in love with. they taught us Malay and gave us free samples of Durian Fruit and Hairy Eggs!
I digress again...
the hotel is also across from many car rental places (do cruise around the island - waterfalls, empty beaches, great food and no cab pressure)...massage parlors, and food/drink. I did not go to the restaurants on site - but did go to the beach bar and inside bar - both were average at best.
but the beach is a stellar place to watch the sunset. breath taking. worth the price of admission.
overall, the hotel was worth it, I think - if you're on a budget, certainly the Federal Villa is acceptable. if you want to live it up marginally, the Holiday Villa is a bit nicer.
I'd go back. it's better than spending $400 at the Four Seasons.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This enchanting 4-star picturesque resort is sprawled over 13 acres of land, fronting on one of Langkawi island's finest beach, Pantai Tengah. Here, our 258 guest rooms and suites range from the simple elegance to the truly extravagant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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