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Senari Bay Resort
Ranked #10 of 141 Langkawi B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Peaceful, friendly, no-frills, clean”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2012

I was in Langkawi for a retreat with Yoga Now, and got a room to myself. It was well-sized, had a functional shower/toilet, a desk with kettle and cups/glasses, fridge and TV (didn't turn it on though as I was not interested in television). There was airconditioning, but I really adored the option of leaving the windows open and switching on the fan instead.

The owners and employees of the resort are very courteous and warm, always asking me how I was, where I was going, and if there was anything they can do to help. I asked for a hairdryer and got it immediately.

Wifi is available but not stable at all parts of the resort, so surfing at the front desk is your best bet. Owner was concerned about the signal issue though, and did something to strengthen the signal soon after my feedback.

The bay is quiet and sunsets are beautiful. Go onto the sand, and you will see thousands of tiny little sand-colored crabs trying to escape from you. Lovely.

Toiletries are not provided, though they have big towels and soap. Bring your own toothbrush etc.

A wonderful choice for those who can accept resort/chalet style of accommodation (no room service). There are two eating places within walking distance - a Tapaz restaurant with buffet (closed on Tuesdays) and a local fisherman stall (need a few Malay words and a whole lots of charades) that serves wonderful bargain steamed fish and seafood freshly hauled in by the local fishermen who sit around cheerily chatting over kopi and a smoke. Ask those at the Resort and they will tell you where it is.

However, if you are the sort who prefers room service, needs a posh restaurant around the corner, and does not welcome the occasional insect/gecko in your room, this is not for you.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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3 Thank Clara T
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2011

We got a corner room where we own almost the whole private beach. The room is clean and many of its furniture are hand crafted by the owner. The family run resort is clean and it is out of Cenang beach yet it is close.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2011

We discovered Senari Bay Resort through Yoga Now (www.yoganowmalaysia.com) with whom we were to partake in a yoga retreat. They recommended we stay here. As we were in the area for 7 days, we thought we'd take a chance on the resort and stay there throughout. It was just fantastic! Ever so relaxing! Hosts, Mangsor and Ida, were just sweethearts and willing to help us out with any requests or questions.The location is about 15 minutes walking distance from the main strip - however - this means a very relaxing and quiet living area. Motorbikes are easily rentable from the resort, we actually rented a motorbike for about 4 days of our stay to get us out and about. Otherwise, we found it quite nice to do the 15 minute walk. The bay has a beach but we found it more relaxing as part of the sneery, where we could lay in the sun and read. We like some action and so, we walked to Pantai Cenang to the main beach. The bay is totally swimmable though! Rooms are clean, simple, no fluff. No tv. They do have AC. We found it great value for price in a highly touristy area. We also were able to organize day trips through our hosts without any issues and we also had a BBQ dinner with them and this was our most favourite activity : fish, squid, chicken, satay, beef, rice, many a dessert! It was fantastic and gave us time to chat with our hosts. We'd definitely return!

Room Tip: I rated 'swimming pool' as Excellent - but it is a bay in the ocean!
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Milton Keynes
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2011

Twelve spacious rooms with sea views onto a private beach. At first we were a little concerned that Senari Bay was a little too far away from the town but actually it was fine. The owner organised a scooter for us but if you took the shortcut across the bridge it was only a 15 minute walk to bars and restaurant.

We loved our room which was spotlessly clean and had everything that we needed. Owner and his wife very helpful with general advice, scooter hire and organising us a taxi to the ferry. We stayed in low season and only one other room was occupied so it really felt like we had the whole resort to ourselves. Free Wi-Fi connection is room was a real bonus. Great resort, good value for money and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SerialBlogger
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Achill
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2011

Stayed for one night and the staff were lovey and sweet. Only charging half the fee for renting a motorbike. The price was reasonable but the private beach was littered with rubbish and dangerous rusty metal beams. The location is lovely, down off the road, about 20 min walk from the main area of shops, restaurants and chenang beach. Located beside a pretty lagoon and an inlet of local fishing boats though it didn't seem possible to enjoy the lagoon, eat or drink or do much else. The room was basic but large with a good shower and airconditiong, a really hard bed but god for the price. Effort was clearly going into keeping the grounds clean and tidy, it's just a shame that the beach area was so neglected.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Christofj
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netherlands
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

We stayed in this accommodation for 2 days. This private complex consists out of 12 rooms. The place has a private beach and everything is very well maintained. As we understood the owner and his wife have built the place themselves out of recycled matierail. Very impressive to hear about that. The rooms are basic but fit our needs. They even had airconditioning and were very clean. It is true that the bed sleeps like a rock but... we survived the 2 days. Upon arrival they arranged scooters for us which was a great way to explore the island. Breakfast possibilities within a few kilometres, on our scooter it took us some 5 minutes to get to a busy area full of restaurants and shops. Very nice! If you like privacy but with all amenities within walking or scooter distance then this is the place to be. They even have free WIFI.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank happyhollllliday
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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

Very clean and quiet place.
The owners were very friendly and helpful - I rented a scooter from them for the duration of my stay and they didn't even ask for a license/ID!
The place is out of the main township - it's walking distance (albeit a decent walk) if walking down the beach, but a bit dark if walking back that way. Which didn't phase me as a guy, and I felt safe the whole time there, but might not feel the same if you're a single girl.
It's a bit far to walk following the main road, hence the scooter, which is the ideal way to travel - cheap and easy. Drivers in Langkawi are in general very considerate and quite slow, so riding a scoot is easy and pretty safe, and a good way to see the town and country. Watch out for the bugs though - at 80km/h and no windscreen they hit with quite a splat!
When I stayed the place was mostly empty so felt like i had it nearly to myself. Ideal for reading a book and relaxing.. it might be too quiet for those wanting to meet lots of people or socialise a lot, but it's easy enough to go into town to one of the friendly bars if you want to socialise.
Several of the people staying there were doing the yoga retreat with Mark and Meg Foong (as I was), which meant they were very relaxed and down to earth types.

All up, a highly recommended spot.. if/when I get back to Langkawi, I'd go back for sure.

One thing - I arrived Friday night and there wasn't much available by way of food close by, so i ate at the local stall across the road which was OK (genuine and cheap). Next time I'd just walk the beach to one of the restaurants in the Langkawi township and get a taxi back, but that's not evident at night when you've just arrived.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Andrew H
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Property: Senari Bay Resort
Address: Jalan Pantai Cenang | Mk. Kedawang, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
Amenities:
Beach
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Ranked #10 of 141 B&Bs / Inns in Langkawi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Senari Bay Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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