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Berjaya Langkawi Resort - Malaysia
Ranked #12 of 103 Hotels in Langkawi
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Manchester
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“A Great Place, but...”
Reviewed 30 May 2013

This is a great place to visit for a few days, but pick your time of year. When we were planning our trip to Langkawi we received various advice re the time of the rainy season. One Langkawi website will tell you that Langkawi doesn't have a rainy season. Another source will tell you that it rains from November to April. Yet another will tell you that it rains for a few hours every 3 days.
What we have gathered to be close to accurate is that it will rain every few days from mid-May to mid-June, but the wettest time is November, when it has monsoon conditions. It is at its hottest in January, February, March. Its at its busiest in January & February, and March & April and early May are possibly good times to visit. June, July can be busy but with local holidays. That's what we've been told.......but can't guarantee it! Anyway, the Berjaya is a great place to visit. Don't be put off by the busy reception area, as once you get to your chalet the strains and human noises disappear. We opted for a studio chalet in the rainforest and the sights and the sounds were wonderful. Monkeys, lizards, flying squirrels, hornbills and incredible insect noises. At first we were overwhelmed by the sound in the rainforest but it wears off!
A fleet of free shuttle buses move you to different locations within the resort. Across the entire site It has 5 restaurants, a spa, beach café, cheap motorcycle or car rental. During our stay we found the food to be fantastic and varied. The staff are, without doubt, some of the most pleasant people we have ever met anywhere in the world; very helpful, patient and kind.
At the time of writing (May 2013) the hotel next to the Berjaya has been demolished with extreme violence, in that the debris hasn't been collected. It is as though it has been knocked down with an element of malice!! If you walk about a quarter of a mile along the beach away from the Berjaya you will come across lumps of concrete and iron pilings and other debris obstructing your way. It doesn't spoil your holiday, but it can spoil a mornings walk.
Near the Berjaya is the Oriental Village, which has a Zon Duty Free shop for cheap booze and snacks etc; a great place to get stuff for the evenings when you sit on your balcony in the rainforest. Other than that the Oriental Village is a rather tatty tourist attraction with the usual dull shops. At the Berjaya you can rent a motorbike for £15 a day, but at the Oriental village you'll be charged £80 for a 15 minute elephant ride!
The nature walks and jungle treks (bookable from Dev's Tours in reception) are great value and very informative; the jungle trek starts at dusk and so ends in darkness -- a real memorable trip.
The Island Hopping trip (arranged with some other company via the hotel) was less impressive. It basically consisted of -
Get put on a mini-bus at the hotel -- nobody speaks;
Get driven down the west coast (whilst nobody speaks) to a jetty and shops which have seen better days and a toilet which has never seen bleach.
Look askance at your (unknown and previously silent) fellow travellers as the mini-bus leaves you in this location.
Bond nervously with your fellow travellers as you question what is going on.
Get herded down the jetty (without explanation) and board a fibre-glass fishing boat with monstrous outboard motor.
Choke on the emissions of about 30 other outboard motors.
Hurtle at immense, break-neck speed across the bay to an island. Nobody speaks, its too loud and fast. There is no guide to tell you where you are going, what you are seeing, etc.
Arrive at an island and disembark with the order '1 hour' being shouted by the boatman.
Follow all the other bewildered people up a steep path, then down a steep path, jump in a lake (seemed obligatory) and then go up a steep path and down a steep path and back to the boat.
Hurtle at immense, break-neck speed across the bay to another island. Nobody speaks, its too loud and fast. There is no guide to tell you etc etc.
Arrive at the second island and disembark with the order '1 hour' being shouted by the boatman. Go and stand on a hot beach for an hour and watch monkeys steal food from people's bags. Consider the sequence of events which brought you to this place, and wonder what crime you committed to deserve such punishment.
Go back to the boat and hurtle at immense, break-neck speed across the bay back to the decaying jetty. Nobody speaks, as it's now over and too late to ask questions.
We asked some people who had paid more for the jet-ski version if they had learnt anything from the day -- 'Not really'. Again there had been no guide or information provided.
Other than that dismaying approach to tourism, the time at the Berjaya was great. The beach is immaculate and quiet and the rainforest is an adventure. One way to improve would be for the hotel to use electric or hybrid vehicles on site to reduce carbon emissions, and perhaps all visitors should suggest this.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

If ur in Berjaya .. ur far away from the main hub of the city .. the so called "cenang beach" .. but did we care.. Not at all .. firstly cos berjaya in itself needs to be explored .. secondly cos nothing happens in cenang anyways.
What awaits you at berjaya .. a stay on the sea view chalet .. large landscape.. a small town in itself.. the feeling of being taken around in one of those carts right to your chalet (we never had to wait for more then 5 mins). Its a perfect place for couples and families ..not sure u wud wanna be there with a group of friends though... has a private beach with ample number of lounge chairs .. an amazing pool with a bar in the pool .. you can jet shi within berjaya itself although it costs twice as much as the prices in cenang (but u wud end up paying that much for transport upto cenang) ..
On the flip side .. No personal touch here .. its like walking into some office where the employees just nod! .. food is expensive.. a sumptous meal anywhere else could match upto just a portion here .. the restaurants close really early .. around 11pm .. except for the one in the lobby .. so u cant really be by the sea and have ur lobsters post 11pm .. We had hired a car for a 3 day stay here and drove all around langkawi (nasi kandar near cenang .. is the best place to eat in terms of quality and price)
But having said that .. the rooms.. the decor of the place .. made the berjaya experience worth while ..

Room Tip: Go for a sea view chalet .. if u find that expensive .. just request for a upgrade for one day!
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Ivybridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

We arrived here after a long flight, we were shown to a little Villa on stilts in the noisy jungle, great if your a nature fan like me. We have seen many animals and creatures from our little balcony whilst drinking a glass of wine. The pristine beach is a few hundred meters away with views that you only get in brochures. The local Oriental Village is where you can catch the cable car to the top of the island and then do some shopping and enjoy the local cuisine.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Chatteris, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

I adored this hotel, it was so beautiful! the swimming pool was amazing and the beach was so clean too. The resort is huge, but there are always little taxis to take you where ever you want to go. The restaurant on the beach was by far our favourite, the curries there were the nicest I have ever had - so full of flavour.
The only downside for me was that the bed was too hard. However my husband loved it, so I guess thats personal choice. Also the decking could get quite slippy when it rained.
This was the 2nd hotel we stayed in on our honeymoon, but by far our favourite

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

The Berjaya is a nice little resort tucked away in a quiet part of Langkawi. Great to stay here if you are after a quiet romantic getaway and not do much else. The jungle view apartment was nice, and free of insects inside the room. The interior of the rooms are amazing, very clean and well presented. The restaruant on site is a little ordinary. The pool was great with the swim up bar and the cocktails were amazing. Be sure to check out the Thai restaraunt on the water. The food was great and the live band that comes to sing at your table were awesome! The berjaya is definately a place to stay when visiting Langkawi.

Room Tip: Beach view or jungle view are both amazing. You cant go wrong.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

This place is soooo amazing its located in a great place, i went on my honeymoon here, i am well traveled but here by far was the best. I sometimes find that some hotels can over charge when your in a very remote area but the berjaya were spot on, they organised all our trip without ripping us off. great

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

We stayed in the Junior Chalet on Water. It was a villa on stilts over the water. The view in front of you is the sea and the horizon, simply beautiful!

A shuttle ride is provided to bring you from the hotel reception to your room. This means that every room is privately situated away from each other but it does require you to head out a little earlier than you plan as the shuttle travels around the entire resort to pick other guests to the reception. Do bring your own umbrella or ask reception for one when you check in as you have to walk out from your villa on a path to the 'road' to await the shuttle on a rainy day.

Breakfast is also served at 2 restaurants. One is situated at the main lobby, the other is just further around the pool and in front of the beach. Perhaps it was peak season when I visited but the restaurant at the lobby was always crowded for breakfast. You may wish to just head straight to the other beach front restaurant to avoid the crowd. Breakfast is also vegetarian friendly and they provided a rather good variety (though it was the same variety daily).

The resort is situated about 15-20 mins away from Pandai Cenang and Tengah which costs you around RM26 for a cab ride. It also involves travelling around a spirally round (which gave me motion sickness!) each time you want to head to Cenang or Tengah for spa or shopping, or even to the airport! The airport transfer is also rather expensive.

Overall, the resort is beautiful and I give it one star less due to the transportation inconvenience.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Berjaya Langkawi Resort - Malaysia
Address: | Burau Bay, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Langkawi
#11 Luxury Hotel in Langkawi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Berjaya Langkawi Resort - Malaysia 5*
Number of rooms: 350
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Home to Unesco's World GeoPark, discover the island said to have inspired love and miracles. Cocooned within a rainforest sanctuary, Berjaya Langkawi Resort embraces boundless views of emerald waters and green-cushioned mountains. With an array of convention facilities and inspired spa treatments complemented with heartfelt services, moments are filled with a sense of natural connection and harmonious retreat. ... more   less 
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