To start with, let me say that we had a great family holiday on Langkawi at Federal Villa.
We were a group of four with myself, my wife and two children aged five and six. We paid $66AUD per night.
We were a little hesitant to stay at Federal Villa after reading a few of the negative reviews, however it was the only resort venue we could find in the area we wanted that would accomodate our family without costing significantly more or looking like a complete dump from the reviews. I am pleased to report that I had nothing to worry about.
I accept that some of the reviewers may have had some individual problems from time to time, but I suspect that some of the reviewers who complained about the actual rooms have unrealistic expectations of a three star room. Federal Villa makes no claim of providing anything other than a three star room and that is what we got, a clean comfortable, functional, air conditioned room that did the job expected of a room in this price range.
What made Federal Villa excellent value and a holiday to remember were the grounds and facilities (shared with Holiday Villa including checkin for those who are unaware). The gardens in which our room was situated were beautiful, only a short walk to the spectacular beach (pantai tengah). I actually preferred the spread out garden setting of Federal Villa to the more block like setting of Holiday Villa. The gardens were beautiful and peaceful, with noise never being an issue.
The Holiday Villa pool was spectacular, with swim up bar. The beach front was magnificent with beautiful views all around, and a beach bar as well. The prices at the beach and pool bars were more than what you would pay in town but really not all that much more considering that it was a hotel service. We didn't eat at the restaurant due to the cost of breakfast compared to Cactus restaurant across the road (more about this great restaurant in a minute).
Contrary to some reviews, Federal Villa isn't far away from the main tourist areas. Pantai Cenang is within walking distance, although a bit far for some. Instead a taxi any where along Patnai Tengah and up to Underwater world on Pantai Cenang is only RM6 and further distances not much more. Our most expensive taxi was RM26 to visit Kuah, even the airport was only RM20. Taxis were always available at Holiday Villa with the fixed prices clearly displayed to all locations on the island as was the case at all taxi ranks. Taxis do not have meters in Langkawi but all prices are fixed and fairly good value, all drivers we had were friendly and honest.
What we enjoyed the most were the number of restaurants within walking distance. We ate breakfast at Cactus every morning and never left unsatisfied. The food was beautiful, cheap and the service impeccable (including driving us back across the road to our resort during a downpour). As for lunch and dinner it was either Cactus or the many other options within a five minute walk. All were delicious and affordable.
Overall I would not hesitate in recommending Federal (Holiday) Villa to anyone who wants an affordable, family, beachfront resort holiday that is close to all the main attractions.
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- Also Known As:
- Federal Villa Langkawi Hotel Langkawi
- Federal Hotel Langkawi