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Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi
Ranked #9 of 103 Hotels in Langkawi
Certificate of Excellence
Guildford, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“beautiful resort, just make sure the location suits you”
Reviewed 9 February 2010

The rebak resort is certainly a great resort to stay at, for reasons I list below. I think the point to emphasise first though is around the location. Being located on it's own island, you're at the mercy of a ferry schedule, and then at the mercy of taxi drivers at the other end who know you have little option but to take them to go on trips or out for dinner. On the other hand, if you're after seclusion and pure relaxation then this is ideal. Although we're of the former disposition, given the great value of the place we found I'm still happy with our choice.

A few positives/areas for improvement:

+ Very helpful, friendly service from every single member of staff throughout our 5 night stay. A few 'stars' around who were good for conversation and anticipated what we were after right away.
- It would have been even better to have more 'stars', as although very friendly and utterly determined to be helpful, many of the staff just didn't have strong enough English language skills to deal with more complicated requests (noticeable especially at meals, any special requests or altering our order made for a bit of a chore).

+ our room was excellent, not at all tired, real 5* quality (e.g. his and hers sink, very spacious bathroom, walk in shower). Was very clean, and was cleaned superbly every day.
+ As long as you request it, you can get wireless internet within reach of your room - this was great for me as I'm an addict - although it is very slow - but just very happy to have it in Langkawi

+ Breakfast was very good, as others have mentioned
- The rest of the food was good, but overpriced i feel due to the absence of any competition on the island e.g. MYR45 (£9) + 10% svc for beef rendang, which can be easily had for MYR15 (£3) in a restaurant on the mainland.
- I was surprised to be disappointed by the cocktails - they're actually well priced, especially at happy hour, look very good but then taste very watered down - none of them had any 'kick' whatsoever, even when I asked for them to be made strong. In one instance, I saw half of my tumbler being filled with rum, half with coke - and yet still I could barely taste a hint of rum! That was just our experience anyway. My benchmark on our holiday in Asia incidentally had to be the Traders skybar in KL - 'deluxe margherita'there is magnificent

+ Really beautiful resort, very well kept grounds, great pool, tennis, table tennis, pool table available.

+Finally, I think it's only fair to review in the context of the price paid - we paid £63 a night through Expedia (don't book through the hotel's own website), which compared to other 5* hotels on Langkawi is very cheap indeed - For this price, the resort is absolutely excellent value, just do price in the cost of lots of taxis or relatively expensive food and drink before you make your decision.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2010

Totally awesome place!Great staff!Amazing for vegetarian Indians!Dont miss the romantic dinner on the beach!Unbeatable location and world class service!

Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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SamirGM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi, responded to this review, 9 February 2010
Thank you for your review. It is a pleasure to know you enjoyed your Honeymoon at Rebak Island. We have shared your compliments with our Chef. Look forward to seeing you for your anniversary at Rebak Island. Best wishes. Samir.
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Reviewed 3 February 2010

taj as always delighted me and my wife with amasing servcie quality. every person you meet here displays the unparallel servcice sytandrads. rebak taj is located in beautiful pvt island REbak. the movment u reach Taj u will understand this place is quite famous with sailors.

i stayed i delux sea facing room, must say rooms are spacious and luxurious. activites advised by the hotel are worth trying as they are best in town ..... we went for water sports, magroove tour, and snorkekking tour,,, taj outsourced this activites to local tour operators must say they where through proffesional and made sure our money is worth spending...

what makes taj different from others is thier service standards. every one make sure u have a memorable time. though i know it wont be fair to thank any one in particular but i must mention following people whom we thought we must mention as they where better than best.
lobby mgr Mr lopez, our friend in bar Adi, chef micheal, or house keeping man cant recolloect his name....,,,, al the interns they where really sweet and highly motivated.......

while breakfast offered can be better, in house spa is not recommendable.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2010

Lovely island and spacious accomodation but lack of activites on the isalnd so u have to take the free ferry back to the main island (where you then had to take a taxi as the jetty is the in the middle of no-where) The last service to get back was around 7pm.

We had a few problems with the room, mainly as it seemed there was a limited number of electrical devices that could be used at any one time, so we had to keep calling the electrician to swtich between the TV and kettle. Room service for ice was also very slow.

They had free cycles for use but most were in poor cponditions, the brakes were dodgy and they only had a single gear, the seats also dodn't adjust but as the resort is so small, you could cycle around in 10 mins.

The swimming pool was large, but it was nenxt to ehbeatiful sand beach ... so spoilt for choice. The staff was very helpful and freindly. A romanitic getaway for couples but too quite if travelling alone.

The only other gripe is the restaurant food was at best, average but the prices were extremely high, esp for malaysia. All itmes were 5-10 times the price the local price on the mainland. That was the onloy place you could eat so book HB otherwise you'll be stung at the end of your stay!

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2010

this is a great hotel the staff are friendly and the room we had was big, comfortable and had sea views . the breakfast was one of the best i have had at any resort, lots of options and all fresh and hot . the one problem i had with the resort is having to plan ur day around the ferry service to the mainland it goes at irregular times and we found ourselves waiting for the ferry quite a lot which wasted our time. if you just want to relax on the island at the resort this would be great but all the nice restaurants and things to do are on the mainland . you can book your activities from the resort but everything is 2 to 3 times the price. the resort offered us the island hopping tour they charge $75 per person we paid $25 on the mainland and we were on the same tour as other people at the resort. it was the same with food , it was a very nice restaurant at the resort but there were lots of awesome restaurants on the mainland that were 2 to 3 times cheaper . if you were to stay at the resort i would recommend hiring a car on the mainland and parking it at the marina as the taxi charge you 20r for a lift in to town and a car only costed 75r ($20aud) a day . we would have been better off staying at the pelangi beach resort where i stayed a few years back it is a much better position and just as good resort if not better

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2010

I have just returned from a 6 night stay at the Rebak Resort with my partner. Overall the stay was excellent. I had booked a deluxe sea view room which was ideal; very large and roomy with a great bathroom and magnificent views, everything was perfect. The food at the resort was excellent, not cheap by Malay standards for lunch and dinner but of very high quality. The executive chef Kumar ensured of this and kudos to him. The cleanliness of the resort was very good and such an idyllic and romantic setting and ideal for some well earned rest and recuperation.

Apart from Kumar, I would like to mention how friendly the other staff were, Reggie, Michael and Lopez stood out for their friendliness, attentiveness and professionalism, the Rebak management should be very proud of these 4 and I look forward to spending more time with them in the future.

Andi & Nichola

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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SamirGM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi, responded to this review, 27 January 2010
Dear Nichola and Andi, Thank you for the review.It is a pleasure to know you enjoyed the stay at Rebak Island. I have shared your compliments with Chef Kumar, Lopez, Michael and Reggie.They are our stars of Rebak Island. Best wishes. Samir
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Finland
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Reviewed 24 January 2010

This hotel on an island is perfect for honeymooners. I was there with a friend and we got a lot of strange looks and questions about are we a couple. Everyone - and I mean everyone - there is a couple in love or at honeymoon. Romantic activities, great rooms, over-friendly staff and romantic dinners at the beach.

I don't know if they gave us a poor room because we were young and usually people think they can treat young people however they want, but the first room we got was full of insects, our towels and bedclothes were dirty and the roof was leaking! After complaining we got another room.

The free boat between Rebak Island and the main island of Langkawi travels a 15-minute trip every 2 hours. The last boat leaves Langkawi at 10:30 pm so if you want to experience any nightlife, Rebak Island isn't for you.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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SamirGM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi, responded to this review, 24 January 2010
Thank you for your recommendation and review. Our House Keeping Team has been briefed about your feedback and we will look into taking corrective actions at our end. Best wishes. Samir
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Property: Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi
Address: P.O. Box 125 Kuah, Langkawi 07007, Malaysia
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Region: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #9 of 103 Hotels in Langkawi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island, Langkawi 5*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a 5 Star Private Island Resort, off Langkawi. The journey to this property takes 20 minutes by ground transfer from Langkawi Airport to Port Cenang and 7 Minutes boat ride from Port Cenang to Rebak Island. The resort is located adjacent to the only fully equipped private island marina in Malaysia. Our Exotic Rebak Motifs are Nature Trails, Jungle Walks, Moon Deck Dining,Batik Painting, Mangrove Tours and Sunset Cruise. ... more   less 
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