>ARRIVING at Tanjung Rhu Resort Langkawi is an experience in itself. As soon as you arrive, someone is waiting to welcome you and to escort you to your room for personalised check-in formalities.
Soothing music is heard when your room door is opened and a cold drink is served, together with a wet face towel for you to freshen up. Impressive you may think. Well, get ready for more to come.
Comfortable though your room may be, do not simply stay there and enjoy its comforts - there is so much to see and do here.
Strategically located to take full advantage of the crystal clear Andaman Sea on Langkawi's northern coastline, this rustic resort offers guests fabulous view of the surrounding islands that make up part of the Kilim Geopark.
A good tip to remember is to make a mental note of the time when the tide would be at its lowest because a sandy strip appears as if by magic when the water subsides. Resort guests use this temporary walkway to get to two nearby offshore islands and explore the exposed seabed. But do not linger too long - you must return before the tide turns!
The resort is set on a 2.5km stretch of white sandy beach where you can take a walk in the early morning and enjoy the glorious sunrise.
Take a dip in the sea or in one of the resort's three luxurious pools. One of these pools is filled with saltwater right from the Andaman Sea, complete with a tiny strip of sand for sunbathers who want to be close to the comforts of the resort.
Compared with most other five-star establishments, the rooms here are very spacious, tastefully decorated with wooden antiques and a warm colour combination. Accommodation choices come with a choice of sea, garden or pool views.
There is a wide range of dining experiences. Enjoy a romantic beach barbecue under the stars, al fresco dining by the sea or a memorable sunset cruise dinner.
At the Saffron, nibble on tapas and indulge in main courses. You have the option of dining in air-conditioned comfort indoors or to enjoy the cool sea breeze outside with a view of sea and islands in the distant.
There is a variety of holiday packages available. The all-inclusive package (all meals and non-alcoholic beverages at any of the resort's F&B outlets, including in-room dining and return transfer from the Langkawi International Airport) is popular. Just add an extra RM350 to the room rates to enjoy this additional privilege.
Just a stone's throw away is Tanjung Rhu Village
where you can enjoy local delicacies and shop for local products and handicraft. Don't forget to register for the Nature Walk - specifically request for a trip to Pulau Tok Umai, near Tanjung Rhu Jetty. There you can see Archer Fish shooting down their prey, remnants of an anchovy factory, moulting cicadas and fruiting cashew trees!
|Relax with a book over a cup of English tea and hot scones in the Reading Room.
Tanjung Rhu Resort Langkawi, Mukim Ayer Hangat, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah. Tel: 04-959 1033; Fax: 04-959 1899
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.tanjungrhu.com.my
From Kuah Jetty, go north towards Tanjung Rhu. Along the way you will pass Gunung Raya Golf and Country Club, Galeria Perdana and the Ayer Hangat roundabout. Follow the sign that leads to Tanjung Rhu. The resort is a mere 5-minute drive from the roundabout. It's 20 minutes from the Langkawi International Airport.
Views of the Andaman Sea and the Kilim Geopark as well as exposed seabed at low tide when guests can collect edible shellfish and walk to nearby islands.
Lots of greenery. Most guests prefer the garden walk to see flora and fauna close to the resort. Nature walk to nearby Pulau Tok Umai is another attraction.
Tranquil, very private and suitable for a peaceful holiday.
The suites are big with four different categories of tastefully furnished guest accommodations (Damai, Cahaya, Bayu and Anjung), complete with more than the basic amenities such as superior coffee making machine, refrigerator and full flat screen television sets with cable network services.
RM1,400 (Damai Suite with garden courtyard view), RM1,500 (Cahaya Suite with garden view), RM1,600 (Bayu Suria Suite with either pool or garden view), RM1,800 (Bayu Senja Suite with sea-facing view) and RM2,800 (Anjung Suite with a choice of either garden, pool or sea-facing view).
Rates include breakfast and return transfer from the airport.
For the all-inclusive package, pay an additional RM350 (for two adults) to enjoy unlimited meals and non-alcoholic beverages at any of the resort's F&B outlets and in-room dining.
Warm and friendly.
The Rhu offers East-meets-West seafood. Chef Mahmad Anuar Othman whips up signature dishes like Thai Seafood Pancake, Canadian Lobster Cream Soup and Warm Chocolate Ginger Pudding. A string quartet serenades from 6.30pm to 11pm.
Listen to the in-house band at Sands Poolside while enjoying a variety of beers, mocktails, cocktails, wines and champagne. Open daily from 8pm to 1am.
The JivaRhu Spa offers massage, foot reflexology and body scrubs. Each of the eight single and four double occupancy treatment villas has its own signature theme from specially designed soothing music to aromatherapy preferences.
The Pavilion Meeting Room seats 45-100 participants (theatre-style) with teleconferencing and state-of-the-art audiovisual facilities.
Other facilities include Internet Business Centre and the Artisan Hut where guests can participate in batik printing and wood carving activities or buy unique designs produced and sold only in the resort.
PLACES WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE
Tanjung Rhu Village for traditional handicraft and local food like nasi lemak and nasi goreng. At Tanjung Rhu Jetty, hire a boat to go to the Kilim Geopark to see unique rock formations as well as visit fish farms, caves and watch eagles.