After a few hectic days in Kuala Lumpur, I swapped hustle and bustle for rest and relaxation on the idyllic island of Langkawi (just a short flight from the capital). My chosen retreat was The Danna – a luxury five-star resort nestled between lush forests on one side and golden sands on the other. On arrival at the resort I was impressed by the colonial inspired architecture, it’s a beautiful building with stunning decor, but it was the warm welcome that really made me feel at home.
During my stay I could mainly be found relaxing by the pool or strolling the sands of the beach. I also visited the spa which I would highly recommend – there was an offer for a pampering package which was too good to pass up meaning I actually had three treatments during my stay for a very reasonable price… well why not when you are on holiday?!
The accommodation was lovely and very well-appointed – I had a wonderful outlook over the pool and sea from a Viceroy Seaview Room. On my final evening I was lucky enough to experience a stay in a Princess Beach Villa – an exquisite one-bedroom villa with it’s own infinity pool and direct access to the beach. Needless to say this was the highlight of my stay and exuded luxury on every level.
I stayed on a bed and breakfast basis, and the breakfast in Planters (an opulent dining room) was delicious – plenty of choice, and for that extra touch of luxury a complimentary glass of fizz was on hand should you wish to start the day off with a treat! There were two other restaurants – The Terrace which served classic Italian dishes, and Straits & Co – which unfortunately I didn’t get to try.
Just outside the hotel there is a small harbour with a handful of restaurants which in my opinion were just ok. Or a short taxi ride (costing small change) will take you to the town centre of Langkawi where there are shops, bars and restaurants. If you’re looking for some adventure on your holiday then the Langkawi Cable Car and Skybridge is also nearby, but I was too busy soaking up the sun!