It takes around 13 hours to fly to Kuala Lumpur from London, then a further hour to reach an island known as the Jewel of Kedah; Langkawi. It’s a tiresome voyage, but once you arrive, you’ll understand; some things are worth the wait.Situated ten minutes from Langkawi airport and tucked within a rainforest filled with hornbill birdsong, the Ritz Carlton resort is a sight for sore eyes. The five-star resort sprawls across one of the most prized locations on the island with views over sandy beaches, the Andaman Sea and Mount Machinchang. It took seven years to build this haven, and the signs of extra care and attention to detail are everywhere.One of the things that singles out the Ritz Carlton as a superior honeymoon hotel is its incredible spa, which is made up of over- water spheroid pods inspired by “bubu”, traditional fish traps used by Malay fishermen. Relax inside these sanctuaries and choose from world-class treatments, such as the Lulur Hammam Experience and Mandi Bunga Inspired Ritual, both tested by Khush Wedding. There are couple pods for those who wish to unwind side-by-side as well as a Hammam, Jacuzzi, steam and sauna rooms. No one would blame you if you spent your entire stay here, but then, you would miss the other amazing features of this luxury resort.
Newlywed nests don’t get swankier than the Ritz Carlton’s beach villa, which offers uninterrupted views of the Andaman. It’s spacious, with a private 34sqm-sized pool, outdoor living space and sun deck. The best feature is its direct access to a beautiful sandy white beach, just steps from your villa. Really, what could be dreamier than that?When the outdoor views are this cinematically pleasing (thanks in no small part to the surrounding 10 million-year-old rainforest and the hypnotising blue of the Andaman Sea), it would be borderline criminal to shut it out. Thankfully the accommodation options at this stunning Langkawi beach resort are all geared to blur the boundary between the indoors and out. Think floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls, private terraces and individual swimming pools for a seamless living experience on this paradise island. Fancy watching monkeys at play during breakfast? Choose a room, suite or villa in the rainforest. But if you’d prefer to watch the sun sink into the ocean every night, there are plenty of options by the water’s edge.
The Mutiara Villa offers a six-person occupancy, perfect for couples planning a special break with close friends, or brides-to-be who want to throw the hen party of legends. Backed by lush rainforests, a private beach and two infinity pools, decadent amenities and butler service, this is one to do everyone will want to attend.
Hotel Ritz Carlton Langkawi
Where: Langkawi, Malaysia
As seen in Khush Wedding Autumn Winter 2018 KW20. Buy this issue here