So you’ve decided to visit Langkawi with kids. Congratulations! You have made an awesome decision! Langkawi is amazingly picturesque, fiercely unique and jam packed with awesome things to do and places to stay. If you are looking for somewhere that is family friendly and budget friendly, yet still comfortable and spacious, on this often expensive island, then Century Langkawi Beach Resort could be the place for you!
A breezy ten minute drive from Langkawi International Airport, Century Langkawi Resort is located on the west coast of Langkawi atop an idyllic stretch of private beach. The resort is only a short drive to Pantai Kok Beach, Langkawi Beach, the Oriental Village, Langkawi Cable Car and the beautiful 7 Wells Waterfall.
Spread out over 38 acres of lush tropical gardens, Century Langkawi Beach Resort offers 238 rooms and suites. These include superior rooms, garden view rooms, partial sea view rooms, sea front rooms and executive suites. All rooms come with air-conditioning, TV and private balcony. Wi-fi is only available in the lobby.
We stayed in a 52m² Sea Front room which contained two king beds and with an additional rollaway bed set up to accommodate our large family. There was a separate bath and shower and positioned beside the bathtub was a window with concertina doors opening out to the living area. Considering that it was just one room housing all of the beds as well as a sofa and desk, we were very pleased at just how spacious and open it all was. French doors open out to a private balcony complete with table, chairs, daybed and a beatiful tree-filtered ocean view. The rooms, while clean, comfortable and spacious, are a little dated. Not neccessarliy a bad thing when you are staying with kids though.
A large restaurant situated next to the lobby serves up a daily buffet breakfast as well as offering an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner. While there was a good variety of food at breakfast, including a selection of Malaysian and Western breakfast dishes, bakery items, fresh fruits, cereals, tea, coffee and juice, the quality of the food was fairly average. We chose not to eat lunch or dinner in the restaurant, instead opting to head out. We had lunch at roadside stalls and restaurants a short drive away, and dinner at the amazing night markets which are held every night at varying locations around the island.
This was our favourite place to be during our stay and it’s safe to say we spent many hours in this gorgeous pool. With the beach only a few metres away, the infinity pool looks directly out onto it and the view is just incredible! There is a swim up bar which not only serves delicious cocktails and snacks, but also a variety of ice-creams to keep the kids happy. Sun lounges line the perimeter of the pool and an additional children’s pool can be found nearby.
There is a lovely stretch of private beach directly down from the infinity pool. It is the perfect spot for the kids to have a play and it makes for some truly stunning photos. Be warned though, jellyfish are not uncommon in these waters so swimming should be avoided.
This was another of our children’s favourite spots in the resort. Nestled amongst the gardens, just up from the beach, is a volleyball court. While our kids enjoyed playing themselves, they had just as much fun being spectators. Staff members would come for a game after their shift and the kids would happily sit watching. The absolute highlight for our kids was when they were invited to join in! So sweet of the boys to include them. They even picked up the little ones to help them reach over the net!
With the resort being so large, sitting on a generous 38 acres of well maintained tropical gardens, it is quite a distance from the lobby and car park to the guest rooms. For this reason, buggy’s driven by staff run continuously and you can either hop straight on at reception or call for one from your room. Be warned – the grounds are quite hilly and they do go fast so you may want to hold on tight (don’t worry – the drivers have it down to a fine art)!
The resort is somewhat secluded, in that there is not really anything nearby (shops, restaurants etc) within walking distance. Drivers are available at the resort, for a charge, which is great for heading out somewhere, but not always for returning. With public transport almost non-existent in Langkawi your main options are to either hire a car or catch taxi’s. Car hire on the island is generally reasonably priced, but shop around, as it is not uncommon for tourists to be overcharged. Taxi’s can be a cheap alternative and can be pre-ordered at the lobby.
Our Final Verdict
A combination of family friendly rooms, budget friendly rates and a picturesque beach frontage, make Century Langkawi Beach Resort a great place for families to stay in Langkawi. The staff were friendly and accommodating, the grounds made for a great place to explore and play, and that million dollar pool view and stunning beach-front setting really made it a stay to remember.
Disclaimer: We were sponsored guests of Century Langkawi Beach Resort. All experiences shared and opinions expressed in this article are our own.