12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Fantastic Hotel in a wonderful position ...
"Fantastic Hotel in a wonderful position on lovely beach. Weâre not that easily pleased so it is so good to visit a place that is actually BETTER than itâs brochures say it is. For a change we stayed in a Lake View room , what a morning wake up to the ducks , birds and even a three foot Monitor lizard wandering around - brilliant. Choice of great well priced restaurants with five star service -- staff all round could not be bettered. When you add this to a simply fantastic island -- just big enough - with enough to do with interesting excursions, and great flights with Malysia Airlines it was just about the perfect holiday. "
- Travel date: 4th April 2007
This hotel is absolutely stunning, just ...
"This hotel is absolutely stunning, just like the whole of the island. The local people are really friendly and make you feel so welcome. We had a fantastic time here and really couldn't recommend it enough. Eating out: We found a fabulous place bang opposite the hotel, Cactus Garden, it looks a bit rough and ready from the outside but the food is superb if you like Chinese/Thai you will be impressed for certain. The prices are so cheap! We had starters, main course with rice, Jacqui had 4 glasses of wine and I had about 6 beers all for 65 RM (about Â£10.00) a beer was 3 RM. We ate at the Bon Ton restaurant one night. This is supposed to be one of the best eateries on the island and has had a write up in the Evening Standard. It is located close to the airport about a 10 minute cab ride from the hotel. The food was good and the service excellent, we paid about 250-300 RM for a three course a la carte with wine including service charge. Getting about: We hired a car at the airport and paid 100 RM per day for a 10 day hire. For this we had a reasonably new Nissan Sentra 4 door saloon 2.0l auto with air con cd etc. The UK equivalent would be an Omega I guess. We had some people to pick up and needed a larger car but if you want cheaper there are a few hire places within a short walk from the hotel whose prices started from about 50/60 RM per day. Driving is straightforward as you drive on the LHS the same as the UK. The only thing I found a little off putting was the mopeds which will drive down both sides of the road next to the kerb as the mood takes them. Also look out for water buffaloes which roam free in a lot of the rural areas! Also if driving at night look out for cyclists etc with no lights on. Roads are generally quiet and all parking that I used was free. Taxis are plentiful and cheap; the hotel has a fleet of resident cabbies that have a pre-set list of prices on display at the hotel entrance. Hotel to airport was 16 RM. Watch out if you are getting a cab late at night as they will try and charge extra just agree a price before you get in and haggle if reqd. What to do: A definite must do is a boat trip on the mangrove swamps which includes a close up of sea eagles feeding, a visit to a fish farm and some spectacular scenery. We went direct to the guys who hire out the boats and paid 250 RM for the boat with guide regardless of how many occupants for a 2 hour trip. The boats will hold up to 10 people I guess. This is a lot cheaper than arranging it via the hotel or tour company. I went to the Aquarium on Pentai Cenang which I found a bit expensive and not really impressive. We went to the Oriental Village which is a purpose built shopping area built in a traditional style with ornamental lakes. Located in the village is the cable car which will transport you to the top of a mountain for some breathtaking views across the island. Bird Paradise was interesting but I found it a bit sad to see wild birdâs caged, good value at 15 RM. The Crocodile Farm was worth a visit and again was good value at 15 RM. We visited Kuah town on several occasions to shop in the mall there which has a multitude of camera shops and clothing stores and the usual range of souvenir outlets, we looked around some of the shops near the mall but they all gave the impression of being a bit of a rip off. My advice would be buy from a reputable shop and make sure that the goods have a worldwide warranty. We visited the Snake Sanctuary and watched their show one morning, after the show one of the staff adopted us and gave us a personal guided tour around the sanctuary and took a python out of its cage/tank so we could handle it. Very interesting and again 15 RM plus I tipped our guide 20 RM. Seven Wells Waterfall is one of several spectacular waterfalls on the island and is close to the Oriental Village it is accessed via a steep flight of steps to a height of 220m from memory, well worth the toil! All of the above and plenty more can easily be found on a map (we got ours free from the hotel) or a taxi will take you if you are not hiring a car. General: The people of Langkawi are really friendly and genuine. If you stop on the side of the road to take some pics or take in the view they will wave at you as they drive/ride past with great enthusiasm. The weather when we were there (Feb) was lovely. Very humid as you would expect. Take your mossie spray especially for any trips into the jungle areas."
- Travel date: 10th March 2007
Recent stay at Pelangi
"We stayed at the The Pelangi Beach Resort for 14 nights recently, excellent location walking distance to lots of bars and restaurants, although taxis are very cheap. We would recommend Padi Cafe (opp hotel entrance), Sun Cafe, Orchid Ria (seafood restaurant), the lighthouse restaurant and the hotel next door to The Pelangi, the Casa del Mar. Rooms where all air-conditioned and clean, although they did need a little updating (but nothing too serious). Staff were friendly and very accommodating. I ordered room service and it arrived within fifteen minutes. We found that eating and drinking (even at the hotel) very cheap compared to hotels and resorts in Thailand. We would seriously consider returning to the Pelangi in the future."
- Travel date: 5th March 2005
"Just back from 10 days at the Pelangi had a wonderfull time. The hotel are working very hard to get the hotel back to how it was before the wave. Hundreds of new plants are going in and renewing some of the lawns. the staff are so helpfull if you need anything they try very hard to do or get what you want. The pool was very clean and so was the sea. Some days you had to wait for a table at breakfast time, could have had a few more tables but it was not a big problem just chill out. There are some great eating holes along the beach and a lot more if you get a taxi out and about. If i had one complaint the hotel was about 75 p/s full and if you came down to the pool area after 11.30 you had a problem getting a sunbed and shade so if the hotel gets more busy i could this being a big problem. But all in all we had agreat time and WILL return."
- Travel date: 1st March 2005
"We stayed in this resort in July 2004, and found it to be a wonderful experience, would return in the morning! Staff were pleasant and more than helpful. Rooms were of a high standard, although I think slightly tired in parts. Swimming pools were amazing and always clean, and it was great to have the swim up bars!! During July we had great weather and the resort was very quiet which was excellent, always plenty of room by the pool, bars and restaurants although it meant that by about 10.30pm the resort was practically deserted, with no one in the bar (especially the one by the beach). We spent 10 nights in this hotel and during our stay we did not venture into the sea once, which is usually quite unheard of for us. The sea seemed rough and uninviting and at no time did I see anybody else swim in it. The Spa was delightful, although expensive. Langkawi is a beautiful island, I have never seen so many different types of monkeys as we did when we drove through the rain-forests here, and also Iguanas just strolling along the edge of roads- it was amazing. I highly recommend this island and fantastic resort for a fab holiday."
- Travel date: 25th February 2005
"Just got back from trip to Oz, on the way out stopped at Pelanghi beach resort on 24th Jan for 6 nights. We were a bit worried about going so soon after the Tsunami, didn"t think it was appropriate to holiday in a area where so many people lost thier lives, however when we got there we were warmly welcomed and was more than pleased at our choice of hotel. couldn"t have had better service, the staff were very friendly and the location was ideal. We would definitly stay at this lovely resort again when we next go to Malaysia."
- Travel date: 23rd February 2005
go stay at the pelangi now
"Contrary to the previous review we arrived back on the 18th February 2005 after spending three weeks at the Pelangi, which included our wedding and honeymoon. We stayed in a beach front room and the only thing noticable about the Tsunami was that some flower bushes had been removed (only along the beach front). Everything was excellent. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. The food delicious. Our room was kept very clean, the air conditioning is brilliant (and that also includes a fan). The pools are great, the evening entertainment was good, the lounge bar comfortable. We stayed at the Pelangi last year at approximately the same period and if anything, it was better! We would recommend the Pelangi to everyone. Carol and David"
- Travel date: 22nd February 2005
"Just returned from The Pelangi Beach yesterday after one week stay with my wife and 3 children. In all honesty we were a little concerned after the terrible wave but there was no evidence it had been hit at all (as for all the places we visited on the island). We all loved the place and are already thinking of returning!! Having walked through the Pelangi on our last visit to Langkawi, we booked two pool view rooms interconnecting. We weren't aware there were two pools and were given rooms at the pool we didn't know about. We asked if we could change to the other pool and the staff arranged for it the following morning with no problems, they are so happy and helpful. The rooms are super. I had read the review on this site that they were looking tired etc, well all I can say is that the reviewer was either being extremely picky (most hotel rooms are not 100% perfect on close inspection) or they must have had lunch in a different hotel. (How can you write a review of a hotel by having lunch?) The other delightful thing about the Pelangi is it's location. Most other 4/5 star hotels on the island are secluded. The pelangi is on the edge of Pantai Cenang which has shops, bars, restaurants and water sports. As with most luxury hotels the food and drink are more expensive than local establishments. We tended to have only lunchtime snacks there by the pool. We tended to have breakfast and dinner out. I would recommend the following restaurants: The Red Tomato Ros Tee Orchid Ria Breakfast Bar These are the ones we used and there are loads more! Need I go on about how fantastic this place is?"
- Travel date: 21st February 2005
The location makes the stay..
"The previous post regarding the quality of the rooms seems fair, yet they only visited for lunch and did not stay. We have just returned from 8 days there, and having both travelled extensively, and worked in the leisure trade for 30 years feel justified to comment. Firstly, the rooms are a little tired (I have not seen an Aliseo hairdryer since the late 80's!), yet when you first walk into them, the natural wood that they are made from in the traditional Malay way cannot fail to impress. Experience tells me that people accept a little wear and tear as long as they are clean, and on this point houskeeping are pretty good, but not perfect (we had mini bar stock that was out of date by over 6 months!). The main moan we had was that the rooms are difficult to keep cool at night, as you only have an old and noisy air-con unit, or a whirring ceiling fan that also is difficult to sleep with. We were lucky to be upgraded to a beachfront room in the club class section, as the hotel was probably only 20% full due to so many cancellations post Tsunami. The view from the room, balcony and even the bathroom is truely world class, and this alone makes the holiday. On the Tsunami subject, we found the only visible signs was sand around the beachfront grounds, and some slightly brown vegetation, it seems such a shame that so many people choose to cancel, and this was apparent throughout the whole island in January it seemed. We felt the food and beverage operation, whilst good, was not up to the standard we had hoped, but with so many great choices so close to eat and drink, you will not be stuck for choice. We enjoyed many a lunch at the excellent Beach Garden Resort a few doors down, sat on the beach, under the shade for an average of 15-20RM each. All in all Langkawi is a fabulous Island, with such great value for money on all aspects from food to car hire and taxi's, that you cannot fail to enjoy it, I would however suggest you stay at or near the Pelangi where there is more variation in eating out compared to other resorts we saw. Ps. try to do the cable car ride when its windy as we did, it beats just about any theme park ride I have ever been on!!"
- Travel date: 6th February 2005
"Stayed here twice, booked for third time, the place is Paradise found, the room are first class the location is perfect the staff are so friendly and can't do enough for you, and everything with a smile. The gardens pool and beach area is immaculate, you may pay a bit more for this location, but it is worth every penny. Can not recommend enough."
- Travel date: 31st January 2005
Not all that
"Went and visited the Pelangi in late January 2005 for lunch. The room we saw was sea front and it was tired. The air con unit was glued together, tiles in bathroom were cracked, doors onto the balcony didn't close properly and all the furniture looked old. There were even holes in the black out curtains. I do not know what it looked like before the tsunami, but I can say the grounds were looking tatty and not highly maintained. I see from the other reviews many people find this resort lovely. Perhaps the atmosphere and other guests make their stay. The pools we swam in were a bit dirty, the sun loungers looked eastern european, the food is more expensive than comparitive hotels on the island and they labeled the mini bar items - presumably because either they do not trust the guests or staff. On a positive note the staff were nice and the reception at night is stunning with all of the ceiling lights."
- Travel date: 24th January 2005
Up and running
"Just got back (18/1/05) from a wonderful 4 days at the Pelangi Beach - lovely hotel and the staff were really kind and attentive - nothing was too much trouble including a late checkout at 1830 (no extra charge). The only remaining sign of the Tsuami damage is a bit of sand on the lawns and a liitle bit of slightly brown vegetation. Both pools are clean and working and the beach bars etc are as new. Many visitors seem to have cancelled in the area which is a gross over-reaction when everyone locally has worked so hard to tidy up. You are assured of a wonderful welcome and the weather is fantastic - clear blue skies and VERY hot."
- Travel date: 18th January 2005
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