Steps away from Pantai Tengah, Langkawi’s main restaurant and nightlife strip, but in a world of its own is Villa Molek, a collection of 16 suites arranged in four double-story stucco buildings capped with pitched Malay roofs. Each 70 square-meter, teak-furnished suite features separate sleeping and living-cum-dining areas, a butler’s pantry, skylight-illuminated tropical bath and balcony overlooking the lap pool, with rice paddies backed by jade green hills beyond. Though the adults-only resort doesn’t sit on the beach, the talcum sands and calm waters of cove-protected Tengah Beach are just a 300-meter stroll away. You can explore the nearby islands by hiring one of the boatmen who patrol the beach. Foodies are catered to with Italian and Indian restaurants, as well as an airy café where complimentary breakfast (everything from nasi lemak to cheese omelettes) and afternoon tea are served. If cocooning is your thing, Villa Molek can arrange for a massage or reflexology in your room; plans are afoot to open a spa on the premises.
What to do
For a taste of the island’s wild side, book a tour with Junglewalla (junglewalla.com; tours from RM40). Its experienced, enthusiastic guides know the UNESCO Geopark’s mangroves, limestone karst formations, pristine jungle, and coral reefs inside-out.
Lot 2863, Jln. Teluk Baru Pantai Tengah,
Telephone: +60 4 955 2995