Assalamualaikum, good day readers! I have just got back from Langkawi trip with family and I want to update now itself so that I don’t get lazy and not post at all by the end of the month hehe.
We chose Langkawi because my sister wanted to go for beach holiday and she had been saying that for the past few weeks. My BIL was in London and my sister refused to follow him (I know! How could you kakak it’s London). It was honestly fair enough because we recently just came back from the UK following our graduation ceremony in July and travelling for my sister now is not as smooth sailing as she is currently 4.5 months pregnant. The planning for this Langkawi trip was not that easy. It was so last minute and we kept changing locations before we finally came to our decision to have our family holiday in Langkawi. Reason:
my mum. Hehe joking ma.
Back to the story, yes, we only bought our flight tickets 20 hours before departure.. My brother is working at Malindo Air as a pilot and he has told us that he is entitled to 6 free family tickets to just any destination that Malindo Air flies to. That being said, we initially wanted to use this privilege but we were told by the HR people that only parents are able to use up this golden opportunity. No problem about that as my sister, baby brother and I could just buy our tickets online but the actual problem was to apply for that free tickets for my parents required 5 working days notice. The HR staff really got on my nerve by the way guys… Fine that the policy is 5 working days notice and we gave 4 working days notice but the HR staffs were not being helpful. They asked us to follow up the next morning which I did only to get told that “Miss, please call again tomorrow CEO is not in”. I rang again the next morning and it was the same answer and I rang again the next next morning and it was still the same answer. My brother went to the HQ himself after and it was still the same answer that he got from them. At this point, my mum told us to just cancel and buy normal tickets for everyone but even to cancel was tough and I think I really really got mad at the HR people. Rang them one last time and said bla bla bla I’m flying in less than 24 hours I have waited for 3 long days bla bla bla I need confirmation if you cannot confirm please just cancel it I want to proceed with buying tickets online for everyone. I am a person who does not use foul language and I’m thankful I did not curse considering how mad I was at that time.
So anyway, I proceeded with buying normal tickets and God must have given some blessings after those stressful moments because the price tickets were rm200 cheaper. The excitement started to build up and by 1pm the next day, we were here.
Breathtaking, isn’t it? Alhamdulillah, we stayed at Vivanta by Taj this time around. It’s a hotel that is on its own private island – Rebak Island. I googled this image in advance and I actually saw this little island when the plane was descending down during landing. We arrived at the airport and there was already someone waiting for us at the arrival hall to bring us to the hotel.
It only takes around 1o minutes to get to Port Cenang from Langkawi International Airport. Port Cenang is the port that would get Vivanta by Taj customers to the hotel. This is an additional 10 minutes but 10 minutes of fun because of the boat ride. Before I forget, there are scheduled times for the boat ride (approximately every 1 hour interval) and the last boat from Port Cenang back to the hotel is at 7.45pm so you have to plan your day really well.
My family and I were greeted by the beautiful marina view (refer picture above) at Rebak Island Marina port. There were hotel butlers waiting to handle our baggages and to bring us to the hotel reception (via buggy). We arrived at the door step of the hotel and we were assisted to the check in table and gosh, the check in process was actually really good. In summary, the whole hotel pick up and check in service experiences to me were excellent – we did not have to worry about anything and were constantly being taken care of by the friendly staffs. Our villa was massive and definitely great for 6 people. We got the pool side view and we were lucky because straight on view after the pool was the sea.
The cutest toiletries I’ve seen so far.
It was 2.30pm and everyone was getting hungry. My dad being the must-have-food-whatsover got worried because there is only 1 restaurant at the hotel and to go out from the island required proper planning and so we chose to first have lunch at the hotel restaurant and dinner in the main land.
Vivanta by Taj is owned by the Taj group which means you would find a good selection of Indian food on the menu. We had Chicken Briyani and it was not bad at all although the flavourings could have been better. Lunch ticked and so we headed back to our villa to rest and do our planning for our evening.
My dad asked me to ring the hotel receptionist for car rental (Advice: Guys, don’t rent in advance. Decide at the hotel) and we scheduled to have the car at Port Cenang by 5.30pm. We exit-ed Rebak Island and managed to do some snacks shopping before going for dinner in the main land. The last boat was at 7.45pm and I would say the timing was just nice WITH the condition that you stay only at Pantai Cenang tourist spot. This spot is only 5 minutes from Port Cenang and lucky us again because the restaurant that we had always wanted to have seafood at is located in Pantai Cenang.
Orkid Ria completely blew us away again even after so many years. The steamed fish was madly delicious and the lobster was super good, thanks for the treat daddy!
All of us got super tired by the end of dinner because we ate more than our capacities and we drove back to Port Cenang to catch the boat back to the hotel. I will write Part 2 (it’s a fun post I promise) in the next post and leave Part 1 with these additional pictures of the hotel that I took for everyone’s future reference. Catch me in the next post alright!