(hospitalitybusinessnews.com) The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is pleased to announce the debut of The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, as the oceanfront resort opens today on the Malaysian island. Set in a tranquil private bay, the resort is surrounded by an ancient jungle, while its beachfront is shelter by trees and gently lapped by the Andaman Sea. Designed to reflect the beauty and vibrancy of the nearby traditional villages – which are known as Kampongs – The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi incorporates influences from local culture, creating a uniquely luxurious retreat with an authentic touch.
Designed by Philippe Villeroux of Kuala Lumpur-based Tropical Area Architects, the resort has been carefully created to fully immerse travelers in the island”s natural ecosystem and local culture. Spacious interiors in the 70 guest rooms, 15 suites and 29 villas are framed by delicate references to Malay architecture, which can be seen in the intricately-designed features, large windows and gabled roofs. The rooms vertical lines fully integrate the living spaces into the surrounding jungle, while elegant overwater villas offer panoramic views of the sea, complete with magnificent Langkawi sunsets. Especially suitable to multi-generational families or other groups, the resort”s Villa Mutiara, offers deluxe accommodations for up to eight and boasts two pools and access to a private beach.
Intended to allow guests to soak up the island”s rich culture and beauty from their first moment, the resort”s Walkway of Wishes entrance offers a warm welcome with a water fountain inspired by the island”s mystical granter of wishes, Tasik Dayang Bunting, “The Lake of Pregnant Maiden.” Each guest will be invited to write their wishes on a flat stone, which is then placed into the water in hopes that it will come true, as the first of many special memories to be created during their stay.
The resort is home to four distinct dining venues, each overlooking the glistening Andaman Sea offering striking views from sunrise to sunset. From the blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine in Langkawi Kitchen, to western favorites in the Beach Grill, and Chinese seafood in Hai Yan, there are options to delight the palates of all.