Inside The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa
Owner, Langkawi Island Resort bought over the then Sheraton Perdana Resort with the determined intention to rebrand it into the first Westin resort in Malaysia in order to provide a luxury getaway for well-travelled guests from all around the world.
The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa offers a traditional Minangkabau (big house) clay roof style, which is creatively detailed to make this first and only Westin branded resort an icon in the island.
The architecture, construction, internal and external decoration have been designed in a way to reflect the culture and value of the “Big-house” concept and to provide natural retreat for guest experiences in an urban enclave. Stunning sea view and uninterrupted foliage have been the main attractions of the resort. The key of design solution is simplicity, which respects and embraces its natural qualities - the need for cross ventilation, shading from sun and rain, the flow of interior space to exterior spaces, the abundance of lighting and the opportunity to incorporate landscaping into design.
The resort is divided into two portions, with accommodation being split across two parcels of land. The 202 rooms and suites are separated into East & West wing of building, with lushly landscaped gardens. The resort main building co-exists with it with minimum disruption. Building that meanders down the slope with resort lobby and open terraces spaces on platforms at various levels, boasting different stunning view of the Andaman Sea and nearby isles. Emphasis is placed on the careful planning of the in-between spaces to frame views of nature.
Tastefully designed with a contemporary decor, all rooms feature the Westin’s signature products such as the Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Rain shower/Bath, as well as a 42-inch plasma TV, DVD player with surround sound system and high speed internet. Dark wood used in door frames and headboards provides a striking contrast against a relaxing palette of white, cream, brown and pale green, with clean and contemporary furnishings to match. Bathrooms include his and hers vanities in which a freestanding oval bathtub has views out to the garden.
The Westin was created on the site that used to house the Sheraton with Manila-based Manny Sampson & Associates designing the general areas, residential villas and meeting facilities, while Taste, the all-day dining restaurant, and Breeze, the signature bar, were designed by Singapore-based Poole Associates.
For Taste, Ed Poole enclosed the former open-air space and added verandahs to its side to increase the floor area to 882 square meters. The kitchen was opened up with a sequence of stations for hot buffet, cold buffet and juices. The design is essentially a crossover of Malay and Thai, with the ceiling tiles featuring a Malay motif made from recycled aluminum. A glass artist in Langkawi made a curtain of beads, to look like raindrops. A driftwood finish is used on the furniture to make it look like it was found on the beach. Being a resort, there's a lot of natural materials used whilst fabric colours lean towards tropical green with leaf patterns, and dyed cement flooring makes for a natural aesthetic. Different seating clusters include eight round booths that act like a room within the restaurant; these are each oriented out to the sea.
Upstairs, guests cross a black tiled reflecting pool to get to Breeze, the 690 square meter bar and lounge off the main reception area. Here, old railway tiles from Malaysia are used for the flooring and stone for the bar. Overhead fans pick up the tropical theme and continue beyond into the main lobby area.
Tide, the beach cafe and Splash, the poolside bar, round out the F+B options at Westin Langkawi. Recreational facilities include Westin's Heavenly Spa, an infinity swimming pool and an ocean pool, ocean front jacuzzi and sauna, and squash and tennis courts.
The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa is located in Langkawi, Kedah – which is part of the northern region in the Peninsular Malaysia. Set in an idyllic natural retreat of the island, adorned with private beach front location up to 500 meters, The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa is only 3km from the main shopping area of Langkawi Kuah Town and strategically located just 20 minutes away by car from the Langkawi International Airport and within easy access of 1 km away from the Langkawi Jetty.
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