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Berjaya Beach Resort & Spa is located some 20 minutes away from the Langkawi International Airport (LGK). For visitors arriving by passenger ferries from Kuala Perlis or Kuala Kedah, the journey to the resort takes 35 minutes from Kuah town.
There are two choices of transportation to get to this resort. One can hire a taxi from Langkawi International Airport or Kuah town but it can get somewhat costly if you rely too much on the island taxi service. Alternatively, one can hire a self-driven car from the many car rental companies operating at both the airport and the ferry terminal.
The resort claims to be the only hospitality establishment in Pulau Langkawi to offer individual water chalets which I had to admit to be true. The closest one can find of such similar offering is at Langkawi Lagoon Resort, yet even so, their water chalets are shared with other adjoining units.
Berjaya Beach Resort & Spa adorns the upper precinct of Burau Bay with spectacular view of Gunung Mat Chinchang. At some 70 acres of jungle space, the resort is particularly expansive that getting around within the resort itself may require the usage of complimentary 24-hour shuttle service which is available at the front desk. The resort is intricately built within the lush tropical forest on the foothills of Gunung Mat Chinchang and the adequately-marked jungle trails which traverse through its many room units have created a pseudo nature resort that I found really appealing. Note that the occasional animal sightings are almost guaranteed throughout your stay at the resort.
There are 502 rooms at the resort in total. All rooms are built on stilts, be it on land or above water, in the form of exquisitely designed chalets typical of Malay architecture. The accommodation types are: Superior Chalet, Deluxe Chalet, Premier Chalet, Junior Chalet on Water, Premier Chalet on Water, Executive Suite on Water, Presidential Suite on Water and Langkawi Villa. All the Superior and Deluxe Chalets grace along the natural hill slopes, while fringing throughout the beautiful coastline are the Junior Chalets, Executive Suites, Presidential Suites, and Premier Chalets on Water which is the latest room offering by Berjaya Beach Resort & Spa.
The Premier Chalets were completed sometime in the middle of 2006. At the moment, they are the fanciest room offering by Berjaya Beach Resort & Spa and are widely advertised as the most modern lodging option amidst the spectacular natural backdrop of the ocean and the hills. The Premier Chalets are differentiated as being above water or on land. Naturally, the former fetches much higher pricing due to its location right above the turquoise-blue ocean. Nonetheless, during my stay in a Premier Chalet on Land, I found that the experience was equally memorable
Both types of the Premier Chalet feature identical interior arrangement. While being right at the footstep of the soft-murmuring ocean is a moment of treasure in a Premier Chalet on Water, the view from a Premier Chalet on Land sitting along the hill slope is truly breathtaking. Most of the rainforest canopy is left intact within the chalets as the construction stages had painstakingly preserved as much nature as possible. From the room balcony, you can enjoy the sound of crickets and birds, and occasionally the bristling sound of leaf monkeys jumping from one tree branches to another. The Premier Chalet boasts a room size of 56m² which can be considered well above average for a room in its class. The bathroom is one of the biggest I have seen with separate sections for the bath tub, bathroom sink with a large vanity mirror, water closet and shower stall. Uniquely, the bath tub opens directly to the living area by way of a see-through window blinds. There are two day-beds neatly arranged at the outdoor balcony with a superb view of the ocean and the rainforest. Overall, the Premier Chalet on Land gets my big thumbs up.
Other rooms such as the Superior and Deluxe Chalets are of average built-up size at 32m², while the Junior Chalet measures a built-up size of 51m², the Executive Suite at 115m² and the Presidential Suite at 148m². While staying at the Premier Chalet on Land, I was presented with the opportunity to visit other types of room as well. A Junior Chalet carries almost similar room arrangement as a Premier Chalet but I noted that the interior furnishing was fairly old. Nonetheless, these Junior Chalets are built above the water with interconnected wooden platforms, hence fabulous ocean views can be thoroughly enjoyed inside these units. An Executive Suite, also built above the water, features a living area that opens out to an ocean-facing verandah, a small kitchen equipped with a refrigerator and a dining table as well as a bedroom attached with a spacious bathroom. Similarly, an individual water villa of Presidential Suite boasts a living room adorned with polished wall panels, a medium-size kitchen with a dining table as well as two bedrooms. The first bedroom is suitable for children as it features two single beds, while the master bedroom provides a king-size bed equipped with a colour TV and an attached bathroom. While all these three types of room are impressive in sizes and natural settings, I do feel that they are overdue for some serious refurbishment to freshen up the interior a little bit. Room items such as Persian carpets and wood-carved cushion chairs should make their way to a more modern take on interior design.
The main dining outlet at Berjaya Beach Resort & Spa is Dayang Café which is adjacent to the main lobby and the reception area. Selections of buffet and a la cartè menu are available round-the-clock at Dayang Café. Seasonally, Beach Restaurant fronting Burau Bay is operational for morning breakfast and it is opened to selected patrons staying in higher premium rooms. I found the setting to be fantastic with soothing sounds of morning ocean waves from its open balcony and relaxing lush jungle view in the rear. Next to Dayang Café is Oriental Pearl Restaurant serving Chinese delicacies while the Mizumi Japanese Restaurant is located inside the Oriental Village just minutes away from the resort. Tucked within the constellation of the new Premier Chalets on Water, Pahn-Thai Restaurant serves delightful Thai cuisines in a romantic setting overlooking the Andaman Sea. For light drinks, snacks or cocktails, the resort offers Lobby Lounge, Burau Beat night pub, and Sunken Pool Bar.
Two of the main recreational features at Berjaya Beach Resort & Spa are the swimming pool and the Ayura Spa. One can easily be mesmerised with the swimming pool which boasts a superb setting against the spectacular view of Gunung Mat Chinchang. The landscaping around the swimming pool is marked with generous amount of tropical shrubs to create a true island oasis which overlooks the beautiful Andaman Sea. Meanwhile, the Ayura Spa complex graces the far end of this 70-acre resort, and most of its patrons arrive fashionably by hopping on and off the complimentary shuttle service. The spa complex boasts a heated massage pool and a complementing cold water pool, both overlooking the verdant rainforest. At the pool deck, sunning beds are neatly arranged and a number of patrons were seen dozing off in deep relaxation.
Bookings can be made directly from Berjaya Hotels & Resorts website.
Fashionable rooms, great F&B selections and commendable efforts in nature preservation. My five-star rating to such a wonderful experience at Berjaya Beach Resort & Spa.