To recap a year of hard work 2021, my wife & I decided to treat ourselves to a 3-night stay at St. Regis Langkawi.
In this article & YouTube video, I’ll share our experience & hopefully help you make a decision in your research for this hotel.
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How to Save When Booking Online
The room that we (by this, I mean my wife) picked has a beautiful sea view room that cost us RM1,500+ (USD360) a night. By far, the most expensive hotel I’ve ever booked.
Unfortunately, we had to book around my wife’s insane work schedule, and that left us no choice but to stay during semi-peak season 🙁
Luckily, the earnings from this blog & my YouTube channel were able to sponsor a night + roundtrip AirAsia flight tickets. The balance, we had to top up ourselves.
Our reservation for 3 nights amounted to RM 4,750:
St Regis Shopper Tips
2. I also booked through Shopback, where I earned 6% cashback:
Check-In Process & the Lobby
The official check-in time is 3 pm, but we arrived at the hotel a little early, around 12:30 pm & tried our luck to check in earlier.
Once we reached the hotel lobby, the concierge took care of our luggage & rental car.
We were then escorted to the lobby lounge area – skipping the check-in counter. The concierge took care of registration & all check-in-related paperwork.
They asked for a RM 1,000 deposit for our 3-night stay, which I charged on my AMEX credit card.
I accidentally booked the Premier sea view room with 2 x double beds. I wanted the 1 x King-sized bed.
With some light negotiation, we upgraded from the premier room to the 1-bedroom suite at an additional cost of RM80 a night.
The price difference between these 2 rooms online was around RM100 a night, so we saved a bit of money through this deal.
Parking for Your Rental Car
Throughout my 4 day stay, I’ve never seen the parking spot. Every time the valet will fetch & park our rental car for us. We did not have to pay anything for parking.
Should you tip? It’s not compulsory, but it would be of good courtesy. We tipped a bit on the last day, but don’t feel pressured. You don’t have to.
Our 1 Bedroom Suite
We were brought to our room & had a quick tour of the amenities. It looked exactly like in the pictures.
The living area has decent interior decor, with lovely table lamps.
The living room TV was at least 40″ inches & fitted with a wall-mounted Bose Soundbar, which I find tasteful.
However, there are only 10 channels & the picture quality is pretty bad. The TVs are also not SmartTVs, so I can’t cast my own Netflix or YouTube.
We’re not here to watch TV, but it gets boring after a few days without decent entertainment to wind down after a long day of sightseeing. Unacceptable for such an expensive hotel.
The work desk is comfortable with plenty of charging ports for all of my devices & a gorgeous window view to match. It made working here a pleasant experience.
In-House Complementary Items
Ironing 4 pieces of clothes each day is complimentary. Besides that, you can expect free fast WiFi, TWG teabags & Nespresso coffee:
The most important thing is fast, reliable internet. 76 Mbps is faster than what I get at home, so I was happy.
Take note that due to the remoteness of the hotel, not all cellphone providers will get coverage here. Celcom is fine. If you’re using Digi like I am, you’ll rely 100% on WiFi for connectivity.
The king-sized bed is soft & luxurious. We both had a good night’s sleep, so much so that it was hard to wake up early to avoid the breakfast crowd.
I particularly like the hanging bedside lamps that give it a middle eastern vibe.
There’s also another LG TV in the bedroom but without a Bose Soundbar.
There is, however, a Bose Wave Radio speaker on one of the bedside tables, which I enjoyed using the most.
I connect my phone or laptop to the Bose Wave Radio while I do work at the balcony.
Daily Turndown Service
Each evening for the turndown service, housekeeping will come in to:
- Close the curtains
- Turn on the bedside lights
- Refresh bed linens & prep for bedtime
- Prepare bedside floor mats & slippers
- Refill teabags & coffee
- Prepare laundry bags (chargeable)
- Show tomorrow’s breakfast menu
You can request the turndown service at a time of your choice or you can hit the ‘Do Not Disturb’ button if you don’t fancy people coming into your room.
The Balcony & the View
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I love the balcony. Comfy sofas, with an outdoor table set if you fancy working or smoking, and a gorgeous view that is Instagram-worthy.
Bathroom & Bathtub
The bathroom is large & luxurious, with marble everywhere. It’s what you would expect in a luxury hotel.
2 separate sinks for him & her & a rain shower with high pressure, perfect to destress after a long day of sightseeing.
As fancy as the bathtub is, we couldn’t find a time to use the bathtub within our 4-day stay 🙁
Complementary Breakfast at L’Orangerie
Complimentary breakfast is from 7 to 11 am, and you can pick stuff off buffet-style or order things off a menu.
The ambiance of the dining area is luxurious in my opinion, & I recommend waking up as early as you can to avoid the crowd and get a table next to a window to enjoy breakfast with a view.
The buffet food selection was good, from Western to local Malaysian. Here are some buffet items that I saw throughout our 3 breakfast days:
- Nasi lemak with beef rendang
- Wanton mee
- Halal dim sum (my fav)
- Roast beef, lamb, or chicken
- Smoked fish & salads
- Ice cream & sorbet
- Proper coffee & lattes
A-La-Carte Breakfast Menu
We also tried a few things off the a-la-carte menu:
- Lobster omelette
- Eggs benedict
- Steak & eggs
- Beef bacon & hash browns
On social media, you’ll see everyone raving about the lobster omelette.
The lobster is fresh & eloquently displayed. However, my verdict on this dish is a 2 out of 5 on the basis that I don’t like fishy-tasting dishes.
But if you enjoy strong seafood tastes, I bet you’d love this dish. Whatever it is, it was complimentary, so there’s no harm trying 🙂
The gym is open 24 hours & is fully equipped, and is often empty. Regardless of whether you’re a gym rat or feeling guilty about all the holiday food, the gym has all the equipment you’d ever need.
Swimming Pool Area
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The swimming pool is gorgeous, with a jacuzzi. Beach towels & sunblocks are provided for free.
At night, there are fire displays, making the common area very majestic.
The Private Beach
The staff told us that the beach was formerly a mangrove forest transformed into a private beach.
You can see that the beach is a little artificial, akin to the Sentosa beach in Singapore. The sand is a little too perfect & the palm trees are carefully planted.
During our stay, the tide was low, and nobody swam at the beach.
But don’t let that stop you. The private beach is still beautiful and a great place to enjoy yourself without sharing it with other mainstream tourists.
We had a great time playing frisbee (we brought this ourselves) & taking plenty of sunset time-lapses.
Expect to see plenty of eagles flying around trying to hunt fish 🦅
Places to Visit & Local Foods
The most common things you can do in Langkawi are:
- Langkawi cable car
- Visit Pantai Chenang
- Kilim Geopark
- Eat lots of fresh seafood
- Duty-free shopping
We originally planned to do so many things as we did on the first day that we came home late & tired.
So we decided to limit our activities to spend more time at the hotel & enjoy its amenities.
The Langkawi Cable Car
You must ride the Langkawi cable car. It shows the true beauty of the Langkawi island, both the sea & the landscape.
What’s on top of the mountain? Your first stop will be an observation deck followed by the sky bridge.
A word of caution: The cable car ride is insanely high & an engineering marvel. If you’re afraid of heights, consider yourself warned.
Ticket prices are around RM43 for Malaysians & RM85 for foreigners. The pricing structure is counterproductive for foreign tourism, but the government wants to promote domestic travel.
You can get slightly cheaper tickets if you purchase online on Klook:
Local Seafood Restaurants
We tried several seafood restaurants in town and here’s how much we paid at each restaurant for 2 people:
|Restaurant||What we ordered||What we paid||My Comments|
|Wonderland||Siakap 3 rasa|
Mud crab chilli sauce
|RM130||The seafood was fresh, but the flavors underwhelming for my tastebuds. Chilled out food court ambiance.|
|Kuah Seafood||Sotong crispy butter|
Nasi goreng belacan
|RM60||Located at a humble shop lot, fast service & taste the best for my tastebuds. Most value for money 👍🏻|
|Fish Farm||Sotong goreng with salt|
Dried chili chicken
|RM130||Great ambiance by the sea with a great landscape. Sharpest flavor (MSG?) The kangkung belacan here was my wife’s favorite.|
Private Langkawi Airport Lounge
There is a private airport lounge exclusively for St. Regis guests at the Langkawi airport departure area.
Instead of waiting for our flight in the regular departure area, it was a lot more comfortable killing time in the St. Regis private airport lounge.
There was free WiFi, TV, drinks & sandwiches.
The private airport is an excellent service to make us feel comfortable even after check-out. It’s hard to stay at a hotel that does not have a private lounge after this experience.
Pros & Cons – My Summary
The location of St. Regis Langkawi is quite secluded, which is what we wanted in a luxury getaway. I highly recommend you rent a car during your stay.
Here are the pros & cons from our experience:
- Excellent staff service
- Amazing facilities (pool & breakfast)
- Room view
- Bose speakers
- Free TWG tea & Nespress in room
- Free parking & valet
- Private airport lounge
- Pricey (consider coming during low seasons)
- Beach could be better
- Bad TV reception & channels
- Can’t cast anything to TV
Overall, we were happy with our stay & experience. It is a hotel for people who want to treat & pamper themselves in luxury.
However, RM1,500 a night is a lot of money.
- Would I recommend this hotel to friends? Yes.
- Would I come here again? Yes, but for special occasions.
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