My wife and I stayed at the Sunset Beach for six night on our honeymoon, after a shorter stay in KL. The booking process was pretty simple - all completed by email, no hitches or glitches - and the rooms were good value at 190 Rm per night for a Sunset II (double room). First impressions driving from the airport to the Sunset Beach were that Langkawi was perhaps a bit more run down than you would expect, with scrubby fields, untidy pavements and loads of little stalls and shops selling the obligatory beachware and souvenirs. Once you're off the main roads and onto the beach, though, the change is striking.
The Sunset Beach is right on the quieter Pantai Tengah beach rather than the busier Pantai Cenang. It's separated by a little rocky outcrop so you have to go onto the main road to travel between the two, and this must keep Pantai Tengah a bit more secluded. The beach itself is beautiful, a real paradise island vista, although there is some litter on the sand (bottles, flip-flops etc). The sea is warm and not too rough - the waves can be strong but don't pull you out, rather they seem to throw you back onto the beach if they're not bobbing you up and down. No problems with jellyfish while we were there.
The hotel itself is quiet, with only 20-odd rooms. It's basic and can look a bit shabby in places, although this comes across more as traditional rustic charm rather than dirt or disrepair. Staff are great, breakfast is basic (but you get to eat it looking out over the sea), sun loungers are only ever half-full (and there are only about 14 of them) and the path past the rooms and onto the beach is lined with orchids and water features. The hotel is basic and budget, but the greenery and the atmosphere mean it's at least as classy in feel as most of the other hotels nearby, even the larger ones (not counting the five-stars like the Datai, obviously).
The hotel doesn't have a restaurant, but it's directly next-door to the Oasis Beach Bar which does a good range of western and Indian food as well as great, cheap beers and cocktails. The other venues in the Sunset chain are also worth a visit, particular the Sunbar Grill and the Mata Hari restaurants - again, a cut above most of the other restaurants in the area.
Overall, we were really pleased with the hotel and our stay. The island offers lots of things to do, from parascending and cable cars to boat trips on the mangroves and rainforest treks - with shopping, massages, and just lounging in the 34-degree sun for the less energetic. There are some amazing beaches, hidden waterfalls, great restaurants and beautiful views. There can be litter too, and lizards, and the sewer grills could do with covering up here and there, but the Sunset Beach was certainly a success for us (relaxed, not too fussy, not luxury but great for the self-sufficient and the down-to-earth) and we would definitely go back again.
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- Also Known As:
- Sunset Beach Hotel Langkawi
- Sunset Beach Langkawi
- Sunset Beach Resort Langkawi/Pantai Cenang