Discover the mix of east and west, old and new in Kuala Lumpur before relaxing on a beautiful beach on the island of Langkawi.
3 nights Kuala Lumpur, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights The Andaman, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.
13 days from £1,865pp
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On the beach - 7 days
Set on the spectacular golden sands of Datai Bay and surrounded by a ten million year old rainforest, The Andaman is in a wonderfully secluded location. Its picturesque setting and superb value make this an excellent choice.
Set in low rise buildings nestled among the lush rainforest, The Andaman’s rooms have a beautiful, contemporary Malaysian style. The hotel offers a wide range of facilities and for breathtaking sea views, the V Botanical Spa perched high on the hillside overlooking Datai Bay is hard to beat. There are four restaurants at the hotel which cover an excellent range of dining options from casual lunches by the pool to traditional Japanese meals or fresh seafood by the beach.
Explore the rainforest accompanied by the resort’s naturalist on one of their free nature walks, try your hand at a Malay cooking class or take a complimentary mountain bike on one of the hiking trails. The resort also offers non-motorised water sports, guided reef walks and has an excellent children’s club.
The 178 rooms and suites are spacious with modern, Asian decor and views into the rainforest, over the gardens or out to sea. Some suites offer a Jacuzzi or plunge pool.
Before the beach - 4 days
Home to a melting pot of cultures with a long and fascinating heritage, Kuala Lumpur is an extremely vibrant city which offers a captivating mix of old and new. Gain an insight into its Malay, Chinese, Indian and colonial influences on a tour of the colourful mosques, temples, shophouses and markets that line its back lanes and sample some of the exceptional variety of street food on offer as you explore the narrow streets and night markets with a local guide.
Traders Hotel’s 571 spacious rooms and suites offer panoramic views of the city’s skyline or the iconic Twin Towers and KLCC Park. The design is contemporary and their rooftop bar is one of the most popular evening spots in the city.
178 rooms, 5 restaurants, 1 pool
Set on a sweeping crescent of flaxen sand, the Andaman is surrounded by thick, undisturbed jungle that tumbles into the cerulean Andaman Sea. Flying lemurs dart between the trees and you might spot a brown winged kingfisher perched on your balcony.
There’s plenty to do if you don’t want to leave the seclusion of the hotel and the resort also makes the most of its natural setting with nature walks, jungle treks and kayaking adventures.
Whilst this is a large resort with 178 rooms, its low-rise structure has been built in Malay style to be as sympathetic as possible to its environment — the buildings peek out from among the jungle. The resort is popular with families because of its range of activities and gently-shelving beach but there’s also plenty of space for couples to enjoy time together.
The Andaman is ideal for families. Interconnecting-rooms are available as well as sizable suites with plenty of outdoor space to explore. We’ve found that despite its jungle location, this is not a mosquito region.
The Young Explorers Club for 4-12 year olds offers a variety of fun activities and children can also enjoy the waterslide at the hotel’s pool. Babysitting is available for a charge.
The Andaman is located on the north coast of Langkawi, the largest island off the west coast of Malaysia. The hotel sits amidst thick primary rainforest that climbs up the surrounding hills and limestone crags, overlooking a sweeping curve of white sand.
There’s only one other property set on the long curving crescent of Datai Bay, leaving hotel guests free to enjoy the undeveloped beach and rainforest in relative peace. The surrounding ecosystem is one of Malaysia’s oldest pockets of forest where you’ll see rare mouse deer, hornbills and clouds of butterflies.
The hotel is approximately 30 minutes from the airport, and 45 minutes from the main town, Kuah. The nearest restaurants are about 20 minutes’ drive away.
The Andaman is one of our top choices on the island and is excellent value for the standard of accommodation and service. Its jungle surrounds create a unique, secluded environment that makes you feel you’ve escaped to Malaysian wilderness.
The generously-sized rooms have the clean lines of modern Asian décor with dark wooden floorboards and bright colour accents. Rooms have all the amenities you’d expect from a hotel of this standard and each room has a flat screen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, safe and air-conditioning.
The hotel’s strong ecological focus means that they have removed as few trees as possible in the building of the property — so your room is likely to overlook jungle rather than have a clear view of the sea.
Deluxe Rainforest room south wing
These 43 m sq (462 sq ft) rooms are set in the south wing and offer a small, step-out balcony overlooking the rainforest.
Deluxe Treetop View room south wing
The deluxe treetop rooms are similar to the rainforest rooms but are in the north wing with views over tropical gardens.
Luxury Garden Terrace room south wing
Set on the ground floor of the south wing, these rooms are a similar size to the rainforest rooms but have an additional 27 sq m (290 sq ft) of private rainforest garden with a large, circular sun lounger and shade.
Luxury Pool Access room south wing
Guests in these rooms enjoy a small terrace with sun loungers that have direct access to an exclusive rainforest pool shared by the other pool access rooms.
Luxury Seaview north wing
These rooms feature panoramic views of the Andaman Sea from a small balcony and full length, feature window.
Jacuzzi Studio Suite north wing
The Jacuzzi studio suites offer 43 m sq (462 sq ft) of interior space plus 24 m sq (258 sq ft) of outside space that includes a garden, dining table and private Jacuzzi.
Executive suite south wing
Double the size of the normal rooms, these suites feature separate living and dining areas with a spacious balcony furnished with a chaise longue.
Guests in any of the executive suite room types enjoy free soft drinks from their minibar (refilled daily).
Executive Sea View suite north wing
As well as the other suite features, these suites boast views right across Datai Bay.
Executive Pool Suite north wing
While similar to the executive suites inside, the executive pool suite also offers a partial ocean view and substantial outdoor space including a plunge pool, terrace, dining table and relaxing cabana with daybed.
Pictures of the rooms
Activities, diving & excursions
The jungle-fringed, landscaped swimming pool is close to the beach and complimentary snorkelling equipment is offered to guests. Andaman’s marine science students run the Marine Life Laboratory — an interactive session where you can learn more about the island’s marine life. There’s also the chance to take part in coral feeding, transplantation and private coral tours.
Non-motorised water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing and sailing are also available, payable locally.
There’s also a fully-equipped gym at the hotel and a nearby golf course.
Malay cooking classes (available on request) allow guests to try their hands at traditional Malaysian cooking and complimentary mountain bicycles are available for those wishing to follow the jogging and hiking trails on the map provided by the concierge.
A highlight are the free nature walks into the pristine rainforest accompanied by the resort's naturalist, Irshad. Irshad and his team have been studying the rainforest here for over 20 years, and can proudly point out more than 80 species of butterfly, endemic birdlife and know where the white-bellied sea eagles sleep each night.
The morning walk begins at 8am while the evening walk begins at 7pm, running daily except Monday. Each walk is approximately one and a half hours and guests are invited to dress comfortably in strong sandals or sport shoes. The groups are limited to a maximum of 12 people so it’s best to book the day before.
Food & drink
The Andaman has a family-friendly ethos and many of the dining options are informal and relaxed — there’s no dress code for dinner.
Tepian Laut offers casual outdoor dining by the pool and beach for lunch and dinner while The Restaurant has all-day dining with a range of international dishes served indoors or outdoors. At the Beach Bar you can enjoy panoramic views across Datai Bay as well as a choice of pizza and pasta dishes for lunch and dinner.
In the evening, The Japanese Restaurant offers a more sophisticated experience, including Teppanyaki and private tatami rooms. Set beside the beach, Jala Restaurant serves a range of fresh-caught seafood with an exciting fusion of Malay and Western cuisines which you can enjoy with the sand between your toes.
In addition, the Jentayu Lounge overlooks the pool and rainforest canopy serving cocktails and snacks through the day and into the evening along with a resident band.
The Andaman is a good choice for those looking for spa facilities. Perched high on the hillside overlooking Datai Bay, the spa has open-air villas with panoramic views and several of the treatments have won Harper’s Bazaar Spa Awards in recent years.
Location: Kuala Lumpur
Tireless Kuala Lumpur (KL) is a spectacular urban web, with its glittering, record-breaking skyscrapers towering over the horizon.
Points of interest
Highlights include Chinatown’s busy markets, the elegant colonial buildings of Merdeka Square, and the vast Lake Gardens, leading to the Masjid Jamek mosque resting peacefully at the confluence of two rivers. The Petronas Towers dominate the skyline, but there are also great views from the revolving restaurant at the top of the KL Sky Tower.
There are many high quality hotels in the city, all located close to the main sights and shops, and a couple of excellent character options.
The hotel has 571 spacious rooms and suites, designed with crisp contemporary interiors and cutting-edge technology. City view rooms offer panoramic views of the city's skyline, while the twin towers view rooms come with breathtaking views of the KLCC Park and the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.
A two-level multi-concept restaurant serves a selection of contemporary western and Asian cuisine, and has a sushi bar, Thai appetiser buffet, noodle kitchen and show bakery. There is also a rooftop open-air Sky Bar, offering dazzling views of the city.
Also included are a state-of-the-art fitness centre with a fully equipped gym, a (covered) rooftop swimming pool, two Jacuzzis and a rooftop spa offering a full selection of treatments. The Sky Bar is one of the most popular spots in the city for an evening cocktail, and it is best to make a table reservation through the concierge.
Day by day
Fly from London to Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines.
In Kuala Lumpur you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Renaissance.
You have the day at leisure to relax after the flight and explore the city at your own leisure. Visit the lively markets, the colonial buildings of Merdeka Square and stroll in the shadows of the Petronas Towers. This evening sample some of Malaysia's most famous dishes with a local food guide on a walking food tour.
Today explore the historic colonial buildings, temples and markets of Kuala Lumpur on a walking tour.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Langkawi. On arrival you will be met and transferred to The Andaman. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities of the resort.
Days 7 - 11
Day at leisure.
Early evening you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Kuala Lumpur. Connect to your onward flight to London Heathrow.
Early morning arrival into the UK.
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