Home away from Home – that’s the concept behind the charming boutique hotel Casa del Mar, Langkawi. I recall many years ago whilst looking at the blueprints of the layout, trying to think of an original Spanish name for the hotel. Tan Sri Syed Yusof of HPL Group explained that the architecture would be Spanish-inspired, mosaics and several chalets dotted next to the beach. So what better than me naming it Casa del Mar – Home by the Sea.
And to this day she still lives up to her name. The warm welcome, friendly faces and top-notch service makes this my favourite getaway in Malaysia. We were there last weekend and it was so relaxing…
With 34 charming chalet rooms, small spa and amazingly delicious food – I have brought my Italian gang and French friends over time – and we have had the best vacations. The hotel has undergone refurbishment recently with a much improved al fresco dining on the beach, and pool and beach areas just begging you to sit back and enjoy!
On the beach you can choose a do-it-yourself barbecue which is really fun; or the more romantic candlelit dinner for that ultimate special occasion. Sunsets of course are amazing as I sat gazing out to sea.
Located on Pantai Cenang, not far from the Langkawi airport, this hotel makes it a favourite and practical destination. Only 40 minutes with regular flights from the capital Kuala Lumpur, this duty free island is the largest of 99 magical isles that make up Langkawi. Famous for its geopark flora and fauna, Langkawi also makes for great sailing. Take a romantic sunset cruise or play Robinson Crusoe and opt for the castaway picnic on a deserted island.
I think what I find most attractive about this hotel are its little finishing touches that make it a world of difference. For example, cinnamon soaps in the bathroom smell so refreshing; bookmarks on your bedside sprayed with essential oils from the Spa; mini-lights to read your menu dining on the beach (how many times have you had to hold a flickering candle to read a menu?); ice-cold towels whilst sunbathing; daily news printed from the Internet; library filled with French, German, English, Dutch books; hammocks for every room, watermelon served whilst you’re baking in the sun; and best of all mango-flavored sorbets served to you directly on the beach! Now that’s what I call paradise.
So the next time you’re in Langkawi, rather than break your bank, go for lots of charm and comfort at Casa del Mar.