Table of Contents
- 1 Destination: Berjaya Langkawi Resort Hotel
- 2 Mode of Transport: Whole Fried Fish
- 3 Berjaya means successful
- 4 There were the Shuttles
- 5 Monkey Business
- 6 The resort was spacious
- 7 Our room was located in the rain forest
- 8 Pahn-Thai
- 9 Sounds of animals
- 10 So much wildlife
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Destination: Berjaya Langkawi Resort Hotel
Mode of Transport: Whole Fried Fish
There were trees, squirrels, and pigeons where I grew up and not much more. The same goes for my wife and child, as we are all city folk. So, suffice it to say, when we first arrived at the Island of Langkawi, which is known for being a natural wonder, we couldn’t believe what we were experiencing. It was to be a great family travel destination.
The road that led to our hotel that is, the Berjaya Langkawi Resort, were lined with Palm and Rubber Trees. Having never seen a rubber tree in our lives, we were like kids on a science field trip; and though we have seen our share of Palm Trees during our journey throughout Southeast Asia, previous, the only time we came close, was in church during Palm Sunday. They were in abundance and a sight to be seen.
Berjaya means successful
The word, Berjaya when translated from Malay into English means, successful. If the resort’s goal was to transport their guests to a location that is a mix of nature and luxury, then they were, in fact, successful.
The lobby was large and had a hunting lodge sensibility about it, sans the display of game taxidermy. Instead, there was a large chandelier hanging from the rafters, probably pewter, set above an indoor fountain. Upon checking in, we were told to wait for a shuttle to take us to our chalet.
There were the Shuttles
The shuttles were basically large green golf carts that whizzed guests to their rooms, which were scattered throughout the very large property. On one side, there was the clear Andaman Sea and on the other, a rain forest. Our chalet was on the top of the forest side, and there was a true sense of seclusion.
Upon entering the room, Bailey picked up a small signage on top of the bureau, which read, “monkey business”. The signage advises the guests on the behavior of the monkeys in the resort. There were basic guidelines such as not leaving food out in the patio, keeping your windows closed at night, etc. We all had a good laugh, not paying it much attention, with thoughts of actual monkeys showing up being an anomaly.
The resort was spacious
The rest of the room was spacious and tastefully decorated, and it had all the requirements for a nice stay, such as a large bathroom with a rain shower and bathtub, and the two things we couldn’t live without, cable television and wifi. The floor to ceiling windows that look out onto the large balcony and the wooded areas certainly gave us the impression of being one with nature, and the supposed wild.
Our room was located in the rain forest
Appropriately, since our accommodations were located in the rain forest, on our first night, the rains did, in fact, come down. It did not stop us from calling a shuttle to bring us to one of their in-house restaurants named Pahn-Thai. The operator on the other side of the line informed Brenda to stay in the room and they would contact us when they were in front of our chalet as to avoid getting drenched.
Our ride, which was further than we had imagined it to be, gave us a true perspective as to the expanse of the property. By the time we arrived, the rain had become a drizzle and quickly turned from ominous to relaxing. The restaurant which is on stilts located about 100 meters out on the sea, reached by walking on a plank-like boardwalk, was a visual wonder with candlelight against the backdrop of the dark horizon of the sea.
We had wonderful dinner, with the highlight being the chef’s special, a whole fried fish with seasonal vegetables in a tamarind base sauce. Above all, the service was exceptional.
Sounds of animals
Returning to our room that evening, the short walk from where the shuttle dropped us off to our chalet was dark, and we heard animal noises that were unfamiliar to us. This made us realize that the natural aspect of the resort is far from contrived but real. Which was both a touch frightening and heartening.
The next day, as luck would have it, on our way to the main lodge for breakfast, which overlooked the wonderful swimming pool and ocean, Brenda runs into a mid-size monitor lizard who was taking its sweet time crossing the path. Shortly after, we saw three monkeys up to their tricks, climbing up a balcony in search of trouble. The path also had wonderful landscaping from blossoms of all colors and shrubbery that was reminiscent of Versailles.
So much wildlife
This became our daily experience. By the end of the third day, we saw so many monkeys that we greeted them as if they were staff members; that monitor lizard crossed our path one other time; and we were put to sleep and woken up by all kind of bird calls.
Before this, for Brenda and I, our reference points when it came to nature and the wild were from movies and books like, “The Island of Doctor Moreau” and “Lord of the Flies”. Bailey was basically following in the same footsteps, except her references were a bit more lighthearted, with television shows such as, “Bindi the Jungle Girl”. Luckily, we now have this as our reference point as a family. It’s a good one at that.
On our last night, we all snuggled together on that large king size bed, under the high thread count sheets, with the air condition blasting and the television on, we were proud to be one with nature. Hey, what else can you expect from a bunch of city folk?
Thank you, Berjaya Resorts and LADA for welcoming and hosting us in your beautiful island and resort. Travel story and thoughts are ours.