Meritus Pelangi Beach
Meritus Penlagi Beach Resort & Spa is situated on a white sandy shore of famed Cenang Beach in Langkawi. Designed in the style of a traditional Malay village, the resort’s 355 guestrooms and suites are housed in wooden chalets that are spread across 35 acres of lush landscaped gardens along a stretch of white sandy shores. With its versatile indoor and outdoor spaces, vibrant dining outlets, and extensive watersports and relaxation facilities, the resort is a hugely popular destination for both holidaymakers and MICE travellers.
Stay The spacious rooms have varied views of the surrounds that includes, beach, garden, lake and pool. We had a Beachfront room which overlooked a beach with white powdery sand. The rooms were well maintained with a gorgeous large modern bathroom and the housekeeping attended when we needed. The first floor rooms soaring ceilings and had a huge balcony and beautiful views. But our ground floor wasn’t bad either and enjoyable evenings spent on the balcony watching the sun go down. The private beach is spotlessly clean with plenty of sun beds available.
Dine The resort has two restaurants; Spice Market and CBA. The Spice Market is a Malaysian-inspired all-day dining restaurant serving the best of Asian cuisine, located at the hotel lobby. Breakfast here caters for a wide range of cultures and is plentiful. The omelette station was always busy and there would be 4 chefs cooking at all times. The CBA serves genuine global cuisines with an Asian twist. It is also a great place for evening cocktails as you watch the sun set and offers romantic beach dinning. Fridays and Sundays, there’s a BBQ, which offers mostly European food.
Adjacent to the Spice Market is the Pelangi Lounge that serves a wide range of liqueur, coffee specialties, scrumptious snacks, and selection of tapas, flambé desserts, ice-cream delights, and a variety of cocktails for guests’ selection. The Cascade Pool is the swim-up island bar that serves an array of healthy salads and sandwiches, refreshing smoothies, cocktails and mocktails. If you get filled and find yourself unable to move then don’t worry; the hotel provides a buggy service to get you round the resort.
Relax There are two swimming pools, the larger main pool near the reception area, which also has a very good children's pool next to it. The smaller pool, but not actually that small, has an island and waterfall feature, as well as a pool bar which offers snacks. The pool areas were lovely and we especially liked chilling by the cascade pool and enjoyed the lunchtime menu at the pool and swim up bar.
The beach is private and at the end which creates plenty of privacy no overcrowding. The sand is white and soft cleaned each day and security ensures you have no concerns about your belongings. Beach buggies take you where ever you want around the resort, Gardens are beautifully manicured and the resort itself spotless. Outside the rooms are a clay pot with water and a ladle to clean sand off your feet.
One More Thing The resort is with 5-10 minute walk to the nearby shops and a wide choice of restaurants. There are several bars along the beachfront with a happy holiday atmosphere at night.
Malaysia Airlines operates to major International airports worldwide and connects from KL and from Singapore to Langkawi, Penang and Medan. The budget carrier Air Asia connects from KL to all major Malaysian and Indonesian airports, including Langkawi and Penang, plus major southeast Asian airports. From the UK, you can fly Malaysia Airlines from London Heathrow and Air Asia from London Stanstead.
Public transport in Malaysia is reliable and inexpensive, particularly in Peninsular Malaysia. Budget flights are a great option for hopping around the region, especially given that no ferries connect Peninsular and east Malaysia. Sabah and Sarawak have their own travel peculiarities – in Sarawak, for instance, you’re reliant on boats, and occasionally planes, for some long-distance travel.