The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort Redefines Luxury on Langkawi after The Completion of a Transformation Exercise
Refreshed Rooms, Suites and A New Unique Dining Experience, complemented by Personalized Services and Unrivaled Amenities Set to Captivate Guests at the Upscale 5-star Resort
Langkawi, Malaysia; November 2013 – After undergoing 18 months of transformation works, The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort has now set a whole new benchmark for unparalleled luxury, on the legendary island of Langkawi. The 5-star resort unlocks the locale’s most enriching and desirable destination experiences via the unveiling of its premier level of exceptional guest accommodations - The Archduke Presidential Suite, Executive and Executive Seaview Suites, Pool and Jacuzzi Studio Suites as well as the resort’s specialty room types which are the Luxury Pool Access, Garden Terrace and Seaview Rooms.
To complement the new luxurious look and feel, the resort also elevated its dining experience with the introduction of Jala (which means Fisherman’s Cast Net in Malay). The exquisite accommodation and dining options make perfect platforms to cultivate elegant island living with a contemporary design that seamlessly integrates the indoors and outdoors.
“We are delighted to unveil these new products and services by The Andaman, with the Luxury Pool Access Rooms and Jala, being first of their kind on the island. These products will offer our guests the type of magnificent accommodations and outstanding personalized service and facilities they have come to expect from The Luxury Collection brand,” said Anne Scott, General Manager of the resort. “With stunning views of the historical Datai Bay, the natural wonders of a 10 million year old rainforest and serenity offered by our private pools and outdoor terraces, the premier accommodation is set to welcome our guests with the elegance and bespoke service they are looking for when travelling to Langkawi,” she added.
Managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts since December 2009 under The Luxury Collection umbrella, The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort, Langkawi is redefining luxury in this unspoiled corner of Langkawi, known for its white sandy beaches and pristine waters. The unrivaled resort features 178 rooms and magnificently appointed suites which reflect a contemporary Malaysian style. Guests will enjoy signature Luxury Collection beds, LCD flat screen televisions with DVD player and cable channels - or connect with friends and family using the complimentary Wi-Fi.
The resort’s new accommodations include Suites which are named after some of the 500 butterfly species found on Langkawi:
· The Archduke Presidential Suite is the largest suite at The Andaman, offering a separate living room, in-room spa area, state-of-the-art in-room gym facilities, together with a 19sqm private terrace with views of the legendary rainforest.
· The 5 Executive Suites are twice the size of a regular guestroom with separate living area, enriched with a 9sqm walk-out terrace. 2 Executive Seaview Suites offer stunning views of the Datai Bay, whilst 3 Executive Suites enjoy intimate rainforest views. Ideal for families, these accommodation set ups can be transformed into a 2-bedroom suite with an adjoining guest room.
· 9 Executive Pool Suites host a lavish hideaway with a total indoor space of 86sqm and an outdoor space of 52sqm, complemented by a 15sqm plunge pool, cabana and private garden. The private pool deck is raised allowing guests to enjoy a partial ocean view from their private pool.
· 8 Jacuzzi Studio Suites are luxuriously fitted with a 9sqm covered terrace, complemented by a private Jacuzzi and relaxing outdoor seating area for two.
Specialty room types include 47 Luxury Seaview Rooms, which boast a contemporary tropical design and stunning views across Datai Bay. First of their kind in Langkawi, guests staying in one of the 14 Luxury Pool Access Rooms can enjoy the tranquility of a 10 million year old rainforest and the indulgence of having a Rainforest swimming pool right outside their doorstep. In addition, the 10 Luxury Garden Terrace Rooms open to a serene 27sqm private garden, overlooking the rainforest. In these rooms, guests can expect to soak up the sun, and also enjoy the moonlight from their designer garden terrace, admiring the backdrop of The Andaman’s rainforest right at their doorstep.
Jala (which means Fisherman’s Cast Net in Malay), showcases an elevated culinary experience to guests. An exclusive sustainable seafood dining venue and a destination restaurant for Langkawi, its interior exudes a rustic, vernacular and natural beachside ambiance. Faithful to the resort’s mission to preserve Mother Nature, the architecture is stripped to its most basic form - allowing the environment to take centre-stage, ensuring guests feel the outdoors, indoors.
Headed by Chef de Cuisine, Rene Knudsen of Danish origin, Jala promises a culinary experience full of creativity and innovation showcasing a marriage of Danish and Malay cuisine. Rene has a simple mantra for the menu at Jala Restaurant - “take a Danish culinary philosophy and celebrate Malaysian flavours”
Rene and his team endeavour to utilize local ingredients, thus assisting Langkawi’s small businesses, farmers and artisans. Jala partners with local fishermen to ensure the freshest catch arrives on the shores of The Andaman, at the Nelayan Hut (which translate to a fisherman’s hut in Malay). In the afternoons, , guests can walk down to the beach to watch Rene and his team in action, dealing and negotiating with local fishermen on the purchases of fresh seafood.
The first and only Luxury Collection property in Malaysia, The Andaman also introduces the brand's signature Luxury Collection Concierge service to all guests, offering the most discerning global travellers an extraordinary experience and impeccable service. The destination authority, the Luxury Collection Concierge provides guests with insider recommendations to discover and experience the mythical island of Langkawi in an authentic and indigenous way.
With these new products and facilities, The Andaman is set to mesmerize those visiting Langkawi, enveloping them in luxury amidst nature, ensuring they leave with a collection of experiences. Inspired by and named after the pristine sea, The Andaman is enveloped in lush foliage of a 10 million year old rainforest and tucked away in the soft coral sands and unspoiled shores of Datai Bay, known to be the 9th best beach in the world, as nominated by National Geographic. Aren’t these reasons a-plenty to embark on an indigenous exploration of this unique resort, an exclusive destination within itself?
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