Well our week of relaxing is booked. Almost a week anyway – 5 nights. As I’ve mentioned in my flights post, we have a ten day layover in Singapore. At the time of booking the flights we had no idea where we were honeymooning yet, so we just booked for a decent layover to give us some time to rest and relax before the big trip really began.
When looking for accommodation, our prerequisites were:
- Clear, warm water to swim in
- Private villa with nice surrounds
- Reasonably priced food
- Near Kuala Lumpur or Singapore (for convenience)
- Semi affordable
We had no idea how much it was going to cost us, but it was what we wanted. We rarely blow cash on what we want so while we wanted to keep it reasonable, we were happy to spend what we had to get something nice. After all, you only have one honeymoon, right?
After spending literally months trawling through Tripadvisor pages, and searching the net for information on weather and other information, I decided that Langkawi was the place for us to go. The east coast of Malaysia can experience some pretty rough weather through January, so that limited our options a bit.
From there we had plenty of options, but all of them seemed to have a trade off here or there. The service got bad reviews. The rooms weren’t up to standard. The beach wasn’t any good. There was always one thing wrong with it, while everything else about the accomodation was great. I was about to settle for one place that seemed like “the best of the average”..
Then I luckily stumbled across some information about a place called Tanjung Sanctuary. It had bad reviews from the past – the quality of the rooms were average and the service was below par. It has however, recently been refurbished, and from the reviews I have read and the photos I have seen it looks as though it’s done the trick.
I’ve since booked us a “Hilltop Villa”, the least expensive of the three. I wanted to give Jess the best we could get but she reminded me that money saved would help us out later and she’s right. Not to mention there is no difference between all three of the villas, and the beachside villas don’t actually have direct access to the beach. We don’t want to spend the whole time in the villa anyway, so it doesn’t really matter where it is. The Hilltop Villa’s are MYR1200 a night, including breakfast and airport transfers, which works out to roughly AUD$400 with the current exchange rate. So for 5 nights it will be around the $2000 mark. Could be worse..
On 62 acres, with a private beach and only 32 villas to share that all with, I think we should be able to “get away from it all” there. I’m as confident as I’ll ever be that this resort will tick all of our boxes, but only time will tell. Can’t wait!