The idea of staying in a self contained Langkawi apartment does have its own attractions.
One of the added attractions of staying in an apartment is the fact that there is the benefit of extra
space which is especially good when you are traveling in a large group like a family.
In addition, your overall accommodation cost will be lower. The other attraction is the fact that you have a kitchen and can opt for self catering
especially when you have special dietary requirements.
However, there are actually only a handful of apartment styled accommodation in Langkawi.
The well known ones are Century Suria Langkawi apartments, Bella Vista
apartments, Kondo Istana Hotel Langkawi and Sri Lagenda Langkawi Apartment.
These Langkawi apartments are located in the vicinity of the town center, so shopping for food is not a problem. Despite the seemingly added benefits of a self contained Langkawi apartment, it should be noted that some of these apartment style accommodation are a little run down and in need of some TLC. This could be due to lack of proper maintenance on the part of the management. I guess these Langkawi apartments are actually converted condominium units that couldn’t be sold and hence the developer decided to recoup his investment by renting them out.
The lack of hotel & management skills on the part of the apartment owners could very well explain why they let the place run down.
Century Suria Langkawi Apartment
This apartment block holds 74 units with either a 2 or 3 bedroom
The standard 2 bedroom layout caters for four adults while the 3 bedroom configuration can accommodate six adults. The rooms come standard with air-conditioning, CD player, TV with cable, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, tea & coffee making facilities and a mini refrigerator.
They also have a kitchenette in all the rooms but they don’t provide the cooking utensils! You have to hire the frying pans for a small token. Talk about disappointing a kitchen with utensils!
Facilities on the premises include a gym, laundry service, sundry & internet shop, a pool and a snooker table. Fax facilities are available at the reception desk.
Sri Lagenda Langkawi Apartment
Sri Lagenda are actually privately owned apartments and not a serviced Langkawi apartment.
The units for rent come in 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom. Located at Jalan Sri Legenda, off Jalan Penarak, Kelibang, Kuah, its only a 20 minute walk to the town and 20 minute drive to Langkawi international airport.
So as for location it is strategically located. Facilities at Sri Legenda include a Cafeteria, swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, gym, laundry and housekeeping services. There is also a children’s playground in the compound.
Bella Vista Langkawi
With the exterior facade looking like a Disneyland building, Bella Vista Langkawi apartments looks
Bella Vista comes with 228 rooms designed with different configurations. They have Superior
Deluxe Rooms, Family Apartments, Junior Suites and the Nautilus Suites.
As the Italian name “Beautiful View” implies, the view from Bella Vista Langkawi apartments overlooks the Andaman Sea and is quite impressive. Apart from all the usual facilities of a serviced apartment, Bella Vista Langkawi apartment also comes with a complimentary buffet breakfast for two occupants every morning of their stay.
Kondo Istana Hotel Langkawi
Just like the name of the establishment, Kondo Istana Hotel Langkawi is a condominium building converted into serviced apartments.
The rooms come with two or three bedrooms and all the facilities that you get in a high end condominium can also be found here.
However, the rooms have quite basic furnishings. There is nothing that you can call luxurious here. Nevertheless, the rooms serve their purpose of providing a good nights rest.
Would I stay in One?
Comparatively speaking, unless you have a need to self cater or travel in a large group, I would prefer to stay
in a hotel or a resort for the price of a serviced Langkawi apartment.
The same price you pay can get you a
better quality room and services in a fully fledged hotel.