Looking for a gorgeous 5 star resort in Langkawi? Where you can soak up nature and relax in beautiful surroundings? Look no further! Here is our insider’s perspective on this luxurious sanctuary.
Crafting this review was no small feat; it involved immersing ourselves in the Tanjung Rhu Resort Langkawi experience. We stayed at the resort, sampled the cuisine, indulged in the amenities, and explored the surrounding landscapes. Our days were filled with firsthand experiences, and our nights were spent corroborating our findings with detailed research to ensure you get an honest assessment.
It’s a hard job but someone has to do it. 😜
This hotel is located in a remote part of Langkawi by a beautiful beach and surrounded by rainforest. With over 130 rooms, it has it all with many facilities, services and dining options. In this Tanjung Rhu Resort review, we share exactly what everything is like so you can make up your own mind if this resort is right for you.
Spoiler alert: It is fantastic!
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Tanjung Rhu Resort Review
I stayed at this resort with two of my kids aged 7 and 13 at the time.
We came here from a stay at the main beach, Pantai Cenang, via a transfer organised through the hotel. This was very easy and a reasonable price.
We were impressed from the moment we entered the resort’s grounds. There’s a long driveway, and our first impression made it seem like our oasis by the jungle and beach – just like we wanted. From reception, we could see through the main resort area out to the sea and the amazing islands. This first impression stayed with us throughout our stay.
We dropped off our bags early to head off to our Tanjung Rhu mangrove tour.
Check-in was super easy, comfortable and friendly. We sat back with a welcome drink and cold flannel while the staff took care of everything and walked us through the resort amenities. On return from our tour, we could enter our room, and they brought our bags up.
Tanjung Rhu Resort Location
Address: Mukim, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
The Tanjung Rhu Resort in Langkawi is located in the northern part of the island. Its location is the best and worst part of this resort.
It’s the best because it’s relatively isolated and surrounded by amazing nature. If you want to get away from it all in beautiful surrounds, the Tanjung Rhu Beach Resort is absolutely perfect.
The downside of this tranquility is that you are a bit of a distance from other Langkawi attractions. The main beach area, Pantai Cenang, is about 35-40 minutes away. From Langkawi airport to Tanjung Rhu Resort is only 25 minutes, and the main jetty in Kuah is about 30 minutes away.
So it’s not far to go anywhere you want. However, if you want to do a lot of sightseeing while you are in Langkawi, it may be better to stay more centrally or to hire a car. We stayed here as well as at the Arch Studio Cenang in the main area. Breaking up our time helped us to really relax and enjoy this resort without feeling like we had to go out every day as we did that while we stayed at Cenang. It’s something to consider.
Directly next to the resort along the beach are some food and souvenir stalls (more than what are photographed here) as well as some water sport options. So you can access a few options that aren’t the resort. You can also easily walk from here to Tanjung Rhu Jetty where the mangrove tours leave from. I recommend you do this.
Langkawi Tanjung Rhu Resort Hotel Rooms
There are seven, quality room types at the Tanjung Rhu Beach Resort Langkawi. They are all called suites and even the cheapest room type is quite spacious at 50 sqm.
Each Tanjung Rhu Resort room has a living area, spacious ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning, flatscreen TV, mini-fridge and everything you would expect from a top 5 star resort.
Paying more generally gets you more space, better views and a better location. There is also a family suite option which is a two-bedroom suite for up to five people. These also have a living area.
Since I was staying here with my two kids (and no other adults), we stayed in the Cahaya King Suite and not the family suite.
The worst part about the rooms here is that they are located on four different levels – and there is no elevator! We were on the top floor, and it was a little frustrating with a lot of climbing. It made it difficult to want to leave the room unless it was going to be for a decent chunk of time.
Cahaya King Suite
On entry to the room, our frustration of walking up four levels to get to it immeditately disappeared. We were greeted with the hallway pictured above. The room had a beautiful smell and immediately seemed grand and like a huge oasis in a beautiful location.
None of my room photos do it justice. It’s bigger and better than it looks.
At the end of our hallway, there was a shoe rack with slippers and an umbrella. In front of this was the big suite. It’s a huge room partitioned by a desk with a television. The television can swivel and face either the sofa or the main bed.
Since there were three of us, they had already made up the sofa bed. It was spacious and bigger than a single. On each side was a coffee table.
From the living area, we could access our balcony with two chairs and a table. The view wasn’t that exciting, but it wasn’t terrible either thanks to being on the top floor. It felt private. You can pay extra for a seaview.
There was a wall of cupboards lining the interior wall. I don’t think I have had so much cupboard space before. It was great! There was also an area with mini-fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, cookies and bottles of water that could be refilled at any time.
There were dressing gowns in the cupboard and a mini-safe.
The bedroom area had a very comfortable king bed with bedside tables.
The bathroom was huge with small separate rooms for each of the toilet and shower. There was a great bath tub and two basins. Of course, there were plenty of toiletries too. It felt very luxurious.
In fact the whole suite felt quite luxurious and it did feel like a suite. It was a little older style, but this made it feel more grand. It was quiet and comfortable with plenty of natural light which we relished after coming from a hotel in Cenang Beach where we barely had any.
We loved our room. The only complaint was that it was four levels up and the mini-fridge wasn’t that cold. It was more like a 1-degree-colder-than-the-room fridge
There is a great range of facilities at the hotel Tanjung Rhu Resort Langkawi. There are two big pools, one for adults and one for families with a children’s pool. They are both by the beach with great views. They both have adjoining bars too.
Both are great. I really like resorts with an adults-only pool (13+ in this case so technically one of my kids could have used it). I feel more relaxed in the family pool this way as I figure any adults who don’t want to be disturbed by kids shouldn’t be there.
The family pool is absolutely massive anyway so easy to carve our your own part. The colour initially turned us off a little, but the whole area was amazing and the colour helps it fade into the beautiful natural surroundings.
Of course, you can also swim and relax at the beach which is right there and stunningly beautiful.
There is a gym, tennis courts, a reading room (with board games) and a fashion and gift shop.
For more active people, there are ATV tours, watersports such as jet skis, kayaks and snorkelling. There are also plenty of nature walks around the resort area.
The resort is also just a short walk from Mangrove kayaking tours. You can read more about them here. We did one on our arrival day which was perfect to help us appreciate just how beautiful this area is.
There is also a Tanjung Rhu Resort spa.
For something a bit different (and very cool), visit Tanjung Rhu Resort on the five days of the year that the Sandbar appears between the resort’s bridge and Chabang and Kelam Baya Islands which are islands about a kilometre away that you can see in some of my beach photos (and below).
For about an hour on these days, the sea level drops to a minimum of 0.0 metres and exposes the sandbar that connects these places. So you can actually walk to these islands.
When we visited, you couldn’t quite walk the whole way but a lot of the sandbar was exposed. So cool! I couldn’t believe what a difference the tide mades when we returned after our mangove tour to find the water level a seemingly crazy amount higher.
If you want to visit for this phenonemon. check with the resort when it nexts occurs.
When you are staying somewhere a little more isolated, it’s important to have some great eating options. Tanjung Rhu Resort did not disappoint. There are six restaurants, lounges and bars.
Sands is the all day dining restaurant. There is where we ate our included breakfast. It was ok for breakfast. There was a reasonable range, but it seemed like there wasn’t much we wanted to eat and somewhat limited compared to what I would expect for a 5-star resort.
There is the Chef’s Table, an Italian restaurant for special occasions and Sportsbar @ Saffron, a pizza restaurant and Mexican bar, which are both open for dinner. They can also organise special, romantic beach dinners.
We had dinner at sunset at Sportsbar @ Saffron which is certainly a beautiful place to be. The service was not great though. It was hard to order while the staff stood around talking. This is the only time I had nothing but A+ service at this resort.
The food was decent but serving sizes were on the small side. Prices were high as you would expect at a resort like this.
There are also two pool bars, one by each pool which serve snacks and drinks. Finally, the Reading Room, the on-site library, has a deli with drinks, gelato and cakes. It’s a lovely area over two floors and two buildings with plenty of spaces to sit and relax, books and games. I haven’t seen anywhere quite like it in other hotels, and it was great.
Of course, there is also room service available.
It’s possible to have a somewhat Tanjung Rhu Resort all inclusive package which includes your meals, but you need to contact the hotel directly about that. You could sign up while you were there when we were staying here. I think it was RM400 per person.
There are also some eating options just outside the resort by the beach that you can easily walk to as well. This can save some money as, like you would expect, eating at the resort is relatively expensive.
When we stayed, there was happy hour from 5- 8pm with 30% off drinks. Since the prices were high, this was a good saving. It seemed to be everywhere across the resort including at dinner.
The whole resort is just so pretty. It’s easy to enjoy any time here. Like I said above, apart from at dinner, service was very good with warm smiles and greetings from all staff. It’s all just heavenly.
Final Words About The Insta-Worthy Tanjung Rhu Resort in Langkawi
So what did we think? A++.
We absolutely loved our stay here. Our only regret is not staying longer. My kids seemed to love it even more than me. They were very impressed.
The only downsides were service at dinner and being on the fourth floor.
Will we be back? Absolutely! We have to show it to my husband and 11 year old next time 🙂
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