The archipelago’s most private island resort is on Rebak Island. We went to explore all the things you can do on a 2-day getaway at Vivanta Rebak.
Langkawi, with her 99 alluring islands and beachfront resorts, is the go-to place for a tropical paradise staycation in Malaysia. For those who crave exclusivity and privacy, this resort takes the spotlight.
Vivanta Langkawi Rebak Island is tucked on a privately-owned island all on its own, gently overlooking the Senari straits. Framed by azure waters, a picturesque marina, lush forests and rock formations that span across 300 million years, this 5-star resort hidden on Rebak Island is all about that uninterrupted beach getaway.
Yachts greet you on both sides as our speedboat pulled into the jetty. Our first impression was that our island vacation would be fairly tranquil and chilled, the kind of place to laze on the beach with an ice-cold drink. We were pleasantly surprised to know that the resort also has its share of wild and wet activities too!
Here are 11 activities you can experience and enjoy at Vivanta Langkawi.
1. Take a boat ride from Port Cenang Jetty
You know the resort values its privacy when the only way to get to there is by boat. From the Kuah Jetty, it takes roughly 20 minutes to reach Port Cenang Jetty, where speedboats go to and from Rebak Island at designated times.
With the sea breeze brushing through our hair, it started to feel like the holiday has properly began. It only took around 7 minutes before the vibrant jetty and the lush foliage come to view.
2. Stroll around Rebak Marina
One of the most defining features of Vivanta Langkawi is the picturesque marina, which resembles a scene from a movie. Embraced by a lagoon, Rebak Marina is the only fully-equipped marina in Malaysia. It can fit around 190 private boats, occupied by sailors from around the world. Many would make the marina their pit stop and head out to explore Langkawi. There is even a special area for those who need to repair their boats.
We weren’t able to go into the boats (they are privately-owned after all), but the marina makes a fantastic photo opportunity!
3. Join a Nature Walk
Surrounded by vibrant jungles, the Nature Walk took us to the wilder sides of the island. The guide pointed out some of the plants that flourish on the island along our way, as well as the Panglima Utama shrine often frequented by monkeys. It is also easy to spot interesting wildlife like monkeys and the Oriental Hornbill.
Depending on the trail, the hike can last around 45 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes. Adventurous souls are often tempted to hike to the Red Beach, but it is always recommended to have a guide to make sure no one loses their way.
4. Indulge in lunch at the resort
Dining options are aplenty at Vivanta Langkawi The signature restaurant here is Senari, which serves local and international cuisines. While we were there, the bars had to be shut due to the Recovering Movement Control Order.
We tried the Thai set for lunch, which came with a hearty spread of fragrant pandan rice, pad thai wrapped in egg, Thai green curry chicken, salad and dessert. The portions were large and kept us going for the day!
5. Ride a bike around the island
In the morning, it is common to see people jogging or cycling around the resort. We spotted several bicycles stationed near the lobby, available for guests anytime so that we can easily go exploring on two wheels.
6. Get a splash of fun with ocean kayaking
Water activities are a must in Langkawi! Ocean kayaking was undoubtedly one of the highlights of our trip, as it gave us an exhilarating way to explore Rebak Island’s beauty.
Armed with our kayak and paddles, it didn’t take us too long to get into the rhythm. Paddling amidst the spectacular scenery of the rugged rocks and gorgeous beach was a thrilling adventure. Don’t be surprise if you spot fishes swimming past! If that welcoming rush of adrenaline is not enough to convince you, seeing Langkawi’s majestic island from the ocean definitely will.
7. Have a romantic dinner at The Moon Deck
Romance is always in the air at the Moon Deck. The most scenic dining venue at Vivanta Langkawi is a thoughtfully constructed deck that stretches out into the breathtaking Andaman Ocean, so guests can bask in a panoramic 360-degree view of the sea. Apparently the Moon Deck has seen its fair share of candle-lit dinners, serenading bands and proposals!
The menu features a tantalising six course meal and a selection of wines. Our main meal that day was a beautifully plated Continental-style chicken with pasta and vegetables. Watching the sun set while enjoying our dinner made the perfect ending to our day at Vivanta Langkawi.
Note: The Moon Deck package is only available upon request
8. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast at Senari
Breakfast is complimentary at Vivanta Langkawi, with a myriad of choices ranging from Malaysian to international dishes. Upon the chef’s recommendation, we went for the popular dishes here, including the Mee Goreng, Roti Canai with Curry, Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang, Pancakes, and Big Breakfast.
9. Plant your own tree
Tree-planting is an initiative run by the resort to give back to Mother Earth. The team prepared a small jasmine tree for us to plant and take root on the island. After the tree is planted and watered, we were given our very own name plate to place next to it. Somethings you leave only footsteps when you travel, and sometimes you leave behind a tree.
10. Relax on a fishing trip
Langkawi is known for being a fishermen’s haven, so even though none of us were good at fishing, we decided to give it a go.
A Vivanta associate brought us to one of the best fishing spots on Rebak Island, where we could kick back and fish, while taking in the views of the resort from a different angle. He also showed us how to swish and flick the fishing rod into the water properly. If you’re an experienced fishing enthusiast, he’ll be able to share the other secret locations on the island!
11. Enjoy the beach
Last but certainly not least, what is a trip to Langkawi if you do not make full use of the beach? Clean and not as crowded, the scenic seaviews are nothing short of stunning, as the rugged landscape of the neighbouring island stand in the distance. There are also leisure facilities such as the pool, volleyball court, pool table and ping pong table for recreational indulgences.
Luxurious suites at your service
Staying at Vivanta Langkawi comes with luxurious suites inspired by classic Malay design, and made with imported Chengal wood. One thing we noticed immediately was how ample the spaces were, each with its own living room, comfy bed and ensuite bathroom. The suites were beautifully decorated when we arrived (just look at the floral arrangement!). Selected suites also have private balconies that face the sea, so we could wake up to the ocean.
Visit the Vivanta Langkawi website to book your room. The suites start from RM220 to RM640, which include resort facilities, return boat shuttle, welcome drink. All activities can be booked separately.
Vivanta Langkawi Rebak Island
Address: Vivanta Langkawi Rebak Island, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Phone: 04-966 5566