“You’re the first Filipinos to check in at this resort this year,” the manager told us after checking out. It was our second and last day in Langkawi. We spent the previous night at Tropical Resort in Pantai Tengah.
It was a shame to leave this early. I loved the island and I wished I could stay longer but we needed to get moving to Penang. The manager and staff were just starting to warm up to us. Just the day before, we arrived at Tropical Resort after a full-day tour of the island and everyone seemed to be so busy. The manager was the only one at the reception, taking calls, welcoming guests, and doing a quick tour of the resort. Unlike most hotel-owners I had met in Malaysia, he was not really friendly at first; very straight forward with no effort to connect with us. But I guess he was just swamped that afternoon.
That evening, he was a different man. He initiated conversations, showed interest in where we would be going next, and shared tips on how we could make use of our very cramped time backpacking along the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
Tropical Resort seems to always cut to the chase. One look at their website and you’ll be impressed and amused by their hatred towards highfalutin words. On their homepage, they’re declaring war against nonsense: We are a WYSIWYG establishment, in other words, what you see is what you get. We also do not believe in abusing adjectives and adverbs to help sell our rooms. We are what we are… We are clean, quiet and real value for money. So, if you’re looking for a budget accommodation in Langkawi, without the hassle and hustle… your best option is Tropical Resort Langkawi.
And if you’re planning to book a room here, then that should serve as a sneak peek into your future experience with them. Just like their vocabulary choices, they only offer the basic accommodation needs of a regular traveler — spacious rooms, clean bathrooms with hot and cold shower, a small library, a wi-fi connection (albeit in limited areas only), and an excellent location. No more, no less. If you want a swimming pool or a highly equipped gym or a fancy restaurant as part of the amenities, then this is not for you. But this is one of the cheapest we found in Langkawi (USD36.67 per night for a twin room) so it was more like a case of “you get what you pay for.”
Tropical Resort is tucked in a quiet corner of Pantai Tengah, a stark contrast to the crowded and almost psychedelic Pantai Cenang, which can be reached on foot in a few minutes. Pantai Cenang is where most hotels, restaurants, and attractions are located but a walk was always a welcome treat for me, not a chore. Honestly, I believe it is the location that I liked best about this resort.
After a long evening walking along Pantai Cenang, we came back to the resort late in the evening and it was so dark. That’s probably the one thing that I did not like so much about the place. It was so dark at night I was starting to get scared. Note, though, that it was dark within the resort and not on the way there. And oh, there were mosquitoes, which they take care of by lighting several insect repellant coils every night.
We only stayed one night at Tropical Resort Langkawi and to put it succinctly, it was a pleasant. As they promised on their website, the it was clean, quiet, and affordable. Maybe the resort doesn’t need flowery words to describe itself. When it comes to value for money, their guests will gladly provide the positive adjectives for them.
Tropical Resort Langkawi
Pantai Tengah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Office Hours : 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
How to get to Tropical Resort Langkawi: From KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur, ride the overnight intercity train to Arau Station, take a taxi to Kuala Perlis, and then board a ferry to Kuah, Langkawi. Take the cab to Tropical Resort in Pantai Tengah.