A relaxing stay at the Hornbill Retreat – Langkawi

Langkawi is a Malaysian island located at the West side of the country. During my roundtrip through Malaysia I have visited both Penang and Langkawi. Personally, Langkawi is my favourite, as it’s less touristic and still very pure. The island has some beautiful beaches, which are perfectly reachable by scooter.

During my time at Langkawi, I stayed at the Hornbill Retreat. In this article I’ll tell more about my stay.

Would you like to read more about the Malaysian island Langkawi? In this article I wrote an extensive island guide and in this article you’ll read about the most beautiful beaches of the island.

The Hornbill Retreat

The Hornbill Retreat is a small boutique accommodation where relaxation is the main aspect. You can already find the relaxation in its location: it’s surrounded by paddy fields. It has a quiet location, but yet the accommodation is located near the town of Kampung Lubok Buaya. I love this town! Many travelers stay in Kuah as it’s the biggest town of the island, but in Kampung Lubok Buaya you can also find anything you need: from beaches to restaurants and from rain forest to paddy fields. It’s a great starting point for exploring more of Langkawi.

As you have to walk around 30 minutes towards the town center, it’s easy to have a rental car or a scooter. I can definitely recommend a scooter: the island doesn’t feature lots of traffic, so it’s very safe and a nice way to explore the island. At the Hornbill Retreat they recommended us to rent a scooter at the Happy Smart Mini Market, which we didn’t regret!

In total, the accommodation offers nine rooms from which eight of them are double / twin rooms. One room is a family room and consists out of a king bed and two single beds. Every room has its own bathroom. I really liked our room, as you can see it’s quite new and it’s nicely decorated. The beds were very comfortable and there were complimentary snacks. The bathroom was quite standard, but it was clean and there were no negative aspects.

Breakfast isn’t included, but the Hornbill Retreat features a full equipped kitchen where you can prepare and enjoy your own-made breakfast. The same also applies to lunch and dinner. Besides a fully equipped kitchen, the accommodation also offers a swimming pool. Furthermore, there is plenty of free parking space for your rental car.

The service was alright. At first, when we arrived, it looked like nobody was there. However, after a couple of minutes we came across someone who handed over our keys. The owner wasn’t there to welcome us and the ’employee’ couldn’t speak English, so it wasn’t really the welcome we had expected. However, through the booking channel the owner gave us the tip for renting the scooter at Happy Smart Mini Market, so that was really nice.

A really important update to keep in mind: our stay at the Hornbill Retreat was in November 2018. As I’m writing this post now (and looking up some information on the internet) I can see that, in the present, the Hornbill Retreat rents its accommodation as a villa for groups. You can book it with two persons, but that makes the stay very expensive. Currently (June 2020), it’s only an option to book this accommodation when you’re with a big group. It fits a group of max. 22 guests. That means that you’ll have the kitchen ánd the swimming pool for yourself. One night at the villa costs around € 500,-, but it really depends on the period you’d like to go. The minimum stay is two nights.

Altogether we had a really nice stay at the Hornbill Retreat. If you’re travelling with a big group, it’s definitely a recommendation to book this accommodation when you’re visiting Langkawi. However, I kind of hope they’ll change their concept again and let individuals stay at their accommodation again as well. In that case, it’s definitely a recommendation for everyone!

Just as a tip: it’s recommended to stay around three nights at Langkawi to get the best experience and explore the most of the island.

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NOTE: this post is not sponsored and contains my personal and honest experience!

Author: Tamara

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