ACCOR have just announced the grand opening of their first hotel in Langkawi, which is also the first Malaysian destination to reopen its borders to international tourism. With a great location, comfortable accommodation and wide range of facilities, the hotel is expected to be popular with returning tourists in the months ahead.
Strategically located near the centre of Pantai Cenang, the Mercure Langkawi Pantai Cenang is just 15 minutes from Langkawi International Airport and a 5-minute walk from a range of the island’s most popular coastal attractions, including Underwater World on Cenang Beach. Kilim Geoforest Park and Telaga 7 Waterfalls are also accessible via a 40-minute drive from the hotel. Other notable attractions include Mahsuri Tomb and Seven Wells, just half an hour away.
“Mercure Langkawi Pantai Cenang wishes you a memorable stay,” says hotel manager Jasmine KEH, to prospective guests. “We hope you feel comfortable in our contemporary rooms that have a locally inspired décor,” she added. In keeping with its beach location, the hotel features accommodation inspired by the dreamy beach setting. All 164 rooms also come with a 49-inch TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities and a minibar.
Other hotel facilities and services include a gym, Kids Club, all-day dining and a lobby lounge & bar, along with a swimming pool, ballroom and three dedicated meeting rooms catering do MICE events and business travellers. The Rice Garden Restaurant serves up everything from steaks and salads to local delights such as satay and seafood platters. Seating is available on a terrace overlooking the ocean.
The island of Langkawi reopened to foreign travellers in November 2021, as part of a pilot programme by the Malaysian government dubbed the Langkawi International Travel Bubble (LITB). After a successful first three months of operation, the bubble has been extended into March and will provide a model for the government’s nationwide revival of tourism, expected to be announced soon.
Entry and testing requirements have recently been relaxed in Langkawi, as foreign arrivals are now only bound to the island bubble for a total of four days before being permitted to travel elsewhere, during which time they need only pass a single Covid test. With new hotels such as the Mercure Langkawi on offer, many visitors will want to extend their stay in Langkawi. The hotel is expected to officially open for business in April 2022.