In a unique partnership with local fishermen, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is introducing its guests to traditional fishing practices in Malaysia, helping to preserve the island’s aquaculture heritage.
The new experience, available only to guests at the hotel, includes a visit to a specially constructed Fish House, where they are introduced to a local fisherman named Pak Din.
“Our on-going partnership with Pak Din has played a vital role in preserving the precious fishing heritage of Langkawi,” explains David Macklin, who is general manager at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. ““We’re very excited to share the island’s unique living history with our guests,” he continued.
The new facility, named ‘Rumah Ikan Fish House’, has been built to educate visitors, showcase Langkawi’s age-old fishing methods and provide an additional source of income for the traditional fishermen that still follow these customs. Designed by a local fisherman and crafted with island-grown wood, the structure has been described as ‘an inspiring testament to Langkawi’s vibrant fishing legacy.’
Situated at the resort’s mile-long sweep of coastline, the Fish House and its surroundings transport guests to a secluded spot where Pak Din spends his days, catching fish and squid offered by the Andaman Sea. Guests can try their hand at fishing using traditional methods, using locally sourced equipment.
“I love to meet guests and share the fishing skills my father taught me…the same skills I’ve passed on to my sons,” says Pak Din. “I feel so happy that our efforts are being seen and appreciated,” he added.
The Four Seasons Resort Langkawi offers a total of 91 rooms and suites, each with in-room amenities such as iPod docks, flat screen TVs, minibar, coffee/tea-making facilities and a complimentary daily newspaper. There are three restaurants at the resort, along with a spa, outdoor pool, fitness centre and kids’ club. The hotel is ideal for honeymooners looking for a beachfront getaway, families looking for an activity-filled resort, or adventurers wishing to explore the nearby UNESCO-listed rain forests, mangroves and karst formations.