Casa del Mar Langkawi: A House By The Sea
Originally built as the holiday home of a wealthy family, Casa del Mar retains the Spanish style that so enamoured its original occupants. Today, Casa del Mar, which means ‘house by the sea’, is a carefree place where the worries daily life are elsewhere; the focus here is relaxation and enjoyment. The hotel’s location at the northernmost end of Langkawi’s Pantai Cenang beach places it within easy reach of the shops, bars, and restaurants that make Pantai Cenang the island’s most popular area for shopping and socialising after a day enjoying the beach and perhaps some of the activities available on the sand and in the water, ranging from simple strolls to jetski rides. Despite an abundance of options for activities further along the sand, Casa del Mar remains a retreat for the body and soul, nowhere more so than its Satkara Spa where expert therapists administer treatments with adroit application of their knowledge and experience. A simple reflexology massage concentrating on the feet transcends description, so relaxing it is for the entire body. The other, more comprehensive treatments are similarly restorative.
Accommodation at Casa del Mar range from large, ground-floor rooms with private patios in the Spanish style leading out to the resort’s pool to upstairs suites for families. Australia top the list as Casa del Mar‘s source of guests, and indeed the laidback ambience coupled with attentive, friendly service of the staff and a beachfront position provide the type of overall holiday experience so highly sought after by Australian travellers. The hotel can arrange offsite activities such as private boat excursions to explore the offshore islands, perhaps with a picnic lunch on a deserted beach where footprints are nowhere to be seen, or to swim in the Lake Guillemard (more colloquially known as Lake Of The Pregnant Maiden) on Dayang Bunting Island, one of the most popular activities for visitors to Langkawi. This freshwater lake is barely separated from the sea by only a very narrow row of rocky cliffs covered in abundant vegetation. There are kayaks and pedal boats available, though a simple dip in the water is exhilaration enough for the majority of visitors.
As it is all over Malaysia, food plays an important part in a stay at Casa del Mar. The hotel’s La Sal restaurant has seating on the patio with views of the sea as well as tables and chairs right on the beach for those who prefer to dine with toes in the sand. The lunch and dinner menus are completely different and allow for sampling both Western and Asian cuisines, carefully prepared and presented. A more intimate dining experience, which Casa del Mar calls La Luna, sees a table for two set up away from the other tables for a private dinner by candlelight under the night sky.
Scoot‘s recent integration of its longhaul network with the flight network of Tigerair now makes it even easier for Australian travellers to fly to Langkawi from Scoot‘s gateways in Australia via Singapore’s passenger-friendly Changi Airport.