Philippe Villeroux-designed The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi opens as brand’s first resort destination in Malaysia

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has opened The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi as an oceanfront resort on the Malaysian island. Set in a private bay, the resort is surrounded by a jungle, while its beachfront faces the Andaman Sea.

Designed to reflect the nearby traditional villages–known as Kampongs–The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi incorporates influences from local culture.

Designed by Philippe Villeroux of Kuala Lumpur-based Tropical Area Architects, the resort has 70 guestrooms, 15 suites and 29 villas, all of them influenced by Malay architecture, which can be seen in the intricately-designed features, large windows and gabled roofs. The rooms’ vertical lines integrate the living spaces into the surrounding jungle, while overwater villas offer views of the sea.

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Ideal for families or other groups, the resort’s Villa Mutiara has two pools and access to a private beach.

The resort’s Walkway of Wishes entrance has a water fountain inspired by the “Tasik Dayang Bunting (The Lake of Pregnant Maiden)”.

The resort has four dining venues, each overlooking the Andaman Sea. These include the Langkawi Kitchen, Beach Grill and Hai Yan.

Onsite facilities include an outdoor tennis court, a gym and an infinity pool.

Spa Rituals has five cocoon-shaped pavilions that float above the sea and were designed to resemble Malay Bubus or the fish traps used by local fishermen. Connected by over-water walkways, each pavilion is surrounded by a circular platform with ocean views.

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Inspired by the history of the property, the overall design maintains the originality of the existing building while adding new amenities.