Langkawi’s latest hotel to offer authentic experience


Dr Mahathir (centre) and Dr Siti Hasmah (next to him) cutting a ribbon to open Mercure Langkawi Pantai Cenang alongside Low (second from right) and Keh (left). With them is Nasaruddin (right).

LANGKAWI has a special charm that sets it apart from other island destinations, according to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He was sharing his views on Langkawi at the grand opening of the island’s latest hotel – Mercure Langkawi Pantai Cenang.

“Tourists now are very discerning. They want to experience the local way of life and they’ll get that by coming here,” said Dr Mahathir, who is also Langkawi MP.

He said the island appreciated the investment put in by global hospitality players as this would bring exposure that would benefit Langkawi stakeholders.

Accor Group senior vice-president of operations for Malaysia and Indonesia, Michel Vivier, said that besides Mercure Langkawi Pantai Cenang, three more properties were set to open in the country in the coming months.

“We’re committed to developing tourism in Malaysia and playing a major role in Langkawi.

“We want to give travellers authentic and localised experiences,” said Vivier during the recent launch.

Dr Mahathir and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali joined hotel director Low Poh Eng and general manager Jasmine Keh at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Also present were the hotel’s chief executive officer (CEO) Alfred Low, fellow directors Tan Hin Giap and Tan Heng Peng as well as Langkawi Development Authority CEO Nasaruddin Abdul Muttalib.

Following the launch, attendees were entertained with a lion dance blessing ceremony and cultural dances before having lunch at the hotel’s Rice Garden Restaurant.

Mercure Langkawi Pantai Cenang is just a three-minute walk from the island’s most popular beach and a 10-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport.

There are 164 rooms featuring a “Cast Away” theme that blends nautical design elements with contemporary style.

All rooms come equipped with a 49-inch smart TV and WiFi. Laid out in a block, rooms in the inner ring offer views of the landscaped pool area while those on the outer side have views of the Andaman Sea or the island’s lush hills.

Besides the all-day dining Rice Garden Restaurant, there is also the 99 Islands Lounge and Bar for drinks and meet-ups, a well-equipped gymnasium and Kids’ Club.

Catering to MICE events, the hotel has a 230sq m grand ballroom accommodating up to 200 people in theatre seating or 15 round tables for banquets. There are also meeting rooms for smaller functions for up to 40 people.

Keh said the hotel, owned by PL Soon Huat Realty Sdn Bhd, was the final component of a 10-year project that also included neighbouring Cenang Mall and Cenang Plaza.

“It’s a great addition to Langkawi. Mercure derives its name from the Roman god of travellers and commerce, and we take pride in offering warm and personalised service,” she added.

Guests can take advantage of Accor Live Limitless (ALL), the group’s lifestyle loyalty programme that offers unique rewards.

Special opening rates start from RM448nett per night inclusive of breakfast for two, valid for stays from now until June 30 this year.

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