The Mutiara Burau Bay Beach Resort at Langkawi, Malaysia puts you in close contact with the beach and the local wildlife.
The cabanas may be in slight need of upkeep (dated décor, dripping air conditioners), but the resort’s facilities make up for these shortcomings by offering a wide selection of entertainment options catering particularly to the watersports enthusiast.
Location: Between rainforest and the deep blue sea
The resort sits on 19 acres of forest and a strip of private beach, caught between the Mat Cincang mountain and Burau Bay, on Langkawi Island’s scenic northwest.
The location is both good and bad. On one hand, the resort is rather far from the main tourist haunts at Pantai Cenang. On the other, the resort gives its guests easy access to both rainforest and beach adventures, offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance to discover the island’s wildlife, like hornbills, migrating eagles, monkeys, and monitor lizards.
However, if being in such close contact with animals like geckos and mudskippers gives you the creeps, you might want to look elsewhere.
Because of the resort’s relatively remote location, you might want to hire a car at the airport to arrive at your destination.
Recreation: Bang for your buck
The beach is clean, expansive, and exclusive to resort guests. As you’ll have Burau Bay to yourself, you’ll have a chance to indulge in all the watersports your heart desires. The resort lends the necessary equipment for your windsurfing, parasailing, water skiing, and canoeing needs, with very little waiting time required.
Other recreational activities can be arranged through the front desk – golf (with prior arrangement at the Datai Langkawi nearby), trekking through the jungle, sunset cruises, scuba diving, fishing trips, island hopping, and tours to nearby places of interest.
The Rooms: Satisfactory, yet have seen better days
Guests can choose from 150 cabanas with either a beach or a garden view. To get the best cabanas, choose the ones facing the Straits of Malacca, or the ones facing the resort’s swimming pool.
The Mutiara Burau Bay has been around a while, and it shows. Renovations in 2000 have not completely erased the feeling that the rooms have seen better days.
The rooms aren’t too big (the single cabanas are positively tiny), the linens could use a change, and the air conditioners sometimes leak or make too much noise. Guests with rooms too close to the restaurant or too far up the hill may come off worse than others.
All cabanas come fully equipped with modern furnishings like air conditioning, coffee and tea accessories, cable TV, hair dryer, mini-bar, shower, and veranda.