MalaysiaLangkawi $$$$$ Rural
Villa

The Gemalai Village: Review

Experience Langkawi's rice-farming history by sleeping above rice paddies at Gemalai Village. 6 traditional stilted kampung huts, 3 double-story and 3 single-story, are connected by wooden boardwalks above water-filled paddy fields within the Laman Padi complex.

Guests get a taste of village life with hand-carved wooden furniture, a semi-outdoor bamboo-clad bathroom, and views of grazing water buffalo; all without sacrificing modern comforts like air-conditioning, a comfy bed, hot showers, and breakfast delivered to your room.

Staying true to its agricultural roots, Gemalai Village prioritizes sustainability with minimal use of plastic, and free bicycle hire to discourage carbon emissions from motor transport.

A night or two here provides the rare opportunity to be surrounded by nature whilst still being within walking, or cycling, distance of tourist district Pantai Cenang with its tropical beaches, duty-free shopping, and many restaurants.

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Overview

Rating

3 star Villa

Price

$$$$$Rates start at less than $59 per night

Location

Rural
  • 6 Rooms
  • Free on-site parking
  • Breakfast included
  • All ages welcome
  • Opened 2014
  • Check-in 2:00PM
  • Check-out 12:00PM

Photos

Single-story chaletSingle-story chalet
Interconnecting boardwalksInterconnecting boardwalks
2-story chalets2-story chalets
Aerial view of chaletsAerial view of chalets
View of balcony and loungeView of balcony and lounge
BoardwalkBoardwalk
Private Chalets
Rice fieldsRice fields
Water buffalo grazing in rice fieldsWater buffalo grazing in rice fields
Rice fields at sunsetRice fields at sunset
Rice fields
Fruiting banana treeFruiting banana tree
Flowering water lily Flowering water lily
Plants around the hotel
Water buffalo near villaWater buffalo near villa
Grazing water buffaloGrazing water buffalo
Young cow grazingYoung cow grazing
Local birds waiting for breakfastLocal birds waiting for breakfast
Brahminy kite soaring above the rice fieldsBrahminy kite soaring above the rice fields
Pet catPet cat
Animals around the hotel

Internet & Tech

SpeedTest results:
Download speed
45.00 Mbps
Upload speed
19.30 Mbps
Ping
13 ms
These results are an average of 3 tests completed at a random time of day.
  • Wifi access: Free (all guests)
  • Wifi strength: Strong
  • Wifi comments: WiFi strength drops by about 75% in the chalets furthest from the office.
  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • Power outlets: Inconvenient
  • Printer: Free (Lobby)
  • In-room safe: 13 inch laptop friendly
  • HDMI input in TV
  • In-room music player: None

Rooms

  • Very good bed comfort
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Below Average soundproofing
  • Light leaker window coverings
  • 32" Local TV
  • Medium size in-room safe
  • Paid minibar
  • Mini fridge
  • Kettle
  • Iron & board
  • Complimentary coffee & tea
  • Rain shower head

Room types:

Dangau Hut
1 king

Single story chalet with traditional-style wooden furnishings and modern comforts like air-conditioning and a soft bed. Semi-outdoor, bamboo-clad bathroom attached.

Teratak Hut
1 king

2-story chalet with enclosed bedroom and bathroom on top level and open-air dining and lounge area below.

Upper level bedroomUpper level bedroom
Hand-carved furnitureHand-carved furniture
Complimentary tea and coffeeComplimentary tea and coffee
Upper level bathroomUpper level bathroom
View from upper level balconyView from upper level balcony
Lower level dining areaLower level dining area
Teratak Hut

Facilities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bicycle hire

Food & Drink

  • Very good food quality
  • Friendly and prompt food service
  • Room service available
  • Gluten friendly
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Wheat-free options
  • Restaurants nearby: Plenty

Restaurants:

$$$$$Gelamai Restaurant
Seafood, Malay

Located across the rice fields from the hotel rooms, approx. 5-minute walk. Visitors can dine at ground level tables in individual huts above the rice fields, or in a communal dining area. The restaurant specializes in seafood and traditional Malay dishes.

1pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm, 7 days
Breakfast overlooking rice paddiesBreakfast overlooking rice paddies
Local breakfastLocal breakfast
In-room breakfast
Private dining hutsPrivate dining huts
Nasi goreng (vegetarian) Nasi goreng (vegetarian)
Fried vegetablesFried vegetables
Dinner at Gemalai Restaurant

What's Nearby

Laman Padi Langkawi

Museum

A museum dedicated to the history of rice cultivation in Malaysia and the state of Kedah. Informative posters explain the traditional farming equipment on display, ranging from straw hats to ploughing and harvesting tools.

430 meters (470 yards) Walking time: 5 mins

Map... Get walking directions... Full attraction details...

Pantai Cenang (Chenang Beach)

Beach

Langkawi’s most tourist-friendly beach. This 2km stretch of soft white sand is lined with coconut trees, beach umbrellas, jet ski vendors, and beach bars. By day, sunbathers, swimmers, and watersport enthusiasts dominate the sparkling shoreline. As the sun softly sets, a series of beach bars become the center of attention as beanbags and cocktail menus are brought onto the sand.

950 meters (1,039 yards) Bike time: 2 mins

Map... Get bike directions... Full attraction details...

Underwater World Langkawi

Aquarium

Aquarium with large freshwater fish, colourful marine fish, and a successful penguin breeding program. Other marine life includes sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, and sea stars.

2.04 kms (1.28 miles) Bike time: 7 mins

Map... Get bike directions... Full attraction details...

Cenang Mall

Shopping Mall

2-story mall opposite Pantai Cenang. Several stores sell local items like souvenirs and batik products while international chains include The Body Shop. There is also a pharmacy, supermarket, duty-free store, and restaurant chains like Starbucks, McDonald's, and KFC.

1.76 kms (1.10 miles) Bike time: 6 mins

Map... Get bike directions...

Mali Mali Beach Bar

Beach Bar

Caribbean-style beach shack with colourful tables, chairs, and beanbags to enjoy a cocktail or beer on the beach. A popular spot to watch Pantai Cenang's epic sunsets.

750 meters (820 yards) Walking time: 9 mins

Map... Get walking directions...

Insider Tips For The Gemalai Village

  • The rice fields attract a small type of fly at night. If going out after dark, always turn off the lights in your room to avoid attracting the insects.
  • Protect yourself from the elements by wearing sunblock during the day and insect repellent during the evening.
  • Hot water switch needs to be turned on 15 minutes before showering to heat up.
  • WiFi password is located next to the TV, but not labeled so easy to miss.
  • Due to street noise, the hotel is best suited to a 1 or 2-night stay to soak up the experience, then move to a larger hotel with more modern soundproofing.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Stilted chalets crafted in a similar style to traditional Malay villages with wooden furnishings.
  • Close to nature. Wake up surrounded by green rice fields complete with water buffalo and birds. Several chickens and roosters also live in the complex.
  • Location. Walking distance to many restaurants, shops, and attractions including Pantai Cenang.
  • Eco-friendly. Focus on sustainability initiatives like refillable glass water jugs instead of plastic bottles.
  • Free bicycle hire makes it easy to explore the area.
  • In-chalet breakfast. Indulge with traditional dishes brought to your chalet at a time of your choosing.
  • Privacy. Only 6 chalets available means few other guests share the common areas.
Could Be Better:
  • Street noise. Wooden walls provide little soundproofing from the busy surrounding streets.
  • Mosquitos and flies are attracted to the still water and are common around the chalets during evenings.
  • Window coverings. The main glass doors have block-out curtains but the side and bathroom windows are open, allowing the early morning light into the room.
  • Power switches for air conditioner and hot water should be labeled to avoid confusion.
  • Electrical outlets are all used by lamps, TV, and fridge. Something must be unplugged to charge phones or laptops.
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Contact Details

The Gemalai Village

Address:
Laman Padi, Jalan Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
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