MalaysiaLangkawi $$$$$ Beachfront
Resort

Vivanta Langkawi, Rebak Island: Review

If Langkawi is the ultimate tropical paradise, then Rebak Island is the beach getaway of your dreams. The 390-acre private island is a 7-minute boat ride from Langkawi's Port Cenang and home to only a marina and 5-star resort, Vivanta by Taj.

A stay at Vivanta is the definition of luxury. You'll eat like a king or queen with in-house chefs specializing in Indian, Malay, and Thai cuisines, then relax your full belly by the pool or on the private beach.

If you think relaxing is the only thing to do on a private island, think again. The resort houses tennis, squash, and badminton courts, beach volleyball, and bicycle and kayak hire. Guided activities include cooking classes, fishing excursions, and nature walks to look for local monkeys, hornbills or monitor lizards basking in the mangrove forest.

The resort is split into 2 wings, the first containing traditionally-inspired wooden chalets while the second has more modern concrete chalets, still fitted with Malay-style wooden furniture. Guests in both wings wake up meters away from waves gently lapping at the shore. It doesn't get any better than this.

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Overview

Rating

5 star Resort

Price

$$$$$Rates start at $60-$119 per night

Location

Beachfront
  • 94 Rooms
  • Chain: Taj Hotels
  • Rewards: Taj Inner Circle
  • Free airport transfer (for some guests)
  • Free off-site parking
  • Breakfast included (based on room package)
  • All ages welcome
  • Opened 2007
  • Check-in 2:00PM
  • Check-out 12:00PM

Photos

Main entranceMain entrance
Approaching lobbyApproaching lobby
Original wooden wingOriginal wooden wing
Second concrete wingSecond concrete wing
Private beachPrivate beach
Hotel exterior
Hotel poolHotel pool
Senari restaurantSenari restaurant
Moon deckMoon deck
Buggy serviceBuggy service
Beachfront swingBeachfront swing
Private beachPrivate beach
Nature walkNature walk
Around the hotel
Connecting pathwaysConnecting pathways
Pool areaPool area
Private beachPrivate beach
Ocean viewsOcean views
Hotel grounds

Internet & Tech

SpeedTest results:
Download speed
8.07 Mbps
Upload speed
9.37 Mbps
Ping
25 ms
These results are an average of 3 tests completed at a random time of day.
  • Wifi access: Free (all guests) - Premium package with higher bandwidth and 8 devices is available for a fee.
  • Wifi strength: Very strong
  • Limited to 4 devices
  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • Power outlets: Convenient (local input)
  • Wired connection available
  • 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
  • Good soundproofing
  • Very dark window coverings
  • 42" Satellite Smart TV
  • Medium size in-room safe
  • Paid minibar
  • Mini fridge
  • Kettle
  • Iron & board
  • Complimentary coffee & tea
  • Rain shower head
  • Double Vanity
  • Luxury Soaps
  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Bathtub
  • Nature Books

Room types:

Superior Room Garden View 47 sqm
1 king

Entry level rooms with a working desk, bathtub, and garden view from the balcony or patio accented by traditional wooden furnishings. Located in newer, concrete wing.

Deluxe Room Partial Sea View 48 sqm
1 king

Cozy, traditionally finished rooms with a working desk and bathtub located in the newer, concrete wing. Building is situated a block away from the beach with partial ocean views.

Premium Room Sea Front 48 sqm
1 king

Identical to Partial Sea View rooms except located closer to the beach with full ocean views from the balcony or patio.

Premium Suite Garden View 103 sqm
1 king

Spacious rooms with a separate bathroom, lounge, and dining areas located in the newer, concrete wing. Scenic garden views from the balcony.

Deluxe Suite Sea View 76 sqm
1 king

Large studio-style rooms with a small lounge area, bathtub, and 2 work desks located in the original, wooden wing.

Luxury Two Bedroom Suite with Garden View 103 sqm
2 king

Larger suites located in the original, wooden wing consisting of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a shared living and dining area. Lush garden views from the balcony. Perfect for families.

Vivanta Suite Sea View 125 sqm
1 king

The most prestigious room consisting of 1 bedroom with princess bed, extra-large bathtub, separate bathroom, living, and dining areas and ocean views from 2 separate balconies. Located in the original, wooden wing.

BedroomBedroom
Double vanityDouble vanity
BathtubBathtub
Patio with beach accessPatio with beach access
Outdoor showerOutdoor shower
Deluxe Suite Sea View

Facilities

  • Outdoor pools: 1
  • Poolside Bar
  • Swim-up Pool Bar
  • Beach lounges
  • Watersports
  • Fitness center
  • Spa services
  • Kids club
  • Kids playground
  • Free daily activities
  • Free daily entertainment
  • Bar
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Busboy
  • Concierge service
  • Tour & activity desk
  • Tennis court
  • Squash court
  • Library
  • Manicured gardens
  • Private Beach
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Table games (pool, table tennis)
  • Clothing boutique
  • Bike hire
  • Kayak hire
GymGym
Kayaks for hireKayaks for hire
Gym & kayak hire

Food & Drink

  • World class food quality
  • Excellent food service
  • Room service available
  • Gluten friendly
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Wheat-free options
  • Restaurants nearby: None

Restaurants:

$$$$$Senari
Malay, Indian, Continental

Breakfast restaurant serving a combination of buffet and a la carte. Lunch and dinner menus include classic Malay, Thai, Indian, and European dishes expertly prepared by specialist chefs.

7am-11pm
$$$$$Private Dining
Malay, Indian, Thai, Seafood, International

Staff set up a private table on the moon deck gazebo or beach and serve a 3-or-more-course meal of your chosen cuisine. Mouth-watering options include Indian, Malay, Thai, or try a little of everything with a culinary journey around the world.

5pm-10pm
$$$$$Lepak Bar
Bar

Beachfront bar serving classic and signature cocktails + daily specials during happy hour.

4pm-8pm
$$$$$Minum Minum Bar
Bar

Jazz-style lounge with daily live music (except Mondays) serving classic and signature cocktails as well as a wide range of beer, wine, and spirits. Take advantage of happy hour, share a dance with your loved one, or enjoy your drink over a table game like pool, cards, backgammon, or Jenga.

12pm-12am
$$$$$Celsius Pool Bar
Bar

Swim-up pool bar offering a range of drinks and light snacks.

11am-7pm
$$$$$Straits Grill
Seafood

Beachfront live cooking station open on request to prepare locally caught fish and shellfish.

12pm to 4pm
Dinner on the beachDinner on the beach
Main courseMain course
Customized menuCustomized menu
Soup served in a coconutSoup served in a coconut
Private dinner on the beach
Customized menuCustomized menu
Greece-inspired flatbreadGreece-inspired flatbread
Spanish-inspired pilafSpanish-inspired pilaf
Arabic-style baklavaArabic-style baklava
Culinary journey around the world
Chef KamalChef Kamal
Customized recipesCustomized recipes
Cooking in progressCooking in progress
Finished productFinished product
Class location - Senari restaurantClass location - Senari restaurant
Cooking class
Malay breakfast - Roti canai

What's Nearby

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.

550 meters (601 yards) Walking time: 7 mins

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Insider Tips For Vivanta Langkawi, Rebak Island

  • Boats from Port Cenang to Rebak Island run 7 times per day. The first boat leaves at 7:30am from Rebak or 8:15am from Cenang. The last boat leaves at 7:30pm from Rebak or 7:45pm from Cenang. Additional times are available for a charge. Complementary special boats are provided for guests with late airport arrival.
  • The boat journey can be choppy in wet season months, most notably in July.
  • Complimentary buggy service is included from the marina to the hotel, and are also available around the hotel upon request.
  • Rooms fitted with DVD plays include complimentary DVD hire from the lobby.
  • No durian or mangosteen (local fruit) are to be brought to the island due to the strong smell.
  • Monkeys must not be fed as they will become aggressive and steal.
  • Swimming and kayaking is only permitted in the sectioned of area by the beach to protect swimmers from boats. Jellyfish have not been sighted at Rebak Island.
  • Staff recommend guests do not walk the nature trail without a guide due to the likelihood of encountering native animals or getting lost.
  • Cooking classes cost RM35 (USD$8.56) per person and are run at 12:30pm every Thursday and Sunday. Classes include 2 dishes, take-home recipes, and handy tips from Vivanta's expert chefs. Meals are then enjoyed for lunch. Additional classes can be arranged upon request.
  • Free activities include kayak hire, volleyball, and table games.
  • Paid activities include archery (RM20 (USD$4.89) for 15 arrows), fishing (RM35 (USD$8.56) per rod for 4-hour tour), batik painting (RM20 (USD$4.89) per set), badminton, squash, or tennis (RM20 (USD$4.89) per hour), and bicycle hire (RM20 (USD$4.89) per bike for 1 hour). Most activities require prior booking through reception.
Port CenangPort Cenang
Boat to Rebak IslandBoat to Rebak Island
Boat to Rebak Island

COVID-19 Response

In response to Malaysia's Relaxed Movement Control Order (RMCO), Vivanta has implemented several measures to encourage social distancing and comply with governmental SOPs. These include:

  • Emptying of minibars - items are available for purchase and delivery to room upon request.
  • Complimentary sanitization packs in guest rooms containing masks and gloves.
  • Cancelation of some activities like live music nights and guided nature walks. Other activities like cooking classes are demonstration only. Guests may watch the chef and ask questions but not participate or get too close.
  • Hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the complex.
  • Mandatory wearing of masks in common areas.
  • Closure of all restaurants/bars except Senari. Drinks and cocktails can be served in the restaurant.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Private island & beach. Only the marina and hotel are located on Rebak Island. Private swimming beach is located opposite the pool area.
  • World class food. Chefs prepare dishes from a range of cuisines to an exceptionally high standard. Dietary requirements and special requests can be accommodated.
  • Natural habitat of largely untouched island includes a range of exotic plants and birds like hornbills and kingfishers. Guided nature walks are available.
  • Availability of activities like tennis, beach volleyball, kayaking, and fishing tours. Guides show guests secret fishing spots and their catch can be cooked to their liking by the restaurant.
  • High standard of service. Staff are friendly, professional, welcoming, and assist with any request the best they can. No request is too big or small.
Could Be Better:
  • Location below flight path means regular loud noise from planes landing in Langkawi Airport. No planes during the night.
  • Choppy waters make for a fairly rocky boat ride during the wet season months.
  • Funny sayings on toiletries are a little odd.
  • Renovations due for tennis and squash courts.
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Contact Details

Vivanta Langkawi, Rebak Island

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Vivanta Rebak Island Resort, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
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