Langkawi boasts of virgin white beaches, mysterious forests, and unique natural wonders that are gaining the attention and approval of travelers from around the world, especially in Europe. But if you wish to enjoy a truly tranquil relaxation, you should check out D’Coconut Hill Resort in Gunung Raya, about 3,000 feet above the Langkawi Island. The noise of the masses cannot reach Gunung Raya, the highest peak in the island, which makes it an ideal place of solitude.
The peak is only about 35 minutes away from the international airport and the town of Kuah, Langkawi’s capital. This makes it very accessible to anyone. No mountain-climbing skills necessary since you can drive your car all the way to the peak. The climb is short and definitely worth it, since there are so many things to do at the top. BTW, if you happen to visit the Philippines, you might want to check out Tops Cebu where you can enjoy the view of the city while having a barbeque cook out with your family.
The first and major attraction when on top of a mountain is always the view and the exhilaration of being on top. At the peak of Gunung Raya inside an exclusive watchtower, you get a spectacular 360° view of the Andaman Sea, southern tip of Thailand (when skies are clear) and surrounding Langkawi islands. Langkawi is not just one island but an archipelago of 104 islands. Five of these islands get submerged under the sea during high tides. Only two are inhabited by people, namely Pulau Tuba and Langkawi Island, the largest and most important in the archipelago. The tiniest islands are not even bigger than a house.
Langkawi is about 30 minutes off the coast of Kedah, Malaysia. It is now the country’s most celebrated tourist destination as it is shrouded in intrigue and beauty that tourists can’t help but check it out. Officially named “Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah” in 2008 during its Golden Jubilee, the archipelago opened its islands to international tourism only in 1987, and today it is doing quite well.
Next, after enjoying the panoramic beauty of the place, you can relax, dine, and sip a cup of coffee. There are two restaurants at D’Coconut Palace Resort, namely the Vietnamese restaurant, Viet Lang, and Italian restaurant, La Torre. Staffers are especially friendly and hospitable, typical of Asian hosts and hostesses. There is also a spa where you can relax your neck from enjoying the view. In fact, it is the perfect place to relax the entire body after a tiring day of having fun around Langkawi.
And since Gunung Raya is a significant part of Langkawi’s geopark ecotourism, nature lovers, birdwatchers, ecologists and practically anyone would get to enjoy the wildlife in the surrounding forests. There have been sightings of wreathed hornbills, great hornbills, sea eagles, giant squirrels, long-tailed macaques, and Dusky Leaf Monkeys. Wildlife viewing is best done early in the morning.
Finally, at the bottom of Gunung Raya is the Gunung Raya Golf Resort, a picturesque golf course sprawled in a land area that is 300 acres wide. This world-renowned golf course was designed by a leading American golf architect, Max Wexler. The golf course boasts of its lush landscapes, scenic rolling greens, and panoramic tees. This 18-hole golf park also has a restaurant, driving range, sporting goods store, and buggy course.