Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi

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Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa is a 5-star hotel in Langkawi.

The hotel took cues from traditional Malay villages for its layout, design, and architecture.

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In this comprehensive Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa review, we will dive deep into every aspect of what makes up a great hotel stay, and where the hotel stands.

Short Verdict

My stay at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa was amazing.

You will get an entire stretch of private beach to lay back, relax, and to watch probably the best sunset you’ve ever seen in your entire life.

It was one-of-a-kind experience to stay in its rooms. Travelers wouldn’t associate wooden chalets in this part of the world with luxury, but Meritus pulled it off.

One may have slight discontent about the long walks from his or her room to the lobby, but the tranquility of the hotel’s surrounding made up for it.

My room was clean, and it stayed spotless throughout my stay. It’s all thanks to the meticulous housekeeping staffs who go around the hotel’s compound on rickshaws to carry out their work in a very professional manner. They do it with a smile on their face too!

Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa is a top contender for luxury travelers looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Its calm and serene environment, coupled with access to a private beach that promises majestic sunsets will make you want to stay longer.

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Why Should You Trust Me?

I was in Langkawi, and I stayed in one of Meritus’ Pool Terrace Room for 4 days and 3 nights.

Unlike many hotel reviews on the Internet, this detailed review was not paid for, nor sponsored by the hotel. What you are reading is my independent view of the hotel based on my stay.

Instead of being brought on a “press tour”, I explored hotel facilities on my own, took as many photos as I can, requested for basic services, and put forward common questions that any guest might have to its staffs just to evaluate their service.

To help me produce more independent hotel reviews, and to keep this website running, clicking on any links on this page to book a room at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa will earn me a commission from hotel booking websites.

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Location

Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa sits beside a stretch of Langkawi Island’s busiest beach – Cenang Beach.

Travelers throng to the beach every day to have a dip in the sea, sunbath and to participate in fun water activities. It is not an overstatement to say that Cenang Beach has it all.

The activities here don’t subside even after sunset. Fire shows and makeshift beach bars take over. Some beachgoers will still be dipping in the warm sea water while many will stroll along the beach.

Here comes the best part about staying at Meritus Pelangi – the hotel have a stretch of Cenang Beach to its own.

Not only you will be able to participate in all the activities happening along the popular beach, you will have the option to enjoy the calmer side of it just right outside your room.

The beach offers probably the most magical sunsets in this part of the world. Be back at the hotel to take a swim in the sea or lay by the beach around dawn. Once you have seen the sunset, you will want to see it over and over again. As the hotel is very near the airport, planes departing the island will enhance the view even more.

Apart from the beach, the hotel is also right beside Jalan Pantai Chenang, one of the busiest roads on Langkawi Island with hotels, shops, roadside stalls, restaurants, and cafés dotting both its sides.

The nearest shopping mall, Cenang Mall is reachable within 20 minutes by feet or around 5 minutes by car. Aside from Cenang Beach, the nearest attraction is Underwater World Langkawi. To get there from the hotel, it takes around 25 minutes by feet or around 10 minutes by car.

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Room Condition

I’m not going to lie. The wooden exterior of rooms worried me a little as I cruised through the hotel’s compound on a buggy ride.

Most of my stays at hotels using wood as the core element of their interior design didn’t score well when it comes to room condition. The rooms are usually pretty dim, and furniture noticeably aged.

Meritus was different.

As soon as I pushed open the wooden door, I was welcomed with a spacious and brightly-lit room. The interior decoration was simple, but yet, elegant. The pieces of furniture look very new and well-maintained.

Even though the bedroom floor was fully carpeted, the room feels so fresh as if the carpet was newly installed.

One thing worth noting is that the air conditioner always takes a while to cool our room. On several occasions, we even decided to get half-naked while waiting for the air conditioner to do its job.

It wasn’t a big deal for us, but you might be irritated if you are expecting a cool room upon your return from the beach.

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Cleanliness

Another thing about the room that stood out was its cleanliness.

Tabletops, mirrors and almost every surface in the room were spotless.

It is not an exaggeration for me to say that when I first stepped into the bathroom, it feels like I am the reason why it is starting to get dirty. It was that clean.

As I walked out to the balcony, I was expecting a slightly dusty floor, with maybe small patches of sand here and there, brought from the beach by previous guests.

In most of my stays at beach hotels, I usually find myself rubbing my feet against the floor mat when I reenter my room from the balcony. Now that I thought about it, I did this every time I stepped out onto the balconies of AirBnBs and hotels where I stayed.

I didn’t feel the need to do that at all during my stay at Meritus. The cleanliness of the balcony was well taken care of just like the rest of the room.

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View

I stayed in the Pool Terrace Room that occupies the second floor of a double-storey duplex, overlooking a pool.

There is so much green surrounding the pool. Coconut trees, palm trees, and other tropical plants, together with the blue-colored tiles of the swimming pool form an amazing combination of colors.

I appreciate the view so much whenever I walked out to the balcony, especially in the morning when all you can hear are the chirping of birds.

The “color palette” of my rooms view becomes even more appealing when you take in all the dark brown duplexes with brown roofs just like yours around the pool.

Beds

I don’t have strict preferences when it comes to beds. As long as they are clean, I can sleep well regardless of whether the bed is hard or soft.

The king-sized bed inside my room was huge, and it was very comfortable when I slept on it. It wasn’t too hard or too soft.

My girlfriend did have a minor issue with her pillow because it was too soft for her. However, it was taken care of pretty quickly because the hotel offers a pillow catalogue with up to three types of pillow for you to choose from.

Bathroom

The wardrobe or closet of my room is in the bathroom. This feature stood out to me, because it made perfect sense.

I love it! Once you are done with your shower, all you need to do is to walk up to the wardrobe, pick your clothes and put it on.

Why do you want to stack your clothes somewhere in the bathroom and risk getting them wet? Remember a time when you forgot to bring your clothes into the bathroom, and you had to rush across your air-conditioned room, naked and probably shivering hard, right after your shower? That will not happen when you stay at Meritus.

Noise Levels

The soundproofing of my room was really good. Unless the door to my balcony was open, I rarely hear anything that’s happening outside my room.

When you go outside, it was nothing but calmness with noticeable bird and insect chirps around you. Occasionally, there will be buggies passing by, ferrying guests from their room the lobby, or vice versa, but the vehicle was pretty quiet.

Wi-Fi

Throughout my stay at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, the speed of the wireless Internet connection stayed pretty consistent inside my room and across the hotel’s compound.

I wasn’t using the Wi-Fi at the beach because I assumed that connection will be weak or non-existent.

The following are speed tests performed inside my room during my stay.

I was able to browse the Internet pretty smoothly, and even watch videos on YouTube without long buffering times.

However, I wasn’t able to backup my videos and photos within a reasonable timeframe. The progress bar was moving, but it was much faster for me to upload through my mobile connection. Of course, how other guests are using the Wi-Fi connection could be affecting me too.

Anyway, you shouldn’t face major issues with the connection when all you need to do is to browse the Internet and watch some videos on YouTube or on social media.

Staffs

Dressed in light-gold traditional Malay costumes, the staffs at Meritus Pelangi always don a smile on their face.

Everywhere you go, the staffs will make sure to pause and greet you, or at least acknowledge your presence with a smile. Buggy drivers often stop or slow down when they come across guests who are walking within the hotel’s compound just to greet them.

They truly try to make you feel like home.

Not only that, they are always ready to help, even when you didn’t requested for it. My interactions with them have nothing short of a series of pleasurable experiences.

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Service

On the first night of our stay, I was trying to switch on the television, but one of the batteries for the remote control was missing.

As it was already late, I didn’t bother and went straight to bed. The next day, I called up the front desk, and told them about the battery.

In less than 15 minutes, a staff showed up at my room with the battery. He didn’t only inserted the battery for me, but he also made sure that the remote control is working before he left.

Throughout our stay, we felt very comfortable approaching the staffs with any questions about the hotel’s facilities and amenities. We were inquiring about the spa at the hotel, and the staff at the reception explained patiently about their services.

One night, we got lost on our way back to our room. Luckily, a staff who was carrying some equipment around the hotel’s compound in his motorized vehicle passed by.

He patiently showed us the way, but later decided to “walk” us back to our room. We really appreciated that tiny gesture because the surrounding was quite dark at that time.

All in all, we would like to commend the efforts of the staffs we interacted with during our stay at the hotel.

Housekeeping

The hotel offers daily housekeeping service, unless you choose not to be disturbed.

It is very hard to be picky about it. Every time we got back to the room, it looks as if we are checking in for the first time, except for the fact that our belongings are in the room.

Used towels placed on the side of the bathtub were replaced, and amenities were replenished every time they carry out housekeeping.

On the second day, we were staying inside the room when the housekeeping staffs rang the doorbell to carry out her duties. All she needed was around 15 minutes to clean and restore the entire room into its original state. And yes, this includes the bathroom and the balcony.

We were impressed by both the speed and the meticulousness of the housekeeping staff.

Check-in / Check-out

The check-in process was one of the best we have experienced so far in all our hotel stays. Instead of having us stand at the front desk, a staff brought us to a lounge area at the center of their lobby.

They served us with welcome drinks, and the staff went on to explain the hotel’s layout, facilities, and she also answered questions that we had about your stay.

The check-out process was a breeze too. Since we booked our rooms online, all I needed to do was to drop my keys, get my receipt, and I’m ready to leave!

Facilities

In my opinion, the facilities at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort are adequate.

There are two pool areas for guests staying at different areas within the hotel’s compound. If you are a gym rat or someone who would like to get some workout done during your vacation, don’t worry. The hotel offers a fitness center.

Within the hotel’s compound, there are also a few poolside bars, beach bars and restaurants should you decide to spend more time at the hotel instead of venturing out.

You can also pamper yourself with a session of massage at the hotel’s massage kiosk by the beach or by getting a spa session at Pelangi Spa. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to experience either of these, so we won’t be writing about them in this hotel review.

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Lobby

As you arrive at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, a grand building featuring traditional Malay architectural features will first catch your attention.

The building is where the lobby is.

In some ways, the lobby kind of resembles the room that you will be staying in. It is spacious, and brightly-lit with yellow lamps as well as natural light.

The seats at the lobby are very comfortable too. Since it also has a bar that serves alcohol, coffee, water and juices, it is a space I would gladly use to just relax and chill for a couple of hours.

The hotel staffs that we came across upon our arrival greeted us with a smile that made us feel like we chose the right hotel for our Langkawi trip.

Private Beach

There is a long stretch of beach right beside the hotel’s compound. Even if you are staying in a room that is furthest away from it, it will take a stroll of around 5 to 10 minutes to reach the beach known for its serenity and breathtaking sunset.

During our stay, the hotel was carrying out a beach nourishment project on one part of the beach. It was quite disappointing at first, but soon, we realized that it didn’t affect us much because most parts of the beach and still open. We still had a lot of fun taking dips and strolling by the beach.

The beach is not open to the public. As such, it is very quiet in the morning, making it the perfect location to relax. Take a slow walk near the shoreline, and let the waves gently massages your feet. If you want to get into the water, be prepared to have all the fun because it truly feels like the beach is all yours.

There are many beach chairs provided by the hotel along the beach. You can grab a towel from the towel stations near the pool, and use any of these chairs to relax, sunbath, read, or take a nap.

Hotel staffs are constantly roving around the beach area by foot or with a bicycle, looking to serve guests who are interested in ordering drinks while enjoying the beautiful beach.

Dawn is when the beach gets a little busy.

As the sun sets, the beach turns into a picturesque scene. You will have to see it to be able to appreciate it.The hotel is near to the airport, so the departure and landing of planes often gives this beautiful view extra points.

Cba, Meritus’ own beach bar, offers guests the opportunity to dine on the beach while enjoying the beautiful sunset.

We had our dinner at Cba during one of the evenings when we stayed at Meritus. The food was good, but what made the entire experience amazing was the sunset, and the fact that you are dining on probably one of the best beaches in Malaysia.

Swimming Pools

There are two swimming pools in the hotel’s compound – Cascade Pool and Horizon Pool.

Horizon Pool is the bigger pool near the lobby while Cascade Pool is a smaller pool that caters to guests who are staying further away from the lobby.

My girlfriend and I are not avid swimmers, so we did not utilize the pool. However, we did walk around the area quite a lot on our way to the beach.

We noticed that the pool wasn’t that busy at all in the evening. Of course, there are guests swimming in it, and children having fun at the water playground, but it didn’t feel crowded.

The fact that the pools, especially the Horizon Pool, occupies a large space could be the reason behind it. Having two pools instead of just one go-to pool for guests is also another possible reason.

The pool is also clean and well-maintained. If you are more of a pool person than a beach or sea person, you will still have a good time hanging around Meritus Pelangi’s swimming pools.

Fitness Center / Gym

During our stay, we decided to be lazy and not stick to our workout routine. Nonetheless, we still went to the hotel’s fitness center or gym just to see what they offer.

The fitness center has almost everything one will need to have a good workout. Available equipment includes treadmills, yoga mats, weight machines, dumbbells, exercise balls and more.

It doesn’t have all the workout machines that you might be familiar with. I know, because I base my workouts on the Big-5 machines, and I remember I couldn’t spot a couple of them in the fitness center. You probably wouldn’t mind this because you will still be able to get a proper workout done. I’m sharing it because it was something that stood out to me.

Just like how a gym should be, the fitness center at Meritus has a padded floor with proper grip, as well as mirrors on the wall for gym-goers to monitor their form. The row of treadmills face the sea, giving runners a beautiful panoramic view of the skyline, beach, and plants around the hotel.

Breakfast

Throughout our stay at Meritus Pelangi for 4 days and 3 nights, we had our breakfast at Spice Market, the hotel’s main restaurant.

Just like many parts of the hotel, the restaurant serving breakfast wasn’t crowded at all, even during the peak hours from 8 to 10am.

Spice Market serves a wide variety of food for its breakfast buffet. On most days, there were traditional Malay favorites such as nasi lemak and rendang. Roti, fried noodles, baked beans, salad, soups, cereals, fresh fruits and many others are some of the food items you can find in the food trays.

There is also an egg station where they serve eggs prepared in different ways, omelettes, bacon strips, and steaks.

The hotel reserved a section for Arabic breakfast on one of the mornings during our stay. It made my day. Hummus with cheese together with olives and pitas were my favorite. I keep helping myself to more portions of it. It’s that delicious!

I have to say that we enjoyed the breakfasts we had at Spice Market. Just as we thought things are becoming a little repetitive, the hotel surprised us by serving Arabic dishes. Well played, Meritus, well played…

The Final Verdict

If you want to know whether you should book a room at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, my short answer will be a ‘yes’.

And here’s why…

Even though there might be minor shortcomings as compared to other hotels on the island, Meritus offers a very unique experience of staying inside rooms featuring traditional Malay architectural features.

The calmness around the hotel’s compound makes it perfect for travelers who are seeking solace from the busy city life. You will not want to leave at the end of your stay.

I also truly believe that staffs working at the hotel are trying to satisfy guests to the best of their abilities. Their smiles, patience, and proactiveness were remarkable, and I cannot stop repeating them in this review.

On top of that, the private beach at the hotel makes it all worth it on its own, especially if you are a beach lover. The sunset is to die for, and having your dinner while watching the sun set is a must-do if you were to stay here.

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Mentions by Other Travel Bloggers

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Gaby is a solo female traveler who stayed at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa during her trip to Langkawi in April 2018. During her stay, the hotel didn’t feel crowded even though it was fully booked. Also, she was impressed by the sunsets she saw at the beach.

Spend some time to read her blog posts. Not only you will find pretty photos of the hotel, she also included a section recommending a list of things to do in Langkawi.

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Sharon Das, a blogger from Malaysia, visited Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa some time around September 2017. Her blog post about her stay reinforced our experience with the staffs working at the hotel. Here’s a quote from her blog post to sum up what she experienced from the staffs:

Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi is about good vibes and making sure that every guest is attended to with TLC (tender loving care).

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Guilty Mama, a travel blogger who frequently travels with her kids, stayed at Meritus Pelangi during her trip to Langkawi in December 2017. Her blog post will give you the perspective of how it is like to stay at the hotel with kids.

During her stay, she utilized the Kids Club and babysitting services provided when she went for parasailing. In her blog post, she described the female babysitters as “sweet and humble”.

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Contact Information

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For other inquiries, you can reach out to the hotel using the following contact information.

Website

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Email Address

[email protected]

Phone Number

+60 4 952 8888

Address

Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi
Pantai Cenang,
07000 Langkawi,
Kedah Darul Aman,
Malaysia.

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Despite its minor shortcomings, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa mesmerized us with its beautiful beach and rooms that fit the standards of a 5-star hotel. We are pleased with the services rendered by their staffs, and everything else was just perfect for us.

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